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    Hello everyone,

    James, 32m, in law enforcement.

    I am 3.5 weeks into paleo diet/fitness. I started May 7, 2012 and weighed in at 187.8 pounds. The heaviest I have ever been. I am tall (5'11") and generally thin most of my life. My ideal weight is 170 lean lbs. After 3 weeks, I have lost 10 pounds! I was really low on carbs and working out a lot, so the weight fell off, but my eyes were constantly dry and red, my energy was low and my recovery was long, so I added a small portion of sweet potato to my lunch and feel like I could run a marathon after an intense workout.

    A typical day for me food-wise:

    Breakfast - Paleo Smoothie:
    1/3 Can Full Fat Coconut Milk
    Banana
    A few bluberries and a couple frozen strawberries
    1 raw egg

    Lunch - Kipper Snacks! (60% fat / 40% Protein)
    1/2 cup baked sweet potato cubes
    1/2 cup broccoli
    2 small low-sodium V8 Veg Juice Cans

    Dinner - Roast!
    My wife makes me a grass-fed roast from whole foods that lasts me the week for dinner. Slow cooked with carrots, tomatoes, onions, broth, etc.

    I did some quick calculations and estimate this current meal schedule is about 75-90 grams of carbs per day, which would put me in the weight-loss zone. When I get to my goal weight, I will adjust accordingly.


    A typical workout week for me: PBF!

    2 days of LHT - Bodyweight exercises, 2 cycles of Pushups, Pullups, Squats, Military Press, and Planks
    3 days of MS - Walking, Elliptical, Hiking, Biking
    1 day of Sprints - I alternate 6 x 50 yard sprints and Bas Rutten Boxing CD (12 x 2min max effort rounds heavy bag work with 1 min rest between rounds)

    That's it! I will update often and start posting pics of my progress. Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions from my fellow paleo Groks and Grokettes is most welcome!
    Re-Starting Paleo January 10, 2013

    SW - 185.4 lbs Janury 10, 2013
    CW- 179.8 lbs
    Goal- 168 lbs Full Performance Level PBF, 32" waist, lean...

    MY PALEO JOURNAL

    "The trouble with quotes on the internet is that it is often difficult to verify their authenticity."
    ~ Abraham Lincoln

  • #2
    Wow great start!!! My husband and I also started in May. Loving it! Look forward to hearing about your journey. I myself have hit a plateau and I think what I need to do is look at what we ate when we first started paleo. Sweet Potatoes is something we definitely need to add back in.
    Theresa

    SW 155 CW 148 GW 135-140

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    • #3
      Welcome James!
      Ancestral Health Info - My blog about Primal and the general ancestral health movement. Site just remodeled using HTML5/CSS3 instead of Wordpress.

      My MDA Friday success story - Stubborn Senior's Testimonial

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      • #4
        Today marks exactly 4 weeks from when I started. I will weigh in later today after my LHT workout, but I am very happy to say I feel great and I am very thankful I found a simple, healthy way to live that does not involve counting calories or running like a gerbil on a treadmill for hours at a time.

        Thanks Mark and everyone here at the apple!
        Re-Starting Paleo January 10, 2013

        SW - 185.4 lbs Janury 10, 2013
        CW- 179.8 lbs
        Goal- 168 lbs Full Performance Level PBF, 32" waist, lean...

        MY PALEO JOURNAL

        "The trouble with quotes on the internet is that it is often difficult to verify their authenticity."
        ~ Abraham Lincoln

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        • #5
          Dropped another couple pounds last week. I am down 12.8 pounds total since May 7! I also had an INTENSE LHT workout yesterday. I hit my goal for each essential movement, for both cycles. If I can do that a few more times in the next week or so, I will progress to the next level of difficulty and start from there.

          Weight = Down
          Strength = UP

          Must be doing something right!
          Re-Starting Paleo January 10, 2013

          SW - 185.4 lbs Janury 10, 2013
          CW- 179.8 lbs
          Goal- 168 lbs Full Performance Level PBF, 32" waist, lean...

          MY PALEO JOURNAL

          "The trouble with quotes on the internet is that it is often difficult to verify their authenticity."
          ~ Abraham Lincoln

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          • #6
            I can not beleive how fast the weight comes off! I was a little pudgy at 187.8 lbs when I started but I am shocked that I am steadily losing 2-3 lbs per weeks with paleo eating and PBF! I'm at 172 now and my physique is looking much better. I was going to stop the weight loss at 170, but now I know that would be next week and I still have work to do! My chest and stomach are still a little jiggly for my taste. I guess I need to reduce my BF%. I did recently start IFing, so I hope that helps. I am still doing my PBF workouts (2 X LHT, 3 X Move Slowly, and 1 Sprint Day per week).

            Should I just keep doing what I'm doing to drop BF% and tighten up my chest/stomach? Should I change something?

            What are your thoughts?
            Re-Starting Paleo January 10, 2013

            SW - 185.4 lbs Janury 10, 2013
            CW- 179.8 lbs
            Goal- 168 lbs Full Performance Level PBF, 32" waist, lean...

            MY PALEO JOURNAL

            "The trouble with quotes on the internet is that it is often difficult to verify their authenticity."
            ~ Abraham Lincoln

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            • #7
              Hit a small snag with the plan. We are so tight with money right now that we literally have to eat what we have in the house and can't afford more meat until next month. This leaves me now choice but to eat some grains/beans/pasta etc. I've managed to keep breakfast and lunch 100% paleo, but dinner is whatever the Mrs. cooks which is your typical CW meal...

              I'm expecting to see my weight loss plateau, but with my continued workouts, my physical appearance and strength should steadily increase. Hopefully next month, I can get back to 100% paleo and continue my progress toward a lean/cut 165lbs
              Re-Starting Paleo January 10, 2013

              SW - 185.4 lbs Janury 10, 2013
              CW- 179.8 lbs
              Goal- 168 lbs Full Performance Level PBF, 32" waist, lean...

              MY PALEO JOURNAL

              "The trouble with quotes on the internet is that it is often difficult to verify their authenticity."
              ~ Abraham Lincoln

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              • #8
                My weight has stayed steady at 171 for a couple weeks, but my strength training and cardio are really picking up! I can now knock out 10 pullups non-stop! I've never been able to to 10! I am OK with my current lbs but I am a little "squishy" in the belly/chest area still so I will keep working on the fitness side of things and hopefully the next few months will yeild the results I am looking for...
                Re-Starting Paleo January 10, 2013

                SW - 185.4 lbs Janury 10, 2013
                CW- 179.8 lbs
                Goal- 168 lbs Full Performance Level PBF, 32" waist, lean...

                MY PALEO JOURNAL

                "The trouble with quotes on the internet is that it is often difficult to verify their authenticity."
                ~ Abraham Lincoln

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jllundqu View Post
                  Hit a small snag with the plan. We are so tight with money right now that we literally have to eat what we have in the house and can't afford more meat until next month. This leaves me now choice but to eat some grains/beans/pasta etc. I've managed to keep breakfast and lunch 100% paleo, but dinner is whatever the Mrs. cooks which is your typical CW meal...

                  I'm expecting to see my weight loss plateau, but with my continued workouts, my physical appearance and strength should steadily increase. Hopefully next month, I can get back to 100% paleo and continue my progress toward a lean/cut 165lbs
                  It's been a month since you posted this, how are things going with your primal eating? And how's the wife responding to your primal endeavors? Well I hope.
                  My Primal Journal - Food, pics, the occasional rant, so...the usual.

                  I love cooking. It's sexy science that you stuff in your face. - carlh

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DashFire View Post
                    It's been a month since you posted this, how are things going with your primal eating? And how's the wife responding to your primal endeavors? Well I hope.
                    We have found our balance. 100% paleo for breakfast/lunch and dinner might have a small portion of pasta, rice, or grains. My weight is stable and my fitness is still greatly improving, so I will stick with the current until I see negative results of maintaining small portions of grains/rice/etc in my dinner meals.
                    Re-Starting Paleo January 10, 2013

                    SW - 185.4 lbs Janury 10, 2013
                    CW- 179.8 lbs
                    Goal- 168 lbs Full Performance Level PBF, 32" waist, lean...

                    MY PALEO JOURNAL

                    "The trouble with quotes on the internet is that it is often difficult to verify their authenticity."
                    ~ Abraham Lincoln

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                    • #11
                      Ok!

                      Massive update...

                      I was doing awesome on PBF and the eating. My weight was down to 169lbs and my strength and endurance were fantastic! Then my office informed me they were moving me from Kansas City to Phoenix in August 2012. I COMPLETELY fell off the paleo wagon! High stress, money was tight, holidays, etc. All excuses, I know, but it happened none the less.

                      My weight is back up to 186 and I have not worked out in awhile....BUT!!!!! I COMMITTED to picking it back up this year. I figured I was doing so well, I'll take another crack at it...

                      I bought my Paleo food, supplements, got a pullup bar for the office, I am ready. I will update with my current weight when I officially start on Thursday January 10, 2013. My goal weight will be 20lbs less than what I weigh in at. I will be taking before/after photos to post, as well.

                      I will be posting more often so I can document my progress and really keep myself motivated more than anything.
                      Re-Starting Paleo January 10, 2013

                      SW - 185.4 lbs Janury 10, 2013
                      CW- 179.8 lbs
                      Goal- 168 lbs Full Performance Level PBF, 32" waist, lean...

                      MY PALEO JOURNAL

                      "The trouble with quotes on the internet is that it is often difficult to verify their authenticity."
                      ~ Abraham Lincoln

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                      • #12
                        UPDATE # 2

                        My wife is MUCH more onboard with my Paleo goals, this time around. We talked about it and she understands that this is not a fad or a diet, but a lifestyle I am dedicating to. We are in it together, now.

                        Let's DO THIS!
                        Re-Starting Paleo January 10, 2013

                        SW - 185.4 lbs Janury 10, 2013
                        CW- 179.8 lbs
                        Goal- 168 lbs Full Performance Level PBF, 32" waist, lean...

                        MY PALEO JOURNAL

                        "The trouble with quotes on the internet is that it is often difficult to verify their authenticity."
                        ~ Abraham Lincoln

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                        • #13
                          Starting tomorrow! Weighing in tonight, doing before photos, good stuff. If this goes anything like round 1 went last year, I should lose 3lbs per week VERY FAST and gain my strength back just as fast. I should drop close to 20lbs in 2-3 months and start to really lean up. When I ended my last Paleo routine, I was a fully funtional level in PBF, I could do 2 sets - 55 Pushups, 2 sets - 12 pullups/chinups, 2 sets - 50 squats, the planks, and the press. Mark says that if you can do that you are a "1 in a thousand physical specimen!"

                          Let's see how long it takes me to get back to that level!
                          Re-Starting Paleo January 10, 2013

                          SW - 185.4 lbs Janury 10, 2013
                          CW- 179.8 lbs
                          Goal- 168 lbs Full Performance Level PBF, 32" waist, lean...

                          MY PALEO JOURNAL

                          "The trouble with quotes on the internet is that it is often difficult to verify their authenticity."
                          ~ Abraham Lincoln

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                          • #14
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                            OK! Round 2 begins!

                            Weighed in at 185.4 lbs this morning. Took my 'before' pics.

                            Had a nice smoothie this morning: Full-fat coconut milk, one raw egg, 1 scoop protein powder, a few frozen strawberries and blueberries.

                            Also started my Primal Essentials Supplements: Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D3, and a Multi
                            Re-Starting Paleo January 10, 2013

                            SW - 185.4 lbs Janury 10, 2013
                            CW- 179.8 lbs
                            Goal- 168 lbs Full Performance Level PBF, 32" waist, lean...

                            MY PALEO JOURNAL

                            "The trouble with quotes on the internet is that it is often difficult to verify their authenticity."
                            ~ Abraham Lincoln

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                            • #15
                              OK! So far so good...

                              I've been at it for a full week and have kept my carbs to under 75g/day. Typically, my meals look like this:

                              Breakfast - Smoothie: 1/3 can full-fat coconut milk, a few blueberries and strawberries, flax, protien powder, one raw egg.
                              Lunch - Canned Sardines in olive oil, large can V8, some extra sharp cheddar
                              Snack - Sliced carrots and almond butter
                              Dinner - Chicken breast cooked in Coconut oil/butter, peppers, onions, squash, etc. OR hamburger using lettuce as bun with
                              onions, cheese, etc.

                              I may sneak in a small piece of extra dark chocolate +85% cacao if I feel like it...

                              I'm working out 5-days a week following PBF - 2 cycles ea of the 5 essential movements (2 days), walk/jog/elliptical for 45-60 min (2 days), and I do sprints on Fridays (6 x 50 yard sprints).

                              I will weigh myself every Thursday and update as needed. Right now I'm looking at 3-4 lbs per week at this pace...
                              Re-Starting Paleo January 10, 2013

                              SW - 185.4 lbs Janury 10, 2013
                              CW- 179.8 lbs
                              Goal- 168 lbs Full Performance Level PBF, 32" waist, lean...

                              MY PALEO JOURNAL

                              "The trouble with quotes on the internet is that it is often difficult to verify their authenticity."
                              ~ Abraham Lincoln

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