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  • Yes, with the extra gelatin, the new and improved head cheese is now sliceable and very delicious. I guess skull bones just don't have as much gelatin in them and need a little supplementation. Good to know. I slow cooked the skull overnight and half of the next day so I don't think I could have gotten any more out of it. The bones were even getting soft and starting to break down.

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    • Good Morning PB,

      I just wanted to say Hi!, I have read this thread from begining to end and I have to say it has been an epic ride so far. I was rooting for your Dad to get better, and cried when I read the posts where he was winding down and finally passed. You are lucky to have had such a fantastic journey with your father. I wish I had known mine and also that was able to actually have a good relationship with my Mom.

      I want to thank you for your inspiration. I have had so many challenges recently and reading your posts got me to get back on track. I need to take care of ME!!!! My children are grown and my other half has made his choices (he's currently in kidney failure getting ready to start dialysis, yet continues to choose poor eating habits). I need to listen to my body and learn to be happy.

      All that being said. I started back on my journey Sunday night/Monday morning and am happy to report that I have lost 7-8 lb since I weighed in Monday Morning (depends on the scale you see) I weighed in officially at the Drs ofc (I work there) this am and got a lb less than my scale at home.

      I did this journey before on Atkins and lost 90 lbs, life got in the way (Hello hysterectomy and Multi-nodular Goiter) and regained most of my weight. I started Monday Morning at 246 (at home) and today am at 238 (at work) and happy as a clam. I hope to hit 150, but honestly when I hit 165 people were hollering at me to stop. Oh I am 5' 5" but a bit bigger boned.

      I re-read through Mark's book and have been picking up bits and pieces from this thread.

      You are an inspiration. Keep up the fantastic work and may I look as hot as you do at 50 (I'm 46).

      Your recipes and pictures have got me inpired. I even got a couple of bones and look forward to some bone broth!

      I started a journal here (fat to fantastic) and have joined MyFitnessPal (geekymom32)

      Thanks!!!


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      Last edited by ShannonWinchester; 03-07-2013, 11:22 AM.

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      • Well done, Shannon! Yes, you are only responsible for and accountable to yourself. You make the changes for you. Try to help others come along but, as they say, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. Even if the horse has kidney failure.
        That is so sad.

        On the real estate front there is good news and bad news. The good news is that escrow is officially on again this time with the cellist and his family. The bad news is that the perfect apartment building turned out to not be so perfect after all. They had repeatedly assured me that they would find a parking spot for me where I could plug in my Prius (any old outlet will do, regular 110 house current). No problem. Then I go and sign the lease, give them their money, set up new utility and cable service, set up renter's insurance and THEN the f@@king tell me that it is not possible for me to plug in anywhere in the garage because it would be a liability issue. Somebody might trip over the cord. WTF!!!?????!!!!!!

        And, after having repeatedly assured me that the Wolf Cub's status as a medical alert service dog (who alerts me to impending seizures) made him an exception to having to pay an extra pet deposit and extra "pet rent" fee every month, they went and took that back saying that since he is not technically "necessary" for me to live my daily life, he doesn't qualify. F##k that s@@t!!!!
        They just lost $3200/month and a regularly paying tenant who might have stayed for years. I won't do business with people like that.

        If either one of these policies were just a policy and I had been informed of it up front, I might think it was not good but I wouldn't be this pissed off. What bugs me is the deception. The leasing guy telling me repeatedly for weeks that these things were not a problem and not to worry. He just wanted to get his commission and hoped I would like the apartment enough to get over it once I found out.

        Grrrr.....

        So now begins the search for a new den all over again.

        This new escrow is contingent on the buyers selling their present home so I have some time but it's just such a hassle.

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        • Darn it.
          Primal since 9/24/2010
          "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

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          • Originally posted by Pebbles67 View Post
            Darn it.
            I had a little more colorful language in mind but, yeah, that about sums it up.

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            • I hate those baits and switches, I tell you what! That stuff just really ticks me off!

              But, I know that you'll find an even more awesome place!

              DH and I decided to go to the US . . . in 2014! We will be hitting SD because I have friends/family there. We want to go in October and have an "american halloween" for DS. With my cousin who has a son just younger than DS, and they are big into halloween, so I'm sure it would be awesome.

              Anyway, it's going to be a combination work-holiday, so you better start taking yoga so that you can come to my workshop AND then we can go to the SD zoo or something like that because DS will want to do something awesome. And thankfully, your dog isn't so tall that he would be scared of him (since most big dogs are as tall as DS, those are the ones he's nervous about. I would be too if I saw a dog as big as me!).

              Pencil it into your calendar.

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              • Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                I had a little more colorful language in mind but, yeah, that about sums it up.
                Flippin' fiddlesticks?
                Most people don't realize how much energy it takes for me to pretend to be normal.

                If I wanted to listen to an asshole, I'd fart.

                Twibble's Twibbly Wibbly

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                • Originally posted by zoebird View Post
                  Anyway, it's going to be a combination work-holiday, so you better start taking yoga so that you can come to my workshop AND then we can go to the SD zoo or something like that because DS will want to do something awesome. And thankfully, your dog isn't so tall that he would be scared of him (since most big dogs are as tall as DS, those are the ones he's nervous about. I would be too if I saw a dog as big as me!).

                  Pencil it into your calendar.
                  GO TO THE ZOO! FOR 3 DAYS! It's HUGE and we didn't get to spend enough time there. Either time.
                  Most people don't realize how much energy it takes for me to pretend to be normal.

                  If I wanted to listen to an asshole, I'd fart.

                  Twibble's Twibbly Wibbly

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                  • Originally posted by zoebird View Post
                    I hate those baits and switches, I tell you what! That stuff just really ticks me off!

                    But, I know that you'll find an even more awesome place!

                    DH and I decided to go to the US . . . in 2014! We will be hitting SD because I have friends/family there. We want to go in October and have an "american halloween" for DS. With my cousin who has a son just younger than DS, and they are big into halloween, so I'm sure it would be awesome.

                    Anyway, it's going to be a combination work-holiday, so you better start taking yoga so that you can come to my workshop AND then we can go to the SD zoo or something like that because DS will want to do something awesome. And thankfully, your dog isn't so tall that he would be scared of him (since most big dogs are as tall as DS, those are the ones he's nervous about. I would be too if I saw a dog as big as me!).

                    Pencil it into your calendar.
                    "Bait and switch". That's a good way to put it.
                    It would be great to see you IRL when you get to SD. Let me know as dates firm up.

                    Originally posted by Twibble View Post
                    Flippin' fiddlesticks?
                    That's a good one. Pebbles and I have a running joke about being proper ladylike schoolteachers who don't use that kind of language. Gosh Dangit! Son of a biscuit! Shucks!

                    Originally posted by Twibble View Post
                    GO TO THE ZOO! FOR 3 DAYS! It's HUGE and we didn't get to spend enough time there. Either time.
                    Yes, and the zoo has two facilities, the regular zoo and the "safari park" both of which are the gold standard of the world among zoos (not an exaggeration, really they are) and both of which are HUGE.

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                    • Paleobird, sorry to hear about the apartment. So stupid to not consider your dog a working dog and the whole plug in thing is ludicrous also.

                      I thought of you this morning because, while not really aiming to do so, I was so carnivorous yesterday that I only ate about five grams of carbs. LOL I thought, "Paleobird would approve." I will however cook up some turnip greens today to compensate. I've finally decided to get with the whole coconut oil thing and it's not terrible as I remembered. Maybe the one I tried years ago was weird, but the one I got from Vitacost is lovely - nothing repulsive about it at all. I've used it to grease muffin tins for Brazilian cheese bread, and to fry eggs and it didn't impart any nasty taste to either.

                      Anyway, sometimes when things go south like the apartment, the next one you find is so much better that you breathe a sigh of relief and flip the bird to the original one.
                      "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                      B*tch-lite

                      Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                      • Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
                        Paleobird, sorry to hear about the apartment. So stupid to not consider your dog a working dog and the whole plug in thing is ludicrous also.

                        I thought of you this morning because, while not really aiming to do so, I was so carnivorous yesterday that I only ate about five grams of carbs. LOL I thought, "Paleobird would approve." I will however cook up some turnip greens today to compensate. I've finally decided to get with the whole coconut oil thing and it's not terrible as I remembered. Maybe the one I tried years ago was weird, but the one I got from Vitacost is lovely - nothing repulsive about it at all. I've used it to grease muffin tins for Brazilian cheese bread, and to fry eggs and it didn't impart any nasty taste to either.

                        Anyway, sometimes when things go south like the apartment, the next one you find is so much better that you breathe a sigh of relief and flip the bird to the original one.
                        Yes Paleobird approves. I have gotten myself some MCT oil just to see what all the fuss is about and I really think Enig and Fallon might be onto something. I can feel a noticeable uptick in my body temperature after taking it. It is very neutral tasting and so would be good for cooking anything where you didn't want it tasting like a pina colada.

                        In other news............I had SEX! Yay!

                        I met this wonderful man about a year ago when I took my cruise to the Caribbean. He was the piano player/singer in the piano bar. Now the cruise lines have very strict no fooling around with the customers or we dump you off at the next port and you buy your own plane ticket home policy. So, things got as far as a couple of steamy kisses back then but we stopped ourselves. Actually I would have gone for it but in retrospect that would not have been fair of me since he was the one with something to lose.

                        Anyway, we have kept in touch via email and now he is going to be home ported out of San Diego for a while doing the Hawaii, Mexico and Alaska runs. Holland America has a policy where, if you register it up front, you can take a "Friend On Board" for a free cruise if you are an employee who rates a private stateroom which musicians do. So, as soon as I get my real estate stuff settled, I may be doing some cruising. This time we just had one night, Friday night, before he shipped out.

                        Sigh. Somehow when you are feeling this good, all that stuff about real estate and pinheaded leasing agents just doesn't seem all that important.

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                        • Wait...MCT causes your body temperature to go up? I may have to investigate this some more....

                          Yay for getting laid!
                          Most people don't realize how much energy it takes for me to pretend to be normal.

                          If I wanted to listen to an asshole, I'd fart.

                          Twibble's Twibbly Wibbly

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                          • Oh my, a friend with benefits - and WHAT benefits indeed! YAY!!
                            I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.

                            Oscar Wilde

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                            • Originally posted by Twibble View Post
                              Wait...MCT causes your body temperature to go up? I may have to investigate this some more....

                              Yay for getting laid!
                              That's the marketing claim. It supposedly metabolizes very quickly and does not store as fat. We shall see. And yes, getting laid is a good thing.

                              Originally posted by Pebbles67
                              PB are you sure the rise in body temp was the MCT?

                              I want to have some "new romance" sex. Too bad I have a long term husband. I was joking with one of my flirtations that I was trying to get my husband to let me have boyfriends on the side. He looked very interested.

                              Alas, I will behave myself and live vicariously through other single ladies.
                              New romance sex, long time familiar partners sex, it's all good stuff. And I think everybody should have more of it. People would all be a lot nicer to each other if everybody was getting some on a regular basis.

                              Originally posted by Sigi View Post
                              Oh my, a friend with benefits - and WHAT benefits indeed! YAY!!
                              You have NO idea. Purrrrrrrrr.

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                              • I have to say "yay!" to that too. I was wondering when he was going to show up again.

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