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  • I love collages and dreamboards. I have a great one that I put up over the washing machine. It gives me a boost every time I do laundry.

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    • Mmmm, that's an idea Sabine. Aside from old magazines where do you get the pictures? I have very few old magazines after all our recent moves....
      Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
      Primal low: 186 lbs
      Current weight: 221.4 lbs
      Goal weight: 140 lbs

      "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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      • OK, new day, new start! Today is a down day after 3 bingey up days! Taking control again after the tail spin and picking myself up. What counts is the decisions I make now/ today. I am going to fast until this evening and depending on how I feel I will either fast right through to tomorrow or I will eat a meal within my caloric parameters.

        DS was miserable last night again but the meds worked better and I only had to get up every few hours and then we would sleep until the next dose was needed. He is very chirpy this morning and singing in the bathroom right now It was really cold last night at 3F, but I had the duvet to myself with DH away so rolled myself up like a burrito and I ended up waking VERY toasty and warm this morning. The wind has changed and within an hour the temp has gone up to 43F. I foresee a quick snow melt and lovely day Definitely a walk in my future today! I'll just bundle the kiddos up if necessary - we all need outside time!

        Off to make myself some hot herbal tea ...
        Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
        Primal low: 186 lbs
        Current weight: 221.4 lbs
        Goal weight: 140 lbs

        "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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        • Coll...I hope your son gets better soon. I can't seem to shake the crud I've had since the day after Christmas! Not fun. It's always doubly hard on moms when the little ones are sick...you hear every whimper...every breath they practically take! I call it mom hearing. lol. Hope you don't come down with what he has too! Take care!!!
          Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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          • Lol, PCajun, my DH is always astounded at my 'radar' he calls it. Mom's have a very strong 6th sense when it comes to their loved ones! DS is waaaaayyy better today - snotty but feeling pretty good, no fever. I am feeling pretty good too now, hopefully we are over the danger zone.

            Today is a down day after three up days. Getting back on track again and feeling better for it. I weighed in at 216.8 lbs this morning. I do believe Aunt Flo is lurking around the corner and I did have 3 days of enthusiastic eating too. Hopefully tonight I will get to sleep through without having to get up at all. I know the lack of decent sleep also messes with my weight. I am not particularly concerned as I do see why my weight is where it is.

            I am headed for the painting corner this afternoon. Hopefully I can get a few rocks closer to completion this afternoon.
            Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
            Primal low: 186 lbs
            Current weight: 221.4 lbs
            Goal weight: 140 lbs

            "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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            • Our library sells old, donated magazines for 10 cents. Maybe yours does something similar. Also, used book stores often have old National Geographics for a pittance.

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              • Mmm, I'll check the library, even craigslist now that I think of it THanks.

                I actually stuck to my guns today and kept under my 411 calories though I was sorely tempted at a few points during the day - most notably breakfast when the kids were eating leftover breakfast sausage and I REALLY wanted some. Instead I set a few aside for tomorrow - and my appetite grumpily obeyed, lol.

                Heard today that oldest BIL is in ICU with bad pneumonia and heart issues. He's been in hospital since Monday, but it is a tiny hospital with one doctor and really is pretty useless if you are really ill. They transported him to the nearest big hospital by ambulance last night. He's needing CPAP to cope - another BIL was taking his living will to the hospital today. Please pray for him and DH's family. DH is in Florida at a training conference for his business and they are waiting to hear how things go. DH has already lost one brother and was rather shook up by the news. He is the youngest of a really large family and has probably got a lot of saying goodbye ahead of him. A lot of his siblings are not in the best of health and are fully into CW. I do wish I could get into better shape so that I could be a better advertisement for this WOL... maybe I'll make better decisions more frequently and see an improvement.

                Kids are in bed and hopefully will be asleep soon. Coyotes are yipping and barking outside and our pooch is refusing to go outside to do her business. I can't say I blame her ... that is such an eerie sound especially when it is so close. I'll go out with her later and be her guard dog! I wish there was more snow on the ground so that I could go out in the morning and 'read' the news from the night before. I love trying to figure out the stories by what tracks I can find. The little bunny hops that suddenly convert to gigantic leaps and swerves with fox tracks flying long in its wake - through the fence and safe, oops, the fox scaled the fence and they're off again in a life and death sprint ... fascinating and rather sobering sometimes. Just glad our birds are in predator proof (barring something like a bear) coops. And this time of the year I don't have to worry about bears which is nice. I don't fancy meeting one after dark when closing the birds up!!!

                I am looking forward to my up day tomorrow. Plan for tomorrow is to eat until comfortable, but only at mealtimes. Snacking is a definite downfall for me and I need to rein it in. If I keep any 'treats' to mealtimes after I am satiated with the good stuff then hopefully I will do less and maybe even not want the goodies I have been eyeing. Thinking of making some primal goodies for the kids tomorrow and then I get a taste too. I am very reluctant to bake things that are going to be too tempting. Maybe once I am on a roll and have a habit of self discipline I can try that. Right now, that would be planning to fail!

                I am trying a new style of painting just to see if I like it - someone else's take. Eventually I am going to find my own groove but for now it helps to try methods that others have tried and perfected. Then I can take the bits that I like and that work for what I am looking for and leave the rest. It is all a learning curve still...
                Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                Primal low: 186 lbs
                Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                Goal weight: 140 lbs

                "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                • Coll...sorry to hear about your BIL...good thoughts going out to him & the family.

                  I have a tendency to be a snacker too. Mostly for me in the afternoon. I rarely eat anything after supper tho. I find that if I have enough protein for breakfast then I'm usually ok for the rest of the day, the snack attacks are usually few & far between. Since I'm trying to get over the crud I have not been very primal...but then I haven't felt like eating much.

                  Do you paint in oils or acrylics? I started out doing Tole painting, in oils. Then moved on to folk art painting in acrylics. I love the oils & tole painting because it's a little more realistic...I love the folk art & acrylics for the more whimsical things. I lean towards the acrylics nowadays...they dry so much faster. I haven't Tole painted in years. The things that will go up in my Etsy shop will be done in acrylics.

                  Hope your weather has improved. Ours has. After a couple of days of icy conditions (so unusual for the gulf coast!) today is going to be nice...in the 60's. This has been one weird winter!!

                  Have a great day!!
                  Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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                  • Well, I didn't do well with avoiding snacks today though I did keep them to a lower than usual level. I am feeling as bloated as a 9 months pregnant woman! I wish Aunt Flo would arrive and get it over with! She can be so annoying!

                    I only know acrylics - I have only been painting for just over a year, never touched it before lol! I am going to have to look up the Tole painting. I have been using mostly outdoor acrylics which work very nicely for the whimsical side of things but I am seeing that I may need to branch out a little more for the more realistic side of things as the glossy surface does not take washes at all. Not good for trying to get more depth and realism I am seeing And the whimsical owls just don't seem to sell on Etsy for some reason - I think they are a very tangible piece of art. Much better in person when you can feel the cool weight and get a better perspective. The photos really don't do them justice most of the time. Oh well.... I am looking forward to seeing some of your paintings PCajun!

                    Our weather was just gorgeous yesterday and today. Late 50's and sunny - we got out both days as the kids are pretty much over their cold barring a few coughs and sniffles. We hung out at the river for a while this afternoon - long enough that I couldn't finish running my errands before heading home to make dinner. Fortunately I had some chili frozen that just needed reheating and some salad leftover from yesterday.

                    I was reading the ingredients (I thought I had done so - but not properly anyway) on the Nut Thin crackers. To my dismay they have safflower oil in them I had about 1 serving at lunch and I feel as though I have swallowed enough gas to float a balloon! I am going to have to quit buying those and start making my own. Bummer - I thought I had found a reasonable 'convenience' food. No way Jose!

                    Down day tomorrow. Kind of looking forward to it so I can unload the bloat! Gracious me - I wish I had a release valve to relieve the pressure.
                    Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                    Primal low: 186 lbs
                    Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                    Goal weight: 140 lbs

                    "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                    • Originally posted by Coll View Post
                      Gracious me - I wish I had a release valve to relieve the pressure.
                      That's what Down Days are!

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                      • Originally posted by Coll View Post
                        I only know acrylics - I have only been painting for just over a year, never touched it before lol! I am going to have to look up the Tole painting. I have been using mostly outdoor acrylics which work very nicely for the whimsical side of things but I am seeing that I may need to branch out a little more for the more realistic side of things as the glossy surface does not take washes at all. Not good for trying to get more depth and realism I am seeing And the whimsical owls just don't seem to sell on Etsy for some reason - I think they are a very tangible piece of art. Much better in person when you can feel the cool weight and get a better perspective. The photos really don't do them justice most of the time. Oh well.... I am looking forward to seeing some of your paintings PCajun!
                        There is a brand of acrylics you might enjoy working with...they were created by a folk artist named JoSonja...I can't remember the name of them...I will do some looking & see if I can find them. She was very popular back during my folk art/tole painting days. She loved the blendability of oils but wanted the faster drying time of acrylics...so she developed her own line of paints. You use a medium with them & I loved them. I haven't used them in years tho. Now I just use the bottled acrylics(Ceramcoat by Delta)...they suit my purpose for what I do these days.

                        I am going to be ordering one of your creations...they are just adorable & I want to see how the system works from a buyers end.

                        The weather's beautiful here(soon to change tho!)...hope it is there too! Have a great Sunday!
                        Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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                        • Coll Doll! What do you think of this? Bobotie (South African Meatloaf) | Things My Belly Likes. I'm making it right now!
                          My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                          "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                          • Siobhan, I LOVE bobotie - that flavor takes me back to my childhood - so yummy. Though I don't like it with raisins - they remind me of bloated ticks I wouldn't call it a meatloaf either - it is more moist and not so dense as a meatloaf. Let me know what you think ....

                            Thanks for the tip PrimalCajun, I will look around. I have a couple regular acrylics - maybe I'll try messing with those and the outdoor ones and see if it makes it a bit more workable for now.

                            Today is a down day and it is going really well. I feel pretty good despite being hungry. I had an orange for lunch with 2 boiled eggs - yum. This evening I'll be making baked cod and a big green salad with lots of chopped veg and a drizzle of Bragg's ginger sesame dressing - I LOVE that stuff. DH gets home this evening! It is going to be soooo good having him home. It just isn't the same without him here. He is such a vital part of our family and I think that may be part of the kids grumpiness today - they are just needing to see their dad.

                            I have suddenly noticed that my heel is much, much better at the moment. I am wondering if it is the results of the ADF. It could be partly the progesterone cream I suppose but it seems more linked to the ADF. I still have a huge lump on my heel that is very tender to touch - but it is consistently much less painful. This is really exciting needless to say. Feeling hopeful that my tendonitis may be losing its grip. I have gotten outside every day lately and today was no exception. We took a drive up the Poudre Canyon and found a delightful spot next to the river where we had a little picnic and looked at the driftwood and threw stones into the water. Just gorgeous though the wind was brisk and more than a little chilly. It is amazing how cold the wind can make it - I mean the temperature was about 57F but it felt a lot less.

                            I think I slept in a weird position last night as my jaw is really sore right at the hinge on the one side. It is surprisingly painful when I chew - I'll give it a day or two and see if it settles otherwise I foresee a trip to the chiropractor in my near future.

                            DH and his brother have both won awards at their franchises annual conference and their combined business rates the highest in customer satisfaction in the whole franchise. I am so proud of them, but especially my hubby He is doing better than folk who have been in this business for a long time. Part of that is he has an awesome mentor in his brother - such a blessing.f

                            The weather is turning as I type this. Wind has picked up, clouds moving over, temp dropping - snow on the way. Not supposed to get much and it is supposed to warm up again in a few days. We always need the moisture so I will not be heard complaining ...

                            I am off to wash dishes and prep for dinner. I had hoped to water my potted plants today but I am not going out now - hopefully the snow will tide them over.

                            My BIL is doing much better apparently - I haven't heard anything today though. Apparently he slept really well yesterday and as we all know that is crucial to healing. It is funny, because we saw this particular BIL a few weeks ago when visiting DH's mom. I had never noticed but for some reason this time I did - he has pretty obvious clubbing on his fingers and his colour wasn't great either. I suddenly realized that he had some serious health issues going on and I was totally unaware. I totally forgot about this until the news that he was so very ill ... 2 + 2 = 4. And the thing that concerns me is that he is now going to be hit over the head with all the CW stuff from the docs and from family too. And I was just thinking last time I saw him how much more open he seems to a more alternative eating style. We'll see if that openness survives the onslaught. One of the other BIL's had a very close call a few years ago when he had a major heart attack and his wife had to resuscitate him for about 20 minutes and then he had many, many resuscitations during the initial part of his stay in hospital. It really is miraculous that he is still here and not even brain damaged. He does have kidney damage but is functioning pretty well. However he and his wife have jumped fully onto the CW train - all low fat, whole grain, hardly any protein and their weight has rocketed upwards and their health has gone into a steady decline. SO sad, but no-one will question the medical system and the lack of results from their devotion to the 'wisdom' they have been fed. And they are at the other BIL's side sharing all the 'wisdom' they have 'benefitted' from. OK rant done.
                            Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                            Primal low: 186 lbs
                            Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                            Goal weight: 140 lbs

                            "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                            • The bobotie is fantastic! I love it!
                              My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                              "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                              • Originally posted by Coll View Post

                                I have suddenly noticed that my heel is much, much better at the moment. I am wondering if it is the results of the ADF. It could be partly the progesterone cream I suppose but it seems more linked to the ADF. I still have a huge lump on my heel that is very tender to touch - but it is consistently much less painful. This is really exciting needless to say. Feeling hopeful that my tendonitis may be losing its grip. .
                                ADF is supposed to help with inflammation, so maybe so!

                                Good news about your husband's business, and your BIL. Glad to hear it.

                                I now have to restrain myself from trying bobotie.

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