Hello, everyone. I've been lurking and occasionally posting here for about a month. I read PB about two months and it really resonated with me and, for lack of a better phrase, "made sense." I read it and thought, "I understand what he's saying, and it makes sense how and why this method of eating would be healthier." And it made me think I **should** try it.
I am now reading Primal Body, Primal Mind. While PB made me feel good about changing my way of eating, PBPM just scared the heck out of me re: what I've been eating all along. At this point, I've been fluctuating between PB and CW - I'll stick to PB for a day or two or three, then go back to SAD. Also, one of my biggest problems is that if I have a slip up, I let it snowball. Ie., I had a bagel for breakfast on Tuesday? That will lead to eating like crap all day on Tuesday, which will turn into eating SAD all week with plans to "start again Monday." Repeat ad nauseum.
In addition, I had some bloodwork done about two weeks ago. I moved about a year ago, so I got a new doctor. In the time she's been my doctor I have had, a. Thrush; b. Tonsilitis; c. Ear infection; d. MRSA; and recently e. bad infection in my throat that she feared might be the MRSA back from the dead. Needless to say, all that for a 29-year-old made her think HIV, and she ordered blood work.
The good news: no HIV, and my throat culture also came back negative for MRSA. Phew. However, my blood work did show that my iron is low and my sugar is a little high. I'll be going back later this month for another iron test (after taking OTC iron supplement for about a month) as well as the 3-hour fasting glucose test. Needless to say, this scared me. My dad had some problems with high sugar when he was younger (probably about 5-10 years older than I am now - I don't remember it because I was just a baby).
So that has served as my final wake up call to take control of my eating, my health, and my life. I am getting married next year, and we hope to start a family soon after, and I want to be around for a long, long time to enjoy that.
Some more background info:
From the time I was around 19 or 20 until I was about 28, I was in the 215-220 range. I always had a few extra pounds, but I was active and athletic (rugby, hockey, weight training, etc) and never considered myself "fat."
I put on about 15 pounds in mid-summer 2007. I used a low carb diet (Mens Health's TNT diet) to shed that weight in 4 weeks - and was feeling really good (more on this below). But once I got the weight off, I went back to "normal" eating and stayed right in that 220 range.
I finished grad school in May 2008. After starting my new career that September, my weight quickly (seemingly overnight) shot up to 260-265. It's been there since last year at this time, with a few times dropping down about 10 pounds only to put the weight right back on.
In addition, I have ulcerative colitis (since I was 18) and asthma (since I was about 8). When I did the TNT diet, I noticed a significant change in my UC symptoms, and was feeling really good. I want that back.
My stats right now:
Age: 29 (will be 30 next month)
Weight: 266.2 (as of this morning)
1. Commit to a primal eating plan for the 30-day challenge and beyond;
2. Improve my UC and asthma symptoms (hopeful that the PB eating plan will help lower inflammation, thus helping with both issues);
3. Lose weight: I'd like to drop 5-10 pounds by the end of the year, get back down to 220 by May 1, 2010, and be down to 199 on August 28, 2010 (my wedding day). So that would be 67 pounds in 9 months.
My fitness plans: I am big into strength training, power lifting, and I'm fortunate to train at a private club with an amazing S&C coach. I train there 4X per week. Our sessions are generally about 45 minutes of strength training, followed twice per week by a quick cardio session (like 5-10) minutes to finish up (HIIT type cardio). While losing the weight I aim to lose, I want to continue getting stronger in the weight room.
I have trained some MMA/BJJ in the past. A new MMA gym has opened up near me. I'm going to listen to my body and see if down the line a month or two, whether I'm up to adding in 2 MMA training sessions per week (simply for fun, not to ever actually compete).
That's all I've got for now.