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  • Mmmmm beef stew sounds good! I have decided on salmon tonight with courgettes and kale with some sort of herb butter. I will do a few new potatoes for my husband who has practically joined me in this way of eating. Unfortunately my youngest daughter (17) who probably needs it most only half joins in - depending on what I cook. She will have a fish cake and probably something sweet afterwards, but it's a start.

    Have you tried coconut oil on your hair? I'm lucky to have very good skin (for 56!) but my hair looks rather dull, I wondered if coconut oil would be a good conditioner. I'm not keen on it to eat much and have stuck to butter, olive oil and lard.

    I'm glad others have a small 'cheat'. I had a mochaccino this weekend as it so vile whilst out shopping on Saturday - cold, driving rain ..all day. Same yesterday, but sunny this am so have washed towels which are drying beautifully in the garden. Tomorrow till Friday ... more cold, more rain less cold = Spring!!

    Wanted to 'graze' today but I think it's because I've been sat at the PC catching up on school work. Managed not to, so feel quite pleased with myself. Making endless cups of tea instead helped!

    Thinking of you all in Maine and Canada x


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    • Thank you for thinking of us! I love it here but often feel a bit forgotten in national news, etc. Of course there aren't many people here.

      I have put coconut oil on my hair, it is quite wonderful. Concentrate on the ends. For myself, it takes a couple of shampoos to get it all out, so I wonder if I'm negating the benefits by overwashing. But I do it once a week, it makes my hair very, very soft.

      Just had two beautiful pastured eggs scrambled in butter with a handful of chives thrown in and about a cup of leafy greens sprinkled with BV. Despite my midnight meal, I am doing alright today. Drinking a lot of water, for me that is. I have never been a good water drinker.

      Cleaned the bathroom top to bottom! It is sparkling!
      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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      • LOL, I should not be reading these posts when I am fasting.

        Thanks for the kind thoughts for Canada, ragwort.

        The non-fanatical 80/20 approach was one of the things I liked about Primal, and made it easier for me to decide to try it. I think it's more respectful of human psychology and more realistic too. Small cheats actually help keep us on track. When I feel overly deprived, I end up bingeing. When I give myself permission to cheat small, I am actually much less tempted and can go for longer without cheating. And I suspect most people are like that.
        5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
        Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
        Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

        More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
        - Lewis Mumford

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        • Siobhan, sorry to hear there is sad stuff happening. *hugs*
          5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
          Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
          Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

          More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
          - Lewis Mumford

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          • Thank you! I am tough, hard paleowoman now, paleowoman does not cry. Paleowoman just fetches more firewood and gnaws on a rib. (Well 80% of the time. The other 20% she might cry sometimes.)

            I'm getting to be a big fan of smoothies, something I never saw the point of before. Just whirled up a banana, strawberries, leafy greens and some yogurt. Quite the nutritional powerhouse. I have a small Krups chopper/processor that makes perfect-sized personal servings. Is it really hard to find whole milk yogurt in your grocery? Why is everything low-fat and non-fat? What is the point? I didn't notice any stick-thin or even particularly healthy people purchasing those items. In fact everyone I saw was a bit chunky - me included, but I rooted around for the full-fat stuff, down on the bottom in the corner behind the artificially sweetened stuff. Hey, does that count as exercise?

            Well, I have to get cooking. Beef stew and I'm going to make up the chicken kiev, although that won't be eaten until tomorrow.
            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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            • I had to do some scouting for the full-fat Greek yogurt. It's not everywhere, that's for sure. Hey, I wouldn't have ever thought of buying such a thing up until a few weeks ago. Fat was the enemy, right? Well, I never fully bought into that idea, but I thought it was a good idea to limit it at least. Still do, but I have greatly expanded my definition of "limit" LOL!
              5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
              Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
              Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

              More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
              - Lewis Mumford

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              • Once again Paleowoman has attracted unwelcome male with appealing food odors.

                Me (answering door): Hi John

                John (landlord): Hi! What's up? You look great!

                Me: Ummm....thanks. (Landlord is married and lives next door with his wife and kids.)

                John: Something smells good!

                Me: I'm making beef stew. (Wondering what this is about)

                John: I just came by to see if the grass got cut.

                Me: Yes, as you see, they came this morning.

                John: That smells great!

                Me: It's really easy, beef, onions, carrots, celery, stock. (Wondering what to do. Invite him in? Say I have to go?)

                John: I should make some....

                Luckily at this point my phone rang and I was able to extricate myself!

                My farmer friend dropped off some raw wildflower honey and maple syrup from her farm. It's all I can do not to eat the entire jar of honey and drink the syrup in one go. The honey is of course from last year, and the syrup is from this spring. You cannot believe how good it tastes! Crystal clean. It will last for a long time, I don't use much.

                I went for a walk in the nature preserve that is practically next door. This sounds really silly, but I love to hike up the hill and turn around and look at the view - I see my church, classic New England, white with a steeple, and a big red barn and my very own home, a small red cottage. I get such pleasure from seeing it like that. Very soon I won't be able to see it because when the trees leaf out it is covered. I plan to move at the end of the summer, so that may have been the last time I see it just as I did today. When the leaves are gone, I will be able to see it, but someone else will live here.

                It is almost five, I think I could use a glass of red wine - join me!
                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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                • Well, the beef stew was really good. Actually more like beef soup, not thick at all. Watched Fathead again - what a great film that is. I almost feel like I'm in a real life version of Invasion of the Body-Snatchers, except instead of pods everyone is walking around eating grains, terrified of fat. And then there is me...and you guys here...don't let them find me...

                  I watched a program about leopards. Tubby cat watched it with me. It is amazing how like the big cats the little house cats are. The way they move, react to things. Beautiful creatures.
                  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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                  • You'd better be careful. If you keep losing weight, there might be even more males banging at the door...

                    So why will you be moving?
                    5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
                    Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
                    Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

                    More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
                    - Lewis Mumford

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                    • I'm going to move because I work in the next town, about 20 miles away, and it is just makes a lot more sense to live there. It is bigger (though still very small) and is a year-round town instead of a tourist economy that virtually closes up in the winter like this place. I will save several hundred dollars a month living there, so move I will. But I will probably stay here through the summer, which is like heaven.
                      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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                      • Here I am, just finished with my Tuesday AM book group and then some yoga on my own - feeling pretty good! Very hungry! Thinking about bacon and eggs! Last night about eight I realized I hadn't eaten enough and definitely not enough fat, so I had a little avocado - I think that really was good. No midnight eating!

                        Raining today, yay! Make a fire and read!

                        Lots of exclamation points in this post -
                        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 Siobhan View Post
                          Once again Paleowoman has attracted unwelcome male with appealing food odors.

                          Me: Ummm....thanks. (Landlord is married and lives next door with his wife and kids.)

                          Me: I'm making beef stew. (Wondering what this is about)

                          Luckily at this point my phone rang and I was able to extricate myself!.
                          Great that you got an excuse to run. Hi Siobhan, sorry to butt in but I have an issue with a friend's husband that I don't seem to be able to handle. I love the woman and we are friends with a group of people who are all attached and then there is me. I have avoided this man because of all the times he finds the exact moment to say something to me when no one else is around. It really is scary and I totally understand the circumstance you just described.

                          Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
                          I went for a walk in the nature preserve that is practically next door. This sounds really silly, but I love to hike up the hill and turn around and look at the view - I see my church, classic New England, white with a steeple, and a big red barn and my very own home, a small red cottage. I get such pleasure from seeing it like that.
                          I quite often take pictures of the same sort. I refer to them as having them for my rocking chair days. I have a picture of the walk down to Lake Michigan that I visit often during the summer. Just seeing that pictures takes me there.

                          Take care, Pam
                          Female back to the basics: 11-12-16
                          CW: 10-11-16: 144
                          GW: 130 a dream, I know
                          Muscle soreness surrounding Neck, Thyroid and Rosacea issues.

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                          • Been thinking a lot about sugar cravings - more specifically baked goods like cookies, cakes, and muffins. As much as I used to crave those things, I generally found them very unsatisfying. They never tasted as good as I thought they would and no matter what, I would still be hungry afterwards. Contrast that with my breakfast this morning, 3 slices of bacon and 1 egg cooked in the bacon fat. Actually not that many calories but I can't even think about eating. And unlike the muffin, it actually tasted better than I expected it to, and that is saying a lot.

                            I think tubby cat is actually a little leaner since I stopped feeding him bread and pizza. This morning he snuck up on me, did a flying leap, snatched a piece of bacon and sprinted off. Quite the athlete.

                            I took a bag of clothing to the charity shop yesterday. I'm getting motivated to clean out my closets and get rid of extra stuff. The reality is that even if I fit into those clothes again, I won't want to wear them. They are outdated or shabby or both. I did save a brand-new bathing suit that I never even wore. I hope to fit into it soon.
                            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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                            • Hi Pam, thanks for stopping in! It is nice to know someone gets where I'm coming from. I don't want to unfairly judge someone but sometimes things aren't as innocent as they seem, and it is hard to know the boundaries. Whenever this sort of thing happens, I just wonder why I can't seem to get attention from SINGLE men. If I wanted to fool around with married ones, I could have quite a stable. Definitely not for me.

                              I really need to get a camera. There are so many things I would like to have snaps of - my digital camera died some time ago, as did my phone camera. And I'm old fashioned - I like having a real picture.
                              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 perennialpam View Post
                                Great that you got an excuse to run. Hi Siobhan, sorry to butt in but I have an issue with a friend's husband that I don't seem to be able to handle. I love the woman and we are friends with a group of people who are all attached and then there is me. I have avoided this man because of all the times he finds the exact moment to say something to me when no one else is around. It really is scary and I totally understand the circumstance you just described
                                Oh Pam, that is so creepy. I am sure he is counting on you not making a fuss for fear of endangering your friendship with his wife. You have to find some way of standing up to him, because he's counting on your submissiveness. How important is this friendship to you, because if you rat him out to his wife, there's unfortunately a good chance she will take his side. It often works that way. Think it through carefully about the price you are willing to pay. He's counting on you not being willing to pay anything at all. Once you've decided that, you will be able to find the emotional strength to stand up to him.

                                I had to confront a man once (different issue, mind you), but it was only once I had decided I would rather lose the relationship altogether than continue with the status quo that I was able to effect some change. Then I stood up to him, told him what for and let him know in so many words that I would no longer be an enabler. And everything changed after that.

                                Maybe this guy just needs a good literal slap in the face. Maybe all you need to do is look him in the eye and tell him to drop dead. He does need to know that you will stand up for yourself. You are the best judge of what will work given the personalities involved, but it is probably your fear of the consequences that is holding you back. Walk yourself mentally through the worst-case scenario, accept that you can live with it (I hope you can) and that will set you free to take the needed action.

                                If there's anything I can do to help, feel free to PM me.

                                Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
                                Been thinking a lot about sugar cravings - more specifically baked goods like cookies, cakes, and muffins. As much as I used to crave those things, I generally found them very unsatisfying. They never tasted as good as I thought they would and no matter what, I would still be hungry afterwards. Contrast that with my breakfast this morning, 3 slices of bacon and 1 egg cooked in the bacon fat. Actually not that many calories but I can't even think about eating. And unlike the muffin, it actually tasted better than I expected it to, and that is saying a lot.

                                I think tubby cat is actually a little leaner since I stopped feeding him bread and pizza. This morning he snuck up on me, did a flying leap, snatched a piece of bacon and sprinted off. Quite the athlete.

                                I took a bag of clothing to the charity shop yesterday. I'm getting motivated to clean out my closets and get rid of extra stuff. The reality is that even if I fit into those clothes again, I won't want to wear them. They are outdated or shabby or both. I did save a brand-new bathing suit that I never even wore. I hope to fit into it soon.
                                *sigh* But my homemade muffins were so good... Oh well. Being healthy is better.

                                I give my clothes away too, especially the ones I love. Burning my bridges behind me. I don't mind spending money on new thin clothes. Having to spend money on new fat clothes would be way too painful to contemplate. Hits both my pride and my cheapness, a potent combination. (Hey, that pesky pride has got to be good for something...)

                                Sounds like you handled your landlord pretty well, Siobhan. Hopefully he got the message.

                                Had a salesman over the other day giving me his spiel (I was actually interested.) I told him upfront that it was one of my life principles that I never sign up on the spot for major purchases, so he should not expect to make a sale that day. A variation of that line might work well with the landlord if he becomes more insistent. "I'm sorry, but it's one of my life principles to never be alone with a married man. Things sometimes go in unexpected directions." Or something to that effect. Delivered with a sweet smile, it doesn't come across as an accusation, and people find it much harder to argue with principles than preferences. If they insist, you can take it back to a question of principles, not personalities, so they're less likely to get belligerent. There's no personal insult there. But I suspect you handled him well enough that he won't try again. Unless he's a thorough-going slimebucket.
                                5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
                                Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
                                Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

                                More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
                                - Lewis Mumford

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