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  • After Brissie, the getaways stop until Vegas in August. Really looking forward to that one! anyway, GS you are having a break next week! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts about that! Will you be putting the son in the stocks for the weekend.

    Had a florentine for morning tea today... really just because I felt like it. Strangely I kind of wished I hadnt afterwards... what the ***

    Took the doggies out to the kennels during my lunch break (slightly extended cause seriously there are a bunch of idiots on the road, why do they all drive so sloooowwwwwlllly - grrrr) so now having a protein shake with coconut cream for my lunch as dont have anything else handy. Added a bit more coconut than I would normally so hopefully I wont have any ill effects

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    • while on the recipe bandwagon, here is the link to that jamie oliver beef and ale stew I made the other week (and it was delicious!)
      beef and ale stew | Beef | Recipes | Jamie Oliver

      I note in this link he says you dont need to brown off the meat first (which I did last time, after giving it a light dusting of flour) but he does throw in the tablespoon of flour with it...perhaps you could throw in arrowroot or something??. Now I know the ale part isnt exactly primal, but just how bad can a can of guinness be once its been cooked up in a nice stew.

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      • Originally posted by Suse View Post
        Tomorrow I am off to Brisbane (australia) for the weekend. I've missed the fireman, will be nice to see him tomorrow. Equally I have enjoyed my own space as well. I think it's a great idea us having these breaks from one another apart from his usual shift patterns.
        I really enjoy that Pete and I keep our own places for the same reason, the break is nice. I don't know if I could ever do the co-habiting/marriage thing again now I've experienced this! I joke with him that we should buy houses next door to each other.

        Originally posted by Suse View Post
        while on the recipe bandwagon, here is the link to that jamie oliver beef and ale stew I made the other week (and it was delicious!)
        beef and ale stew | Beef | Recipes | Jamie Oliver

        I note in this link he says you dont need to brown off the meat first (which I did last time, after giving it a light dusting of flour) but he does throw in the tablespoon of flour with it...perhaps you could throw in arrowroot or something??. Now I know the ale part isnt exactly primal, but just how bad can a can of guinness be once its been cooked up in a nice stew.
        Thanks for this link, I love beer and beef stews. Personally I have found potato starch (after all my experiments) to be the best thickener for sauces and stews. Oh and there is nothing bad in Guinness that needs cooking out, the recipe was handed down from heaven.
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        • back from Brisbane. Had a lovely time. Tried to be good and failed Yes, confession, there was some bread. really though, I dont know why I bother, its really not that great!!! wow, that's perhaps a sign that I'm moving on. But anytime I had bread, I pretty much left half of it. eg, day one, I had a macdonalds bacon and egg mcmuffin for breakfast at the airport (cause it was quick and easy)... I took the top half of the muffin off and left it. today at the airport lounge they had hotdogs in big white buns (seriously what sort of food is that for koru club, good grief) I ate only half. Otherwise though I think I was pretty good. I definitely didnt overindulge in alcohol which is good. so this week I will endeavour to get right back on track and make the fireman do so as well as I know he has been eating a lot of bread and he's been complaining about feeling gassy. yeah, no wonder buddy.

          did heaps of walking round Brisbane, and on the saturday, we got up and went for a jog/walk which was great. I've had a funny ache in the muscle just below my knee today so decided against running today but had another big walk. managed to have an hour on my own to do some shopping and came away with a new pair of black shoes and a pair of brown boots. Very nice and both on sale. hmmm in that hour I only managed the shoe floor of Myers. oh well, I cant afford anything else anyway, i desperately needed some new foundation which I got at duty free so i'm really pegged out in the financial dept now for a bit, especially once you include having to pay for the dogs at the kennels. ahhh overdraft, how I love you, let me count the ways... oh yeah, NONE! No i didnt win 17 million in lotto, and didnt win anything in the australian lottery either. damn it. back to work tomorrow. sigh.

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          • some random thoughts while I eat my lunch (thai pumpkin soup if anyone is interested)

            While in Brisbane, I noticed a lot of the restaurant menus had grain fed beef on the menu as if this was some sort of prize... nope it isnt. And the ridiculous prices being charged for it was pretty bad too!. Aussies must love coming to NZ cause the dollar is so strong. Our meal prices are very reasonable here I think when I compare to the few times I've been over there. Having said that though, was happy with the food we ate!.

            I put on a kg and nearly 1% bf in the weekend... all from the bread baby! I mean really, what else could it be - as I said above, I walked everywhere and even went for a run!. Clearly bread just makes me retain water or something, I wont be surprised if I drop all that in a few days if I eat properly. I'm also starting to wonder if it is the cause of these mild little nagging headaches I get sometimes. That or sparkling wine?? I certainly had a killer on the plane coming home (ok so that one wasnt mild) and I had bread with my breakfast and then that stupid hotdog - but also I had a glass of bubbles at the Koru lounge at the airport. I had a mild headache on Saturday too, and I had had a glass of bubbles at lunchtime with a thai beef salad. Hmmm definitely something for me to think about and see if I can narrow that down. It might be bye-bye bubbles!

            Might try and head out the door early today, need to wash the dogs when I get home as they are a bit smelly after this stint at the pet hotel. Normally they get a groom but as our flight came in early, I decided to pick them up on the way home rather than get the fireman to make a special trip out today to get them. So I think they may have missed their bath. Me no like stinky dogs

            More random thoughts.... my brother has not replied to the email my sister and I wrote to him last week (or week before?) I did find out from my mother that he had been to australia last week though. Oh thats nice isnt it... cant afford to repay the loan you got, or pay your rent on time, but can fly off to Aussie. Hmmmm

            that is all.

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            • Mmmm, bubbles or bread??

              I hope it's the bread
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              • Originally posted by Suse View Post
                back from Brisbane. Had a lovely time. Tried to be good and failed Yes, confession, there was some bread. really though, I dont know why I bother, its really not that great!!! wow, that's perhaps a sign that I'm moving on.
                Glad you had a great time!

                Next time remember that the bread is not that great BEFORE you eat it!

                I agree with NourishedEm, I hope it's the bread!
                "Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be." Kurt Vonnegut
                "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." Douglas Adams
                "Moderation sucks." Suse
                "Wine is a vegetable." Meaty
                "Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow and the day after that." Cmdr Chris Hadfield


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                • yeah it would be a tragedy to give up the bubbles wouldnt it!

                  Fish and salad for dinner last night, with a few glasses of sauvignon. Slept deeply last night which is good as the last few nights have been rather disjointed.

                  Scales have not moved, b*stard! I sort of expected bf to drop down a bit. Oh well, c'est la vie!

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                  • Nothing of great note to report. Pretty good foodwise yesterday if you dont count the almond chocolate slab I ate after lunch! I suspect I decided I wanted that cause I'd been thinking about all that annoying family stuff and the like, so it was a little emotional binge perhaps. Dinner was a gluten free pasta with bacon, mushrooms and tomato... havent had pasta for a long time so it made a nice change. couple of sauvignons.

                    woke up at 1am this morning and felt wide awake so I decided to turn the light on and faff about for an hour - facebook and general internet stuff. Turned off after an hour, tossed and turned for a bit and then went back to sleep. Good. I think that is the trick, not wait until I feel tired to switch off the light , just do stuff for an hour and then turn off. And not lie in bed tossing and turning first of all when I wake, just decide to do something.

                    Scales this morning, 54.6kg, 22.5bf. moving down. Grrr, so annoying that that bf figure was below 22 when I went to brissie... let that be a lesson to you all, bread is BAD!

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                    • Originally posted by Suse View Post
                      Pretty good foodwise yesterday if you dont count the almond chocolate slab I ate after lunch! I suspect I decided I wanted that cause I'd been thinking about all that annoying family stuff and the like, so it was a little emotional binge perhaps.
                      I won't count it if you don't count the tarts I ate Sunday
                      I think its an important 1st step to think about WHY you wanted it...

                      Originally posted by Suse View Post
                      woke up at 1am this morning and felt wide awake so I decided to turn the light on and faff about for an hour - facebook and general internet stuff. Turned off after an hour, tossed and turned for a bit and then went back to sleep. Good. I think that is the trick, not wait until I feel tired to switch off the light , just do stuff for an hour and then turn off. And not lie in bed tossing and turning first of all when I wake, just decide to do something.
                      Sounds like a good strategy.

                      Originally posted by Suse View Post
                      let that be a lesson to you all, bread is BAD!
                      Yes it is
                      "Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be." Kurt Vonnegut
                      "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." Douglas Adams
                      "Moderation sucks." Suse
                      "Wine is a vegetable." Meaty
                      "Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow and the day after that." Cmdr Chris Hadfield


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                      • Hey Suse...yeah, better the bread than the bubbles. They're important every once in a while

                        Overall, you do seem to be doing a lot better with sleep than you were months ago. Things are moving in the right direction.

                        I hear you on the emotional binge thing...I think stress eating has been my reason for a few dietary indiscretions of late (like chocolate...and wine...).

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                        • i just ate two cookies. so delicious, but now i'm paying for it. ouch. it was the bread, woman, the bread!

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                          • yeah, I've been bloody hopeless today too, went and bought a packet of biscuits... then ate 6 of them. Full of wheat flour. Why did I do that... I would have been better going and getting a florentine. doh. *hits head against brick wall* Self sabotage. Wouldnt you think we'd just know better!??

                            Tonight I'm having a beef and ale pie for dinner (I used cornflour to thicken this time rather than standard flour, I must get some potato starch though) God it smelled good while it was cooking last night. When I went to bed the smell was wafting down the hall, I swear I was probably drooling on my pillow all night (no wonder I woke up at 1am!) I'm not going to get too worried about the little bit of pastry on the top - hell, I might even not eat the pastry topping! but it just looks really good when it comes out of the oven with a nice crispy brown pastry top on it. I've got guests for dinner so the "look" is important! There will be cosmopolitans tonight probably more than 1!!!! :>

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                            • Well it has been a year since I started writing this journal! Where does the time go! Way back then I'd been attempting primal for 2 weeks already, and we were in the middle of a house renovation with no kitchen and I was out for dinner every night! I've probably still got all the same issues I had right back at the beginning, still like my wine too much, still eating lollies from time to time. Overall though, I'd say I'm doing pretty well. Lots of changes to my diet which I've mostly stuck with. I've never really "dieted" in my life, so this was a completely new thing for me. And I dont really feel like I have dieted with this program, just changed the way I do things, I rarely eat bread, rice or pasta, I now eat more vegies and salads than I ever used to, and I really think our meals have just improved generally in terms of flavours and variety. I am thrilled that I have lost that podge from under my boobs, at the top of my stomach, sure I've still got a bit of flab on the lower belly but really it just doesnt bother me like it used to. This morning when I was getting dressed I was thinking I was looking pretty darned hot! (the fireman agrees! ) I think it is great that I am finally starting to see myself in a more positive light. I think if I really got on the exercise bandwagon I would probably look amazing (well, for my age, best I dont get too amped up about how I look, heh heh). I've been maintaining nicely around the 54-55kg mark since about end of June last year. So yeah, my weak links are definitely exercise and sugar - sugars a hard bitch to kick I must say.

                              So to the followers of my journal, thanks for being there for the last year, thanks for the comments, and support. I do feel like you are my friends, even though I have never met you and most likely, never will!

                              On to the mundane stuff of journals ... dinner last night was ok, i made the beef and ale pie with a dark ale, but actually I can say hand on heart, using guinness is best. Much more flavoursome. Too much liquid in the pie though I think. Didnt really eat much of the pastry, couple of mouthfuls if that - I'd like to find a primal pie crust, cause the look is important, you know what I mean. I did have 2 cosmos and a few wines, so not feeling as crash hot today as I could. All self inflicted. Sleep a little messy but got enough. Strangely weight on the scales this morning 54.4 and 22.3bf.... a loss. seriously go figure that out - fireman says bf loss was from the "exercise" last night Thinks we should "exercise" every night Not quite sure how that explains the bf gains in brisbane though!

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                              • Originally posted by Suse View Post
                                yeah, I've been bloody hopeless today too, went and bought a packet of biscuits... then ate 6 of them. Full of wheat flour. Why did I do that... I would have been better going and getting a florentine. doh. *hits head against brick wall* Self sabotage. Wouldnt you think we'd just know better!??
                                We do know better, but sometimes...we "forget"

                                Originally posted by Suse View Post
                                Well it has been a year since I started writing this journal! Where does the time go!
                                Wow! Congrats! I like your year's summary

                                Originally posted by Suse View Post
                                So to the followers of my journal, thanks for being there for the last year, thanks for the comments, and support. I do feel like you are my friends, even though I have never met you and most likely, never will!
                                I feel the same!

                                Originally posted by Suse View Post
                                Strangely weight on the scales this morning 54.4 and 22.3bf.... a loss. seriously go figure that out - fireman says bf loss was from the "exercise" last night Thinks we should "exercise" every night Not quite sure how that explains the bf gains in brisbane though!
                                "Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be." Kurt Vonnegut
                                "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." Douglas Adams
                                "Moderation sucks." Suse
                                "Wine is a vegetable." Meaty
                                "Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow and the day after that." Cmdr Chris Hadfield


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