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  • #31
    I've just finished reading everything here and I am literally laughing out lout. at work. (shhh don't tell my boss). Hope you don't mind if I follow you around a bit. This Primal life gets lonely when people IRL don't get it.

    Good luck to you - I'm sure you'll see most people around here have experienced times when the weight just flies off, and other times when it stalls a bit. It's all part of the process, and remember, it's for the long haul!

    QP
    Quietly Primal
    Eating food that remembers where it came from

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    • #32
      I'm not a big dairy person - I occasionally really want some milk and will drink it, and I like to eat yogurt when strawberries are in season. Other than that, I eat a pinch or two of parmesan cheese on my eggs and occasionally on other things most days, but that's it. I may have had yogurt one day, but other than the cheese, I haven't had any dairy since starting this challenge. So, I'm not sure how that would effect my weight. I do, however, retain a huge amount of water whenever I eat wheat- or cane sugar-based carbohydrates. So most, if not all, of my initial weight loss is really water. In fact, I had a major carb binge on Sunday, woke up Monday morning 4 pounds heavier than I was Sunday morning.

      Congratulations on your 2 pounds - it's probably real fat loss, as opposed to my water loss
      My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread51572.html

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      • #33
        Honest to blog I am a little frustrated with my 2lb weight loss. Here is what I came up with in my root cause analysis:

        1. Booze. While nowhere near my glory days beer bongs (I could beat the boys) and 10 drink minimum, moonshine is still my sidekick (or should I say accomplice?). I am averaging about 4 glasses of wine or barrel aged fire water per weekend, though I did cut it out of my weekday.

        2. Dairy. I eat more than I think, and now that I am hearing about peoples allergies I believe dairy might have something to do with my bloatation device. This handy dandy monthly occurrence causes water retention (sometimes up to 5 lbs), and makes my baby B-sized boobs tig ol' biddies. Then my period comes, I lose all the h20 weight, and the cycle starts all over again. Wheeeee.

        3. I started out fit-ish. I dragged my *** through 6 days of chronic cardio every week, and have a lifetime of muscle built up. Word on the street is that it is harder to cut the fat when you are not just starting out from sitting on the couch all the livelong day.

        My improvement plan:

        1. Cut it down to 2 drinks a week
        2. Kiss dairy goodbye-we had a sweet final day together today. Who knows what will happen in the future?
        3. By patient. That is SO hard 'cuz I'm the type that wants to walk before I crawl, but I am going to give my self monthly goals, and even if I only lose 2 lbs a month, that's something, right?
        3. Eat more lard to be less of a lard ***. Then maybe I won't be as hungry all the time.

        PS
        I'm not posting pix 'cuz I'm a teacher and I get kinda weird about that.
        Notebook of a Nutrition Nerd

        ‘THE FOOD YOU EAT CAN BE THE SAFEST AND MOST POWERFUL FORM OF MEDICINE OR THE SLOWEST RELEASING POISON' - Dr Ann Wigmore.

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        • #34
          Mmm, bloatation. That's gonna be my word of the day.

          Good luck with the plan. I hope you gave dairy the "It's not you, it's me. You deserve someone who appreciates you more" speech.

          You could post creepily anonymized black-bar-over-eyes photos! Or off with her head?
          "Trust me, you will soon enter a magical land full of delicious steakflowers, with butterbacons fluttering around over the extremely rompable grass and hillsides."

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          • #35
            Originally posted by me2 View Post
            While nowhere near my glory days beer bongs (I could beat the boys) and 10 drink minimum, moonshine is still my sidekick (or should I say accomplice?).
            I think you and I might be long lost sisters. I donated my well-worn beer bong to some 20-year-old college boys awhile back. I figured they'd get more use out of it than me. My BF and I keep a good stock of 'shine around too - but it's for camp stove fuel...yeah, that's it.

            Your journal is great - good luck with the rest of the challenge!
            Amanda's primal journal

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            • #36
              Originally posted by me2 View Post

              3. I started out fit-ish. I dragged my *** through 6 days of chronic cardio every week, and have a lifetime of muscle built up. Word on the street is that it is harder to cut the fat when you are not just starting out from sitting on the couch all the livelong day.
              I find this to be far too accurate, and it sucks so much. Once upon a time, I was fairly overweight and not fit at all. So I started to change that, and the weight would go flying off. Bam! Ten pounds here! Ten pounds there! And then I got fit, dropped more weight, but later gained due to eating the SAD aaand then became stuck at good ol' 160. I'm finally loosing again, but we'll see for how long (not nearly the impressive amounts as before)

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              • #37
                Originally posted by me2 View Post
                I believe dairy might have something to do with my bloatation device.
                OMG so funny. You are hilarious. Love the journal! I am dairy-free right now too...two reasons why (and this is just me), wait, maybe three:
                1) Dairy sugar (lactose) feeds naughty bacteria in the gut. Then they make us bloaty.
                2) Dairy seems to pack a bigger carby punch than one might assume...even seemingly innocent cream and half-and-half do contribute a fair amount of carbs if consumed in quantity.
                3) If the gut is a mess...most of ours' are...casein protein can "leak" and lead to all sorts of inflammation.
                I recommend Natasha Campbell McBride's GAPS book. She explains a lot about the gut and how to heal it.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by rio_sachairi View Post
                  3) If the gut is a mess...most of ours' are...casein protein can "leak" and lead to all sorts of inflammation.
                  I recommend Natasha Campbell McBride's GAPS book. She explains a lot about the gut and how to heal it.
                  This is really helpful. I knew I was on the right track, and I do feel like puff the magic dragon today after my soiree with the cheese last night.
                  Notebook of a Nutrition Nerd

                  ‘THE FOOD YOU EAT CAN BE THE SAFEST AND MOST POWERFUL FORM OF MEDICINE OR THE SLOWEST RELEASING POISON' - Dr Ann Wigmore.

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                  • #39
                    Okay, I know I said I was going to be patient but now I have whipped myself into a frenzy. How can I not be losing weight? I was chowing on 150-400 calories worth of candy per day and mowing the grains. Now I KNOW I am eating fewer calories as well as moderating my intake of nuts & carbs. I am as pissed as a hive full o bees with a bear in their honey. What the heck?

                    PS
                    Okay, a few hours later and I'm back. I read Marky Mark's advice ( http://www.marksdailyapple.com/instant-weight-loss/) and I am going to chillax for a while. My bloatation device is in full effect so that is probably why I am feeling like a seismosaurus. I also need to take notes from the OG primals in my household; my dogs. Turns out I put them on a ridiculously expensive primal diet without even knowing it (http://www.sojos.com/complete.html) and three months later they were svelt and happy little pooches.
                    Last edited by me2; 09-29-2010, 04:33 PM.
                    Notebook of a Nutrition Nerd

                    ‘THE FOOD YOU EAT CAN BE THE SAFEST AND MOST POWERFUL FORM OF MEDICINE OR THE SLOWEST RELEASING POISON' - Dr Ann Wigmore.

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                    • #40
                      I'm having the same problem! I did really well the first week or so, lost a few pounds, averaging 1600 calories a day and 50 carbs for the past 3 weeks. Not losing anything now. Actually weighed two pounds more this morning. Bummed.
                      Amanda's primal journal

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                      • #41
                        It's the obvious question I suppose, but are you getting thinner without losing weight? It happens, especially if you've upped your activity level.

                        Beyond that I don't know. I'm certainly not qualified to guess at plateau scenarios...
                        "Trust me, you will soon enter a magical land full of delicious steakflowers, with butterbacons fluttering around over the extremely rompable grass and hillsides."

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                        • #42
                          Tomorrow marks four weeks primal, only one week dairy free.

                          While I am nowhere near being the hot piece of primal a** I had dreamed of at the beginning of the month there are many benefits. Here is the hit list:

                          1. increased energy-I am Jazzercised! Sometimes I feel like a teenager, which makes be wonder if I am the female version of Benjamin Button.
                          2. No longer wear sunscreen-that's right me hearties, my goal is to look like a pirate, yar!
                          3. No problem skipping crap food I am exposed to, for now I have a will of iron and the self discipline of Chuck Norris.
                          4. Kiss chronic cardio goodbye-how I ever convinced myself to do it in the first place is a mystery akin to Atlantis.

                          Still working on:

                          1. The mythical reduced appetite.
                          2. Cutting carbs low enough to maybe actually lose some effing weight. I need help people, Laura bars are my weakness, I need a snack that will take the place of deeze nuts, cuz apparently they are not good for weight loss. Must be easy and I hate jerky. People have also suggested I give up fruit, this diet is seeming more and more mirage-like. "All you have to do is give up every single food except meat and vegetables and you will lose weight!" Is what I am hearing. No effing kidding? That's it? I would have done that years ago if I knew all you had to do was not eat 80% of any kind of food at all! DWS (dripping with sarcasm).

                          This week has been rough. You see, in the days proceeding my friend from the Red Sea's visit I not only gain 5 lbs. water weight I also crave booze and sugar. So far I am holding fort, with an unfortunate slippage last night when I drank 1/2 bottle of wine. Once I'm riding the cotton pony it is all good, but until then I am trying vigilantly to not overeat or drink, especially since I'm not losing weight anyway so I am wondering if it even matters.

                          In sum, will I continue to be primal? Yes. Is it the magical fat-melting, effortless, cheesy 50s musical it is initially advertised as being?
                          No.

                          Before: 155 lbs
                          4 weeks: 153 lbs

                          Last edited by me2; 11-16-2010, 09:08 PM.
                          Notebook of a Nutrition Nerd

                          ‘THE FOOD YOU EAT CAN BE THE SAFEST AND MOST POWERFUL FORM OF MEDICINE OR THE SLOWEST RELEASING POISON' - Dr Ann Wigmore.

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                          • #43
                            Great blog and progress. i am also on a primal challenge. Lara bars are a slippery slope. 1 lara bar has alot of sugar and it is concentrated fruit - so, super sugary. I would opt for 1/2 an apple with almond butter. eliminate the bars.

                            You could try a week of VLC - omelets for breakfast, cheese for snacks ( unless you are not doing dairy) veggies and meat and fat. That might jumpstart some wieght loss.

                            Hangry- best term so far - I love it! I am frequently hangry.

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                            • #44
                              One more thing, I have two goals to keep me on track:

                              Dec- Vegas. Truth be told I am not so much a fan of the city that showcases everything that is wrong with America, but I'm going anyway cuz I'm a good wife and my husband is obsessed with Dave Matthew's Band. Maybe you have run into him on the Warehouse forum. Honestly I had focum envy and that is how I landed here. Ha!

                              Summer- Costa Rica-We spent our honeyMOAN there and are revisiting it. This time I plan to don a bikini and not hide under a rashguard while surfing. Oh yeah, I would also like to NOT be the fish-belly-white-girl-tourist that has Zink on her nose cuz it is scorched. No joke. http://www.zinka.com/


                              Summer-
                              Notebook of a Nutrition Nerd

                              ‘THE FOOD YOU EAT CAN BE THE SAFEST AND MOST POWERFUL FORM OF MEDICINE OR THE SLOWEST RELEASING POISON' - Dr Ann Wigmore.

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                              • #45
                                30 days and I am still hungry all the time. Maybe I just need to throw in the towel and stop chasing the dragon of weight loss.
                                Notebook of a Nutrition Nerd

                                ‘THE FOOD YOU EAT CAN BE THE SAFEST AND MOST POWERFUL FORM OF MEDICINE OR THE SLOWEST RELEASING POISON' - Dr Ann Wigmore.

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