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  • What a whirlwind of activity I have been! Went to the pet food store, post office, craft show - picked up some lavender sachet pillows I had a crafter make from my grandmother's hand-embroidered tea towels that I have had in a drawer for 40 years (yes, really). They are wonderful. Then I got up my courage and went to the Y for the first time. Of course there was a problem, my membership shows inactive. It would be too much to ask that anything actually gets done correctly the first time. And of course the person who can fix it isn't there today. The incompetent naturally are off on Saturday.

    But I worked out and it went well and I am over my initial nervousness about stepping into a gym for the first time in years. I have been thinking that rowing would work very well for HIIT and so I tried it. Of course I did not go all out or even close - I rowed for 14 minutes, concentrating on form, and threw in three or four intervals. The really cool thing is that I don't need special clothes, special shoes, special bra, etc. I just did it in my ordinary t-shirt and casual pants. Also, I wore my fives, which are great for this type of thing. I am wearing them more and more - I will be sorry to have to put them away in the winter. The weird thing is that despite not being thin or fit or young, I was the youngest, thinnest, fittest looking person there. Which gives you an idea both of the clientele and of the community I live in! I am looking forward to swimming (there are in fact very fit looking people in the pool) but I am waiting for this sinus thing to subside. It is much better but I have a feeling that two courses of antibiotic are going to be required - we'll see.

    On the skin front, I am pretty happy. I purchased some Aubrey Organics toner for sensitive skin, it has aloe and whatnot in it. Normally I think toners are a waste of time, but it occurred to me that the problems I am having are simple irritation. And perhaps I am correct, because after three days of using the toner after washing, my skin looks great. Skin and hair - not fun to talk about, but very near and dear to us women!

    Also I went hiking on a local trail, about 2 miles from home. It was really wonderful, just under a mile, through woods and along the river. I used my new walking stick with the loon etched on the handle. Why is it more fun to walk with a stick? I think it is a shovelglove thing - it is just fun to swing something. I am going to graduate to walking with the hammer soon - the urban primalist says that simply going for a walk with the hammer slung over your shoulder and slinging it around a bit while you walk is just about as good a workout as any. That I can do!

    The day is so beautiful it could break your heart - warm and sunny and dry and green trees and sparkling water everywhere.
    Last edited by Siobhan; 09-01-2012, 10:14 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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    • On a very happy note, my favorite video, Henri the Existential Cat Paw de Deux, has won the coveted inaugural Golden Kitty award for world's best cat video!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q34z5dCmC4M
      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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      • Ate half a chocolate bar! Guess that was my snack and/or indulgence. Normally I just eat a square or two, but this afternoon I bought a gourmet bar, sat on the town dock and ate it as I watched the boats come in and out of the harbor. Quite nice it was. Also scored two low-carb books at the used bookstore - Living the Low-Carb Life by Jonny Bowden and How I Gave Up My Low-Fat Diet and Lost 40 Pounds by Dana Carpender of low-carb cookbook fame. Both of these books contain details of the various low-carb diets from Atkins to paleo to the Zone and even some vegetarian low-carb diets. For $1 each I think I will get my money's worth.

        I got a sample of your book, David, The Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Living and it immediately set my nerdy science geek neurons firing. I am sure I will end up buying it. As a reference, I devoured both of Gary Taubes's books twice through without pause. Yeah, I'm a geek.
        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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        • Coincidence: on Thursday I sold my copy of 'How I Gave up My Low-Fat Diet an Lost 40 Pounds'. A great book, but I need the shelf space and the pittance that Half-Price Books will give me for it. I am going to imagine that it shot through a wormhole to your store in Maine.

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          • That is a funny coincidence indeed! Maybe there are wormholes...

            Just put away a very large dinner that has turned out to not be so bad calorie and macro-wise. Leftover steak cooked with my glorious wild mushrooms, then an egg cooked in salsa (inspired by the MDA recipe today). Now I am going to have a glass of wine and enjoy a classic jazz program on the radio.
            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 a lovely evening ahead! I like fitday, but then I have done a bunch of custom foods that work for me and it is all set up and running for me. I am sure I would feel the same if fitday went down! Which makes me think I should try to make time to do that again - kind of lost track of where I am at as far as my macros. Might be really helpful in dealing with the chocolate issues too.
              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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              • Luckily Paleotrack is back up - must have been maintenance or he switched to a new server or something. I have put a lot of custom stuff in, I would hate to lose it because now it is really easy and starting over with another tracker would be annoying.

                I got my new scrubs, they are a little disappointing. The pants don't fit well, they are way too baggy in the hips and thighs. And they are too short - they shrank! For the price, I would not expect these to shrink. AND the hem is very small, they did not provide enough to let down, a serious flaw IMHO. They are still wearable, but not what I had hoped for. The top is okay, but the color is very, very drab. I wanted a nice neutral color, but it is really drab. But I really, really like the print fabric, the little dinosaur fossils. It's different without being too different. I think I can add a strip of material of some kind around the bottom that won't look too odd. I will look at the thrift store for a suitable pair of pants that can be cannibalized for a hem. Ah, clothing.

                Church this morning, a guest pastor so the turnout won't be great. I hope at least one of my friends shows up.

                Had a nice cup of cold-brewed coffee with almond milk. I need an extra boost in the AM since I have been taking benadryl at night, both for sleeping and for allergies. Whatever I am allergic to doesn't respond to Claritin or Allegra. Can't deal with the watery eyes and serial sneezing. I remembered back to my misspent youth - during allergy season I would take benadryl at night, and after a few days the grogginess would go away and there would be enough residual effect to get me through the day without symptoms. Hopefully that will work again. Funny, that was 40 years ago, and benadryl is still the king of antihistamines.
                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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                • Hey! I was smelly this morning! Probably because I did a fair amount of exercise yesterday, ate sugar (chocolate bar), and did not shower. I know this sounds really weird, but it was kind of fun. Lately when I shower, it's sort of like, 'what's the point?' But this morning I felt like I accomplished something with all that hot water and soap.

                  On a troublesome note, the drain was clogged...with hair...very disturbing. I am glad I am seeing my doctor on Tuesday for my physical. The thought of losing my hair is terrifying and I will do virtually anything to avoid that. On a happy note, my skin looks great.
                  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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                  • So sorry to hear about the scrubs. I'm not sure why manufacturers think if you wear a smaller size waist that you have short legs! I am very short waisted, just shy of 5-4, but have the same length legs as my brother who is 6-2. To get the length I need in scrubs I've gone so far as to get XL for length and then alter them down. I need about a medium size and my favorites are an altered XXL pair of pants! It's a good thing I don't wear heels often (2 foot surgeries on my left arch) because I can't find pants long enough. Hope you had a buddy at church. I read somewhere you loose about 10 hairs a day, so if you wash your hair every other day you will loose 20 that day - maybe that's why the drain was clogged? Hows the sinus infection? I agree you will need 14-21 days of antibiotics. When they get as bad as yours was, they are hard to get rid of.
                    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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                    • The sinuses are still unhappy, I am going to see the doc on Tuesday. I will be glad to see the back of this!

                      I keep trying to rationalize my hair loss, but it really has increased, I can't deny it. The thing that scares me is that I have a sister three years older than me who is virtually bald. I haven't discussed this with her, we are not close, but I have talked about it with my mom. Luckily my mom and my other two older sisters are not bald or even thinning, so there is hope. Maybe estrogen is in my future. Would be nice to say goodbye to hot flashes and ward off memory loss too.

                      I went through my closet and have a huge stack of jeans and slacks to take to the thrift shop. Among them are the jeans that helped spur this whole primal thing in the first place - a pair of slim-cut size 12s that I just could not believe I couldn't fit into. Now I can take them off without unbuttoning (that was my criteria for culling.) I'm left with three pairs of size 10 that are quite loose, one size eight that fits well but loosely and one size eight that is a hair too tight. Lots of really baggy scrubs. I mean really baggy to the point that they are uncomfortable. But I'm holding off on buying more for now. I still have a couple that fit okay, that's all I really need anyway. Yeah, these manufacturers need to make them longer! Or give us options for different inseams! I have relatively long legs for my size - I'm not misshapen, just my legs are an inch or two longer than you might think for someone my size - I usually take a 32 inseam. Scrubs manufacturers seem to think I should take a 28!

                      No peeps at church. I sat by my lonely self. There is actually one man at church that appears to be single - at least he is alone at church. Who knows, maybe his wife is Catholic. He is tall and thin and good looking and the right age and is very, very nice, a kind person. I keep eyeing him but don't have the nerve to get serious about trying to put the moves on him. For one thing, I have to ascertain that he is even available. I need to swallow my pride and ask the pastor, who is a good friend and very understanding and of course extremely discreet. But at the same time I don't want to do anything to make myself uncomfortable at church - this is a small, small community. He is a deacon, and well known to everyone.

                      Fasted until noon, came home from church and ate ham, three eggs, and some blackberries. So good. Read most of Carpender's book - skimming of course. I have read so many books that I can skip lots of bits because I am already familiar. It is interesting to get different perspectives and ideas about diet. She really addresses those fools, excuse me, sorry, those people on SADs who think primal is unhealthy.

                      It is rainy and cloudy and a perfect day to make a cup of tea and pick up a book, so here I go -
                      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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                      • Try finding a 36" inseam.........
                        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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                        • Hey, big news here. BIG news. I finally dug out my old Lucky Brand jeans - size 4 and 6 - and they FIT! Well, the 4's are pretty tight, but I can get them on, and I can do up the buttons. The 6s are tight, yeah, but they fit. I realize, of course that Lucky Brand runs big. But these are jeans that I literally couldn't get past my knees last winter.

                          If I do say so, ahem, I look pretty hot. It was so strange to see myself in form fitting clothes - I have worn baggy clothes for so long. Also I tried on a number of dresses from size 6 to size 12 and guess what...they all fit. Weird how sizes run.
                          Last edited by Siobhan; 09-02-2012, 01:27 PM.
                          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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                          • Woohoo!

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                            • Well, big fat congratulations are in order! LOL! 4's and 6's, wow. I'll be happy to settle into an 8, although I think I might be able to wear some 6's when I'm done.

                              I am planning on sewing again to get around all the "not designed for my body" issues. Just getting so tired of never finding dresses that fit, and baggy-bummed pants. I have a rectangular body, with a rather large waist for my other dimensions, and by the time the waistband fits, nothing else does. Stretch jeans are my new friends, mind you. Unlike most "rectangles" though, I have round, rather bulky muscles, so I don't fit that profile too well either. I don't mind, in the sense that I think it looks bad, but clothes designed for hourglass figures just aren't going to work on me. Not if they're fitted anyway. All these princess seams just create bags across my back.

                              As for that interesting man at church, don't make moves on him. Just strike up a conversation. Don't try to accomplish anything at all except getting to know him a bit better. I'm a great fan of getting to know men through friendships. You get an idea of how compatible you are without all the pressures of the dating dance. Some positive comment on the morning's sermon, or a further development of its thought would be entirely natural, it seems to me. But then, I'm the type who strikes up conversations with strangers in the check-out line at the grocery store. And who thinks one of the great delights of flying is getting to know the person in the next seat. I have met some really fascinating people on planes.
                              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 just had way, way too much fun. I took my hammer to a local trail, about 5 minutes from my home. It is relatively short and easy, so I thought it would be a good place to get a good workout. It seems weird to call such a fun thing exercise, but it was, and I am kinda tired out!

                                There is a really nice vista right at the beginning of the trail with a bench to sit on and enjoy the river scene. Wouldn't you know there was a woman sitting there...or I should say a lady wearing a straw hat and a long flowing dress. There I was, in my fives, ragged khaki pants, striped t-shirt, with a sledgehammer...hmmmm. Luckily her back was to me and I think I snuck past without her seeing me! I didn't see anyone else. I half-ran along the trail, swung the hammer around. Wicked fun. Lots of tree roots, very forest primeval, occasionally opening up to spectacular river views with sailboats, sparkling water, and blue sky. It was great!
                                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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