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    Hey there,

    I'm doing this "making it public" thing partly for accountability, but mostly because I'm hopeful about the kind of help I'll get along the way. I'm 26 and currently weigh 200 pounds after losing 25 pounds with this Primal thing so far. I've found I'm better off without caffeine, dairy, fruit or starches because of adrenal issues and the fact that I'm obviously very susceptible to insulin resistance and crazy sugar cravings whenever I dip back into the forbidden land. Most of that weight has come off with diet changes alone because I haven't had a consistent exercise schedule. I'm excited about where a regular exercise schedule will get me next. Another big challenge has been the social aspect of incorporating this diet into my life. I'm just now getting better at putting my foot down around family and friends. It's like coming out or something because this diet is still so controversial. They're still rolling their eyes, but at least my family and a few friends are finally accepting the diet and trying to think ahead for me most times. But when I struggle, I'll be turning to the MDA community for some extra help.

    My goal by December 31, 2012 is to weigh less than 140 pounds and be able to do one pull-up (never done one).

    Hurdle one: I've got a high tea with a friend on Saturday. I need to call ahead and try to make sure I have some friendly options. What could those options be? Salmon on lettuce? Deviled eggs? I want to call prepared with some ideas. I know some have the mindset that it's easier to indulge every now and then without feeling bad about it, but I always have to fight some serious cravings afterward and I'd rather not deal with them unless it's a really special celebration or a one-of-kind dessert.
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    Last edited by Lex26; 01-03-2012, 01:02 AM. Reason: Adding picture
    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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  • #2
    And, ahem,

    Hurdle 2: Getting ready for bed by 10 and being in bed by 11
    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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    • #3
      Hi Lex! Your picture looks so cute! I had to smile to myself at your goal of doing one pull-up because that's one of mine too I can also relate to the sugar thing: so much 'easier' to get off the stuff completely than to have to deal with the cravings all the time. Here's to a kickass year!
      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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      • #4
        One pullup

        Yeah. I started with the conventional goal of saying "I want to weigh this." Which I still totally do. But what would signal the best kind transformation would be the ability to do one pull-up by the end of the year. Right now, all I can do is hang on to the bar! I don't know if I'm ready to add "pull-ups" to the regular exercise schedule yet, though. I'm going to work on building muscles through the pushups and military press first.
        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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        • #5
          Alllright. Yesterday I sprinted. Today I did two sets of my own set of strength exercises all-out (listening to Jay-Z, my favorite musical cheerleader):

          12 incline pushups on a 4-inch curb
          12 military presses with a 15-pound weight in each hand
          12 bicep curls
          50 sumo squats (wide-stance)
          25 calf raises on each leg

          I've decided to go with these because at this point I think doing the plank takes away from the energy I could put into pushups and I'm so far away from doing any kind of pull-up, it's pathetic. I'll probably look into maybe doing one-legged squats next time because I have pretty strong legs and I don't know if regular or wide-stance squats are doing it for me.

          For meals today:

          B: Three eggs scrambled with garlic, basil and spinach
          L: Four sliced hard-boiled eggs drizzled with olive oil, salt and fresh parsley
          D: Wild Pacific Chimichurri Salmon (from Trader Joes) with sauteed spinach and asparagus
          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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          • #6
            Hi Lex, 25lbs so far! That is inspring! I want to be like you.

            As for pullups, get started now. I know you can't do one yet, so you need some assistance to strengthen your back muscles. I use P90X for exercise and there are a lot of them in the program and I learned a couple tricks along the way. I went to the local sports store and bought a chinup bar that easily slips into the top of a doorway. They make assist bands you can attach to it that drops down and has a slot in the bottom for your foot. I hear this works well, but I haven't tried it. I use a chair. I slide it out a little bit (be careful not to let it slip!) place one foot or a few toes on it then do chinups that way pushing with your leg barely enough to get you up. For me, just removing the weight of my leg helps me get a few more reps in.

            Also, some grips are harder than others. Start with close hand, reverse grip chinups. (palms facing you and less than shoulder width apart) That will use shoulders and biceps also which spreads some of the work out. Wider grip front hand is almost all back muscle.

            Do this once or twice a week and you will see progress. I went from 7 to 20 unassisted pullups this way in a few months while my weight remained constant.

            Good luck and keep posting. I want to celebrate with you!
            Start Date 1/1/12

            SW 176
            CW 163
            GW 155

            My Journal
            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread45618.html

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            • #7
              Thanks for the support Dave! And the advice on the pull-ups and chin-ups is exactly what I needed to hear. After I worked out I went back to the Primal Fitness e-book to look at what it said and it suggested the chair thing too. I'm afraid of installing a pull up bar at my place though because I'm afraid it'll be insecure or cause damage. But I could try using a lower bar at a playground while using my feet as little as I can to come up.
              Last edited by Lex26; 01-11-2012, 04:50 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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              • #8
                Today I went on a 5-mile hike through the hills that got my heart rate up, but wasn't strenuous or anything. And:

                B: Three eggs scrambled with three green onions and garlic
                L: Two hard-boiled eggs drizzled with olive oil and sea salt and salmon leftovers
                D: Two hard-boiled eggs drizzle with olive oil and sea salt (<--it's kind of my thing) plus three andouille sausages
                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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                • #9
                  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.
                  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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                  • #10
                    Sounds like you may not be eating enough. I don't think I am either. I know I'm not getting enough fat... I eat lots of eggs too and I'm going start focusing more on meat.

                    My chinup bar has never damaged a doorway. It will work well as long as there is trim around it.

                    Here's what it looks like:

                    Stamina® Doorway Trainer Plus - SportsAuthority.com

                    Anything will work for practice as long as you keep doing it!

                    How do you create the signature?
                    Start Date 1/1/12

                    SW 176
                    CW 163
                    GW 155

                    My Journal
                    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread45618.html

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                    • #11
                      My pull-up/chin-up progress is underway. I went to the playground this morning, knelt beneath a four-foot-tall bar, grabbed it and then went on my tip-toes. I did two sets of 5 for pull-ups and chin-ups. I just found that at my family's house, where I visit a lot, there's both a bar and a lat-pull, so I think I have a couple different options now on building up. So all in all, exercise for today was two sets each of:

                      5 chinups
                      5 pullups
                      20 tricep pulls with 15 pound weights
                      12 military press with 15 pound weights
                      12 incline pushups
                      12 one-legged squats
                      30 side-to-side squats

                      Tomorrow's a play day!

                      B: Three eggs scrambled with green onions
                      L: Three hard-boiled eggs drizzled in olive oil and salt with a couple pork rinds
                      D: Fresh Crab and a bunch of broccoli

                      I feel like during the day I'm eating enough and not starving and I'm trying not to eat after 8 pm because I don't want to eat calories that are just going to sit in me. But maybe I'll make one of the meals that day bigger, like breakfast or lunch. I have been going especially light on the lunch. Like you said, Dave, I might need to put some more meat in there instead of the eggs. I only eat so many eggs because I'm on a super-tight budget and it seems like it's the most cost-efficient source of protein. Something about it just doesn't make it feel as complete and as satisfying as meat, though. I remembered today that meat and offal are always more affordable at ethnic markets, so I went to a Latino one today and hallelujah! So cheap. I'm not going to worry too much about the industrialized meat thing because good grass-fed stuff is not going to be regularly in the picture for a while. I can avoid, however, eating as much chicken in hopes of improving my omega 6/omega 3 ratio (I'm taking a daily cod liver oil supplement).
                      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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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by dave155 View Post

                        How do you create the signature?
                        Oh, if you click on your profile (there's a tab at the top of the page) there's an option to edit your profile under another tab (closer to the navigation bar) that says Forum Actions. You should be able to add a signature from there .
                        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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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Lex26 View Post
                          Oh, if you click on your profile (there's a tab at the top of the page) there's an option to edit your profile under another tab (closer to the navigation bar) that says Forum Actions. You should be able to add a signature from there .
                          Thanks Lex, I knew it had to be easy if I could just find the link!
                          Start Date 1/1/12

                          SW 176
                          CW 163
                          GW 155

                          My Journal
                          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread45618.html

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                          • #14
                            I got a shout-out in Mark's post today!

                            This 2012 Primal Challenge thing is so cool. Posting my progress here already feels A LOT more helpful and A LOT less boring than simply dialing in on FitDay.com (not that it's a bad website). On top all that, I got a shout-out in today's post about it:

                            Success Stories in the Making: The Big Unveil | Mark's Daily Apple

                            Next time I'm in a blog post, it'll be the full on success story. Cheers to everyone else dedicated to doing the same!
                            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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                            • #15
                              Congrats!

                              Hey there LEx,

                              Congrats on starting this journey. And congrats on having already lost 25 lbs.

                              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.

                              As far as working out, I have 2 suggestions. 1. Work out before you eat - especially in the morning. You'll have something to work toward (FOOD!) and your body burns better when it's on an empty stomach. If you really want to up the ante, invest in some Amino Acid supplements. They come in powdered drinks and some have zero sugar/zero carbs. You can sip on this while you work out to maximize the effect.

                              The second suggestion is (and this was provided by Mark a while ago) when you know you NEED to work out, but you don't really WANT to work out right now, just throw on your sneakers. Don't worry about working out or contemplating whether you should or not, just throw on your workout shoes and do whatever else you were planning on doing. When you have your shoes on, you're ready to go. The decision is now one-fold, instead of requiring the preparatory steps of getting dressed and putting on the shoes. Aaand, if you ultimately don't go, at least you made the challenge a little harder to avoid.

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