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  • That is my hope - probably too much to hope that his heart problem will be cured, but hey, less inflammation is always better. I am very hopeful that I will be able to make the change if I am careful and put my mind to it.

    Just got to thinking about exercise and my lack of it - lots of walking, lots of slow movement at work and around the house, but nothing organized. So I ran up the stairs three times and hung on a fire escape for as long as I could. One of the housekeepers saw me, but they already think I am crazy so it is okay. I was actually able to pull myself up a little bit on the fire escape. Sure feels good on my back to hang like that. Must start doing this all the time 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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    • Just listened to Matt Stone at the http://realfoodsummit.com/. Really good information about weight loss. Makes me think about how to go forward as I grow nearer to my goal weight. Also made me feel good about getting there, the reality that weight loss slows the closer you get to your goal, the importance of not losing too quickly and losing lean body mass, which is really counterproductive. Stuff I know intuitively and from experience, but he validates and articulates 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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      • wow Siobhan great that the cats are trying out the new food ! one trick that helped us a bit was crumbling some of the 100% meat freeze dried treats on top of their food - they come in tuna , chicken and I think beef - anyhow the cats did love those and esp the one who was dedicated to biscuits ...

        the exercise thing , just love the picture of you hanging off the fire escape with housekeeper looking on - brilliant ! anyhow I have plans for the gym next week so you are inspiring me to get on with that !
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        • Yeah, who needs a gym when I have stairs and a fire escape? Maybe if I can make a little progress I will get inspired to actually go join the gym, something I can now afford to do. It sounds a lot more appealing since I don't have to do chronic cardio anymore. Mark says so! I even have a crazy idea of hiring some professional help in the short term if I can find someone on board with HIIT and lifting heavy things. Maybe kettlebells.

          Back feels good! No whispers today.

          Very hot but a nice cooling breeze off the water so it feels wonderful. I'm up very early after having a very trying night at work. The actual work was okay, but the air conditioning was ridiculous - it was 57 degrees in my office, that's 14 C I think. It was absurdly uncomfortable. We were all freezing. I had to keep going outside to get warm. That really wears out a body, being really, really cold. I was extremely cranky by the end of it.

          My skin has gotten really nice again after a short period of wanting to break out. It was the milk, I'm pretty sure. There seems to be a threshold that I can't go over. A splash in my tea is okay, but drinking it or putting it in a smoothie is out. I have some goat milk now. Also the kefir was okay. And the coconut oil is skin-tastic. I can safely say my skin has never been so smooth, no trace of dryness and no breakouts. I haven't been wearing any makeup, just mascara and lipstick once in a while. This is really a great thing since it is too hot to put anything on anyway, it would just melt off.

          Not stinky despite the heat. But I have been showering every day, it feels too nice not to. Bloody waste of water though.

          The cat food experiment is coming along well! They both ate this morning, Slim Cat very enthusiastically and Tubby Cat after a little while. Slim seems to really like the food, and he has never been much for kibble. I am envisioning a slim Tub, and taking him to the vet and weighing him, and the vet asking me, "What did you do? He looks great!" I am getting as happy about him losing weight as I am about my own weight loss. And he hasn't even lost any yet...I'm projecting. Thanks for the tip about the freeze dried stuff - the guy in the store recommended it but I hesitated because I'm leery about spending lots of $$$$$. I don't mind spending if it is for the good, though. I will go get some today.

          If I am counting correctly, this is my 15-week anniversary. It is no exaggeration to say these past weeks have been some of the happiest I have had in years. Not that much has changed, yet everything has changed. How odd to look forward to the future instead of just plodding through the days, held down by nameless worries. I feel I can face just about anything now. For one thing, I have. I've taken control of my finances, I have moved into an upgraded home, I have faced a physical problem and overcome it, I have improved my health and energy levels and lost a significant amount of weight. Hey, when I see it written out, it seems pretty cool!

          During the night (at work) I ate some smoked salmon and raspberries (inspired by Mark's recipe) and some green olives. Anyone else find that eating a bit of bitter something with your meal increases satiation? I struggled to finish the salmon as I got full very quickly, but I wanted to be sure I ate enough to not be hungry again for a long while. Of course the bitterness comes with a nice dose of fat as well. Fat....mmmmm.....good stuff.

          Well, I really should shove off to the pet food store. What am I doing up and lively at 2 PM? Biphasic sleeping - love 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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          • Did a 14-hour IF. Very easy to do, except when I drove into town to buy pet food and the smell of grilling meat was wafting everywhere. I actually put my hand up to make sure I wasn't drooling. Came home and had tomato/goat cheese/olive mixture and a huge sirloin steak with mushrooms cooked in butter. I meant to only eat half the steak, but it was lying there...perfectly cooked...seemed like such a shame to put it away. Now that I have eaten it, I am glad, because I would have still been hungry and I don't want to walk away hungry from a major meal. Debating having a glass of wine. I know it will probably make me sleepy, which is not entirely a bad thing as I want to watch a TV program on at 9 PM tonight and a little sleep now will facilitate that. Okay, I talked myself into 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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            • Had wine and also a fabulous dessert that probably everyone knows about. Fry banana in butter, add honey and a little chocolate - this could be served to a head of state with no fear. Now I am done eating!
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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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              • Having pretty good luck with the cat food transition. I have progressed to putting the new food on top of the old food, and they are eating it and leaving the old stuff behind. I picked up a rather large free sample of quality kibble and mixed that in with their old stuff, and they are pretty much leaving that alone. I plan to phase out the kibble altogether. Of course it is beastly hot and I am sure that is affecting their appetites, making this more complicated. One problem I have is that Slim usually walks away from his food after a few bites and then comes back to it. Meanwhile Tub wolfs his down and moves over to Slim's, so I have to do some juggling to avoid that. Add in Slim's natural reticence and dislike of any disruption around his mealtime and this whole thing becomes more complicated than feeding two cats should be.

                Scale said 144.5 this morning. Bit scary, this weight loss thing.

                Today I'm going to get some kind of organized exercise, not sure what yet. I think I will go outside and try to do some HIIT. It will be pitiful at first as I am bad shape running-wise, but there is no other way than just to start. There should be some lifting of heavy things later as I tackle the boxes 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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                • I did it! It was fun and suspiciously easy. (Don't think it is supposed to be easy.) But the best place to start is just to start. I went out my front door and walked for 5 minutes, then I alternated running (well...jogging) for 30 seconds with walking for 60 seconds. Did six intervals. So that is 5 min. warm-up, 9 minutes for actual intervals, then as I was at the end of the road, it took me 10 minutes to walk home. Very hot and humid, very sweaty, got a monster mosquito bite on my elbow. My elbows must be delicious, I seem to get bitten there more than anywhere. It was very fun and I am looking forward to doing it again. I will be interested to see how I feel tomorrow, especially my glass feet. I wore my Merrill trail running shoes with my superfeet orthotics. So no super-ultra-running shoes.

                  I'm proud of myself for getting out there. I credit Mark's new journal, which I received last week. I was going to wait to start filling it in - you know, until everything is perfect - and then a voice said to me - JUST PICK UP THAT PEN. Just start writing stuff in. With that blank exercise page staring me in the face every day, something might just happen.

                  Also, I made the happy discovery that my old sport bras fit again. I had fitted them all with extenders, which I can now remove! WOOT!
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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
                    Had wine and also a fabulous dessert that probably everyone knows about. Fry banana in butter, add honey and a little chocolate - this could be served to a head of state with no fear. Now I am done eating!
                    This sounds freaking awesome.

                    And I hear you on the bra thing. I was thinking I needed new ones just before I started the PB and now my bras are loose, so I'm glad I didn't buy more chub-o-bras. Am going to wait a while...and maybe even a bra or two I've outgrown, but still have will fit until I get down to what I hope will be a low, stable weight. Probably next year sometime.
                    5' 9" 47 YO F
                    PB start June 2, 2012
                    Pre PB SW = 180 (no scale at home, Mom's scale January - 153lbs!)
                    Current deadlift 245 lbs, squat 165 lbs, bench press 135 lbs


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                    • I guarantee you will not be disappointed with that dessert. The only way to improve it would possibly be to add a little rum or cognac. I don't have those things around, so I will not be trying that. I'll just stick with the original - on occasion. Yes, I am a sugar addict and I could live on it. But I won't.

                      I've been holding off on buying new bras because I'm not really there yet and bras are one item I do not skimp on. They cost what they cost. If I can get them on sale, wonderful. If not, I just pay what I have to. I'm a D-cup woman and I require a good fitting supportive bra. I know a lot of women like to go without but I am not one of those women, more power to you.

                      I have emptied SIX boxes today! Six! WOOT! Real progress. My kitchen/living room is now free of boxes!

                      AND I got a call from work, someone wants to trade their Friday night for my Saturday night, YAHOO!!!!! Which means Saturday night off and church on Sunday, and this Sunday is Jazz Sunday, a very special service. I am so happy.

                      My back is talking to me a little, so I will rest it and do some stretches.
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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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                      • Does that mean you get five days off from boxes?

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                        • It does! AND I emptied another one, and a paper bag full of stuff, so I have earned a week's grace. But I think I will stay with the rhythm. I really want to get another boxful of stuff to take to the thrift shop.

                          My kitchen is all set now. I received the induction burner and it is nicer than pictured, and it was pictured very nicely! It is streamlined and modern looking and it fits in the spot like it was designed for it. Those propane burners are not very attractive, let me tell you, and it looks so much nicer and less cluttered with the new burner and the cutting board. And there is the added bonus of less heat released in the kitchen, no open flames. Very welcome right now.

                          My nephew sent me a novel he has written so that I can edit it. I am really interested in doing this and I like what I have read so far. Not bad for a first effort. He is very serious about writing, which is something I admire more than just about anything else.
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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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                          • go Siobhan ! am so impressed with your exercise , all that you are doing and for your cats too, only hope I can emulate your progress

                            ....love reading your thread it really makes me smile you write so well and its v inspiring .. fab
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                            • This morning I made turkey soup, which tasted pretty darn good after a 16 hour fast. Didn't really mean to do this much IF this week, but it is just happening and I feel great so I'm going with it. It is a bit cooler although still very humid (I know you people in other parts of the country are laughing at me, but oh well). I am in love with my new induction burner. It works perfectly, is very safe, does not heat up the kitchen nearly as much as the propane burner, so easy to use - if I ever have the opportunity, I would go with an induction stove. One reason I made the turkey soup was to have an excuse to use it. Money well spent! I was going to make more cabbage and sausage, but after cooking the sausage I discovered the cabbage was bad. So I just ate the sausage! It was just one Al Fresco chicken link. Upped my protein for the day, that's for sure.

                              The cats wouldn't touch the new food this morning. I broke down and gave them straight Fancy Feast. I did, however, read some labels and discovered that all FF is not alike, thanks to research done by artyscat. The pate version has much more protein; in fact the first 6 ingredients are all meat, fish, liver, etc. So I bought that and hope they will eat it. They are very fond of the grilled version, which is mostly water (all canned food is, but this is REALLY water) and has wheat gluten as a prominent ingredient. Hopefully they will make the switch to the pate version. I will keep on with the quality food, but in smaller bits.

                              Lecture tonight at the Opera House from the local marine lab - looking forward to it very, very much. The presenter is a very popular and entertaining speaker, Scotland native with the silver tongue, charming burr, sense of humor, and boyish good looks one might look for in a lecturer. Also my friends will be there. The Opera House has stopped serving bottled water out of environmental concerns and instead makes available an urn of ice water with cups for free. This has cut into their bar take considerably, so what's a girl to do but buy a glass of wine for herself and her BFFs?

                              Many chores today, am repairing the floor near the stairway before it gets out of hand (now that I am a big expert on fixing floors), cat-proofing the windows, moving some furniture around, putting pads under the file cabinet to avoid damage, and of course preparation of primal food.

                              I just looked out the window and saw a big flock of wild turkey - two adults and many youngsters.
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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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                              • Like the sound of the lecture and hope it was really interesting! I have looked at the induction burners too and have ummed and ahhed about getting one. Nice to hear your experience with it ... Sounds like you are just the busy little bee! Have fun!
                                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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