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  • Thank you Mark, 29 days down and feel like a new man

    Well it's been 29 days since I started eating like a caveman so here's my results. It's been an interesting month learning more about eating this way and experimenting with lots of recipes.
    1. Weight 265 (Yea I know holy cow) to 237 - 28 pounds lost
    2. Waist tight 40" pants to cinched 38" pants and 3 belt holes (Will need new size in next month or so. Need to use a tape this month)
    3. Off my GERD medicine in 1st week and zero heartburn or acid reflux all month
    4. Blood pressure usually 135/90 on meds, now 115/72 on half pill. I have to watch this and may go off pills in a month or two.
    5. Pulse has always been 95-100 as long as I can remember, now 75-78
    6. Infinite energy from 5:30am-9:30pm, then I'm dusted. No more sleeping pills, or waking up in the night. Just totally out and wife says snoring is almost gone which makes a happier wife.
    7. Workouts were per Primal Blueprint. Lift heavy stuff including my body for two days, walk 3 days, sprint one day. That's it, no killing myself working out every day.

    So what have I learned:
    1. Coconut Oil is awesome, and I don't like coconut
    2. I love nitrate free bacon and grass fed beef. Especially cooked in coconut oil or real butter.
    3. There are a lot of veggies out there that I never heard of but are pretty awesome.
    4. It's easy not to cheat even on the road when you feel this good.
    5. People at work think I'm crazy when I eat a whole rottisiere chicken as my lunch. They want to know what "diet" I'm on since they see me dropping so much weight and they are eating their lousy lean cuisine and starving.
    6. After I tell them they say "So, it's the Atkins diet".
    7. I'm glad I have a good job to pay for all this food.
    8. I can't make fun of the 5 toe shoe people anymore because their funny shoes are awesome and cleared up my plantar faciitis in 2 weeks. But holy smokes my calves hurt the first week.

    I can't wait to write my success story in another 5 months but I can personally say this saved my life. At 35, I couldn't see how I could live another 50 years being in pain and miserable every day like I was. Maybe this works better for some people than others but this is what is right for my body, no doubt.
    Last edited by Milkman; 02-14-2012, 08:42 AM.

  • #2
    Congrats! That is AWESOME!!!!!


    • #3
      LOVE it! Grok on, my friend!
      You don't have to be sick to get better.
      Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
      Primal start: 1/2/2012
      My Primal Journal
      Living, loving and learning.


      • #4

        (I love these posts)
        Started Primal Dec 2011


        • #5
          Cool post! Congrats!
          If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least and this (personal fave):


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            • #7
              That is really impressive. Did you cut out dairy and nuts? Love to see your food log.


              • #8
                Awesome, man!!! It is funny because with just a few exceptions, you pretty much narrated the last 6 weeks of my life. I haven't had quite the success as you, but I am stoked to be 19 lb leaner. It is definitely encouraging to hear others having success at living the life we were created to live. I am very excited about the future.

                I have a little concern because I am going out for shoulder surgery next week, but I am going to continue to eat like a cave man even if I can't workout like one.


                • #9
                  Way to go Milkman - Welcome to the Tribe!
                  There are two wolves fighting within a man's heart, one is Love, the other is Hate. The one that wins is the one you feed.

                  My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world. - Jack Layton

                  The Primal Adventures of Griffin - Huzzah!


                  • #10
                    Thanks everyone for the support, this really is a great place.

                    The best thing about this "diet" *shudder* (I hate even calling it that) is that there are few hard fast rules. Eat your fat, eat if your hungry and enjoy yourself. I know I have been lucky on this but I have not over analyzed anything. I can't tell you how many calories I ate, how many reps I did, how far I walked or how fast I ran. I just know that I did my hardest, enjoyed myself and I fall asleep at 9:30 and wake up at 5:30am ready for another day. I weigh myself every Sat morning only so there is no pressure on the scale. I have enough stress at work, this exercise and diet is like my therapy.

                    As for my food log it goes like this.

                    Breakfast - 3 eggs scrambled in bacon fat or butter with baby spinach, some leftover meat and mushrooms or veggies. Bacon is special for my daughter and I and reserved for Friday mornings. (Maybe that's the secret!)

                    Lunch - Leftovers from dinner the night before plus some steamed Broccoli and Cauliflower from the weekly veggie tray. If no leftovers it's to the Cafe at work for a big salad with lots of veggie toppings and balsamic plus some kind of protein i.e. bacon burger with no bun or condiments, baked fish, chicken breast with some olive oil drizzle.

                    Dinner - What haven't we eaten. Bought Well Fed Cookbook and Paleo Comfort Foods and have been cooking out of that. Grass Fed steaks of all varieties, shrimp, salmon, pork tenderloin, lots of different parts of a chicken and an array of veggies. Basically I walk in the produce section shut my eyes and start walking, stop, turn, point, buy and cook whatever I picked. There is always a recipe on the web for everything and it makes my wife and daughter laugh when I bring home some crazy veggie.

                    Special meals - I treat myself to 2 special meals a week that are still Paleo but I love. Sunday afternoon Spicy Coconut Soup and chicken wings in Frank's Hot Sauce and butter. Almost forgot dill pickles, I found real dill pickles in my grocery store with no additives including no vinegar. I eat one ever night

                    I eat so much at meals I don't really snack much at all. If I snack it is on celery/carrots from my veggie tray. But I eat when I am hungry no matter what time it is.

                    So, no cheats so far but I never felt like I had to use my willpower and I don't want to feel terrible afterward. No dairy, no nuts and very little fruits at the moment (blackberries) but since nothing is in season it's easier.
                    Last edited by Milkman; 02-14-2012, 01:10 PM.


                    • #11
                      Oh yum! Just checked out your recipe for Spicy Coconut Soup- I have everything except the coconut cream, off to get some now.

                      Funny, I hated coconut before going Paleo, I guess it was always rancid.
                      There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in - Leonard Cohen


                      • #12
                        Fabulous!!!! Congratulations!!!! Thanks for sharing your success story with us!!
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                        We get one shot at life, let's make it amazing


                        • #13
                          were all in this together .. you are having success like i was (altho i didnt add excercise until recently) ... it will keep going if YOU do!

                          too many people take the i can cheat once in a while attitude.. this isnt a diet its a lifestyle, and as you have mentioned when you are strict with it the cravings etc go away and how you feel is SO much better than a piece of cake LOL

                          CONGRATS! were all here for ya!
                          started at 310 July 23rd 2011 ... workin and workin!

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                          • #14
                            Wow, an awesome effort so far Milkman.

                            Originally posted by touchdowntodd View Post
                            were all in this together ........
                            CONGRATS! were all here for ya!
                            Thant's what I really like about this forum, so much help, encouragement and great advice.
                            Commenced PB Jan 2nd 2012.
                            86.1kg, 23% bodyfat
                            Last assessment January 26, 2014 - 79.4kgs & 14.6% bodyfat

                            My goal is to:
                            Maintain PB lifestyle of diet and exercise.
                            Maintain weight of around 80kgs and 15% bodyfat.


                            • #15
                              I figured I'd just chime in even though I am not quite 2 months in. Weight loss slowed down this month as I knew it would but still some great progress.

                              I officially weighed in at 228 on my weekly Sat weigh in (nice to see the 220's again) and slid into a pair of 36 jeans this month. So that's 37 pounds lost in just under 2 months. It's almost time to start looking for some new pants, mine are so baggy now they are looking like clown pants cinched at the waist.

                              Eating is getting easier and easier. We are finding some recipes we really enjoy and still trying some new things every week.

                              Good luck to all who are just starting out, it really does work.