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  • Clarkie's Primal Quest

    Ok, I am gonna do it! With some encouragement from Ecks I am gonna start a journal.

    For those of you who haven't read Eck's journal please do, he is a great guy and posts some seriously good food porn.
    I have been on MDA for about a month now, reading other people's journals for inspiration and meal ideas and I decided to take the plunge and start one myself. I won't be nearly as witty as Gay Panda, not as creative and poetic as Siobhan and won't post jaw dropping scenery pics of New Zealand like Annie but I will be honest and when I ask for help and advice I won't shoot down people kind enough to offer it.

    Seriously is it just me? I have been reading journals where people (not those named above of course!) bitch and complain and when other folks offer advice they reject it only to bitch and moan some more. Makes me nuts! I've stopped reading those particular ones cuz I can feel my blood pressure going up when I do. lol!

    I suppose my motive for starting a journal is to track what I eat and to exchange ideas and experiences with others traveling a similar path.

    I guess I will start by telling you a bit about myself. I am 48, married (just celebrated our 25th anniversary) and I have 3 children. DS is 24,lives on his own, DD is 20,working and going to school and DS #2 is 17 and in grade 12. I live about an hour west of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I work for a large pharmacy chain and my job involves alot of time in the car (which I hate) traveling to various Nursing Homes and Retirement Homes.
    On November 26 I will find out if I passed my exams (which I wrote in September, bloody long time to wait) to be a Regulated Pharmacy Technician. If I passed I will be looking for a job which doesn't involve so much travel. So fingers crossed everyone!

    I have been struggling with weight issues my whole life. My background is German and my Mom was a fantastic cook. Dumplings anyone? I was a chubby kid. Lost a bunch of weight in high school because I didn't eat breakfast or lunch. Gave my packed lunch to a guy who lived under a bridge on my way to school. Everyone called him Whack off Willy. Thank God I never witnessed Willy doing his thing...

    In college I met a friend who was a gym fanatic. We worked out 5 days a week. Aerobics and weights. Trainer at the gym put me on his diet. I still remember it.
    Breakfast: 2 slices WW toast, 1 orange, 2 egg whites OR a bowl of oat bran with skim milk and 1/2 a banana
    Lunch: 1/2 a can of water packed tuna and a large tossed salad
    Supper: 4oz chicken or fish, 1/2 baked potatoe and 2 cups of veggies

    I am 5'10" and I weighed 142. I was starving and miserable. Needless to say I couldn't keep up that lifestyle. I met my husband while we were both working at a bar/restaurant. Beer and wings with the gang after work every night soon took me up into the 160s. I weighed 165 on my wedding day and I thought I look pretty good. I will post some pics when I learn how. (gotta get one of the kids to teach me,lol!)

    I got pregnant 6 months after we got married and I weighed 202 right before DS #1 was born. He was born via emergency C-section weighing 8lbs 8 ozs on Christmas Eve 1989 and when I came home I weighed about 175. I also had a serious case of Bell's Palsy. The left side of my face was completely paralyzed. It was horrible and I didn't want to leave the house. It was a cold Canadian winter and I stayed home with the baby, cooking, baking and eating and got back up to about 190.

    Once spring arrived and the Bell's Palsy went away I joined Weight Watcher's and got down to about 175-180ish. I stayed there despite a low fat diet until 1992 when I got pg with DD. Again up into the 205-210 range right before she was born. Never really lost much weight after that.
    DS #2 was born in 1996. My weight peaked at 237 about 7 years ago. I have tried Weight Watcher's, Dr.Bernstein (ya I know, stupid) I even went vegan for about a year. The most success I ever had was doing Atkins a couple of years ago, got down to 175ish but didn't stay with the maintanence, went back to eating carbs and presto! I am again in the 208-212 range.
    When I found MDA it all just made so much sense to me. I have been eating this way for about a month now and I feel SO much better. No carb coma or brain fog. No counting points or calories. No obsessing about when and what I will eat next. I eat when I am hungry and stop when I am full. I am not weighing myself regularly because I tend to obsess over the numbers and either beat myself up over it, or say "fuck it" and have a binge.
    My clothes fit better so i suspect I have lost a few pounds. I know that after years of dieting and eating a SAD, my body needs time to heal and the weight will come off eventually.
    I am looking forward to being a more active member of the MDA community and I look forward to "meeting" more people. Grok on!

  • #2
    Oh ya, I said I was going to track what I eat. So far today:
    B-nothing, didn't get up til really late, gotta love Sundays
    L-smoked pork chop, 3 eggs scrambled with mushrooms and zucchini (coudn't eat all of it) 2 coffees with cream
    Snack-about 2 ounces of Wensleydale cheese
    S-planning to have roast chicken, purple heirloom brussel sprouts, cauliflower mash, fingerling potatoes for the rest of the family


    • #3
      Hi Clarkie welcome to the community! You're right! Ecks is a great guy & has done so well!! Everybody loves his food porn!! I wish you much success on your journey to health & weight loss. There is a wealth of info on this forum, so keep reading. Some you have to take with a grain of salt tho. We are all here to help each other.

      Just wanted to say hi!!
      Last edited by theprimalcajun; 11-17-2013, 11:53 AM.
      Goal: Don't worry be happy!


      • #4
        Hey there. Hello from another newbie. Nice to find a new and fresh journal that I can keep up with. And I'm really glad of those suggesting of what you enjoyed reading, so I'll be off to check out those journals too.

        I lost 35lbs from Jan to Jun this year with WW, but knowing about the tendency for that to rely on being very low-fat high carb, I had my doubts, having already identified many of my food intolerances. I've stalled since then cos I got bored with the plan, and have started experiencing stomach pain again, and realised that primal/paleo is the only way I am going to fix it.

        Look forward to following your journey


        • #5
          Hi Clarkie, it is so great to have you here on MDA and starting your own journal. There's nothing like logging one's food - and other primal-related doings - to keep you on track. And hey, we have lots in common - I am 49, married nearly 27 years, three girls ages 23, 20 and 13. Thanks so much for dropping in to my journal, and for your lovely comments, it helps encourage me to keep it up.

          I visited Canada (well part of it) last year, you also have the most incredible scenery and on a scale I couldn't imagine till I actually saw it. Where we have one mountain you have a whole range of them three times the size. We have native forest, yours goes on forever and the trees are humungous. It sounds like you have made a great start with primal, good luck for your journey.

          PS take measurements, they could change real fast and you will want to know how far you've come (the scale only tells part of the story).
          Annie Ups the Ante


          • #6
            Thanks to all for stopping by and saying hello.
            Annie-Thanks for the tip to take some measurements. I will do this weekend. What part of Canada did you visit?
            This week is crazy at work. I am on the road every day. Today was in the car for nearly 4 hours. Eating was not great but not too far off course all things considered.
            B-coffee, didn't get up in time to cook anything and in all honesty wasn't that hungry
            L-didn't get a lunch break. managed to have a couple spoonfuls of the egg salad that I brought with me, drank some water
            S-got home and was STARVING, ate the rest of the egg salad that was supposed to be lunch. 3 eggs mixed with some mayo
            heated up some leftover brussel sprouts and 1/2 a small sweet potatoe from last night and scarfed that down
            Then made taco salad. Lettuce,tomatoes,mozzarella cheese (ran out of cheddar) grass fed ground beef with hot sauce, spices. THEN greek yogurt with some frozen blueberries and coconut milk.
            I guess overall it's not that much food, it's just that I ate most of it within an hour. I have to get better at taking more portable lunch options, especially when I know I won't get a lunch break. I was taking almonds, cheese and an apple but I am trying to lay off the nuts and the cheese, not that I did today.
            Tomorrow will be more of the same, hours in the car and no lunch break. Must try to bring something to munch on.


            • #7
              Hey! Finally got around to coming here. Sounds like in spite of your busy work life you're keeping fairly primal. Keep strong- the key to staying primal/paleo in a busy work life is pre-prep. Not easy though with a big family I'm sure but you're on the right track! Keep it up! (clicking subscribe right after I post this )
              SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
              Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
              Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
              Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
              Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
              Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses


              • #8
                Hey Clarkie, hope you are doing ok and that the road warrior stuff has ended for the week. Look after yourself


                • #9
                  Did you think I fell off the face of the earth?? I just wish I did!! LOL! What a fricking week. It sucked big time. I worked 60 hours in 5 days and spent about 15 of those driving on the 401 and 407. For those of you not familiar with my part of Ontario those are two extremely busy multi lane highways.
                  Ecks, you are sooooo right. Preparation is the key to staying primal when on the road and unfortunately I was not nearly as prepared as I should have been. I did the best I could but did end up having a sandwich from Tim Hortons mid week. I don't know if it's a good or bad thing but my body doesn't react violently to the grains. My weight is however up a pound as of yesterday. (i caved and got out the scale)
                  I am choosing to look at the past week as a learning experience and not a failure. Monday and Tuesday I will be away again so today I went shopping and have planned to bring along hard boiled eggs, cheese, almonds, apple, banana and water. I will also make sure to have a big breakfast before heading out incase I don't have a chance to eat until much later in the day.
                  Autumn Tiger, thanks for checking in on me. Hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend. I am hunkered down with my dogs in front of the fireplace. It got bloody cold here today.


                  • #10
                    Woke up today feeling blah. Had a crappy night, kept waking up and then the damn alarm went off at 645am. It somehow got knocked off the table and the little button thingy went from off to on. Did manage to get back to sleep for a bit but woke up at 10 feeling like crap.
                    Can't even blame hormones cuz it's not "that week" or even close. My back hurts, I am grumpy and unsatisfied with my life, my job in particular. On Tuesday I will find out if I passed my exams to be a regulated pharmacy technician. The thing is, after spending half my life in pharmacy, I don't know if I even want to do it anymore.
                    I feel trapped. I don't have the option to quit my job and "find myself." Thinking about working tomorrow just makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry. I don't mean to be an ungrateful idiot. I know there are people on this forum and elsewhere who would love to have a job, any job and I don't wish to offend them. It's just how I feel right now. Ok pity party is over onto the food!
                    B- coffee with cream and sweetener, can't seem to give up the sweetener
                    L-wanted "breakfast" food, 3 eggs, back bacon, tomatoes
                    S- stir fried shrimp,broccoli and bean sprouts. dessert was greek yogurt with raspberries,walnuts and a bit of maple syrup
                    hungry again a couple hours later, 2 bananas mashed with some almond butter, cream and a couple of squares of dark chocolate
                    B-nothing, too miserable to eat lol! just coffee with cream and sweetener
                    L-pork ribs that DH made a couple days ago but I haven't felt like til today,sweet potatoe with coconut oil and a drizzle of maple syrup, delish!
                    D-blade roast in the oven right now, gonna roast some brussel sprouts, beets and fingerling potatoes
                    DH will be watching the Grey Cup later. I got him some organic hummus and blue corn chips for snacking. I figured it would be better than potatoe chips. Hope everyone has a good night. Go Ticats!!


                    • #11
                      Ok, so I haven't been posting, but I have been reading success stories like crazy. Work is still stressful but I decided yesterday that getting my body and mind strong can only help me to deal with my work situation so that is what I will focus on. DH was out of town for a couple of days this week, went to visit his brother in Windsor so they could hang out and watch NFL on American Thanksgiving Day. He came back with treats from a bakery he used to go to when he was a kid growing up in Ridgetown. I got home from work Friday night starving (I know, stupid) and indulged. Felt achy and bloated the next day and sprouted 2 zits on my chin. IT'S JUST NOT WORTH IT!!
                      Food yesterday and today has been totally primal and I feel great. Went for a 30min walk yesterday and another today on a more hilly route on a drizzly,damp cold day, and I loved it! I am easing into the exercise because my back is still not 100% and I don't want to end up on the couch again for days, not able to walk upright.
                      Weight this morning was 206 which is good, down from 209 roughly 10 days ago. I have also decided to stay primal until they end of the year and starting Jan 1/2014 I will do a Whole 30.
                      Giving up dairy will be difficult for me but I want to do it and see how much weight I will drop. If it's significant I may have dairy as an occasional treat. If the elimination of dairy doesn't seem to affect the weight loss too much then I will continue to have some on a daily basis as I do now. Should be interesting.
                      I have also decided to cut way back on nuts. I have been eating way too many.
                      I also bought some Vitamin D and Melatonin. I was taking Melatonin a while ago and I think it made a difference in my sleep quality. I can fall asleep no problem, but I wake up alot through the night. The melatonin seems to help me stay asleep. Vitamin D, just because there is not alot of sun in my hemisphere right now. Not sure how much too take though. Have to do some research on that.
                      Food this weekend;
                      Saturday; B- 3 eggs scrambled with cream and about 5 pieces of bacon
                      L- Greek yogurt with coconut milk, almonds and a drizzle of maple syrup
                      D-chicken soup made with carrots, celery, chicken thighs, and brown rice noodles. ( I only had a few noodles)
                      Snack later cuz i was hungry. Coconut milk, frozen banana, cocoa powder and bit of maple syrup in the blender, yum!

                      B-coffee with cream and coconut milk, not hungry
                      L-2 eggs scrambled with bell peppers and smoked trout (is is weird to crave smoked fish?)
                      S- planned, Paleo meatloaf with a spaghetti squash, kale, cashew and raisin sidedish that I used to make alot during my Vegan days and sweet potatoe mash.
                      Hope everyone has a nice weekend.


                      • #12
                        hey Clarkie, good to see you back.

                        Sorry to hear about work being a PITA, I know the feeling at the moment. Too many hats and not enough support. Need to get a handle on it. Hopefully feeling in control of your lifestyle and health will help you face down any work issues too.

                        Sounds like you have had a good 48 hour reset ahead of the start of the next week - keep up the great work!


                        • #13
                          Weight this morning was 205. I am happy with that. Stuck to my eating plan well yesterday except for 1 cookie after dinner. DH brought home all sorts of baked goods from his trip, which included a large tray of Christmas cookies. I caved and had 1 for dessert. All the kids were home for supper last night, which is a rare event indeed so I guess I kinda got caught up in the moment. I'll count that as my 20%.
                          Currently in the midst of an IF. Got a late start this morning, didn't feel particularly hungry and decided to just have coffee and water today until I get home. Supper plans are roasted brussel sprouts, green beans and tuna.
                          Thanks for dropping in Autumn Tiger, hope you have a great Monday.


                          • #14
                            update on the IF. Lasted until about 2:30 and then stomach rumblings could no longer be ignored. Had a large handful of plain almonds. That held me over until I got home. DH,DD and DS all working late. Couldn't be bothered roasting brussel sprouts just for me so supper consisted of a small chunk of mozzarella gobbled down while preparing a BAS topped with a can of tuna. Also ate 2 small chicken thighs leftover from a couple of days ago. Finished off with 1/2 a large apple chopped into a bowl of about 3 tablespoonfuls greek yogurt and 1/3 cup coconut milk, drizzled with maple syrup. Now having a large mug of sleepytime tea and heading to bed by 9pm. Hopefully the melatonin will work better tonight. Very interrupted sleep again last night.


                            • #15
                              Sounds like a good day!

                              I love feeling much more in touch with my hunger, and not fearing it, and being able to wait while I prepare something proper before diving in - or like you did, with just a small munch on either nuts or protein.

                              I hope your sleep improves, mine is going through a rough patch, too, at the moment, maybe its a re-adjustment phase or something?

                              By the way (BTW) what is sleepytime tea? I've heard others refer to it and am curious. Ta!