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    Yes. Hello. I am journaling. With my fingers. On my laptop.

    PRIMAL! I have just discovered it.

    Ooh HOO! Say I. I'm poking it with a stick and giving it a massive college try. I've promised my friend Katie to follow the Primal lifestyle until my birthday. (July 24; send bacon.)

    Right now, today, it is the 24th of June. I cut out grains on the 18th of June.

    I am the newbiest newb of all Primal newbs. I am a very excited newb.

    I never had any idea that cutting out all grains would be so easy for me. I mean, my head ached for three days. But I have not been hungry. I have lost 5.5 lbs. And now the headache is gone.

    I mean, I went camping for three days and was able to stick with this. AAAAAAAAAAAAH!

    Today I began working on level one pull ups, and I just about lost my head with excitement. I mean, lookie here! There's a path! A path to pull ups! If I follow the path, one day I too shall do a pull up!

    That seemed impossible a week ago. Today I told my husband that on the day I perform a pull up, I'll go rock climbing with him.

    STATS: Starting weight 223 lbs.
    Current weight 217.5 lbs.

    (About me: new mom of a tiny little infant son. Piano and voice teacher. Adoring wife. Will be 32 next month.)
    Beastly musician / My Primal Blog

    My plan for the year (July 23rd 2012-July 23rd 2013):

    Walk to Mordor. I have walked 12.33 miles out of 1779.
    Do Convict Conditioning / balance exercises.
    Eat primally.
    Take a progress picture once a week.
    Don't weigh myself.

    Starting weight: 223
    Current weight: ???
    Goal weight: 145

    Waist measurement 08/03/12: 42 inches and three quarters
    Goal waist measurement: 30 inches

  • #2
    I read a few articles yesterday about throwing away my scale. I know that I read Griff's post. I ruminated on that overnight, and I've decided to put my scale into my garage until my birthday. Eeeee!

    Here's why: I've been obsessively weighing myself. Every time I poop, I'm back on the scale. And that means that I'm treating this like a diet: I've been behaving as though I'm more interested in the short term benefits than the long term rewards. Every diet that I've been on has failed. I'm trying something new this time.

    So into the garage the scale goes.

    I really responded to the idea that a scale with mess with your head. I don't want my head messed with. I want to continue this cycle of excitement, motivation, and joy.

    ***

    By way of opening up, I should tell you that I have both a husband and a boyfriend. They both know and they're fine with it; it's a long-time relationship structure. My husband has been incredibly supportive. He's been buying cooperative groceries and helping me with my exercise. My boyfriend, however, has decided to JOIN me. He's been eating primally right along with me.

    Yesterday I did strength training for the first time. This morning I'm enjoying my sore muscles and anticipating tomorrow, when I can strength train again!
    Beastly musician / My Primal Blog

    My plan for the year (July 23rd 2012-July 23rd 2013):

    Walk to Mordor. I have walked 12.33 miles out of 1779.
    Do Convict Conditioning / balance exercises.
    Eat primally.
    Take a progress picture once a week.
    Don't weigh myself.

    Starting weight: 223
    Current weight: ???
    Goal weight: 145

    Waist measurement 08/03/12: 42 inches and three quarters
    Goal waist measurement: 30 inches

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    • #3
      I totally just put my scale in the garage!
      Beastly musician / My Primal Blog

      My plan for the year (July 23rd 2012-July 23rd 2013):

      Walk to Mordor. I have walked 12.33 miles out of 1779.
      Do Convict Conditioning / balance exercises.
      Eat primally.
      Take a progress picture once a week.
      Don't weigh myself.

      Starting weight: 223
      Current weight: ???
      Goal weight: 145

      Waist measurement 08/03/12: 42 inches and three quarters
      Goal waist measurement: 30 inches

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      • #4
        Just so you can see where I'm coming from, here is my favorite motivation picture!

        motivation pic.jpg

        And you can see my face and also my! adorable! baby! Here's a picture of me pushing my kid in a swing for the first time:

        wendy and sam at swing.jpg

        Also! I do not plan to post as many times per day as I am today, but I wanted to tell you something! Earlier when I was feeding The Kid, I started thinking about how I was hungry and about how I should probably go eat a little something else. But I was stuck with The Kid for the moment, so I had time to think more about how I was feeling. Imagine my surprise! I realized that I wasn't hungry at all. I was having caffeine withdrawal. So when I was done with The Kid, I made myself a cup of coffee.

        This anecdote isn't about how I ate less than I might have otherwise. It's about how I listened to my body and responded to what it wanted. That's new for me. Way new.

        About the motivation picture! This is from Father's Day. June 17th, 2012. The day before I started reading about Primal Blueprint. That's the day I gave The Husband a canoe. A canoe! That means that we can spend many hours of long, easy exercise paddling around lakes and stuff. I'm so excited. It fits right in.

        You should know that my husband is adorable and delightful and amazing and I love him so much.

        Would you like to see another motivation picture?

        my before picture.jpg

        This is a picture that just kills me. Less funny than the first, more revealing. I should taking matching photographs later (butt first in the canoe; hanging out with my family).
        Beastly musician / My Primal Blog

        My plan for the year (July 23rd 2012-July 23rd 2013):

        Walk to Mordor. I have walked 12.33 miles out of 1779.
        Do Convict Conditioning / balance exercises.
        Eat primally.
        Take a progress picture once a week.
        Don't weigh myself.

        Starting weight: 223
        Current weight: ???
        Goal weight: 145

        Waist measurement 08/03/12: 42 inches and three quarters
        Goal waist measurement: 30 inches

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        • #5
          I asked my boyfriend to take a straight forward before picture of me. Today is the 26th. I've been primal since the 18th. Here's what I think we'll call my basic "before" picture. This is me as I was five minutes ago. Post coffee, before shower:

          primal before pic.jpg
          Beastly musician / My Primal Blog

          My plan for the year (July 23rd 2012-July 23rd 2013):

          Walk to Mordor. I have walked 12.33 miles out of 1779.
          Do Convict Conditioning / balance exercises.
          Eat primally.
          Take a progress picture once a week.
          Don't weigh myself.

          Starting weight: 223
          Current weight: ???
          Goal weight: 145

          Waist measurement 08/03/12: 42 inches and three quarters
          Goal waist measurement: 30 inches

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          • #6
            I don't plan to post my workouts every day, but I do want to mention where I'm *starting*. This should give me motivation when I have my grand weigh-in on my birthday; I want to see how far I've come in a month.

            This week, I've done two strength training workouts, using the four primal movements (all level one).

            Day 1: 20 squats, 7 pull ups, 40 wall push ups, planking only belly side down.
            Day 2: I "sprinted" by jumping up and down and jogging in place. I lasted five minutes--sweat poured, oh it poured!
            Day 3: 22 squats, 8 pull ups, 40 wall push ups, planking like a rotisserie chicken.

            Later on, I will be pleased to see my progress I'm sure. Today I'm just pleased that I'm getting started, and I'm excited to feel soreness in my arms and my core muscles.

            ***
            Boyfriend has been diligently eating primally and has lost six pounds! His face looks leaner. Today I turned him on to planking. He's been concerned about his stomach strength, and he said he was surprised at how difficult planking was. So now we shall plank together! I made him a meaty salad in a jar and sent that along with him to work. I also sent Husband to work with salad in a jar and some pork shoulder cooked in tomato sauce.
            Beastly musician / My Primal Blog

            My plan for the year (July 23rd 2012-July 23rd 2013):

            Walk to Mordor. I have walked 12.33 miles out of 1779.
            Do Convict Conditioning / balance exercises.
            Eat primally.
            Take a progress picture once a week.
            Don't weigh myself.

            Starting weight: 223
            Current weight: ???
            Goal weight: 145

            Waist measurement 08/03/12: 42 inches and three quarters
            Goal waist measurement: 30 inches

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            • #7
              I just wanted to share with you that Boyfriend and I have reduced the number of spoonfuls of sugar in our coffee from two spoonfuls to one. Progress!

              Last night we went walking barefoot in the park together, and we put our feet in all of that spongy, luscious grass. It was heavenly.

              Also, yesterday I introduced The Kid to pureed green beans!
              Beastly musician / My Primal Blog

              My plan for the year (July 23rd 2012-July 23rd 2013):

              Walk to Mordor. I have walked 12.33 miles out of 1779.
              Do Convict Conditioning / balance exercises.
              Eat primally.
              Take a progress picture once a week.
              Don't weigh myself.

              Starting weight: 223
              Current weight: ???
              Goal weight: 145

              Waist measurement 08/03/12: 42 inches and three quarters
              Goal waist measurement: 30 inches

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              • #8
                Okay call me weird, but I'm a bit interested in poop today. I have a little baby, so I've been thinking about poop as an indicator of good health for a few months now. Doctors describe in detail what a baby's poop should look like over the first few weeks of life and when they drink milk or formula. So, because I care about my baby and I want him to be healthy, I was careful to observe his poop (which ain't hard).

                I figure the same applies to adults. I've noticed that I've been pooping differently since I started the primal diet. So I'm doing some Google searching and saving the results here.


                Poop Is the Most Important Indicator of Health


                What Your Poop May Be Trying to Tell You


                Stool - Healthy and Unhealthy Stool
                Beastly musician / My Primal Blog

                My plan for the year (July 23rd 2012-July 23rd 2013):

                Walk to Mordor. I have walked 12.33 miles out of 1779.
                Do Convict Conditioning / balance exercises.
                Eat primally.
                Take a progress picture once a week.
                Don't weigh myself.

                Starting weight: 223
                Current weight: ???
                Goal weight: 145

                Waist measurement 08/03/12: 42 inches and three quarters
                Goal waist measurement: 30 inches

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                • #9
                  For my own reference, FITBOMB's What is the Paleo Diet? is full of extra links and is interesting reading.
                  Beastly musician / My Primal Blog

                  My plan for the year (July 23rd 2012-July 23rd 2013):

                  Walk to Mordor. I have walked 12.33 miles out of 1779.
                  Do Convict Conditioning / balance exercises.
                  Eat primally.
                  Take a progress picture once a week.
                  Don't weigh myself.

                  Starting weight: 223
                  Current weight: ???
                  Goal weight: 145

                  Waist measurement 08/03/12: 42 inches and three quarters
                  Goal waist measurement: 30 inches

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Hey Mshathvri! I just have to pop in and say that you are making me laugh out loud. You are quite entertaining to read. I used to weigh myself every time I pooped too! I'm still a bit of a scale addict out of observational curiosity (I can take days off now), I've just stopped reading into the flashy number on the tiny screen.
                    Nice job so far and good luck on your Primal journey!!
                    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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                    • #11
                      Welcome. Glad you decided to jump down the rabbit hole with us.

                      I think the scale thing is a personal decision. If it is an obsessive thing for you, you're right, put it away. But that may change later on as you settle into this way of life a bit and start seeing good results. Then weighing can turn from an anxiety producing thing that is dreaded into something fun. "Look I lost another two pounds this week! Yay!"

                      Some people chuck the scale completely and some people weigh every five minutes. I'm somewhere in between. I only weigh once a day in the morning before any food or drink but after using the bathroom. And I have a rule with myself that no weight gain or loss is "real" unless it continues in a trend for a minimum of three days. This stops any freaking out over minor water weight fluctuations.

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                      • #12
                        Hi Kakes and Paleobird! Yaaay, I'm so glad to meet you! Kakes, I'm glad that I've been entertaining, and Paleobird, I'm honored that you stop by and I thank you for your perspective/wisdom. It's been interesting; I put the scale in the garage and haven't looked for it since. Boyfriend has been weighing himself more than once a day. He says it works for him as a motivational and observational tool (oops, shouldn't have had all of that "x" yesterday...). Personally, I think the mind games engendered by regular shmegular weight fluctuation would depress me and elate me too much, and I want to keep up with this happily positive emotional keel without expecting either miracles or failure.

                        I'm thinking that in terms of measuring my progress over this month that I will snap a photo once a week, on either Tuesday or Wednesday morning--and then post it. That'll help me to evaluate how I'm doing without looking at the scale.

                        Yesterday I went out to dinner at an Italian restaurant. They made me shrimp scampi and a side salad without pasta and without complaint. While I'm sure it wasn't a perfect paleo meal, it was close--and if I can eat basically primally at an Italian restaurant, I can eat primally ANYWHERE.

                        Can I just mention here that I'm really excited to raise my little boy on the values of Mark's primal lifestyle? The food will be his decision, but if I can teach him to be a barefooted, sunshined, well-sleeping, unstressed little critter, his life will be so much better. Especially if I value playing and play with him tons and tons and tons.

                        One thing: I can't believe how much I don't want carbs. I am not a virtuous person. I am not a person with good self-control. I don't do deprivation without getting all panicky and anxious.

                        I used to call myself a "coffee and carbohydrate fueled person." I gave up grains, had a headache for three days, and now I'm all de-bloated. Holy crap. I feel hope! This might actually work.

                        I watched all but the last seventeen minutes of "Fathead" yesterday (I have a baby; I don't watch entire movies.) It's one of those documentaries that's so biased that I can't watch it without feeling propaganda-ed to, but it does line up with many of the concepts of paleo eating--so I guess it's good to get some independent verification.
                        Beastly musician / My Primal Blog

                        My plan for the year (July 23rd 2012-July 23rd 2013):

                        Walk to Mordor. I have walked 12.33 miles out of 1779.
                        Do Convict Conditioning / balance exercises.
                        Eat primally.
                        Take a progress picture once a week.
                        Don't weigh myself.

                        Starting weight: 223
                        Current weight: ???
                        Goal weight: 145

                        Waist measurement 08/03/12: 42 inches and three quarters
                        Goal waist measurement: 30 inches

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                        • #13
                          Today I'm interested in how eating primally will change my dental health. I read somewhere... somewhere... (oh gads where was it? I've been reading so much about paleo lately...) that sugar and grains promote plaque. I've always eaten tons of carbs and I've always had poor dental health. I'm wondering if I will produce less plaque and improve my overall nutrition and levels of inflammation and have healthier gums and teeth.

                          I noticed just now that my gums are a different color of pink than they used to be.

                          So, to the Googles!

                          The Paleo Diet and Good Oral Health.


                          Preventing and Healing Tooth Decay


                          Paleo Diet, How to Keep Your Teeth Healthy and Strong
                          Beastly musician / My Primal Blog

                          My plan for the year (July 23rd 2012-July 23rd 2013):

                          Walk to Mordor. I have walked 12.33 miles out of 1779.
                          Do Convict Conditioning / balance exercises.
                          Eat primally.
                          Take a progress picture once a week.
                          Don't weigh myself.

                          Starting weight: 223
                          Current weight: ???
                          Goal weight: 145

                          Waist measurement 08/03/12: 42 inches and three quarters
                          Goal waist measurement: 30 inches

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                          • #14
                            YES! My husband and daughter have had the worst teeth ever. (I firmly believe my daughter's problems came from our mostly vegan diet when she was a babe. Her molars grew in rotting.) Our dental checkups 4 months into Primal were spotless! Minimal plaque, healthy gums, and no cavities for the entire family! 6 people. No cavities. It was more than a minor miracle for us.
                            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
                              That is incredibly good to hear, Kakes! I was vegan for a year and vegetarian for eight years. =) Right now I'm trying to think of those years as helpful training for food-exclusion ways of eating.

                              I have this daydream that involves showing up for my next dental appointment and blowing away my despairing dentist with incredibly improved overall and dental health. I imagine telling him how I've given up grains, sodas, and sugars... and I imagine my gums glowing with incredi-health and my teeth having increased stores of dentin and etc.

                              My goal: no more root canals after my next (already scheduled one).
                              Beastly musician / My Primal Blog

                              My plan for the year (July 23rd 2012-July 23rd 2013):

                              Walk to Mordor. I have walked 12.33 miles out of 1779.
                              Do Convict Conditioning / balance exercises.
                              Eat primally.
                              Take a progress picture once a week.
                              Don't weigh myself.

                              Starting weight: 223
                              Current weight: ???
                              Goal weight: 145

                              Waist measurement 08/03/12: 42 inches and three quarters
                              Goal waist measurement: 30 inches

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