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    I've been following the Primal Blueprint for about 3-4 weeks, and feeling great, but have decided that a journal would help me have a bit more structure. (Also, I'd like to connect with some of the great people who have also been inspired by the book and this site.) I feel like my skin is better, and I have morning energy. But I've been eating too much yogurt/berries/nuts, so I haven't been losing weight, which I would like to do.

    A bit about me: I'm a single woman livng in NYC. I'm about 5'1" and 143 pounds. My goal weight is 120. As I'm very muscular, that would be quite thin for me even though it's at the high end of the weight range for my height. As much as I'd love to be the willowy type, I think I have to give in to my natural body type, which is that of a Romanian weight lifter. Short muscles that bulk easily. I've had success with low carb diets before but I think one reason why I didn't stick with them long-term was that I was trying to stay too low carb. Also I was still addicted to Diet Coke. In the past month, I've gone from drinking 2-3 liters per day to less than one per week. I still allow myself a rum and diet coke if I'm on a date or at my recent HS reunion.

    My favorite thing about PB is no chronic cardio. I tried to love running, really I did. And I hate it. But I'm really enjoying sprinting! And weight lifting comes naturally to my body type. I have just started Shovelglove, which is quite the workout.

    Last night I cooked dinner for some friends, chicken breasts stuffed with tomatoes, artichokes and goat cheese, topped with mushrooms cooked in butter, and served with green beans and carrots. My friend's husband was relieved that she had stopped her vegan diet (she's just trying to find a healthy diet, not lose weight) and I think they were pretty shocked at the amount of animal fat I now eat! I gave my friend a copy of Primal Blueprint...I hope she'll be convinced to give it a try.

    Anyway, so far today I had a 2 OZ coconut flakes, 2T coconut oil and 1T of a low carb chocolate with malitol (leftover from low carb last year). This was purely to try to get something to start working with my intestines, which seem to have gone on strike for 5 days. Otherwise, I'm fasting until dinner, which will be chicken breast stuffed with artichokes, sundried tomato and a bit of goat cheese and a big salad with hearts of palm and peppers. I'm not consciously fasting, I'm just not hungry and my protein hasn't defrosted! I spent the morning (Monday's are my day off) sprinting in the park, scaring the cat while I swung my sledgehammer around, and increasing my pull up skills--today I did 3 negative pull ups.

    So my goals for the first 30 days are to lose 5 pounds and to make some progress on the pull up front!

    Thanks to everyone who has posted their stories on MDA; you have inspired me and I'm excited to hear your tips throughout the next month.
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    Last edited by superdeluxe; 06-20-2010, 05:00 PM.
    Il faut vivre et non pas seulement exister.

  • #2
    Hi, superdeluxe

    Welcome to MDA and glad you're keeping a journal. Cool name & AMAZING picture too!

    Hopefully you can adapt to ditching the artificial sweeteners all together. Although I can understand if you need to splash some in your Bacardi once in a while lol.

    Trying to stay too low carb... How did that wind up throwing you off?

    Looking forward to reading your future posts
    ZC - 100% Carnivore

    I EAT VEGANS

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    • #3
      Hi Greg,

      Thanks for your reply! I think the issue before was that in order to stay on Atkins induction-level carbs for long periods of time to keep losing, I severely restricted my vegetables and had no fruit. I would carefully measure out bits of onions or peppers, and didn't have a carrot for 6 months. Now I'm enjoying all the vegetables I want, and eating berries frequently. Of course I will have to reduce the berries quite a bit if I want to see progress on the scale. And I'm not going to go on any carrot binges, but it will be nice to not have to pick them out of my foods. I just missed those thing so much that it was hard to persist, although i did stay on it for 6 months. The other issues were definitely chronic use of artificial sweeteners and not eating enough fat. And I was definitely using the wrong types of fats. I cringe now when I think of the fats I used to cook with. I'm all about butter, olive oil and coconut oil now! Last week was a crazy week so I thought I would buy some storebought dressing, and was horrified by what was in the dressings at wholefoods: soybean oil, corn oil, canola. Ugh! And of course, it only took 5 minutes to make enough of a delicious homemade one for the whole week.

      As for the picture, walking the Camino Inca is pretty much the ideal primal vacation! Lots of walking and sunshine at high altitiude, going to sleep when the sun went down...I highly recommend it. But don't do it in rainy season like I did! Camping out for four nights in the pouring rain was not fun at all!
      In fact, I believe I referred to those four days as the nadir of my existence...
      Il faut vivre et non pas seulement exister.

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      • #4
        before photo


        File under "please don't let my ex see this photo." I'm committed now! In one month, I want to look healthier and leaner, and um...more bathed.
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        • #5
          What have I done to myself? I had an excellent primal day and then really messed up tonight. I was running late today, so I just had a spoonful of coconut oil before work. At work, someone brought a big middle eastern spread, and I had yummy salad, chicken, gyro meat, lamb, hot sauce and tzatziki, ignoring the baklava/pita/humus/tabouli. Gold star.

          Took a pleasant two mile walk to dinner with colleagues, in high heels, wishing I had my vibrams on. At which point I had 2 rum and diet cokes, and decided I could eat a lot of carbohydrates. i'm not sure why I thought it was okay. In any event, until I started PB, I was someone who had a stomach of iron. No longer. I had 3 rolls (I know, I know, I would never have done that in the past...somehow I felt invincible), some potatoes and a little chocolate cake for dessert. And it's not like there wasn't perfectly appropriate food there, because I had plenty of crudite and some nice roasted chicken too.

          Anyway, I was about 1.25 hours from home, and it was the longest journey ever. Stomach cramps, bloating to the point I had to take my belt off, nausea and cold sweats. I thought I was going to be sick on the subway or on the street on the way home. I made it home but I've been in agony for 3 hours. I still look as though I'm about to deliver a bowling ball. My bloating is so severe that I'm wondering if I may develop stretch marks from this one night! I guess I'm no longer able to digest grains. The trick will be to remember how I feel at this very moment the next time I'm presented with any grains again. I'm exhausted but too uncomfortable to sleep, and have a long day ahead at work and guests coming over in the evening.

          And to top it off, I couldn't an allergy pill tonight because I think swallowing anything will put me over the edge in terms of nausea, the cat won't leave me alone, and I'm sneezing my head off.

          No one to blame but myself. Grrr.

          Anyone else have an issue with not being able to tolerate grains after giving them up? I used to eat plenty of bread before (okay, probably never tried three rolls at one meal before!) and never felt like this...
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          • #6
            Had a pretty good primal day yesterday after my disastrous Tuesday night. I had a teaspoon of coconut oil at 8 AM and then nothing until 8PM, which was nice gut rest after all of those carbs. No hunger. During my lunch break I took an hour long walk around Chinatown to get vegetables for my dinner party.

            Dinner was a Brazillian seafood stew with tilapia, shrimp and lots of red pepers, tomatoes and onions. A salad with lettuce, hearts of palm, red onions and lots of homemade dressing with olive oil. The guests had rice, as I didn't want to force my dietary views on them. I will just draw them in with my success! Although the guests are all very thin (my friend in fact has osteoporosis in her 20s due to lots of running as a teenager, and I'm sure in part due to her high grain diet), so they think this is just a crazy weight loss diet instead of a new healthy lifestyle for me. For dessert we had blackberries, cherries and blueberries with whipped cream; my roommate whipped it with about 2 teaspoons sugar for all four of us...I should have passed on the sweetened whipped cream but didn't.

            Ironically, my roommate, who is a PhD student in nutrition (oh the mice that have died at his hand) is trying to participate in a statin study himself. He thinks it will be funny to be able to tell his students that he was in a statin drug trial, and he thinks they're a great idea. I warned him about the conginitive/muscle effects of statins, and he laughed off my concerns. I can understand someone with cardiovascular disease being frightened enough to take a statin, but for a healthy young person to sign up to take the drugs (that I consider harmful) for no good reason is beyond ridiculous. Smart people can be stupid. (Hey, I've done dumb things too. Often I even know they're dumb while I'm doing them.)
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            • #7
              Oh yay, a fellow NYC-er! Welcome!

              Also, I personally think looking "willowy" is overrated, muscle is hot. :P
              The pain of discipline or the pain of regret? You choose.

              Oh look - I made a Journal.

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              • #8
                No fruit is safe in my presence

                SGP--what part of the city are you in? I'm in Washington Heights

                Breakfast: 1 t. coconut oil
                Lunch: lettuce, peppadew peppers, 3 oz chick breast, 1 oz boursin, homemade vinaigrette
                dinner: 1 t coconut oil, Brazilian tilapia and shrimp stew...wait for it...1 cup blackberries, 2 cups cherries, a small peach and 0.5 pint heavy cream with a little splenda (bad girl)

                I'm just barely under 100 grams of carbs, but about 16 percent carbs thanks to all that coconut oil. Luckily, I'm near the end of my fruit supply--I just have my incredibly sour blackberries left. Must not visit the fruit stand over the weekend!

                Sprinted after work in the park. Fun! Tomorrow is my early day at work so I'm having a quiet night in with a Nurse Jackie marathon.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by superdeluxe View Post
                  SGP--what part of the city are you in? I'm in Washington Heights
                  I'm in the bronx...but I work and spend most of my time in the city it's nice to know there are more new york PB-ers. I get lost in the sea of vegans sometimes.
                  The pain of discipline or the pain of regret? You choose.

                  Oh look - I made a Journal.

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                  • #10
                    Had a big breakfast before heading into work: Steak some boursin on top.
                    Lunch: Tilapia and shrimp stew (lots of red peppers, tomatoes, onions)
                    Dinner: Shrimp and tilapia stew, blackberries, blueberries, greek yogurt, 1 t honey, shredded coconut! Finally finished the sour blackberries.
                    Snack: coconut oil because I'm still a bit peckish

                    I had a bit of a pick me up as someone I have a crush on sent me a postcard today. I met him in Peru but he's Swiss. File under geographically undesirable! Might be time for a ski holiday next winter...I'm really a 12-year-old trapped in the body of a grown up.
                    Il faut vivre et non pas seulement exister.

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                    • #11
                      Hey SGP--I think there's some sort of Paleo/Primal meetup tomorrow for the barbecue festival...I"m not sure if I'm going to go. I feel a bit shy, but it would be nice to meet some non-vegans. When I was in the mountains in Peru, I kept thinking about how weird NY is...how can a place sustain so many vegan cupcake bakeries and shops that sell clothes only for dogs? In fact, how can a city sustain even one of each of these? It seems like everyone I know is a vegan!

                      I work in the Bronx sometimes, near Lincoln hospital...
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by superdeluxe View Post
                        how can a place sustain so many vegan cupcake bakeries and shops that sell clothes only for dogs?

                        I work in the Bronx sometimes, near Lincoln hospital...
                        I think my dog would eat my face if I ever tried to put a sweater on him.

                        I live in the pelham bay/throggs neck area..A little bit south east of lincoln I believe..im closer to like montefoire hospital if you know where that is
                        The pain of discipline or the pain of regret? You choose.

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                        • #13
                          SGP--Oh yeah, I had to do a clinical rotation at the Montefiore diabetes clinic...But as I got there on the subway, I don't really have a good sense of where it is. You know, you pop up out of the ground completely disoriented, walk a block and at the end of the day retrace your steps, never having an idea of where you were...

                          My cat certainly wouldn't go for a fancy outfit. Although when it was cold in the apartment, he let me wrap a furry boa around his neck. Poor thing lost all street cred with that.

                          This morning was lovely. I woke up late, did laundry and went to the park to do some sprints. I only got to to half of what I would have liked as I was trying to fit it in around laundry. I don't dare leave my clothes for too long in our sketchy communal laundry room. In the afternoon I went to the NYC BBQ festival hoping to meet some other primates. But through poor text management, I never met up with them. So I had some tasty but lonely ribs and coleslaw. I have to say my roommate and I could probably have made better...maybe next year we should have a booth! Anyway, lots of walking in the afternoon. In high heels, as usual. Not very primal but sometimes it's nice to be out of a lab coat and comfy shoes. I have to say I looked cute in my blue sundress and red sandals. I was very appropriately dressed for the Puerto Rican Day parade today, something I try to avoid at all costs because it draws big crowds. (Being short, I hate crowds. I tend to get trampled). I get a lot of use out of that outfit in the summer. Appropriate for PR, 4th of July, Bastille Day and the Dominican Republic Day parade (I live in a Dominican neighborhood). It's as close to a Christmas-themed sweater as I get.

                          Weight is excellent. I've lost 5 pounds in five weeks, which is great for me with as I'm a slow loser. I'm happy to be feeling energetic and never hungry! On the downside, today I discovered iced coffee with milk and davinci sugar free syrup. Not very primal but what a treat. And an energy boost! Sprints were definitely speedier than usual. I've only had coffee three times before today, and today i had three cups! Let's be honest, it was just a vehicle for milk and sweetener.

                          Breakfast: Iced coffee, milk, DaVinci syrup, 1 tsp coconut oil
                          Lunch: salt and pepper ribs, jalapeno coleslaw
                          dinner: chicken with sundried tomato, artichokes and boursin, butter
                          snack: A handful of pistachios and some blueberry butter balls--I didn't love these, which is just as well. I didn't sweeten them, and they taste solely of butter. Anyway, I think I'll keep them around for when I need a bolus of fat to kill a sweet craving.

                          Low on vegetables today. I've got 2 lbs of bok choy in the fridge but was too lazy to cook. Demerits for no veg but gold star for no fruit today! It's hard to resist...my roommate was flaunting his ripe peaches today. B*st*rd.
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                          • #14
                            breakfast: butter ball
                            lunch: chicken with artichoke, sundried tomato, boursin and bok choy/pepper/mushroom/onion stirfry. A few bites of my roommates homemade fried rice. (Sigh, think I need to buy some cauliflower to make some that I can actually have)
                            dinner: chicken with artichoke, sundried tomato, boursin, mushrooms cooked in butter
                            snack: ice coffee with milk and artificial sweetener (gasp!)

                            Exercise: If you can call it that...a little shovelgove and a walk in my VFFs

                            Today was my day off and I'm feeling a bit blue about going back to work tomorrow. Must figure out how I can become a lady of leisure. Work is seriously interfering with my primal lifestyle. Oh well...time to pull up my big girl pants and get on with it.
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                            • #15
                              Yesterday
                              Breakfast: Butterballs, coffee, milk
                              lunch; butter balls
                              snack: butterballs, full fat Greek yogurt, berries, honey, coconut, walnuts
                              dinner at 10:30, when it was finally done: puerco pibil, sour cream, onions
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