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  • @Julie, I'm Irish, so I am pretty well adapted to potatoes, maybe I digest them fast? I'm also pretty sure I should've eaten more than I have been. I have 10 oz, three times a day.

    Funny, before going Primal coffer never bothered my sleep, even in the evening. Now it does.
    Height: 5' 10"
    Starting Weight: 292
    Starting Primal Weight: 275
    Current weight: 265
    Goal weight: 195
    Body Fat 35.2

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    • I weighed myself this afternoon. I'm now at 135lbs. I hope it's just water weight.
      Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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      • Julie,

        Happy belated birthday

        Mine was on the 8th. It's my birthday parTAY today. I'm gonna eat good food, drink, and eat egg/dairy-free fucking cake, and it's going to be awesome. Wifey picked out the design and message. I'm really interested in what it is!

        Don't slit your wrists, or I'll be really pisssssssssssedddddd!

        I <3 you.
        A Post-Primal PrimalPat

        Do not allow yourself to become wrapped up in a food 'lifestyle'. That is ego, and you are not that.

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        • The Fiddlers convention was yesterday. I spent the whole day playing my fiddle. I went to a workshop and learned a cool modal tune. I drank two beers and had to wait a long time before I felt I could drive my Vespa home. Then I made bacon-wrapped hot dogs with fried peppers and onions which are oddly a very popular Mexican street food item. No bun on mine, though. The combination of beer then bacon was a man's dream come true but only made me gassy and feel like it was waaayyy too much fat to eat at one time.

          I can't decide what I should do. I got cards from people who teach music lessons. I've been considering taking a lesson now and then. But I've also been considering hiring a trainer to teach me how to lift weights. Not sure if I should do either one. There really isn't much wrong with my endomorph body if I appreciate it for what it is, and the fiddling is progressing even without lessons.
          Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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          • Well here's a vote for the music lesson. I still take guitar lessons from time to time. My guitar playing has improved from horrid to awful and in my quest for mediocrity I make incremental, if glacial progress.
            Height: 5' 10"
            Starting Weight: 292
            Starting Primal Weight: 275
            Current weight: 265
            Goal weight: 195
            Body Fat 35.2

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            • Ha ha. Horrid to awful. Yeah, my fiddling has gone from "hey are you killing a cat in there?" to "sounds almost like music."
              Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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              • SB, what would make you happiest? Music lessons or hiring a personal trainer?

                If you're happier fiddling, that might lower your cortisol and make it easier to lose weight.

                I wish I could do some sort of music! My mom was a concert pianist but I sorely disappointed her in my efforts to learn... I was always intimidated by the size of the piano (we had two grand pianos) and her ability to play. I do have a great appreciation for all kinds of music, and even listed to classical music when I was a teen.

                My hubby plays baritone sax, and one of our Golden Retrievers sings along with him (the dog is very melodious!) Someday, when I'm retired and have the time, I may try to learn to play cello. They come in smaller sizes, and I just love the way they sound!

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                • I think I've decided I would rather do the weight training. I know the guy who gave me his card and honestly, my impressions of him have always been he likes to impress you with his repertoire more than he has skill to teach. If some other opportunity came up to take a lesson, I might take it. But I think I would get a lot more out of having someone teach me how to lift weights properly.

                  I think I've got the weight lifting thing figured out. I wasn't sure how I could fit it into my day. I'm finding it fairly easy to get up at 5:30 even in the darkness. I think the gym at work opens at 6. So I could easily just do it before work. Or I could just as easily do it after work or take an hour in the middle of the work day. I really only need to go once or twice a week anyway. They have personal trainers there. They're a little expensive but I feel intimidated to just show up and not know how to use the equipment or really anything about gym culture. I don't seem disciplined to do body weight stuff on my own.

                  In other news, I got a spoofed email that appeared to be from Linkedin and I stupidly clicked on the button and was directed to some phishing site or something. I'm probably screwed now. I hate computers sometimes. And feel like an idiot, too, because the url I got directed to was some ip address and the page was ensure_numb_engineers.php. Okay, so maybe at 5:30 am I'm not fully awake yet. Anyway, I'm not going to be logging in to etrade anytime soon or buying anything from this computer ever again. Time for a new computer.
                  Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                  • Hi, Julie, I've been away from MDA for a while - happy belated birthday and good luck with the training!
                    SW: 243
                    CW: 177
                    Goal: Health

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                    • I've been suffering caffeine intoxication from using my french press and drinking coffee straight up. Doesn't feel good.

                      I contacted the trainer and I'm going to meet with her on Friday for my first weight lifting instruction. When I stopped by the gym yesterday to see if I could get a copy of the paperwork in advance, I was shocked to see so many people running on treadmills and stuff like that. It was a gorgeous, hot day. We are by the beach. You could run on the beach or there are trails on the bluffs and a nice bike path with a big dirt path on the side for running and walking. But they were all inside and it was about 20 degrees hotter in there. That doesn't make sense to me.
                      Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                      • I'm feeling a bit better after a day of just potatoes and only 1/2 cup of brewed coffee. I was so sore from my exercise class on Tuesday yesterday. Today I feel a bit better on that front, too. I'm hoping that lifting some real weights might help me not get so sore so easily. I guess that sounds really silly, but it's like if I don't do something for a week or so and then do it, I'm practically crippled. It can happen with my exercise class or it can happen cleaning the tub (which I don't do often enough) or pulling weeds in the garden. I can't go on like this. I want some strength that sticks.
                        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                        • I thought I would mention that doing a day and a half of just potatoes is actually kind of nice. I really like the blunting of the appetite that occurs. And I also like how with no choices of what to eat, I think about what to eat a lot less.

                          I'm finding that I like russet potatoes better than other kinds. I also like the purple ones.

                          Another thing: I'm starting to find the forum boring. The same dumb questions over and over.
                          Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                          • Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                            Another thing: I'm starting to find the forum boring. The same dumb questions over and over.
                            You should write a sticky that specifically is a tutorial for the search functions. Seriously. Although I think that would cut the truly original traffic back to a crawl, so maybe not. Or?
                            I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                            • Originally posted by Crabbcakes View Post
                              You should write a sticky that specifically is a tutorial for the search functions. Seriously. Although I think that would cut the truly original traffic back to a crawl, so maybe not. Or?
                              Stickies are nice...but newbies rarely read them.

                              Also, we'd need a moderator to make it "stick".

                              This is the way of forums. I've gotten down to about four or five topics I care about here, and everything else is the personal journal of others. C'est la vie.
                              Steph
                              My Primal Meanderings

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                              • I'm not going to be able to write a sticky. And nobody would use the search anyway. It's hard to find stuff. Besides, having lots of activity makes the forum look more lively and makes it more inviting and fun when you are new and have lots of questions.

                                Anyway...

                                Whew, what a difficult week this has been. First the caffeine intoxication and feeling so awful from that. I was all bloated and uncomfortable. I felt super fat. I had to run to the bathroom a million times. I think I was having my period at the same time (I have no uterus so it's hard to know). My breasts were tender. I felt like utter crap.

                                Then Wednesday I did my potato fast. I felt a little better. But I was so sore from my Tuesday exercise class. I could barely lower myself to the toilet. I could hardly roll over in bed. It hurt to straddle the seat on my Vespa. I could barely walk around. The pain lasted until Friday morning. I could still feel some of the pain. So all that pain made me feel like crap.

                                So the potato fast went pretty well. Only potatoes on Wednesday. I felt pretty good. I had only potatoes for breakfast and lunch on Thursday. I was so hungry. I felt like I had absolutely no ability to stay satiated. Maybe the caffeine intoxication plus the inability to sleep hosed my insulin sensitivity or blood sugar control, who knows. I was so happy to eat real food on Thursday night that I ate way too much so I could barely sleep because I felt so full and uncomfortable.

                                So Friday morning comes, I still feel a little sore, I feel stuffed still from dinner the night before, I haven't slept well in a week, I'm still peeing like a maniac even though the caffeine intoxication seems better. I feel like crap. I ate a snack at mid-morning. Then I got my training in the weight room. Fortunately I felt okay for that. So I ate after that and now I'm back to feeling stuffed again like I did after dinner. And I was bad. I ate a bunch of chocolate. I'm all messed up.

                                The weight training was fun. I think I'm going to enjoy lifting weights a lot. The assisted pullup machine is really super fun. I have to put a lot of weight on it because I've never done a pullup before in my life until today.
                                Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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