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  • #61
    Boy, do I wish I looked fitter than I am. I want to look as good on the outside as I feel on the inside. At this point, I really don't want to tell anyone I've gone primal because I don't want them to look at me and think...oh, well, hmmm....I want to be an advertisement for the lifestyle, if you will. Yeah, I need to be patient and work hard - I know weight loss isn't that important at this point, but boy, I want it so badly - I think as my energy returns I am feeling like living again, maybe even (gasp) going out on a date. I've been out with actual men three times in the last year - what a disaster. Not their fault, not my fault, just total mismatches. I hate to think at this stage in my life that my romantic life is all over, but question my ability to put a lot of energy into something so risky and potentially problematic. Maybe I should just stick with communing with the goats and hanging out with my cats and going out with my posse a few times a week.

    Wow, really all over the place 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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    • #62
      Back again so soon - making the night pass by - don't worry, I am getting all my work done. We need some goats in this hospital, it would so much more soothing. Or maybe a sheep, they are quieter. Cow would be good. Can you imagine a therapy cow? Actually we have a therapy dog that is almost the size of a cow. He is a leonberger, and he is the biggest dog I have ever seen.

      Cowboy300.jpg

      This gives you some idea, these dogs are actually bigger than the ladies in the picture (don't know who they are, I just found this on a leonberger website). He is really, really gentle and kind. I can't imagine having a dog that big.
      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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      • #63
        Home, home, beautiful home. Thank goodness no work tonight. I guess it is not that I don't like my job, it is just that I like other things in my life so much better. Stopped at the store on the way home and now I have all the ingredients for the chicken tikka masala. Scored big on a large package of chicken thighs that were on sale. Luckily I was able to buy small amounts of the spices at the coop, so it won't be as expensive as I thought originally. And it will make a lot, I will get many meals out of it. I will be glad because my meals have been a little boring with all the salads I have eaten at work.

        I have so much more energy, my skin is clear, the pain in my wrists in gone, the GERD is gone, the reflux is gone, my back is fine, my knee is fine, my mind is clear - I feel like a fog has been lifted from my brain. I can remember things now! It has been two weeks today.

        I love those grass-fed hot dogs. They are so beefy! I think I could eat half the package at one sitting, but of course I don't. Can't, really. I get full really fast.

        Okay, I'm babbling, time to get some sleep.
        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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        • #64
          I can't imagine buying food for a dog that big... Oy.

          My mother also had surgery to lose weight. Laparascopic, I think it's called. She's one of their poster girls, being the oldest patient this particular clinic has had. They remove the greater part of the stomach to do this. While I am happy for her that she has gone from being obese to looking like an aging movie star, I am still somewhat horrified that she felt obliged to undergo what is essentially an amputation to get there. Not that I can tell her that.

          A goat at the hospital, now there's a thought... A pygmy goat would be pretty cute.
          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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          • #65
            Your posts are NOT boring. I love them.
            I am seeing a friend slowly regain the weight she lost with her gastric bypass. Very sad, but she never committed to permanently changing how she eats. One of her habits now is to eat a cookie every hour (since she can't eat a large quantity at once). So, she is keeping her insulin high, and is never able to eat real food because she's never 'hungry'. And that's the least of it. Sigh.

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            • #66
              I am so loving your posts Siobhan!

              You will be a 'primal poster girl' it just takes time. After three months my weight has reached a plateau for a while - but I'm not worried as (like you) I'm feeling great! You do lead a very useful and busy life ... and if and only if you do want to have a man in your life I'm sure one will appear, maybe through primal living?

              We have had a very productive Sunday ... daughter 2 (17) is doing her photography A level homework in the sitting room with a school friend, daughter 1 (20 still on hols from uni) is constructing a prototype art installation for her exhibition and her house mate is completing her graphic design brief in the kitchen, I am planning (school work) in daughter 2's room and husband is ironing to the Grand Prix in the bedroom .... there are two rooms free (bathroom and daughter 1's box room) anyone else have anything to finish?

              Good news is though I have have a very good few days keeping primal with just some chocolate and red wine as treats!

              We had chilli wraps tonight (husband and I without wraps) with lots of guacamole and salad etc

              Thinking of you enjoying your night off x


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              • #67
                Thank you for the kind words! What a busy household you have, ragwort - wow...the two knitting projects I have unfinished are looking a little shabby right now...but now that the pain in my hands is gone, I can actually finish them. I was watching al Jazeera this morning about the controversy around the Grand Prix - very interesting -

                Yep, I have co-worker who has regained all the weight from her gastric bypass loss and now she can't eat normallly (whatever that it). She is so young and so obese and has so many health problems...when I think she might have had better results by simply giving up grains it makes me so sad.

                The chicken tikka masala is simmering away right now! Alot of fun to make, but what a quantity! I will have maybe twenty servings. I should have halved the recipe. I think I will work on it and modify it to be more practical for a single lady. Unless there is a single primal guy here in Maine who would like a nice dinner - maybe he will smell it with his superior Paleolithic senses, finely honed for gathering and hunting...
                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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                • #68
                  Excellent !!! Just open the window and let the delicious smells waft out ...........

                  Just as well we have freezers! Sounds like yo have a great store of lovely chicken to keep you on track on more dreary days x


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                  • #69
                    Kah-Zow-EEE, I have a lot of chicken tikka masala! Some random thoughts -

                    When I took the pan of chix out of the oven, the sauce screamed 'LAMB! Cook LAMB in me!' Since there was about a gallon of it, I saved half, and then dumped the other half in the tomato sauce with the chicken.

                    There is at least twice as much sauce as needed, maybe more. Cut sauce in half or be creative. I am thinking the sauce will make a really nice soup. I will put some in the blender, make it nice and smooth.

                    I think this dish needs aging - I think it will be better tomorrow. I have packaged it up into seven separate containers for later. We will see -

                    I could also cook more chicken in the sauce. Not sure about beef.

                    This dish is seriously messy to make. Do not wear any clothing you are worried about staining. Don't set the utensils on the counter - get out a plate and put them on there. You can clean up stains with bleach. Do not serve this on your grandmother's handmade lace tablecloth!

                    I think I could have doubled the spices. Or obviously halved the liquid ingredients. Still, I could have doubled the spices.

                    Maybe should just give up and consider this a soup.

                    If I make this again, I will rework the recipe to make it less fussy, less quantity, less expensive.

                    I'm sure I am overthinking this, but it's just my nature to tinker with things. It was really fun and was one of those things that I had to do. BTW, I am a pretty good and fairly accomplished cook. Been cooking for my family since I was ten.

                    While I was cooking this, my woodstove kept deciding not to draw properly and spewed smoke into the house - I kept having to open the door. Oh, the joys of living in a rental house in Maine, where everything is falling apart and the landlord looks at you like you have two heads when you suggest maybe fixing stuff, like the chimney.

                    My cats were fascinated with the process and watched avidly the entire time. I am really learning about being primal by watching them. Not ready to start chomping the raw mice they bring me, though.
                    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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                    • #70
                      Salmon! Or some other kind of fish. Where can I get grouper? That would be really good...must get some...

                      While I was making this, I brewed up some ginger tea with lemon and mint (technically this is a tisane). I used to put agave syrup in this, but now I know better.

                      I have a serious hankering for some real Indian tea - must go make some. The big question is do I use raw goat milk or raw cow milk? I haven't had honey all week, I think I can have a little today. (Local of course.)

                      Wow, I am seriously food obsessed today! Maybe I should be over in the food thread?
                      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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                      • #71
                        Yah, that tea was just the thing. Went with the cow milk because it was older. I can't believe all the good stuff I have eaten lately and it's primal! I've never, ever eaten so many vegetables. I am finding it so much easier to just do away with grains. Just say no. I'm glad I don't have to eat corn anymore. I think I only ate it because everyone else does.

                        My sister called and said her cholesterol is high and the doc wants it down 30 points. She has started running and eliminating everything good in her diet. I was really torn about mentioning PB to her. She is going whole hog CW - no butter, no eggs, no red meat, lots of cardio, lots of those healthy grains (gag). I'm not really close to her, and she doesn't value my opinions or judgment. Oh dear. Actually, I am very curious about my own cholesterol - it has never been high, but I will get it checked in July or August.

                        I did a crazy thing. I was sitting here listening to the rain and suddenly had an urge to run around outside, preferably nekkid. Now, that is not possible here. I have a lot of privacy but not THAT much privacy. So I put on a pair of running shorts and an old t-shirt and ran around barefoot on my moss-covered yard. Whew! I didn't get nearly as wet as I would have liked, but it wasn't raining very hard. Came in and took a shower. Feel like I've been to a spa.

                        Spending way too much time on the computer lately!
                        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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                        • #72
                          Hey Siobhan, sounds like you have had a good day. Glad you like the tikka masala, but like you I found it too saucy. I took note of the amount of chicken I put in it, and will increase it next time by at least 50%, maybe even double it. I rather prefer big recipes so as to save myself future cooking. Unfortunately my son is also very fond of this stuff, so it won't last long. He's over six feet tall (we still can't figure that one out. There are no tall genes in our family. Good thing he looks so much like the rest of us, LOL!) and has a very healthy appetite.

                          I had some of the leftovers tonight over cauliflower, which was really nice.

                          Running in the rain, brrrr. Or is it that much warmer in Maine? Now in summer you wouldn't have to twist my arm too hard to get me to do such a thing.
                          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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                          • #73
                            Well, it's not very cold today. On the chilly side for sure, but I'm pretty good with the cold. Plus it's fun when you know you have a nice warm house and a nice hot shower waiting for you, unlike paleo man.

                            I really have to research coconut oil, I am ashamed to admit I don't know anything about it. I bought a jar of it yesterday.

                            Another benefit of this whole thing is that my plantar fascitis seems to be well and truly gone. It has been much, much better lately but a few pings and pangs were hanging on - haven't noticed a single pain in days. In fact I haven't even been thinking about my feet, which is not normal for me - I have had six operations on them (three on each). I had kind of accepted that they were just going to hurt all of the time, but maybe there is some hope.
                            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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                            • #74
                              Good morning all! How nice to wake up in my own bed in the morning instead of staggering home and getting into it! Today I'm going to try to have a mostly computer-free day as my shoulders are aching, aching from too much computer time.

                              I put coconut oil on my face last night instead of my usual - wow, so nice! Put it on my hands too. Working in a hospital, my hands are a disaster, dry, cracked, calloused. Just a tiny bit does the trick.

                              Had a cup of green tea, that is all so far -
                              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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                              • #75
                                Good morning, Siobhan. Coconut oil, eh? Yes, I've noticed that hand sanitizer is hard on the hands. I've gone back to using soap as much as possible, and even not washing my hands when I can get away with it. So tired of slathering chemicals on my hands all day. I can hardly imagine what working in a hospital would do to them.

                                Enjoy dropping off the grid. I shall miss you, but I should probably imitate you and get a bunch of stuff done around the house anyway.

                                Are you guys getting that spring storm that's dropping snow on us right now? We don't normally get snow this late. It's pretty soggy stuff though, won't last long.
                                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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