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    Ok so here we go. We (my wife and I) started on 1/1/12, but started poking around the forums and this looked like a great idea. I am using LoseIt app on my iPhone religiously so will post those meals that really stand out. My wife is a great cook and has found a lot of fantastic recipes for the plan. Last night she did homemade baba gnoush for instance. No pita, but still great with celery.

    I am usually up at 6am to workout, but today was a break day. I have a elliptical in my home office and a Tower 200 so the rest of the week I am up early and hitting it. Looking at Primal Fitness routines and blending my workouts with this philosophy. For instance, I work in a 3rd floor office, bathroom is down the hall. When I go to the bathroom I take the stairs on one side of the building down to the first floor then back up the other set of stairs (sprinting), rinse and repeat on the way back. My wife and I have started walking again and have thrown some sprints in over the last couple of days.

    B: Primal Fuel - Chocolate
    L: BAS (big ass salad) spinach and mixed greens, steak, artichoke hearts, nuts, balsamic vinegar, olive oil
    D: will be a surprise, but I am hankering for a steak

    Onward, into the breech.....
    "When you can't run, you crawl. And when you can't crawl, when you can't do that ... you find someone to carry you."

    Onward....my primal journal
    2012 Slow Movement Challenge: My distance so far = 665 kM

    My Map My Tracks Profile


  • #2
    Welcome, Meegeek! What are your goals and current stats? Does your wife have a journal?

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    • #3
      Thanks, really glad to be here. No my wife has not started a journal, not sure if she will, but I will try to get her going. She is a fantastic cook and could really contribute with recipes. Although she has very little weight to lose (looking to tone up), I think she is going through a rough patch due to the change in diet. A lot of the Primal lifestyle goes against all the nutrition information she has amassed over a long time. She is going for it actually doing well. I told her this morning that I would have a tough time doing this without her.

      Goals;

      - 20 lbs (230 to 210); not that 210 is a goal, more of starting point. I am 6'2" and my doctor thinks 210 is to low. I am going to let my body decide the end result by keeping on the blueprint.
      - Lower Cholesterol. Just started on a statin and this is bothering me. Have resisted for some time now. It is not that my levels are that high, it is really a problem with the ration (LDL:HDL) that has my doctor worried. Will continue to be tested, with the end goal of getting off the meds asap.
      - My older daughter is getting married, in Pakistan, sometime this year. Want to make her proud.
      - Learn to play the guitar; I know this sounds a bit strange, but I am using it as a evening activity, each night, to spend some quality focus time. I love to play video games and this has become a happy (and healthy) alternative.
      - And last but not least, I am challenging my self to get the best shape of my life. When I was 21 I was a diver in the Navy and worked with Marine Recons. Was in pretty good shape. I want to see if I can best that now at 57. Big challenge I know, but back then I really did not care or appreciate what I had. This time will be different.

      Weight; 223.2 (This is day 12 and started at 230) First day with no significant weight loss, but not worried

      B: Primal Fuel - Chocolate
      L: BAS
      Snacks; Beef jerkey (store bought, but looking at making my own) and nuts (almonds and macs)
      D: Always a pleasant surprise, did not get the steak I was looking for last night, but my wife made her famous pork chile verde, instead of rice we had it over cabbage. OMG it was good and totally primal.

      Onward, into the breech....
      "When you can't run, you crawl. And when you can't crawl, when you can't do that ... you find someone to carry you."

      Onward....my primal journal
      2012 Slow Movement Challenge: My distance so far = 665 kM

      My Map My Tracks Profile

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      • #4
        210 at 6'2 is not too low at all. Forgive me, but your doc is loopy. What is your bodyfat percentage? Pork Chili Verde over cabbage sounds delicious! Lucky man! Maybe your wife would let you share her recipe?

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        • #5
          Yes, I think my doc a bit out of touch. I made it down to 205 a few years ago on Nutrisystems and he told me that I looked like POW!! Anyway he is a good guy, but I want to get off the statins and drop my BP, regardless. 210 is not so much a goal as it is a jumping off point. I am planning on more, but want my body to decide. Truth be told, I have spent a lot of time looking at the before and after pictures on the Success Stories thread and came away with a blown mind and a healthy dose of inspiration. I guess 210 is when I take the training wheels off.

          D: we were kind of wiped tonight so it was scrambled eggs, bacon, and baby spinach sauted in garlic.
          WO: 20 min elliptical this morning, 4 sets of stairs @ work. Added sprint's to the elliptical today too!!
          S: more almonds, maybe a half a cup total before and after dinner

          I am thinking of walking to work, about 3 miles each way, area times a week.
          "When you can't run, you crawl. And when you can't crawl, when you can't do that ... you find someone to carry you."

          Onward....my primal journal
          2012 Slow Movement Challenge: My distance so far = 665 kM

          My Map My Tracks Profile

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          • #6
            Have been spending a lot of free time in the "Before & After" thread in Success Stories. I am totally blown away. It is one thing to set goals, but when you can see that they are achievable, with results that far outreach the visualization of the goal. Wow......

            This is day 13, saw a .2 lb drop from yesterday. So moving in the right direction. Having some issues with regularity, not irregular, just not going as much has I was used to. Going to see what the site has on this.

            The other thing I resolved today is to stop using Splenda. Was using a pack in my tea and coffee, but it just seems wrong. Don't know if my sweet tooth is being dulled down from the change in diet or what, but stopping just the same.

            B; Primal Fuel - Vanilla (like better then the chocolate)
            S; Beef Jerky - the mid morning snack is a great and gives me a real boost.
            L; BAS s/roast chicken
            S; 4 mac nuts and a handful of almonds
            D; Wonder mac encrusted Turbot, topped with handmade papaya salsa, with roasted Brussel sprouts (in tamari) with cabbage salad dressed in sesame oil courtesy of my daughter who cooks like a pro
            S; almonds and dark (85%) chocolate



            Ready for the weekend.
            Last edited by Meegeek; 01-14-2012, 12:05 PM.
            "When you can't run, you crawl. And when you can't crawl, when you can't do that ... you find someone to carry you."

            Onward....my primal journal
            2012 Slow Movement Challenge: My distance so far = 665 kM

            My Map My Tracks Profile

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            • #7
              Have been checking weight every morning, post shower and was surprised (and maybe a little worried) that I had gone up .4 (yes, 4/10's) of a pound. Was down to 222.8 from the 223.6 of yesterday, this morning. Maybe weighing myself daily is not a good idea, but I just have made it part of my goal. Besides the engineer in me can't help it. Must Have Data!! I have hit plateaus in past CW diets and they drive me crazy. Have to stop obsessing about this just the same.

              My wife happily came out of the bathroom this morning having lost 5 for the week, she is not weighing everyday and only once per week. So there you
              go.

              Yesterday was the lowest in terms of calorie count for almost 3 weeks.

              B; Primal Fuel
              L; Primal Fuel w/ berries
              S; Cup of almonds and some jerky
              D; Primal Beef Stew with mashed cauliflower

              Was feeling very satisfied and stuffed all night last night, not just full but happily so.

              Lots of exercise too;

              - Couple of our 10 minute power walks
              - Full set on Tower 200, need to start incorporating push-ups in the routine.

              Taking is easy today, but some walking in the mall and elsewhere in store.

              Onward, into the breach...
              "When you can't run, you crawl. And when you can't crawl, when you can't do that ... you find someone to carry you."

              Onward....my primal journal
              2012 Slow Movement Challenge: My distance so far = 665 kM

              My Map My Tracks Profile

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              • #8
                Monday and still stuck at 223. Still not obsessing, just reporting for journal. Actually feel great, woke up refreshed and motivated to try something different today. My wife and I were talking yesterday about the higher levels of energy and overall sense of well being that is coming with this change in lifestyle. It is not just our imagination and it is really a different feeling. Need to search the forums to see if this is something others have reported on, is it temporary, or, something we can expect going forward.

                Going to break this plateau, not ready for IF but going primal fuel today with some jerky to keep things chewy.

                B; PF
                S; Jerky
                E; 20 minutes Elliptical w/ 10 sec sprints every 4 minutes. Can really feel the impact of the sprints/recovery/sprint cycles.
                L; PF w/ some jerky and almonds
                S; Apple
                D; Big Ass T-bone (11 oz w/ bone), some roasted brocolini and salad. Gnawed on the bone going for he marrow. Was so satisfying....
                E; 10 minute power walk. Starting to snow here and I love

                Thinking about cutting out the valium I have been taking to help me get to sleep. I spent over 7 years doing monthly international travel (Asia and Europe) and it totally effed up my circadian rhythm. I thought for good, but now in week 3, I am going to sleep faster, almost too fast. May try it out see what happens or just take a Melatonin. That would be great if I could get off more pills.
                Last edited by Meegeek; 01-17-2012, 10:47 AM.
                "When you can't run, you crawl. And when you can't crawl, when you can't do that ... you find someone to carry you."

                Onward....my primal journal
                2012 Slow Movement Challenge: My distance so far = 665 kM

                My Map My Tracks Profile

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                • #9
                  For some reason, did not get around to posting anything about yesterday, although I did post. Have to figure out the best time of day, maybe when I get home from work versus the random posting I am doing now. I actually kind of like the random approach though.

                  Yesterday;
                  E; 20 min elliptical w/ 5 10 sec sprints (really finding this change fun and improves the whole dynamic of the workout)
                  B; PF
                  L; PF
                  S; Jerky, almonds, and a orange in the late afternoon.
                  D; Left over chile verde w/ cabbage
                  S; Some more almonds after dinner

                  My wife is concerned about having PF 2x a day and made me some eggs with "primal" Canadian bacon she ordered online. I really liked the PF for breakfast and lunch, with a bit a jerky or nuts to make things chewy and crunchy. But change is good too. Weight was down again this morning. Tenths of a pound, but back in the right direction. Just want to get into a steady loss pattern and avoid the plateaus. Using LoseIt to track nutrients, rather then calories (but my calorie intake is lower then the targets the software set for me). Started tracking a week before going on PB and have cut cholestreol in half (as a percent) and averaging now around 20% (85g). Protein is averaging in the 110 to 120g / day range. Fat is at 45%. Fat was actually lower the week before I started PB, initially climbed and now seems to be settling at the 45% to 50% range. Will be watching this closely as I was put on a scrip of Lovastatin at the beginning of December and will be going in next Monday for a panel to recheck levels. Should be interesting to see. My wife is getting hers checked also as she is still very worried about the amount of fat we eating. Her form of CW was very low fat and it became a regular part of our diet. Most of the fat we are now eating is coming from nuts, meat, coconut oil, or low amounts of olive oil. Still use some small amount of butter, but that and a bit of half & half used in some recipes is the only dairy I can think of.

                  Today;
                  E; Tower200 - really getting into the squats involved these routines. For a little cheap unit that hangs on a door and uses bungee cords, it can really rip you a new one. Think I am going to move up the the 45lb resistance band next work out.
                  B; Scrambled eggs & Canadian Bacon
                  S; Jerky
                  L; Primal Fuel
                  S; Almonds and Jerky
                  D; Osobucco - primal style, was unbelievably good
                  Last edited by Meegeek; 01-19-2012, 11:46 AM.
                  "When you can't run, you crawl. And when you can't crawl, when you can't do that ... you find someone to carry you."

                  Onward....my primal journal
                  2012 Slow Movement Challenge: My distance so far = 665 kM

                  My Map My Tracks Profile

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                  • #10
                    Wow, I know I posted yesterday but it is not showing. I sometimes leave the page open at work, then forget I was in the middle of a post and lose it. Oh well, yesterday was a bit of a bust anyway. My weight shot up over .5 pound and I was bummed out, even though I know the pitfalls of weighing in every day.

                    B; PF w/ berries.
                    S; jerky
                    L; First time out of the box. Went to a craptastic teriyaki place. They effed up my order and ended up getting chicken slathered in their teriyake sauce and vegetables (shredded cabbage steamed to within an inch of its life). I tried to scrap off as much sauce as possible, but choked down 1 1/2 small breasts. Tasted like poo. Could have been worse, I suppose. Really felt the sugar in the sauce even though probably only had a couple of tbls total. Stomach had a burning sensation, not the pleasant "hmmmm full" sensation I have been getting since on PB. Lesson learned.
                    S: couple handfuls of amounds spread over the afternoon. Seemed to counteract the burn at least. Kind of worried I am eating too many nuts.
                    D; another unbelievable dinner my daughter cooked up. Swedish (ground pork) meatballs made with almond flour and ghee, over mashed cauliflower, topped with a relish of diced beets, pomergranate seeds, and lemon zest. Big mixed field greens salad.

                    Started Gorilla Workout on the iphone yesterday, push ups, squats, lunges. Going to be my base work out with either elliptical, walking or Tower 200 thrown in. Pretty impressed.

                    Today;
                    B; pf w/ berries
                    S; jerky and 10 almonds
                    L; pf with salad
                    S; amonds
                    D; tamari stir fried chicken breast over cabbage & a salad

                    Looking forward to the weekend. Will be stressing on the river level though. Lots of storms rolling through this week, lots of rain, some snow. Our house is on the Tualitin River and flooding is always a potential. Last big one was in '94 and it was nasty. Lucky for us there is a USGS river gauge just a mile downstream from us, so I can monitor via web pretty easy. Its high but still not as high as it got last year, so I think we are good. Projected to get maybe a foot higher by Sunday, still good but that is subject to change. Kind of a stress point I will have to watch, but sort of a primal stressor, not your everyday first world stressor.

                    Onward....(remember to post this time)
                    Last edited by Meegeek; 01-21-2012, 10:23 AM.
                    "When you can't run, you crawl. And when you can't crawl, when you can't do that ... you find someone to carry you."

                    Onward....my primal journal
                    2012 Slow Movement Challenge: My distance so far = 665 kM

                    My Map My Tracks Profile

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                    • #11
                      Really getting into the Gorilla workout. Great daily excercise for when I don't feel like doing the elliptical or weight routines. Good walking weather as we seem to have a break in the storms coming off the Pacific. I think we are having a friend over for dinner tomorrow, he is the one that got us thinking about going primal. Should be fun, looking forward to it.
                      "When you can't run, you crawl. And when you can't crawl, when you can't do that ... you find someone to carry you."

                      Onward....my primal journal
                      2012 Slow Movement Challenge: My distance so far = 665 kM

                      My Map My Tracks Profile

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                      • #12
                        Saturday, raining off and on, one of those lazy days. Jan decided to continue to purge the pantry, going after all the old baking products, sugars, and other stuff we are just not going to use. My weight was up to 224 for some reason, I do know. Feel like chucking the weigh ins, Jan is only doing it weekly. I feel great and can feel my body changing, I know actual weight is not the deal here. At least my BF% is dropping. Started looking at BMI and BF% and quickly figured out that 210 is not going to be even close to where I need to eventually be. It truly is a first step. Optimally I should be at 185.

                        B; PF w/ HB Egg and a few nuts
                        L; PF w/ salad
                        S; Jerky
                        D; leftover meatballs from the other night, had a small glass of red wine ( why is one small glass of wine, savored through and after dinner so satisfying?)
                        S; Macs and almonds while watching TV (still a bit worried about the nuts, watching the portions closely)

                        E; went for a long 2 mile walk in the rain. this has become a great way for Jan and I to talk outside the house. My 27 year old daughter is currently living with us and the stress being introduced is just not needed. She got pissed at me for wanting watch Newts acceptance speech last night after the SC Primary. I am a conservative (actually more libertarian) and really cannot say who I will support this early in the year, but I do know it is time for a change. Anyway, a good brisk walk ( with 10 sec sprints thrown in ) is both a sedative and fantastic bonding time with my wife. We are also walking after dinner, good to get blood flowing.


                        In day five of the gorilla workout and am really impressed with the way it is making me feel. Still throwing in elliptical and weight routines, just not daily now.

                        Onward....
                        "When you can't run, you crawl. And when you can't crawl, when you can't do that ... you find someone to carry you."

                        Onward....my primal journal
                        2012 Slow Movement Challenge: My distance so far = 665 kM

                        My Map My Tracks Profile

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                        • #13
                          Sunday was a bit of an off day for me. Two NFL playoffs and guests for dinner. Also did a quick run to Costco with my wife. She is really going at purging the pantry and needed to get some containers. She has done quite a bit and it is really looking great. The dinner guests were not a problem as one of them is primal. He gave me a belated Christmas gift, a 10" stainless bowie knife, woot. For some strange reason, not intentionally, I am starting to amass a knife collection. This one is a gem.

                          E; gorilla wo
                          B; hard boiled egg, we slept in and a big dinner was planned
                          L; PF w/ mixture of nuts and a apple
                          S; almonds
                          D; Pork butt with homemade cabbage kimchi and ginger sauce. Roasted brussel sprouts also, desert was a square of 99% dark chocolate. Also had 8 oz red wine. Jan had a few more, and as of this morning is swearing off (too much I guess).

                          Slept well as our guests stayed late. Had to go in this morning for a follow up blood test to for cholesterol. Interested to see the results as the last one was in Dec, pre paleo. Have been on a low dosage of statin (lovastatin) and would like to get off. My sleep patterns are really improving, I know this is a side effect of going primal, but I am starting to think that I can stop the valium at bedtime. This would be fantastic and a real goal.

                          Weight was back down yesterday and today was a bit lower still. I am definitely feeling a change in my body. Clothes are fitting and feeling different.
                          "When you can't run, you crawl. And when you can't crawl, when you can't do that ... you find someone to carry you."

                          Onward....my primal journal
                          2012 Slow Movement Challenge: My distance so far = 665 kM

                          My Map My Tracks Profile

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                          • #14
                            Monday monday monday -

                            No breakfast this morning, until I got to work and had PF, snacked on piece of jerky. Forced IF, sort of, but not to bad, thinking about incorporating a full IF over the next month. Want to get past the 30 day point first.

                            E; Elliptical w/ sprints and lots of stairs at work. My stair routine at work is kind of funny though, 8 flights of stairs to take a leak.
                            L; PF and a BAS, almonds
                            S; jerky
                            D; my daughter found 100% beef, grass fed, no nitrates hog dogs at whole foods, had with sauerkraut and mashed cauliflower. It was weird eating a hot dog, but they were really good. The taste reminded me of dogs my mom would get at the local butcher when I was a kid.
                            S; a bit of dark chocolate and some almonds, really low on total calories today

                            Our office manager at work has been trying a CW diet and talking to me a lot about primal, she told me this morning that she is going to go for it and ordered the books this last weekend. Good for her, can't say I have lost that much weight to be noticeable, but I think I had some influence. Will be harder for her as she is a single mom with two kids.
                            Last edited by Meegeek; 01-23-2012, 10:04 PM.
                            "When you can't run, you crawl. And when you can't crawl, when you can't do that ... you find someone to carry you."

                            Onward....my primal journal
                            2012 Slow Movement Challenge: My distance so far = 665 kM

                            My Map My Tracks Profile

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                            • #15
                              Was really shocked to find my weight up to 224.4 this morning. WTF?? I just hate the doubt this brings. Am I eating too much? Too little? The wrong stuff? Am I working out too much or too little? This is really the problem with weighing in daily IMHO. I just have to keep listening to my body and how it is being effected. I have not felt this good for a long time and the change is really helping with my work life, as well. I am much more focused, alert, and hitting it hard. Less crap slipping through the cracks. It is kind of a weird feeling to be honest. Also, even though my weigh was up a pound, my BF% was down almost a full percentage point. Going to try something different in the morning. I usually drink 16 oz of water while exercising in the morning. Going to weigh in first then drink the water. That has to be it. I probably drink to much water as it is, an old CW diet habit.

                              E; Gorilla (was a long one today, almost 30 minutes)
                              B; PF w/ berries
                              S; Jerky
                              L; PF w/ salad, nuts
                              E; stair routine at work, up to 8 flights a day, sprinting
                              D; taco salad (lettuce/cabbage, leftover pork butt, guac, pepitas, tomato)
                              E; 1 mile walk in the rain


                              Was just sent this from a co-worker...http://robbwolf.com/2012/01/18/the-weighting-game/ I am now going to not weigh until Sunday and see what I see. This is nuts.

                              Ended up being an extremely busy, but productive day. I am really feeling energized and all about getting shit done lately. Great feeling!
                              Last edited by Meegeek; 01-25-2012, 01:52 PM.
                              "When you can't run, you crawl. And when you can't crawl, when you can't do that ... you find someone to carry you."

                              Onward....my primal journal
                              2012 Slow Movement Challenge: My distance so far = 665 kM

                              My Map My Tracks Profile

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