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    Hey everyone! Today is day 1 of me going Primal and so far so great! My husband is doing it too, we went food shopping today. It was so much simpler to plan food for the week and less stressful at the store. We were in and out so quick! I lifted heavy things today and we played frisbee for a while, both a lot of fun! I have a slight headache now, but overall had lots of energy today. I'm going to wean off coffee, but at least for the first week or so I'm going to still have it. We are committing to 30 days of eating clean! Donated a full bag of grains to my parents earlier today as well. I really feel the shift in my thinking from having to stress over tracking calories, getting strength training and cardio in for exact amount of minutes, and just overall stress of trying to lose weight to focusing on improving my health. I'm already having so much more fun with everything since reading Mark's book and look forward to the next 30 days and beyond!

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    Ok so Day 2 and feeling pretty good! We're reading through the book quick and I love all the info on the forums. I only have a slight headache, but has anyone ever experienced pain in their side/back? I think it's the kidneys area. It feels like a slight twinge every once in a while.
    Woke up early today and walked the dog, felt great to get a half hour in before everything else. Also discovered how yummy macadamia nuts are!

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    • #3
      Ok so been doing great so far sticking to Primal living and love it! I definitely have a bad headache for the past few days and super tired at night, but I read up on how it should be better soon. I did have a slice of pizza today, first day at an internship, felt pressure from myself. But, learned from it and moving on! I'm loving the no stress view to working out and having fun! Even though I've been really beat at night I've noticed a new kind of energy early in the morning, which has never been my thing. I am psyched about it and it feels good to be an early bird after years of being a night owl! Peace

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Primal Carole View Post
        Ok so Day 2 and feeling pretty good! We're reading through the book quick and I love all the info on the forums. I only have a slight headache, but has anyone ever experienced pain in their side/back? I think it's the kidneys area. It feels like a slight twinge every once in a while.
        Woke up early today and walked the dog, felt great to get a half hour in before everything else. Also discovered how yummy macadamia nuts are!
        Primal can result in lots of water loss. Make sure you are staying hydrated. I tend to have kidney stone problems in the summer from dehydration (my diagnosis.)
        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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        • #5
          Thanks Hedonist, love the name! It only happened the one day, but I'm a water lover, so I'll make sure to keep drinking!

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          • #6
            OH SNAP!!!! I'm feeling so goood today! I wanted to come straight here and brag, pat myself on the back! My hubby and I went out today for a hour of exercise (skipped 2 days in week b/c super tired). We also started our sprints. One it felt great to not feel pressure or stress that we didn't do the 2 days during the week of cardio. It's so much easier and more fun with the Primal mentality!
            But, second, and this is the huge part for me, I was able to do 4 sprints between 20-30 seconds each AND with absolutely NO pain!!!! I was a dancer for years and consequently had a lot of damage from the chronic cardio and repetitive stress on joints, etc. About 2 years ago I committed to walking and getting back in shape. Back then I would walk for ten minutes, then have to stop and stretch from shin splints, the whole walk would be stop and start. This past year I have been walking with no pain, and stretching a lot. I worked with a chiropractor for a while as well. It took a lot of patience, but today was such a HUGE reward!!!! I feel so proud of myself and excited for my future. I love being athletic and it felt so good to be out in the sunshine working it with my Husband!
            On top of all that great news, which would have been enough for me to float on for weeks, I slept the past two nights for 12 and 13 hours. My body was doing some healing work indeed! But, now I feel like my body clicked into primal like is often written about on here. No headaches anymore and feel super energized! I'm so psyched to see what happens the next 30 days!

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            • #7
              Yay!
              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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              • #8
                Welcome Carole

                It sounds like you are well on your way. It's great that you have a supportive partner in this journey

                Robin

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                • #9
                  Thanks Hedonist and Paleobird!!!! I'm loving this newfound energy, weeee! Feeling only slight soreness in my inner hips after sprints, feels good to know I'm using my body properly. Today is my rest and rejuvenate day. Nice to meet others on here!

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                  • #10
                    Grokkin' and lovin it!

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                    • #11
                      Have been sticking to the Primal lifestyle and feeling good, but last night was overwhelmed with stress and totally gave in to my whininess and ate 2 entemanns donuts. They were totally discussing and I felt bad afterwards. Sooooo not worth it. I felt even worse about it, because the night before in my class, everyone was eating DD donuts and I passed. I was so proud of myself. So I let myself feel down about it for a little last night and then moved on. I'm eating great today and worked out. Feeling good, but the scale says I gained .8lbs this week. Hoping that's just a temporary setback. I think cutting out night time dark chocolate will help! My husband has already lost 6lbs grokkin it! Not going to let the scale get me down. My pants are loser and I have so much natural energy these days!

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                      • #12
                        Having a hard time with the whole 80/20 concept. I've always done things in extremes and have found balance in other areas of my life, but food is the last area I need balance. How do you guys handle the whole 80/20 without going overboard? For example, if there are cakes or cupcakes around I won't have just one and be done with it. I'll have 2 or 3. Then the next day I'll want to indulge again. Are there certain things you guys just don't ever have because you know you'll go overboard with it? Or can you maintain a balance? I'm thinking of it like how I quit smoking. I'm one of those people who can't have just one drag or one cigarette. So they are just not an option for me anymore. Thanks for any feedback!

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                        • #13
                          Holy S#@t!!! Answered my own question from above. After eating crap yesterday I felt so exhausted I was about to just lay on the sidewalk and pass out. Went to bed feeling like I had the flu and woke up with chills, headache, groggy/crankiness. I had a hard time eating my breakfast too from nausea. I had no idea how bad junk was making me feel until yesterday! I haven't been sick in over a year, so today is the worst I've felt in a long time. Definitely don't want to do that again! Hoping I can look back at this the next time I'm tempted to indulge in crap,not food!

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                          • #14
                            Did my sprints today with my husband, then a 10 minute strength training, I almost puked, was dripping in sweat, and loved it! It felt so great to know I was pushing myself harder and I love feeling all of my muscles in use, like when I used to dance! I love being drenched in sweat! The scale didn't budge this past week, still at 208. I can't wait to get back in the 100's. Trying not to feel defeated from the scale, I'm down a pant size so huzzah! My husband had a cool side effect from Grokkin. A few years ago he developed a wart on his finger. It came out of nowhere and he did over 20 treatments on it, nothing worked. We don't have health insurance so he just let it be. So far from going Primal he's lost 6 lbs and today he noticed the wart is shrinking!!! Pretty cool I think! I'm wondering if maybe it's bc his body is less bloated and inflammed. Whatever it is it's an awesome side effect! Also Idk if I'm doing this journal thing right. Am I really supposed to just reply to the thread?

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                            • #15
                              Carole, great work so far! Sounds like you and your husband are on the right path. Good for you both, making it a team effort. The wart reduction is no fluke; going primal will kick your immune system into high gear. And as far as I know, you're doing the journal thing right!

                              I am just the same as you with bad foods. If I were to eat one donut, or one scoop of ice cream, I would go crazy from the mindless urge for more -- the legacy of a lifetime of poor eating habits, much like an alcoholic can't have just one drink. For me, it is easier never to eat these things at all: no refined sugar; no grains. The last time I broke this rule was last December, when I had one tiny slice of flan and a piece of chocolate. It absolutely killed me; I dragged through the afternoon like a zombie, slept 12 hours, and still didn't feel right the next day. Since then, I have never gone back. So maybe it's good to eat the bad stuff once in a while, to remind yourself why you gave it up in the first place.

                              These days, if I find myself craving bad things, I prepare a healthier indulgence instead, like chocolate whey protein with cinnamon and coconut milk. It fills me up without bringing me down, the cravings are forgotten, and that's my 80/20 compromise.

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