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  • Well. I did it. Amazing stuff. I walked down the hill in my bare feet, then lay down and pulled up my pant legs and sleeves to get sun. The ground was cold at first but very quickly I felt quite warm. The sun is brilliant. I was a little afraid my landlord would see me and 1) think I'm crazy 2) call an ambulance thinking I had fallen. At least 2) didn't happen! But it was wonderful. Like a massage or something relaxing and energizing at the same time. I came in and took a shower, then lay on my bed. The cats walked all over me and then actually lay on top of me, something they don't normally do. My feet are tingling like mad in a very good way. I realize I need to change my footwear and seriously get out of the foot casts I have been wearing. Must think about this and come to some resolution regarding work, where I need to protect my feet from very bad things like needles and heavy equipment, and doing the best thing for my health.

    NewMan is driving here and we are going to have a drink or something.
    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
      I meant why do the Italians do it, and we don't? It is my understanding that it can develop at any time of life. I am always interested in healthcare practices in different countries. It is so strange how things that are considered practically deadly in some places are commonplace in others.
      Just that we don't have a public health policy in this country.

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      • I hope you have a lovely time with NewMan. I love the way you are really exploring the boundaries of your life in such a multi-faceted way. Those of us with family ties are not able to follow things through on the spur of the moment. I do so love reading your blog, I like thinking about another person with similar aims (primal) and a similar age, working hard and living .. really living. Keep up your musings and thank you for sharing.


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        • Originally posted by ragwort View Post
          I love the way you are really exploring the boundaries of your life in such a multi-faceted way. Those of us with family ties are not able to follow things through on the spur of the moment. I like thinking about another person with similar aims (primal) and a similar age, working hard and living .. really living. Keep up your musings and thank you for sharing.
          So very true. Some days in the midst of my family ups and downs, I feel like I'm living vicariously through following the goings on of the kidless people.

          I'm very jealous of your barefooting and lying in the sun. I have about 3 feet of snow in my front yard, so similar antics are a long way off. I swear, I will NOT live somewhere with this type of climate when I have the choice. Which hopefully will be with retirement in about 5 years. Thinking west coast.
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          • Why thank you, ragwort! I wonder if I go too far - lying on the ground in the winter in Maine and claiming to like it - hmmmm, you might say! But it's true. I am really interested in trying these new things that I would have been very skeptical of. And I am still a skeptic, very much so. But I want to find out things for myself, not just blindly do as I'm told, as I did for so many years. (Healthy grains! Bah!)

            Had a couple of drinks (hard cider for me) and shared a dinner with NewMan. I had a piece of roasted chicken and he had the ribs - it is chicken and ribs special night at the restaurant. He has driven here twice now, I know he is really interested but I am still very much on the fence. I enjoy spending time with him but I wish he a nickel or two to rub together. It is not that he needs to be rich, but he does need to have enough cash to go out dutch, which he really doesn't. I think even buying the gas is a stretch.

            I'm really interested in reading more about earthing. I don't like the book so much - it is unfortunately written in snake-oil-salesman style. That doesn't mean it doesn't have good information, though. I'll have to search through the forum and see what others here think, but I want to read up on it myself first. I am willing to try virtually anything to help my feet. Although they are fine now, I spent too many years in terrible pain and I know how easily it could return. And no matter how good they feel, there is always room for improvement. And of course better sleep is a constant quest.

            I have cooked up a batch of spiced burgers and tapioca bread. It is meant to see me through the next three work nights, but who am I kidding? I'll probably consume it all in a day and a half. I have some Niman Ranch sausages and a head of green leaf lettuce. And some raspberries and cauliflower.
            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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            • Despite planning to stay up and read for hours, I fell asleep almost immediately and slept very well all night, finally getting up at 9 AM. I guess the mere idea of earthing is enough to put me to sleep! Today is cloudy but quite warm. Off to take turn around the yard.

              Yes, being alone and independent has its advantages as well as its disadvantages. That is true of everything, is it not? But we all do what we have to. Honestly, I can't live with people. I've tried. It has sabotaged every relationship I have ever had in the end. And usually what precipitates the breakup is my discovering some new thing that I want to explore and my partner/husband/SO finding that really, really annoying and/or actively stopping me. Keep in mind I'm talking about things like gardening and cooking. I have uttered the phrase, "If you're not going to encourage me or help me, then stay out of my way!" several times in my life, and not in a nice happy way. But it just the way I am made. I have always been happier alone, exploring stuff. Sometimes I think I should have been a man, but I would have been a terrible man. So it's just as well I'm ME and no one else! (I feel like this could be a teenage diary entry.)
              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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              • And so my n=1 earthing experiment continues...I went outside barefoot, walked around for several minutes, sat down on the ground near the water (technically I am not right on the ocean, this is a protected cove) and enjoyed the feeling of my feet and bum on the earth. As my body temp warmed the ground, I felt quite comfortable, and it is so beautiful. I could hear the church bells from the Catholic church approximately 3 miles away. Other than that, only sounds of nature. Then I walked around some more. The whole thing was only ten minutes or so. I have taken the precaution of having 'earthing clothes' as it is impractical to get new clothes dirty every day by laying on the ground in them. So I dragged out a pair of old yoga pants and a hoodie to wear on my barefoot excursions. And I will admit that it is awfully to nice to have the warm house just a few feet away. Anyway, my feet are very happy and so is the rest of me. Perhaps (probably) this is just the result of being outside and getting outside of myself for a few minutes. Whatever it is, I will take 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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                • Had a great swim today. I go through periods where I just float around and play around a lot, and periods where I really push myself to swim hard. I'm going through a hard period right now, it just feels right. I've been working on changing up my breathing and that is going very well indeed. I do better holding my breath and then exhaling forcefully just before I surface for a breath, as opposed to exhaling slowly the entire time I am under water. I can easily swim three or four breast strokes breathing this way, and six or so freestyle. I don't feel air hunger and I am increasing my underwater time, particularly with the breast stroke and a very long glide. It's an amazing feeling, moving underwater, staying under and enjoying it without any feeling of panic. I am hypothesizing that by holding my breath I am giving my body more time to perform gas exchange, and the forceful exhalation helps push O's into my blood. (End pressure to improve oxygenation is an accepted fact, and is a major part of certain therapies that I perform in my job.) Came home and had a spiced burger on a tapioca roll, a few raspberries, and a couple of handfuls of green leaf lettuce. Now I must snooze for awhile in order to work tonight.

                  Hey all! Pedidoc is benign! Go check out her journal! And David is back! Go say hi!
                  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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                  • Your journal was always so great to read but now it's going in a really interesting direction. I think natural healing/conscience based healing is going to return with legitimacy to the science field before long... what's old is new again

                    Yay, David is back!
                    If you have a few minutes- please take a look at my story, in my journal
                    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread87400.html
                    I do warn you, I am a copious writer.

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                    • Thank you for that, I am so interested in learning and experiencing all that I can. I can't believe how this lifestyle is just opening up so many avenues for me.

                      Tonight I wore some very basic tennies with Superfeet insoles. This is a step towards going minimal. I know that I need to go slowly and I of all people know the damage and pain that can result from moving forward too quickly. So far so good. I have done a lot of running and the feet are perfect.

                      I got some of my favorite salmon and cream cheese spread and had that with bell peppers. Swoon-worthy! Then a mango, carb-y but so delicious, and a few raspberries. I'm so happy 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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                      • I love my vivobarefoots Amazon.com: Vivobarefoot Women's Breatho Trail Running Shoe,Light Grey/Purple,38 EU/8 M US: Shoes
                        Female 55
                        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

                        My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60175.html

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                        • Those are so cool! *Eyeing credit card*

                          Hey, a spammer! And I thought they didn't care any more!
                          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 was looking through a newspaper and saw a picture of raspberries. I stared at it for a long time, and then I realized that raspberries are my favorite food. Can you believe that? A year ago my favorite food was pizza.
                            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
                              Those are so cool! *Eyeing credit card*
                              I get many positive comments and they blend in a bit better than 5s. Although we do have one faculty who wears her 5s to teach in!
                              Female 55
                              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

                              My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60175.html

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                              • I love your earthing stories Siobhan! You make me want to go out barefoot right now...but I think my feet won't be happy as it's freezing here and it snowed all day
                                My Journal: Candy in Primal Wonderland
                                My Blog: Candy in Wonderland
                                Goal for 2012: keep weight steady (+/- 74 kg): check
                                Goal for 2013: lose 10 kg and keep new weight (+/- 65 kg)

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