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    I'm starting this journal today because:
    1) I have only been following the eating part of the 10 laws in the Primal Blueprint. I need to start following the rest of the laws, especially the more difficult ones related to fitness and sleep;
    2) if I put it on the internet, I have witnesses, and I will likely do a better job at following through;
    3) it's the first of the month, I started the PB 30-day challenge today and I like starting things on a first.

    Some facts:
    53 yo female, single, no kids, caring for elderly mother with dementia, work from home at a computer, 6 wonderful cats, 1 overly devoted dog, rural 1 acre residence, surrounded by the most beautiful desert in the world.
    But my size and my sedentary at-home job have led me to be isolated and lonely. Hiking last year helped me get out, but I couldn't loose weight due to my addiction to sugar and starch.

    Weight when I started Weight Watchers (11/29/12): 242
    Weight when I started Primal (1/19/13): 238
    Weight this morning (3/1/13): 228

    My goal: To loose fat, gain strength and to reach a weight that is reasonable for my frame, using the principles of the Primal Blueprint.
    My motivation: I would like to enjoy life like all the success stories I read about on MDA!
    My method: The PB way of eating; gentle 3-5 miles hikes in the many desert trails nearby; occasional sprints in the driveway; sleeping more and watching less TV; and perhaps cycling again (once the gut is gone).

    Some background (and yes, I talk too much, but I don't have anyone else to talk to, so forgive me):
    I converted to a Primal way of life mid January this year. Last year I didn't know anything about Primal or Paleo - I honestly thought they were fads that "foodies" had come up with in order to be "different" from everybody else (clearly this was an uninformed, uneducated theory).
    I had already begun eliminating sugar last fall (with help of a hypnotherapist, seriously!), but after an uncontrolled consumption (~800 calories) of some very good chocolate around New Year's Day, I realized sugar was Evil, it was NOT my friend and I needed to eliminate it entirely! I had started Weight Watchers at Thanksgiving (I needed structure), but noticed I didn't loose much when I ate starches, even though I weighed and measured everything to the gram! And even though I got back on track right after that January 1st sugar binge, it had the effect of increasing my weight by 4 pounds over the next two weeks!
    A series of events led me to a reference to MarksDailyApple, so I checked it out. Since then I have spent way too many hours (I have no social life) reading Mark's blog, reader comments and PB Forum entries, just to get grounded.
    I have posted on the "Eat More Fat" (LCHF/Ketogenic) thread in the PB Nutrition Forum, but feel it's time to start my own journal here. I don't use Facebook.
    I do have a copy of the Primal Blueprint, but am only at the beginning. I'm aware this is not a diet, it's a lifestyle. And I have never felt better or more confident about making this kind of change.

    Well, I've written more than I intended; if you've read this far, thank you!
    See you in Health!
    "Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. Wait, wait. I'm worried what you just heard was, 'Give me a lot of bacon and eggs.' What I said was, 'Give me all the bacon and eggs you have'. Do you understand?" - Ron Swanson

  • #2
    Welcome! No, you didn't write too much. We want to know about you.

    I'm glad hypnotherapy helped you. I used to be a hypnotherapist, long ago.
    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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    • #3
      Staying on track and finally moving!

      Fri: 3/1/13 meals
      B: Whey protein shake (Pure Protein brand), half an avocado, coffee with H&H.
      L: 4pc bacon, 2 fried eggs, peach salsa from Flagstaff Farmers market, 54g Jarlsberg cheese.
      D: Roast turkey, green beans, coconut milk (taste tasting)
      Snacks: raw almonds, full fat cream cheese, V-8
      1587 calories; 115g fat; 96g prot; 50g carb; 18g fiber (net carbs 32).
      Activity: none

      Sat 3/2/13
      B: Whey shake made with avocado oil and coconut milk; coffee w/H&H
      L: not very hungry, just a handful of raw almonds
      D: spinach and grape tomato salad with full fat Italian dressing, a little over 1/4 of a roast chicken with skin (I stuffed bacon under skin overlying breast and put more slices over skin for basting - wonderful!)
      1256 calories; 79g fat; 113g prot; 20g carbs; 5g fiber (net carbs 15)
      Activity: 20 minute walk with my dog

      Sun 3/3/13
      B: coffee w H&H
      L: whey shake made with 8 oz unsweetened almond milk,
      D: We had special company for dinner, so food was extra nice. I made all primal/paleo food from Sarah Fragoso's Everyday Paleo Family cookbook: Curry Coconut slowcooker Chicken, Riced Cauliflower, roast butternut squash with poblano pepper, spinach salad w/avocado & roasted grape tomatoes, and we shared 2 bottles of Pinot Noir. My guests were not aware the whole meal was Primal/paleo, they just gave me loads of compliments and I was so proud of my success!
      Activity - finally spent some more time outdoors!
      Sunday morning I took my dog Ellie and we went for hike out in the desert (Spur Cross preserve) north of home. Forgot my pedometer, but was moving for exactly 1.25 hours over uneven terrain, with 5-10 minutes worth of breaks. Weather could not have been any nicer! I was just so happy to be out and moving under my own power again.
      No breakfast, just coffee with H&H in the car on the way there. But I never felt weak or dizzy, unlike the "olden days" (high carb) when if I hiked without breakfast, I'd get lightheaded about an hour and a half into the hike.
      Last edited by desertcreature; 03-04-2013, 05:35 PM. Reason: just some corrections...
      "Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. Wait, wait. I'm worried what you just heard was, 'Give me a lot of bacon and eggs.' What I said was, 'Give me all the bacon and eggs you have'. Do you understand?" - Ron Swanson

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Hedonist2 View Post
        Welcome! No, you didn't write too much. We want to know about you.
        I'm glad hypnotherapy helped you. I used to be a hypnotherapist, long ago.
        Thank you - I think I will write in my journal about hypnotherapy some day. My first session with her cured me of a life-long nail biting problem. And we didn't even focus on that issue that day! It just happened. I am so grateful for her help with my sugar and starch addiction, because it has made going Primal just SO much easier.
        "Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. Wait, wait. I'm worried what you just heard was, 'Give me a lot of bacon and eggs.' What I said was, 'Give me all the bacon and eggs you have'. Do you understand?" - Ron Swanson

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        • #5
          struggling a little...

          Well, this has not been a very good week. I think that when I say I'll start an online journal because it will be public and I'll be more accountable, it sets up something in my brain for sabotage. Either that or I just went too low carb.
          Sunday 3/3 was such a good day, hiking and preparing good clean food, and even going to bed early; but I slept horribly that night, waking several times and struggling to get back to sleep. I do not normally have sleep issues.
          Monday 3/5 was a great day (B: protein shake with avocado oil and almond milk; L: leftover chicken curry; D: pork chops; Snacks: avocado, Jarlsberg cheese, almonds. But then late that evening, instead of going to bed early and trying to make up for the previous night's poor sleep, I stayed up and watched TV and suddenly I found myself in front of a cookie jar I keep loaded for just my mom. I haven't touched the contents in months other than to fill it. Now I am taking out 5 Nilla wafers, then going back for 5 more, now to the fridge for the last of the yogurt (full fat!) but topping it with local honey (2-3 tablespoons). Except for the cookies, it doesn't sound too terribly bad, but this was not part of the plan. I was not going to eat sweets till I was much closer to my goal weight.
          The next night the same thing happened. Good breakfast (protein shake, avocado oil), lunch (natural bacon and eggs fried in same fat), dinner - two locally made bratwurst. But another late night raid of the cookie jar, this time I didn't keep count, but it was several fists full, plus several handfulls of almonds.
          I have not touched the cookies since, and my eating hasn't been all that crazy, but I ended the week 3 pounds heavier than I started. So that business of 3500 calories makes a pound - bullshit. Did I eat 10,500 calories in excess? Not anywhere likely! I just had carbs in the form of SUGAR (that evil thing that is not my friend).
          I have been really depressed about this. Plus life at home hasn't been real happy. But I'll get past it.
          I've been on track all day today. Plus I just got some MCT oil and have been making Bulletproof coffee last 3 days.
          I am wondering about dairy. I use half and half in my coffee, but try to limit it to no more than 4-5 Tbsp a day. I use butter in my coffee. I also sometimes snack on full fat cream cheese and Jarlsberg or sharp Cheddar. Is this too much dairy? The yogurt I finished off was a container I hadn't touched in a couple weeks, but I used to eat the low fat stuff daily before going primal. I no longer drink milk at home (I did have a few glasses of whole milk on the cruise - heaven!)
          I've been hungry a lot and I find myself wanting to eat something, but not wanting to cook, so I resort to almonds and the occasional packet of beef jerky. I still haven't made a meal plan like I wanted to. I'll do that Sunday...
          "Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. Wait, wait. I'm worried what you just heard was, 'Give me a lot of bacon and eggs.' What I said was, 'Give me all the bacon and eggs you have'. Do you understand?" - Ron Swanson

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          • #6
            Sunday (3/10) was a good turning point. While I'm sure I didn't get enough calories (I wasn't hungry, plus I haven't reversed the mindset that going without food will lead to weight loss - that one has really been a struggle), I did eat Primal.
            Best of all, I went for a nice walk/hike (level, but rough terrain). Covered between 1.6 and 2 miles, depending on measuring source. First half in 20 minutes, then I challenged myself to return in less time so did a little bit of jogging; second half = 15 minutes.
            Sunday 3/10
            B: bullet proof coffee
            L: leftover porkchop
            D: Slow cooker chicken curry (yum!)

            Didn't make the mealplan like I said I would.
            But I am going to try some changes for the four weeks:
            >Limit coffee to 2 cups daily (I currently drink a 50% caffeinated homeblend)
            >NO dairy (except 3 T 1/2 & 1/2 per cup of coffee and 1T butter in the 1st cup)
            >NO artificial sweeteners. And that means no Crystal Lite. I haven't included this in my MDA journal (I've been hiding it from you as I know it is furthest thing from being Primal, but I figured I "need" it to help drink the 3 liters of water I regularly enjoy consuming). I've now gone at least 72 hours drinking just plain water, and I haven't passed out yet.

            Monday 3/11
            B: BP coffee, whey protein shake, avocado oil (in the shake)
            L: leftover chicken curry, sugar free Jello (oops, sorry, that was made with artificial sweetener)
            Snack: half an avocado with balsamic vinegar, 2 ounces deli turkey meat
            Dinner: planning on 7 ounce steak with salad greens. Possibly glass of red wine.
            "Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. Wait, wait. I'm worried what you just heard was, 'Give me a lot of bacon and eggs.' What I said was, 'Give me all the bacon and eggs you have'. Do you understand?" - Ron Swanson

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            • #7
              Tuesday 3/12
              Read Mark's post about foods that are Primal... Pork rinds - Yes, but the ones in the cellophane bags at the supermarket are nothing like home cooked pork skin. The hams my mom baked at Christmas when I was little still had the skin on (sometime a little stubble too). She woud give me a piece the size of a playing card that was about as stiff as saddle leather, but not so brittle that it snapped. I would start chewing on a corner (after scraping the delicious thin layer of inner fat off with my teeth) and that piece seemed to last for hours. Oh what a lovely memory. I'll have to get a ham that still has the skin and see if I can reproduce this memory! Obviously will have to be a "cage free" pig...

              Today's stats:
              B: BP coffee (no butter this time, just MCT oil and H&H), whey protein shake w/ avocado oil
              L: leftover chicken curry, last of my sugar free jello (forgot to add that it has about a quarter cup of unsweetened pineapple) Won't make more sugar free Jello, it's just too "non-primal"!
              Snack: was craving "something", found a bag of delicious prunes, ate about 10 over a 1 hour period (I am now probably way over my carbs for the day, at least they weren't from pasta or candy...)
              D: locally made Bratwurst with mustard, salad greens, Italian dressing

              Macros:
              1276 calories
              78g carbs (23%)
              83g fat (56%)
              68g protein (21%)
              Actually, these numbers aren't too bad all things considered...
              However, my only exercise was a 15 minute walk this morning. But, you know, that's more than I have done some days... sigh...the perils of being a lazy person working from home...
              Last edited by desertcreature; 03-13-2013, 12:22 PM. Reason: clarification
              "Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. Wait, wait. I'm worried what you just heard was, 'Give me a lot of bacon and eggs.' What I said was, 'Give me all the bacon and eggs you have'. Do you understand?" - Ron Swanson

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              • #8
                Dairy is a very individual thing. I do quite a bit myself but that doesn't work for everyone.
                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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                • #9
                  notes for Tuesday 3/26/13

                  Well, I had a run-in with Dryers Rocky Road ice-cream last week. I thought I could bring some into the house for my mom, but I ended up binging on it. I then had to go out and get some more to replace that for her, and same thing happened. I am not going to kid myself and do this again. She will just have to go up to the Dairy Queen and have a cone or something if she wants ice cream.
                  As I wrote above, I was going without dairy and artificial sweetners before this incident. I actually only use the sweeteners (Crystal Lite, sugar-free Arizona tea, Arnold Palmer Tea etc) in my water. I dilute it by half otherwise it tastes too strong. (I know, I'm trying to justify myself here...)
                  But I wonder if going without the occasional sweet taste led to the overwhelming urge to consume mass quantities of sugar... Funny that I keep bread in the house for my mom and I haven't had so much as a slice of that...
                  Well, because I have been unable to organize my mealplanning and grocery shopping, I signed up for Marks Mealplan service. For the past 10 days I've been cooking recipes from Mark's book (PB Cookbook). It's a bit overwhelming (I haven't always cooked from a recipe for every meal), but I'm adjusting. And the food has been really good!
                  I found a source (through Craigslist) for homegrown chicken eggs. I found affordable organic HWC at Costco. And I'll be ordering a box of grass fed beef and pastured pork as soon as there is room in the freezer, probably by early April. I am going to do my best to stay Primal. But I'll say Thank you Mark for the 80/20 thing. It helps with the guilt that I cannot be as disciplined as some others are.

                  I did a 2 mile easy hike on Saturday and a little over 1 mile walk on Sunday. I don't think I did anything Monday. Today I walked the half mile roundtrip to the mailbox. Hope to do that again this evening...
                  "Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. Wait, wait. I'm worried what you just heard was, 'Give me a lot of bacon and eggs.' What I said was, 'Give me all the bacon and eggs you have'. Do you understand?" - Ron Swanson

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                  • #10
                    Notes for Wed. 3/27/13

                    Meals since the ice-cream episode (it's all gone now)
                    Mon 3/25:
                    B: coffee w/ HWC (2 cups/4 Tbsp)
                    L: leftover Chicken w/ fennel stew (PB cookbook recipe)
                    S: about 20 almonds, and 4 small biscotti from Costco (bad girl! NO!)
                    D: 2 strips thick bacon, 2 (local homegrown ) eggs cooked in the bacon fat.
                    Exercise: nothing (you lazy bum!)

                    Tues 3/26
                    B: coffee w/HWC (same as above)
                    L: leftover chicken with fennel stew (I sure made a big batch of that!)
                    S: 2 biscotti (again with the sugar?? that's enough of that!)
                    D: Primal Pizza (PB Cookbook recipe) made with pepperoni, cheese and yellow bell pepper. I ground the almonds to make meal myself, but the crust was too dense. I tried to grind it very fine, but still wasn't pleased with the results. Will have to experiment more with this...
                    Exercise: just the 1/2 mile walk... sigh...

                    Wed 3/27
                    B: coffee w/HWC and 2 Tbsp MCT oil
                    L: planning on bacon and eggs
                    D: planning on either Salmon chowder or Smoked sausage and cabbage (PB cookbook recipes)
                    S: anything but sugar! Maybe nothing at all!

                    Plans: start making my own fermented sauerkraut and kimchi! I've got lot's of whey leftover from making yogurt a few months ago...

                    Just started reading Diane's (sbhikes) fitness journal. Will need some time to catch up but she and some of her followers are very inspiring. Heck, most everybody on this site is inspiring! I especially like to see women around my age (53) who have been overweight a long time and were successful at loosing weight and getting in shape. I'm in menopause, and I feel like I missed my chance to loose weight back when my metabolism was somewhat more "normal" (being obese for 30+ years it was obviously never normal).
                    "Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. Wait, wait. I'm worried what you just heard was, 'Give me a lot of bacon and eggs.' What I said was, 'Give me all the bacon and eggs you have'. Do you understand?" - Ron Swanson

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                    • #11
                      Hi DesertCreature (great name, that!):
                      You've got some things that make it tough, as we all do. Yours are just "yours." I'm older than you (58), post menopause, went primal last september after watching my son do fabulously losing a ton of weight, and wanting to feel good. I was not overweight at the time, so others can give you better suggestions about that. But i am a sugar addict as well. Someone here (paleobird? sbhikes? i forget whose kernel of wisdom helped me...) suggested that when the sugar desire hits, eat meat. Period. Just DO IT. Eat meat/protein until you are so full that you don't want the sugar. (a) you will fill up and (b) you will eat healthier. And it works. Second suggestion--this one is "mine": get rid of all sweeteners, even ones with low/no calorie. There are a lot of sciency reasons for that (check around the blogs if you want to know them), but my reason was to retrain my MIND as well as my body not to need or want sweet. Drastic, yeah--even to the point where i only eat 100% chocolate once in a while. I figure some day sugar and i will be able to play nicely, but for the moment I can't. I just don't play fair with it. Period. So I don't play with fake-friends.

                      Also, when you feel like eating something you shouldn't, try just reading the blog or forum. On the blog, search whatever term you want (i usually search for things i genuinely adore to find out what they do/don't do for one, like seitan, or tempeh, or sour cream, or whatever you want. So far, every.single.thing i've searched has been there...). And/or go to the forums and just READ whatever people post--the point is i'm reading ABOUT eating and reading about eating HEALTHY, so it helps divert the "i wanna eat food" trainwreck. You'll soon get to know who's struggling with what issue, and you find your support there. I read your post right now exactly for that reason--i'm stuck at work, hungry, can't eat right now, so i decided to "feed" my knowledge and understanding by reading YOUR post. I saw the user name, was intrigued, saw i LOVED how you set up your introduction (so clear, so easy, so charming!) and read what others said to you. I read you were reaching out for others who have the same obstacles you do. I have some of them; others will help you with other parts. So I needed to read your blog this morning and you helped me out too. Thanks!

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                      • #12
                        Hey girlie, I just saw you over on my journal and decided to check out yours!

                        It looks like you've been having a lot of trouble with binging. I have a history of binge-eating disorder, so I totally understand. I think the main thing you have to see is this:

                        Food solves hunger by providing nutrition--but that is the ONLY problem it solves. If you are eating and you're not hungry, you are trying to solve some other problem with food, and it won't work. But, this is a pretty cool first-alarm system, because it is letting you know there is some sort of problem to be addressed. So when you find yourself eating (or about to eat) and you are not hungry, go grab a pen and write down all the things that could possibly be wrong that aren't able to be solved with food. Maybe you're bored? Tired? Stressed? There are things to address those issues that you could be doing--and you could be feeling BETTER instead of worse (because when you eat instead of address the actual problems, you still have the underlying problem AND you feel bad that you ate something you shouldn't have).

                        I did this by keeping a record, for one straight week, every time I ate. I would write the time, my hunger level on a scale of 1 (starving and ready to knaw off my own arm for some nutrition) to 10 (Thanksgiving-day stuffed), what I planned to eat, and my emotions/how I felt. Then I'd come back after I was done eating and write the exact same items, except I'd write what I did eat instead of what I had planned to eat. I saw MAJOR patterns. Like I was eating at 3PM every day even though I was at a level 8 (not hungry at all) and my emotions were always "BORED." But that information empowered me--I was able to decide that I could address boredom alot more efficiently by (1) reading a romance novel; (2) walking down the hall to chat with a buddy; (3) cruising Amazon.com for purses, books, workout clothes, etc.; (4) planning my weekend, etc. etc. etc. Any and all of these things were superior in addressing the actual problem to eating. So that's an idea for you to maybe try and see what you learn about yourself!

                        Finally, I already mentioned the Paleo Coach in my journal, but it's on my mind, and one thing the author said was that every time we eat we are making a particular decision: do I want my long-term goals more than this food item? So in reading your intro piece, applied to you every time you are about to eat something non-Primal or even eating something Primal when you are not hungry, you should think about the idea that you are in fact chosing to eat that instead of reaching "My goal: To loose fat, gain strength and to reach a weight that is reasonable for my frame, using the principles of the Primal Blueprint. My motivation: I would like to enjoy life like all the success stories I read about on MDA!"

                        I bet when you think of it that way, you would choose your goal and motivation over ice cream any day!

                        Good luck and please feel free to PM me if you ever need to talk this type of thing out, I'm telling you it's all I've been working on for five years (and I've not binged in I don't know how long, so it works!).
                        I feed my healthy cells and starve the rest.

                        Waist circumference:
                        50(start)/40.5(current)/35>(goal)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by drjoyous View Post
                          Hi DesertCreature (great name, that!):
                          You've got some things that make it tough, as we all do. Yours are just "yours." I'm older than you (58), post menopause, went primal last september after watching my son do fabulously losing a ton of weight, and wanting to feel good. I was not overweight at the time, so others can give you better suggestions about that. But i am a sugar addict as well. Someone here (paleobird? sbhikes? i forget whose kernel of wisdom helped me...) suggested that when the sugar desire hits, eat meat. Period. Just DO IT. Eat meat/protein until you are so full that you don't want the sugar. (a) you will fill up and (b) you will eat healthier. And it works. Second suggestion--this one is "mine": get rid of all sweeteners, even ones with low/no calorie. There are a lot of sciency reasons for that (check around the blogs if you want to know them), but my reason was to retrain my MIND as well as my body not to need or want sweet. Drastic, yeah--even to the point where i only eat 100% chocolate once in a while. I figure some day sugar and i will be able to play nicely, but for the moment I can't. I just don't play fair with it. Period. So I don't play with fake-friends.

                          Also, when you feel like eating something you shouldn't, try just reading the blog or forum. On the blog, search whatever term you want (i usually search for things i genuinely adore to find out what they do/don't do for one, like seitan, or tempeh, or sour cream, or whatever you want. So far, every.single.thing i've searched has been there...). And/or go to the forums and just READ whatever people post--the point is i'm reading ABOUT eating and reading about eating HEALTHY, so it helps divert the "i wanna eat food" trainwreck. You'll soon get to know who's struggling with what issue, and you find your support there. I read your post right now exactly for that reason--i'm stuck at work, hungry, can't eat right now, so i decided to "feed" my knowledge and understanding by reading YOUR post. I saw the user name, was intrigued, saw i LOVED how you set up your introduction (so clear, so easy, so charming!) and read what others said to you. I read you were reaching out for others who have the same obstacles you do. I have some of them; others will help you with other parts. So I needed to read your blog this morning and you helped me out too. Thanks!
                          Thank you for such kind words and advice. Sorry I haven't responded till now! I actually read your post shortly after you wrote it (yikes!), but because I am so anal about making my reply "just so", I kept putting it off...
                          Anyhow, I have actually had to cut back on the time I spend on this site and some other favorite websites because it's just cutting into my day. I am appalled at the time I am wasting in front of a computer.
                          Anyhow, I've had some setbacks with sugar again, but I keep on keeping on - after all, "tomorrow is another day"...
                          "Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. Wait, wait. I'm worried what you just heard was, 'Give me a lot of bacon and eggs.' What I said was, 'Give me all the bacon and eggs you have'. Do you understand?" - Ron Swanson

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                          • #14
                            Hi Irongirl!
                            I confess that I always thought "binging" was going on a massive quantity consumption, but I see that I may have that wrong. If binging is not being able to stop once you start consuming, then I have this problem.
                            Since my last post back in March, I have eaten so much ice cream it would shock most normal people. It never makes me sick, I can eat a pint in one sitting, then finish another one an hour later. And this is the full fat version - I don't bother with the "reduced" kind, I want the smooth mouthfeel of real fat ice cream.
                            Surprisingly, I haven't gained weight, but of course haven't lost any either. I hide the empty cartons under my bathroom sink so my mom won't see them in the trash, and I haven't taken them out yet. I think I will leave them there as a cautionary reminder (they are clean and dry and don't smell).
                            Mind you, I have not fallen off the primal wagon; I document everything I eat, and except for the sugar in that ice cream, it's the only non-primal thing I've been eating.
                            I have put all my sugar substitute stuff out of sight (I'm sorry Drjoyous (*cringes a little here*), I can't seem to bring myself to get it completely out of the house yet, even though I agree with you about the chemicals... I just need more time...!)
                            I want to thank you for reminding me of my own goal and my motivation - I really should write that down so I see it and be reminded of it every day. It's easy to write something on a webpage, then forget it as time goes on...
                            I'm following your progress, and I frankly I envy the joy you've found in getting fit. I haven't got that yet, but will soon post some progress I've made...
                            "Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. Wait, wait. I'm worried what you just heard was, 'Give me a lot of bacon and eggs.' What I said was, 'Give me all the bacon and eggs you have'. Do you understand?" - Ron Swanson

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                            • #15
                              Well, I wanted to update my journal, but needed to make some replies first - it is the proper thing to do!
                              I've noted above some problems I've had with food, but I have some good to document when it comes to exercise. Since I work at a desk in my house and am hideously lazy, many days I take fewer than (gasp) 3000 steps. It is just appalling, I don't know why I'm even telling you.
                              On March 30, I "competed" in a local race - the Cave Creek Trail run 5k/10k which is raising money to purchase open desert for preservation. I had signed up in January with the hopes that I would start a 9 week training program I printed out. Well, I didn't do any training, but that morning, I still got up and did the 5k. I started at the back of the pack, I jogged a bit but mostly speed walked, and I had a nice time. And I went home feeling I could do more of this if I juuuuust put my mind to it.
                              So a few days later I looked up upcoming 5ks, 10ks and half marathons that would be within reasonable driving distance, and jotted them down in my calendar. I found a half marathon in Phoenix held at the beginning of November that I'd like to enter. I am not the slightest bit interested in a full marathon, but 13.1 miles sounds do-able. I started jogging a little every morning before work, but it just feels tedious and uninspiring doing it alone.
                              Last week I found a Meetup group that does a 3 mile run/jog/walk in north Scottsdale. Someone had just started it, it's open to beginners, and it's only a 15 minute drive from home. So I signed up for the next few Saturdays, with this morning being the first one for me.
                              I actually ran/jogged quite a bit of the course, and when I couldn't run, I walked very briskly. At one point the leader - who said I was doing very well - suggested that just for today I take a little shortcut in our loop, which I readily agreed to do. I'm sure it wasn't a whole lot less than the 3 miles the rest did. I could feel that I had pushed myself (in a good way) to jog more than I did on the trail run. When I got home, I cooked a steak and had a terrific salad (from a bag of shredded cabbage, broccoli & brussel sprouts).
                              So I'll keep training here in my neighborhood (if I go to my mailbox and back it's a half mile), and hope to do the whole 3 with the group, even though I'll be in the back. They don't mind and neither do I. Hey, if I'm in back, I'm still out there!
                              There is a fundraising run in 3 weeks on May 11; I'd like to go do the 5k. Then starting May 25th the Arizona Road Racers puts on a series of 5k's through the summer (for those crazy people that run in Arizona in summertime).
                              I've got a lot of opportunities to challenge myself.
                              "Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. Wait, wait. I'm worried what you just heard was, 'Give me a lot of bacon and eggs.' What I said was, 'Give me all the bacon and eggs you have'. Do you understand?" - Ron Swanson

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