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    Just when I think I'm good to go, I confuse myself. I'm not sure if I'm doing this right. This is only day 2 for me and my first day actually tracking. Can someone please offer insight?

    Protein: 72.6g 28%
    Fat: 67.5g 58%
    Carb: 38.3 14%

    Total calories today: 1029
    Dietary fiber: 11.9

    These are all via fitday. It says my goal calories are 1285, although I don't know if I should go by that or something different. This is all so confusing! Nobody I know has even heard of primal, so I have nobody else to ask. If more info is needed, please tell me what is needed. Thank you!

  • #2
    I take that back..my goal is 1987. I didn't realize it was on sedentary for activity.

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    • #3
      How far into change are you?

      If you're in the first 30 days, I don't recommend counting ANYTHING. What are your goals and where are you at now?
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      • #4
        whoa... 1029 calories is not healthy. I think 1200 is the bare minimum.

        Stop counting.

        However
        "Protein: 72.6g 28%
        Fat: 67.5g 58%
        Carb: 38.3 14%"

        These all look OK, but your carbs are very low... unless you're trying to lose weight quickly?
        Protein, without trying or aiming for anything, I get about 100-150g a day. I'm a female, 5''9, 140lb.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by The Rebooted Body View Post
          How far into change are you?

          If you're in the first 30 days, I don't recommend counting ANYTHING. What are your goals and where are you at now?
          This.

          Don't count, just eat whole foods. It's not that hard.

          That said, I'd recommend upping the protein to something between .8-1g per lb of bodyweight.
          Dark chocolate and coffee, running through my veins...

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          • #6
            I'm brand spanking new, day 2. I'm not necessarily trying to lose weight fast, but I do have a lot to go. I'm 230 and want to get to at least 150. 5'3", 31 yr old female. Yes I realize that's bad. I'm just so scared I'm going to go overboard.I do admit it was hard to eat what I did eat. I just didn't feel like I needed that much. I had 2 eggs and 3 slices of bacon for breakfast and felt naughty. I didn't purposely only get 1029 calories. Now I'm thinking I need to eat something else? I guess I just look into things way too much then confuse the heck out of myself. I'm very out of shape, so my exercise is pretty basic. Pushups, situps, and squats and a little cardio. Working my way up so I don't hurt myself.
            Last edited by SugarSugar; 02-28-2013, 08:54 PM.

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            • #7
              I don't know if it's relevant, but I quit soda and sweet tea cold turkey 3 weeks ago on Saturday. I've had a tsp of sugar in coffee about twice in this time frame and realized I couldn't taste a difference with it so cut that too. Strictly primal last 2 days except not thinking and put mayo in tuna today. Store bought, so not good but only used a TBlsp.

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              • #8
                Welcome Sugar, it's great that you've jumped straight in to strictly primal and exercising as well. I'm sure you'll get great results this way, whether you count or not. I have never found it necessary. Don't let yourself get confused by over thinking this, just eat real food, move around some, and you'll soon be feeling (and looking) miles better. All the best.
                Annie Ups the Ante
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                • #9
                  Thanks! I started exercising when I cut out sugar. I started eating more veggies, whole grains, and very little to no meat. But then I remembered, I tried this before and, while I did lose 13 pounds in 6 weeks the first time I tried, I was STARVING and failed miserably when I started bingeing on burgers and fries, brownies, and cheesecake. Then I felt sick and disgusted with myself so I ate more brownies. I didn't want that again. It HAS to change NOW. So, I researched and found PB. I researched more, decided I'm in, so here I am. Then I got stuck nitpicking everything I'm doing and thought I understood and just got the numbers jumbled in my head. I'm so thankful to have found this forum though. I know it is going to help me tremendously.

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                  • #10
                    The wonderful thing here is that there's no fuss about numbers.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Annieh View Post
                      Welcome Sugar, it's great that you've jumped straight in to strictly primal and exercising as well. I'm sure you'll get great results this way, whether you count or not. I have never found it necessary. Don't let yourself get confused by over thinking this, just eat real food, move around some, and you'll soon be feeling (and looking) miles better. All the best.
                      Yes at least just get used to this lifestyle first, and the weight will come off. It is important to just eat when hungry, and stop when not.
                      Once you have been doing it for a while, then maybe worry about counting if you think you need to. Forget all the numbers right now

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                      • #12
                        I think the whole 30 meal template is a great guide.
                        thumb sized portion of fat + palm sized portion of protein then fill the plate with non-starchy veg (or a small portion of some if you want them). Then you don't need to worry about counting.

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                        • #13
                          It's a marathon, not a sprint.
                          Relax, pace yourself, learn as you go, understand you will trip sometimes but that's ok, in primal there is no perfect stereotype just you, your perspective on Primal in 12 months time will be significantly different to where you are now.

                          Remember it is a lifestyle, not just a diet, so be sure to include fun, positive energy, reduce stress, incorporate activity into daily life as much as possible, learn to cruise not just stop and go, you will get there, but be patient, listen to your body and don't punish yourself for not knowing everything right now.
                          Last edited by Omni; 03-01-2013, 02:13 AM.
                          "There are no short cuts to enlightenment, the journey is the destination, you have to walk this path alone"

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                          • #14
                            I have to emphasize how important it is to eat enough. Even at your size, you might find yourself not losing weight if you are consistently eating too little.
                            F 28/5'4/100 lbs

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                            • #15
                              Wow, you all are awesome!
                              I honestly thought I ate enough. I guess that's where eating real food vs junk comes in. I have lost 10 lbs just cutting out soda and sugar in my tea and coffee. But I do strive to do everything by the book (which sounds funny after I let myself get this big) so I get all crazy when I over analyze.

                              I appreciate all of you helping! Thank you so much!

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