I started back in early March and felt fantastic for three days until I went back to my hometown for a visit and ended up sliding back into the SAD.
So, when Mark offered the PB at a discount during the Amazon push, I sprang for it. I started again this Thursday.
I am a 30 year old woman, no kids, and have been gaining the usual 1-2 pounds a year since starting college. I used to play tennis, practicing 2 hours a day, 5 days a week, but exercise has been much more sporadic since I left high school. I've gone through periods where I made myself get up at 5:00am to go to the gym before work; gotten serious about tennis off and on; had SlimFast for two meals a day; done Weight Watchers (worked great for three weeks, but I couldn't keep it up - the calorie deprivation was just too much); and tried veganism for two years (lost ten pounds in the first few weeks, then put it all back on and much more after discovering how to veganize my favorite junk foods - queso made with flour and soy margarine, anyone?).
I knew I had to take control when I weighed myself a few months ago and was horrified by the number staring back at me: 141. I'm sure that doesn't sound like much to most of you, but I'm five feet tall. This is how you wake up one day and realize you're fat.
I "should" weigh, according to those stupid height/weight charts, about 98-108 lbs. I haven't weighed that little since junior high, though, and I am sure I would look positively anorexic at that weight now. I would like to settle in at about 115-120. I would like to be able to wear sleeveless tops without being hyper-aware of my "fat" arms; I would like to be able to show my legs and not feel that they look like undercooked chicken drumsticks; I would like to have my energy back.
I should also add that I was diagnosed with Hashtimoto's Disease (hypothyroidism) in 2006; this was not caused by my vegan diet, as I had been an omnivore up until that time, but I do wonder if my two years of high soy consumption (and low animal nutrient consumption!) exacerbated it. So far, my hypothyroidism is very manageable, but I do tend to need more sleep than most folks, and I wonder if it makes weight loss harder for me. I have NEVER been the type to look for a prescription solution first; it was only very reluctantly and after getting a second opinion from a leading endocrinologist that I agreed to go on thyroid regulating drugs. But I hate it, and would like to go off them, if that's ever possible (it's probably not).
I've also had a long term (I mean, since age four!) Dr Pepper habit. Last year, I gave up all caffeine for Lent, and found it pretty easy. I didn't even want a soda by Easter, but I had one anyway, and, bam! - addiction resumed. This time, I am not giving up caffeine, just cutting back, but I am determined to stop drinking the poison that is soda. I haven't had one since Thursday, and I've been experiencing a mild but persistent headache all weekend, which is surprising, because I've given up caffeine before and never had any "withdrawal" symptoms whatsoever. I assume this is perhaps not just caffeine withdrawal, but a general sugar withdrawal, since I also have not had any grains (excepting two corn tortillas!), and certainly nothing processed, since Thursday.
The PB really appealed to me, and squared almost perfectly with what I have come to think is the optimal human lifestyle. I've known refined grains were bad for years, and I've been on the anti-grain bandwagon for quite a while now, too (this was a major factor in my leaving veganism), but this site and Mark's book have really put things into such sharp focus for me, and I'm deeply grateful and very excited.
I present to you the meals I have had since going primal, with links to pictures! I also have a food blog, where I post my own recipes, and I plan to showcase many primal meals there in the upcoming weeks.
Thanks and peace,
Spaghetti squash alfredo with kale chips
Scrambled eggs, bacon, and leftover kale chips
Pecan-crusted dijon salmon with asparagus and carrots
Coconut meatloaf with sauerkraut, collard greens, and a glass of milk
Fajita salad with sirloin, black olives, cheese, lettuce, spinach, and avocado, with bleu cheese dressing (bought)
Sirloin taco and taco al pastor (pork), on tortillas (20%!), with avocado and a little sour cream (bought)
Omelette with black olives and mushrooms
"Hamburger steak" (as my dad calls it) with sauteed mushrooms and red onion, raw shredded beets, and roasted parsnips and carrots