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  • #16
    Great job lex! Looks like you are on the right path...very excited for ya!

    One thing I would like to mention is to make sure you are eating until you are full with your B, L, and D...when I started out the biggest challenge for me was eating till I was satisfied and ignoring conventional wisdom that you had to limit your intake!

    Keep powering through towards your pull-up goal! I bet you will be able to bang out several by the end of the year....awesome!

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Lex26 View Post
      And, ahem,

      Hurdle 2: Getting ready for bed by 10 and being in bed by 11
      If it's just because you're not tired try switching to lightbulbs that don't have blue in them. Or candle light (candle light doesn't have any blue light). Blue light reduces melatonin production (the chemical that prepares your mind to rest). I found that since I've reduced my blue light (I'm a HUGE candle advocate) I find myself getting sleepy around 9:30 naturally and usually in bed for 10:15. There are also blue light reduction glasses... I've been thinking buying some myself and giving them a go.
      SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
      Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
      Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
      Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
      Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
      Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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      • #18
        Hi Lex- I haven't posted in a bit, but felt the need to congratulate all of you for taking the most important step we all can take- care for ourselves and our health.

        All the best to you on your journey and I look forward to some progress posts!
        Last edited by ELCO14; 01-11-2012, 04:28 PM.
        Self-realization. I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Brunobaboon View Post

          As Dave said, it may be that you're not getting enough fat. Keep in mind that this is a High Fat diet. While protein is good and necessary, you'll be feeling better and losing more weight the more good fats you eat. Pick up some Avocados and some cheap meat. Also suggested is some bone (picked up at almost any butcher very inexpensively) so that you can make some broth.

          Coconut Milk is another avenue where you can get some good fat. I mix a ton in with my coffee.
          Thank you, Brunobaboon, ehenry01 and Dave so much for the advice. It still sounds weird being told that weight-loss might be easier if I eat more, especially fat. I know it's true, but I'm not used to acknowledging this fact with anything but one of Mark's blog posts! Coconut milk is definitely in - so much in fact that I worry about what the limits are on this fat thing. I got really into it in November, continued losing weight, but then December came and I thought, I don't know. Sure fat isn't the devil, but is going through a can of coconut milk every other day going overboard? On really busy days, I was using a can of it as my own sort of fast-food, convenience dinner (those days when I was like, I would rather starve than prepare something right now). Just dump it in a bowl with a bit of stevia, maybe cinnamon, and bam! Coconut pudding. So maybe two cans a week is safe? And I do need to get back into the bone broth thing. I made broth a couple times last year with chicken feet (amazing!) but I just moved into a new living situation with new roommates and don't want to freak them out with the saving of bones and chicken feet quite yet.

          I'll take your advice on the morning workout too!
          Last edited by Lex26; 01-11-2012, 10:15 PM.
          Starting weight: 225
          Current weight: 195
          Goal: One pull-up by December 31, 2012
          Method: Schwarzbein Principle II, program for insulin sensitive/burned-out adrenals
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          • #20
            Originally posted by ecks View Post
            If it's just because you're not tired try switching to lightbulbs that don't have blue in them. Or candle light (candle light doesn't have any blue light). Blue light reduces melatonin production (the chemical that prepares your mind to rest).
            I think I'm actually capable of going to bed on time but I very often get one of my roommates begging me to watch a set of funny youtube videos, an old episode of Gilmore Girls or a recorded Cupcake Wars episode (I've never even liked cupcakes, but I love how serious everyone gets about something so small and cute). And I feel bad turning down the opportunity, but I can work on starting these things a little earlier so I don't feel like I'm being lame so often. My real problem (and in a way it's a good problem) is that when I start eating better and have taken my Vitamin A and D supplement regularly, I get crazy photosensitive and as soon as the sun comes up - before it even comes up - I wake up. And I wake up whether I went to bed at 10 pm or 2 am. So if I had a late night, I can't even sleep in if I have the time to! The upside is that a) I don't need an alarm b) it forces me to go to bed earlier if I don't want to feel like crap c)when I am well-slept, I'm ahead of everyone else on the day.
            Last edited by Lex26; 01-11-2012, 04:45 PM.
            Starting weight: 225
            Current weight: 195
            Goal: One pull-up by December 31, 2012
            Method: Schwarzbein Principle II, program for insulin sensitive/burned-out adrenals
            My Primal Journey


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            • #21
              Hey Lex,

              It makes plenty of sense to eat lots of fat once you understand why you're eating it. Once you cut out all or most of the carbs in your diet, your body will start burning fat again (as it was meant to do from birth) instead of that damned glucose that Grains break down to. The goal is to ultimately become a FBB (Fat Burning Beast) - so, Fat is your fuel, and the more fuel the merrier. And once your body is burning fat again, try a 16 to 24 hour fast to see 1: that you won't have carb cravings or hunger pains like before (hopefully) and 2: that your stored body fat is a wonderful source of energy when food is not available.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by ELCO14 View Post
                Hi Lex- I haven't posted in a bit, but felt the need to congratulate all of you for taking the most important step we all can take- care for ourselves and our health.

                All the best to you on your journey and I look forward to some progress posts!
                Thank you and don't worry, I'll be posting plenty!
                Starting weight: 225
                Current weight: 195
                Goal: One pull-up by December 31, 2012
                Method: Schwarzbein Principle II, program for insulin sensitive/burned-out adrenals
                My Primal Journey


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                • #23
                  Up close and personal

                  So my picture is up on that 2012 Challenge, but it's not as detailed or as close up as many of the others. So I figured maybe I need to do the official front view/side view thing not just so the humiliation is even , but so I can have a more clear record of what's changing with my body as I do this. I've had people already tell me they thought I was losing weight, and I have dropped a dress size, but I always feel like they're lying. I don't think losing 25 pounds looks like that big of a difference yet. Maybe the pictures, no matter how ewww, can help chart this progress better. Enjoi the attached pics.

                  side_view_jan11..jpgarm_flab_jan11..jpgfront_view_jan11..jpg

                  Exercise: Today was a recuperation day. Yesterday's workout definitely has me sore, but I've noticed the second day after the workout is when I'm sorest. So maybe I'll take it easy tomorrow too by taking a long walk, shooting hoops or playing Just Dance with somebody on the Wii. Or should I just power through soreness and do my third weight-training work-out of the week?

                  B: Three eggs scrambled with chorizo, bell peppers and onion
                  L: Can of coconut milk and a couple Guerrero pork rinds (I never can eat more than 10 at a time, if that)
                  D: Moroccan beef stew with a cup of broccoli
                  Last edited by Lex26; 01-11-2012, 10:01 PM.
                  Starting weight: 225
                  Current weight: 195
                  Goal: One pull-up by December 31, 2012
                  Method: Schwarzbein Principle II, program for insulin sensitive/burned-out adrenals
                  My Primal Journey


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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Lex26 View Post
                    Dilemma: When I wake up in the morning I'm so hungry. But I want to work-out before I eat because I hate eating before I exercise. And if I don't do my exercise in the morning, I spend the day anxious that there's going to be some excuse for not working out later. Hm. Today I ate breakfast first. Maybe tomorrow I'll just exercise first anyway and see if I end up distracted from the hunger long enough to eat afterward.
                    I am the same way- I would prefer to get the exercise done and then eat-

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                    • #25
                      Hi Lex! Thanks for stopping in my new journal! Congrats on your success! I always thought we were supposed to wake up hungry. You could always just have a few nuts before you workout. I hope you find the solution to your workout dilemma.

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                      • #26
                        Hey Lex, so cool that you got a shout out in that blog post!
                        Hope you are still excited
                        Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ---George Bernard Shaw
                        When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Lex26 View Post
                          Just dump it in a bowl with a bit of stevia, maybe cinnamon, and bam! Coconut pudding
                          That sounds delicious! I have a 1/2 gal in the fridge and was wondering what to do with it. I don't like it in my coffee..

                          Congratulations on the success stories and having the guts to post pictures.
                          Start Date 1/1/12

                          SW 176
                          CW 163
                          GW 155

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                          • #28
                            thanks so much for the links Lex! I could sure use the advice Looking at the pics above I can't believe those pics are 200 lbs. I would have guessed much lighter! Do you happen to know if Chia is PB approved? I know the oats had to go bye bye but I'm hoping chia is still fair game. So what type of weighted workouts do you do?

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by chelle06 View Post
                              thanks so much for the links Lex! I could sure use the advice Looking at the pics above I can't believe those pics are 200 lbs. I would have guessed much lighter! Do you happen to know if Chia is PB approved? I know the oats had to go bye bye but I'm hoping chia is still fair game. So what type of weighted workouts do you do?
                              Thanks for the compliment! If there's any positive thing about me in fat form, I guess it is that I kind of lucked out on things at least being in proportion to each other and my chest and hips being generally bigger than my waist. But I have got giant hips and thighs. I'm still in the size 18's. The muscles in my legs are huge, so maybe that's where a lot of the weight density is. I've always been sporty - as a kid I was hands-down the most active girl around. I was always dragging neighborhood friends from TV to play tag or kickball. Did more sit-ups than anyone else in the 5th grade. Jump-roped longer than anyone in my entire middle school in the 8th grade. But guess what I also was the entire time? The fattest person anyone knew (well, other than the one year I thinned out because I grew taller). So it's such a relief to have this plan working so far and to get an explanation for obesity other than "you're a lazy piece of crap with no will power" here. People who are fat are fat because they don't know why they're fat. Even MDA readers have to tweak and experiment with their diet and exercise to correct obesity.

                              Anyway - that was a tangent - chia seeds aren't officially non-Primal. Mark has just had a few posts about how some of its benefits are overblown and doesn't recommend making it a staple until more research is done on what it does to our digestive system:
                              Dear Mark: Carob, Psyllium, Chia Seeds, and Vanilla | Mark's Daily Apple
                              A Quick Guide to Edible Seeds | Mark's Daily Apple
                              I never thought I could give up oats either - taking that away seemed so cruel. But I don't care about oatmeal at all anymore. I don't even get jealous when I see other people eat it. I love my eggs and whatever other meat is around for breakfast more.

                              For weight-training, I'm still establishing my routine there. You can look at my previous posts to see what I did this week. In general I have to experiment with some different leg exercises so they are more challenged, but challenging my arms is easy. I've been doing assisted chin-ups and pullups along with incline pushups and military press (raising weights above head). All of them really work out your abs too if you're keeping good form, so I like how efficient that is.
                              Last edited by Lex26; 01-13-2012, 03:48 PM.
                              Starting weight: 225
                              Current weight: 195
                              Goal: One pull-up by December 31, 2012
                              Method: Schwarzbein Principle II, program for insulin sensitive/burned-out adrenals
                              My Primal Journey


                              Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Nutrition Facts For Foods

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                              • #30
                                I wasn't sure if I should work out today because I was still sore. But some searching around the forums indicated that's no excuse for not working out. Apparently the only reason you shouldn't work out is if you try to do the exercise and you're dramatically suckier at it. I could do all of them easily with the exception of the pull-ups and chin-ups, which I'm new at. I'm using back muscles I'm not sure I've EVER done hard work with. I have to admit, I was really tired at mid-day. But I'm still transitioning.

                                Exercise: Two sets of

                                50 side-to-side squats
                                Stepping up and down on a bench for two minutes
                                12 incline pushups w/ 15 pound weights
                                12 military press w/ 15 pound weights
                                2 pull-ups
                                3 chin-ups

                                B: Egg-chorizo-onion scramble
                                L: Red Pork Curry with broccoli
                                D: Tomato sauce with three Italian sausages
                                S: .5 cup of coconut pudding (just the thick part of coconut milk and stevia)
                                Starting weight: 225
                                Current weight: 195
                                Goal: One pull-up by December 31, 2012
                                Method: Schwarzbein Principle II, program for insulin sensitive/burned-out adrenals
                                My Primal Journey


                                Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Nutrition Facts For Foods

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