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    Day 8 Primal

    Last Monday I did something spontaneous. I emailed the worst picture of myself to Mark. The picture I pretend doesn't exist. The picture anyone can now see if they visit the Success in the Making Pages. What happened? I think I got carried away with the New Year challenge and my day off of work! Or, I felt a hope blooming with the new year and the possibility of lifetime change.

    I have been visiting this site for about a year ever since my father sent me an article from MDA. I purchased the PB this summer. But not until last Monday did I make the leap to primal eating.

    I have tried losing weight many times. I even was successful in 2008 when I exercised 6 days a week and did nothing else. But that weight came back....and then some.

    Here's a little about me: I am a happily married mom of two boys, ages 10 and 12. My husband and I adopted two greyhounds boys, one who raced briefly and one from Ohio who is a "lurcher." I work full time as a legal assistant for a small but busy firm. I love to read and learn new things.

    I have not yet learned how to blog, so go easy on me! This, like my body, is a work in progress.

    Now on to the fun stuff. My primal experience thus far.

    Foods - I eat bacon and eggs for breakfast, a salad with chicken, cranberries and almond shavings for lunch and dinner involves sauteed spinach, zucchini, broccoli and whatever meat I have fixed. Fruits are blueberries, cranberries, raspberries and a banana for cooking. Nuts are almonds and walnuts for recipes and almonds for snacks.

    Headaches - they only lasted 3 days - yeah!!!

    Energy - I woke up on the 4th day feeling like I had already had a cup of coffee. Without intention, I now drink less than a cup of coffee in the morning. It has slowly decreased with each passing day.

    I am maintaining a grain free, legume free, dairy free diet to the best of my knowledge. I am therefore also learning how to cook, as I haven't ever enjoyed this. My oven is confused as before now I had never used the Broiled feature! I am making it earn its keep now! This weekend I made Berry Crumble and Berry balls from the BP Recipe book and I was so proud I took pictures!.

    My appetite is decreasing and I am not sure who, but a senior member on this site has "eat when you are hungry" on his tagline and I keep thinking about that. Listening to my body is new for me, as before I was ALWAYS hungry.

    Also had zero cramps during my "monthly visit" and I am wondering about the connection.

    I have not exercised yet. I just need to "put my shoes on" like Mark has said, but I am afraid I will go overboard, like I have in the past and sabotage my progress.

    Hi to all! You have now seen me in my bathing suit so I feel like I already know you
    Last edited by eron; 01-09-2012, 05:39 PM.

  • #2
    Oh - Weight is down to 203.something as of today. I am going to have my husband hide the scale for me so I won't keep going to it.


    • #3
      Day 9
      Breakfast: 3 eggs and 2 pieces of bacon.
      Lunch: Salad (mix of romaine, iceberg and spinach, 3 pieces of bacon, grilled chicken, sliced almonds, small bit of dried cranberries.
      Snack: Coconut ball I made this weekend.

      My scale has been hidden until February 1st so no checking in. It feels a bit lonely, but at least at home I make up some of the time I used to spend eating COOKING my meals. I am also reading all the information I can get my hands on. Any suggestions?


      • #4
        Day 10

        I woke up at 5:30 with my oldest son and did a brisk walk on the treadmill with a 2.0 incline. Towards the end I set it at 6.8 and ran like I was being chased by a prehistoric monster spider! I then did some squats and curls and presses. My goal is to get some beginner's WOD's and do those at home. I can't afford a Crossfit membership but do have one at the Y so I will need to adapt my workouts there. Anyone else have their own crossfit routine they do at their "regular" gym?

        I found the best dressing for my salad I take to work everyday....bacon grease. At work I also heat my salad up in the microwave for about a minute and it is much tastier. I had to take a toothbrush to work because EVERYTHING sticks in between my teeth!

        I ate 1/2 an avocado for the first time last night in my steak stirfry. I just put it in with my spinach, zucchini, broccoli, tomato and steak mixture. I thought I hated them, but they aren't bad! I used extra virgin olive oil to cook and garlic to season....lots of garlic. My husband probably can't stand to be near me because minced garlic is my go-to seasoning now.

        I need to make more berry crumble this weekend. And the coconut balls. I live across the river from a larger city and they have a Trader Joe's. My local Kroger didn't have a few items I need for my pantry:
        coconut oil
        coconut milk
        macadamia nuts
        almond flour

        There are a lot of websites with recipes that I keep finding. I just found a website for a Paleo Mocha Frapp! Just need the coconut milk and a few other ingredients before I can try that.

        I'm also reading The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf. I am not a science person, but so far he is making it bearable to read. The humor is also appreciated!

        My appetite is STILL decreasing. Other than yesterday, when I wanted to eat to celebrate at work, it is on a steady decline. I put a sandwich bag with almonds in my purse for emergencies and today I didn't even want any.


        • #5
          Originally posted by eron View Post
          Anyone else have their own crossfit routine they do at their "regular" gym?
          I have a list of 14 WODs that I do either at home or at my Anytime Fitness - It's an excel file I can send you if you like - it's not letting me upload it from my computer? weird

          my info:

          If you can't tell the truth about yourself, you can't tell it about other people --- Virginia Woolf

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          • #6
            Originally posted by eron View Post
            Day 10

            My appetite is STILL decreasing. Other than yesterday, when I wanted to eat to celebrate at work, it is on a steady decline. I put a sandwich bag with almonds in my purse for emergencies and today I didn't even want any.

            Hey eron- doing great so far! You'll notice your appetite reset more to where it should be. I used to dread fasting for 12 hours, now I can go 24 hours + with my IF's and I IF about 4-5 days out of the week.

            Keep the progress goin!
            Self-realization. I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"


            • #7
              Originally posted by pbj View Post
              I have a list of 14 WODs that I do either at home or at my Anytime Fitness - It's an excel file I can send you if you like - it's not letting me upload it from my computer? weird

              A spreadsheet would be great! Thanks!


              • #8
                Dear eron;

                I just got "Primal Body Primal Mind" which was updated last year--first publication 2009.

                I really am "getting" how primal eating works with hormones much better through this book.
                I suggest it highly.

                Congrats so far and good luck on your journey!


                • #9
                  DAY 11 PRIMAL

                  Thanks so much for the replies! I ordered a sample of Primal Body Primal Mind for my kindle....thanks for the suggestion.

                  Getting dressed for work I noticed I could tighten my belt buckle to the second the scale is hidden away (I don't want to think of this as a diet, but rather a lifestyle change, so I felt I was relying too heavily on the scale and not how I feel) this is an indication that the body is changing! I am so ready for this.

                  It was a really stressful day at work and had to try a relaxation breathing sequence to calm down.

                  My focus is coming back after the "carb-flu" haze I was in last week. I have been much more productive at work.

                  Breakfast: 2 pieces of bacon and 3 eggs
                  Snack: banana
                  Lunch: salad with chicken, bacon, almonds, spinach, romaine and iceberg lettuce
                  Snack: almonds
                  Dinner: 1/3 of the berry crumble breakfast meal I made from the BP cookbook.


                  • #10
                    Day 13 Primal

                    My son and I baked paleo hamburger buns and banana bread today. I am trying to get the kids involved and he loves to cook so we surfed the net for recipes and he is cooking hamburgers for dinner tonight.

                    I convinced my husband I need to weigh myself once a week and I just weighed in at 201. As I haven't started exercising yet, it helps to know the weight IS going down.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by eron View Post
                      Day 10

                      I'm also reading The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf. I am not a science person, but so far he is making it bearable to read. The humor is also appreciated!
                      Hi Eron!

                      It looks like you are doing great!

                      The Paleo Diet is how I got here too. I was on Amazon several months ago looking for another purchase to get free shipping and stumbled on Robb's book. I'm not sure why I found it. I wasn't looking for a diet and had never heard of paleo or primal, but I'm lucky I did and it's changing my life. I put the eating into practice and started losing weight. Then for no good reason, went back to the Standard American Diet and gained it back.

                      Fast forward to the end of the year and I found this site and subscribed. I entered the challenge too! The community here is a fantastic resource and you can google just about any recipe you need.

                      I work out using a popular home fitness program. I'm not following it exactly. Fitness is very important, but diet is 80%. (and the part I need the most work on!)

                      Start Date 1/1/12

                      SW 176
                      CW 163
                      GW 155

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                      • #12
                        Eron, great job--I'm especially impressed by people who take on learning to cook at the same time! Speaking of the oven, I love to roast vegetables: just get a big cookie sheet--the kind with edges!--and cut up a variety of veggies--I like zucchini, yellow squash, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, sometimes a tomato. I use just a bit of olive oil and some sea salt and toss the veggies, then roast them at 425 for about 20 minutes. Asparagus takes about 10 minutes. It's not only good with dinner, it's great to have with your eggs in the morning. I also like to add greens--lightly steamed kale or raw spinach, for example. Easy ways to get variety in your veggies.

                        Congratulations on your progress so far!

                        My primal journal: My journey, goals, recipes, random thoughts on primal and SAD.

                        It's all about the journey. How we get there is at least as important as where we end up.


                        • #13
                          Day 15
                          My first decision to eat non-primal was made on Saturday night. I had just baked chocolate chip cookies for my two children and niece and nephew who were having an overnight. The house was loud and the cookies were piled high on the plate in front of me. I grabbed a piece of one and ended up eating an entire cookie. That I was able to stop at one is the strength of the primal eating as before going primal I would have eaten cookies until I felt stuffed. And the taste wasn't quite how I remembered it. The cookie had a greasy aftertaste.

                          Sunday I recovered and attempted fried zucchini using almond flour and pan seared pork chops. The zucchini flopped and today my stomach has been cramping so I'm guessing the pork chops were a bit undercooked. Needless to say, I am not going to be cooking pork chops for a while!

                          Weight yesterday 1/15/12: 198.6

                          The weight makes me nervous as I have gotten HERE before, using other methods. But never lower since 2008. I achieved the most recent weight loss last year by exercising a lot and limiting my food. But it didn't last two weeks.

                          On Sunday I cooked and prepared the food needed for this week's lunches. Today I went out to a restaurant for lunch with my office - first time eating something someone else has prepared while primal. I ended up eating grilled shrimp w/o marinade and steamed broccoli. Luckily I had almond in my purse to nibble on while the rest of the table dipped bread into cheese and oil.

                          I wasn't very upbeat today. The stomach and weather definitely contributed to the poor mood. Up until now though, my depressive tendencies seemed less severe than before my eating change.


                          • #14
                            Day 2
                            I went 31 days primal and then lost all of my progress. I have regained all but 3 pounds and have to suffer through the carb flu headaches again. I wish I could have stayed stronger. I think letting myself eat non-primal meals led to my eventual failure. I look forward to days 4 on when I can feel the benefits and the hunger begins to lessen.

                            CW: 207


                            • #15
                              Hi Eron, Your last post was more than a month ago. Are you still doing Primal?

                              Let me encourage you. I have been Primal 18 months and have lost 65 lbs. Sadly, The journey was not linear. I have fallen off and gotten back on the wagon more times than I can count. I think I have finally discovered the right balance of protein, fat and carbs that allows me to stay sane, but still lose weight.

                              If you have stopped, give it another try. Make sure you are eating 75+ grams of carb and enough fat and protein for your body. On average I eat 100g fat and 130g protein. I am 5'10" tall and 44 yrs old. I just started weighing 1x/month, because I was making myself crazy. Please feel free to PM me or visit my journal.
                              Primal since 9/24/2010
                              "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

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