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  • So, is the patient date-worthy?

    And lemon grass. I've seen it in the store from time to time, but I've never used it. Do you cut it up? Smash it? Stick it in whole and fish it out, like bay leaf?

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    • Alas, no. For a few reasons, the major one being that I can't/won't be around smokers.

      Lemongrass - all of those things. You need to take off the outer part, and smash it. You can throw in a big piece and take it out or at least let people know it can't be eaten whole. I cut it into smaller bits because I like the way it looks. Has a lovely lemony flavor.

      Just slept for 11 hours! Last night I got really hungry about 11 PM and made an omelet with fennel and dill. Would have been great but unfortunately I cooked it a bit too long and it was dry. Have half of it left, I will drown it with something and eat it. Anyway, I then slept like a log for a really long time, until the carnivores insisted on being fed. Then went back to sleep for a another really long time. Feel pretty good now. It was fun to wake up, lie in bed, and watch birds flying around through the big skylights.
      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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      • Smoking, blech! That would be a deal breaker for me, too.

        Okay, I'll have to try lemongrasss some time, now that I know what the heck to do with it. A zippy Thai broth sounds pretty good.

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        • Thai broth is almost TOO good, as I demonstrated this weekend when I consumed four servings in one meal! I've really been missing Thai food as we don't have it here on my isolated peninsula. There is a Thai take-out place in the town where I work, but I have never patronized the place. After I ate all the soup, I realized I had forgotten to put in the fish sauce. It was still so good without it. Next time.

          Had a large bowl of salad greens with the usual EVOO and BV along with the remains of the omelet. Very satisfying. I checked the pool schedule and am happy to see there is lap swim from 3-4 PM on Monday. Just realized this is Columbus Day. Hmmm better check.
          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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          • Well, the pool is closed. Major bummer. I was so annoyed I picked up my hammer and for the first time I can honestly say I worked to failure. I was inspired by Mark's post today about preparing for cheats, where he outlines some workouts. I adapted his complex to a hammer workout, and threw in a lot of swings and stuff. It was really fun and gave me a crazy idea for a video for next year's challenge - kind of a hammer dance thing. Keep in mind here that I am NOT a dancer, don't really like dancing, don't dance in public, don't want to dance in public...but still I think it would be cool. Music would be something like Ralph Vaughan Williams - Lark Ascending.
            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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            • After my wild hammer session I was so full of energy I went to my favorite hiking trail (right down the road) and ran around in the woods for awhile. I don't ever remember being energized by exercise before. Sure, I was always told I should be energized. Never was, though. Also don't remember ever doing anything that was so fun I didn't want to stop. Usually the pleasure comes from getting it over with!

              Have my video all planned out. I think the Vaughan Williams might be a little too esoteric, but REM's Shiny Happy People is a really good tempo and suitably upbeat. Clothes: slightly loose khaki or olive green knee length cargos and a form-fitting but not overly revealing black tank. Barefoot or fives, of course. Loose, wild hair. Would be really, really cool to find a 70-something primal lady to star in this. Workout is a combo - classic powerlifting moves, hammer swings and some propulsive stuff. The lady will smile right into the camera and say, "If a fat, frumpy, sick, __year-old female can get primal, get hard, and get happy, so can YOU!" Would be great to flash a "before" pic at some point.

              I would like to thank the Academy, and all the little people who helped me on my way...
              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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              • Send that video to Mark with you being the hot primal lady.

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                • I'm on a Thai-flavor kick these days. Had a fabulous dinner. Started off with a salad of fennel, avocado, cilantro, parsley, and lime. Made up some coconut milk broth as I described above and ate it with a very large amount of haddock, cilantro, lime, cashews, and scallions. I've been eating a lot of cashews lately, for some reason I am craving them. I don't think I have mentioned haddock, which is wild-caught, fresh, readily available, and relatively cheap here. Really nice fish. Also some roasted beets, which taste like candy. I will say they didn't go well with the fish and Thai flavors.

                  I was thinking how horrible this food is and wondering how I will manage to eat this way for the rest of my life.
                  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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                  • Also want to document that I had an all-around great day. After my hike I walked around this property where I live - my landlord owns a very large and very beautiful acreage right on the water. I went down to the waterfront and hung out there for awhile. A beautiful cool and sunny autumn day. Felt great, ate well, moved slowly, lifted heavy things, played. What more could anyone want?
                    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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                    • Prayer/book group this morning, then swimming, now home for a great lunch. Ribs! Blueberries!
                      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 Siobhan! I am going to have to try your soup. I've been meaning to start cooking a little Thai myself, since my kids hauled me off to a Thai restaurant some time back and I fell in love.

                        Too bad about the patient being a smoker...

                        I had been thinking of making some moussaka too, but the eggplant was over-ripe and I'm not feeling too well, so it's getting turned into a spaghetti sauce instead. Which I am about to go eat as soon as I'm finished with journals.
                        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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                        • You're back! I hope you had a nice holiday.

                          Completely different topic - my hair loss has stopped. I'm just losing the normal amount, not the handfuls of a few weeks ago. I think my doctor was right. CW docs do know some things. The hair loss started just about three months after I went primal cold turkey. My hair follicles 'reset' and now I will get a new head of hair! Despite my distress over the amount in my comb, my hair doesn't look any different, if anything it looks thicker which I know seems impossible. One more thing with which to credit primal.
                          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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                          • Ah, nice to know. I had similar things happening when I was pregnant. At one point my husband asked me if I had cut my bangs, because there was so much new growth coming in together.
                            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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                            • Yep, he said that is the classic example, after a woman gives birth she often experiences this phenomenon. Obviously hormones play a big role. Since I also started getting periods again, I think this mystery can be stamped "Closed." Even through the falling-out period I noticed new growth, particularly in the front - well, that is where you would notice it, isn't it?

                              I'm awfully glad I'm not going bald.

                              Here I am at work. Feeling very horrible, undervalued, put-upon, badly treated. Trying not to feel this way but can't help it. Wondering what else I could do to earn a living. I just can't get all the pieces together - I have a great place to live, but the job stinks.

                              I suppose its good that IF is easy when I am feeling low like this. Not the remotest urge to eat.
                              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 sorry you're feeling that way about your work, particularly when everything else seems to be going along so well. I hope it gets better for you!
                                Height: 5' 10"
                                Starting Weight: 292
                                Starting Primal Weight: 275
                                Current weight: 224
                                Goal weight: 172
                                Body Fat 30.5

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