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    Today is 3 weeks of eating primal so I guess I'm actually sticking with this

    I started at 235 and am now around 225 (last I weighed - I don't weigh every day). I'm 5'5" and female. I have no memories of ever being slim but I do have a few pictures from when I was very young (5 or 7) when I wasn't yet fat. Most of the women in my family are fat and we all have digestive issues that I thought were related to gluten. I went gluten free a few years ago and felt better, but not great. After a few years, I went back to eating it. Now that I've cut all grains, I feel great, so it wasn't just gluten, it was grains in general.

    I've spent the last year and a half eating a low fat, low sodium, almost vegan (meat and cheese were very rare) diet. After three weeks of eating primal, I still feel almost giddy when I cook bacon or some other delicious, fatty meat

    Exercise is pretty limited. I have quite happily given up the chronic cardio (that I could never stick to anyway). I'm vaguely following Mark's recommendations for exercise.

    I walk almost every day. We live in a very walkable town and my kids and I walk to the library and the grocery store often.

    Three days a week I have started body weight strength moves. I do knee pushups, squats and, as of today, assisted pullups (one foot on a chair - following one of the daily apple videos on youtube). The workout takes about 30 minutes and that includes a lot of resting between sets.

    I try to sprint at least once a week. Running a block on the way to the library or challenging my 12 year old to a race to the car from a playground. Stuff like that.

    Ok, that's it for an intro

  • #2
    Did the workout today.

    4 assisted pullups
    12 knee pushups
    20 squats

    then
    4 pullups
    6 pushups
    10 squats

    then
    4 pullups (by the last one, I was DONE with pullups, lol!)
    3 pushups
    5 squats

    I've been doing squats and pushups for a few weeks. The other day I did the squats and my knee twinged so now I am more careful to keep my knee properly aligned.

    Also took two walks in the rain today. One short one to a drugstore and in the evening, walked to the grocery store.

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    • #3
      Sounds like you are off to a good start Shannon. Good luck with primal.
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      • #4
        Thanks

        Woke up to very, very sore arms! The pullup bar was only just installed so yesterday was my first run of pullups.

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        • #5
          You're off to a fabulous start. Give your arms a rest today. You don't want to hurt yourself right at the start.
          Newcomers: If you haven't read the book, at least read this thread ... and all the links!
          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread17722.html

          F/49/5'4"
          Jan. 1, 2011: 186.6 lbs PBSW Mar. 1, 2011: 175.8 lbs
          CW: 146.8 lbs
          GW 140 lbs
          A proud member of PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals

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          • #6
            Thanks! I'm staggering the workouts and giving myself at least a day in between so I should be good.

            Today we hosted a children's birthday party. I had no problem making cupcakes and icing and not eating any. A good, hearty breakfast of bacon and eggs and an orange helped! But still, it was pretty unlike me. Cool!

            Sunday is another birthday party here. When I started I told myself I'd have cake at the party (the whole 80/20 thing) but I just feel so good lately, a piece of cake isn't worth the crash and crappy feeling after. I'll have something yummy and primal for a treat instead - like lamb steaks or something equally drool worthy

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            • #7
              Before primal, tea with milk used to give me headaches. No sugar, just milk. After primal, I've been drinking tea with heavy cream and not getting headaches. I thought that meant the headaches were from the grains in my diets and just sparked by the tea and milk for some reason.

              This morning I ran out of eggs so I took the one left and bulked it up with cheese and washed it down with my tea with cream. For the first time on primal, I got a headache after drinking the tea. I think it is dairy that's a problem but maybe it's not as big of a problem with no grains in my diet?

              Either way, I've decided I'm going to cut back on the dairy. No more heavy cream except for special occasions. It's yummy for a treat but I've been drinking it in tea every day (yummmmmmm) and have been thinking for awhile now that it probably shouldn't be an every day thing for me. I'm also thinking no more daily cheese. I don't eat it every day actually but still, I could probably cut back a bit.

              The only thing staying for sure is butter to cook my eggs in and put on veggies. If I can find ghee I'll try that but til then, grass fed butter will be the only dairy in my daily diet.

              I sort of want to do a full 30 thing, but the idea of scrambled eggs cooked without butter is just too sad to contemplate

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              • #8
                I had carb cravings for the first time yesterday. I was in a store with my son and saw a package of cookies and thought how gooooooooooooood they would be. I didn't buy them, but it was literally the first time in weeks I craved something like that.

                Turned out it was PMS, lol! It was the tiniest of blips so not a big deal but I guess I'll be on the lookout every month.

                I stopped working out half way (ok, a quarter way) through because I just felt tired. Maybe also another thing I'll look out for once a month.

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                • #9
                  Yesterday was a birthday party here. I carried the cake to the front room and it smelled good but I wasn't tempted to have any. I made a cold cut platter and mostly ate roast beef smeared with sour cream which was incredibly delicious.

                  When I first started eating this way I thought I'd eat cake and sweets on special occasions. I'm not saying I never will, but the thing is, I feel so much healthier since cutting grains and sugar. I knew what would happen if I ate that cake. I'd get that nasty sugar crash and would have ended up lying on the couch afterward, feeling tired and cranky instead of having fun with my family. I mean really, if I want to have sugar for a special occasion, I should probably eat it at bedtime and then just crash all the way to sleep, lol!

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                  • #10
                    Finally feeling better and did my workout again. Not quite the same as before.

                    4 assisted pullups
                    12 knee pushups
                    20 squats

                    But then instead of doing more right away I waited most of the day and at night, did the whole thing over again. Not quite sure why, but hey, it worked, lol!

                    My arms are nicely sore this morning. I've been working on pushups for a few weeks and I can already see a difference in my biceps There's a nice bit of muscle under that padding

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                    • #11
                      Feeling a little frustrated at the slowness of my weight loss. But I guess I was being unrealistic in my expectations. Maybe I shouldn't have read all those amazing success stories, lol!

                      I generally am having good results so even if I don't lose another pound, I think it's pretty obvious that this is how I should eat. Grains were not good for me. It's very nice to not have the cravings and binge fests anymore. And no more heartburn, which is awesome. And my decades long digestive issues are getting better each day.

                      But having a bit (ok, a lot) less fat on my frame would be nice too. I'm not expecting miracles but you know, if I lost 40 lbs, I would still be fat, but at a better place (I remember being that weight and when I passed it that's when I started to notice the difference in how I felt).

                      Every time I log my daily diet, my carbs are under 50. I didn't plan it that way, it's just how it's turning out. So it's not that I eat too many carbs. I haven't gotten serious about the dairy yet though. I keep saying I will and I don't.

                      I think I'm going to do the 30 thing in June. All I'll have to do is drop dairy because I'm doing everything else already. I've suspected I have a dairy problem for years, but it's not as big a deal as gluten/grains so I didn't really do anything about it.

                      And forcing myself to not step on the scale for a month will be good for me too. The last thing I want is to get weight obsessed like the good old (hah!) days. Even though I'm fat, I generally like myself nowadays and I don't want to go back to the crazy making days of my youth (when I was actually almost slim and thought I was horribly, horribly fat, lol!)

                      So Monday night I'll weigh myself one last time and then June will be no weighing and no dairy (gulp). I think that's all I have to add for the 30 challenge.

                      In other news, I started to do my pullups today and found my arms were still sore from Monday. I'll do my workout tomorrow instead.

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                      • #12
                        Poor hubby wanted to buy me a treat. Before primal it would have been hershey's kisses. I ate way too many of them over the years

                        Instead he came home with frozen berries and heavy cream. Mmmmmmmmmmm. Of course on June 1st I go dairy free so after that . . . . Huh. We'll see.

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                        • #13
                          If you're still looking for ghee, if your grocery has an ethnic aisle, it will be in with the Indian foods. Make sure, though, that you buy a 'clarified butter' ghee, not a vegetable ghee. I haven't actually tried it yet, I pretty much just use butter, but what I might do is buy 'better' butter for putting on steamed vegetables, and a jar of ghee for cooking. The ghee here is about $8 for a pretty good sized jar.
                          Newcomers: If you haven't read the book, at least read this thread ... and all the links!
                          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread17722.html

                          F/49/5'4"
                          Jan. 1, 2011: 186.6 lbs PBSW Mar. 1, 2011: 175.8 lbs
                          CW: 146.8 lbs
                          GW 140 lbs
                          A proud member of PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals

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                          • #14
                            Thanks! I'm going to go dairy free for a month though, so even though ghee is supposed to be ok, I'm just going to avoid it all for now and see what happens. I've suspected I have a problem with dairy for awhile now, but then, it might have just been the grains, so we'll see (since other foods I thought I had problems with are now no problem since I cut the grains).

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                            • #15
                              Feeling like an idiot.

                              I think my problems might be because of my thyroid. (Very) long story short, I was on thyroid meds and then went off them a few months ago. My levels are "borderline" and it was a struggle getting a doctor to prescribe me meds. When one finally did, it was a big difference in my energy levels. But then the idiot decided to sell oxycodone prescriptions and get himself arrested. So now I am between doctors and was feeling so good I thought maybe the doctors were right and I didn't need the thryoid meds. I guess it took a few months to kick in but given the way I've been feeling for weeks now, I think I do need them. So I have to get my records from the old doctor's office, find a new doctor and convince him to give me a prescription for thyroid meds despite my "borderline" numbers.

                              Crap, I'm tired just thinking about it.

                              So we'll see.

                              I stepped on a scale this morning and found I have lost 0.0 lbs in the last two weeks. I do notice changes in my body but still, I don't think that's right. But then, that could be explained by hypothyroidism too. Urgh.

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