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    Hello all.....

    I am 22 (soon to be 23) and I live in Texas. This weekend is the weekend that I finally take the plunge and start my own primal journey, having been inspired by a lot of the results that you all have posted. Although weight/fat loss is a definite goal for me, it is not the primary goal right now; I mostly just want to feel better! I just moved last month across the country to start a new job, and it has really got me down. I work overnight shifts and I do not enjoy that at all. My main problem is a lack of energy, as I am *ALWAYS* tired. This has been exacerbated by my horrible work hours, but I have felt this way for as long as I can remember. Just tired. I'm not anemic and I don't have thyroid problems, so I think that this Primal lifestyle will work well for me and hopefully correct this.

    Over the last couple of weeks I have been making some very slow, minor transitions to get in the primal groove. I've started eating berries as snacks and I have increased the portion of my calories that come from fat. One thing I have noticed is that my hair is shinier and prettier (though oily after one day without washing!).

    Tomorrow I am cleaning out my pantry and grocery shopping, and I will also weigh in (I don't own a scale yet, as I didn't feel it was important enough to bring with me across the country ). I am 5'10". Like I said, I really do want to lose weight, but my main priority right now is just to have energy and improve my mood. Once I start feeling better, fat loss and fitness will definitely be my focus!
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  • #2
    Welcome Lovisa! Shift work is always tough. Primal will make it easier on you. Good luck.
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    • #3
      First stats...

      Weight: 190.0 lb
      Body fat: 36.2%

      Bust: 42"
      Waist: 34.5"
      Hips: 42"
      Thighs: 26.5"
      Right arm: 14"
      Left arm: 13.5"

      As far as my first day on the diet goes, I am still just learning how it all works, but I sure hope cheese is allowed! I went to a local dairy farmer and stocked up on some delicious, fresh cheese. I don't have room in the freezer yet, but when I do, I'm also going to get my chicken and ground beef from there as well. Support your local farmers! The first meal I had today (I can't use "breakfast" "lunch" and "dinner" because I keep such weird hours) was some vegetables in a cheese sauce. For some odd reason, I was full after eating half the plate. Not complaining, though! I haven't been hungry all day, but I'll be having some tomatoes and fresh mozzarella after I get off the computer. I suppose there might be a glass of red wine in there too
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      • #4
        Well, my first weekend didn't go so well, as I failed spectacularly to eat low-carb as my "last hurrah". I ate popcorn at the movies, and I just now woke up with my throat feeling scratchy and my attitude is pretty negative. Normally I wouldn't think to connect that, but I was pretty good about being low-carb the couple days before that and my attitude had improved tremendously. Hmm...of course, I'm always bummed about my weekend off being over, so who knows!

        So, tonight I'll IF at work, and just drink green tea throughout the night. I normally suck down coffee which doesn't typically do too much to keep me awake. I'll probably be struggling with everything I've got just to stay awake (that's how it usually goes). Going primal will be worth it just to get the energy to survive 12+ hour shifts!
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        • #5
          None of the vegetables I had in the freezer were inspiring me, so I decided to make myself half a bag of sweet potato fries. (One of my favorite snacks.) I was getting ready to pour ketchup, as usual, when I looked at the label and thought, "nah...". So what did I do? I spread a big hunk of butter on 'em! And here's the real kicker....I used to always eat half of the bag, but I got halfway through my plate and was FULL! What's up with THAT? I still crammed the rest in because it tasted so good though, lol. Sweet potato fries are something I'm planning to use more as a special treat, but I need to clean out my freezer. I'm going to a local farm this week when I have a day off and I'll load up on some chicken and beef. Time to start actually cooking!
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          • #6
            I'm probably updating this thing too much....oh well!

            I just got off work, was IF the whole time (about 14 hours). I did get hungry about halfway through, but I just ignored it. Was amused by dieting coworkers telling me they had personal trainers telling them to eat more often to keep their metabolism up. I've known that was bunk since before I ever heard of primal!

            Anyway, still cleaning the freezer out of all the frozen dinners I've had stored in there. They're all those Healthy Choice or Lean Cuisine meals, which claim to be healthy due to their whole grains. Usually it's rice, so I've just been tossing that part of it. It's hard to throw out food that I like, but I did it.

            But, overall, I had a surprising amount of energy at work, considering I didn't get much sleep during the day. I hope this continues!
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            • #7
              I am also 5' 10" but started this journey a couple of months ago eleven pounds heavier than you. I have now dropped 13 pounds (OMG!!) with very little effort. Primal eating becomes easier with time and provides you with TONS of extra energy. The days I have very little protein intake I have little energy but the days I have high protein everything falls into place. My attitude is good, my energy is great! Protein keeps you feeling full so you don't have the urge to snack during the day.
              Don't get discouraged and update your journal as often as you feel the need. I do.
              Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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              • #8
                Also, take it slow. Get comfortable with the way of eating, then add in IF, then the exercising.........
                For me it has gotten to the point that breakfast keeps me full until dinner so IF'ing during the day is so easy because I am just not hungry.
                Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by honeybuns View Post
                  I am also 5' 10" but started this journey a couple of months ago eleven pounds heavier than you. I have now dropped 13 pounds (OMG!!) with very little effort. Primal eating becomes easier with time and provides you with TONS of extra energy. The days I have very little protein intake I have little energy but the days I have high protein everything falls into place. My attitude is good, my energy is great! Protein keeps you feeling full so you don't have the urge to snack during the day.
                  Don't get discouraged and update your journal as often as you feel the need. I do.
                  Congrats!! That is so good to hear!!!
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by honeybuns View Post
                    Also, take it slow. Get comfortable with the way of eating, then add in IF, then the exercising.........
                    For me it has gotten to the point that breakfast keeps me full until dinner so IF'ing during the day is so easy because I am just not hungry.
                    IFing is something I've been doing on and off before I ever heard of Primal, so that's kind of the first place I'm starting. I've had some weight loss success with that before, and I've found it very convenient. I'm still working through Mark's book, and through the website blog archives, so I don't know all the ins and outs of how to eat yet. My plan is basically to start picking out as many primal foods as possible to eat, while IFing, and then slowly try and eat more and more primal, if that makes sense.
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                    • #11
                      Yesterday was a bad day, unfortunately. *sigh* I woke up feeling pretty crappy and I couldn't understand what I could have eaten that would have caused it, so I had a brief "screw it" moment and had a pop-tart. And then I came into my work and my co-worker brought in pizza and I had that too. I got off work, napped, decided I was too lazy to grocery shop and cook today, so I went to KFC, figuring I could get breadless chicken breasts and green beans.....of course, they didn't have green beans, and they didn't have the breadless chicken. I wish there were more primal fast food options that weren't just salads.
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                      • #12
                        Hit the deli at the local grocery store. I've always found hard bolied eggs, or you can get a couple slices of meat.......check it out sometime when you are not rushed.
                        Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                        • #13
                          Today I had my first experience of eating out with CW-ers while trying to stay primal. I was eating at a store cafe and the entire menu consisted of sandwiches and hamburgers....so I asked for a burger without the bun, which the waitress thought was an odd thing to ask for. And of course, my sandwich-eating friends were asking me if I wanted some of theirs, because my burger with just lettuce and tomato apparently looked sad to them. It was really filling, though, and I was happy with it. But I can tell that this is going to be a struggle, always fighting the temptations of CW people trying to get me to eat low-fat or whole-grain or whatever.

                          I've started drinking whole milk, which is a huge deal for me -- I've drank skim milk my entire life, and in the last month I started drinking 2% to prepare for this transition. I could not even stand the thought of whole milk a month ago, but it tastes good to me now. I felt like I just drank a meal, so filling! I'm fairly certain I can give up grains as long as I get to keep dairy, lol.
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                          • #14
                            Just tell people that you have a grain allergy or celiac and they'll leave you alone. Bit of a white lie but it will do the trick.
                            Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                            • #15
                              One week in.....haven't been perfect, but pretty good. I definitely have a lot of room for improvement.

                              Weight: 187.0 lb
                              Body fat: 35.8%
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