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  • One thing I notice in looking at other journals and communicating with others is that many people eat the same thing a lot. They have the same breakfast every day, the same lunch, and then a few dinners, so they always know exactly what they are eating. I don't think I can do that. I can't even make a smoothie the same way twice. I suppose it would help to be more organized. I should come up with a plan, like beef two nights a week, chicken two nights a week, fish two nights, wild card one night. But I know I won't. I just buy whatever looks good and is on sale. That reminds me, I have some bananas to freeze.

    Felt a little weird and shaky and realized I hadn't eaten for a rather long time. Also the chiropractor visit seems to take a lot out of me for some reason. (It's not rigorous, I mostly just lay there.) I had a piece of chicken, some squash, and half an avocado, fixed me right up!

    Showered and just rinsed hair. It feels okay. Maybe I can do this every-other-day shampoo thing.
    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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    • Been a whirlwind of activity! Yesterday I went over to my new home to talk over some details with my landlord. He is such a good person and a real inspiration to me. He views projects and tasks, not as chores or obstacles, but as welcome challenges. He is energized when faced with a problem to be solved, and he is extremely intelligent. (He is a retired surgeon AND software engineer!)

      We called Sears to purchase the laundry machines - let me tell you, I find it hard to believe that Sears is still in business. I was connected to the call center, stated my intention to purchase machines, gave the model numbers - but "the system was down." After several failed attempts, she transferred me - I thought she would stay on the line and explain, but I had to start over with a new person. Although they have inventory in the computer, it is totally inaccurate and they have to go to the stockroom to check. If one makes any changes in one's order, such as deciding to pick up the machines instead of having them delivered, or use a Sears card instead of a Visa, the entire process has to be started over. After almost an hour on the phone, and discovering they couldn't actually verify if they had the machines I wanted in stock, and telling me they couldn't be delivered for two weeks, my landlord said, "Let's just go to the store in my truck and pick them up." The store is 45 minutes away. So off we went. At the store, again quite a hassle, and they did not have complete sets in stock, and there was much checking of the stockroom. Finally I pointed to two rather more expensive machines and said, "How about if I take those at the price of the ones I picked out but you don't have?" The manager readily agreed to this. The deal was done and somehow an additional discount made its way onto my tally sheet. (Makes me wonder about their pricing.) The machines were loaded in the truck and back home we went. My landlord is actually excited about moving them upstairs through a trapdoor with a block and tackle! He seems to view it all with great enjoyment. Very different from my current landlord! He has the plumbing all set, and the electrician is coming today to put in the high voltage dryer circuit. Again, he seems excited about the project, enjoying the process. The deal is that he is paying for the hookups - basically the improvements to the property, and I purchased the machines. I plan to stay there for some time and I am so happy to have my own new laundry machines that no one else's knickers have been washed in.

      Still, I can't get over Sears - they made it hard for me give them money! How can you operate a business that way?

      Didn't eat that much yesterday but did enjoy rather too much red wine - 250 ml., about a third of the bottle. An old friend called because today is my birthday and we talked for three hours. That was the best birthday present I could have. Anyway, I enjoyed a couple of glasses of wine while chatting. Still, my macros were good. Woke up hungry and had a hamburger patty and an artichoke with plenty of butter. Cleaned out a closet and loaded up the car with things to take to the thrift shop. Must see if they want some of my furniture.
      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 eat the same thing day after day either. Breakfast, perhaps, because I don't like thinking in the morning. But seeing as I prefer to skip breakfast when it's doable...

        At our age, daily shampoos are definitely not necessary. Except in very hot, sticky weather, I go two or sometimes even three days.

        Hope your back is better today.
        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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        • Happy Birthday, Siobhan!

          I'm relatively new out here on this forum and have not started my own journal yet. But I have been reading a few journal posts, and yours caught my eye early on. I have only visited Maine two times - I'm a northern California girl - but I absolutely loved my visits there and I hope to go back again. So, I really enjoy reading your journal and how you describe your life there. And how exciting about your move into your new place! Congrats on that.

          Reading that it was your birthday made me finally come out of the shadows of lurking and wish you a happy birthday. I'm a June baby, too! I'll be 49 in two weeks.

          Have a wonderful day!

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          • Thanks Cheryl, and happy birthday to you a bit early! I am glad you like my journal. I am really glad I started, it has been a very worthwhile experience and very helpful for the transition to the primal lifestyle.

            An old friend called me last night and we talked a lot about PB - a son of a friend of his is studying to become a biologist and wants to spread the paleo/primal word. This young man flunked out of college a couple of years ago, too much partying, and then he discovered paleo and now is a very focused student and passionate about encouraging people to make dietary changes. My friend didn't know much about it, but is very interested because of the change he has seen in this young man, so I steered him in the (hopefully) right direction. Told him to start with "Fathead" and here, of course.

            I just heard that Ray Bradbury died. This makes me very sad. I attended a lecture by him seven years ago - what a mind that man had! He will truly be missed.
            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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            • Happy Birthday, Siobhan! Hope it's a wonderful day for you!!

              Sad, indeed, about Ray Bradbury, though no surprise as he was pretty sick for a while. My Dad knew him and is very sad today... he's 93 and was at the very beginning of Science Fiction fandom and conventions and it becoming a genre. Most of his friends from SF are gone.
              SW: 243
              CW: 177
              Goal: Health

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              • How wonderful your dad knew the great ones! Does he know Ray Harryhausen? Such innovators, such masters - we won't see their like again.

                Work is horrible so far and I've only been here 1 1/2 hours! Never working on my birthday again!
                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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                • Well, it's a bit late, but here are my birthday wishes too!

                  about Ray Bradbury. Such a part of my childhood.
                  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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                  • It's not late, still my birthday! I am NEVER working on my birthday again. It's just a bad omen. Last year I worked on my birthday and one of my personal friends was brought in my ambulance - he had a massive cardiac event and was gone. Yep, no more birthday working!
                    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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                    • Spent quite a bit of time talking to my old friend who is thinking of going primal. He is very resist to giving up hot dog buns. It's going to take him awhile to grasp things. He keeps saying, "It's primal except for the bun, and it's just one." I'm trying to think of a nice way to tell him the bun is pretty much the most important thing to lose - a load of refined wheat, probably HFCS, completely empty calories. That one bun can be the difference between feeling great, experiencing the benefits and failure. Wheat is murder! This friend has significant weight to lose also. I'm hoping for the best.
                      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
                        How wonderful your dad knew the great ones! Does he know Ray Harryhausen? Such innovators, such masters - we won't see their like again.

                        Work is horrible so far and I've only been here 1 1/2 hours! Never working on my birthday again!
                        Yes, he does, though not closely. He visited him once in England and he was so secretive he wouldn't let Dad near his work area. Not sure if it's from a perfectionism or protecting his work. Dad thought it was fascinating anyway. And later, we went to a showing (sort of a premier) of his Golden Voyage movie (we were living in England at the time). I wish I remembered meeting him better than I do. Sadly, I remember the excitement, the huge theater, and the ice cream at intermission better (I was a kid).

                        Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
                        Spent quite a bit of time talking to my old friend who is thinking of going primal. He is very resist to giving up hot dog buns. It's going to take him awhile to grasp things. He keeps saying, "It's primal except for the bun, and it's just one." I'm trying to think of a nice way to tell him the bun is pretty much the most important thing to lose - a load of refined wheat, probably HFCS, completely empty calories. That one bun can be the difference between feeling great, experiencing the benefits and failure. Wheat is murder! This friend has significant weight to lose also. I'm hoping for the best.
                        If just the hot dog rolls are her sticking point, perhaps if she made potato & tapioca starch hot dog rolls? Just to get her past the 'I can't do it' phase? Then maybe she can give them up later when she sees how much better she feels?
                        SW: 243
                        CW: 177
                        Goal: Health

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                        • Siobhan,
                          Sorry to hear your birthday wasn't all that wonderful, with working and all. I specifically told you to have a wonderful day!

                          How nice that you have a friend that is thinking of going primal. I wish I could find people, locally, with the primal mindset. I'm sure there are some out there, I just haven't come across them yet. I have a good friend at work that appears somewhat interested and may check it out, after she is done with her stint on Jenny Craig! UGH!

                          I have somewhat converted my mom. She has given up her morning toast - finally. I even give her fresh, free-range, partially pastured eggs from chickens that my boyfriend has. But she gets tired of those after awhile. I cannot fathom that, as I LOVE eggs and eat them every morning. But I continue to work with her on her diet, as she has many health issues - the main one diabetes and now the effects of that - neuropathy that is causing her great distress. I think there is a part of her that likes to complain about her issues more than work to correct them. I use her as my model of what I DO NOT want for my health as I grow older.

                          Well, thanks for letting me join in on the conversations here. I hope you have a better day today.

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                          • Cheryl, I understand your mother. I don't mind eggs occasionally, in small doses. Or with lots of cheese, in which case I can eat them more often. I absolutely can not stand egg whites on their own. Ew. I eat fried eggs carefully cut to include a piece of yolk with each bite. LOL! Nobody was ever able to convert me to egg white omelets...

                            Siobhan, I do hope your birthday went better this year, even if you were at work.
                            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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                            • Wow, you met Harryhausen! That is so exciting, even if the ice cream is what you remember. (I think that is true of most of our childhood memories.)

                              I hope my friend goes primal - I didn't think of suggesting the gluten-free stuff. He might go for that. He is pretty interested, I wish he lived closer - he's in Nevada. I should get him to move to Maine!

                              I used to have a friend who suffered from rather serious depression, although he functioned quite well - good job and so forth. He was a carb addict. Breakfast every morning was the same for him - two pieces of toast with jam and a bowl of frosted mini-wheats. Drank a lot of Gatorade, thinking it was healthy. I am sorry to report that he killed himself a few years ago. Life just became too difficult. I have to wonder if a diet change could have helped...it makes me so sad.

                              Having a somewhat difficult night at work. Sometimes the challenges are, well, challenging. A patient told me that she is going to die tonight and it is my fault. Of course that is nonsense but it hurts nonetheless to have her say that. She is not getting the medicine she requested, which has nothing to do with me, but she is directing her anger at me. I have spent many hours taking care of this patient, she is chronically ill and is here frequently, and although I know I should not take it personally I am in fact hurt.

                              On a lighter note, we have someone in the ER complaining of stomach pain. "What did you have for dinner?" asked the ER doc. "Rice and beans, three plates, and a few beers." Our healthcare dollars at 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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                              • Thank you!

                                I never really liked fried eggs that much until recently when I accidentally cooked one in a very hot pan and the white was browned and crispy. I should mention there was quite a bit of fat in the pan. Completely transforms the egg. Hmmm, might need to eat one of the those soon -

                                I think my favorite savory combination is chicken, bacon, avocado, and blue cheese. That is absolutely divine to me. It was salad day at the food co-op, and they had all these things as salad toppings. Delicious.

                                I have noticed a rather odd thing. I haven't been exercising because of my back, so the most activity I get is at work. When I begin work, my legs feel a bit tired the first time or two up the stairs, but as the evening goes on that tired feeling goes away and I don't even notice the stairs. Just the opposite of the old way, when the first few trips up the stairs were okay, but then I became very tired. Funny, huh?
                                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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