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  • Sally's primal experiment :)

    Well... I just read the Primal Blueprint book cover to cover in a day. I can't even express adequately how much sense it made to me. I started yesterday with the primal diet, but a word about the past:

    Grew up doing 4-5 hours cardio daily (was a long-distance competitive swimmer)

    Had 3 children between the age of 22 and 26, massive weight gain

    Fluctuated between 135 (my target weight) and 200 ever since.

    At 39, I decided I needed to do a triathlon before 40. Did one, with Team in Training, but immediately ceased most of the exercise when I completed it. Again bounced around from 140 to 160.

    Three months ago, with weight again creeping way up (175!) I started to go to acupuncture, to treat depression, anxiety, fatigue and weight gain. So far acupuncture has been AMAZING (and so have the chinese herbs I'm taking in conjunction) but when it came to weight loss, their approach didn't seem workable. It was a severely limited calorie diet with two rice-protein based meal-replacement "shakes" each day, but no restrictions on the type of other calories I was choosing.

    The rice protein didn't agree with my system much, so I was yo-yoing between doing it or not - the first week I lost 5 lbs, then the next 10 days I put 2 back on. Disheartened because I was hungry all the time, and the protein was making me sick, I nonetheless went back to the strict diet for another week - then I discovered this book. Bottom line is I like FOOD, not the same boring shake twice a day.

    I know it's too soon to tell, but so far so good. I don't have a sweet tooth, so that's good. My activity levels are close to what's recommended, so I am thinking of adding my sprints via swimming - I have the moderate stuff down, and I need to add weight training. The hardest part exercise-wise is that swimming is my main cardio and it's difficult to keep my heart rate within the 55-75 recommended. I tend to go a single speed unless I am all-out sprinting. I think I'll just be doing more backstroke in my workouts.

    Incidentally, I have uber-high cholesterol. 283 at age eight, tracked at 462 last year. My doctor (of course) wants me to take statins, but I've always had a gut-feel reaction that it wasn't good. Luckily I have great triglycerides, good blood pressure, etc. - in other words no other risk factors. Am interested to see if the "genetically high" cholesterol I've had my whole life is affected by this diet. I would love to surprise my doctor with that little tidbit.

    Anyhow, I will track progress here and would love to hear from others with "genetic" cholesterol like my own, as to their success with primal eating.
    ***if you fall down seven times, get up eight.***

  • #2
    day 3

    So far so good, although I need to look up balsamic vinegar and balsamic glaze. Maybe a sugar-no happened yesterday, not sure. If balsamic glaze is just cooked down vinegar, does that count?

    Anyhow, I ended up yesterday with:

    Fat: 53g
    Carb: 66g
    Protein: 64g
    with an overall 1415 calorie intake

    Felt like I ate a ton, but I didn't get any meaningful exercise in.

    Today's exercise is play: taking 5 teenagers to Pike Place Market in Seattle, so lots of slow walking. Oh, and foraging..hehe

    Will check on scale after a full 7 days.
    ***if you fall down seven times, get up eight.***

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    • #3
      Welcome, Sally! Sounds like you're doing great. I'll be interested to see how your cholesterol is affected by PB- I'm guessing you'll see changes for the better.

      Have fun foraging!

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      • #4
        hey, thanks for the welcome, Cosima.. foraging netted me lots of yummy things to make for dinner AND a cute pair of shoes.. heh
        ***if you fall down seven times, get up eight.***

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        • #5
          so far so good, a few days in

          Since I just switched 5 days ago, from the rice-protein based cleanse I was on to primal, I'm not sure which one accounts for which - however, in the past 10 days, I lost 4 lbs. yay!

          and I feel like i eat all the time - I also feel like it's primal that's working, since I had been on the rice protein meal replacement thing (mostly) for almost a month, with a net loss of 2.

          trying to get the husband switched over with me, so I don't have to cook extra.
          ***if you fall down seven times, get up eight.***

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          • #6
            Trying to get back on track with the journaling - so far pretty good on the diet. Oh, and for anyone who is missing something crunchy as I was, www.skinnycrisps.com - they make low-carb crackers made primarily of nuts, seeds and chickpea flour. Finally, something to put my tunafish and eggsalad on.
            ***if you fall down seven times, get up eight.***

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            • #7
              Hi Sally, figured I join in on a new forum as a fellow newbie to the PB lifestyle....seems like you've adopted it pretty well so far, good stuff!!

              How are you feeling with regards to your energy levels after the first few weeks? I'm also a couple of weeks in and whilst committed to sticking to it, its defeinately taking some getting used to?

              Keep up the good work!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Randall View Post
                Hi Sally, figured I join in on a new forum as a fellow newbie to the PB lifestyle....seems like you've adopted it pretty well so far, good stuff!!

                How are you feeling with regards to your energy levels after the first few weeks? I'm also a couple of weeks in and whilst committed to sticking to it, its defeinately taking some getting used to?

                Keep up the good work!
                Energy is actually really good - that's what is making it easy for me to stay on it, I just feel better. I did have one very emotional day about 10 days in, where I caved, ate a bunch of carbs and slept for about 10 hours straight, but nothing weird other than the one day. How is yours going?
                ***if you fall down seven times, get up eight.***

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                • #9
                  hi sally, welcome and good luck;-)
                  Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that's bad for you! ~Tommy Smothers

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                  • #10
                    Not too bad thanks, but I have been lacking on the energy front and i'm still finding i'm always wanting more , especially if i'm not kept busy. You know they say there's a thin line between boredom and hunger!!

                    Am going to try adjusting the carb intake upward a little as i've tried to be quite restrictive straight in and i'm quite active so I may be under-shooting my requirements a little, we'll see.

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                    • #11
                      getting back on track after 4 months, surrounded by carb-loving family

                      So there I was, maybe 6 weeks in to primal - and I went on a 2 week vacation with my non-primal spouse. All play, we were on a sailboat the whole time, lots of kayaking... and lots of carbs. I really got off track, and when I got back home, I was re-addicted to carbs. I ended up doing gluten-free for about a month (this made me feel somewhat better) but have been trying for the past week to switch back to primal.

                      I think the toughest things for me is just the sheer volume of processed carbs and sweets that surround me. My whole family thinks I'm kind of nuts for doing this, and all during the holidays all I heard was "well it's the holidays, start AFTER". But for a single piece of pecan pie, and one dinner roll, I did pretty well.

                      Anyhow, I was wondering what some strategies are for attempting primal in a family of five, four of whom are carb lovers. Last night the request was for lasagna for dinner. I ended up making a small dish for myself, without the noodles, and my standard lasagna for everyone else. I'm already used to adapting for my lactose intolerant husband (it was actually three lasagnas: one low-carb no noodle, one with goat dairy product, one regular)

                      I'm pretty sure there was *some* sugar in the tomato paste, but overall still kept my carb count under 75 for the day. How do the rest of you deal with cooking for carb lovers, while still taking care of yourselves?

                      I know, that is a question for ANY type of non-conventional diet...

                      anyhow, glad to be back on track, feeling better already.

                      Happy New Year everyone!
                      ***if you fall down seven times, get up eight.***

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                      • #12
                        btw - five fingers vibram = AWESOME

                        forgot to mention in my above post: I bought some Vibram Five Finger shoes before this trip. We race sailboats for about 3/4 of the year, and for several years I've been looking for the perfect sailing shoe. Something non-skid, toe-protecting, but with lots of flexibility. They are PERFECT! I get flack for the weird looking feet, but I couldn't care less. They were also the best for kayaking, every time I wanted to jump off at shore to explore, my feet were protected. totally recommended...
                        ***if you fall down seven times, get up eight.***

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                        • #13
                          I know exactly what you are going thru , dealing with the same with my family. a lot of days I make separate meals . but a lot of the time they will eat what I cook because it is good . but when they want their spaghetti or pizza , I just make my own meal . not cost effective but better than eating the pizza. it can be quite frustrating.

                          glad to hear you are back on track , I cheated a bit over the holiday myself and felt terrible for days
                          "Misfortune
                          can force you into doing things you should be doing anyway. Lessons
                          come from adversity. Anything can happen to anyone... You can find a
                          new lease on life - more meaning than you thought possible in simple
                          things... Let go. Live in the moment. Go forward". Christopher Reeve

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                          • #14
                            actually, you know what really got me back? I'd already been doing primal for a few days before christmas - then on Christmas morning, I was making a big breakfast for everyone. I had intended to eat beef roast left over from the night before, and eggs. I ended up eating 2 slices of french toast, with maple syrup. I felt so awful afterward (physically, not emotionally) that I had to take a 2 hour nap. It was a huge wakeup call. I normally don't eat french toast, I think the last time I had was probably LAST christmas, but my body obviously couldn't tolerate the massive carb and sugar hit.

                            In retrospect, I'm sort of glad I had the french toast, only because the reaction was so bad it kinda scared me.
                            ***if you fall down seven times, get up eight.***

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                            • #15
                              yes it is amazing how after being away from carbs for so long that when you do cheat it makes you feel like you are getting sick . I couldn't wait to get some of my moms pumkin pie at christmas , in hindsight it just wasn't worth it . it took me days to get to feeling better again . lesson learned !!
                              "Misfortune
                              can force you into doing things you should be doing anyway. Lessons
                              come from adversity. Anything can happen to anyone... You can find a
                              new lease on life - more meaning than you thought possible in simple
                              things... Let go. Live in the moment. Go forward". Christopher Reeve

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