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    I have been pursuing Primal since November 2010. Until now, my main focus has been getting my sleep regulated and energy levels up enough to have the mental and physical energy to really get with the program. I have not been a "good" follower of the path at all. But now, after a couple of weeks in which I have had sufficient energy and focus to get a lot of things done in my life that I haven't done in a long time, I am starting to focus more seriously on the food part.

    Today, I weigh 233. For breakfast, I had two large hambuger patties with mustard. Right now, I am full. Before work, I am going to stop for a couple of good primal snacky things to hold me till lunch which will be salad. My goal is to be basically meat, veg, good fat, no fruit for a week to see where that gets me.

    So, on we go.
    Last edited by entwyf; 07-11-2012, 04:50 AM.

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    Today was sort of an "eh" start to getting serious about the food part of Primal living. Breakfast was two hamburger patties with mustard. Yummy and filling.

    I didn't have time before work to get to the grocery store near my house for some snacks. I ended running in to the Family Dollar near my bus stop and grabbing two "giant" meat sticks. Slim Jims but not Slim Jims.

    At work I read the labels; they had sugar and soy sauce in them. I ate them because that's what I had.

    Lunch time, I went around the corner to the soup and salad place I frequent. I asked for the daily special because I was in a hurry. Romaine, diced chicken, walnuts, craisins, parmesan cheese, and balsamic vinegar.

    After work at home, I did ten minutes of gentle exercise. I have markers for Marfan syndrome including hyperflexible joints, so really wild exercise has never been for me. For supper I had two hamburger patties with mustard.

    Having read somewhere that recovery from years of SAD can take three years or more, I am not looking to go through some sort of Primal boot camp or to wow anyone like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis. But I do need to be more focused about avoiding sugar and soy. So, on we go.

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    • #3
      Welcome Edith, and good luck on your journey. I am relatively new here myself, having gone primal in April of this year. I love it, absolutely love it, and I love to talk about it, too. I find journaling to be very motivating, and it is always fun to discover new journals to follow also. We have a very nice community here.

      Yes, I agree: sugar is murder. I can't eat it myself. Do you live by yourself, or with a non-primal person? I live alone, much easier to be primal.
      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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      • #4
        Hi, Siobhan,

        Thanks for your welcome. I have found the forums in general a very supportive online environment.

        For me, Primal certainly makes the most sense in terms of a basic way to eat, move and live. Though I am only now feeling that I can be consistent in applying Primal principles to my life, it has had my attention for about two years. I have never been able to talk with anyone I know about it. My sister "does" low-carb, but only, I think, when she feels a need to lose weight on a short-term basis.

        I live with three demanding cats, so I don't have problems with arranging my eating and exercising to suit myself.

        I really do think I've reached a place where I can "do" Primal now, and I hope a journal will help keep me going.

        Thanks again for your message. On we go!

        Edith

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        • #5
          Okay, today (July 12, 2012) . . . Breakfast was four eggs scrambled in a combination of hamburger fat and butter along with chopped up salad greens and mushrooms.

          Lunch was a salad of romaine, broccoli, carrots, chopped hardboiled egg, black olives, and Italian dressing.

          Supper was another salad of spinach, avocado, black olives, turkey, and mayonnaise.

          I drank a fair amount of water today.

          At home after work, I did ten minutes of gentle exercise based on this program: Amazon.com: Synergetics: Your Whole Life Fitness Plan (9780671673970): Hay: Books.

          Then I had two jiggers of rum because work gobsmacked me today. The head of my office announced that she was asked to resign; she packed up some stuff, and the head of security escorted her to her car. This was apparently because an audit revealed "issues" with how money is handled in an area I don't work in. Deep, deep sigh. And tomorrow, a meeting with someone higher up the food chain who supposedly will explain things.

          Now to bed, thank God.

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          • #6
            Welcome Edith. Sounds like you are doing well, certainly at least 80%.
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            • #7
              Hello again Edith, hope the work issues have smoothed out. Something like that happened to me years ago - not my boss, but a good friend in another department was actually arrested and taken away in handcuffs. She had stolen $14,000 from various accounts. That knocked me for a loop, I still remember how strange and disturbing it was. I wonder what happened to her. She agreed to plead guilty in exchange for not going to jail. Twenty-four years old, a convicted felon. Well.

              We have some cat talk going on artys's journal, check it out -

              Tried and failed to link - anyway, artys's journal is called Because of my cat.
              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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              • #8
                Thanks for the welcome. I think that the hot weather in my area is making it fairly easy to eat meat and vegetables in the form of salads. Love those. Not quite as easy when it's winter and I think of a hot cup of tea with toast, jam, and butter. But so far, so good.

                Originally posted by Hedonist2 View Post
                Welcome Edith. Sounds like you are doing well, certainly at least 80%.

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                • #9
                  Well, the official announcement at work said my (former) big boss is leaving because an audit apparently showed poor handling of money in one area . . . no malfeasance but a lot of "going in a direction" management doesn't want to go in. So, an interim big boss starts Monday and we wait six months while a supposedly national search turns up a permanent big boss. Well, as permanent as one can be in my work environment.

                  I'll check the cat talk out. Cats are an endless source of conversational material. :-)

                  Edith

                  Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
                  Hello again Edith, hope the work issues have smoothed out. Something like that happened to me years ago - not my boss, but a good friend in another department was actually arrested and taken away in handcuffs. She had stolen $14,000 from various accounts. That knocked me for a loop, I still remember how strange and disturbing it was. I wonder what happened to her. She agreed to plead guilty in exchange for not going to jail. Twenty-four years old, a convicted felon. Well.

                  We have some cat talk going on artys's journal, check it out -

                  Tried and failed to link - anyway, artys's journal is called Because of my cat.

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                  • #10
                    Today: breakfast of scrambled eggs mixed with sauteed salad greens. Lunch of salad: romaine, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, black olives, bacon bits, chicken, and Italian dressing. Supper--because i had a craving for it--two bricks of cream cheese.

                    Ten minutes of gentle exercise in the morning, a fifteen-minute walk from the grocery store after work (not too bad despite it being warm out).

                    Thus I have made it to the end of the week.

                    Edith

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                    • #11
                      So much for melatonin. I took some before bed, about 10:30-ish. I woke up at 3:30 this morning. (It’s now just after five-thirty.) I had a craving for cream cheese and veggies, so I went downstairs and raided the refrigerator.

                      I melted a brick of cream cheese and a stick of butter together; I mixed in a lot of parsley, and modest amounts of coriander, red pepper flakes, and garlic. I used it as dip with baby carrots and cauliflower.

                      Sleep, or lack of it, is not just physical, not just chemical, not just psychological. It’s such a tangled knot of all three.

                      Is there a chance that I could get a basic grip on the problem before I die of sleep deprivation?

                      Now to try and go back to sleep. Argh.

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                      • #12
                        Well, today being warm in my part of the world--western New York state--I have tried to do as my cats do and stay as inert as possible.

                        I actually got some cleaning done in my dining room, clearing every pile off the dining room table. I also did some work on finding materials online for the ESL class (now on summer hiatus) where I am a volunteer tutor.

                        Otherwise, I sat on the floor, worked on a baby afghan for friends expecting a baby in August, and watched Van Helsing with Hugh Jackman. Such a bad movie, but so much fun to laugh hysterically at.

                        All I have felt like ingesting today is cream cheese, cauliflower, and coconut milk. Must be doing me some good because, despite the heat and my perpetual fatigue, I have not felt an overwhelming urge to lie down and sleep, just a moderate and occasional urge. So, all in all, a nice Saturday.

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                        • #13
                          Is that the first time you have taken melatonin? It might take some adjustment to get the benefit. For one thing, your room has to be really, really dark. Melatonin won't work unless you are in the dark. And the effect should be mild in any case, it's not a powerful sleeping medication, as I am sure you know. Have you read Mark's post on biphasic sleeping patterns? I have been experimenting with this and am very happy so far. Just letting go of the the idea that I am supposed to be sleeping 7-8 hours at a time has led to better sleep patterns for me. Of course it can be difficult with work - don't I know that! But it can be done.
                          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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                          • #14
                            I have taken melatonin before. Sometimes it has helped, sometimes it hasn't. Light may be a factor. My room is not really dark; there's a street light in front of my house.

                            If bi-phasic sleep was what our Primal ancestors really experienced, their schedules made it easier, going to bed and getting up with the sun, not having a rigid schedule of getting up at the same time every morning, not having so much to do that they sometimes didn't get to bed until one a.m.

                            If I'm not dead before I retire, then sleeping in bi-phasic fashion will be do-able.

                            Edith

                            Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
                            Is that the first time you have taken melatonin? It might take some adjustment to get the benefit. For one thing, your room has to be really, really dark. Melatonin won't work unless you are in the dark. And the effect should be mild in any case, it's not a powerful sleeping medication, as I am sure you know. Have you read Mark's post on biphasic sleeping patterns? I have been experimenting with this and am very happy so far. Just letting go of the the idea that I am supposed to be sleeping 7-8 hours at a time has led to better sleep patterns for me. Of course it can be difficult with work - don't I know that! But it can be done.

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                            • #15
                              They did have an advantage in sleeping, not having electric lights. Now I wouldn't give up electricity for anything, but it is NOT an aid to sleep. It is hard when one has to follow a schedule imposed by civilization, but it can be done. For myself, an ultra dark room is key - no little green or red lights from clocks or other electric devices. In my new home I use a mask because it can be very bright here. Can you sleep when you come home from work? I read a post here, someone sleeps for about 90 minutes after coming home from work, then is up until 2 AM, sleeps til 6 AM. So he has a 4-hour sleep period and a 90-minute sleep period every 24 hours. Lots of ways to play with this.
                              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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