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  • Checking in after traveling last week. I did really well until the last day when I was stuck at the hospital for 12 hours. It was busy and by the time I got a chance to get something to eat the choices were all bad. So I had a hamburger - should have left off the bun, but I was starving! Any way I paid for it, bloating and severe lower back pain the next day. Hopefully, I can remember how miserable I was and stay away from gluten. I saw my favorite waiter two times and had great primal meals both times. Next time, I will have him pack me a lunch to take to work at the hospital.
    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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    • It is interesting how we come to things. When I was at A-kon I saw a class listing for belly dancing and tried it just because I knew Pebbles bellydanced. Who knows if I will ever do it again, but I've done it once!

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      • I can relate to the gluten reaction - the one I had after eating only a small amount of flour was enough to put me off for a long, long time. Yay for primal waiters!

        I've always been curious about bellydancing. Maybe I will even try it someday.

        Heavily into packing and moving, I'm not going to get into the gory details. Takes too long and is boring. Well, back to 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'm trying to hula hoop. I figure it's play and works my problem area!
          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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          • Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
            I do all sorts of things with it. My current favorite is to make something that reminds me of lasagna. I put a layer of squash, some tomato sauce (primal of course), some cheese, some meat, repeat. This travels very well so I take it to work a lot. I also like to fry it - just take a small handful, drop it in a fry pan with some fat and cook away. Good with any meat or veg, including eggs at breakfast. I mix it with cottage cheese and eggs and cook it like a pancake. Yes, I am a spaghetti squash lover. It has quite a mild taste, unlike other squashes like butternut or acorn. It doesn't assert itself in a dish so it can go with just about anything. Also you could put any type of sauce on it that you used to put on pasta.

            And wasn't I just wondering about dairy and Mark's post is about experimenting with different types of dairy? Scary!

            What a day. Left work this AM and spent an hour and a half at hard labor in my new home. Came home, got on the phone and arranged for moving on Thursday. Fingers crossed about that. Slept and then went back to new home, which now was devoid of unwanted furniture and junk and cleaned like a fiend. The place was FILTHY. The 'stains' on the floor? Not stains. Just dirt. The woman who lived there must have never washed it. Now, I'm not the world's greatest housekeeper, but I would never leave a place in that condition. Well, it is clean now.

            Home now, had a smoothie and now am relaxing a bit. I can accomplish this, I know it. At this time next week I will be settled into my new home.

            I started listening to some CDs from The Teaching Company about C.S. Lewis. What a mind that man had! I am really enjoying learning about him and his ideas. Funny, I never really liked The Chronicles of Narnia so I never looked further into Lewis's life and work. But I have come to realize I have really missed out - he was a great man with great ideas. How did I figure this out? Oddly, I learned he was a great fan of Wagner, especially the Ring Cycle, as I am.

            Need a shower badly.
            I am obviously going to have to experiment. Didn't cook yesterday, just couldn't get my mojo going.

            C.S. Lewis. ! He probably shaped my mind more than any other one person. And I am profoundly grateful. And yet there is still so much of his stuff I haven't read, including some on my shelves. But I have always loved the Chronicles of Narnia, which were my first favourite books. I still re-read them occasionally, although it's been a while.

            I got one of my college professors turned on to Lewis; he went out and bought the Collected Works. One of my good deeds...

            Pedidoc, I had this great hula hoop when I was a kid. It was heavy-weight, which actually made it much easier to keep up. I played with it so much, it probably contributed immensely to my health. If I ever find another heavy hula hoop, I'm buying! It was a fad item at the time. I still remember the ads a bit - the Shoop-Shoop Hula Hoop. It had plastic beads or something inside, so it made a "shooping" noise as it went around.
            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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            • The one I'm using is weighted and snaps together, so I can easily pack it for travel!
              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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              • Seriously? Where do I find this marvel?
                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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                • Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
                  I started listening to some CDs from The Teaching Company about C.S. Lewis. What a mind that man had! I am really enjoying learning about him and his ideas. Funny, I never really liked The Chronicles of Narnia so I never looked further into Lewis's life and work. But I have come to realize I have really missed out - he was a great man with great ideas. How did I figure this out? Oddly, I learned he was a great fan of Wagner, especially the Ring Cycle, as I am.
                  Oh, I LOVE CS Lewis! I admire him so much, facing so much pain, exploring the Christian faith, and sharing his discoveries. I started with "The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe" (adored them all) but as I grew discovered his non-fiction. "Mere Christianity" was a favorite when I turned 20. But the wickedly clever "Screwtape Letters" captured me in my teens and was always a 'gift book'. In my salad days I'd keep a pile of books to give as gifts, purchasing many copies at once and doling them out as presents to friends and family. For over a decade I had squirreled away copies of* "Letters to Alice on Reading Jane Austen", "The Screwtape Letters", "Archie & Mehitabel", "Three Men in a Boat", "Napoleon's Glands and other Ventures in Biohistory", "The Cartoon History of the Universe", and "My Family and Other Animals". The extra copies are long gone, but my own are well-worn best friends. I highly recommend these treasures! What would you all have in your 'gift closet' (if you had one)?

                  *sorry, too lazy to underline instead of quote
                  SW: 243
                  CW: 177
                  Goal: Health

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                  • What a wonderful idea! One book I would like everyone to read is little known, a memoir/autobiography by W. G. Ilefeldt called Thoughts While Tending Sheep. He was one of those people who lived a remarkable life but no one has ever heard of, and his life story is very moving and very entertaining. I would also hand out To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and Silver Pennies, a poetry collection compiled by Blanche Jennings Thompson that I have owned and read my entire life, and my mother before me.

                    A book I actually have been giving out recently is Hug Time by Patrick McDonnell, which is a young children's book about "a kitten who is so filled with love, he wanted to give the whole world a hug." My pastor preached a sermon about it, and a recently bereaved friend told me that one night when she was overwhelmed by grief, she got through it by reading it over and over and over. She had in turn given this book to several people.

                    You can get the weighted hoops at Wal-Mart online or in the store too, I imagine. (I have never been in a Wal-Mart.)

                    Back to packing -
                    Last edited by Siobhan; 06-26-2012, 10:23 AM.
                    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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                    • To Kill a Mockingbird - a seriously wonderful, wonderful book! It is the only book we are forced to read in high school that almost everybody loves afterwards anyway.

                      Another relatively unknown book is My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok. Not his most famous, but one of my all-time favourites. An intelligent, compassionate exploration of the intersection of faith and modernity, family dynamics, faith and art... And I see myself in all three of the main characters to some extent, even in the midst of their deepest conflicts, which makes it extremely moving.
                      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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                      • Originally posted by Judg View Post
                        Seriously? Where do I find this marvel?
                        Amazon, of course.....
                        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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                        • LOL! Of course. I've checked out the possibilities, but shipping is pricey, so I'm going to check sports shops. It never occurred to me they would be in pieces and therefore in boxes and easy to miss. And I don't exactly hang out in sports shops. But now I'll check it out. I'm not at all an athlete, so when there are activities I enjoy for their own sake, I should take advantage of them. Love swimming too, but pools are a little more difficult, logistically.
                          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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                          • I adore My Name Is Asher Lev; Potok is a brilliant writer. I read it many years ago, and even as a very young women I was amazed at his ability to strike a chord within me with these characters so very different in circumstance. I should re-read this.

                            Must go pack...must go pack...
                            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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                            • Whew. What a lot of work. Oddly I have no appetite and am struggling to eat. The only thing that seems tempting is fruit. I ate a plum, an apricot, and some raspberries. Ate some beef although it was slightly repulsive for some reason. I have no loss of energy and am not tired.

                              I am so happy about my new place even though it is kind of overwhelming. I was going over numbers in my head - it is hard to believe that it is HALF what I am paying now. I have HALVED my monthly expenses. I have to knuckle down and pay off a couple of bills and get ahead. What a terrific opportunity I have ahead of me!

                              The first thing I did in my new home is hang my artwork. I have a few paintings that are not valuable but I treasure them and I love to look at them. My new place actually has an 'art wall' since it was designed partly to be an artist studio. It is covered in that burlap-type material that is perfect for hanging pictures. It looks wonderful.

                              I have moved most of my clothes and still have a closet left. I have a ridiculous number of clothes. I have to cut down. New rule: when I buy a new piece, I have to get rid of a piece. That should really go for everything!
                              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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                              • Slept like a rock. Actually like two rocks. After working all day, I wanted to read and relax a little. I'm deep in the YA series Warriors by Erin Hunter. It's a bit silly premise, but I am really enjoying it. I understand it is quite popular, especially with boys. I hope so, I like that a lot as many really good ideas and morals are explored in the books. And it really ties in with a lot of the reading about paleolithic times that I have been doing. Anyway, I finished the book and slept for four hours, woke up at 4 AM - wide awake. Thought I should get up and start working again, but just didn't - I was probably awake for over an hour. Then I slept again for 3 hours or so. Okay, NOW it is time to get up and start working!

                                Not hungry at 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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