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  • I love the water too, but mostly to wallow in, I think I'd make a good manatee or a hippo maybe... Since we are choosing our aquatic alter-egos. :-)
    Height: 5' 10"
    Starting Weight: 292
    Starting Primal Weight: 275
    Current weight: 224
    Goal weight: 172
    Body Fat 30.5

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    • Swimming sounds like so much fun - it has been a looonnng time since I was comfortable enough to be at a public pool in a swimsuit! Maybe next summer... That book sounds intriguing. What kind of stuff do they say? Maybe I should see if the library has it
      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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      • It's funny, the thing holding me back was appearing in my swimsuit and being in a locker room - I guess I'm pretty modest. But after the initial horror show was over, I got over it. For one thing, there are lots of people who look worse than me. For another, who bloody cares? I think most people are too busy worrying about their own cellulite to gawk at mine. Now I walk around naked in the locker room and don't even think about it.

        The book is about using your core strength to swim rather than flailing your arms around. The power comes from your hips, the rotation of your body, and momentum; also streamlining your body to decrease drag.
        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 felt this exact same way this summer at the beach. I live within walking distance to the beach and I never went before this summer. My cousins have a house at the beach, and there are two really nice beaches near to where I work. But before this summer, I hadn't been to the beach in twenty years. I just didn't want to be seen in public in a swimsuit. Dunno what changed that, but I'm glad it did change. I went twice a week at least, all summer long.

          I really enjoyed it!
          Height: 5' 10"
          Starting Weight: 292
          Starting Primal Weight: 275
          Current weight: 224
          Goal weight: 172
          Body Fat 30.5

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          • I'm looking forward to hubby getting skinny enough to want to go. If he gets on the swimming bandwagon, he'll drag me along.

            Naked in the locker room is something I'm not ready for. I've got a lot more than cellulite going on (my lower abdomen looks like a battle zone) and I'm not prepared to expose that to the gaze of the young and sleek. But I found a pretty modest bathing suit, and I am quite comfortable spending an afternoon in public dressed like that, even with the young and sleek around. I'm not trying to compete with them, I just don't want to look ridiculous, and I do feel that I have achieved that.
            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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            • Ok, once I can fit into my non- maternity swimsuit I may just try to find a swimming pool nearby. Might as well make the most of being close to town for a change as I am sure we will be moving quite a ways out once we are able to buy... And I really need to teach the kids to swim ... my shyness and embarrasment has held them back from learning Need to get over it - especially if you guys are doing it 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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              • Everyone in the water!
                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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                • Was getting ready to go to the pool, looked at the schedule and discovered there is no lap or open swim this afternoon. It's some kind of class. I could go, of course, but doing CW exercise in a pool full of strangers sounds kinda like torture. I'm being very close-minded, of course.

                  Had eggs and hot dogs. I'm losing my taste buds! I can't really taste stuff. I've noticed this recently. What's up with that?

                  A couple of days ago I realized Slim Cat is always hanging out on the washing machine, so I put an old blanket on there for him - now he is camping there all of the time. It is behind a screen, and has a window over it. It's funny, it is like his own room or something. BW Cat follows me around hoping for food handouts and jumping on my lap every time I sit down. Funny how they are so different.
                  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 thought about you this morning, You had mentioned your cats would attack you if you opened a can of sardines.

                    This morning I was putting my lunch together, kippered herring over salad, and when I opened the can, Fatkitty came racing (well, for her it was racing) over and jumped up onto the kitchen table in one great bound! I was stunned! She was a rescue so we don't know how old she is, but is at least 12 years old, and spherical in shape. The effort involved in that jump would be roughly like me running and jumping onto my back porch roof! I haven't ever seen her behave like that.

                    I gave her some. She deserved it.
                    Height: 5' 10"
                    Starting Weight: 292
                    Starting Primal Weight: 275
                    Current weight: 224
                    Goal weight: 172
                    Body Fat 30.5

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                    • Haha! Good for her! When I was very young, I remember our elderly cat leaping on top of the refrigerator to get at some fish that my grandmother had placed up there to thaw out. Cats...fish...

                      A bit of a coincidence because I had fish for dinner tonight. Fresh wild-caught hake was on sale, so it made its way into my shopping cart. I doused it in coriander and olive oil and baked it in the oven for 10 minutes. Then I poured some of the panang sauce from last week over it. Delicious. (Would you believe I still have panang sauce left? I've gotten four meals out of it!) To my surprise, B&W Cat consumed a large piece of the fish so adorned.

                      Also had broccoli slaw with homemade mayo. B&W Cat did not eat the slaw.

                      Missed swimming today.
                      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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                      • Siobhan and DCarr -- Great cat stories. I can just visualize the cats.

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                        • Hey David, I think your primal-ness is wearing off on your cat!

                          Was supposed to go to a staff meeting this morning - 8 AM in the hospital in the next town. I woke at 6:30, realized it just wasn't going to happen, fed the carnivores, and went back to bed. Managed to drag myself up at 9 AM make it to another meeting that was luckily here in my town, five minutes away. Meeting was so boring I was glad I had fortified myself with tea and hot dogs. Sat in meeting dreaming of apples and bacon. Takeaway from meeting - in the future we will be doing more work for less money. Which has pretty much been the takeaway from every meeting I have been to for ages.
                          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, it is really hard to eat primal in restaurants! Unless you are made of money, or possibly if you eat at a steakhouse. Went out with some friends for lunch and luckily the hot dogs I had for breakfast held me over, because I had to be content with a salad with a couple of flakes of bacon (seriously, it was real bacon but not even a slice) and a lousy tablespoon of supposedly homemade bleu cheese dressing. Yeah, homemade in Vietnam maybe. The restaurant does have sweet potato fries but they are $6!!!! $6!!!! And no substitutions. So you can't get, say, a burger with fries and pay an extra dollar for SP fries. Happily no one commented on my food choice, they probably figured it was the weird diet I am on that has allowed me to lose a lot of weight. They are right, but not the way they think. I don't live on salad. I came home and ate bacon and an apple.

                            Rainy day, the carnivores are lazy and so am I. Will swim later. Too many kids in the pool in the afternoons. I hope to heaven they test the water before they let the adults back in. Best not to think about it.

                            Forgot to mention that the lifeguard tried to set me up with his...grandfather. Yep. His grampy. I was not flattered.
                            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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                            • Saw Robot and Frank last night. After hearing the glowing reviews, I don't know what I expected, but I really didn't care for it. Langella was very, very good. It was like a masterclass in acting. Liv Tyler has so much botox in her face I'm surprised she can even talk.

                              The penultimate farmers market for the year is this morning. I didn't get to go very much this year. It is so expensive! Today I will buy non-food items like beeswax candles and coconut oil/beeswax handcream.

                              Another rainy day. But it is October, and I am still wearing sandals and capris. Haven't dragged out a coat yet. Plants are still outside. There has been no frost.

                              I swam last night - this first time I have been to the pool for the late afternoon/evening hours. Didn't like it much. Lots of kids running around. I am very, very glad that kids are swimming but I don't particularly want to be there when they are. And the locker room was quite a mess after two swim teams went through there in the afternoon. I will stick to morning swims. I didn't want to think about the water in the pool. Of course it is safe, but was it my imagination...did it taste kinda salty? Maybe I would rather let the filters and sanitation technology do its work overnight before I get in.
                              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'm been reading other journals and decided I have a remarkably dull life. For one thing, I have very little conflict, probably because I don't have family close by and live by myself. My personal life is stable to an extent that is pretty unusual.

                                Was reading somewhere about keeping older cats healthy - after the age of ten they often have trouble holding weight, and it was suggested they be fed several small meals a day instead of the usual twice. Hmmm. Isn't this the recommendation often given for humans to LOSE weight?

                                Had two Applegate hot dogs over a bed of greens with leftover meatball sauce and a pluot. Treated myself to coffee with whipping cream this morning.

                                The carnivores are sprawled out asleep in my unmade bed. Guess it will stay unmade.
                                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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