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    Quote Originally Posted by primal4fifty View Post
    The “Weighting” Game

    I am feeling a little bit of nagging pressure to "hurry up" with that cruise getting closer and closer by the week. So today I was once again last month's lowest weight -- 172 -- and I am going to retire my scale for the month and not weigh again until March 1st. The amount I will weigh by March 17 is pretty much out of my hands at this point. And I have my clothes and the mirror for feedback. I know my workout goals. I have all the information I need to make good dietary choices. I know that lowering carbs can work wonders. And the ultimate authority is eating when hungry. I know how to do that too, when I am willing to just slow down and listen.

    Its a little scary. What if I gain 5 pounds or something? Well, that might happen anyhow... even with watching the scale. I want to love and trust my body to do right by itself. It doesnt need me hover-mothering over it every morning wringing my hands or cheering.



    Losing weight and gaining muscle in menopause is just some slow sledding. Thats not a bad thing, really, when you think about it. At my current age, its never going to be a dramatic, swanlike transformation after just 8 or 12 weeks of effort; the real value is how I might feel after 8 months, 12 months, even 8 years of slowly plugging away... I'm glad I bought that silly bikini top, but I'm not going to let it bully me. Its time will come if I am patient.
    I feel yo' scale pain, sister. I have abandoned my scale for the month. I seem to have a parallel weight loss with you--hovering in the 172-174 range and all the staring in the world is not breaking me into the 160s. By the way, I also started wearing size 8 jeans again and am very happy about it--congrats to both of us!

    Anyway, it seems that love of food and stimulation of good food is necessary for us. I am also pushing fifty in a few years and have noticed that my weight is slower to delete itself from my mainframe. C'est la vie.

    Meanwhile, let us partake in the pleasure of life and let the scale manage itself. The bikini top will look fantastic when the time is right. Don't doubt it.

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    thank you sweetie. you, me and the fabulous marianne... we got a thing goin' on!

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    I am flummoxed by the picture thing. Do all my pictures have to go through an intermediary like photobucket or some such thing? Confuzzlement!

    Here is a FB picture from yesterday... Will this work? Does this 'out' me? Do I really care considering this is just an online journal?

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    Well, it seemed to work... Anyhow, I put the picture up because a) I think it shows exactly where I am too, Missblue... Far enough along I should still be terribly, terribly grateful but not so far along that I feel i've somehow 'arrived' hahahah! and b) It was taken upon leaving the very warm, very heartfelt memorial service for a 60 year old NPS colleague of my husband... and leaving the memorial service of a 60 year old is just a kinda fucked up proposition that has a way of focusing one's attention on staying fully alive, damnit! and finally c) I was crazy, ravenously hungry because virtually nothing there could be easily made primal and I realized that all weekend I had left myself a victim of what was readily available, what was easy to procure and that had contributed to just letting my eating go to shit all across the board. Oh and d) Are those shoes fierce or what? I am all about the shoes. The dress is 4 years old...Always happy to wear an old dress...Preferably with new shoes, thank you very much!

    So I think this weekend marked a sort of "terrible twos" in my primal journey. Angry oppositional personality tendencies, you know... Not gonna track it. Not gonna dissect it. Just me swimming upstream in a downstream world. And not being very smart about it. A few small moments of humor: there were homemade cupcakes at the memorial with a baked on cream cheese and dark chocolate topping, which I very much wanted to try. So I shamelessly bit off just the topping and crumpled the rest of the cupcake up to throw away, when I noticed out of the corner of my eye my husband's coworker watching me with a bemused look on his face... hahahaha! Dorothy Parker Primal: never complain, never explain!

    This morning I did what any sensible fallen primal person should do: got up and made myself one of those beautiful bigass 'come-back-to-jesus' farmhand style breakfasts... a two egg omelet with avocado, mushroom and tomato slices... bacon on the side... and reminded myself that while I may not be "there" yet, this is definitely the path that leads "there" eventually.

    happy primal day friends. xoL
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    So lovely to read your post! I've been Primal for 5 weeks now and doing the same as you on the cooking front - actually a lot easier than I thought. My husband is pleased that we are eating more delicious meat, but can still accommodate tricky teenage daughter! I'm also keeping quiet about what I'm up to and just enjoying feeling so much more alive and sleeping better. Like you it's a new concept NOT to want a snack?? Amazing. I will be 56 next month and a part time primary school teacher here in UK, so need to keep fit to keep up with the little ones. I am finding excuses to walk into town with a rucksack to do my shopping, getting out for walks in the countryside at the weekends and am about to start Mark's exercise programme. It's good to hear of other's (across the pond) on the same path. Good Luck!

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    Thank you ragwort! Stick around and get to know marianne and missblue too! It is a lot of fun...
    I have a neighbor going primal with me, and her good friend in england has joined us. I like the multinational angle!

    I wanted to add this link that really sort of made my weekend. The women pictured in the essay are seriously inspirational. And the best line comes near the end: we are already magic!

    Rant 63 February 2012: In Praise of Older Women :: stumptuous.com

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    The link works for you because you were logged in. If you logged out and tried it, it doesn't work.

    You can attach images straight to your post, but they'll take time to be approved & you need to make sure they are an okay size (not going to take up the whole page). If you use photobucket or imageshack or some site like that, you can indicate the desired size before you even upload the image, then you copy the code that starts and ends with brackets like [ IMG] [ /IMG] (without the spaces inside).
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    Thank you wonder! Good to know! I will have to figure something out about the pictures. I guess I could start a photo bucket account for just things I want to use here. xoL

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    Hi -- I recently opened a photobucket account and can confirm it's pretty simple, even for tech-challenged gals like we.... Now all I have to do is start taking some decent pictures. I've been contemplating dipping a toe in the primal food porn pool, but unfortunately all the good stuff I've make the last couple of weeks got scarffed up so fast there was no time for pictures!

    And I love, love, love your cupcake toss! After years of painful membership in the Clean Plate Club, it is so liberating to NOT eat what you DON'T WANT. The Dorothy P. quote is the perfect attitude to go along with that--yeah, I'm throwing away food, wanna' make something of it??? ( Going primal is definitely making me more feisty!) Thanks for the Stumpous link, too--another good example of a great attitude about taking care of ourselves, being who we are as we age. And how can you not love someone with a Eff Calories section on their blog?????
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    thanks marianne! xo

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    Rainy day here! we certainly need it...

    And since my husband is away this week taking care of his mother, I was going to eschew cooking completely and live off freezer leftovers and the veg bin. But a rainy day changes all that, doesnt it? Right now I have homemade chicken bone broth simmering with a head of beautiful purple tinged organic broccoli and one creamy white potato (horrors! yes, I cop to a little potato now and again. im not that fat, ok?), plus a little purple onion, garlic and butter for good measure. And I am fixing to bake hazelnut flour and zucchini muffins.

    Had to learn ONE MORE TIME that i'm not able to eat gluten any more, period. I thought I could get away with a small round of scottish shortbread at that memorial service. And for dinner that same night I was so disappointed at the results of trying to make an individual pizza on a nut flour crepe... Utterly vile...I ate one tiny snippet of the children's pizza and I have spent two days in the bathroom. And I aint powdering my nose in there, let me assure you! Sorry to be so gross. But its amazing, the ferocity of that reaction. Whew! Someone reading this is no doubt amazed at my thickheadedness, but its my christian scientist upbringing. I have a little trouble with physical causality. It can be both a good and bad thing.

    Yesterday I had my beautiful big ass breakfast, then just a bowl of my leftover beef & lamb cincinnati chili on spagetti squash. I havent been tracking calories. Do I really need that information? No, I do not think so... My 66.6: Two farm eggs; a Tbs of bacon grease; 1/2 of a tomato; 1/4 avocado; 1 mushroom; 2 strips bacon; cuppa coffee; 1 cup steamed spaghetti squash; 1 cup homemade chili; raw red onion. My 33.3: Two Tbs heavy cream in the coffee; about 1 oz cheddar cheese divided between both meals; a glass of red wine; 15 grams 85% cacao dark chocolate.

    What I did: 50 minutes of zumba plus 50 minutes of pilates. Still not doing any body weight beyond the pilates work because this one damned patch of trail rash through the lifeline of my hand doesnt want to heal completely. Its much better looking today. Thats because when the husband-cat's away the wife-mouse skips dish washing! hahaha

    Not such a great sleeper last night.

    I think I am starting to know better just how primal I want to be. I feel more confident. Stepping off the scale and stopping the calorie/nutrient tracking is helping me a lot. I'm just a woman eating real foods prepared in a variety of real ways. Its unbelievably simple when I look at it that way. I mean, I have no excuses for not taking up rocket science or cancer research on the side with this 'plan.' I like that!

    enjoy! xoL

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