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  • Primal Journal -Kev- Miles to go before I sleep.

    I have been keeping a public FitDay page for about the last 5 weeks. I am planning on ending that in the next week or so probably on Friday, defiantly by next Monday since I have a week of travel for work and a week of vacation in June and I am not going to stress over food. However I will keep a food log here. If your interested you can check out my FitDay here http://www.fitday.com/fitness/Public...wner=PrimalKev I am working on some progress pictures and will share my story here of how I began my primal Journey. Part of my Title came from the poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost you can Google to find the full poem if you have never read it. Miles to go before I sleep sums up where I am in My Primal Journey.
    Last edited by Kev; 05-31-2010, 07:47 PM.
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    A little about myself, I am a computer geek, who hates computers, 37 years old married with two kids. On Christmas day I was looking at some photos and thought "who is that guy???" well it was me of course. The last two years I have tried chronic cardio in the form of bike riding to keep my weight down, but last year, July 2009 I developed planters fasciitis in my bad ankle (more on that later) and it limited my riding through the end of summer and fall. Winter was really bad in south-western Ohio and so I didn't ride at all and really packed on the pounds by Christmas.

    You'll have to weight for the Admins to clear these pictures, but here goes nothing...

    Bad followed by Worse. I weighed 252lbs when these photos were taken.
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    • #3
      I had previously been introduced to the PB but hadn't done anything about it, and really wasn't sure what it really involved. The day after Christmas I started implementing changes, read PB 101 and ordered the book. If anyone hasn't read the book I highly recommend it. MDA has a ton of great information, the problem is it is too much information. The book makes things more concise and lays the foundation for all the information available on the web.

      In the last week of April I started a PB challenge and snapped these photos a few days later, same shirt. At this point I weighed 213lbs. Do you see a difference?
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      • #4
        Today is the end of my challenge and for the last week my weight has bounced between 206 and 210lbs. Since Friday I have been pushing myself to eat ~3000 calories a day. After 5 weeks of calorie restriction I felt I needed it. Tomorrow I am going to do a 24+ hour fast and may attempt my first 36 hour fast. New pictures including my fancy sunburn. Oh I do have some shirtless pictures but I am saving them for some dramatic before and after pics. I still have miles to go on this Journey
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        • #5
          Kev youre making great progress!!!
          Life on Earth may be punishing, but it includes an annual free trip around the sun!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Tara tootie View Post
            Kev youre making great progress!!!
            Thanks Tara. My wife says I am disappearing, but I know I have a lot of work ahead.
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            • #7
              Doing GREAT, Kev!!!

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              • #8
                Wow you're looking great! Keep it up!

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                • #9
                  Kev, it's working for you..dayum, lookin good! Not only poundage but certainly you've incinerated many inches off. Grok on

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                  • #10
                    Good job Kev, can't wait to see the end result!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by kuno1chi View Post
                      Doing GREAT, Kev!!!
                      Thanks kuno1chi!
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                      Satisfaction is the death of desire.

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                      • #12
                        bootson, Thank you.

                        Evita, Thanks. I didn't take any measurements until the end of January, but since then I have lost 8 inches off my waist @ the belly button and have gone from a tight (too tight) 40" waist with the "hidden elastic" to wearing a comfortable 36" waist no elastic. Yeah!!

                        robmedina, I can't wait either. Each day gets better.

                        Thanks for all the compliments and for stopping by my journal.
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                        Satisfaction is the death of desire.

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                        • #13
                          Today I am fasting as planned. If I am feeling well at dinner time I am going to attempt to make this my first 36 hour fast. Wish me luck, the ideal of going to bed on an empty stomach is a little concerning, but we will see how it goes.
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                          • #14
                            Well, My Fast didn't last. I was starved by the time I got home from work, walked 1 hour in the park, came home and had a Big Salad, and some ham and green beans. I feel full now so that may be all I eat today.
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                            • #15
                              Primal Blueprint success!

                              Warning back-story read at your own risk, it is possible that this is only interesting to meÖ

                              In October 2007 I was working a side job replacing a roof on a two story house owned by the family I worked for at that time. It was a beautiful sunny day and we were tearing off the old roof. We finished one section and I was sweeping it off when out of now here clear skies and all it started raining. Just a few drops, wanting to finish sweeping I figured I had a few minutes to get the job done. Then it started to downpour. I started towards the ladder and slipped on the now wet bare wood. I tried to stop my slid, but the pitch was too steep, I fell about 18 feet and landed on my feet. My right ankle hit solid ground and was fine, but my left ankle hit mud, twisted and broke, or maybe more likely broke and twisted.

                              X-rays showed I had fractured my Talus, the doctor thought it was a hairline fracture and a really bad sprain. I was put in a boot and 8 weeks later I attempted to return to my full time job of cleaning floors in commercial and retail buildings. The problem was I couldnít walk without extreme pain. I went to see another doctor, a foot and ankle specialist. He ordered a MRI and discovered I had split my Talus in two and it had healed unevenly. I had surgery to clean up the cartilage in the joint and to attempt to even out the surface of the bone to allow for a smother motion. Another 4 weeks in a cast then 6 weeks in a walking boot and some physical therapy. By the time I went back to work full time I had been laid-up for 7 months, and had went from 185 lbs to 225 lbs. My wife feeling sorry for me had gone on a pie making spree, as I sat in a chair and was unable to do any type of exercise outside of the physical therapy I was doing she fed me homemade Lemon meringue, Strawberry, butterscotch, cherry and other pies, along with cookies and cakes of various flavors.

                              The surgery defiantly helped, but I always had pain in my ankle, it was weak and easily irritated. It limited my enjoyment of life. I could play softball, but I knew the next day I would be in extreme pain. I kept a cane next to the bed just in case I couldnít walk without it in the morning, and iced my ankle almost every night to help keep down the swelling and irritation. To let you know how bad it really was I often thought of having it amputated, I figured that with a prosthetic foot life would be better. Things really got worse in July of 2009 when I developed plantar fasciitis in my left foot. In 2008 I had started riding my bike excessively to keep my weight down, it worked, but after 18 months and 4800 miles of chronic cardio I started developing heel pain, which only made things worse and limited my riding which set me up to reach an all time high of 252 pounds.

                              I started seeing a message therapist in September of 2009; it really helped with my ankle and the plantar fasciitis, but didnít eliminate the pain. An amazing thing happened when I went PB eliminated grains, and started doing bare foot exercises see: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/flat-feet-treatment/ slowly the pain and swelling in my foot and ankle disappeared. I have eaten wheat twice since eliminating grains both times caused visible swelling and inflammation in my ankle. I have continued to see my message therapist to work on the scar tissue and maintain a pain free foot and ankle and all the other benefits from regular message. If you are in south western Ohio and need a message therapist, seriously the best in the area, personal message me and Iíll give you the details.

                              My biggest problem now is I am uncoordinated, I am left handed and my left leg was always dominate, but for 12 years I forced my right leg to be dominate to protect the left foot. Now that the left foot is getting stronger each day I feel so uncoordinated as the left is once again becoming my dominate foot. With all that I have been through, this isnít a problem I am going to complain about. I am pretty sure given enough time it will all work itself out.

                              If you made it this far thanks for listening.

                              Grok On!
                              Strive for healthy today.

                              Satisfaction is the death of desire.

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