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    Hello! Well, a few weeks ago, I started a Primal Pregnancy Journal in the forums. And this past Monday, I miscarried my baby. I was only 5 weeks along, but it still hurt. I had decided when I found out that I was pregnant to go as Primal as possible. I wanted to be the healthiest I could be for my baby. So for the past 3 weeks, I have been between 50 and 70 percent primal. And now, I have been cleared to work out again! It was so hard to lose my baby, but I am going to now aim to be at least 90% primal. My husband and I have decided to try again for a baby next year, so I want to be as healthy and fit as possible by then. I know that keeping this journal will keep me accountable, so here I am! :]]

    My stats at the moment are:
    Height-5ft 6in
    Weight-233 (Last week was 237-my highest weight ever)
    GOAL weight-135

    Measurements:
    Neck- 14"
    Chest-44"
    Arms-(R) 13.5" (L) 13"
    Waist-39"
    Belly-49.5"
    Hips-49.5"
    Rear-50"
    Thighs-(R) 30.5" (L) 31"
    Calves-(R) 18.5" (L) 18.5"

    The measurements may be TMI, but I want a record of all of this. I plan on re-doing my measurements every 30 days. And my weight every week. My goals are to lose all this extra fat, and become as fit and healthy as I can. My mom started eating primal 3 days ago, and she already says she feels so much better, and I want my dad, my husband, and my sister to switch to this way of eating as well. What better way to do that than show them with my own results?! So, there it all is. I plan on updating this often, and I am so excited to start this journey!
    Last edited by Primalista; 07-28-2011, 05:05 AM. Reason: Clarify starting weight
    [[To live will be an awfully big adventure]]


  • #2
    Well! This has been a crazy week. It seems like everything in my life is trying hard to derail my efforts to get healthy. My husband wrecked his motorcycle last Sunday, and I have had to spend all week taking care of him. It has been so hard to stay on track, but I still managed to lose some weight!! I meant to update this on Friday, but better late than never. Lol

    Starting weight-237
    Previous weight-233
    Current weight-230

    My major problem now is getting off the soda. It is a major addiction for me, and so hard to break. I am doing pretty well with staying off baked good, bread, and sweets, but soda is hard to kick. I have been eating a lot of bacon, chicken thighs, and some veggies. I plan to really hunker down and dedicate myself to sticking to my eating plan this week.

    On the waaay plus side, my mom has started eating Primal, and she says that she feels so much better! I am so happy for her, and am hoping that she can convince my dad to try it too. :]]

    Goals for the coming week: Workout daily, kick the soda habit, wake up earlier.
    [[To live will be an awfully big adventure]]

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    • #3
      Hey Primalista. I'm really sorry about your miscarriage, but it looks like you're taking really positive steps going forward, so good for you! It's pretty cool that you got your mom on board - my family looks at me cross-eyed when I try to explain PB to them.

      Don't know if this will help you at all, but I've been curbing some of my soda-wanting by drinking flavored seltzer water, sometimes the stuff that comes flavored and sometimes I put lemon or lime wedges in to flavor it myself. Kind of gives you the feel that you're drinking soda, and tastes really good, but it doesn't have all the sugar or artificial sweetener you'd find in regular soda. Keep at it - you're doing great!

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      • #4
        Thank you so much for the advice! I never thought to use seltzer water, I will have to try that. Hopefully it will work so I can finally kick soda to the curb!

        I have been pretty lucky with my family. My dad didn't call me crazy when I explained it to him, my sister is halfway primal now, and my mom is about 90% primal. And she said she feel amazing. Now all I have to do is convince my hubby.... :]]

        Thanks again!!
        [[To live will be an awfully big adventure]]

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        • #5
          Originally posted by whalersgirl View Post
          Hey Primalista. I'm really sorry about your miscarriage, but it looks like you're taking really positive steps going forward, so good for you! It's pretty cool that you got your mom on board - my family looks at me cross-eyed when I try to explain PB to them.

          Don't know if this will help you at all, but I've been curbing some of my soda-wanting by drinking flavored seltzer water, sometimes the stuff that comes flavored and sometimes I put lemon or lime wedges in to flavor it myself. Kind of gives you the feel that you're drinking soda, and tastes really good, but it doesn't have all the sugar or artificial sweetener you'd find in regular soda. Keep at it - you're doing great!
          +1 I sometimes put a few drops of vanilla in my seltzer to make a cream soda. If you like fruitier sodas, you could use orange extract or whatever. I have never pursued getting cola extract. Would be great to find some that was clean.
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          • #6
            I was never a huge pop drinker - a diet coke every once in a while, but it's hard finding a cold drink when you're primal that's not just water!

            I bought a can of coconut water today and it's chilling in the fridge. I'll see if it's any good and will report back

            When I think about how much sugar or artificial sweetener is in a can of pop it's enough to make me feel nauseous. I was a coffee addict, though, drinking six or so cups a day with milk and sugar. I've now weaned myself down to 2 or 3 cups unsweetened, black or occasionally with a splash of cream or coconut milk

            Edited to add that I wanted to start this post by giving you a hug, but I was interrupted by my daughter and then the rest of my thought process took over!
            Last edited by belinda; 07-25-2011, 04:02 PM.
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            Jan. 1, 2011: 186.6 lbs PBSW Mar. 1, 2011: 175.8 lbs
            CW: 146.8 lbs
            GW 140 lbs
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            • #7
              @belinda- thank you so much! Hugs are really appreciated :]] And I am really interested to hear how the coconut water goes. I have never tried it before, so I will see what you think, and maybe I will start drinking that. I have never liked coffee. I have tried to like it, but the only way that I can get any down is to put twice as much creamer in it as coffee, which sort of defeats the point of drinking the coffee in the first place.

              @Hedonist- I will have to try putting some sort of fruit extract in some seltzer. I am going to the store today, so I will pick some up and report back. Never thought of looking for cola extract. I doubt I could find any that wasn't full of crap, but I will look :]]
              [[To live will be an awfully big adventure]]

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              • #8
                Well, I feel like poo today. Yesterday went very well. Was 100% primal, until about 6pm. That was when my hubby asked me to run into the store and get him a Dr. Pepper. Ugh. So I, of course, weakened when I saw the huge display of Coke, and I got one. And then another one. I drank them both last night, and I am paying for it today. I feel awful. No energy, I slept awful, and I have spent quite a long amount of time in the *ahem* loo. I am so mad at myself. But I am using this as motivation to never drink another soda again! I am going to the store in a bit to buy some seltzer water to see how that works out for me.

                Other than that, I have been doing pretty well. No huge disasters so far this week (knock wood) and I have been eating about 80% primal. Which is starting to pay off, since I have lost 7 pounds :]] I haven't been working out really, but I am going to start in the morning. If just eating primal can help me feel so much better and lose weight, I imagine working out as well will be even better! I am also gonna start keeping track of all that I eat. I think I am eating in the correct proportions, but we will see. Thanks for all the advice and support!!! Love this site <3
                [[To live will be an awfully big adventure]]

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                • #9
                  Well, today has been a pretty good day. The last 3 days were pretty good too. I have been eating pretty well, have almost cut out soda, and I am off of sweets! I actually feel kinda good when I wake up in the morning. Which I haven't been able to say in a looong time. But now, time for my weight-in:

                  Starting weight: 237
                  Last week: 230.5
                  Today: 229!!!

                  Yeah I lost 1.5 pounds! Which isn't a lot, but I am not below 230, which I have not been in over a year! It feels so good to say goodbye to 8 WHOLE pounds forever!!! I am loving this, and I absolutely cannot wait to reach my goal. I haven't really been working out, and I know I need to. I have written out a exercise schedule for the next couple weeks. And in 2 or 3 weeks, I will change it up. I get bored really fast with workouts, so I am already planning ways that I can change it up. I have also decided to start using FitDay to track my macronutrients. I need to actually see what I am eating, and not just guess. I am hoping that I am as on-track as I think I am. I haven't been eating near enough fat or veggies, I already know that. It is just me being lazy, cause I do not want to get out all the stuff to chop veggies and cook. BUT, I know that I need to, so I need to stop making excuses and just do it. :]]

                  Wish me luck, and I will update again either tomorrow or Sunday!
                  [[To live will be an awfully big adventure]]

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                  • #10
                    YOu're off to a great start!

                    Reporting back on the coconut water.... Ick! I bought a can of Grace Coconut water and thought I would drink it on my 2 hour road trip yesterday. I didn't realize it had sugar in it. It was nauseating. I tried but I could only get about 3 sips in before I had to throw it away.

                    I might try it again if I can find an unsweetened variety but I wasn't impressed at all.
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                    F/49/5'4"
                    Jan. 1, 2011: 186.6 lbs PBSW Mar. 1, 2011: 175.8 lbs
                    CW: 146.8 lbs
                    GW 140 lbs
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                    • #11
                      @belinda- I know it seems like sugar is in EVERYTHING! I think I am just going to buy a coconut and get the water out of there. At least I will know it is pure, and not have any added sugar.
                      [[To live will be an awfully big adventure]]

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                      • #12
                        Starting weight- 237
                        Previous weight-229
                        Current weight- 225

                        I feel awesome!! I have now lost a total of 12 pounds since I started my primal journey, and I am not stopping now! I feel great, I am even sleeping better. My eating is still a little off, but not much. It is just amazing that changing the way I eat can make me feel this good. I am gonna do some tabata sprints in the morning, and see how I do at that. I have been trying to stay within and eating window of 7 hours. Between noon and 7pm. I am not ever hungry til around noon anyway, so it isn't hard. And I feel better. It is like my body is breathing a sigh of relief that I am not constantly shoving food into it.

                        I am not able to afford grass fed, and organic and all that right now, but I am not TOO worried about it. That doesn't mean that as soon as I can afford that I won't go running to the farmers market, but for right now, what I eat is fine for me. I already feel lightyears better than I did before, and that is all that matters to me. Sorry this is so short, but I am SUPER busy at the moment. Grok on!!!
                        Last edited by Primalista; 08-02-2011, 06:08 PM. Reason: Add my weights
                        [[To live will be an awfully big adventure]]

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                        • #13
                          I am so super excited right now. My results are just amazing, and I am loving every minute of this. I have never had results like this so fast. :]] Ok, enough of that, now, on to my current stats!!!

                          Starting weight: 237
                          Previous weight: 225
                          Current weight: 224
                          Total Weight Lost: 13 pounds!!!

                          Measurements
                          Neck- 14"
                          Chest- 43" (down 1")
                          Waist- 38" (down 1")
                          Arms-(r)13.5" (l)13"
                          Belly- 47" (down 2.5")
                          Hips- 48" (down 1.5")
                          Rear- 48.5 (down 1.5")
                          Thighs-(r)30" (down .5") (l)30" (down 1")
                          Calves-(r)18" (down .5") (l)18" (down .5")
                          Total Inches Lost: 9 inches!!!!

                          Gah!! I have lost 13 pounds and 9 inches! I am so effing happy. If I saw Mark Sisson somewhere, I do believe I would have to give him a huge hug. I feel a million times better, I look better, and people are noticing! It is the best feeling in the world when someone in my family tells me it looks like I have lost some weight. I wake up every morning with a smile on my face, eager to start the day. I used to just be miserable all the time. And in less than a month everything has changed. I am actually cooking, and eating real food. I am by no means being perfect, as I still have a problem with soda. I am drinking a lot less, though.

                          I am using an eating window of about 7 hours now. Between noon and 7pm. I usually eat 2 large meals, and maybe a snack or 2. I call my two meals Linner and Supper:]] I am eating around 1750 calories a day, mostly from fat. I do need to start eating more actual meat though. I mostly eat chicken thighs and legs, because they are cheap and taste wonderful. I also am trying to eat more fish, though I am unsure as to what would be the best kind to eat. I love tuna and salmon, though. I also love my daily big ass salad. It always gives me energy, and I feel like I am doing something really good for my body when I eat it. Next week I am going to start posting every day what I eat, so I can get some feedback on my diet. I want some opinions to make sure my eating is as on-target as I believe it to be.

                          Going Primal has been one of the best things I ever did, and life is oh so good:]]
                          [[To live will be an awfully big adventure]]

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                          • #14
                            Ok, so I know I have been MIA this past week. I have been so busy, I just have not had time to do anything! lol. Anyway, I am now going to weigh-in!

                            Starting weight:237
                            Previous weight- 224
                            Current weight- 222.5
                            Total weight lost- 14.5 pounds!

                            I am so excited about this. I never imagined that I would lost pounds and inches by just changing the way I eat. I haven't really been working out, but I have still lost weight, and I feel awesome. It is the best feeling in the world when people tell me they can tell that I have lost a little weight. And pretty much no one believes me when I tell them that I have lost this much by eating a lot more fat! I have even been told that I HAVE to eat grains! Even though I told this person that eating grains makes me sick, she still told me that I had to eat them anyway, because they are an 'essential nutrient'. WHAT?? Ugh. Some people. But I do not let any of that discourage me. I know that I am doing the right thing, and that is what matters.

                            Ok, so for real, I want to start posting what I eat every day. I need to, so I can get some opinions on whether or not I am eating as well as I think I am. So I will (hopefully) be back tonight to post what I ate today :]]
                            [[To live will be an awfully big adventure]]

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                            • #15
                              Great progress report!
                              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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