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  • Aila's Primal Journey

    Hi all,

    Introducing myself: I am a 46 year old single mom, longtime vegetarian, who started my primal journey on 12/1/10. I learned of MDA a little over a year ago and have been a lurker, trying the plan/lifestyle little by little, and have now completely committed. I look forward to sharing my journey with you!

    I grew up small and strong, and look forward to finding that me inside again. I've been committed to health and nutrition even as a child, but the stresses of life, parenting, work, and too many ostenstibly healthy grains have turned me into a person with a body I barely recognize. I have a family history of obesity, hypertension, diabetes and cardiac problems, and have gotten the warning talks from my doc, so it is time.

    3 weeks into my journey, I feel markedly better, and have lost almost 11 lbs. Feels like nice, steady loss. I'm eating eggs, bacon, chicken, pork, beef, some veg, some fruit, cream in my coffee in the morning, cheese and nuts occasionally, the best quality I can find. For movement, I'm just trying to move more at this point. I downloaded all the freebies and really appreciate the PB workouts "stages" for people like me who need to work our way up! Also working on getting more and better quality sleep.

    I know I'm a "junior member" now, but I am going to stick around, and keep posting because I know that keeps me accountable to myself, and hope that eventually I'll connect with some of you!

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    Last edited by Aila; 04-08-2012, 08:45 PM.
    50 yo single mom
    5'3"
    Primal since 12/1/2010. Now Whole30ing until I feel WHOLE again, my goals are no longer scale-related.

    Aila's Primal Journey

    "If I cling to circumstances, I could claim to be not responsible. Only she who says she did not choose is the loser in the end." Adrienne Rich

  • #2
    Hi there! Hope this works as well for you it has for many others. You sound pretty happy so far -- do you feel like this will be sustainable long-term as a way of life?

    Don't sweat the "junior member" thing. "senior" just means chatty, heheh. People are generally friendly and supportive, and there's tons of good advice to be had in both the main forums and also in other journal threads.
    "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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    • #3
      Good for you!
      Ancestral Health Info

      I design websites and blogs for a living. If you would like a blog or website designed by someone who understands Primal, see my web page.

      Primal Blueprint Explorer My blog for people who are not into the Grok thing. Since starting the blog, I have moved close to being Archevore instead of Primal. But Mark's Daily Apple is still the best source of information about living an ancestral lifestyle.

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      • #4
        Thanks, Jenny!

        Yes, that's surely my hope, that this will be sustainable and a way of life. It feels entirely possible. I really love that I am not hungry that much, and have way more energy.

        Congratulations on your new little one!! I'll look forward to reading your posts!

        Originally posted by Jenny View Post
        Hi there! Hope this works as well for you it has for many others. You sound pretty happy so far -- do you feel like this will be sustainable long-term as a way of life?

        Don't sweat the "junior member" thing. "senior" just means chatty, heheh. People are generally friendly and supportive, and there's tons of good advice to be had in both the main forums and also in other journal threads.
        50 yo single mom
        5'3"
        Primal since 12/1/2010. Now Whole30ing until I feel WHOLE again, my goals are no longer scale-related.

        Aila's Primal Journey

        "If I cling to circumstances, I could claim to be not responsible. Only she who says she did not choose is the loser in the end." Adrienne Rich

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        • #5
          Thanks, Hedonist!! To pleasure!!
          50 yo single mom
          5'3"
          Primal since 12/1/2010. Now Whole30ing until I feel WHOLE again, my goals are no longer scale-related.

          Aila's Primal Journey

          "If I cling to circumstances, I could claim to be not responsible. Only she who says she did not choose is the loser in the end." Adrienne Rich

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          • #6
            Checking in... Christmas festivities went well. I successfully avoided all non-primal food items prior to Christmas Eve, without too much trouble. On Christmas Eve we went to a small get-together and I decided to consider that a 20% evening, which went pretty well. Just a glass and a half of pinot noir, a little lasagne, and some tiny treats for dessert. I swear that one of the most amazing things so far is how I am not hungry and can't eat very much a lot of the time. I feel like I am moving much more toward how humans are supposed to eat, that is, when they are really hungry, not just when responding to blood sugar spikes and dips. Anyway...

            I prepared a moderately primal Christmas dinner, with ham and some good veg offerings, and was only able to eat a small plate. Still this morning on the scale I had gained 3 lbs! I'm not freaking out about that, though, but rather chalking it up to the ups and downs in general. As long as the overall trend is downward, I'm okay.

            I bought a withings scale a few weeks ago, so I've been weighing myself daily, again contrary to CW, but mostly because it has been fun (and I love being able to have such ready access to the historical data). But, I designated Wednesday as my official weigh-in day, so that's the weekly one that I really count. Also, I took pictures on 12/1 and plan to take them on the 1st of each month, so that eventually I can post in the Before and After thread!

            Santa was very, very good to us this year, and brought a heated mattress pad and a dawn simulator, both to help improve my sleep. And, I will be starting a "gentle yoga" style class in the new year. Also, I've downloaded a really good meditation DVD and intend to practice daily (I've been an on and off practitioner almost my entire adult life, and the benefits of a regular practice now seem so clear to me that I am going to make it happen).

            Oh! And also, starting Christmas Eve I've had a bit of a virus, waves of fever and a bit of congestion. But, notably, it has *not* developed into anything raging, which I credit to having eaten really cleanly for the last several weeks. But it may be related to the slight gain...?

            Feels good to be committed.
            Last edited by Aila; 12-26-2010, 09:19 PM.
            50 yo single mom
            5'3"
            Primal since 12/1/2010. Now Whole30ing until I feel WHOLE again, my goals are no longer scale-related.

            Aila's Primal Journey

            "If I cling to circumstances, I could claim to be not responsible. Only she who says she did not choose is the loser in the end." Adrienne Rich

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            • #7
              Holiday challenges... sounds like it went well! And more importantly, sounds like you had fun.

              As for the 3 pounds, to quote from another thread, that's like a good dump. Don't sweat it.

              I have to say I'm with you, I enjoy frequent weighing. For me it helps because then I know all the time, from experience, that weight can vary quite a bit. But by tracking it weekly, I can still see the overall trend.

              Great idea with the monthly pics. I'm about to get officially started myself with before and after pics, now that baby is out.

              We all have colds right now -- hope it goes more smoothly for you!
              "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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              • #8
                Happy New Year Everyone!

                I was out of town for a few days, but very proud to say that I stayed primal the whole time! Even though I wasn't preparing my own food, I actually had a pretty easy time asking for and getting good primal choices. I didn't even want any of the (many, many) grain-y options or sweets. YAY!

                Unfortunately, my cold took hold and I've felt under the weather, congested, waking up coughing, etc. Today I think I'm seeing some improvement.

                Really looking forward to a fabulous, transformative 2011!
                50 yo single mom
                5'3"
                Primal since 12/1/2010. Now Whole30ing until I feel WHOLE again, my goals are no longer scale-related.

                Aila's Primal Journey

                "If I cling to circumstances, I could claim to be not responsible. Only she who says she did not choose is the loser in the end." Adrienne Rich

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                • #9
                  Congrats on resisting grain-y temptations! Hopefully that has helped your cold be less bad, too. Hope it wraps up quickly for you. Our colds are gone now, mercifully.
                  "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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                  • #10
                    Hi All,

                    So, here's what's new: I'm down 8 lbs since I started, and 3.5 lbs lost in the past 30 days. Doesn't sound like much, but I am staying focused on the fact that it's DOWN, and that I feel much better overall. Well, except that I am still sick, in fact yesterday went to the doc and am now on antibiotics as it appears my cold turned into an infection.

                    BUT, on the upside, I have stayed really, really clean in my eating, totally primal, eating lots of good things to chase a cold away (Thai soup with coconut milk and chicken!). I've just not been moving a lot. While waiting for my prescription to be filled last night I was wandering around the grocery store and all of a sudden I realized that I did not at all feel pulled to eat bad stuff, but instead kept moving around the aisles for the 40 mins it took for my scrip to be filled. That's something!

                    Really loved Mark's post about ways to improve sleep. Looking forward to feeling better and putting some of those into practice.

                    Hope y'all are having a good week!
                    50 yo single mom
                    5'3"
                    Primal since 12/1/2010. Now Whole30ing until I feel WHOLE again, my goals are no longer scale-related.

                    Aila's Primal Journey

                    "If I cling to circumstances, I could claim to be not responsible. Only she who says she did not choose is the loser in the end." Adrienne Rich

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                    • #11
                      A, sorry to hear you're still sick... Or sick in a new and different way, if you wanna classify it like that. Hope the antibiotics work. I suggest taking a good multiple-bug probiotic as part of your recovery.

                      The rest of all that is great news though! Weight loss... Nothing wrong with slow but steady. And it's great that you're finding compliance so doable. You make it sound easy!
                      "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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                      • #12
                        Happy Saturday!

                        Okay, some congrats to myself:
                        1. I made a kick ass Thai soup, better than I've had at any restaurant! Plus, filled with yummy goodies to heal me from my virus.
                        2. I had a very rare sugar craving last night on the way home from work. I'm out of the 85% chocolate bar Santa brought me from Christmas. I did not stop by the store on the way home from work; instead, I came home and had some sauteed spinach with pine nuts and raisins!

                        I'm wondering about the metabolic changes in making the conversion to Primal. For those of us who have quite a bit of weight to lose, if the weight comes off veeeeeery slowly at first, what is the body doing? What adjustments are being made? Maybe I'll post this question.

                        I forgot to say that I also had a little procedure on my foot just before Christmas, which is impinging on my movement somewhat. I'm still moving frequently at a slow pace, but am looking forward to being healed so that I can put more of the PB fitness into practice.

                        Have a great weekend, all!
                        50 yo single mom
                        5'3"
                        Primal since 12/1/2010. Now Whole30ing until I feel WHOLE again, my goals are no longer scale-related.

                        Aila's Primal Journey

                        "If I cling to circumstances, I could claim to be not responsible. Only she who says she did not choose is the loser in the end." Adrienne Rich

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                        • #13
                          Hi Aila,

                          I love Thai soups. Could your post your recipe please.

                          I am sitting around the house recuperating from some minor surgery too. It can be frustrating to just feel like you are treading water but not making progress. Moving around slowly is about my speed right now too.

                          Sounds like you are doing great.

                          Robin


                          p.s. Can you do pull ups? If not, you can join the Worldwide Pulll Up Challenge of 2011. It's a thread I started on the Odds and Ends section just to keep myself on track and for some group moral support for all.

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                          • #14
                            Hi Robin/Paleobird!

                            Ooh, Worldwide Pull Up Challenge - I will go check it out!!

                            Hmm, well I started with the recipe I read here:
                            http://pbexplorer.wordpress.com/2010...lin-for-colds/
                            It's a blog of someone who posts here, but I'm sorry to say I can't find that person's name to give the proper credit...The blog is Primal Blueprint Explorer.

                            Anyway, the only real changes I made were:

                            - I roasted my own split chicken breasts, with lots of butter, then used those pieces in the soup;
                            - I didn't use any tomatoes
                            - I used crimini mushrooms
                            - I put in a bunch of baby spinach leaves
                            - I used both regular and elephant garlic
                            - I used Thai hot chili oil (has little pepper seeds in it, too)
                            AND
                            - I used whole coconut milk in addition to chicken broth, probably 60/40 coconut milk to broth.

                            Also, I put the broth, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, lemon, lime, chili oil and fish sauce to simmer for a good long time to get the tastes popping before I added the chicken, spinach and mushrooms.

                            No real "secret" other than I tasted a few times during cooking and adjusted accordingly till it had the right balance of flavors. I noticed I really wanted a good dose of the lemon and lime, so I gave it that.

                            Hopefully you and I will be up and moving regularly before too long!

                            Happy Cooking!
                            50 yo single mom
                            5'3"
                            Primal since 12/1/2010. Now Whole30ing until I feel WHOLE again, my goals are no longer scale-related.

                            Aila's Primal Journey

                            "If I cling to circumstances, I could claim to be not responsible. Only she who says she did not choose is the loser in the end." Adrienne Rich

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                            • #15
                              Urgh, just lost a whole looong post. Too tired to recreate now. Am really working on getting adequate sleep! (Just ordered blackout shades, and am using a dawn simulator to wake up in the mornings...)

                              In short, I'm kvetching about the scale not budging. Any words of encouragement are very welcome. Thanks...
                              50 yo single mom
                              5'3"
                              Primal since 12/1/2010. Now Whole30ing until I feel WHOLE again, my goals are no longer scale-related.

                              Aila's Primal Journey

                              "If I cling to circumstances, I could claim to be not responsible. Only she who says she did not choose is the loser in the end." Adrienne Rich

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