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  • Primal Journal - Athanasey

    I right journal entries in my head all the time so I thought, "Hey, why not start a real one!"

    A bit about me:

    I have a husband and two beautiful daughters. One is 6 and one is 9 months. We live in sunny QLD where our TV blares ads at us that "tanning is skin cells in trauma". It makes me very nervous about sun exposure.

    I started eating primally on Tuesday 2nd August. I always lose weight when I'm pregnant but since having the baby I've gained 10kgs (22lb). Normally I'd go one of those shake only diets to lose weight but I'm breastfeeding and any calorie reduction seems to drop my milk supply.

    I started out at 84.2kgs (185lb) and in the first week I lost 2.3kgs (5lb). To start with I was hungry all the time so I ate a lot of food. It was all primal but I was at least 600 calories over the recommended amount each day. I've decided to stop counting now, it's obviously working. I'll re-look at it if my weight loss slows.

    I'm also eating nuts, berries and dairy for now.
    Became Primal August 2011

    SW - 84kg / 185lb
    CW - 60kg / 132lb
    GW - 60kg / 132lb

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    Welcome. I hope primal continues to work well for you!
    Ancestral Health Info

    I design websites and blogs for a living. If you would like a blog or website designed by someone who understands Primal, see my web page.

    Primal Blueprint Explorer My blog for people who are not into the Grok thing. Since starting the blog, I have moved close to being Archevore instead of Primal. But Mark's Daily Apple is still the best source of information about living an ancestral lifestyle.

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    • #3
      Thanks Hedonist. I really like your Primal Blueprint Explore blog. It's a good read.

      I'm a bit sad this morning, it looks like it is going to rain and that means no walking. For the past week we have been walking to and from school every day. That's about 80 minutes of walking a day. At first I had to push myself to do it but now I really enjoy it. It is a slow pace because miss 6 does not walk very quickly but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that my heart rate is still up around the 70% mark. I must be really unfit!

      Miss 6 is a severe asthmatic and that makes her a reluctant exerciser which means her overall muscle tone is not great. The difference after one week of walking is phenomenal. She looks forward to the walk now, doesn't get breathless and even does short runs while we are going along. Her specialist is going to be so pleased.

      I was going to LHT on Monday but instead I built a raised garden bed, shoveled soil into it and planted some plants. As that involved lifting bending and squatting I decided that counted Can't wait to have home grown fruit and veg.

      Grocery shopping day today. I am so confused about what meat to buy! All the meat at the local supermarket is hormone free. Most beef in Australia is grass fed, but not all. So I have no idea of how to know for sure what to buy. I might ask the butcher about their meat as I know it's raised locally. I feel awkward asking questions like that though... I would love to buy organic chicken but the breasts are $17kg which is twice the price of the stuff I normally buy. I get so jealous hearing about how cheap meat is in America!

      I'm also going to get some bones to make broth today as my nails are starting to break really easily which they don't normally do. Strange...
      Became Primal August 2011

      SW - 84kg / 185lb
      CW - 60kg / 132lb
      GW - 60kg / 132lb

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      • #4
        Welcome! Five lbs is an amazing start.

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        • #5
          Miss 6 is a severe asthmatic and that makes her a reluctant exerciser which means her overall muscle tone is not great. The difference after one week of walking is phenomenal. She looks forward to the walk now, doesn't get breathless and even does short runs while we are going along. Her specialist is going to be so pleased.
          Wonderful!
          Ancestral Health Info

          I design websites and blogs for a living. If you would like a blog or website designed by someone who understands Primal, see my web page.

          Primal Blueprint Explorer My blog for people who are not into the Grok thing. Since starting the blog, I have moved close to being Archevore instead of Primal. But Mark's Daily Apple is still the best source of information about living an ancestral lifestyle.

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          • #6
            I decided to do my LHT exercises yesterday. Totally ashamed that I struggled to do the level 1 exercises. I ended up only doing one cycle. No muscle soreness today though. I always thought I would be reasonably strong. I walk around with 10kg (22lb) baby strapped to me. But alas I am weakling. At least I have a starting point

            Found some fresh wild caught squid when shopping yesterday so I made salt and pepper squid for tea. Miss 6 declared it yuck. The baby had a great time gnawing at but with only one tooth she didn't get too far. Lucky I had some boerewors as back up! Still Husband and I loved it so will definitely get it again.

            I find myself snacking instead of sitting down to eat this week. It means I am consuming more nuts and less protein. I haven't being putting my values into calorie king this week so it will be interesting to see if I still lose weight.

            There is a seafood festival on this weekend. All the food will be wild and local. Might be a good way to learn what's available and get some light movement in!
            Became Primal August 2011

            SW - 84kg / 185lb
            CW - 60kg / 132lb
            GW - 60kg / 132lb

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            • #7
              I made a conscious effort to eat more fat with proper meals the last few days. I feel a lot better for it.

              Husband got his favourite low carb take away lunch on the weekend, kebab plates. Which is basically meat and salad. Mine came smothered in bbq sauce. Yuck! I don't even like it when I'm not eating primally.

              We had roast pork last night. We had it with sweet potato, carrots, parsnip, brocoli and pumpkin. Way more carbs than I normally have and I was very full after just one serving. I felt like I ate so much yesterday. I was really surprised when my calories for the day only came to 1800. 66% of that was fat.

              I was embracing my barefootedness on the weekend and doing some gardening. We were staring up at the macadamia tree watching the bees pollenating it when all of a sudden my foot started stinging. I looked down and I had stood on a bee! ouch! I think I'll wear shoes from now on. Between the bees and the killer ants, it's probably for the best.

              What I ate yesterday
              B: 2 rahers bacon, 2 eggs
              L: berries, macadamias, coconut, cream
              D: Roast Pork, parsnip, pumpkin, kumara, brocoli, carrot
              S: 1 piece of lindt 85% dark chocolate

              1843 calories: 133g fat, 96g protein, 60g carbs
              Became Primal August 2011

              SW - 84kg / 185lb
              CW - 60kg / 132lb
              GW - 60kg / 132lb

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              • #8
                Weigh in again yesterday. Down another kg so weight is now 80.85 (178lb). I am no longer obese! woohoo! Can't wait to crack that 80kg barrier.

                I did my second lot of LHT yesterday. Still only managed one cycle. Will try for two tomorrow. I had my car in being serviced today so I walked for several hours around town doing things with the baby. We had our first meal out which was challenging but I ended up settling on cajun beef salad with roasted vegetables and Tzatziki. The baby had sushi. Yummy.

                Sometimes I find the forums here very confusing and I wonder why people who aren't interested in following a primal lifestyle hang around. Surely there are other forums that are more aligned with their views? It's enough to make a n00b very bewildered. But I am just sticking to the book.

                I'm going to cook some fish for tea. Might chargrill some veges. I'm still thinking about the ones I had for lunch!
                Became Primal August 2011

                SW - 84kg / 185lb
                CW - 60kg / 132lb
                GW - 60kg / 132lb

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                • #9
                  It's a good start!

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                  • #10
                    Athanasey, it sounds like you've made a fine start. I've been messing with the primal lifestyle for a year and just starting taking things seriously, I'm already feeling a huge difference and starting my journal has kept me more motivated than I've ever been - I'm suddenly accountable to any lapses into the world of cheap sugary carbs.

                    I live in Japan so we pay double the price again for meat and we can't get anything organic. Our best beef is unbranded Aussie (corn, grass? Who knows!) and we just have to do our best. I'd look at saving costs elsewhere to go for the organic chicken: food is so important.

                    I'll check in now and again to say hi, keep up the good work.
                    Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller

                    JpGrok Journal

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                    • #11
                      JpGrok - I haven't been to Japan since I was a little girl but I still remember my Japanese Grandma (by marriage) preparing a traditional feast for us. I was so appalled that the fish still had eyes. Nowadays I think it sounds fantastic!

                      I've been doing a little more research into our cows here. It seems that most are fed grass/hay because it's cheap. We have so much land I guess it makes sense to use it! Dairy cows are fed grain as an incentive to get them into the milking shed but it is not that main part of their diet.

                      I bought some fish oil tablets yesterday. Gosh that was confusing, so many to choose from!

                      I also ate out again yesterday. Had steak with mushroom sauce, vegetables and chips. So it was primal except for the cooking oils and the flour that would have been in the sauce. I was still exhausted last night.

                      I'm taking the kids to an open air movie with friends tonight and we are meant to be having pizza. I have no idea what I'm going to have! I haven't told my friends I'm on a diet and don't feel ready to yet. I can't imagine explaining to an Italian that I don't eat bread/pasta etc.
                      Became Primal August 2011

                      SW - 84kg / 185lb
                      CW - 60kg / 132lb
                      GW - 60kg / 132lb

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                      • #12
                        I've been in Japan for several years so much of the novelty factor has worn off with the food and much of it now seems normal to me (but would have shocked me when I first came). Not long ago, I got served a live fish with it's fleshy parts cut off - it was still twitching!

                        It's good to hear that Aussie beef is mainly grass - it makes sense given the space you have. Sometimes you just have to try your best with foraging.

                        Good luck with the Italian. If it is all doughy pizza, just say that you ate a late lunch and that you're not too hungry. Order a big salad. Cook yourself something primal when you get home. I do this often when eating out with friends. The primal diet makes it much easier to withhold hunger.
                        Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller

                        JpGrok Journal

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                        • #13
                          We were meant to be having pizza hut, so no salad there! But as it turned out plans changed and I managed to convince the little one to have Indian
                          (it wasn't very hard!) I had no rice and no naan so it was primal I'm pretty sure. I can't think of any ingredients that are bad. Miss 6's butter chicken was so buttery you could see the layer of ghee on top. Yum! So it was good but I ate my tikka masala and the rest of her butter chicken which was too much food. But it was just sooooo good. On the upside I am not at all hungry today, will probably fast until dinner at which time I am making lasagna with zucchini instead of pasta and ricotta instead of bechamel sauce.

                          One thing I did notice about dinner last night. I normally love the meat in Indian because they use thigh and I use breast and their's tastes so much better. However that thigh was nothing on the organic thigh I bought at the supermarket. I always thought people imagined the taste difference between organic and non-organic food, but it is definitely there!
                          Became Primal August 2011

                          SW - 84kg / 185lb
                          CW - 60kg / 132lb
                          GW - 60kg / 132lb

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                          • #14
                            Hi! Congrats on your progress. I just started about a week ago. Cant wait to keep reading about your progress!
                            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36071.html

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                            • #15
                              Indian food is always good and one of my favourite cuisines. Go for the dry curries to avoid sugar. Much better than Pizza Hut!

                              Organic food tastes much better. Free range organic chicken although a little tougher, actually tastes like chicken! As opposed to the bland fat watery breast joints you find in most supermarkets that dry out as soon as they hit the frying pan. Wish we could get them here in Japan.

                              Sounds like you're doing great. Don't forget to get your Grok exercises in too.
                              Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller

                              JpGrok Journal

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