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    Looking to make some changes that'll work this year!

    On here (as well as most other websites) I go by "ecks"... as in "X". Somewhere between anonymity and personality. I've always been a BIG guy. I first realised that I was overweight when I was 6- coming in at a whopping 98lbs I can still distinctly remember the moment... That's a different story for a different time though.

    I started my primal walk at the massive weight of 333lbs in mid November 2011 but still sit at a staggering 302LBS as of my Sunday morning weigh in (trying to get over that 300 hump has been a pain!).

    About a month ago I started weekly swimming and tonight I'm starting on a dodge ball team. I'd say my eating is close to 95% primal (still enjoy me some Milk but at least it's organic, grass fed, whole milk! and some dark chocolate 85%-99%...)

    My short term goal is 290lbs by Feb 5th. I plan on setting a monthly goal of 8-12lbs (something attainable so I don't let myself down).

    Long term- To fit in an air plane seatbelt without needing one of the extensions that they use for the buckle up demo (Next time I fly will be Canada day weekend), buy clothing in a normal store (Buying what I want to buy; not what fits), sleep deeper, and just be healthier. For the most part I've always been a happy guy even with my size but I've always had a nagging voice in the back of my head telling me I need to be healthier and live longer. Want nothing more than to be a healthy dad one day (not a dad right now).

    Going primal has ignited a passion for cooking... I'm always experimenting in the kitchen and have long ditched frozen and boxed foods.

    Breakfast this morning- Large spinach and romiane salad with walnuts, apple, avocado, and celery topped with olive oil, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, cumin, and a drizzle of leftover chicken stock. (Salad isn't a normal breakfast I just happened to want one over the regular bacon, eggs, and turnip hash)

    Lunch today- 1 large chicken thigh, some celery, and a small salad.

    Snack (packed but not eaten yet)- cherries and blackberries (About a cup or so combined). 1/3cup mixed macadamia nuts and pecans.

    **EDIT**

    Snack before dodgeball: 1 chicken thigh, some cherries

    Supper- Egg Salad (Egg, home made mayo, celery, black pepper) over a mixed greens salad. (So essentially egg salad as a "salad dressing")
    Last edited by ecks; 01-29-2012, 06:12 AM.
    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

  • #2
    For us Americans, when's Canada Day?

    Welcome aboard and best of luck!
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    • #3
      Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
      For us Americans, when's Canada Day?

      Welcome aboard and best of luck!
      Canada day is July 1st! And thanks for the welcome!
      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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      • #4
        So... our team got absolutely owned in dodgeball... best of 11 and we won 1. But I had a ton of fun! And (no excuses but I'm making one) we were an all new team of strangers playing a team that's been together for 4 years. After our games we traded half teams and played for fun! Lots of good energy and it was a great way to start a new hobby!

        Did something else courageous last night... at least for me... I put the scale away. I tend to get OCD about the scale sometimes weighing myself 2-3 times in a day like it would matter. I think the stress of it all is what's causing my slow progress the past few weeks. So the scale went in the cupboard in the hallway away from sight until Sunday weigh-in. I need to get over that 300 hump and I'm not going to do it stressing out about every half pound I gain or lose.

        AND FINALLY... Food journal for today
        Breakfast- Bacon and what I'm calling a "Breakfast Stir-fry". Summer Sausage pieces, shreaded turnip, mushrooms, spinach, oregino, sesame seeds.


        Lunch (Haven't eaten yet)- Chicken, Salad, left over breakfast stir-fry

        Snack (Haven't eaten yet either)- Blackberries, Raw almonds

        Planned Dinner- Liver and onions and a big salad

        ***Edit... I swapped the salad out for brussels sprouts... first time making them and I love them! Made more for lunch tomorrow. Also had 3 squares of Green and Black's 85% chocolate.
        Last edited by ecks; 01-12-2012, 07:34 AM.
        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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        • #5
          Nom! Nom! I haven't had liver in a while. I think I'm actually going to create an offal checklist and master cooking every single weird part of the animal! I'm on a tight budget, so it would be a fun, nutritious way to be primal.

          I've put the weight scale away too. I think I'm only going to check once a month. What really matters is how my pants fit Don't forget to take pictures of yourself now, even if they're just for yourself. That will also be a good gauge.
          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
            Originally posted by Lex26 View Post
            Nom! Nom! I haven't had liver in a while. I think I'm actually going to create an offal checklist and master cooking every single weird part of the animal! I'm on a tight budget, so it would be a fun, nutritious way to be primal.

            I've put the weight scale away too. I think I'm only going to check once a month. What really matters is how my pants fit Don't forget to take pictures of yourself now, even if they're just for yourself. That will also be a good gauge.
            Careful with the scale... a good weekly weigh in should be in order to keep yourself on track. If you're moving in the wrong direction it could be a good indicator that you may need to make adjustments and if it's moving in the right direction it could be encouragement! Just don't go crazy like I did. Once a week then put it away.


            I made an "In the making" post with a photo and emailed mark. The post and my profile just havn't been linked yet.
            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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            • #7
              Checking the weight scale

              Originally posted by ecks View Post
              Careful with the scale... a good weekly weigh in should be in order to keep yourself on track.
              Eh, well it's my first month hitting the heavy lifting exercises hard. So if I'm putting on muscle weight, I don't want to start thinking I'm doing anything wrong if one week I don't lose weight. A girl's weight fluctuates a lot during the month too. So maybe after my exercise regimen has become regular I'll start looking at the weight scale once a week, but for now, I don't think I'll check it until the end of the month.
              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
                Originally posted by Lex26 View Post
                Eh, well it's my first month hitting the heavy lifting exercises hard. So if I'm putting on muscle weight, I don't want to start thinking I'm doing anything wrong if one week I don't lose weight. A girl's weight fluctuates a lot during the month too. So maybe after my exercise regimen has become regular I'll start looking at the weight scale once a week, but for now, I don't think I'll check it until the end of the month.

                Fair enough! As long as you're feeling healthy and happy that's all that really matters. (and well really is the point of a paleo lifestyle more so than gaining/losing weight)
                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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                • #9
                  Just wanted to say that I had the same problem with 70kilos that you have with 300lbs (always those round numbers...). All you can do is hang in there and not get stressed out over it. Good point with the scale I'm trying to do the same but sometimes I just can't keep myself from stepping on earlier.
                  lg Nina

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                  • #10
                    Still sore from dodgeball... 2 days later. Guess I'm using more muscles during dodgeball that I don't exercise during swimming. Speaking of which, swimming tonight! It's the simple things in life that make me happy.

                    Breakfast- 2 Eggs, turnip hash, bacon

                    Lunch- Liver and onions. Bacon and Brussels sprouts

                    Snack- Cherries, Blackberries, Raw almonds

                    Planned dinner- Grassfed striploin steak, big salad

                    Swimming tonight!

                    ***Edit- Dinner turned into leftovers from lunch. Pretty much 3 Brussels sprouts and a half portion of liver. Wasn't very hungry after swimming.

                    Pre swimming snack- 1 egg, 1 half CM slice of nitrite free organic summer sausage. (I love living in a market city!)
                    Last edited by ecks; 01-13-2012, 07:44 AM.
                    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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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Abtacha View Post
                      Just wanted to say that I had the same problem with 70kilos that you have with 300lbs (always those round numbers...). All you can do is hang in there and not get stressed out over it. Good point with the scale I'm trying to do the same but sometimes I just can't keep myself from stepping on earlier.
                      lg Nina
                      Try getting the scale out of the bathroom or wherever you normally weigh yourself (I'm assuming bathroom because I weigh myself naked and the bathroom has a sturdy tile floor). I've put the scale in the hallway closet on a shelf off the floor so I have to think about pulling it out if I'm going to use it. Since putting it away, I sleep better, poop better, and am less stressed which should hopefully add up to good numbers.
                      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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                      • #12
                        Now that you mentioned the pooping issue I think I might follow your advice...
                        lg Nina

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                        • #13
                          Swimming was awesome last night! 528m swam (24 laps x 22m) + 29 minutes of treading water (approx 70 secs of active rest treading between each width of the pool ([70x24]/60) + 1 min left on the clock to burn so I spent it treading)

                          Breakfast- 2 slices of bacon (all natural of course), turnip hash, 1 egg + mushroom omelet.

                          Lunch- Steak and big salad

                          Snack- 1/3 cup almond and macadamia mix, 3/4 cup berries, celery

                          Supper- Steak and salad again I'm good with 2 meals in a row. (and I love the prevalent availability of organic steak at my butchers!)
                          Last edited by ecks; 01-14-2012, 12:52 PM.
                          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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                          • #14
                            Oh! And I had a huge realisation yesterday! The stairs at work, the ones that made me huff and puff not even a month ago... I'm running up them now almost effortlessly. I had started running up them when I was huffing and puffing because I wanted to get them done and over with (and my legs could barely work by the time I got up to the top) and now I feel great when I get to the top!
                            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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                            • #15
                              Woohoo! Keep it up! By the way, you piqued my weight curiosity too much so I decided to check it today. I haven't lost that much since Jan. 1, but it's still a big deal because for the first time in a decade, I weigh less than 200 pounds! Woooooot, 197!
                              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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