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  • I get similar comments. I frequently hear the word "tiny" which is absolutely hilarious. This only comes from people who knew me at my fattest and still have a mental image of me as fat. I am relatively big-boned and heavily muscled, so tiny is something I will never be.

    Once a little old lady I met in a coffee shop congratulated me for walking and told me to continue "to keep your trim figure". That is the closest I've come to getting a compliment on my "smallness" from someone who didn't have a pre-formed image of me. I would think that most people would see me as a bit plump, so the tiny comments are pretty hilarious.

    Having said that, while I'm sure you are not wraith-like, I imagine you are now looking pretty good. Do you have a specific goal weight?
    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'm thinking about 130 lbs, which should be about a size 6, maybe an eight in some styles. So it is in sight as I am 141. At this point I really want to lose the pad of belly fat that I feel it both unsightly and unhealthy, but we all know weight loss doesn't work like that. But I am confident it will happen and I will be pleased when I get to a certain place, and I will know it when I'm there.

      I'm sitting here in a summer dress I bought three or four years ago, knowing it would be a miracle if I ever fit into it. It was on outrageous sale, Patagonia brand, very good quality, great color for me. Now it fits just about perfectly, a trifle loose. Woot!

      I worked last night but woke up raring to go after four hours, so here I am, ready to go out into the world. It is very hot today. This biphasic sleeping is working great for me. I think it helps that it is summer with lots of light and the hot weather too. During the cold season, one wakes up all warm and comfortable under a pile of blankets and doesn't want to get up, but in the heat one wakes up on top of the covers ready for a nice cold drink.

      Breakfast yesterday was so good I had a repeat today, although in a much smaller quantity!
      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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      • Sounding great Siobhan! Love the sound of your dress, way to go! Miracles do still happen, hopefully mine happens too I have an old pair of jodphurs that I would just love to fit into again! Back from the days of endurance riding ... boy would I love to be that size again!!!
        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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        • I find the closer I get to the goal, the more unreal it seems to be. Me? Skinny like that? I'm going to keep plugging away at it, no matter how long it takes, just to savour the unreal feel of my life. LOL!
          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 will happen! The amazing thing to me is that the journey would be so important and in fact a wonderful time, not something to just get through on willpower.

            I made mayonnaise with the high-oleic sunflower oil that Mark says is primal and let me tell you, it is a home run. Like a savory ice cream! I was licking my fingers, licking the bowl...embarrassing. I cut up some rare roast beef into cubes and dipped them into the mayo - heaven, let me tell you, heaven. Then I decided it would make a good salad dressing, and put it on some leafy greens. I immediately put the recipe into paleotrack as I know it will be a staple. Very simple - 1 egg yolk, 1 tbsp mustard, 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, 3 tbsps oil. My little workhorse mini blender has an emulsifying disc and I can report that it works great. There is still plenty of it left so I guess I didn't go too crazy. Had some raspberries to top it off. I have no worries about the egg yolk as it is truly pastured and free-range - I had to wade through the chickens to buy the eggs, and I used ordinary yellow mustard because I love it. It is organic, however, and contains no horrible ingredients. I could see using a more upscale mustard, will experiment with that. I strongly urge you to try this, it is really, really good. My previous experiments with other oils and fats were expensive failures.

            I got some natural deodorant for the pits, I want to try to cut down on the aluminum-containing stuff. We'll see. Maybe I can use it every other day? The natural stuff doesn't stop you from sweating, just the odor. Since I don't smell anymore, maybe it will work if my pits don't sweat too much. I've doused them in so much Ban Roll-On that I have no idea how much they sweat.

            Enjoying a night off! Tomorrow night I'm having dinner with my posse and then we're off to a play. Good times.
            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 use the rock crystal deodorant. It lasts so long, it's dirt cheap and it doesn't gum up my bras. And now that I don't stink much, it is plenty powerful enough even for sticky summer days.
              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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              • Slept and slept - guess I was tired! Lots of sleeping has led to a 16-hr IF. Woke up quite hungry! Had a hot dog, a scrambled egg, cheese, guacamole, iced coffee - the last of my cold-brewed batch. Must get some more coffee so I can make some more. I feel great, if a bit full. Am having fun drinking out of my Henri the Existential Cat mug. One day when I was a bit down I indulged in retail therapy and purchased a mug and a mouse pad even though they were a bit pricey. I was quite pleasantly surprised when they arrived and proved to be very good quality, well above what I would have expected. The mouse pad is very thick and of a nice material and cheers me greatly at work (don't use a mouse at home) and the mug is extra-large, heavy, but not too heavy. Big enough to keep around with water in it but okay for coffee and tea. I smile every time I look at it, so I consider it money well spent even though I am trying to cut back, with some success.

                I'm starting to settle into certain foods, developing a menu of six or seven primal meals that I like. Makes shopping and cooking a lot easier. Eggs are a staple, of course, squashes, leafy greens, berries, bananas, avocados, cheese, rotating chicken and turkey as I get bored with those very quickly. Some kind of beef - either roast beef I can buy already cooked, hot dogs, ground beef. I wanted to get away from elaborate cooking and meals - have a simpler eating routine. My kitchen is totally primal, helped along by my recent move. No point it dragging along open containers of flour, etc. Just pitched everything that was open and took the rest to the food bank. No non-primal oils.

                I'm going to break down and dye my hair this morning. I have been toying with the idea of going natural, but my hair at this point is a very dirty looking drab gray. I'm not ready for that. I'm only 53! Hopefully it will turn a nicer shade, platinum or something. Doubt it though, none of my sisters are platinum.

                Last night a terrific storm blew up, very violent, trees whipping all over, rain in sheets, thunder, lightning - and it was over in 10 minutes. Scared my cats something fierce. What a view I have here in my treehouse! Today is crystal clear and perfect. Just another day in paradise.
                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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                • Okay, hair is dyed. I seem to be losing a disturbing amount of hair lately and this morning was no exception. I have a doctor's appointment coming up - regular physical - and I am thinking it might be time to start estrogen. I've done some research and it seems the transdermal patch is quite safe and using it right away, i.e. before symptoms become too severe can be very beneficial down the road. The problem with oral estrogen is that it is processed in the liver and affects clotting factors, leading to heart attacks and strokes, but the transdermal patch is not processed in the liver. I don't mind avoiding memory loss, hair loss, bone mass loss, and hot flashes.

                  Got dressed - what a strange experience that is. Not so long ago choosing clothes was agonizing - finding something that didn't show too much flab, wasn't too tight, etc. Now I have only one pair of summer pants that fit, and many shirts to choose from. Actual fun choices to be made!
                  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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                  • Had some tuna with my homemade mayo for lunch. It is just as good today. And yes, it is gone now! I will make a double batch next time (probably today, who am I kidding?) I think there is an artichoke in my future.

                    Really, really hot. I went into town to do some errands, forgot my library books, forgot my errands when I got there, just walked around and enjoyed the stuff going on - a craft fair, some street stuff, went in the bookstore. It is fun living in a vacation town - when you can find a parking space, that is. Pits aren't smelly as far as I can tell. Not particularly sweaty, either.

                    Tubby cat has lost some weight and I am no longer going to refer to him as tubby cat. I'm calling him B&W Cat in this journal, since he is black and white. Slim cat is still slim, so I will continue to call him Slim Cat. He is, in fact, almost all black.
                    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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                    • Sounds like you are having a good summer! I could never survive with only one pair of pants. I am particularly gifted at spilling things on myself. Mind you, I assume you are not counting scrubs in there.

                      Menopause doesn't have to be that bad. I've had it mostly pretty easy. Except for one time when I ended up taking a taxi to the hospital in the middle of the night. They told me I did the right thing, but fortunately there's been no call for it since.

                      For your sunflower oil, did it say high oleic right on the label? I didn't think to look yesterday at the grocery store, but it's not serious; I have a good supply of light olive oil laid in, and I've never had trouble making mayo. Occasional flop of course, but very occasional. And a mayo that breaks can be rescued.
                      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 Tubby is no longer tubby and has new name ! That's brilliant and really well done for sticking it out , no one is more manipulative than a cat seeking what it may devour that is forbidden ! I particularly like when they sit directly in front of you and do the "I am going to hypnotise you " strategy .gaze into my huge unblinking eye human, you cannot look away ..... you will obey me your cat now ! Then for me there is a period which is kinda fuzzy.....lol !

                        Sound like you are having fun with clothes how fab that is and inspiring too ! .yep have a few things that don't see much daylight at the moment...
                        My Primal Journal :http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60751.html

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                        • Originally posted by Siobhan View Post

                          Got dressed - what a strange experience that is. Not so long ago choosing clothes was agonizing - finding something that didn't show too much flab, wasn't too tight, etc. Now I have only one pair of summer pants that fit, and many shirts to choose from. Actual fun choices to be made!
                          Yep, closet once again a fun place to be, keep organized, just to go in, look around and smile.

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                          • Yeah, my scrubs are all too big but this is no time to be buying new ones - another ten pounds and I will get a couple of pairs. The problem is not so much the waist - they are drawstring and no one thinks anything about baggy scrubs - but now they are too long. They hang straight from my waist with no flab to take up room and I am almost tripping on them. I tried hemming once but it didn't go well, and professional hemming is more than the scrubs cost in the first place. For my real life, I have a pair of white pants that I wear to church and one pair of capri pants for everyday. It works out okay. I have many, many tops to wear, hurray!

                            A friend unfortunately had her refrigerator die and gave me lots of chicken and sausages, which I cooked right up. They were cooling on the table for a minute and B&W Cat snatched a sausage. I should have been angry but it was awfully funny seeing him hie off with a six-inch sausage. I eventually retrieved it and cut it up for them - it disappeared almost immediately. Worked out okay.

                            Judg, yes, the sunflower oil says 'high-oleic' all over it and specifically mentions that it is good for high-heat cooking, some stuff about monounsaturated fat vs. polyunsaturated, etc. etc. It has virtually no taste, something I sorely needed in my kitchen. The brand is Spectrum Naturals, same as the coconut oil that I use. I just used it to cook a big batch of chicken and am very happy with the result. Mark has never lets me down!

                            Got to get some rest - work tonight -
                            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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                            • Didn't get much rest, it is much too hot in here and I was unable to calm my mind and relax for some reason. I did sleep for a little while, though, and woke up with a cat spooned up on each side me. Very charming and peaceful. Maybe they were trying to take away some anxiety from me.

                              This place is a mess! I need to get a housecleaner to do the heavy wet work and then maybe I can keep up with the daily stuff!
                              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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                              • Here I am at work, not hungry as usual when I am here. I am falling into a pattern of not so much food on work days and then a lot of food on off days. That'll 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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