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Hey, I didn't post at all yesterday! Nothing to report. Lots of moving slowly and lifting heavy things. Shoveled snow for a looooooong time. Can't tell if my shovelgloving 1-2 times a week over the past few months has helped or not. I'm still standing, so I guess it did. Also swam, which may have been a bit of overkill, but I wanted to really badly. The pool is jammed these days! Luckily the college kids tend to come in packs and they share lanes, and the young kids also share lanes - in fact they seem to prefer it. Only we old farts like our own lanes. Yesterday a decent looking old fart looked me over in the sauna and started chatting. I got pretty turned off when he 1) mentioned his wife and 2) told me how he didn't get any snow on his part of the peninsula and he was all upset about that because it's so pretty. Now I think snow is pretty too, but when I've just spent 3+ hours shoveling and have gotten stuck twice I don't really want to hear some old retired geezer talk about how pretty it is. I always want to say, "If you like it so much, just come on over. The shovels are right inside the garage door. I'll give you an hour's head start, please have a nice spot for my car ready."
Weighed myself this morning, something I have not done for a long time. 135. Pretty happy with that. Can't believe I've maintained over the holidays, although I don't have the temptations many people do, I still have plenty. And I indulged myself shamelessly on several occasions. Also I drank too much, something that has to stop. In fact it will. I'm sworn off the juice for awhile. Think of the money I will save! I have a stock of nice herbal teas to help me through those cold dark evenings when it is tempting to pop a cork.
The carnivores are wild! They woke me up at 5 AM. The full moon was right above the skylights and the room was so light I probably could have read by it. There was a lot of romping and galloping and those weird vocalizations that cats make - howling and chirping. Slim Cat kept coming up to sit by my head and lay his paw on my face. Funny habit of his. I finally got up and fed them. That just wound them up even more! I think it is hard for them because with the snow there isn't much to look at right now.
Way to go holding steady. Despite the indulgences, you swam or moved daily, which I greatly admire. I do envy the fact you can control your food sources so easily - not that I want to do away with DH & DS, but the junk they insist on bringing into the house.....
Starting wt: 198, Goal: 135, Current with PB: 165
Started at a size 16 down to loose 10
With PB my asthma has improved, low back pain is gone, & I've got more energy
Holding steady over the holidays! Now that's the spot so many of us want to get to.
I guess, be glad that he DID mention his wife. The easy way to signal, 'I'm not trying anything, just having a fun conversation with another human being'. (I have no Pollyanna advice for the snow thing! )
Oh Sabine, you are so kind - mentioning the wife is a common ploy married men use to signal their availability. It's that weird reverse logic deal. Also lets you know right away that there won't be any 'dating' so don't bother thinking they're going to take you to dinner first. Run, run!
I don't think I would be able to do this with non-primal people in the house. For one thing, they would probably eat my good primal food and leave their junk, and I would be hungry and the next thing you know, whammo! I would be consuming the junk. The way it is now the only thing I can really overindulge in is fruit. Much as I love meat, I can't overindulge in it. Fat, now that's another story, but fat needs a vehicle to get into your mouth. Yes, I do eat butter and coconut oil right out of the jar, but not that much. Just rambling here. I wonder what I would do if I was with, say, a baker. Probably would be hopeless.
I made up the barbecue spice mix from Mark's book and mixed it into some ground beef along with an egg. Am cooking up the patties now, they will be good to have around later in the day when I'm eating something before work (a good time to go heavy on protein and fat) and also making up my work food. I have some cashew chicken that I made last night also. I'm still tinkering with the recipe. It's good but not great. Missing something, I don't know what. Salt maybe, but I don't want to add more salt. Anyone else found your salt consumption has dropped dramatically? I rarely add it when I'm cooking now. I used to add generous amounts to every cooking pot. Now I just grind up a little pink Himalayan on the finished product and call it good.
Another thing that is amazing to me about Mark is that his family isn't primal - his kids and wife are all some degree of vegetarian. His in-laws are die-hard vegans or something like that. He even went on a vegan/vegetarian cruise! I would have died. Seriously, I love food too much to make a sacrifice like that. I would have shown up with a suitcase full of cooked bacon. (You know, vegan crack)
I just realized I am coming up on eight months of primal living. How many people can honestly say they have stuck to a diet for eight months and are looking forward to the next eight? And have been successful on said diet, with only small setbacks? And have managed to make other lifestyle changes as well, becoming happier, calmer, and more active? I really hate that this diet is not more mainstream and the media continues to portray it as some weird fad and evolutionary types as nut cases. I heard a radio interview with some guy who just published a vegan cookbook. The recipe he provided on air was chock-full of sugar and refined carbs. He was lamenting that his wife has lapsed and eats fish and chicken sometimes, but he is working on her to go vegan again, and also raising his daughter as a vegan. Child abuse, IMHO. Giving her sugar instead of fat for her developing brain? But sure to stock up on Ritalin, dude, because when she gets into school she's gonna need it -
Hahahaha!!! "vegan crack" ... this is the best Sioban, made me spray my keyboard with herbal tea!!
I've just counted up and I am 10 months into this 'diet'. Like you am really looking forward to the next 10 too! I do envy you having such control over your food, but husband joins in now with " well if the children are out it makes sense to eat the same" He doesn't want the science BUT has noticed my rather effortless weight loss and what's not to like about steak for dinner? Daughter 2 picks at the edges but is not too keen on meat (especially with legs or wings!). Daughter 1 is a student and just eats anything and everything when home for the holidays!
My brother has just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and fearing he would be given the worst advice I decided to broach the PB wisdom with him ... and found him listening ... he promised to do his own research, but already he's been back to ask me stuff, I am so relieved. He says he wants to eat 'real' food and would prefer to follow a low carb/primal route .. Yey!!
I am thinking of buying the sauce book on your recommendation as they all sound so delicious and quick and easy. I'll let you know how I get on. It is so easy to get stuck in a taste rut.
I remember when I was a child, maybe 7 or so, and my sister was around 10, she looked up from her dinner plate and said, "Is chicken CHICKEN?" Wouldn't touch it after that! That made me happy because all the more for me! I always loved drumsticks. Weird little carnivore, wasn't I? So different now, HAHAHAH -
Ragwort, so glad that your brother is listening and interested - what a thrill to be able to share the info with someone and have them keen to try. Let us know how his health improves
Siobhan, I agree on the child abuse thing!! My SIL and her family eat animal protein maybe twice a month and everything fat free and high carb. They have three kids and it makes me so sad to see what the kids have to eat (their son would love to eat more meat ...) - plus they get every immunization they possibly can... they all have allergies and health issues as a result ... and the kids are starting to get pudgy even though they are on swim team and soccer etc. Their days are full and very energetic and no decent fuel for them.
Here's hoping you can meet some really nice Primal guy one of these days!! And I got the sauces book and am loving it too!
SS, I came in the other night after walking the dogs and told DH "you could read a book out there by that moonlight".. It was so fabulous. I tend to pray when I'm outside at night.
After about 2 months of primal living, I told DH he would have to keep the junk out of the house. He has a workshop with little fridge so he could keep all of the crap out there. This happened for a couple of months, and then he told me he wanted to "do whatever you're doing". I think he was taking notice of the compliments and my extra energy. He's always been tall and lanky so he didn't think he ever needed to eat differently.
Now, he eats everything I cook except for all cruciferous veggies.. I send healthy lunches with him, no more sandwiches and chips, he tells people how much better he feels and sleeps. He came home one day last week and said he had pizza and some sugary stuff at the office and felt awful all afternoon. He said, "I think it's best to stay away from $hit like that". "You are so right, honey", I said.
What a difference a day makes! Last night at this time I was all tucked into bed with a good book and purring cats. Tonight I'm at work and have been running nonstop since I got here five hours ago. Yeah, my buns of steel are getting steelier, I lost count of the stair running. I had a banana with some honey, had to, had to. Just had a couple of the burger patties I made earlier today. I'm exhausted, going to take a break now - I hope -
What an ordeal I have had. Still, I am marveling at my own energy and ability to deal with what has been thrown my way. After the grueling night, I tried to sleep a little at work before driving home, to let the snowplows do their magic, and the sun also. That part of the plan was semi-successful. It was way to noisy to get any rest and after an hour I left. The roads were dramatically better than they had been, so I was happy about that, but when I got home the drive had not been plowed yet. I weighed my options, which were severely limited, and fetched the shovel and started in. After a truly vigorous half hour, I had shoveled my way into the garage. The hard part was when a plower (not ours) came to do the neighbors...I considered offering him a twenty to make one sweep so I could get in the garage. But didn't. Then I considered asking the neighbors if I could park there until our guy showed up. Didn't do that either. Just laid into the snow and got it done. I was truly exhausted by this time, but happy the car is safe in the garage and I am safe at home. Had a lot of trouble getting sleep, as is common when one is overtired. I had a cup of Tazo Calm and put Aida, one of my favorite operas, in the DVD player. Next thing I knew it was Act Three, so I turned it off and got some real sleep, maybe four hours. Woke up to howling, howling winds. So howling that I first thought someone was either trying to get in or at least trying to get me to come to the door. But it was all the wind. The carnivores were curled up right next to me.
I obviously need snow tires - probably studded snow tires. I feel a bit pale at the expense, but I can't take chances with either my own body, other people's bodies, my car, or other people's cars. If this is an indication of what we are up against this year, I will need every last advantage I can carve out for myself.
On the other hand, I am astounded at my ability to deal with all this stuff, both mentally and physically. A year ago I probably would have muddled through somehow, but there would have been tears and despair. This year I just dealt with it and it was okay. I didn't take it personally like the universe is out to get me or anything like that.
Now it is really beautiful, all the fresh snowfall down to the ocean and the sunset is bathing all in rose and lavender - no picture could do it justice.