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  • #46
    hihi arty, yep we're slug haters here too, are they good for anything?? can't wait til my garden is finished so that the trees grow up some more and then the birds hang out and eat all the slugs! There are loads of birds around in our garden, usually pigeons. I heard a tale that magpies or other large birds can sometimes bother cats and carry them off but I'd like to see them try that with our tubby cat! lol

    Tried to do my weights yesterday and I got 2 sets into my squats before I nearly keeled over lol, I had zero energy to do anything, I just laid on the couch like a log. But that may be due to fasting or to the lower overall calories that I'm consuming, not sure which. Either way, I think I'm going to do some other exercises while I get used to the IF and lower calories.

    Today I have to wait until 1pm to eat but I'm doing alright, I'm hungry but not overly so, just 1 more hour to go at the time of this writing. Fasting in the morning is going well for me in fairness, lets just hope I have the energy again soon to continue with my weights. I may need to get some of those 'branched chain amino acids' BCAA supplements, not sure what they're like but that leangains site recommends them.

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    • #47
      been having headaches every night, I don't know if its the heat or the lack of food or if I'm just ill, but it has been really hot in the house so I've just been sipping water and occasionally taking a paracetamol or ibuprofen, in much lower doses than I would normally, and they've been helping. determined not to stop this IF routine as its really helping keep my cravings and overall calorie consumption down. I certainly feel the lack of energy but if I can just make the transition I'm sure I'll see some results.

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      Going out tonight to watch the Japan vs USA olympic football match, so having a glass of red ! woo

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      • #48
        How's the headaches u poor thing ! Horrible do you think it could be body just adjusting.....? and really fantastic for sticking with IF, the only thing I noticed in case it's useful is that the post for newbies questions suggests if you are tired u need to eat more fat, certainly siobhan also told me to make sure I was doing that so you are probably on that already but just in case anyhow hope beastly headache is banished and that football was good , am not a fan but DH said that the women's game was v exciting , even colleagues hard bitten footy fans actually admitted that also...so great for the girls !

        This morning Btw am feeling slightly like bloated tick (yuk!) DH treated me to Japanese meal last night which I completely adore This greedy girl ate too much ...aaaaaaaa ! The beef steak teriyaki was a bridge too far or perhaps the mackerel is salt did it .... Hope it's not don't too much damage but am def. not feeling like any breakfast...idiot I am !
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        • #49
          hmm shouldn't have gone drinking last night haha, actually it wasn't too bad but didn't help the headache situation overly much I think you're right Arty, I need more fat! looking over my macronutrients I'm getting plenty of lean protein but not much fat at all. May need to try pork belly slices for the first time in my life lol.. I think I'm going to pick up some of that half price salmon at morrison's today for the weekend, half a side for like 3.49 not bad at all! the bones kinda put me off the mackerel and sardines a bit, but not overly much so might try grilling a whole fish on the bbq as well! heaven knows if the weather will hold.

          i LOVE japanese food, it is fantastic, I just wish it wasn't using so much sugar and soy in almost everything, but in moderation it is tasty. It helped me get a good amount of seaweed into my diet to help my thyroid too!

          did some sprints yesterday at lunch, felt knackered straight away haha but still functional. this morning I had to shift some heavy boxes around that took 2 of us to carry upstairs, but now i can lift by myself! progress! (the cats were not impressed by my flexing). Thinking of getting a kettlebell/learning some kettlebell exercises like you arty to just kinda generally improve my muscle tone all round, on my days off the regular weight training. just 20 mins while I watch telly or what have you, it should all help!

          its now 11.30am at the time of this writing and I am sipping ginger green tea (good for sore tummies) but not hungry at all, despite eating breakfast. I wonder if my body has actually reset its leptin resistance somewhat from my previous stuff? was I leptin resistant at all? haha, or is this just mental conditioning?

          honestly some days I feel totally free from the food/binge addiction. don't get me wrong, I still think about cakes and cookies and what not but I think every day I give into a cake is another 2 weeks set back, I want to be healthy and thinner more than I want to be happy with a cookie for 5 minutes! and it was an addiction, a mental one, one of comfort and reward, escape and boredom, just like smoking used to be before I quit. And just like smoking, the only way I was able to break that addiction was to want to not smoke (or rather want to not have the lovely side effects) more than I wanted to smoke.

          One thing that a lot of people fail to realise is that most addicts never truly want to quit what they're addicted to, they just want to quit the bad side effects of it. They need something that must push them over the edge and it all comes down to not wanting the addiction more than wanting it in the end. I'll share a bit here, but in my younger days I was very heavy into a lot of alternative substances, and the only thing that got me out of it was my brain in the end, finally not being able justify what I was doing to myself. I did for a while replace that addiction with another (smoking, online gaming), then quit smoking, and cut way back on the gaming so that it didn't affect my life negatively, and now I need to tackle the weight I put on as a result of my earlier poor choices.

          Its not too late at 30 to have a new lease on life, and finally be the person I want to be Thank you Primal (and my primal pals!) for helping me re-align my life. Lets keep it up!

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          p.s. sorry for the ramble lol

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          • #50
            I enjoyed the ramble ! And sprint workouts too ...ur going for it Tachi no wonder cats are unimpressed ! Lol Mine distain any exercise most of the time except chasing rodents and one isn't sure if it's really worth it either ! but really great you are doing all the PB fitness , I still didn't manage much playing yet I counted gardening as kinda play...

            Sounds like you have already overcome so much too, having that strength not just in lifting weights is it...that's major ! I can empathise with additictive behaviour as was v heavy smoker for years and had marathon struggle to give up, found it incredibly tough, and also gained weight of course since I smoked and drank coffee , eating not a lot until I quit...anyhow it's seriously fantastic what you have achieved am sure all that can only help you on this particular journey ...I do still feel good when I think about stopping smoking if it doesn't sound too smuglike...but I think in my heart I was never sure I could so i keep it as a bit of a base to touch on when I feel compulsive urges to indulge in stuff I know isn't going to be good for me !
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            • #51
              Aye Arty you sound like you know all about how it works!! I definitely put a lot of weight on as soon as I quit smoking. But I think we can use that to help us become more healthy as well -- lots of people can't even quit smoking (DH included )What food could you never give up even though you know its bad for you? I can't decide between chocolate or toffee popcorn (I have both very very rarely but to never have them again? I don't know!! and Cadbury's has just released ... chocolate covered toffee popcorn... WHAT!)

              What a mad few days, shame on me for slacking here though! But I have been adhering to the Primal lifestyle and doing well on my diet despite not tracking it here. My parents are coming over to England from the USA for a few weeks and I'm getting everything ready for their visit. I'm also writing my last-second wish list of things I'd like brought from 'home' though with all the comfort crap food left off it the list is turning out to be rather short!

              Things that are hard to get in England that I used to miss: Jet-Puffed marshmallows, macaroni and cheese, velveeta, rice-a-roni, JIF peanut butter, hershey's kisses, peanut butter cups, butterscotch chips, corn syrup for caramels, marshmallow creme for fudge, beef jerky (only somewhat healthy/primal thing in this list!), alfredo sauce, white gravy (for sausage and gravy over biscuits!) and a few other things, but one thing that I noticed about ALL of these is how completely un-primal they are! I don't even miss them (okay the sweet stuff a little :P)

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              Also I don't know why but I've gone off salmon recently. There was a great price on some at a local market so I bought a slab but I was really struggling through it and then I tried to save some as leftovers for the salad the next day and it ruined the entire salad. I wonder if something was off with it? It was supposed to be wild-caught. I've had a low-level flu the last couple days... unrelated? lol

              Energy levels are picking up again, and started doing my weights again though I'm going to focus on repetition rather than stacking more weights for a while. I am worried about the weight outgrowing my form so I'll stick to slightly lower weights and just do one extra set (4 sets of 5 reps) and try the other exercises as well (kettlebells, legs, some yoga or something?) to work on my overall body health.

              Also even though I am scared to say its weight lost for sure, the weight has stayed at 235 for two days (I really should burn this scale lol but it motivates me to try harder... though does that also work in reverse and make me think its OK to cheat cos I've lost?) but this might be permanent enough to say I've lost some weight hehe.

              Of course 5 pounds is only 1/12th of my first weight goal but by golly another 5 pounds would be 1/6th and and and ...!

              Also my waist measurement is down from 114 to 104, 10cm off that's nearly 2 inches (before getting too excited my waist is definitely the biggest part of squidgy fat, and while I'm thrilled its come down, cant it come off my arms before the end of summer!!??

              P.S. Still RUBBISH at a pull-up! Must keep trying!

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              • #52
                Well, I took your advice, and a very deep breath, and ordered scrubs in a smaller size than I have worn in quite some time. Have never spent so much money on scrubs! These should be better quality than any I have. I didn't get the linen - just regular cotton. If I like them, I will indulge later on in the expensive linen fabric. The pants are a dark sand color with little dinosaurs and fossils, like cave paintings, and the top has snaps in the front and is a medium sand color. So fairly subdued but pretty different. Now that is probably more detail than you would like about my scrubs!
                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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                • #53
                  Hi Tachi ! Huzzarrrrr !!! And Weeeeeowwwww ! From the cats for your inch and weight loss ..fantastique that must purr you on (argh the cats again ...terrible )

                  What food could I never give up I'm not really into sweets ie candy or many snacks dunno why just never was......chocolate for sure ! Also wine ...cheese, .....these are my top 3 other runners are : crusty proper French baguette...Irish soda bread with butter and homemade blackberry jam ...Chocolate cake (this is really proper food porn as if I do,indulge it really does make me feel sick afterwards so probably poisonous to me ...weeping ).......chips but from the chip van eaten outside preferably by the sea, with salt and vinegar...hummus...mmmmmm!

                  Maybe once I have reached my goal weight these could be occasional indulgences , at the moment I am just so happy not to have el bloatella inhabiting my middle it's not too much of a struggle but I know that sooner or later I will be challenged !

                  Anyhoo Great progress you are making and will keep purring me on two ...lol
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                  • #54
                    Hi Sio!! Glad you did, you will feel properly spoilt when you wear them for the next 3 months And well deserved too! They do sound very cute, and I'm sure you wouldn't buy garish ones (you have taste!) so I am sure your patients will appreciate the cheerfulness of them rather than the sterile plain ones Aaaand with equal surety, I am positive your cats will lay on them and fur them up properly at the first opportunity.

                    Arty -- sometimes I stand in Morrison's at the bread department and just smell the air, it is properly amazing sometimes! So I totally understand your love of baguettes. I think if I could keep a bread it would be croissants! But I do enjoy not feeling bloated and sleepy all the time (mostly bloated) which if I indulge happens almost immediately now. Sometimes its worth it, sometimes not!

                    The weight went to 234.4 yesterday, but today is 236.6, my goal at the moment is 215. Though really, I am more wanting to just reduce tum and bum sizes, though I am going to only measure myself monthly as the daily scale fluctuations are just to make sure nothing is going completely out of whack. But I'm loving the idea of finally making and sticking with a lifestyle that is both rewarding and healthy.

                    P.S. Cake confession time, yesterday we had a team birthday so I had a very small piece of cake. I balanced it against my food for the day and didn't feel guilty about it until this morning, and even then not too guilty, as I like to enjoy myself. I do want to report I feel like crap today, and it may well be the cake's fault, or not! who knows. But either way I have indulged and now I am more determined than ever to crack down and reach my goal of 215 before my birthday (one month away! is it possible?? if its not I'm not going to be discouraged, but I sure do want to try!)

                    P.P.S. the cake wasn't even that nice

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                    • #55
                      Wheee, been slacking on posting here, shame on me! But I've just been busy getting ready for my parents' visit to the UK. They've landed in London today so will be there for a few days before I join them next week. Despite urging my dad to give the Cinnabon at the airport a miss, I don't think he did, lol. Oh well, slowly slowly

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                      Today I'm doing a very low-calorie fast until 12pm tomorrow. I've decided to do this both because I had chinese food last night and also because I'm curious if I can do it or not. I've kinda cheated by having some sugar free gum and a diet coke but tea and water mostly.

                      Doing okay so far! Lets keep it going!

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                      • #56
                        You know, that's the thing about baked goods and cakes and things - they always seem to look better than they actually taste. That's been my experience anyway. And to be honest, I have never eaten a piece of cake that I didn't regret afterwards, either because it was disappointing or it made me feel bad - tired, headache-y.
                        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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                        • #57
                          Whew! What a fantastic two weeks. I haven't been blogging because I've been on holiday! It was lovely. I got to introduce the idea of going primal to my parents, who tried it for a week (mostly, my mum's still addicted to her morning oatmeal... "keeps me regular don't you know!") and I think my dad, who's borderline type 2 diabetic, got a lot of benefit out of it and lost 6 lbs in a week. But I think they know the basics and now its up to them if they decide to follow it or not.

                          Either way, its back on it for me! I have been kind of keeping up with my weight lifting, did it twice last week and did lots of stairs/walking/sprints the week prior when I wasn't around my weights, and my fitness has been generally quite good. I ate a bit too much food, so I've put some pounds on, but not more than expected even though what I ate was 90% primal. So today I'm going to have a fast day, and eat very little, and then tomorrow go back to my routine of IF 16/8 with calorie tracking and the works.

                          Like you said Sio, sugar/cakey baked goods definitely affect my 'bottom line' (no pun intended lol) and when I don't eat primally I feel quite poorly. There's a definite correlation for me between sugar and headaches so I am going to try to lower my sugar intake significantly (and by this I mean my sugar intake through fruits, zero added sugar anywhere and certainly not refined!).

                          I'm excited to get back to primal (how crazy is that!) because I have become addicted to the feeling of being healthy! It was great being able to run around, pick up heavy things, sprint, stretch and just go up stairs like a normal human being.

                          I'm going to try and add in another element to my primal routine -- the next two months I'm going to try and eat as cheaply as possible! Simple, wholesome foods like frozen broccoli, baked chicken thighs, stuff I can get for super cheap

                          Then a BAS for lunch most days, or leftovers from the night before if any. Here goes!

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                          • #58
                            I am also embracing the BAS for lunch, something I have not done regularly. Makes weight loss pretty easy, in my n=1 world.

                            Glad you're back AND had a wonderful holiday AND got your parents 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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                            • #59
                              waaaaaaah I haven't fallen off the bus or anything, just been supremely lazy with my journalling due to upcoming exams that I'm panicking over. But the good thing is I haven't stopped eating primally this whole time, so no effort lost! We've recently also been lucky to have my brother-in-law bring around some new home gym equipment so I can start to do pull-ups now (yay!)

                              I tried a pull up, and I'm sad to report I cannot even budge off the ground, not even a little! So I am starting with lat pulls to hopefully increase the strength of the right muscles, while keeping up with my normal squats and benches etc.

                              I have also developed an obsession with chorizo, which I never knew existed until I went to a tapas restaurant. I love this stuff, but its quite hard to find without additives like dextrose especially. On another note, I've invested in a meat slicer and a dehydrator, so I am now making my own beef jerky. I'd made a batch before via the oven, and it turned out okay, but the speed with which it was devoured makes me think the more of it I can produce for easy go-to snacks the better, especially since my macronutrients always seem to be lacking protein.

                              keepin' on, keepin' on...

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                              • #60
                                hooray, exams over (for another couple of months) so time to start tracking again. Today's lunch: salad leaves with tuna, a small slice of gouda, and some bacon omnom, and a couple of pickles on the side. For dinner: lots of eggs and a bit of bacon with some swiss chard and peppers. no exercise today, but starting again on my tues/thurs/sat routine. still IF'ing on 8/16 so no breakfast (this is really easy to stick to for me!)

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