You're a funny bunch. Help me out!
Weekend plans: none. Aaahhh feels good . Oh wait, no, I have to brave the cold and get the scooter to my parents' house tomorrow. Then help my dad make space in the garage. Should be fun! Maybe I'll bring the last of my coconut milk to make some hot chocolate for after.
Since I don't need to go anywhere tonight, maybe I'll wash my hair when I get home & dye it while I make dinner & wait for Boyfriend & friend to get home.
Primal since March 5, 2012
SW: 221 | CW: 182 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)
I'm afraid I'm too ADD right now to get all the way caught up in your journal, but I'm battling hard water right now in Maine. Boiling water for pre-mixed baking soda shampoo worked for me. I boiled it for 10-ish minutes and mixed in the baking soda, making sure to leave the white bits in the bottom in the mixer, not on my head. I also shampooed before I even got in the shower to keep it "pure." Mine was still warm when I used it, so I'm not sure how it would work to mix a lot ahead and use it cold.
Yeah, the baking soda business was way too much of a pain to deal with. I ended up buying a paraben and sulfate free shampoo and conditioner (yes to cucumbers, good for colored hair) that I use about once a week. My hair is happiest about one week after a bleaching. I think it's because all the oil build-up gets totally stripped so my scalp "resets". Then it gets grimy week after week, until I bleach again, 6 weeks later haha.
Dudes, I got called for jury duty for the second time. First time, I was 19. I didn't get to sit a trial. My date is for February. Hopefully I get paid for going in by my work. The company isn't based in MA, so I'm not sure how that would affect things.
There are so many helpful suggestions in your journal, I spent almost as much time writing as I did reading. Thanks.
Glad you got some good info, Zee!
Dudes, it's snowing today. I am happy. I still need to bring my scooter up to my parents house ><
Bummer about the scooter, but yay about the snow! I was hoping to get in some good New England snow while I was here. Looks like the snow-dance performed in my head was sufficient
(be safe on the scooter)
Scooter is up in the backyard. Fishtailed a little on a turn that I didn't slow waaaaay down for. Driving over wet crosswalks on a two-wheeled vehicle is dicey. Anyway, it was fine. I'll probably go back up today to clear a little more space in the garage and actually put it away. I wonder if I should take the battery out for the winter (didn't last year). I should probably replace it next year, to be safe (I've been told to replace it every year, did not do it this year).
I'm in my typical scrounging mode for the weekend. I felt kind of sick last night so I only ate a chicken quarter. No veg. I'm still nibbling away at the walnut halves, but they taste gross to me today. I will go get some meat, frozen veg, and maybe coconut milk at the grocery store. I'm really craving chocolate, but I think hot chocolate would be a better and longer-lasting treat. Both are not Whole30 aproved, but as long as I avoid crap oils, and anything remotely un-Primal or un-Paleo, I am calling it a success. I guess I'm at about a week right now. I think I want to look for some good quality frozen sausages to make breakfasts a little easier and more filling.
Winter date is postponed because Boyfriend is going to be working Saturdays starting soon. I'll have to call the rock climbing place to see what their hours and business are like the weekend before Christmas. This also means we'd get dinner somewhere before or after, instead of lunch.
Yesterday was good. I got the scooter in the garage with enough space to comfortable move my dad's and my brother's bikes in and out. My dad is still biking down to the train station (maybe 2 miles from the house, rather steep decline/incline there/back) on days of reasonable weather. He said his face gets really cold on the way down, so I think I'll get him a balaclava or equivalent cycling mask to stick in his stocking for Christmas. I had fun hanging out with my parents and godfather for a little while. Boyfriend and I had some nice together time too. All in all, it was an excellent weekend.
Sleep: I seem to be settling into my routine well. I can stay up a bit later on weekends, and sleep in, and it doesn't mess me up too badly come Monday morning. I wanted to stay in bed today, but when I got back in after the alarm went off, I couldn't even get comfortable. This is good.
Food: I stocked up on some pork chops over the weekend. I'll be a good girl and trim the fat. I got some good deals at the grocery store by watching for sales & using my store card. I ended up paying about $35 after $26 in discounts, including a $5 off coupon if you buy $30 or more. This is why the regular grocery store is much better than buying in bulk at BJ's or Costco. Of course, all these savings won't mean a thing when/if I can buy good quality meat. I will need to get more eggs later this week, but didn't want to go to multiple stores yesterday. I picked up some more apples & a box of the MOST AMAZING clementines. An apple, two clementines, and a tin of sardines in olive oil are my lunch. My godfather is dropping off 1/2 a bushel of utility apples (aka. the rejects that wouldn't sell well) today for me to make applesauce with!
Body: Boyfriend and I took Saturday off with our little exercise routine. My abs were still sore yesterday, and he had to help me through some push-ups and sit-ups. Super sore today! I am never sure when I should rest and when I should push through this kind of soreness. I had to lever/roll myself out of bed this morning because sitting straight up just wasn't happening.
Brain: Things are good. I feel like I've been able to think pretty clearly lately. Sometimes, I'm a bit scatter-brained, but that's fairly normal for me. I have to restart sentences pretty frequently because I can't get grammar to be intelligible. It's embarrassing, but I've been happy enough lately that it doesn't bother me.
Supplements: I'm trying an experiment. I increased the natural antibiotics (pau d'arco and oil of oregano) dose to 2 capsules each, twice a day, and am having ginger tea twice a day. Digestion seemed very functional this weekend. I am curious to see if that continues. I also increased the Vitex to 2x daily. I don't know why. Just felt like it. My mood has been so good lately, I'm curious to see if knocking one 5-HTP capsule out (down to 200mg) would help with some of the anxiety I'm having and the hyperemotions. I'm also scared about doing this because I really don't want to have a bad day. I think I will suck it up and knock down the dosage tonight.
TMI/gut stuff: Period is now 4 days late. I took a test yesterday to be sure (negative). I am waiting for it to arrive so I can report to the doc about the PMS, and then I want to talk to him about diagnosing whatever is going on with my gut. If my supplement experimentation is successful, I'm convinced it's SIBO or something of that nature, and I want antibiotics to get through it ASAP. I'm at over 3 months of symptoms now. It will be 4 months by mid-December. I'm fed up with it. I realized this weekend that I'm happy that I keep getting all these great alternative ways to treat the symptoms, but the doctor has made no effort to actually diagnose the issue. Gut issues can be difficult to identify, but I hope he will at least let me try antibiotics for a few weeks.
I am helping my grandma pick and order gifts for my parents for Christmas. My dad will probably get a book. My mom said she wants some Oxo containers for dry goods in the pantry (they have a moth problem), but I think I'd rather get her something nice for her office. My dad never finished the desk we built BTW. Next project is a hand-railing for the indoor stairs at my parents house so my grandmother doesn't need assistance when she visits. That needs to happen soon since she'll probably be down here for Christmas.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Exercises
I put this on FB. If you're on the computer a lot, do this every few hours!
I've been thinking more and more lately that I have a lot of thoughts that I want to get down, but they don't really fit here (I mean, I could blather on about how much I love Boyfriend, but I'm sure that gets tiresome) or in my blog. I still have an active handwritten journal. Active means it doesn't feel finished yet to me, which does not necessarily mean turning the last page. I have plenty of old journals that I didn't fill up, but I just didn't feel like it was right to keep writing in them. Some ended at a fairly defined turning point (near year in school, end of a year in school, birthday, New Years), some were pretty random. I've said many times that I think I'll start writing in my handwritten journal with some regularity again, and I'll keep saying it until I do.