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  • Not-so-daily thoughts of Raikay's journey

    Finally signed up for the forum.

    I started my journey in January when I finally decided enough was enough. I've struggled with weight gain, fear of exercise due to it triggering major fibromyalgia flare-ups, and being tired of the fibro ruling my life.

    After reading "Wheat Belly" I cut wheat from my diet as am experiment and started to feel better. A couple weeks later found Primal and started studying up. I promptly cut sugars and the rest of the grains from my diet and started seeing a personal trainer once a week who also believes in primal.

    Progress report so far:

    I haven't had a muscle relaxer in 4 months, except for 2 days for a small issue that popped up in my hip, not bad since I've been on them daily for 6 years or so. I've been completely off my neurontin for 3 months from 5 a day for 5 years, and I haven't had a fibro flare-up in months.

    I'm doing TRX, walking, couch to 5k, and lifting weights. I'm currently doing 80lb lat pull downs, 250lb leg presses, 120 lb dead lifts, and bench presses. Definitely not bad since 6 months ago I couldn't ride my exercise bike 5 minutes without going into spams for 3-4 hours!

    I'm down 40ish pounds.

    I have gone from being terrified to exercise to wishing I could go to the gym and lift everyday. I love feeling myself get stronger and healthier!


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    Well, went for a hike up the butte this morning with a friend. It was only a couple miles but it was really steep in parts, my fitbit said I'd climbed 78 flights of stairs by the time we reached the top. I made it though!

    Had a great protein-full lunch and spaghetti squash spaghetti with meatballs for dinner.

    I'm a bit sunburned and really drained, but it was a great day and I feel good.

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    • #3
      Yesterday's routine went well. gym routine consisted of gobble squats, bench presses, deadlifts, dumbbell rows and some lat pull downs. I had PR's on everything but my bench presses so I feel really good about it.

      Today was couch to 5k week 3 days and I managed to do the whole bit in my VFF's. Needles to say, my legs are killing me, my arms and my shoulders are killing me. It's a good pain though, unlike the fibro pain I used to deal with. It's awesome feeling myself get stronger. One of my friends actually commented "damn, you can see your arm muscles now".

      It's been a great start to the week.



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      • #4
        Well, today a had a personal best at the gym in dead lifts by weight, bench presses by reps at my max weight, and hack squats by weight at .5 above my body weight. It felt great! We also added in kettle bells and are re-working my home routine.

        I can't stress how grateful I am that primal has given me back a life fee of pain that I didn't think I could have again.

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        • #5
          Welcome! I'm glad Primal is going well for you!
          Ancestral Health Info - My blog about Primal and the general ancestral health movement. Site just remodeled using HTML5/CSS3 instead of Wordpress.

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          • #6
            Thank you for the welcome!

            Today went pretty well, I'm a bit sore from the workout yesterday but it's a good sore at least!

            I'm finding my couch to 5k training is a bit easier this week than I thought it would be. Definitely a bonus since my next 5k is Sunday.

            Happy bonus for today: one of the guys that works at the gym at my office said I'm doing great. It was really nice since I only do cardio at my work gym. Yay for people noticing the difference!



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            • #7
              Well, I'm sitting here waiting for my 5k to start, I've got about half an hour or so left and it's starting to rain. Should make things interesting. My goal for today was to run party of it and to do better than the time for the only other one I've done which shouldn't be too hard since I walked the whole thing.

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              • #8
                This morning I caught my reflection in the sliding glass door. I was distressed for a moment that I had a lump by my neck, then I looked closer and realized it was my collar bone. I can see them now, not the whole thing, but I can see the bottom of them!

                This morning is -45.5 pounds.



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                • #9
                  The 5k results are in. 44:56. My last (and only other) was 58 minutes and some seconds. Not a bad improvement for still nor running the whole thing!

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                  • #10
                    Well, it's been a long week. I had new personal bests on all my power lifts at the gym and am down both inches and some pounds.

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                    • #11
                      I'm feeling really irritable today and it's making me crave eating crap. I just feel really frustrated with my daughter's lack of helping out with the chores and constantly expecting money and rides with no notice at all. I'm frustrated with work stress and stress in general. I'm kind of feeling lonely too and tired of doing it all alone. It's just kind of an off day for me.

                      It's crazy though because I'm finding myself craving things I haven't craved in months like pasta and candy bars. I guess some of my crap eating must have been emotional... And probably still is.

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                      • #12
                        Well, didn't get my walk in today but I made good progress on the deck removal. I can't wait to have a planting area for herbs and things!



                        I embedded up spending a lot of time with friends over during the last couple days. It seems relationships are writers for a lot of people I know right now, maybe I'm not so bad off not being in one. Most of the time I'm really ok with it and it'd be hard to get everything done that I need to with another person to give time to, especially with going back to school soon. Ah, how other people's struggles can put things in perspective.

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                        • #13
                          Well, here it is, Thursday morning. I'm a little down because my weight is up again although it's just a little. I'm still below 200 which is good and with how sore my poor muscles are, I'm hoping it was muscle gain rather than fat. Today's a work from home day so I need to make sure I'm getting up and moving around a lot. Thanks to my fitbit, I've learned I move WAY less on WFH days than office days, probably because everything is so close by. No walking downstairs to the gym, downstairs and way far away outside for a smoke (that nasty habit I haven't managed to break yet), walking to the break room for a coffee or water refill etc. Instead, all the same things are within 10 feet of my working area. Even my TRX is set up right by my laptop so I can do exercises while on the phone and still able to see my screen. It makes for more working out during work since I can sneak in some sets of things here and there without logging into break, but still much less movement overall. My goal for today is to be more aware of that and at the very least do some stair work on break and maybe go for a run around the neighborhood at lunch if it holds out and doesn't rain.

                          I'm feeling much better about work since I decided to go back to school. Kind of like a huge stressor is mostly gone now. For a while I felt like I was going through a really restless almost mid-life existential crisis. I'm good at what I do but I get no joy from it anymore. I've decided that since I dealt with fibromyalgia and chronic pain for so long, and since I've found amazing relief from that to the point where I feel like there's nothing I can't do, I want to help other people find relief from their pain and immobility so they can have an increased quality of life too. So, 3 per-requisite classes between now and April and 25-40 observation hours at local PT clinics and I'll be applying to the Physical Therapist Assistant program. I feel really excited about it!
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                          • #14
                            Go for a run in the rain! Lol I live in Washington...it rains like 10 months out of the year here so...yeah. I don't run, but I walk and play in the rain with my kids all the time.
                            Sounds like you're doing really well. I originally discovered PB last year, been doing it off and on. Decided last night that enough is enough. Time to commit. So today is day 1. Gonna be a good day.


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                            • #15
                              Well, I did end up running a bit and stayed pretty busy this weekend. Today is going to be my big struggle though. My goal is to not smoke at all.

                              I'm a little panicky sitting here in my cube knowing that I have no cigarettes, but I'm trying to remind myself that a little panic and bitchiness is worth it for my health. If I'm spending all this time on changing my diet and exercising and getting healthy then this is my next step and it needs to be done.

                              Hopefully I won't get too moody. I know if I don't dwell on it I should be fine, I just can't seem to get my head to quit obsessing on the fact that "I can't have one". It's almost like bread cravings when I first quit that in that just knowing I wasn't going to do it anymore seemed to make me want to do it even more. Gah, this crap is addictive!
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