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Highest weight: 216
Current weight: 189 (7-16-14)
Goal weight: 140
Going back a few posts. If, and this is just an idea, but if the whole food thing for most of us is just like alcohol for alcoholics, do we have to come to a point and realize we will always have food issues -- foodaholics -- and so, like we can heal parts of the issue (lose weight, get healthier), but we will never be totally free from the food issue -- like an alcoholic who doesn't drink is still always an alcoholic and has to watch the alcohol, we will always have to watch food.
If we don't eat grains and cheese and sugar and such, that is great, but we are possibly never totally free. Or maybe we are free in our knowledge that there is no magic answer and treats -- just maybe -- should be like judg says -- made of the good stuff. So, like one drink for an alcoholic is definitely OTT, maybe pizza and soda are also OTT. Not sure on this. Just throwing it out. I think it could be the case for me. A little ice cream here, a little cheese there, and it becomes a lot and I've lost the whole flow again.
The one thing I thought might be easier for alcoholics -- might be -- is that alcohol doesn't surround them and they don't need it in order to survive as we need food. An extra or different element, maybe.
Now, if alcoholics could live where there is no alcohol available and we could live where there was only primal friendly food, then....okay, I'm losing reality here:-)
Last edited by lopisheep; 09-15-2012 at 09:19 PM.
Both the stress of the job situation, and the attending money issues are at fault this time. I'm wanting food items as treats, for stress relief, and at the same time, I cannot afford to buy the more primal treats, as they just cost more. I'm scrounging around in the pantry, and what I came up with yesterday was carrots, a yellow squash, cream cheese, and raisins. I couldn't go and buy a nice wedge of brie, but I could throw some flour at what I had and turn it into carrot cake.
So I did.
Littlest and I were joking around about the money situation as relates to school lunches the other day, and she said 'well, we can always just do your fasting thing.' I'm sure it would be healthier for me, but Littlest and Middlest are at normal weights and still growing their adult bodies. They need good protein and fats. Which we have still been having. Last time: roast chicken and carrots, and buttered brussel sprouts. Yum all around. But bread has been sneaking back into their lunches, because PBJ is just so affordable. At least it is tuna or cheese the other times. But we are almost down to the end of our stock of nuts, and once they are gone, I don't know how many I will be buying.
The food you get from food pantries (which I have been very grateful for, the couple of times we have had to use one, don't get me wrong!) is very starch center, and almost all processed. It makes me cringe knowing that is what we will be down to in a couple of months.
Please, please, let us get jobs soon.
I have been unsuccessful in applying for motel maids jobs (lots of motels nearby- within biking distance, and it would be active work during the school day, perfect for me). They look at me as though I am crazy. Of course, they just might not have any openings, but I have gotten definite vibes of 'you are too white and suburban looking'. I am now starting in on all the fast food places close by. One manager said he thought another branch had some openings, so he sent me over. A little past easy distance, but hey, if they are hiring, I'm there. Again, I got the 'crazy white lady' look. He did say he would call in two days, though, so we'll see what comes of it.
Oops, have to go. My Honey is calling.
Not to jinx it, but have y'all noticed that there is a dearth of spambots, lately? The site must have gotten some new filters, or whatever magic thing you need to ward off spambots.
Last edited by Sabine; 09-17-2012 at 11:13 AM. Reason: gotten, not gooten!
Uh, oh! Just saw one on judg's journal! But you're right. They are less and less prevalent!
The job situation is crazy. Seems to be getting worse. Young people and older people are really having a time of it. Sort of a panic in the air about it here.
I hope beyond all hope that you or hubby find a job soon. I can't even imagine the stress you're feeling. And it really sucks that they're giving you that "you're too white for this job" look... What about waiting tables? I would look at a small diner or something. I can see chain restaurants giving you the same stare... or what about kitchen help in a hospital or something? Could you clean houses in your neighborhood? Maybe start a part time cleaning service? Just a thought. Good luck, sweetie.
Primal since March 5, 2012
SW: 221 | CW: 182 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)
I don't have any experience waiting tables, but I am applying for just about everything else. Well, not at the payday loan place. I consider them loan sharks. Will be digging through dumpsters and begging on the streets before I would work there. (Not that they are hiring, so my resolve doesn't need to be tested! )
I have thought about passing out flyers for home help. Guess that will be next.
Thanks for your good wishes.
Just ate a mess of fried ground beef and onions, when what happens? The phone starts acting up. One ring, and it cuts out. We need to be able to get calls! Aargh!!! I am having an intense desire to shove the last pieces of carrot cake into my mouth.
Carrot cake consumed.
I went out and applied for jobs, and got a lead for one to apply for online. Had to ask my Honey for some help with getting my resume into the appropriate screen box, and he was a little terse. Got it done, but here I am, eating carrot cake. I ate chicken salad first. I can't decide: was that a valiant effort to stave things off, or just a futile attempt which equals more calories in my stomach?
Oh, shoot, I don't really care.
The phone is fixed, though.
Tomorrow I will go and do an in-person follow-up.
And there is no more carrot cake available.
Why is it phones always go out when you need them -- responses from job apps., etc.?
I think the carrot cake is not the end of the world. You have so much stress right now. Both of you being without work is scary. Really scary. And I know what you mean about being white. Sometimes it's like being a minority. I do hope you can find something good near you.
Sending thoughts to both you and your husband. It would be great if he got a job first. Really can be hard on some guys if their partner is working and they aren't. Don't want to be in that position again, myself. Maybe, as students start back to school, there will be openings. Being a server is really hard; not that cleaning isn't. I cleaned for a boys' school for awhile. Talk about work. I mean....:-) Well, I'm sure you can imagine.
Hang on in there. Gosh, primal IS / CAN BE expensive. I got some meat the other day, and I was thinking about something else. Wow! That was one lesson learned. Too bad peanuts or beans don't work as the main thing, as then it would be very much affordable. Ah, well. C'est la vie.
What do you use mainly for meat when you're really budgeting?