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    Starting my journal. I started primal in May weighing 13st 1. (183lb) Lost 10lb in the first 4 weeks and felt great. Then work got crazy and I stared having the odd cheat, which led to the odd day of cheating which led to 2 months of less than optimum diet and not enough exercise.

    Good news, I only put on 3lb in all that time. So now I am 12st 7 (175lb) and back on the programme. Will be using this journal to keep me accountable.

    Don't know my body fat % but as i am 5'3 it's fair to say it's very high.

    I'm on a reducing dose of prednisone, currently taking 8mg a day, which causes weight gain, increases insulin resistance and reduces muscle strength. Hopefully will be down to a minimum maintenance dose soon. Maybe even come off it all together eventually.

    I just tried to do the primal blueprint fitness routine. I am so feeble it is scary! I cannot do ONE press-up even on my knees! Pull ups - ha! I can do 2.5 modified inverted rows (feet flat on floor, knees bent). Squats not so bad as they are an exercise I have done in the past.

    Food today.
    Breakfast, 1 egg, 2 sausages, 2 slices bacon, smudge of tomato sauce
    Lunch, 1 apple, 1 tsp almond butter
    Snack, 3 hard boiled eggs, dark green lettuce, 1/2 tsp butter, 2 tsp mascarpone,
    Dinner tonight will be roast duck leg, roast carrot, leeks, mushrooms, asparagus and broccoli.

    Had about 4 cups of black with milk today. Will work to cut down my caffeine intake.
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    My primal journal on MDA.

  • #2
    What helped me to cut down the amount of coffee I drink is to switch from putting milk in it to putting cream or half and half in it. After the second cup I am pleasantly satisfied and don't feel like another cup all day.
    Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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    • #3
      Thanks! I am not sure what cream or half and half tastes like in tea. Might be a way to cut down if it isn't nice!

      I'm going to substitute some with herb tea and coconut. But I drink a lot of tea. I shock most British people with how much of the stuff i drink and that's saying something!
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      My primal journal on MDA.

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      • #4
        Just went for a fab 1.5 hr walk by the Thames. Feel really great. Ate a couple of wild blackberries on the way. Mmmmmm.

        Deeded today to start photo blogging my food again. It keeps me honest if i have to photograph it before I eat it. Have uploaded pic of my awesome dinner to my blog in signature. I can't believe the last entry was May 15th, wow that time really flew.

        Have decided that my first goal is to be no longer obese. I think i need to lose 7lbs to become merely overweight. Wish me luck
        My photo diary of my primal diet on wordpress

        My primal journal on MDA.

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        • #5
          Sore today. Especially my upper arms. Those 2.5 inverted rows done under my sturdy dinning room table are making themselves known! I don't mind. It reminds me I'm on a lifestyle change. I wonder if I will I always feel muscle sore on my 'off days'.

          Day 3 back on the 'no sugar, no grains' plan and I feel good. Bloating has gone down and I'm in a great mood.

          MDA has changed me. I walk about 1.3 miles to and from the train station each day. Somedays I have a heavy laptop bag with me. Before I used to think "Oh no, it's so heavy". Now I think "Great extra strength workout!"

          B: 3 boiled eggs and butter
          L: beef chilli and small amount white rice. Raw tomatoes and cucumber
          S: apple and almond butter
          D: will be leftover duck from yesterday with salad
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          • #6
            PB workout today. Woohoo!

            I'm so feeble, please don't laugh!

            Push up level 1 50, 40
            Inverted rows, pull up style, 2.5, 2
            Inverted rows chin up style 2(stopped due to weird pain in arms)
            Squat level 4 30, 20
            Overhead press 20, 9
            Plank level 1 90, 45, 45, 90, 45, 45

            None of the sets were done in one go. I kept having to stop for Breathers. Really need to work on my upper body stretch.

            Food today

            B. 3 eggs
            L. Tuna and salad
            S. Apple almond butter
            D. 2 beef burgers, carrots, lettuce, pepper
            Marscarpone, yoghurt 2 peaches.
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            • #7
              Yay! Didn't feel sore today after workout. things are getting better.


              B: 3 slices bacon
              L: chicken soup, salad
              S: almond butter
              D: 2 beef burgers, 30g cheddar, lettuce, 2 tomatoes, 1 red pepper
              half mango, 3tsp greek yoghurt


              Desperate to weigh myself but holding off till Monday.
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              • #8
                B: 2 beef burgers
                L: ham, chicken and salad
                D: beef, arrabbiata sauce, pepper, green beans, lettuce
                Half mango and Greek yogurt

                Did my measurements today. To think i've lost weight before taking these too! In inches

                Neck 14 1/4
                Chest 43 1/2
                under chest 36 1/2
                Waist 40
                Belly 43
                Hips 43
                Thigh L 25 R 24 1/4
                knee L 17 R 16 3/4
                Calf L13 1/2 R 13 1/2
                Upper arm L 13 R 12 3/4
                Lower arm L 9 1/2 R 10
                Wrist L 6 3/8 R 6 1/2

                It looks like i shold be a straight tube looking at these. But I'm not!
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                • #9
                  Silky

                  Good going on the workouts. how many times a week you planning on doing them.

                  Michael

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                  • #10
                    Twice a week to start, then moving to every other day. My next goal is to do each full set of level 1 without stopping.

                    I walk about 3 ish miles every day (need to measure it). And must get out on my bike more. Just going through a really busy stretch at work, and have 2.5 hour commute each day so exercise time is limited at mo.
                    Last edited by Silky; 08-11-2011, 03:10 PM.
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                    • #11
                      Breakfast leftover beef from yesterday about 50g protein. Was hungry during morning. WTF?
                      Lunch. Chicken and bacon soup, salad
                      Snack. 2 belgium chocolates. (yeah I know)
                      Dinner. Last of leftover beef, big salad
                      Snack. 1 tsp of coconut oil.

                      Tomorrow going to visit my mum. My mum believes in eating lots of food and low fat everything. Will do my best to stay primal. Have asked if we can have salad as evening meal with cold meat and we going out for roast dinner on Sunday so that's ok.

                      Meant to do my LHT workout tonight, then pack, but just sat on sofa reading instead.
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                      • #12
                        That seems to be one of my biggest challenges as well, eating with non primal people. They just don't get it and instantly think that you are the one with "issues"

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                        • #13
                          I'm not at the stage where i want to discuss it with people, especiLly family. I'm still overweight so I don't have the authority yet to say 'fat is great, ditch the grains' and have them believe me!


                          A few years ago my mum started having terrible sensations and hallucinations of falling through the ground which were really distressing to her. She went to several specialists but none could find what was wrong.

                          I started researching and discovered that aspartame can cause these types of symptom. My mum has aspartame every day in the form of diet yoghurt and diet drinks and has done for years. I begged her to give it up, which she did and the symptoms stopped.

                          But then a specialist doctor said that she hads never heard of aspartame causing these symptoms so the diet products started creeping back in. Guess what the symptoms returned. Yes I know n=1 and all that. But she's convinced she will gain weight if she eats non-diet food. However my mum is thinner than me so there's nothing yet to convince her that you don't need it!

                          Just watch this space peeps. I will be a testament to the fact you can slim and strong without eating ANYTHING with the word 'diet' on the front of it.
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                          My primal journal on MDA.

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                          • #14
                            Weighed myself this morning 12st 5 which is 1.5 lbss down since Monday. Woohoo!

                            And i tried a top on that was given to me for my birthday in February. I could get it on, but it was a bit tight across the chest so i hadn't worn it. Today i tried it on and it fitted perfectly. Yay!


                            Food today

                            Breakfast, tsp cocnut oil
                            Lunch 3 eggs omlette, 3 chopped slices back bacon, 1tst ghee, 20g of red leicester cheese, tomato, pepper, cucumber, lettuce.
                            Dinner, lettuce, cucumber hummus, quiche (left the pastry), salmon, chilli prawns, mackerel pate
                            Nectarine.
                            2 crisps.
                            1 tsp cocnut oil
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                            • #15
                              Oops not updated my journal for a few days.

                              Food at mum's house was ok. Was able to pick the bits of salad that were primal and skipped the chocolate muffins at breakfast (!). Roast dinner the following day was fine. Had a pudding and felt a bit sick after it as it was the first sugar I had, had in a while.

                              Monday I wasn't at work - had a great morning.... then had a binge on chocolate in the afternoon. Not good.

                              Tuesday at work - had 30g of protein for breakfast.... salad, meat and soup for lunch .... then 5 chocolate biscuits in the afternoon and more chocolate when I got home, plus fruit and yohurt. It was like the carb craving floodgates had opened.

                              Today I had 50g protein at breakfast 7am , and I still had carb cravings at 10.30 although I was able to ignore them
                              30g of protein with a big salad at lunch. had 1 chocolate in the afternoon - not ideal, but not the end of the world.


                              Not sure what is going on. I'm on prednisone which does weird things with your appetite. Each day I have had a protein breakfast although today was the first one that hit the 50g protein mark. (Boy chowing that down was not fun).
                              Has been a bit easier today with the cravings and having a higher protein lunch helped. I could still cheerfully demolish a carb factory.
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