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  • I started my journal in March of 2012 (I think...... need to verify that) I started "trying" to be primal in November of 2011. I haven't quite mastered it yet - but I'm still working on it. If you don't mind me asking........... how much did you lose, and how long did it take?

    After reading todays success story I feel more committed to staying true to the principles of the PB. It was an inspiring story for sure!! If I could stay 100% primal and lose 5 pounds a week I'd be at my goal weight in only 10 weeks. That would be awesome! But............. he's a 31 year old MALE. And I'm a 53 year old FEMALE. It aint gonna happen.
    1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
    2. Eat to heal
    3. Move to live
    4. Embrace today
    5. Live with intention
    6. Respect my body
    7. Cultivate joy
    8. Find my passion
    9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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    • Probably not but 2-3 pounds is doable. And the goal is healthy, right? I know you are seeing shape changes (my waist is smaller, but the scale is stubborn), so focus on those.
      Female 55
      Starting wt: 198, Goal: 135, Current with PB: 165
      Started at a size 16 down to loose 10

      With PB my asthma has improved, low back pain is gone, & I've got more energy

      My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60175.html

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      • I know what you mean tomi, I read the success stories each week and they are inspiring, but they don't really match my experience. I'm pretty Primal, food wise and now with all the exercise you would think that I'd lose the 2+lbs. a week that is possible. But it's more like maybe 1 pound a week. I don't really care because it is happening (finally) and I am happy eating the way I do.

        I also don't really have any of the problems the guy had before going Primal. I guess I am lucky in that regard, but changing the way I eat hasn't really made me feel a whole lot better. I read about the remarkable transitions people experience after just a couple of weeks on Primal, and it's wonderful, but I don't really notice that much of a change. I feel good (don't get me wrong) but it's not so much different than before going Primal.

        I should say, I was never much for junk food anyway, but I did love me some bread, potatoes, rice and pasta! I no longer get indigestion, but that was the only thing.
        Height: 5' 10"
        Starting Weight: 292
        Starting Primal Weight: 275
        Current weight: 224
        Goal weight: 172
        Body Fat 30.5

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        • Well, my biggest claim is that my fibromyalgia is non-existent as long as I stay on a primal diet. I'm also less bloated and have tons more energy. I guess I have had a pretty remarkable change - before primal I was fatigued and lethargic, and my body ached from head to toe all the time. I couldn't walk more than a block and forget about biking riding or anything else fun and active. Now I can go all day and be tired at the end - but not totally wiped out! I haven't been committed enough to see the weight loss that I know is possible. But with the exercise I'm doing now I am definitely seeing changes to my body. I'm much stronger and things are beginning to change. Much less back fat (gross), and my legs have more ton.

          All in all its a big improvement for me --- now if I will just stay the course I will also see the weight loss! Maybe in a year I will submit my own success story.

          1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
          2. Eat to heal
          3. Move to live
          4. Embrace today
          5. Live with intention
          6. Respect my body
          7. Cultivate joy
          8. Find my passion
          9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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          • That's great! It's wonderful when positive changes in lifestyle make a huge difference in the way you feel. I've just been lucky that (other than my weight) I haven't really had a lot of health problems due to SAD eating.

            But it is really hard to say, I do feel pretty good these days, but I've made so many changes, eating, sleeping more, exercising, it is really difficult to say what has made the difference.

            I'll be happy to read your success story when the time comes!! :-)
            Height: 5' 10"
            Starting Weight: 292
            Starting Primal Weight: 275
            Current weight: 224
            Goal weight: 172
            Body Fat 30.5

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            • I started my journal and went primal within a couple of days - I thought the journal would help me, and I was right. I have found such good friends here, and great advice. I began Easter day, 2012. It was at the beginning of April. I have lost 40 lbs, and it happened fairly quickly. I would have to look back, but I believe I lost around 25 within three months, plateaued for awhile, and then lost another 15 by the fall. Eliminating grains from my diet is the best I have ever done for my health. Total elimination. Having said that, I don't think eating wheat has an immediate effect, at least not most of the time. It is the inflammation that builds over time that is so damaging. I haven't tested it on myself, nor will I. I have not the slightest desire to eat grains. It would be like drinking pee to see what happens. NO. I've had dramatic results, obviously the weight loss, but the other changes are not things that are obvious to others. I mean, after years of fighting adult acne, I haven't had a pimple in almost a year and a half. I don't even think about it any more. I don't even own concealer. Threw it away because it was all dried out. That alone is so freaking wonderful that I would stay on this plan just to have nice skin. If you have ever had problems with your skin and agonized over going to a job interview or singing a solo in church because your face looks like you got in a bar fight, you will be able to relate to this. Alot of the stuff I didn't even realize, because it happened gradually, and I knew it wasn't normal, but I just thought it was stress or something. Like having to use the bathroom - you know - six times a day. I used to leave for work 20 minutes early because about half the time I had to return home for a bathroom break. I would be out running errands and have to return home for a bathroom break. I thought it was stress. And no, a public restroom was not an option, if you know what I mean. And not because I'm a germaphobe.

              Okay, I'm off to get my eyes checked.
              My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

              "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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              • That's impressive - and encouraging - thanks for condensing things for me! I need to hear that "strict works better than the 80-20 rule" because I'm too easily swayed to the 20% which turns in to 30% and more.

                I have my big girls panties on now and I intend to slay this dragon!
                1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                2. Eat to heal
                3. Move to live
                4. Embrace today
                5. Live with intention
                6. Respect my body
                7. Cultivate joy
                8. Find my passion
                9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                • To me the 80/20 just means that it is almost impossible to be total primal or paleo living in our modern world. At some point you're going to have to eat something questionable - not grains, that is not an option - but sugar is freakin' ubiquitous. Still, it's important to try and eliminate it as much as possible. But to me, to say, "Oh, I can have this, it's my 20%" - no way does that work. Not that you can't have a treat every now and then, but honestly, it should be a primal treat and then we're talking maybe once a week. The beauty of it is that the cleaner you are, the easier it is. If you would have told me 1.5 years ago that I could walk away from chocolate cake, cookies, bread, without a qualm I would have thought you were out of your mind. I don't even consider touching that stuff. It's not a problem. But if I 'allowed' myself to do it, that would be different. I'd spiral out of control and be fat and sick again. No question.

                  Speaking of food, dinner was leafy greens with chicken, bacon, and avocado. Cooking is out of the question since my A/C didn't arrive. Organic rotisserie chicken to the rescue! I had an eye appointment this afternoon, and after only three hours sleep and no food I was pretty darn hungry. Must admit I gorged on chicken. Ate half of that bird! The rest will be made into soup, possibly tonight if it cools down. I am a bit uncomfortably full, a rare thing for me. I think it is mostly because of the heat, which is intense. The good news is that I am becoming more acclimated. I don't like, no, no, no, but I am tolerating it better and I've learned a few tricks. The bad thing is that still - the slightest activity makes me break out in sweat and I feel miserable. But I can at least tolerate it when I am sitting around. Like now! Some relief is expected tomorrow, and then from Sunday on we should have better days.

                  *&%$# A/C that didn't arrive!
                  My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                  "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                  • Just have to document that there are birds outside on my balcony and the cats are going insane! Where do they get the energy?
                    My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                    "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                    • THE A/C IS HERE!!!!! Will update later, gotta go -
                      My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                      "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                      • OMG there is cool air blowing...the temp is dropping like a stone...I can't effing BELIEVE it...think I might cry. Naw, I'm going to take a shower instead because the effort of bringing it upstairs and wrestling with the vent hose has me looking like I jumped in a swimming pool, except a lot stickier.
                        My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                        "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                        • Hooray for sweet, cool relief
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                          • I'm kind of surprised at my reaction, which is basically that I want to cry. The heat has been such a stressor. I didn't realize it until I had the means of escape. I feel like I have been let out of jail. Also, perhaps oddly, I started the washing machine right away. It has been impossible to do laundry because having the dryer on is unthinkable. Another relief.
                            My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                            "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                            • Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
                              I started my journal and went primal within a couple of days - I thought the journal would help me, and I was right. I have found such good friends here, and great advice. I began Easter day, 2012. It was at the beginning of April. I have lost 40 lbs, and it happened fairly quickly. I would have to look back, but I believe I lost around 25 within three months, plateaued for awhile, and then lost another 15 by the fall. Eliminating grains from my diet is the best I have ever done for my health. Total elimination. Having said that, I don't think eating wheat has an immediate effect, at least not most of the time. It is the inflammation that builds over time that is so damaging. I haven't tested it on myself, nor will I. I have not the slightest desire to eat grains. It would be like drinking pee to see what happens. NO. I've had dramatic results, obviously the weight loss, but the other changes are not things that are obvious to others. I mean, after years of fighting adult acne, I haven't had a pimple in almost a year and a half. I don't even think about it any more. I don't even own concealer. Threw it away because it was all dried out. That alone is so freaking wonderful that I would stay on this plan just to have nice skin. If you have ever had problems with your skin and agonized over going to a job interview or singing a solo in church because your face looks like you got in a bar fight, you will be able to relate to this. Alot of the stuff I didn't even realize, because it happened gradually, and I knew it wasn't normal, but I just thought it was stress or something. Like having to use the bathroom - you know - six times a day. I used to leave for work 20 minutes early because about half the time I had to return home for a bathroom break. I would be out running errands and have to return home for a bathroom break. I thought it was stress. And no, a public restroom was not an option, if you know what I mean. And not because I'm a germaphobe.

                              Okay, I'm off to get my eyes checked.
                              You've had great success. When are you going to do a success story?

                              I like reading about your skin issues clearing up. I'll have to tell my daughter when she gets here tonight. She's struggled with acne for a long time. She is fairly gluten free but being almost 23( next week) it's hard when none of her friends are.

                              I have rosacea and it is definitely worse when I dabble in the wrong things. I also understand about the bathroom issues. Imodium was a my friend for far too many years.

                              My "20" is usually planned and tied to meeting a goal I've set for myself. I try to set monthly goals and if I meet them I allow myself to loosen my rules over the last weekend of the month. By loosening things up I may plan to have things like wine, pizza (though I haven't had regular pizza in months),ice cream, or gluten free/homemade treats. Come Monday morning, new goals are in place and things go back to normal.

                              When I started low carb in January 2009 I was very strict and rarely deviated. I found primal in early 2010.

                              Congrats on getting the AC. I'm glad I made having it put in as part of the deal when I bought my house.

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                              • Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
                                I'm kind of surprised at my reaction, which is basically that I want to cry. The heat has been such a stressor. I didn't realize it until I had the means of escape. I feel like I have been let out of jail. Also, perhaps oddly, I started the washing machine right away. It has been impossible to do laundry because having the dryer on is unthinkable. Another relief.
                                It IS a stressor, I totally get it. It has been crazy hot here too, and I am so thankful every day for our little box a/c! I'm glad to hear you're feeling better!
                                ~ Jen
                                The ridiculous, hilarious, sometimes infuriating and frustrating journal of one woman trying to feed a family caveman style.
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