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    Anthony's Adventure Back To Well-being.


    1/31/11 – I woke up this morning, which is a good thing. It’s always good to start the day out on a positive note.

    Other than that, I am completely disgusted with myself. I hate the way I look, hate the way I feel, hate the way I don’t do anything good to help myself improve any of the above. Something has to change before my first statement is not true and I don’t wake up.

    A little bit of background. From October 1994 up until 2001, I ate healthy, (according to CW). I was going thru a divorce from my first wife and it was time to start fresh. I quit smoking; 2-3 packs a day, cold turkey. I got clean and still am. Life was different. I became a gym rat, in the gym every day. What is more amazing, I was in the gym by 5:00 A.M and to work by 7:00 A.M. Looked good, felt great, had endless stamina, could play all day. I enjoyed life.

    Then life changed, I had to take a second job, got out of the habit of working out. I started spending most of my day not only sitting in front of a computer at work, but at night also. And the end result is I became very unhealthy. I developed Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, triglycerides of over 1000. My weight ballooned from 200lbs to 330lbs in the last 10 years. I have managed over the last few years to somehow get back down to 308. Not sure how. Maybe it is due to “trying” to eat a little better (sometimes), and move a little more?

    I still had a gym membership, which was being wasted. I convinced myself “I didn’t like the atmosphere there” so I didn’t go. What was the resolution to that problem? I canceled that membership and joined another gym I was convinced I would go every day to. That lasted about a month. So in the last nine months it comes to $315.00 of wasted money.

    I came across Mark’s site back in March 2010. Read some, it sounded interesting, so I kept visiting. I bought the Primal Blueprint, read most of it. I bought the Primal Cookbook. I tried a few recipes. They were ok. In the beginning of August 2010, I decided to go primal. I was going to get healthy again. I started out great guns eating fats, bacon and eggs, stopped having dairy, tried eating more veggies, continued eating fruits which I have always loved, stopped drinking Diet Coke, frequenting fast food joints, ordering takeout. No need to name the types of places I ordered from, we all know them. Funny thing, after about 3 weeks, I started to feel good. The daily aches started to wane. The blood pressure came down. The blood sugars came down so far that the numbers hardly moved even after eating. I was getting to the gym 3-4 times a week. Walking, doing some core workouts. I was on my way.

    Then I got cocky. I started rewarding myself for my accomplishments. And we all know what happens when we do that. The rewards start to outnumber the healthy eating and we end up back where we started and in my case, gaining an additional 5lbs.

    This morning I decided I need to start over. I need to make myself accountable to me. I am going to attempt this journal thing. Keep track of my food, my workouts. I am going to head to the gym tonight after work, (the gym clothes have been in the car for about 3 weeks now) because I was going back to the gym. I can only chuckle at that.

    As far as preparing food, it is time I started doing it myself. God bless my wife who has been getting up every weekday morning for the last 3yrs to make my breakfast and lunch. Its time to give her the break she deserves.

    I am not a person prone to writing. But I am going to try to keep up with this journal. Thanks for reading.

    Anthony
    My Primal Journal

    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread22813.html

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    Do or do not, there is no try. Make that your mantra and you will go far grasshopper.
    Georgette

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    • #3
      Made it to the gym tonight. I walked for 40 minutes at 3 mph. Thats the most activity I've had in months. So I'm happy with that.

      Food for the day so far

      Breakfast - 3 scrambled eggs made with a little heavy cream, 2 slices of thick cut bacon. Wasn't uncured, I am finishing up what we have in the freezer. Handful of blueberries, 3 strawberries, black coffee

      Lunch - Homemade chili, made with 80/20 ground chuck, 3 slices of bacon, tomatoes, and spices, Small orange.

      Dinner - turkey sausage, celery stalks 2 with almond butter, and a handful of baby carrots. I'm sure I didn't get enough fat, but I think it was a good start.
      Last edited by AnthonyU; 01-31-2011, 06:58 PM.
      My Primal Journal

      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread22813.html

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      • #4
        I will hop on the scale first thing in the morning so I have a starting point. Last time I had the body fat checked it was 42%. Besides becoming healthier and fit, my other goal is to get off of as many of the meds I take that I can. And not having to use the cpap machine to get a good nights sleep. It will be a joy not having that mask on my head. Good night!
        My Primal Journal

        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread22813.html

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        • #5
          Good morning,

          Got on the scale this morning. My start weight is 307! Trying not to overwhelm myself with the amount I want to lose. My goal is 195. Not unrealistic, in my opinion. But I am not going to stress about it. One day at a time.

          Storm brewing again here in Ct again today. Not sure what that will mean later on as far as getting to the gym. Not sure how long I'll even stay at work. Got up and made my own breakfast and lunch for today. So far I've had black coffee. Not hungry yet. I will update later.
          My Primal Journal

          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread22813.html

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          • #6
            Breakfast: 3 scrambled eggs, 4 slices of thick cut Bacon, black coffee. I need to get veggies incorporated in breakfast. Already have a shopping list going for this weekend. Lunch was turkey sausage, plain celery stalks, handful of baby carrots, small orange.
            Last edited by AnthonyU; 02-01-2011, 01:34 PM.
            My Primal Journal

            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread22813.html

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            • #7
              Well day 2 is done. Dinner tonight was some London broiled, and a pile of steamed broccoli with butter and 6 almonds. Didn't make the gym but did walk the dog. I think it was a good day!
              My Primal Journal

              http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread22813.html

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              • #8
                I'm on day 2 also . My husband put pre-washed baby spinach from a bag in our eggs the past two mornings, tonight I am going to pre-cook some mushrooms (not a veggie I guess, but tasty and healthy) to add the rest of the week. It's hard to deal with veggies in the morning! Keep up the good work!

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                • #9
                  Thanks shrona! You also keep up the good.work. I'm on my own here. The wife is doing WW and doing.good. She doesn't think primal is right but that's ok. I like pepper and mushrooms in my eggs in the morning so I'll stock upon them this weekend.
                  Last edited by AnthonyU; 02-01-2011, 07:20 PM.
                  My Primal Journal

                  http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread22813.html

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                  • #10
                    Hello Everyone,

                    Well it's day 3. Been going good so far this week. Took the day off from work due to the crappy weather here in New England. Unfortunately the wife had to go in. So instead of dropping her off and coming home, I grabbed the gym bag and went there on the way home. Walked for 30 minutes at a 3% incline to get the heart pumping. Then when I finished that I did 10 sets of climbing the stairs there. Jogged up, walked then and then repeat. My heart was pumping something fierce when I got done. But, it was a good thing.

                    Breakfast - 3 fried eggs and 4 strips of thick bacon, 2 pcs of left over london broil from last nights dinner

                    After the workout I had a protein shake made with whey and water plus a 1/4 cup of frozen strawberry slices.

                    So far so good!!
                    My Primal Journal

                    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread22813.html

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                    • #11
                      Did you make it primal through the storm? My husband is not on board himself, but he is trying to by supportive of me! (And I am slowly chipping away at him .) I had a bit of slip up out to eat last night, but it was just basically corn tortilla, so not so bad!

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                      • #12
                        Back on June 20th I decided to go primal again. No fanfare, no new proclamations, no claims of having to be responsible for my actions. I just did it. I consulted a friend who is a former triathlete that has gone in to crossfit type training for school age athletes. He designed a starting high intensity workout for me to keep the fat burner going. I've stuck to the primal eating fairly well staying well with in the 80/20 parameters. Have I been perfect? No. I did miss 3 workouts over the 30 days. But its not about perfection. It's about change. I've dropped 5lbs. Put on some muscle. All in all I'm pretty happy with the first month. Will try to post often, but again no promises. Thanks for reading. Anthony
                        My Primal Journal

                        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread22813.html

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                        • #13
                          Loving the early morning workouts. In the gym by 5:30 and to work by 7.

                          This morning it was a slow 30 minute climb up a 10% incline on the treadmill. Heart was pumping for sure.

                          Just to catch up on the first 30 days, I went from 284 to 279 in weight. Blood sugars are a normal levels. And went Dow a pants size.

                          Breakfast has been eggs and Bacon and a few strawberries. And I do a protein shake with almond butter, water, a few strawberries when I leave the gym.

                          That's it for now.

                          Anthony
                          My Primal Journal

                          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread22813.html

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                          • #14
                            Good job. Focus more on dropping pant sizes and inches lost versus what the scale says. I know you said you ultimately want to get down to 195 which is a possibilty. Break that number up into mini goals. If you don't reach a certain goal, that's fine. That's why we make goals. Its something to reach for. Another thing to try since you said earlier on that you used to reward yourself with food is to find something else you want to reward yourself for when you reach a certain goal whether it be weight dropped, dropping a pant size or hitting a fitness goal. Make it a new outift, something you want for the house, a book, you get the idea. You'll get there. It just takes time.
                            Georgette

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                            • #15
                              Morning All

                              Decided to walk this morning at home instead of leaving the house at 4:45 am. Which meant I slept til 5:00. The temp was already 77 and very humid. Like walking thru spider webs. Took the dog with me and we walked for an hour.

                              On a unplanned 17 hour IF this morning. Didn't get a chance to make my morning protein shake and haven't gotten to my Bacon and eggs yet. May try to walk again tonight after work but doing it at the gym. Grok On!
                              My Primal Journal

                              http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread22813.html

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