Hi Candy Just finished reading your journal - I am impressed with how you are coping with the situation! Glad you had a good weekend!
Well, I had a fun weekend. Mother's day was good and really relaxing. We headed up the canyon and found a spot next to the Poudre River to wade in very shallow water and look for pretty rocks etc. So very relaxing and the kids just love it too. The water was super cold!!! been snow in the high country a few times lately so there is more coming down. My heel feels a lot better after a couple of hours of being in and out icy water. Guess that means I should ice it more frequently We played around up there until too many people started arriving and then went for a drive through the canyon (doesn't do my tummy much good driving down a steep and very windy road!!) Went to BIL and SIL for dinner and to play Bocce in their backyard. Lots of fun and we just took food with us. They haven't seen me for a few months and both went into raptures about how good I am looking that felt really good I must admit. SIL has been trying to lose weight for ages and to no avail. Poor thing has been following CW and is worse off as time goes by. She said to me that I need to tell her exactly what I am doing because she is not getting anywhere with the stuff she is doing. I told her a little about the primal stuff and she was still interested. Could this really be an opportunity to help another suffering soul on her way to health and enjoying life again? Oh I do hope so!!!
I was beyond thrilled this morning when I weighed in at 198.5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Below 200lbs and by a fair amount - can you hear the Hallelujah chorus echoing off the Rocky Mountains???!!! We are going to celebrate tonight with steak cooked on a wood fire outside and eat it with our hands!!! Just like we like to do in South Africa! There is always a bunch of red meat around at South African celebrations We LOVE to braai (barbeque) and it is one of the things I really miss about South Africa. When we braai we take our time over it and it is a whole process of getting the fire just right and then getting the meat on and there is lots of visiting and laughing and playing while the whole thing is going on. I have yet to go to a real braai in the USA. Everyone seems in such a rush and usually it is the gas grill because it is faster and that just doesn't taste the same. I don't mind a gas grill for everyday use, but a braai when you have people over should be a very social occasion. The other difference is the meat that is cooked! Here in the USA usually it is hotdogs, burgers and maybe bratwurst that get put on the grill. In South Africa it is steak and lamb chops and pork chops and pork sausage and boerewors ( traditional 'farmers sausage' -yum!) and sosaties (where you skewer the meat with vegetables etc - can remember the word for it here) Sometimes we even have a whole lamb or pig on a spit and once in a very great while, at a wedding, there could even be a portion of a cow on a spit!! WHile I was growing up you didn't really use a knife and fork except for the salads and the meat you just pick up in your hands and there is much chewing of bones and delicious fat glistening on hands and chins - sometimes even dripping off your elbows!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Aaaaaah, I miss it! Oh I missed mentioning things like liver wrapped in bacon and the abdominal fat of the steer - beyond yummy!
Then there is the potjiekos deal - another yummy meaty traditional food. You take a three legged, cast iron, pot bellied pot (google 'potjie' )and add meat and vegetables, meat stock and herbs and spices and then slowly cook it over the fire pretty much most of the day. The meat that comes out of that is like ambrosia. We are planning to do a potjie one of these days now that winter is over and we can enjoy being outside tending the fire and the pot all day Pity I can't bottle the smells and send it to you guys ... drooling...
I felt so much better yesterday with not eating breakfast! I just had my yummy black tea with HWC and then a picnic at lunch time (organic roast beef from the deli and some uncured ham also organic from the deli) A leftover sausage from the day before and some carrots and an apple - little one. Dinner was a burger patty wrapped in lettuce with organic ketchup and some veggies dipped in some organic ranch dressing that I know was not good (just had a tiny bit) Blackberries for dessert and homemade lemonade. And SIL had bought chocolate covered strawberries - the kids eyes got really big and so I told them they could have one. We had one too and I was really disappointed - duh! The chocolate was so sweet that I could hardly taste chocolate and my taste buds were yelling that dark chocolate would taste better! It was a good experience in that I won't do that again soon! Just not worth it!
Going to go and figure out my days food. Have a great one folks!
Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
Primal low: 186 lbs
Current weight: 224.2 lbs
S.T. goals: 30 day reset - auto immune protocol
Goal weight: 140 lbs
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