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Slept as though someone hit me over the head with a lead pipe, except that no one did and I woke up feeling great. Went off to prayer/book group and had a good time. Now I am set to fix my vinyl floor, a project that I am looking forward to. Weird how I now have energy to tackle things and actually enjoy the effort and accomplishment.
Got my primal journal today! Woo-hoo! Started filling it in. And had sausage and cabbage for breakfast. I was right, much more tasty the second day. I never liked cabbage before. Funny how much better it tastes marinated in butter and pork fat.
Okay, I am officially stinky. I decided to do an experiment and see how long it would take to smell. Three days is the answer. I haven't showered since Saturday. To clarify - I have washed up at the sink with a cloth and changed my scanties and worn clean clothes. Used anti-perspirant and powder also. But today I smell so into the shower I go. Ironically my hair actually looks better now that it is kinda dirty. I straightened it on Saturday, something I rarely do anymore, but it does make my 'do last. Also keep in mind that it is summer and has been quite hot and I am very active.
Fixed my floors - keep your fingers crossed for me. I cleaned all the old tape off the vinyl, put the contact cement everywhere I could reach and weighted it. After about an hour I removed the weights, cleaned up the excess cement and replaced the weights. Hope this works.
Had grapes and a little cheese for lunch, or maybe that is a snack?
I always loved boiled cabbage with butter. Couldn't understand why others didn't. But it's hot today, so I made coleslaw instead.
And I just read somewhere in Mark's writings that when you're fat-adapted, you can handle a high-carb day without getting knocked off the rails.
I'm enjoying the non-stinky effect too. Although spices and garlic do come through. I usually check my clothes the next morning with the sunlight and sniff tests. It kind of made me laugh to find my clothes smelling of curry, but no BO. Except for one day, but I had walked to church in hot, sunny weather in a polyester top. And even then the smell was very slight. I am liking it.
Looking forward to joining you under the 150 mark, and especially in the improved energy department.
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
It will come, it will come! I am getting a lot better at listening to my body and doing something appropriate instead of something destructive, or feeling guilty about it. Like this morning, I woke up at 0 Dark Thirty, raring to go, and put in 2 hours hard labor - moving boxes and virtually of my furniture around. Then I suddenly felt so tired...thought about going back to bed but realized that food might be a better choice. Ate a good primal breakfast - the sausage/cabbage thing and a handful of blueberries and the tiredness is gone. I just needed a break and some nutrition.
I am cautiously optimistic about the floor. Yesterday I was thinking it would never work - the first time I step on it, the broken edges will separate and lift. But this morning it seems okay, and it certainly looks much better. I would still prefer to have a proper wood threshold to cover the edges, but that is a job for a professional and isn't going to happen. Maybe if I just keep a good eye on it and stick it back down immediately if it curls, it will work out. Note to everyone: duct tape does not, in fact, fix everything. Do not put it on a vinyl floor. Possibly a non-traffic area that is covered by furniture. Not in a doorway.
So, back to rearranging the furniture and maybe unpacking a few more boxes. I have already filled up the stairway with rubbish! Old pillows, a huge load of sheets, towels, and blankets to go to the thrift shop - it is never-ending. I can't believe how many pillow cases I have. Or how many pillows, for that matter. (Four of them are going to the dump.)
Thanks for stopping by my journal, Siobhan: you lifted my spirits.
Sounds like you are getting lots done settling in to your new place. Clever switch-up with the burner and cutting board. Too often we let ourselves get trapped into thinking things have to be a certain way.
Been working like a Trojan for ages. Well, it seems like ages. I have unpacked many boxes, got together tons of stuff to give away or throw away, moved all the furniture around - and eaten A LOT. I've eaten 1200 calories already at noon! Good macros and all primal. I think I can safely put in my journal that I lifted heavy things and moved slowly for at least a couple of hours. But actually now I do need that rest -
The place is looking great, I am really loving it.
Okay, I've eaten a lot today. In fact I stopped journaling because it was just too much. All primal, though. Why am I so hungry?
Okay, I got curious, so I put it all in paleotrack. 2400 calories, macros all in line. Bit high on fat. That's a lot for me, but I have been very active so maybe that has something to do with it. And quite happy and stress level not too bad. My new place has been a lot of work, but very enjoyable work.
I just made mayo with bacon fat. It is...wait for it...bacon-y. I can't decide if I like it or not. I mixed it up with cabbage and put it in the fridge, so we'll see what it tastes like in the morning. The advantage is that is was pretty much free as I used an egg that needed to be used and the bacon fat is complimentary. If I can be completely honest, I really like the mayo that comes in a jar, but I cannot eat those oils, not even in small amounts. Not on purpose.
I'm on a cabbage kick. I made some bacon, cooked cabbage in the fat, then dropped an egg in there. Very nice.
Hey, the hackers really love me today! Bless their little (very, very tiny) hearts.
I'm down a pound today. Figure that one out. Of course the scale lies, but I laughed when I saw it this morning. Haven't exactly held back these last couple of days. Just shows what eating primal can do, perhaps?
Today is the farmers market, going to moderately load up on organic and local stuff. I have a CSA but haven't been able to go to the market because of work for a few weeks now. Mine is really good though, I just pay some money up front, then I just pick what I want and they keep track. And my employer matches the amount. So it's all good.
Floor is holding up well! I'm going to let it cure for two weeks, then put some more cement on it It looks so much better. Also I don't trip on it anymore.
Now that I have reduced my living expenses, I'm finding all sorts of thing to spend money on - of course I have made some purchases for my new home, which is okay in my book - a small fridge/freezer, the induction burner. But I have also sent for some slippers to replace my 20-year-old Haflingers, which have finally worn through on the bottom. They cost $80, which is as cheap as I could find in the size and color I want. If they get me through the next twenty years, it will be a good investment. They are boiled wool uppers with cork soles, actually shoes but many people including me wear them as slippers. In the darkest days of my plantar fascitis they were the only things I could put on my feet and actually walk. After all these years the soles are completely molded to my own feet. I wonder how the new ones will feel? They are coming from Zappos.
Not hungry this morning, having tea with milk. I will be able to get raw goat milk at the market this morning.
Well, I must have died and gone to heaven. It is the only way to describe the sublime experience of eating just-picked tomatoes with goat cheese, olives, capers, and lots of olive oil. Then some smoked salmon with cucumber. Oh dear. I may never top this meal.
I have raw goat milk, free-range eggs (really, really free-range), little white turnips, beets, smoked chicken, grass-fed sirloin. Wow. I hope I can eat all this before it goes bad - my little freezer doesn't keep up very well in this heat. Must start eating -
I was reading some journals and I realized I have become something of a fanatic. Of course I live alone, as I have said many times here, and it is a good thing, because I don't think I could stand having cookies and cake and bread in the house. It's not just PB, it is my job in a hospital where I see so many illnesses caused by SAD - most of what I see is caused by SAD, in fact. And if you believe, as I do, that depression is diet-related, the percentage is almost 100%. I also wonder how much the touted-low-fat diet that women are encouraged to follow has a role in causing autism. A woman who restricts fat during pregnancy...brains are fat...hmmm. Of course a great deal of brain development occurs after birth, but certainly the foundation is laid in the womb. Anyway, I'm off on a crazy tangent. I feel like grains and sugar, at least in the quantities that people on the SAD consume, are drugs at best and poison at worst. I don't want that stuff in my house, just as I don't want illegal drugs or cigarettes.
On a more positive note, I got a big handful of sweet peas at the market and they are sitting here in a vase - so lovely.
Forgot that I also got mushrooms at the market. An embarrassment of riches!
Had a BAS with turkey for lunch along with some grapes. I generally avoid grapes because they have a lot of carbs, but for some reason I bought them. Just realized I should have put them right into the salad.
Having ribs and beets for dinner. Funny combo, don't you think? I stained my hands fixing the beets, which would be okay except that I am going to a concert tonight. Hopefully it will come off in the shower.
I stained my hands fixing the beets, which would be okay except that I am going to a concert tonight. Hopefully it will come off in the shower.
I dislike that part about preparing beets too, as much as I llike eating them. For next time, you may be like me, where when returning home from a hospital shift have a few odd nonsterile gloves in your pockets...save them and use when dealing with foods like beets. I also use them when handling raw hot peppers. Saves those nasty troubles post pepper prep with rubbing an eye or other places .