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    Our DS and I are the green heaters in our house - he even more than I. He sleeps most of the year round under a sheet and will sweat buckets, have nightmares and get very grumpy if the house is too warm or if someone puts a blanket on him too early. I have our house heat set at 50F for nights and their window is almost always cracked open or a few inches open ...I put my hand near him and can feel the heat radiating and know not to put anything on him!! I sleep under a single pane window, inches away so that helps me to stay comfortable at night ... DH loves to spoon but I can only do a minute or two and then I start sweating - this morning he was really cold and came and snuggled for a few minutes, cooled me down nicely and warmed him up Funny how different we all are.

    I am so glad the cats have all settled down - lovely. Still waiting for you to find a way to get us all some pictures!! Got to kick that Brazilian cheese bread habit girl! Have it once a week as a treat ... my kids love it too I will have to let them try it with fruit preserves and cream cheese ... or a drizzle of honey and almond butter ... doesn't even sound tempting to me. I've never been a big one for breads and pastas. My monster is sugar
    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 Sabine View Post
      Well, we know you are eating and drinking. I think we'll assume your litter box habits are appropriate. Two out of three ain't bad!
      ROFLMAO! Yes, I actually don't score too badly!
      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 am so glad the cats have all settled down - lovely. Still waiting for you to find a way to get us all some pictures!! Got to kick that Brazilian cheese bread habit girl! Have it once a week as a treat ... my kids love it too I will have to let them try it with fruit preserves and cream cheese ... or a drizzle of honey and almond butter ... doesn't even sound tempting to me. I've never been a big one for breads and pastas. My monster is sugar
        My monster is a complex one - I adore that taste called 'umami' with a touch of sweet, which is basically the definition of the cheese bread with almond butter and honey. Add a crunch to that and I'm hopeless.

        Decided a way out of my food funk was a good old primal cooking session such as I have not had in a while. So off to the store for supplies (actually after swimming) and I cooked up a batch of Asian style fried cauliflower rice. Added pancetta, bacon, eggs, and bay scallops in addition to lots of veg. Bell pepper, snow peas, onions, basil, lemongrass, cilantro, scallions. Delicious. I ate two big bowls and the thing is, that is okay with cauliflower! Have a lot left over for probably three more meals. Also picked up a pork shoulder on sale. You KNOW what I'll do with that.
        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 just got the nom nom paleo ap for the ipad, I can't wait to try some of the recipes! I'm drooling on my keyboard. I definitely want to make some carnitas, I have some pork shoulder roasts in the freezer.
          Height: 5' 10"
          Starting Weight: 292
          Starting Primal Weight: 275
          Current weight: 224
          Goal weight: 172
          Body Fat 30.5

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          • Make sure they are nice and fatty. Lean does not cut it with this recipe.

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            • Sio, did you ever contact Mark about the poser on Match.com? That was CLASSIC, I'm dying to know the outcome!

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              • I did send him a screen cap, but didn't hear back. I'll bet that happens to him a lot!
                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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                • Driving home from work this morning I noticed smoke coming the sugar shack down the road and stopped, although I don't know the people. Spent a pleasant half hour with a neighbor, consumed a hard cider, and left with a pint of still-warm maple syrup. Let me tell you, Vermont gets the press but Maine produces a fine, fine maple syrup and this is a good year. Came home and made a sweet potato pancake, naturally accompanied by a fair amount of Maine's finest. Then I stepped on the scale. ARRRRRGGGGGHHHHHH! 138! Save me from carbohydrates!

                  The good thing is that I know exactly what the problem is - too many carbs, not enough fat and definitely not enough protein. Must...boost...protein. Summer is coming.

                  BTW, the sweet potato pancake was sweet potato, ricotta cheese, and an egg.
                  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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                  • 138? That sounds nice :-), but I understand it's not where you want to be. I'm wondering about "ideal" weights anyway these days. Although I've noticed clothes fitting better and I look less puffy in the face, I do not think I've lost anything substantial other than the initial water weight (glycogen I think) that I always lose first. It'll be a slow road.

                    When I stop eating properly, even for just a day or two, this water weight always goes right back on and I can gain 5 to 8 pounds seemingly overnight. It always frustrates me because it is always after a carby and often salty meal, which I shouldn't have eaten. So I get to feel guilty on top of fat. Stupid thing is thet I know intellectually what is happening and that it shouldn't bother me, but it ALWAYS does. This is the reason that I'm not weighing myself or taking measurements or anything, at least not for a long time.

                    Based on your last photograph, you look great!!
                    Height: 5' 10"
                    Starting Weight: 292
                    Starting Primal Weight: 275
                    Current weight: 224
                    Goal weight: 172
                    Body Fat 30.5

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                    • Actually, in my photo I think that is about what I weighed. The last time I weighed I was 130 or 131. It's like I gained 7 or 8 lbs in a week! Scary. I just weighed myself upon getting up and was 136 in my jammies. That makes me feel a little better. I think sometimes I panic because I so badly do NOT want to regain any weight, I want to be like I am. It's like a primal jack-in-the-box is going to pop out and me and say, "Surprise! You're going to be fat and sick again!" I need to nip this right in. It's one thing if I go on holiday and allow myself to go a little crazy, say with alcohol and nuts. But creeping weight gain terrifies me.

                      Also woke with a tiny headache, which is no big deal except that I never get headaches. I know I haven't eaten any grains or sugar. Maybe allergy season is starting? It's still pretty cold!

                      I have been feeding the new cat in a separate room, but this morning he lined up with the other two and wouldn't budge. So they chowed all three in a row. They look beautiful together - one black, one grey, one black and white. I sat on the floor with them and they climbed all over me. Took turns brushing them, they all love that. Well, I am a failure with human relationships for the most part, but I seem to have the animal kingdom down. Yesterday at rehearsal I was entrusted with a 17-year old blind dachshund because it was too cold for him outside and his owner couldn't hold him anymore, his back was killing him. Normally he is nervous with strangers. He was, of course, okay with me. Probably senses that people don't like 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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                      • Lol about the relationships with humans! I'm pretty much the same way. Fortunately SWMBO and I manage well enough, but it's always trouble. It's been trouble of one sort or another with everybody I've ever been with. I guess I'm hard to live with. I don't think I am... but I am the one constant in all of my failed and difficult relationships, so the evidence is stacked against me.

                        Of course, most of the time I didn't really like myself all that much. My weight was an issue there too, a cause or an effect...I'm not sure which.

                        I do like animals and they like me, but I've rarely lived in situations where I could have one (when I was on my own).

                        I hear you about the panic about gaining weight. Last summer when I was at my lowest weight (low 230's) I used to dream I would wake up and be 300+ lbs again!
                        Height: 5' 10"
                        Starting Weight: 292
                        Starting Primal Weight: 275
                        Current weight: 224
                        Goal weight: 172
                        Body Fat 30.5

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                        • I'm sure my own problems with humans stems largely from my own problems with self-esteem, which is usually somewhere around my shoelaces. And the fact that I truly enjoy my own company. I have always thought my ideal relationship would be like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera - separate houses with a connector between them!
                          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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                          • More craziness in the World of Siobhan. Feeling extremely energetic. TOO energetic. Donned a sport bra for the first time in ages, put on the Merrill Pace Gloves and headed out. Ran down the big hill, across a flat, up a smaller hill, then turned around. Ran the whole way, ten minutes or so, almost all up or down, quite steep. Felt great! Wonder how the feet will handle it? It is in the 30's temp-wise, and my hands got really cold. Note to self: under 40F, wear gloves. I was wearing a short sleeve T, a fleece vest, and yoga pants. Got home and took off the Merrills and ran around on the grass. Talked to landlord about asparagus, of which there is a large patch planted under my kitchen window, imagine that!

                            More craziness. I got a new tree friend. I am always happiest with a live tree in my home. My last tree, a lemon cypress unfortunately died when I left him temporarily with a friend when I moved to Maine. It was the hottest summer ever in Massachusetts, and despite my admonitions to move the tree to a shady spot, he left it in full sun. Not blaming him, however, it was my fault. But I had that tree for ten years! I still miss him. But today Jennifer the Bay Laurel arrived. We bonded immediately. She is in a window soaking up the April Maine sun after her long journey in the dark. She left Oregon on Friday and arrived today! (Yes, I am nuts. But you already knew that.)
                            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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                            • Just put a batch of carnitas in the oven. I put the temp at 325F because I am going to choir and it will be in the oven for about 4 hours. (Down from normal 350F) I have become fond of buying, hopefully on sale, a blade roast with ribs attached. I cut off the ribs and slice between them. The rest I cut into four large pieces that eventually become carnitas. The onions go in the bottom of the pan, the pork pieces on top, broth and seasonings over all. I place the rib portion, bone side up, on the top. I can remove this partway through cooking and finish it later when I want to eat it, or leave it in and crisp it up under the broiler or in a really hot oven. A twofer! When I get home from choir the place will smell heavenly.

                              Another weird thing I have noticed. I am much less susceptible to onion irritation. I had it bad - I mean REALLY bad - my whole life. I often would not use onions because of the severe eye-tearing. Yes, I tried everything. I used a full-on face mask such as we use in the hospital with TB patients. I am serious. But now I can easily cut up a couple of onions, and if my eyes start to tear, I can merely step away for a moment or two and return to chopping. Why I have experienced this change I cannot say, but I am happy with 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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                              • I can't imagine people not liking you - you seem very normal and pleasant to me.

                                I'm happy to hear the felines have settled in together - it can sometimes be difficult to introduce a newbie into an already established group.

                                I'm sure those 5 pounds will melt off easily - its more likely water weight from too many salty carbs. A few more times up and down those hills and you should be good to go!
                                1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                                2. Eat to heal
                                3. Move to live
                                4. Embrace today
                                5. Live with intention
                                6. Respect my body
                                7. Cultivate joy
                                8. Find my passion
                                9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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