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  • My Primal Journey!

    I love this and thought it was a wonderful little resource to utilize. I am on the fourth day of my renewed Primal/Paleo journey, and have seen immediate results! 5 pounds in 3 days! I wanted to use this little journal to motivate, and get motivation, and also to post my pitfalls and progress (or in some cases anti-progress). Let me say, everyone has their different goals, stressors, and motivations, while immediately I am doing this to lose weight, it is to eventually just be healthy overall. Hey, I don't want to be that fat girl in the back of the group getting munched on like zombie food because I wasn't fit enough to be at the front! Lol. So, this will be my little journal of daily challenges and victories as well as progress. Thank you guys! -Victoria

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    So I thought I would start this post with my stats! Hugh! I'll show you where I started, where I am, and my goal weight. On ocassion I will post what I eat and drink. So, here we go!

    Age: 23
    Height: 5'9"
    Starting Weight: 213
    Current Weight: 207
    Days primal: 4
    Goal Weight: 150

    I have lost 6 pounds in 4 days! I am freaggin ecstatic! So, keeping my carbs low but still enjoying my dark chocolate, honey butter candy, and a good glass of cabernet, I do not feel restricted, nor punished. I ate a bit more sugar than I should have yesterday, and still lost a pound and shrugged it off. I'm sure when cavemen got their hands on fruit they didn't always want to stop at one! Haha. I'm proud of myself and this shall continue. Have a good day everyone!

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    • #3
      Vic,

      Good morning, and welcome to the community. You will like it here, and be sure to use all of the utilities to your advantage (especially nutrition and fitness pages, those are great). I wouldn't become a prisoner to the scale so early. You will definitely notice weight fluctuations at points of a pound or two, and you can't let that get you discouraged. A large part of it early on is more how much different you feel for me, but I suppose as you said everyone has different motivators.

      All the best,
      - Jim
      Please feel free to follow my journal, unless you're seeing this link IN my journal... That's quite the paradox! I promise to keep my content up to date, honest, and hopefully mildly entertaining.

      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread107788.html

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      • #4
        Thank you so much! It is so nice to have a supporting community tha understands your struggle to change. I know that fluctuations do occur, and I have that in mind, also the Plateau... That evil thing. I just want to keep tabs incase I do plateau or begin to gain an egregious amount, so I can move more or change what I eat. I have tendancy to slip if I don't pay close attention and until I break myself, I feel I have to always make a note. We all have our weaknesses lol. But I am very very happy to have a support group with people more knowledgeable than I. Thank you for being so welcoming!
        Originally posted by Jimmus Prime View Post
        Vic,

        Good morning, and welcome to the community. You will like it here, and be sure to use all of the utilities to your advantage (especially nutrition and fitness pages, those are great). I wouldn't become a prisoner to the scale so early. You will definitely notice weight fluctuations at points of a pound or two, and you can't let that get you discouraged. A large part of it early on is more how much different you feel for me, but I suppose as you said everyone has different motivators.

        All the best,
        - Jim

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        • #5
          Okay! So today I am honoring the 80% rule and getting some food I have been craving, while still trying to stick with Primal choices. Although a slice of cheesecake is on that list with some Chinese food, I think I can manage it just fine. I had planned on swimming but the weather here is just a bummer today. On another note, I have noticed an immediate change in my body composition just after my first week of doing PEM's and moderate/fun exercises. My thigh structure has improved and less cellulite! I have always had big thighs (Cherokee and Scotch Iris I am) so to see them shapely is fantastic! Also my upper arm is losing the access fat underneath and is reducing in size. So I am off to thoroughly enjoy some old favorites (in moderation of course) which shall be a test to my will and resolve tomorrow! Have a good day guys!

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          • #6
            Welcome LadyIsis! I started this journey about the same time as you.

            I look forward to following your journey.
            Not all changes lead to progress. But progress is impossible without changes.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by CO_Mom View Post
              Welcome LadyIsis! I started this journey about the same time as you.

              I look forward to following your journey.
              Thank you! It's always nice to be in the same boat as someone else! It gives you that hope and motivation. Good luck to you and I hope we can share our amazing tales!

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              • #8
                So, after my "indulgence" day, which , by the way, I did amazingly and didn't eat but a tad of grains or A LOT of sugar. So needless to say, my sensations of guilt and self hatred associated with food has subsided. I got my Chinese, but opted for meat and veggies over rice or lo mein, but I did enjoy a slice of vanilla pie, and had some ice cream . But hey, it's friggen delicious! Haha, but the next day I fell back in line, yet my stomach pain returned and I had to miss work and my workout. So I layed in the sun to help my immune system, and when the pain got worse I curled up with my dog and a blanket and took on hellspawns on Diablo III . Today I feel better, but , yet again my body desires to stand in my way. Being a woman makes my workouts lighter . It's a bummer. On my diet related note, I have began perfecting how much of what food I put in my body. I have also began fasting meals here and there, and my fat not derived from whole foods, is being cut back. I am separating my cooking aids to be used sparingly. 1 tablespoon of added fat everyday, until I realized I need more. I have also decided (with aid from fellow members) to walk away from the scale and towards the sun! Every time I want to weigh myself, I'm going to step outside and walk for five minutes. Well, that's all my updated ravings. Everyone have a great day!!

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                • #9
                  Good mornining my fellow cavepeople! Although it is raining here it is still such a beautiful day. It is a life changing day, and a good one to rid myself of over indulgence, and vices. I have found a problem, my movement. I work in a non-paleo household taking care of a disabled woman, whom I love to death, and I have tried cleaning, going outside, walking around the house, PEM's, jumping Jack's, you name it, but after being in the house for ten hours I run out of things to do. I get bored. Ack! Anywho, I have lost two more pounds since Sunday (I haven't checked it since ) and feel so much better. My hubby has noticed a difference in my body as well, which makes me happy Fitday.com has become a great tool and I finally realized how much I was eating, but it wasn't near as many calories as I thought I was eating, so it gives me room to add more grub like more veggies! Yay for mother earth! I really need to make my journal a little more organized lol, I'm always so scatter brained! Have a good day!

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                  • #10
                    Phew, reading my last post reminds me that I need to lay off of the coffee. I have a serious issue, that I hope gets some answers. I live in a household with 6 other humans, and 11 dogs. I do not get adequate sleep because people do not know how to shut up, and the newest addition, which is a female homo sapien with a male canine, will start slamming doors and yelling at 12am. So if I'm not still awake, I will be soon. So my mood, energy, and diet suffer (hence the coffee drinking). People also fuss about me cooking so much. Hey, I don't eat Mickey-D's, sorry that's a crime. Sigh, I'm trying to keep my energy from turning into a sugar craving (granted I have also been dealing with my Moon Cycle). I have indulged in 90% dark chocolate, which is rich to me and satisfying, I did nibble of a Reeses brownie bar I made for the lady I care for. *end run on sentence* It is frustrating trying to help yourself when everything around you is trying to destroy your efforts. It's very depressing and discouraging. I'm almost in my third week and I'm struggling. It doesn't help either that it's constantly raining and I have no room to exercise. I'm about to rip my hair out and move out!

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                    • #11
                      Congrats on the weight loss!!

                      So sorry your living situation isn't conducive to a paleo lifestyle. I know how tough that can be. Think of everything you do from this point on as an investment in your health. I pay a ton of money for my muay thai gym, but I know myself and I know I would not workout unless I'm being pushed to my max, but also learning and muay thai does that for me. I also live alone, which isn't cheap in NY, but it allows me to define my day without any interference. Stress can counter all of the work you're doing so give some thought to how you can reduce your stress and sleep better (even if not getting more sleep, which it sounds like you can't really do).

                      Maybe try workout videos, if you can? I've also taken to listening to podcasts about paleo, which I do while stretching or taking a walk, or other things.
                      vision over visibility

                      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread108389.html



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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by funderful View Post
                        Congrats on the weight loss!!

                        So sorry your living situation isn't conducive to a paleo lifestyle. I know how tough that can be. Think of everything you do from this point on as an investment in your health. I pay a ton of money for my muay thai gym, but I know myself and I know I would not workout unless I'm being pushed to my max, but also learning and muay thai does that for me. I also live alone, which isn't cheap in NY, but it allows me to define my day without any interference. Stress can counter all of the work you're doing so give some thought to how you can reduce your stress and sleep better (even if not getting more sleep, which it sounds like you can't really do).

                        Maybe try workout videos, if you can? I've also taken to listening to podcasts about paleo, which I do while stretching or taking a walk, or other things.
                        Thanks for the comment! It is nice to know that someone understands my plight. I told myself that I needed to begin meditating, doing yoga, and start belly dancing again. These things were a passion that I had lost the energy to do, and they help you physically and metaphysically. And, I'm doing my WOW today even if it's in the rain. What's more primal than that!? My home is toxic, and it is LITERALLY a physical hazard. Between unhygenic people, dogs breaking into your room and making your bed, floor, and your dog's bed become riddled with fleas, and no room to store fresh wholesome food, it's just aweful. but, I keep my dog good and covered on flea protection and I have an amazing floor and bedding cleaner that is all natural, so that I got nipped. Jeeze I sound like a poor, borderline homeless hippie. Haha, I do the best I can with what I have. Today is a trip to The Whole Foods market! I'm trying to be optimistic. Lol Thanks for the good vibes! I hope to trade tales of our journeys later on down the road!

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                        • #13
                          I definitely understand. I have a friend in a similar situation. She's renting a room because she can't afford to live on her own right now and it's taken her some time to find a place where she's not trying to pull her hair out as well. She even ended up having a nightmare with bed bugs at one place and couldn't get rid of them for about a year.

                          You'll have to tell me about your secret to losing so much so quickly! My weight loss has been a slow 2lbs per week.
                          vision over visibility

                          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread108389.html



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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by funderful View Post
                            I definitely understand. I have a friend in a similar situation. She's renting a room because she can't afford to live on her own right now and it's taken her some time to find a place where she's not trying to pull her hair out as well. She even ended up having a nightmare with bed bugs at one place and couldn't get rid of them for about a year.

                            You'll have to tell me about your secret to losing so much so quickly! My weight loss has been a slow 2lbs per week.
                            Sheesh! I hate bed bugs. We got scabies one time from here and had them for 4 months until I got angry enough to figure out what they were. I'm an all natural, no chemicals kind of person, so when I'm slathering on permethrin and fogging my room and cleaning with chlorine bleach, you know that's my breaking point. As for losing weight, I just cut out sugar. I mainly eat between 50-90 grams of carbs per day. Fruit once to twice a day. I had to just find what my body needed to be satisfied AND lose weight. It has stopped or slowed now, I'm past the initial reconditioning phase so my body is regulated. It's just finding your body's "sweet spot" or the perfect level of micronutrients and all that grand stuff. Although our bodies function the same, they have different variations of the same processes. Lol

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                            • #15
                              So Saturday and Sunday were days of success and failure... Well not really failure, more like reactions to stress, frustration, lack of sleep, and lack of sunlight during the week. On Saturday, I fasted most of the day (it was my first set of IF's.) I ate only twice without being hungry or being in pain. I did not lose energy, I gained some. Without the desire to eat every four hours, I was beyond productive and had no idea how much I could get done in a day. After a nine hour work day of constant movement with three small breaks, I went home and did my WOW with sprinting and PEM's, and still went shopping for three hours with no increase in hunger, and no decrease in energy. Sunday started off great with a bottle of Kombucha and a half-hour Sun bath but ended with a pint of coconut milk espresso ice cream, tons of strawberries, and a bit of alcohol. I'm honestly not too bothered because I don't eat over 100g of carbohydrates often so a little (or a lot) of indulgence isn't too bad. But, like I said my lifestyle and what not is not an ideal primal lifestyle and my choices are limited. It is even to the point where the people I live with are seeing me as stuck up or pretentious (actual words) because I curl my nose at the idea of non-primal foods and also because I will now only shop at Whole Foods. I live out in the sticks of NC where people like me aren't welcome around the red neck hillbillies. It is mainly because I refuse to eat what they cook and they see it as insulting. Sometimes thehy think I'm on drugs or I'm becoming annorexic because of how fast I'm dropping weight and inches. I'm sure that some people on here have experienced the struggle of harsh people's critical words and actions. I'm not letting it ruin me though. I have accomplished a lot in just a mere two week that I have never achieved in my life. I never knew how much of an animal I could be until now. I feel healthy and great, and I no longer live to eat, but eat to live. I'm using food as medication as well as a life source. No one but my boyfriend and my parents understand what this has done for me. In just two weeks I have gone from 212lbs to 203lbs, lost three inches from my hips, and two inches from my waist. My thyroid has began to shrink, my (*warning* female talk ahead!) menstrual cycle has become only slight torture (I have PCOS and you know how painful that can be.) My depression, bi-polar, and anxiety have reduced immensely. Tons of energy and not to mention libido! But to top it all off, I have quit smoking cigarettes and gaping, since I feel I have no need nor desire for nicotine (unless I'm pissed.) I am beyond satisfied with myself and this is just the beginning! I thank the gods for Maj by this choice and the support system from the primal community. I just have to keep reminding ding myself, that for once in my whole life, no matter what others say or think, I'm doing this for me. Now, no one can stop me.

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