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  • I think I have discovered the source of my funk and it can be expressed in one word: HORMONES. I've had some minor skin problems, some almost-hot flashes, have felt uncomfortable and bloated for a couple of days despite eating clean....hmmmmm....

    I have restarted taking the New Chapter herbal mixture and Vitamin E. Hopefully that will help.

    Had bacon and eggs this morning, nom nom nom. Was woken by the cats very early because of some hubbub on the balcony. I have been sleeping with the French doors open despite the nighttime chill because they love it so - they sit there all night, transfixed by dark goings-on that I can't see. I just wrap myself up like a burrito in blankets and we're all happy. I don't know what was there this morning at 4 AM - could have been an insect, could have been a raccoon - but there was major activity, howling, thumping. The doors got shut but I was wide awake and hungry. Lit a fire in the woodstove, rather an indulgence as it is not really cold.
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    "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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    • Took my wart patch off as it was time to change it and was disturbed to find that it had shifted. I should have checked it! The good thing is that I think it shifted only recently and spent most of the time doing what it should be doing. I got smarter this time, soaked it and scrubbed it thoroughly, then put on a new patch, outlined it with a Sharpie and put a Tegaderm over it. I'll keep a better eye on it because I really, really want to get rid of this thing as soon as possible, and obviously I don't want to damage healthy skin.

      Decided not to go to any church this morning. Am watching Nova, which is about Hurricane Sandy. I didn't know it was actually two storms - a nor'easter joined it. No wonder it was so powerful. Water! Mother Nature!
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      "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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      • Took Oboe to get blessed at the Blessing of the Animals. He was the only cat! He was very good. We got there early and sat in the car. I took him out of the carrier and he sat on my lap and looked around like the world was new. It was so fun to watch him. He behaved very well even though an overly friendly St. Bernard and two rambunctious little boys tried to make him their BFF. When we got home, I gave him a whole can of Fancy Feast. He is sleeping it off right now!

        Went on a long walk. It is overcast and cool. The woods reminded me of Blair Witch Project, especially because someone is building little wigwams all over the place.
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        "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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        • Ah, the weekend is over, and those with real lives will return to the forum and perhaps read the musings of One Who Lives With Cats, and spent the weekend trying to discover The Meaning of Life through Dialectic With Cats and found the response of said cats to be enigmatic at best.

          Barring such answers, I have decided to tackle the issue of dairy head on. The problem with dairy is that it is a complex substance with a couple of different issues. Is casein the problem? Or lactose? Or something else I don't even know about? The reality is something I have denied for years. My morning cup of tea or joe with a splash of milk gives me a slight headache. I have experimented with cream, with coconut milk. Trouble is that I don't like either of those. Butter and coconut oil are nice, but they just don't do it for me. Not alone. So I'm tackling this from the other end. Possibly get rid of the black tea and coffee. Starting my day without a hot drink is unthinkable, however. So - experimenting with herbal tea with coconut milk. So far the front runner is raspberry tea with coconut milk. It remains to be seen if I can go without caffeine. I haven't done so for any length of time for quite awhile. And the question is, do I wean myself down, or go cold turkey? I can answer my own question - weaning is best for me. I have to function at work, which is always top priority and non-negotiable. I cannot go to work with a pounding headache. And I shouldn't have to. Have had one cup of black tea with milk this morning, which produced the usual slight headache that I have finally decided to confess to. It is the milk that is giving me the headache, this I already know. So, you ask, why not just drink the tea without milk. The answer is - yuck. Don't like it.

          Enough about that. Will weigh in again about this experiment, which I hopefully will conclude satisfactorily.

          Reading Rowling's novel published under a pseudonym, The Cuckoo's Calling. It is okay but not great. Am hoping it picks up considerably, or has a plot twist or something. It's turning into a slog, and since I feel compelled to read it regardless (not something I normally do - if the book doesn't grab me in the first 50 or so pages I give it up.) I couldn't believe the library had it for me because I was Number 127 on the hold list, but they give the books to their own patrons first before sending them on ILL. Hence my decision to read it no matter what.

          Okay, must do some Real Life Stuff. Hope everyone has a great week!
          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 getting ready for work - first choir, then will go afterwards. An extremely kind co-worker is covering for me so that I can go to practice. So nice of her!

            Still feeling a bit funky but much better. Very tired. One of those days when I felt fine, then when I was driving home it hit me exactly like the cliched ton of bricks. The car knows the way home! And being so overtired had the effect that it often does - I slept for an hour, then tossed and turned a lot. Well, it can only get better.

            Possibly this was a result of the sugar dragon. I fought valiantly during the night and lost! Back on horseback with my spear sharpened today.
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            "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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            • Hey Sio, do you plan on reading Bill O'Reilly's Killing Jesus?

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              • I can't imagine even touching anything with Bill O'Reilly's name on it, much less reading it.
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                "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                • Here I am back at work. Slept and slept today, but could hardly get up!

                  FitBit is dead again and this time it will not reset. I would just as soon get it replaced while it is still new and under warranty. Rather annoyed but hopeful that all will be resolved. I sent FitBit an email. Although I purchased a warranty, I think it is still covered by FitBit. We'll see.
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                  "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                  • This week grass-fed ground beef is on sale for $4 a pound at my local grocery and let me tell you, it is great. Trouble is, it is from Australia! Nothing wrong with that except that I live in the Land of Grass-Fed Beef and local stuff is $8 a pound. How can beef get here from Australia and be cheaper than local beef? I am truly confused. I know the logistics and practicalities of shipping certain things, but still this strains my understanding.

                    My foot is so horribly sore! The only thing that is making me keep up with these patches is the knowledge that it hurt anyway. But I am so tired of my foot hurting. I want this wart gone! Maybe wanting can make it so. Am going to visualize my foot with no wart.
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                    "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                    • Action packed day, and a long one. Got off work, slept two hours and then went back to the hospital for a review board on a case I was involved in. Luckily a co-worker drove me! I'm glad I went even though nothing was resolved.

                      Today my pull-up bar arrived, and after getting a good workout just putting it together, I am distressed to discover that none of my doorways are suitable. They are too thick. I am going to take it to work and see if it will work there. It is good for doing pushups. Supposedly it can be used for dips - maybe by someone else, but not by me.

                      Had sardines for lunch, mmm mmm mmm.

                      The house smells marvelous due to a big pile of pork being turned into carnitas. Haven't made this for awhile, and I am greatly looking forward to tucking in to a big ole crispy plate with all the trimmings.

                      Have a stressful thing going on that I don't want to talk about here because of privacy concerns (I'm so old school) but it is kind of freaking me out. Must find some balls and resolve it.
                      Last edited by Siobhan; 10-10-2013, 02:45 PM.
                      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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                      • Am three hours into the carnitas cooking and the house is enveloped in an aroma that would reduce the staunchest vegan into a gelatinous pool of carnivorous craving. So you can imagine what it is doing to me!
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                        "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                        • Sending resolving thoughts.
                          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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                          • Thank you! I need all I can get! The whole mess is a result of my own procrastination, and my own fault. This doesn't make it easier.

                            I hate to type 'OMG" but...OMG...the carnitas turned out to be spectacular. The best batch ever. There are a couple of reasons for this. One: the co-op was out of ancho chili powder and I bought a five chili blend. I will be buying it from now on. Two: I turned the pork several times and let it get very crispy at the end. I ate a stupid amount of pork with two small boiled potatoes mashed up with pork juice. Divine.

                            I think I have successfully transitioned from dairy to coconut milk in my hot beverages. Do you know how I finally did this? I added more coconut milk. I was only putting in a splash, as I do with milk or cream, and that only created a watery unpleasant drink. I added a decent amount and that makes all the difference. I've been dairy free for two days and I must say it agrees with me. I can't put my finger on what the difference is, but there is definitely a difference.

                            Does anyone have a good name for a toy lion? A plush toy.
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                            "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
                              Does anyone have a good name for a toy lion? A plush toy.
                              My daughters who are huge Lion King fans would say, Simba.

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                              • Originally posted by marcadav View Post
                                My daughters who are huge Lion King fans would say, Simba.
                                Being literal I would say Leo.
                                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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