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  • Bring on the Beef! (grass fed ofcourse) Alexa85's PB Journal

    i thought i'd jump on the band wagon of journal'ers.
    my name is alexa, i'm 25 years old and live way down south in mobile, al - a big small city near the gulf coast of alabama. here's the quick story of how i got to where i am now with PB. i was an athelete all through highschool and on into college. but, after quitting the soccer team i began slowly but steadily plumping up. graduated college, continuing to plump up...into a new and happy relationship even plumper...i found myself 5'1 and probably 180lbs or more. i began counting calories, working out six days a week and learning about all things fitness. a year later i was down 50lbs to a respectable 130lbs. i ended up becoming certified in personal training and dabbled in that for a while. but, after my struggle and defeat of my weight issue i felt entitled to eat however much and whatever i wanted to. after creeping up about six pounds i decided to try p90x which ultimately led me to PB.
    i have been at it about 7 weeks now...i am 127.2lbs today. i probably weighed somewhere around that in high school but did not have the muscle definition or body composition that i do now. my partner of three years is bravely joining me on my primal quest and has lost about 12lbs to date, and has lowered her bp and heart rate to normal levels. she probably has about 30lbs to go to reach her goal. i think she's lost several inches, makes me wish we had taken measurements.
    yesterday we both did our first 16hr IF. today is day number 2 (and also happens to be my day 60 of p90x). i'm less hungry today than yesterday, thankfully i feel very alert and energized despite having had nothing to eat.
    in short, i love the primal lifestyle. i talk about it every chance i get to whoever will listen. i have converted a few people already and probably sold mark at least three books i'm excited in a nerdy way about journal'ing
    i will maintain the truth
    i knew naturally as a child
    i won't forfeit my creativity
    to a world that's all laid out for me
    i'll look at everything around me
    and i will vow to bear in mind
    that all of this was just someone's idea
    it could just as well be mine - ani difranco

  • #2
    Welcome to the tribe, Alexa!

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    • #3
      thanks!
      i will maintain the truth
      i knew naturally as a child
      i won't forfeit my creativity
      to a world that's all laid out for me
      i'll look at everything around me
      and i will vow to bear in mind
      that all of this was just someone's idea
      it could just as well be mine - ani difranco

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      • #4
        i really blew it this weekend as far as alcohol goes on friday night. i only had five beers but judging by the way i felt on saturday morning i might as well have drank a whole case! in my college days, i could drink an 18pk at night wake up in the morning go to class and work two jobs. oh how times have changed!
        until about february of this year i had not done much to cut back on my drinking. i had tried a few times and it would work for a while and then inevitably i'd end up getting completely snockered again, waking up and asking my girlfriend questions to see if i had said/done anything stupid. after mardi gras this year i decided that i would cut back on my drinking, which i have successfully done since then. three or four (with one or two being the norm) beers are my max. i found out this weekend why. if i have any more than that, i have the woooorrrrsssttt headache and am on the verge of vomitting for the entire next day. since going primal, my system cannot tolerate that level of alcohol. four beers is the limit if i want to function at all the next day!
        so, to make up for the carb damage of beer (and get the toxins out, blah!) i have decided to do more fasting this week. i completed my third 16 IF this afternoon at lunch time. (my first two were last week, wednesday and thursday). i like IFing and after doing it only two times last week i went from 127ish to 125ish on friday. it's definitely helping my girlfriend with her weight loss goals also. i've noticed that we actually end up skipping meals inadvertently on the weekends. i plan to continue that this weekend while we are camping. eating breakfast and dinner and skipping lunch, but continuing our low level exercise (swimming, play, hiking, and biking) to really boost our fat burning skills.
        i will maintain the truth
        i knew naturally as a child
        i won't forfeit my creativity
        to a world that's all laid out for me
        i'll look at everything around me
        and i will vow to bear in mind
        that all of this was just someone's idea
        it could just as well be mine - ani difranco

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        • #5
          i'm fasting on monday, wednesday, and friday of this week. feeling good about it so far today. on monday during my morning 16 hour fast i started feeling kinda out of it, which was strange. i wasn't nauseated or light headed...really more foggy than anything it lasted even after i ate my lunch. haven't had that feeling yet today so that's good.
          last night my girlfriend and i, in preparation for a weekend camping trip, made homemade turkey jerky and the fruit/nut/protein energy bars. i haven't tried the jerky yet but the bars were awesome. my girlfriend is choosing to call them brownies instead of primal fruit nut energy protein bars today we are going to dry some more fruit for snacks on the trip. we have decided to have only breakfast and dinner since we can't really eat sandwiches and chips like everyone else and i don't intend to stop what i'm doing and grill something.
          i will maintain the truth
          i knew naturally as a child
          i won't forfeit my creativity
          to a world that's all laid out for me
          i'll look at everything around me
          and i will vow to bear in mind
          that all of this was just someone's idea
          it could just as well be mine - ani difranco

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          • #6
            i have been taking the week off from my normally scheduled p90x workouts. instead, i have been riding bike a lil bit (very lil), walking dogs three times a day, and gardening. i plan on starting BJJ next week two times a week so obviously my p90x workouts will have to change and be reorganized, which i don't mind. i'm ready for unstructured.
            right now, i am trying to be mindful of when i am actually hungry versus feeling compelled to eat through boredom or schedule. last night, we hadn't had dinner we pulled up at moe's for our weekly butt naked homewreck and we got off the motorcycle i told melissa i wasn't hungry. she said, hmm, neither am i...so we went home. i'm trying to work on more flexibility with meals...lunch doesn't have to include a meat and veggies kinda thing. i often end up literally grazing because i didn't have time or leftovers to pack for lunch.
            i will maintain the truth
            i knew naturally as a child
            i won't forfeit my creativity
            to a world that's all laid out for me
            i'll look at everything around me
            and i will vow to bear in mind
            that all of this was just someone's idea
            it could just as well be mine - ani difranco

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            • #7
              camping went really well this weekend. for the first time in my short camping history we brought just the right amount of food and absolutely none of it was wasted. i took extra time to prepare all primal snacks for us to take with us. i dried apples and bananas, melissa made turkey jerky, made trail mix, mixed berries, and the primal nut, protein energy bars were amazing! primal food lends itself really well to camping (duh) and i was very pleased with our time outside and in our tent. being away from the computer and television was great. next time, iphones off!
              i have come down a couple of ounces since our camping trip to an even 126.0 this morning, but melissa went back up almost three pounds. i'm not really sure what to make of it. maybe we ate too much fruit, although i don't think we ate any more than we normally ate. maybe it was the beers? we didn't over drink and have certainly had more to drink on other occasions without subsequent weight gain. i still haven't figured it out.
              i took my first BJJ/self defense class yesterday evening and really enjoyed it. i look forward to incorporating this into my fitness plan post p90x...which i have kinda given up on in it's purest intended form. i've gotten to tired of the regimentation.
              i will maintain the truth
              i knew naturally as a child
              i won't forfeit my creativity
              to a world that's all laid out for me
              i'll look at everything around me
              and i will vow to bear in mind
              that all of this was just someone's idea
              it could just as well be mine - ani difranco

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              • #8
                yesterday i was in the worst mood pretty much all day. i decided to skip bjj/self defense class and went for a date with my girlfriend instead. we had some great seafood - steamed royal reds and oysters for me. i tried to be the best lil primal soldier i could be as the normal side with seafood down here is red potatoes and corn on the cob. we ordered salad and broccoli instead, but they were out of broccoli! so i did induldge in a couple of baby red potatoes and a mojito...
                i'm going to my friend's house tonight and she's cooking pasta. i'm to bring a salad which i will make extra big and pack some salmon, feta, balsamic, and EVOO for my salad as i will be abstaining from pasta. i'm heading to the store after work to stock up on some new snacks, ideas that i got from the nice folks on the forum
                i haven't been working out for the past two weeks...last week we gardened a few nights out of the week and i did some super woman tilling so that counts as a work out! we walk our dogs three times a day around the culdesac. not much of a distance, but better than nothing. over the weekend, there was swimming and biking while we were camping. i need to get back at it, and i know it. i will do better next week
                i will maintain the truth
                i knew naturally as a child
                i won't forfeit my creativity
                to a world that's all laid out for me
                i'll look at everything around me
                and i will vow to bear in mind
                that all of this was just someone's idea
                it could just as well be mine - ani difranco

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                • #9
                  i'm back on the band wagon this week after taking a couple of weeks off from training. i cheated a lil at a memorial day party with some homemade icecream and peanut butter pie! yummo. i did a total jump rope interval work out on tuesday that went well. i was impressed with my cardio stamina after being on such a long break. jumping rope in my vibrams for the first time on a concrete floor wasn't the best idea, but i'll get used to it i'm sure. i went to my second bjj class yesterday evening and had a blast. i had almost talked myself out of going due to some heavy duty all day cramps but decided to suck it up and go. i'm so glad that i did. i tend to talk myself out of workouts if they're later in the day. so i want to remember this..."don't try and squirm out of bjj class b/c you like it and you will be glad you went and will regret not going." i always am nervous about trying new things especially when i don't know anyone etc...i was nervous that i would be in over my head. i guess i was thinking i would be in a class with some giant mma women, but that isn't the case at all. it's a small class, but my fitness level seems to be better than most of the other women. that was one thing i was nervous about. i can't wait to continue and go ahead and get my gi for class.
                  i'm thinking of doing a yoga tape tonight to kinda wind down and maybe soak in a bath. i need a lil relaxation in my life right now.
                  i will maintain the truth
                  i knew naturally as a child
                  i won't forfeit my creativity
                  to a world that's all laid out for me
                  i'll look at everything around me
                  and i will vow to bear in mind
                  that all of this was just someone's idea
                  it could just as well be mine - ani difranco

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                  • #10
                    i'm excited about all the changes going on in my life right now! next friday my partner and i will pick up our share of a fourth of a grass fed cow and half of a pastured pig. should be enough meat to feed us for almost a year. we are also finding local farmer alternatives to produce. i've also started BJJ twice a week and am loving it. i was very nervous about going to it. i didn't know what to expect. i've noticed that my fitness level is better than most of the other women. i just wish i had started class at the same time as them. right now my problem is that my fitness is much better than the others but i don't know as much BJJ as the others so i'm behind. i picked up a kettlebell and was looking for someone in my area who could train me and show me how to use it properly. i turned to my old go to trainer who is a boxer by trade. after him not returning my texts and irritating me i just happened to do a google search and found out that a man in my area actually trained with pavel and has the rkc certification. i will start training with him tomorrow and couldn't be more excited. he talked about using the heavy ropes as well. he is actually cheaper than my old trainer and is less than five minutes from my house
                    i will maintain the truth
                    i knew naturally as a child
                    i won't forfeit my creativity
                    to a world that's all laid out for me
                    i'll look at everything around me
                    and i will vow to bear in mind
                    that all of this was just someone's idea
                    it could just as well be mine - ani difranco

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                    • #11
                      whew, haven't journaled in a while...
                      so we did the detox whole30 thing for approximately 17 days...not quite thirty but i learned a lot of things and will continue some of the habits i started while doing that. what ended the detox was a night of drinking and one and one halves of a fruit tart i was also starting to feel so restricted that i was freaking out a bit. for me, cutting out all those things in addition to what i'm already cutting out added up to aggravation in the long run. but like i said, i will continue a lot of things...black coffee, unsweetened tea, and almost no dairy. i was way overdoing it and i knew it too, but i couldn't stop! i have stopped buying greek yogurt and milk. i have eaten a small amount of cheese, but nowhere near what i was eating. i think cooking with butter is one thing i will go back to. i will add back in some cheese for snacks or on top of my burger patties, but i was putting cheese on everything. i didn't think i could even eat eggs without cheese. now i know it's possible! i have considered buying raw goat's milk from a local farmer just for an occasional milk fix, but in general we have turned to coconut products for a lot of our dairy things. i like it too.
                      i've also started looking at the leangains web site and the 180fitness blog. there are interesting things on there. i've been looking mostly at their theories about carb refeeding or cycling which seems to make sense to me. balance seems to be important in all areas. i've been trying to loosely follow the general idea about fasting during the morning and then eating large post workout meals with carbs in them. i got really crazy the other day and ate some new potatos, two bites of corn bread, and one bite of my burger with the bun on. feels good to loosen up a bit. i won't make a habit of it, but once in a while i think it's ok
                      i will maintain the truth
                      i knew naturally as a child
                      i won't forfeit my creativity
                      to a world that's all laid out for me
                      i'll look at everything around me
                      and i will vow to bear in mind
                      that all of this was just someone's idea
                      it could just as well be mine - ani difranco

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                      • #12
                        ok. here's where i am now.
                        training twice a week pretty hard with kettlebells and once a week private bjj lessons (was doing a class twice a week. this is going to work out better).
                        diet...eh. it's primal, technically. but i have allowed myself to get carried away with foods that are acceptable on the pb lifestyle. so starting monday my partner and i are starting my version of the metabolic diet + primal. we plan on going very low carb throughout the week, the first phase we will continue for 12 straight days and on two saturdays from now we will have our first higher carb weekend. now, in the traditional metabolic diet the guy allows for pretty much anything in this time frame. it's a serious carb re-feed if you will. i plan on being more strict and primal about it. throught out the week we will cut out fruit, almond butter, nuts, potatoes (sweet or otherwise), and dark chocolate. then on the weekend we will allow those things back in plus some. i plan on trying to allow for some white rice here and there. maybe even some pita, hummus, and tortillas - all things we miss terribly. then after the higher carb period on the weekends we will return to a low carb week. and repeat the cycle. my workouts will continue as normal and hopefully i can get my partner to do some walking and other working out on my off nights. we have been very busy remodeling our house after some flooding - painting, pulling up carpet, and laying laminate. this has a allowed for some laziness on our part and maybe some cheating and beer drinking that shouldn't have happened. i plan on abstaining from alcohol (one of my biggest cheats, and weaknesses) from now until our cruise at the end of september. i think it's about 34 days or so. the last time we did something similar (the whole30) i ended up freaking out 17 days in because of all the restrictions...i know it's not HARD or IMPOSSIBLE. but for me it was too much at one time. i think i will be able to stick with this because of the more relaxed weekends. hopefully this will get me back on the right track. sometimes i need more structure or i can get out of control with things. let's see how it goes...
                        oh and i'm freaking out because i've been maintaing at 127.6 ish to 128 ish but today i weighed 131.8! i am premenstrual right now, so i'm just telling myself that is the cause - water weight and bloating. we shall see!
                        i will maintain the truth
                        i knew naturally as a child
                        i won't forfeit my creativity
                        to a world that's all laid out for me
                        i'll look at everything around me
                        and i will vow to bear in mind
                        that all of this was just someone's idea
                        it could just as well be mine - ani difranco

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                        • #13
                          DAY2 of low carb. yesterday went well. no excessive tiredness or grouchiness. stayed within my low carb limits but did feel pretty hungry all day. i'm already getting kinda burnt out on meat. but that could be becasue we cooked several things in the smoker on saturday have been eating the leftovers for lunch and dinner since then...no more chicken quarters or ribs for me for a while. i'm ready for a big ole hamburger or steak. we have plenty of meat from a local farm and some local eggs. i'm allowing for a couple of swallows of goat's milk in the morning and evening with my probiotic. it's just so dang good, i can't give it up completely. i already feel less bloated and my weight has come back down to it's normal range 128.8 this a.m. but i'm aiming to get below 127 (that's where my weight had been staying for several weeks). i know this low carb eating is going to do the trick.
                          one thing i am concerned about is my training days. i'll train kettlebells for an hour this afternoon and again on thursday followed by an hour of bjj. i think i'll be fine within my low carb range on tuesdays, but on thursday i'm worried i'll get fatigued. i'm going to try this week without upping my carbs during the day and see how i do. if it's horrible or if i hit the wall i'm going to add in some more carbs before training.
                          i will maintain the truth
                          i knew naturally as a child
                          i won't forfeit my creativity
                          to a world that's all laid out for me
                          i'll look at everything around me
                          and i will vow to bear in mind
                          that all of this was just someone's idea
                          it could just as well be mine - ani difranco

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                          • #14
                            Nice to see another kettlebeller/martial artist around here! I totally get the whole concern about having enough carbs to power through your workouts - I had a similar experience when I started slashing carbs a few weeks ago. After several false starts (go low carb, push myself too hard, feel fatigued, binge on carbs, repeat) I finally had to give myself a few rest days, to let my body adapt and "switch over" to burning fat for fuel. Then I added workouts back in...but slowly. Last week, I stuck to 30 minutes for intense workouts, and just walked or did something easy every other day. This week, I'm ramping up intensity a little, and I already feel much better even though I'm keeping carbs below 15g. I figure I'll be ready for my usual workout schedule next week or the week after.

                            I might save anything REALLY crazy for when I add a few more carbs back in.

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                            • #15
                              yay for kettlebell and bjj!
                              yesterday's workout went fine. got through everything no problem. i actually ended up not eating dinner last night and aside from a lil grumpiness and sleepiness (from working out not having any dinner) i didn't feel like crap. i wasn't even really starving like i thought i'd be this morning. i just made some eggs and bacon for breakfast (which i don't really do on the weekdays) and i was pretty much fine until lunch. i had a tiny bit of almond butter - less than one tablespoon. my weight is normal - 127.2 this morning. back in the range i was previously. for lunch i had a mish mosh of stuff because i didn't have any leftovers prepared. i had quarter of a smoked salmon fillet, some goat gouda cheese, one babybel cheese, some salami, some pepperoni, a hard boiled egg, less than half of an avocado, some home made turkey jerky, and some cabbage (cooked up in bacon grease with ham). i have been drinking decaf tea or coffe with heavy whipping cream in it for "sweet snacks". my energy level stayed very constant yesterday afternoon and has been this afternoon as well. barring a mid week freak out next week i think i'm going to make my twelve day low carb phase just fine and slide right into the higher carb phase next weekend with some coconut flour pancakes and berries! yummo!
                              i will maintain the truth
                              i knew naturally as a child
                              i won't forfeit my creativity
                              to a world that's all laid out for me
                              i'll look at everything around me
                              and i will vow to bear in mind
                              that all of this was just someone's idea
                              it could just as well be mine - ani difranco

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