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  • Here I am at work, getting caught up on things (I bring my mail and open it here - that way I can throw most of it in recycling). Big news. Big, big news. I have found a wonderful new place to live. A gentleman at my church, a retired thoracic surgeon, has a finished apartment over his garage and it is available. He had all the work done himself and it is all quality. Radiant floor heating! Propane! Heated garage! All utilities paid! Tons of storage and closets, two of them cedar! The price - half what I pay now. Did I mention the ocean view from one side and rolling hills on the other, the skylights that make it open and sunny, the superb neighborhood, pet-friendly, very private. My new landlord, besides being a really great guy, and his partner, another really great guy, are avid gardeners and bird-lovers.

    I'm so excited, I feel like I have won the lottery. This is huge for me financially, and this will be much more like a real home for me, even though I am renting. I can count on it being available for as long as I want and I will be able to afford it indefinitely. The money I will save will go a long way on my road back to financial security, which is somewhat stalled by my rather high living expenses at present.

    Anyway, I have to take a deep breath and stay grounded!
    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 read Fonda's post about teeth and brushed my teeth with soap! Cool! I'm at work and just used what we have. Castile soap concentrate - liquid, bad - says contains potassium coconate derived from pure coconut oil and water. My teeth feel shockingly clean. It was fun too, very sudsy. There was virtually no taste.
      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 looked at the link above - apparently liquid Castile soap is good - it is what she uses in her remineralizing toothpaste. I like this idea a lot, making my own toothpaste.

        Work got really, really crazy just before I left - have to center myself and calm down.

        Just ate the rest of my egg/squash/cheese thing. Off to bed 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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        • Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
          Here I am at work, getting caught up on things (I bring my mail and open it here - that way I can throw most of it in recycling). Big news. Big, big news. I have found a wonderful new place to live. A gentleman at my church, a retired thoracic surgeon, has a finished apartment over his garage and it is available. He had all the work done himself and it is all quality. Radiant floor heating! Propane! Heated garage! All utilities paid! Tons of storage and closets, two of them cedar! The price - half what I pay now. Did I mention the ocean view from one side and rolling hills on the other, the skylights that make it open and sunny, the superb neighborhood, pet-friendly, very private. My new landlord, besides being a really great guy, and his partner, another really great guy, are avid gardeners and bird-lovers.

          I'm so excited, I feel like I have won the lottery. This is huge for me financially, and this will be much more like a real home for me, even though I am renting. I can count on it being available for as long as I want and I will be able to afford it indefinitely. The money I will save will go a long way on my road back to financial security, which is somewhat stalled by my rather high living expenses at present.

          Anyway, I have to take a deep breath and stay grounded!
          This sounds like a dream come true!! Fabulous, just FABULOUS!!
          SW: 243
          CW: 177
          Goal: Health

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          • Yes, I am still floating on air about finding my new home - it is better than I could have hoped for. It is hard not to believe there was some type of divine hand guiding me, although my personal beliefs don't encompass that sort of thing. I don't pray for specific things but rather for courage and wisdom and strength to make good decisions and speak up when I should and remain silent when I should. In this case I got it right.

            My cats will love the new place, it is very sunny and they love sun.

            I've gone toothpaste-less. It is great! Brushing with soap is fun and my teeth have never felt so clean. I have some goat milk soap that does not list glycerine among the ingredients. I am using that with a bit of coconut oil. That will do for now, I will think about making some remineralizing toothpaste when I am a bit less pressed for time. What am I going to do with all that toothpaste I bought on sale and have stockpiled? Maybe the food bank will take it.

            Next thing to check is hair care/washing - getting away from shampoo and all the bogus claims and benefits that I haven't actually experienced. Maybe the goat milk soap would be good for that too -

            Really have to go get ready for work -
            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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            • Congrats on the new apartment! Sounds wonderful! It looks like I am going to have to page backwards and note your recipe down this time. I thought I would remember, but no...
              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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              • Well, my egg thing is pretty idiosyncratic, I'm not sure anyone else will like it! I surely do, though.

                A weird thing is happening to me tonight. I'm at work, it has been very, very stressful - one of the most stressful I've ever had - and although I am hungry I just don't want to eat. Normally stress would cause a carbohydrate frenzy. I'm having some water and a cup of tea instead.
                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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                • One thing I have learned is to not freak or congratulate myself on what I am eating or not eating, just to be aware. Yesterday I ate very little, around 600 calories, macros okay. It is neither a failure or a triumph, just one of those days. In the olden days I would have been all proud of my Puritanical self, going without food, yadda yadda, or worried that I was getting sick, or worse, crazy hungry and a hypoglycemic monster. When you're a fat-burning machine, sometimes you don't need to eat, that's all.
                  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 really enjoying brushing my teeth with soap! I can't believe that. If you would have told me I would like doing this, I would have thought you were barking mad. There really is no taste, and I like that. I bought a new soap for the purpose, although the soap I have at home is probably fine. The new one has only saponified oils (olive, palm, coconut), rainwater, lemongrass, and aloe. It smells lovely even though I can't taste 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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                    • LOL! If I start doing that, I will hide it from my family. They already are starting to get those indulgent smiles when dealing with me...
                      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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                      • Hi Siobhan- Just wanted to let you know that I've been reading your journal - it's very impressive and helpful and funny! I also live in a seasonal town (and the season is upon us!), have lived in several garage apts - although yours sounds fantastic, and have one very entertaining cat. It's been helpful to read about what you are eating - it seems like a lot and a lot of fat (all good) - I think this may be where my problem is - not getting enough fat or maybe not enough food in general? I can't seem to wrap my brain around eating that much food. I'm also envious of your food co-op - wish we had one. I hope you don't mind if I check in once in a while - I also like getting the reading recommendations!

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                        • Thank you, SC! I am very glad that my ramblings have been of some use. I know, it seems like I eat a lot - it seems like that to me also, and a lot of fat - usually around 60% of my calories. Seems to agree with me, and the scale is moving ever downward. I don't talk a lot about my weight loss in terms of numbers but I am happy with what is occurring. Although I have no scientific evidence of course, I believe I am losing fat from my body, not lean tissue. Even though I am not 'exercising' especially since I hurt my back, my legs are taking on definition and the middle is definitely shrinking. I really think that is one of the most difficult aspects of the lifestyle to truly integrate into my mindset - the amount of fat one needs to eat, both for health and for weight loss. If you don't feed your body fat, it will not burn fat, it will not let go of the stored fat. Also, I am not very low carb as you can easily see - I aim for about 100g a day, usually end up in the 80-100g range, occasionally a bit over. And I eat fruit and dairy, which I tolerate and enjoy. Although food tracking is not for everyone, I give paleotracker.com a lot of credit - it is fun (for me, anyway) to put my food in and see the pie chart. That helped me get a handle on what I was actually eating.

                          And this whole experience has really enriched my life as it has made me question everything - see soap-tooth-brushing posts above! Opening up my mind to these radically new things has made me feel - not young exactly - but vital. I really felt my life was kind of on a downward slope and I didn't have the will or the strength to change anything. Now I truly look forward to each day and the challenges and pleasures it will bring. I have a very simple life, very different from most people as I live pretty much in my own tiny world.

                          Now see, your post has inspired me to go off on a wild tangent! Best wishes for your journey!
                          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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                          • Siobhan I am so delighted that you have found such a good apartment! Excellent news! So happy that things are going well for you - and love hearing what you are up to and just keeping up with your life. I don't often have time to post but really enjoy reading your journal. THanks for sharing your life with us!
                            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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                            • Whew, what a busy night at work! I think half the population of the State of Maine has been through here. Seeing all these sick people makes me determined to stay well. The fact is that most of the people are here with completely preventable illnesses. Virtually all of the stuff that lands people in here is lifestyle related.

                              Doing well with scheduling/planning my eating so I'm doing it when I'm hungry AND managing to be hungry at convenient times. I have a decent feed at some time between midnight and 2 AM and then a pretty big feed around 4 PM, when I wake up. A snack at 10 or 11 PM if necessary.

                              For my 4 PM meal, I made Dana Carpender's hot dog scramble - pretty good stuff! She says it is good for your kids - I guess I am just a big kid. Made enough for two meals because I know it will taste good heated up. I used cottage cheese instead of cheddar. One thing I like about cottage cheese is that it keeps the food moist, as eggs can easily get pretty dry and unappealing. I guess that is really an unsophisticated dish! Hot dogs (uncured grass-fed), scrambled eggs (pastured, of course), some onion, and cottage cheese. I had the rest of my kale chips and a handful of leafy greens. Just bare-handed those. Couple of cups of tea with raw goat milk.

                              Just had some salami and blueberries, 300 ml of water. So thirsty! Very busy and active tonight, up and down the stairs many times, running from one end of the floor to the other. Could have used another one of me.

                              I found a quote I really like - it's by Helen Keller. "Your success and happiness lie in you...Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties."

                              I am so excited about my new apartment, and of course a little concerned about how I am going to accomplish everything I need to. Of course my work schedule is totally inconvenient and it is very hard to move around. I have to figure out the time frame, employ some movers, organize a friend or two, divest myself of some furniture - lots of things to think about. Right now I am operating on the "don't worry about it unless you can actually do something about it RIGHT NOW" principle. When these things creep into my mind, I picture myself by a river, and just throw them into the river like they were stones. I can't accomplish anything while I am in my work cycle, other than make a list or two, so worrying is completely unproductive and needless. It does help that I have been very busy at work and have had many challenges so I don't have any extra brain cells available for worrying.

                              Having no trouble staying primal. No cravings. Good energy levels. The muscle fatigue I experienced a while ago disappeared and never returned. When I started this, I thought I would give myself a good six months to adjust. I still think that is a reasonable time frame, but it is easier than I thought. I had a couple of things going for me - one major one is that I broke my diet soda addiction quite some time ago, and drank no soda at all, either diet or regular. My beverages were pretty much water and tea. I did not put sugar into my tea, never did. I had quite a sweet tooth and I guess I still do, but giving up grains broke that, IMHO. For me at least, the grains and sugar went hand-in-hand.

                              Did you ever do this experiment in science class? You get some bread or pasta or crackers and chew for a long time - often for five minutes. Everyone does this at the same time, which is pretty funny. After a time the starch becomes sweet - your saliva breaks it down into sugar.
                              Last edited by Siobhan; 06-02-2012, 08:37 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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                              • Forgot to mention I got Mark's 21 Day Total Body Transformation from the library, along with Cordain's Paleo Diet Cookbook. They are both keepers, I will be purchasing them. I can't wait to try Cordain's 7 or 14 day plan. I have too much food in my refrigerator right now that isn't on his plan, so I will need to organize my food buying for awhile before I start.

                                I've read all of Daniel Silva's spy novels featuring the character Gabriel Allon - this is one of my guilty pleasures. On one had I think they are silly, but I find them very entertaining, very diverting, and oddly relaxing. Maybe because the fictional Allon, who is an Israeli assassin, has problems I will never have. The books are all very formulaic and predictable, but Silva writes very well. He has a new one coming out in July, I think.
                                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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