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  • Stronger, Better, Faster, Happier

    When I posted yet another blurb on the "Share a Triumph" thread, I realized I'd been doing that a lot lately and that I should probably start a journal.
    Here's my intro:
    I'm 29, 5'8" and pretty athletic. I talk a lot. This could get wordy.

    I grew up in a large family with a sister and a bunch of boys. My parents are health nuts. Sometimes I thought they were just plain nuts. Dad is a religion teacher, a chiropractor and a homeopathic doctor with a passion for health and helping others. Mom is a mom...incurably cheerful, with a passion for the arts and loving people- especially her kids. Together they raised 8 gorgeously athletic and dynamically talented people. It's no wonder I grew up passionate and excited about almost everything! I'm a voracious learner. My husband (WarlordBlade) and my 4 kids are AMAZING.
    In high school I held women's weight lifting records in bench press and leg press. I grew up dancing, doing karate, and playing every sport I could get into. I got married at an athletically trim size 8 and 160-165 lbs. I spent the beginning of my marriage and 2 pregnancies rebelling against everything my parents taught me health-wise. Whole CAFO milk, sugar and white bread for me! I knew it wasn't what was best, and I had a lot of depression and hormone issues during that time and between pregnancies. So in 2005, with a 3 year old and a baby, I found myself weighing in at 206 and an hour-glassy size 16. My family is genetically gifted all the way down the line, so at family reunions (if and when we showed), I felt like a cow- a grain fed one.
    I concentrated more on accepting and loving myself than doing anything about it, but I did rediscover my love for fitness- when I took off my shoes for good in 2006 and started running again. My old hip injuries that had plagued me for years practically disappeared. Going barefoot changed my life. I'm not sure when it clicked back in, but eventually I gravitated back to some healthier eating habits. Somewhere in there, WLB started developing some awful allergies- environmental and dietary. We had some harrowing family experiences. I watched my 16 year old cousin die at a family reunion (the first one I'd ever enjoyed up until that point), and found solace in The Anatomy of Peace and in gospel. I picked up yoga practice again. After a rough pregnancy with my 3rd little, I decided I was done having kids and told my body it was go time. WLB's mama introduced me to The Original Fast Foods book in 2008. We went almost v*gan for 2 years. We only had meat about once a week (usually chicken or fish), but we did eat a lot of whole, real food. WLB and I did P90X and got pretty ripped. We also started running more. I spent a lot of time in the kitchen and a lot of time working out. The OFF diet did nothing we had hoped for the hubs' allergies. Summer of 2009 I hit my lowest weight since adulthood- 153. I felt powerful. Then I found out I was pregnant. My pregnancies only got harder each time and I knew this. I sat on the bathroom floor with that positive pregnancy test and my 15 month old banging on the door, and just sobbed. After a few good weeks of being a crying, crippled mess, I decided I was going to make the best of it all. I tried to keep exercising, but my genetically loose joints and prior hip injuries roared with a vengeance. I roared back. I got every book on pregnancy and birth I could find. I hired a home birth midwife (the smartest woman I've ever met). I made powerful and proactive research and I learned. Oh, how I learned. In March of 2010, I had the best experience of my life, birthing my baby daughter in our home. I laughed through it. It was amazing.
    Pulling my broken and worn body back together after that pregnancy was not amazing. The weight wouldn't shed, but I was content to accept my size 12, 174 lb self for a while. I was introduced to essential oils by a friend, devoured every bit of research I could find, and began teaching classes. Said friend and I published a cookbook together. I started running more, and did the Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay in 2011. My 12s were still tight. We toyed with the idea of going gluten free for the kids sake. WLB had been frequenting MDA for a while and I started reading as well. We laughed when we found we'd both considered buying the PB 21 Day Transformation book for Christmas for each other. We started the program on January 2nd. I tend to take people with me on my "self discovery" journeys. So by the time we started, my in-laws and WLB's brother and wife were on board as well. My sister-in-law has lost over 20 lbs to date and she looks incredible! I've lost 14 lbs, gone down to a loose size 9/10 pants, and discovered how useless the scale is. I can do pull ups and push ups and crazy yoga poses I never thought I'd be able to. My sexy beast of a husband has banished his tiny little spare tire and has a V shape that keeps us pretty busy in the after hours. His allergies are improving steadily. Our kids are awesome and have taken to Primal living beautifully. We are all a LOT nicer people without grain and sugar!
    We get a lot of questions about PB and we are sharing generously with those who ask. It is brilliant to see the positive change in the lives of others! It's been a fantastic journey so far!!
    You don't have to be sick to get better.
    Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
    Primal start: 1/2/2012
    My Primal Journal
    Living, loving and learning.

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    Since this information is floating around my desk on the back of a piece of paper that my 2 year old has scribbled on copiously, I figure it's best to put it down here.
    I stopped putting so much stock in weight and started measuring just over a month in.
    ............... 2/6 ... 2/15 ... 2/21 ... 2/28
    Bust ...... 37.5 ... 37.5 ... 37.5 ... 37.5
    Waist ...... 29 .... 28.5 .... 27.5 .... 27
    Hipline ..... 40 .... 38.5 .... 37 ..... 36
    Hips/Butt 42.5 ... 41.5 ... 40.5 ... 40
    Mid Thigh . 23 .... 22 ...... 21 .... 20.5

    Progress!
    You don't have to be sick to get better.
    Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
    Primal start: 1/2/2012
    My Primal Journal
    Living, loving and learning.

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    • #3
      great progress! i never took my measurments two years ago and i wished i had, but i started this year

      and good story, get as wordy as you want
      http://myquest4happiness.blogspot.com/
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      • #4
        Fantastic progress!
        You are an inspiration and motivation for me for sure!
        Although you really should stop surpassing me in yoga poses!!
        ~It's All Relative!~
        34 - 5'11" CW - 159 GW - 175 10% BF or less!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Insane Grok View Post

          and good story, get as wordy as you want
          Thanks Insane. Be careful what you wish for!

          And thanks WLB. You're awesome. <3
          You don't have to be sick to get better.
          Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
          Primal start: 1/2/2012
          My Primal Journal
          Living, loving and learning.

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          • #6
            I've been doing 14 hr IFs whenever I feel like it lately- which usually ends up being 2-3 times a week. Yesterday I settled happily into one- skipped breakfast and figured I'd eat around 10 or 10:30. Well I got busy- had TONS of energy. Then I decided I wanted to do some tabata sprints on the bike before eating. So I did.... and then I wasn't hungry. I just felt awesome for like... another hour and a half! I think by the time I chowed down on a bacon and veggie egg scramble and some leftover primal shepherd's pie, it had been close to 18 hours. I ended up doing a bunch of pull ups sporadically throughout the day- as I am prone to do now (addictive!), and just had to practice handstands and forearm headstands and scorpion pose. I think I get a lot more exercise during the day than I am aware of most days.
            Fast forward to today- hungry for breakfast at 8:30. Bacon, eggs, greek yogurt/fruit/veg smoothie (we ran out of coconut milk). Now here I am at not even noon, slurping a big bowl of Chicken Bacon Brussels Sprout Soup (NOM!) after doing some heavy lifting just because it felt good. So this is what listening to your body looks like.
            Speaking of listening to my body- cutting dairy way back. I love cheese and greek yogurt. But with the gallon of raw milk, and the logs of fresh mozzarella in the deli drawer (that I adore with bosc pears), I've been overdoing it lately. Phlegm *hack* and a bloaty tummy are not pleasant companions. Probably a significant contributor to my recent weight plateau as well. Husband says my tum probably only looks squishier because the rest of me is skinnier. Even if it isn't true, I'll keep him. He's good for me.
            You don't have to be sick to get better.
            Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
            Primal start: 1/2/2012
            My Primal Journal
            Living, loving and learning.

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            • #7
              I noticed you said going barefoot helped your hip pain. I notice as I lose weight and exercise more that my hip pain increases. Could you tell me how you went barefoot? Did you buy the VFF's or...??? Thanks!
              p.s. I love your avatar - I tried to enlarge it but it wouldn't do so...could you post it in the thread?

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              • #8
                Hi Ashley! I started barefooting in 2006. Mostly I just took it slow. Took off my shoes, strengthened my feet and let my body adjust. I didn't purchase a pair of barefoot shoes until the end of 2011. (Altra Eve's, not VFFs- my toes are the wrong shape for them.) I had a lot of support from the barefoot running community- on yahoo and Barefoot KenBob over at runningbarefoot.com. The Society for Barefoot Living was a good support at first as well. I did a lot of research and basically re-learned how to walk and run. The Chi Walking and Chi Running books by Danny Dreyer are an awesome resource for proper movement and form. I think the most important thing- barefoot or in barefoot shoes, is to take it slowly, get strong, and listen to your body. You'll find what works for you!
                Oh, and here's my avatar pic . The pose is called Astavakrasana.
                Last edited by Kakes; 02-29-2012, 12:29 PM.
                You don't have to be sick to get better.
                Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
                Primal start: 1/2/2012
                My Primal Journal
                Living, loving and learning.

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                • #9
                  Amazing!
                  Female / 5' 8" / 42 / SW: 166 CW: 159
                  Journal: Inspired by success story. Working on my own.

                  My mermish life: ENTER to WIN Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath (until Mar 15)

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                  • #10
                    So awesome!!! You may just be my new hero LOL I will look into those websites.

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                    • #11
                      My body loves lifting heavy things. It does not naturally love running, it kind of loves dance, it loves yoga, and it LOVES lifting heavy things. It was something I could do with my many brothers. In high school I took weight lifting classes- Calculus, AP English, Choir, Drama, Humanities, Biology, WEIGHTLIFTING. I was kind of a freak... in a good way I think. The dancing, singing writer who could leg press 500 lbs. Anyway, it's been a long time since I did true heavy lifting- of the sort of weight that doesn't have four flailing limbs and begs for food. A decade of child bearing and rearing tends to change ones body a smidge. I've been reading about heavy lifting and got inspired to pull out the bar and load it up with every bit of weight we had to try dead lifts. I did 10 reps at 120 lbs. Not bad for a mom. Then I toned it down a notch (or five) for squats- since I didn't have a spotter in the house that came higher than my hip, I went for 70 lbs. 10 reps of good solid squats. Squats rock. I threw in some more headstand/scorpion practice and some pull ups and chin ups. My upper back is burning tonight (in the hurts so good sort of way)! I hope I start feeling it in these cannons I call glutes and legs. They could really use some prettifying.

                      On the food front today:
                      B- 3 strips bacon, roughly 1 scrambled egg (toddler leftovers), greek yogurt/veg/fruit smoothie.
                      L- Leftover Chicken Bacon Brussels Sprout Soup (Homemade bone broth- yum), some sliced turkey and a little fresh mozzarella
                      S- Orange- (I was feeling crashy after lifting)
                      D- BAS with spinach, romaine, broccoli, cucumber, celery, carrot, red pepper, tomato, mushroom, avocado and salsa baked chicken thighs
                      Polished it off with some 85% dark chocolate. *happy sigh*
                      Probably more calories than will effectively trim the fluff off me, but not enough to do any damage. I'm allowed those days.
                      You don't have to be sick to get better.
                      Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
                      Primal start: 1/2/2012
                      My Primal Journal
                      Living, loving and learning.

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                      • #12
                        It's the tiniest little's 2nd birthday today! It also happens to be my 2nd grader's patriotic program, which I happened to volunteer to take cookies for last fall- before I had a clue that wheat and sugar were the doomsday drug in our family. Today has been baking day.
                        Well, let's back up. I woke up an hour before my alarm clock. Bursting with energy? Nope. Nauseous, migraine, intestinal pain. No clue what that was- can't think of anything strange I ate. But I spend some quality time with the toilet, pulled out the essential oils, took an ibuprofen for good measure (that's when you know I'm desperate), and then curled up under the dark covers moaning, groaning and wishing to escape my own body. I was really glad that I had braved the dizziness of blowing up balloons and filled the family room with them last night. It kept the kids happy and busy while I pulled myself together. Hubs decided to work from home and help me. He's amazing. Once I got dressed, fed kids and got the boys out the door, I was at least feeling less like dying. I've been tired today, but my addiction to physical feats has me fighting myself to keep rested! Silly brain! I'm grateful to be feeling much better so quickly. Commence the baking day!
                        Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies for the program- Check!
                        Apple Cinnamon Cake for the Birthday Girl (will be served with Strawberries and Cream). Check! (I used maple syrup instead of agave- I ran out of honey).
                        Grass-Fed Pot Roast with Sweet Potatoes in the crock pot for dinner. Check!
                        Then I had to clean up the massive disaster area that was my kitchen- after the girls had a coconut "confetti party". And now, humorously enough, hubs is napping. I should probably join him. At least he distracted the girls for a while so I could get some things done.
                        I am surprisingly pleased with the Chocolate Chip Cookies. I think they'll go over well! As long as my kids get some, we'll be good. I want them to feel like they can have treats that are good and good for them.
                        The cake smells divine. I'm excited to try it. It was crazy easy to make too.
                        You don't have to be sick to get better.
                        Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
                        Primal start: 1/2/2012
                        My Primal Journal
                        Living, loving and learning.

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                        • #13
                          I dropped myself on my head. Like my whole body.... on my head... twice. Once was 2 days ago, the other time was today. My neck hurts.
                          As I've mentioned previously, I have an obsession with handstands, forearms stands and yoga arm balance poses. Lesson to be learned: Do too many handstands in one day (before you get super crazy strong), and your arms will give out. Even better- the second time was on my face. Tears squeezed out while I laughed at myself. Man am I glad I can laugh at myself!

                          Had a good fast this morning with a 5 mile bike ride (stationary). Random pullups and arm balance practice. Side note: I really need to make myself warm up better.
                          B- fast
                          L- random bits of leftover beef roast and asparagus
                          2 eggs fried in bacon grease
                          3 strips of bacon
                          1 cup of coconut milk/fruit/veg smoothie.
                          S- a few bites of leftover grainless, sugarless apple cinnamon cake
                          with a smidge of whipped cream and strawberries
                          D- A gloriously huge taco salad topped with guacamole,
                          yogurt based ranch and seasoned ground beef
                          1 small square 82% chocolate
                          You don't have to be sick to get better.
                          Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
                          Primal start: 1/2/2012
                          My Primal Journal
                          Living, loving and learning.

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                          • #14
                            I get a sick kick out of days like today. Last night I ate the perfect amount. Then I cleaned up my daughter's plates (with my mouth) and was so uncomfortably stuffed that I felt crappy. I've been dabbling in too much dairy and bits of primal birthday cake this week. I woke up this morning feeling the effects of my 'crunched scorpion' incident- nose feels bruised, neck is sore and stiff, left shoulder, hip and elbow are painful. And yet I decided out of morbid curiosity to step on the scale and take some measurements. 160 is my low point lately. I usually float back and forth between 164 and 161. I'm a scale addict. I totally realize that numbers don't matter on the scale, but I am still so curious. So I hopped on the scale this morning and BAM! 160. Hit my low point again. This at a time when I could start my cycle at any moment. I'm almost another 1/2 inch down in my torso and hip measurements too. The sheer defiance of CW logic makes me giggle maniacally.

                            I have a severe love of beef lately. I don't know if my body is rejoicing in having pasture-fed beef or what, but I just want it all the time, in everything. I used the leftover taco meat in my veg and egg scramble this morning. I will be doing that more often. Worries about using too much pig in breakfasts lately, solved.

                            I might work up the courage to post B and A pics soon. I'm kicking myself for taking them in a bikini. I never intended to make them public, I just wanted to be able to see my own muscle changes. Now I'm proud of myself and I want to post pics, but I'm wishing I'd done them in shorts and a sports bra at least.
                            You don't have to be sick to get better.
                            Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
                            Primal start: 1/2/2012
                            My Primal Journal
                            Living, loving and learning.

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                            • #15
                              Congrats on your successes thus far - this has been a great read!

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