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  • Becoming an Iron Girl.

    I am starting this journal because I am coming to Primal from Atkins and really enjoyed the Atkins Diet Bulletin Board for support. When I first started my career I gained 70 lbs. and completely stopped working out. Three years ago I said enough and started to "diet," first with delivered pre-made foods, then with weight watchers, then Atkins. I went from about 270 lbs. to 225 lbs., but I've been plateaued for almost two years. After getting cancer--TWICE--last year, I started reading a lot of studies and books (Gary Taubes is one of my favorites), and all signs seemed to point to Primal/Paleo. So here I am, fully committed to starving my cancer cells and feeding my healthy cells. My most immediate goal is to get my waist circumference down below 35" because I understand that this visceral fat is one of my biggest health risk factors. But in the long term, I want to just be extremely healthy--I want to never have to be in the hospital again if there is any way I can possibly help it. Surgery sucks. Being sick sucks. Being healthy is awesome. And I want to see my muscles, which I used to be able to do when I was about 185 lbs., but I'm trying not to focus on the scale at all and instead focus on inches and muscles. It has not been that hard.

    What is strange is how much I love to work out, yet how easily I let that slip away with the stress of my career. I had plenty of time to watch TV when I got home from work, but for some reason never understood that I could just as easily make time for exercise. Now I'm enrolled in a local CrossFit affiliate program, and I can't wait to see my strength increase. I also walk my dog twice a day now instead of paying someone else to do it. On the weekends, my husband and I hike and I'm going to incorporate sprints on those hikes (and on some of the dog walks--even shih tzus love to run!).

    I've been eating Primal since Friday. I feel amazing in the sense that I am not obsessing about food in between meals. When mealtime comes, I eat protein and veggies cooked in fat, and that's that. It's amazing to have this huge mess of questions surrounding what to eat, how many calories, how often, answered with a simple: Eat meat, veggies and fat, and sometimes fruit, when you're hungry. That's it. So nice!

    So that's it, welcome to my journal, I welcome you
    I feed my healthy cells and starve the rest.

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

  • #2
    Originally posted by IronGirl View Post
    My most immediate goal is to get my waist circumference down below 35" because I understand that this visceral fat is one of my biggest health risk factors.... So that's it, welcome to my journal, I welcome you
    Welcome to you!
    I love this goal! I'd like to add it to my list (one is to fit in an airline seat with some space between the armrests and my thighs!), because this goal is very smart!!
    "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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    • #3
      Thank you, desertcreature!! I know what you mean--I've lost 9" off my waist so far, and it definitely made a difference on airline seats! It's been easy in my experience to focus on weight, the number on the scale is such a huge focus for people, but I just finished reading The Paleo Coach and its author, Jason Seib, said something SO true that just hit it home for me: when people look at you, can they tell if they think you are healthy or not, even though they don't have access to your weight? When I met my husband, he didn't look at me and then *withhold judgment* on whether or not he was attracted to me until he could determine the effect of gravity acting on my body when standing on a scale! Also, my weight has absolutely nothing to do with my health (as seen in the fact that atheletes often have "obese" BMIs even though they are super muscular and fit). So I am definitely focused on things like my waist (visceral fat), my energy levels, how much I can lift, and when I'll finally be able to do a pull up/chin up!

      I hope to see you here again
      I feed my healthy cells and starve the rest.

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

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      • #4
        Down to 40.5" on the waist and its end of week 1!! I start my CrossFit classes next week and I can't wait to start seeing some muscle

        I was reading through paleobird's early journal and it made me want rooibus, so I bought some to drink throughout the day. Tonight I have an Intro to CrossFit class and this AM I'm doing low level walking with my lil rescue shih tzu. Here's my food plan:

        3 eggs, spinach and 4 slices bacon (I would have more eggs but I'm down to 3 need to go food shopping)
        Rooibus tea, pistachios if hungry
        Steak, mushrooms and guacamole
        I feed my healthy cells and starve the rest.

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

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        • #5
          Hi Irongirl,
          Yes rooibos is awesome. Lately I've been alternating between that and Teeccino. They have a grain free blend now with roasted dandelion roots. You get zero caffeine but you actually get a lot of nutrients instead. Check out their website.

          I think focusing on measurements is a good way to keep from stressing and you are very right about visceral fat being a "leading indicator" of health or lack thereof.

          Yep, there is nothing like a brush with mortality to give you the kick in the rear to shape up. Survival is a much stronger motivator than vanity could ever be.

          I wish you well. Get some "before" pictures because I am predicting you are going to need them to go with your amazing "after" photos on your Friday Success Story feature.

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          • #6
            Hey Iron Girl,
            I welcome you to the primal path! I hope you are able to make your goals a reality. I look forward to following your journal and your successes!
            “There are only two options regarding commitment, You’re either in or your out. There’s no such thing as life in between.” – Anonymous

            "Das Beste oder nichts" - Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler

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            • #7
              Hey guys! Thanks for visiting my journal!

              Robin, I have the befores and they are thoroughly embarrassing. I plan to take pics once a month because its too easy for me to get used to my body and not notice the changes until I see the stark difference over a course of time.

              The rooibus was divine, so happy I found that!

              Yesterday was my first day trying to go by hunger instead of "time to eat," and while I was actually hungry for lunch, I was only slightly hungry for dinner and so had about a third of what I normally have. But even that was too much when it came time for my CrossFit workout. It was the first workout in my LIFE (and I was an aerobics instructor/personal trainer all through senior year of high school to end of college) that I worked out to the near-puking stage. It was by far the most intensity I've ever achieved in a workout. And I wasn't hungry after at all, so no need to snack before bed like I usually do. I'm really looking forward to seeing how far I can take my body with these workouts and more intuitive eating (meaning no more "I need to eat three meals a day and two snacks because that's how life works"). I read through all 512 pages of the befores and afters on this forum and I am so inspired! Not that I needed any more motivation--I'm completely motivated and loving the food I get to eat, the pride I experience in taking such good care of myself, and the fun of the total challenge and supportive community of CrossFit and this forum. Can't stop me! Fitness FTW!
              I feed my healthy cells and starve the rest.

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

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              • #8
                This was the article that first brought all of the Primal/paleo concepts together in one place and really resonated with me.

                “Eat Like A Predator, Not Like Prey”: The Paleo Diet In Six Easy Steps, A Motivational Guide - GNOLLS.ORG

                J. Stanton runs a great site and I highly recommend his book The Gnoll Credo as well.

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                • #9
                  That is an awesome article, thank you so much! I see what you meant now when you said to ditch the chicken and go for red meat or fish. I got some awesome smoked salmon at Whole Foods today and I can't wait to have it with my stone ground mustard for breakfast after my 9 AM rowing workout at my CrossFit studio. And I got some lamb and buffalo burgers for the freezer for later in the week.

                  I love how the article talks about us as predictors and says that as you eat enough meat you become less weak and "more dangerous." Something about that resonates...
                  I feed my healthy cells and starve the rest.

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

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                  • #10
                    Great weekend. Went for my rowing workout at my CrossFit gym on Saturday with nothing but my first bulletproof coffee in lieu of breakfast, and my meals are getting much smaller. I still get hungry for three meals but the daily calories are naturally lowering. First "elements" class at CrossFit tomorrow at 6:15 AM, I hope it doesn't make me too tired for the rest of my day. Going to try to make it a 3x per week part of my life.

                    My sleep has significantly improved this week. I am finally getting that "sleep like a rock" benefit all the more seasoned paleophiles rave about. Woot!
                    I feed my healthy cells and starve the rest.

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

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                    • #11
                      Had my crossfit "elements" class today, we went through proper form for all kinds of squats, sit-ups, push-ups, and rope climbing. My biceps are screaming and I like it! I am really into these extremely tough workouts, I just love seeing how much farther I can push myself than I thought I could.

                      B: 3 mini egg souffles with natural sausage and spinach, coffee
                      L: burger on salad w/mustard and pickles
                      D: some kind of meat with guacamole
                      I feed my healthy cells and starve the rest.

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

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by IronGirl View Post
                        I love how the article talks about us as predictors and says that as you eat enough meat you become less weak and "more dangerous." Something about that resonates...
                        You really need to read The Gnoll Credo. I think you are ready for it. Not everyone is. I think you would "get" it.

                        If you buy it at this link, J.S. will even sign it for you.
                        http://www.100wattpress.com/our-book...gcsignedcopies

                        I have found that there is a crossfit box within walking distance of my new place. I may have to check that out. If nothing else, maybe find some Primal guys and get sweaty with them.

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                        • #13
                          just stopping by to say Hi...

                          Hey, I took a 5 day break from the web, and now I am so far behind in the threads and people I follow!
                          Glad to see Paleobird here - I just read her success story today (because of the link in today's blog post by Susan Alexander. I thought I had read all the success stories, but never saw hers. There must be more places to find them than where I was looking...)
                          Anyhow, this is a quote from her story:
                          "This is where I would like to say to all newbies around here: READ THE BOOK FIRST before you listen to forum advice. In The Primal Blueprint there is an entire chapter on portion control and calorie targeting. Much of the forum “wisdom” however said to chuck your scale out the window and just eat your bacon and be happy and the pounds would fall off magically.
                          Guess what. Didn’t happen. I gained back those first five plus five more and then read the book and realized I needed to cut portion sizes and get my calories under control. I think Taubes got part of the story right. There are good calories and bad calories, but even with just good ones, too much is still too much.
                          I dialed back on all that yummy fat and increased my lean protein intake while cutting overall quantities of food. The scale started moving again and kept going down for another 35 pounds to 145, five pounds under my goal of 150 and a size 6 when my goal had been an 8."

                          I confess that I am a newbie and I have the book, but have not gotten to that chapter! And I get so pissed whenever I read about newbies who miraculously loose 20 pounds after 30 days of just giving up grains and still being couch potatoes!
                          Well, I did not have that kind of success, and despite days of less than 50 grams of carbs in ketosis, the weight is barely leaving me (I can feel that I've gotten smaller in my butt and thighs, but my waist is still thick!)
                          I don't enter everything I eat into MFP so I don't know the exact calorie count. But I haven't learned to stop grazing, and I still want to eat when I get upset. I also think I've got conflicting information on high fat/moderate protein and high protein/moderate fat...
                          I don't know where I'm going here, I think I'm just rambling but I can't stop typing... Keep doing what you're doing - you and Paleobird and so many people inspire me and keep me going. I learn something new every day, I just don't always practice it enough.
                          "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
                            I have found that there is a crossfit box within walking distance of my new place. I may have to check that out. If nothing else, maybe find some Primal guys and get sweaty with them
                            Heehee--they better watch out, they're not ready for your sweltering self Robin! I will definitely check out that book after my test is over this weekend. I hope you have been well--thank you so much for continuing to visit my journal, I love seeing what you have to say!

                            You can do it desertcreature! The key thing is to not give up. Keep trying different things until something hits, because this IS the healthiest way to eat and it IS the way we were born to eat!

                            This Friday will be 2 weeks paleo for me, and I snuck a weigh-in this AM just to see what was happening. I'm down from 225 to 223 My arms and legs and back are SO SORE from all my crossfit classes, but for some psycho reason I love it. Here's how I'm feeling:

                            My clothes are fitting loosely!
                            My neck is looking way less fat!
                            My tummy is flattening out!
                            I'm feeling so good and proud of myself!
                            When I walk places, I want to throw little jogs in even though I'm not in a rush--but just because I can! I feel more *competent* with my body, a lot less like an oaf and a lot more like a gazelle!
                            I feed my healthy cells and starve the rest.

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

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by IronGirl View Post
                              When I walk places, I want to throw little jogs in even though I'm not in a rush--but just because I can! I feel more *competent* with my body, a lot less like an oaf and a lot more like a gazelle!
                              LOL - soon you'll be running like a lioness instead of a gazelle.

                              Isn't it amazing how much safer we feel when we know we can break into a sprint at the slightest whiff of danger? Weird in our society, but it does feel good. Not just to run if there is danger but to break into a sprint just for the sheer joy of it. It's been a few years since I've been able to break into a sprint, but I loved it when I could. Just added this to my list of goals!

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