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  • Primal Dream - Fufuhead's Journal

    I can't remember quite how I stumbled upon the Primal Blueprint in early January, but I remember reading it and thinking it made a lot of sense. Since starting my primal journey, I've lost 10 lbs, a few inches, felt more satisfied with my meals, have had more energy, and managed to not catch any of the flu bugs going around the office. Oh, I can also do a couple real pushups now!!

    I was an obese child but before high school I managed to get to a healthy weight for my height ~ 145ish. Since then (I'm 28) I've fluctuated between 140 and 165, trying different diets, going on and off. Working out like a fiend and then spending a month on the couch. What appeals to me about primal is that while its a restrictive diet, it works for me and the activity is sustainable.

    Hopefully this journal helps me to stay the course so I can keep reaping all the benefits a primal lifestyle brings.
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  • #2
    Alright, so yesterday wasn't so bad. I think I've hit somewhat of a plateau as far as weight loss (I think fat loss too) goes, so I decided to try a new IF approach. The past week or so I would eat my first meal around noon, then dinner around 8 and IF in the morning. I read Dr Eades' post on IF http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/i...better-health/ and I decided to give that method a try.
    From his website:
    On the day we started, we ate until 6 PM, then fasted until 6 PM the next day. On the next day we ate supper right after 6 PM and ate breakfast and lunch (and a few snacks) the next day until 6 PM when we started fasting again.
    2/7/11
    B: IF
    L: IF
    D: 2 Coconut oil blueberry balls, pulled pork w/ SoK bbq sauce, green beans with butter, some guacamole

    2/8/11
    B: 3 eggs scrambled in butter with green peppers and onions, guacamole
    L: chicken fajita salad with some sour cream, a few tortilla chips (dang!)
    S: 3 coconut oil blueberry balls
    D: IF
    Walked to work - 1/2 hour (it was 0 F in the morning!!)

    Starting the IF yesterday, I was afraid I would be so hungry and low energy while fasting, but it wasn't bad at all. Its so hard getting over the CW fears of not eating frequently enough (my body will go into starvation mode), eating fat (I will get so fat!!), and the idea of excluding carbs for health reasons. Tomorrow I'm planning to IF through breakfast and lunch, I think it won't be bad. Then I'm going to eat dinner and go climbing a bit later.
    Last edited by Fufuhead; 02-09-2011, 06:50 PM.
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    • #3
      Didn't end up walking home from work yesterday since it was so freakin' cold out! February is the month I get winter fatigue -- I am just ready for some warmer weather!! It should be 40 F this weekend, I CAN'T WAIT! I swear I will go outside naked and praise the weather gods if it gets above 40. I miss cycling, jogging, and just spending more time outside...sigh.

      Did not IF today, it is that wonderful ladies' time so I needed some fuel for my day, gotta do what the body tells ya.
      B: Quiche with bacon, cheese, spinach -- 1.5 pieces with crust removed
      L: 1/2 buffalo chicken salad: lettuce, olives, cheese, hardboiled egg, tomato, no dressing
      S: 1/2 apple, small handful almonds (12?)
      D: short ribs with carrots, zucchini, green beans cooked in crockpot

      W.O. - LHT from Primal Blueprint fitness. First time I did the workout, ow. Bodyweight exercises are totally different than just lifting free weights, I can totally tell that I am using more of my body for each move. I feel buff!
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      • #4
        143.5 today, started Jan 2nd or 3rd at 154. Woohoo! I measured inches about a week or so ago and:
        Waist -1.5"
        Hips -1"
        Each thigh - 1"
        So, progress on all fat loss fronts!

        Intake today:
        B: Coconut milk, kale, 3/4 banana, small handful blueberries, and a dash of goat whey (the last of it!)
        S: Part of leftover salad, 3 almonds
        L: Remainder of leftover salad, half a tin of sardines, carrot
        S: 4 cheese cubes, 4 pineapple cubes
        D: planned -- sashimi and seaweed salad

        Movement:
        Walking to work ~ 20 min
        I might try to play some just dance 2 later on tonight. I am seeing a movie with my friend and may get back kind of late, then I will count today as a rest day.
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        • #5
          145 today -- I promise I will not weigh myself every day, just had to check on the damage from last night.
          I was so hungry when I got home and had no wits about me so I decided to have a couple bites of the homemade chocolate ice cream my husband made. Only redeeming factor is that is was made using cream and milk from local grass fed cows!

          For dinner I ended up eating (too much of) a salmon bento box with fried rice. Why the rice? I could've asked for it without. But I made a decision to ask for it and to eat it, so thats all on me. Bright side -- it was rice and not wheat. There will always be setbacks but I will keep striving to improve the health of my diet and the strength of my willpower to make decisions in line with my goals.

          B: coffee with coconut milk
          L: leftover short ribs, green beans
          D: leftover pulled pork w/SoG bbq sauce, salad w/ apples, goat cheese, pecans, dried cherries, vinagrette. 2 glasses wine
          S: 1 coconut blueberry ball, 1/2 apple with almond butter

          WO - 1/2 hour walk to work. planned -- jump rope and maybe some plyo over lunch in the conference room at work. Why not?
          Last edited by Fufuhead; 02-13-2011, 11:20 AM.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Fufuhead View Post
            145 today -- I promise I will not weigh myself every day
            I used to be a daily weigher...since then, I've ditched the scale. Not completely, but I limit my weigh-ins to the first of every month. I'm much more relaxed now that I don't have to worry about mini-anxiety attacks if I "gained" .4lbs overnight Hide your scale somewhere where it's a pain-in-the-ass to get down all the time. And check out this thread http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...w-grokettes... for some REAL inspiration Looks like you're on the right path! Good luck to you
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            • #7
              Mandolin -- thanks for the encouragement! I really need to be stricter about how often I weigh myself, I like the idea of hiding the scale somewhere difficult to get at. That will be something to try. I read that exact thread the other day and I found it very inspiring, lots of good support and inspiration around here!

              Oh, I also ended up doing 2 sets of 4 min tabata intervals with the jump rope at work. It gave me a pretty good energy boost and got a few people interested in trying it. I even managed to do a few "trick" jumps! How fun, maybe this goes in the "play" category...
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              • #8
                2/12
                B: 2 coconut flour blueberry muffins
                L: Stew with chicken sausage, sweet peppers, kale. coconut blueberry ball
                D: went out -- 3 crabcakes with asian slaw. 1 glass of wine
                2~3ish more glasses of wine, peanuts at the bar
                When I came home I had some drunksnacks: 2 squares 85%, another muffin.

                While I know binge drinking isn't a good thing, I think that I have improved my habits a bit. I didn't drink as much as other weekends and there were no late night fast food stops or orders. I think a coconut flour muffin and 2 squares of chocolate are a LOT better than a cheeseburger and frenchfries or something else.

                w.o. 2/12
                I tried a workout from bodyrock.tv, those workouts are killer! It was a 300 rep workout. From the website:
                * 1) Side Lunge Knee Tuck (left leg)30 reps
                * 2) Side Lunge Knee Tuck (right leg)30 reps
                * 3) Plank Jump Push Up & Roll Over30 reps
                * 4) Side Crunch 15 reps on each side
                * 5) Sandbag Swing 15 reps on each arm
                * 6) Pull Ups 30 reps
                * 7) 1-2-3 Up One Leg Half Squat15 reps on each leg
                * 8) Hanging Knee Raises30 reps
                * 9) 3 low jacks & Jump Up30 reps
                * 10) Triple Knee Tuck & Side Step Push Up30 reps --- I was losing energy here, instead did 30 knee pushups.
                Time: 25 min 32 sec

                2/13
                B: 1 coconut flour blueberry muffin, coffee with coconut milk, 2 egg omelette with bacon, jalapenos, cheddar, green onions, feta

                I'll probably have a late lunch/dinner because of the big breakfast. I needed something to help nurse my mild hangover, and I think I kept pretty well within the primal guidelines except quite a bit of cheese. I've found taking B vitamins before going to bed helps prevent a terrible hangover.

                As far as workout goes, I might try another bodyrock.tv workout thats pretty much just a bunch of jump squats and jump rope, or go for a long walk. Its thawing here and hopefully will top out over 40 degrees!!!!! Finally.
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                • #9
                  I must try your B Vitamin before bed hangover trick. Today must be National Hangover Day

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                  • #10
                    2/13 - can't remember what I ate...
                    L: leftover chicken sausage gumbo stew, 4 chicken strips w/blue cheese sauce, 1 cheesy breadstick
                    D: 1 beer, 2 squares chocolate?
                    Movement: 1 hour walk, enjoying the warm weather

                    2/14
                    B: coffee with coconut milk
                    L: leftover chicken sausage gumbo stew
                    D: 4-5 homemade raviolis, tomato sauce, broiled asparagus, 1 individual flourless chocolate cake, a couple bites of chocolate while making aforementioned cakes
                    2-3? glasses wine
                    Movement:
                    Bike to/from work: 28 min biking

                    2/15
                    B: coffee with coconut milk, handful almonds
                    L: 2 eggs, 2 strips bacon, baby greens salad w/vinagrette
                    D: 1/2 small pizza, couple chocolates, few potato chips ~ still feeling crappy. Is this comfort eating?
                    NO ALCOHOL
                    Movement: bike to/from work 28ish min

                    I feel lousy today. Usually I don't drink so many days in a row and its catching up with me. Also, I've been eating more junk lately and I think its due to my drinking habits. I need to be better to myself and my body, I am definitely not being kind to it or myself for the past few days!! I am not avoiding poisonous things. =(
                    Last edited by Fufuhead; 02-16-2011, 09:05 AM.
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                    • #11
                      Well, planned dinner didn't happen PIZZA happened. Carby pizza topped with cheese. ~ I'll update yesterday's food.

                      At least keeping this journal I am starting to finally face some patterns in my life. Drinking too much = feeling crappy = less workouts = more crap food. So, I will just try to take it day by day with the alcohol and limit myself to 1 drink on weeknights (not an obligation to drink) and two on one weekend night of my choice. Some weeks I don't overindulge, but when I do it has a domino effect on almost my entire week.
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                      • #12
                        2/16
                        B: Coffee with coconut milk, Banana with almond butter and drizzle of honey
                        L: Chicken sauteed in bacon grease on top of salad greens, goat cheese, capers, balsamic vinegar
                        S: handful almonds
                        D: 1 beer, slice cheese, few pieces of kiwi slices, couple pieces pineapple, few raspberries

                        Movement: Bike to/from work - 28 min, quick PBF workout - 2 sets to failure: pushups, planks, pullups, presses, squats

                        2/17
                        B: Coffee with coconut milk, banana with almond butter and drizzle of honey
                        L: leftover short ribs, marinara sauce, small salad, strip fruit leather
                        D:??

                        Movement: bike to/from work 28 min

                        So, yesterday I only had one beer, but no dinner to speak of. Not quite a fast and beer + cheese + fruit is not quite primal. Eh, I am totally hitting a funk lately. I have been craving carbs a lot lately and haven't had time to cook breakfast so I've been eating bananas at work. I should hardboil some eggs to prepare for mornings when I don't have time to cook, I can definitely avoid such a huge sugar rush first thing in the morning. Bananas aren't bad, and its better than having a cinnamon roll, bagel, or some other pastry they have around the office. I will count it as an overall improvement.

                        I am so tired lately too, I stayed up too late last night. I haven't been spending as much time with my close friend lately, and I wanted to hang out with her. The only problem is that she is a total night owl and despite working an 8-5 job, she still manages to stay up until 1 or 2 in the morning! Luckily, last night I managed to convince her to leave around 10 which got me home around 10:30 or so. I consider that a win with her!

                        The scale is not budging lately, but its not going up, so that is good. Also, clothes are either fitting the same or looser. In my mind I feel like I am back at square one, but in reality I am still stronger, leaner, and feel better overall than before. Just because I have an off week, I can't give up. Motivation is low today, and I am SO tired right now. I wish I could take a nap....
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                        • #13
                          So its been a few days, still doing ok and planning to keep up the primal lifestyle! Went to yoga over the weekend, that felt pretty good and was a great way to center myself for the weekend. Still drank 2ish too many beers, but I will keep improving myself.

                          2/21
                          B: coffee with cream, slice crustless quiche with bacon, cheese, spinach
                          L: leftover chicken thighs with asst veggies and sauce with some cream, 1/2 grapefruit
                          S: another piece of quiche
                          D: mixed greens salad, spaghetti squash with buttery shrimp scampi, 1 beer
                          1.5 square bacon chocolate, some potato chips

                          Movement: eh, not much to speak of. some cleaning at home...
                          Last edited by Fufuhead; 02-22-2011, 09:58 AM.
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                          • #14
                            Alright, so I feel like I am gaining some momentum! The first month I started primal, I was doing really well and I even did a whole 30 type thing for a week or two. But then the past few weeks my weight and size has stayed the same -- because I've been getting in way more than 20%.

                            Ah well, its a lifestyle and people can't change overnight. Writing this journal I am realizing how hard I am on myself, but that I don't change what I really want to change. I will keep working on it.

                            2/22
                            B: coffee with cream, banana almond butter pancakes -- not whole recipe, some burned =(
                            L: leftover scampi on spaghetti squash, 1/3 apple with cheese
                            S: small handful almonds
                            D: thai chicken lettuce wraps, 1 beer, 2 squares chocolate

                            Movement: Bike to/from work ~ 30 min
                            Play: 50 minutes playing Just Dance 2

                            I freaking love Just Dance 2!! I can play that game for hours and I work up quite a good sweat. Tonight I have a friend coming into town to stay with me so I have to clean up the house. I still want to get a workout in, maybe right after work I'll try to get in a fast LHT workout or try another one from bodyrock.tv.
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                            • #15
                              Alright, feeling good today! Although it is supposed to snow tomorrow night, 5-7 inches. Just when I thought spring was just around the corner! Call me a wuss, but I am not one for spending hours at a time outside when it is cold.

                              2/23
                              B: Coffee with cream
                              S: 1/2 banana, 1/2 handful almonds
                              L: leftover thai chicken filling on top of a BAS
                              D: 2 eggs, 2 strips bacon, 1 oz goat cheese,
                              S: 1/2 date with almond butter, 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, 5 mixed root chips

                              Movement: Bike to/from work ~ 30 min, I did two sets of squats at work today, not back to back though. Not sure if I count that as part of LHT... I also did a set of pullups (level 1) when I got home. After dinner digests I think I'll do another set of pullups, squats, and a round of pushups, planks, and presses.

                              I keep trying to remind myself that this is a lifestyle and to not expect radical changes overnight, in my behavior as well as my body. I toyed with the idea of doing a whole 30, but why put myself through that? I know I'll crave everything I "shouldn't" have, and I'm not in the right place mentally to undertake that type of challenge.
                              I think the best part about the PBL is the flexibility. Not counting calories, not having a specific regimented workout, not having to eat at specific times, and getting to eat a lot of great tasting food! A few benefits I've noticed so far are losing weight and bodyfat -- fitting comfortably into the "skinny" jeans, not getting that dizzy/faint feeling if I haven't eaten in a while, less back pain -- not sure if its from the eating or the workout style, and not catching any of the illnesses that are going around the office. Obviously I want to LGN as soon as possible, but a good physique is just a byproduct of a healthy lifestyle.

                              One other thing that has been on my mind is my cycling. Last summer I went on quite a few 20-40 milers, but I ended the season with the goal to do a century (100 mile) ride in 2011. Since I'm not doing tons of cardio, I wonder if I'll be in shape enough to do this ride. And part of me wonders, should I even do it? Definitely I can handle 20-40 miles, no problem, but 100 takes some training.
                              Last edited by Fufuhead; 02-24-2011, 07:27 AM.
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