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    I love MDA and the people who make it what it is; a rich community of like minded folks who want to truly LIVE, FEEL and BE optimally healthy. It's all about being human. I want to be there, I want to live the lifestyle.

    I've been tremendously fascinated with the Primal Blueprint since tripping across it in November 2010. Then recalled that a friend of mine actually referenced it during the summer, but I dismissed it; as I was focused on the Blood Type Diet at the time. Reading PB however, I hooked on to every concept; believe it is the best way for long term healthy weight loss and a lifestyle that seems effortless to sustain. I love eating as I was meant to eat, whole truly natural foods and avoiding grains. I want to experience the joy of reaching my optimal health and maintaining it without much thought to it. So far it has been quite a struggle for me to ditch old habits.

    I've never been one to try any type of fad, quicky diets. I steered clear of them knowing in the back of mind that they just weren't truly healthy. So I kept moderately searching for the best way that I could achieve my health goals. First it was Somersize as my mom had great success with it. This was hard because there is a lot more cooking involved than I was ready for at the time, so I didn't stick with it. Next it was the Blood Type Diet, and it made perfect sense! Get back to your DNA and match foods that are optimally processed in the body based on my blood type. Again, this just didn't go well as it involved more cooking as well. I did try some great new foods though that carry over nicely to PB! I even had a great inspiration from a friend who stuck to BTD like glue, and lost a significant amount of weight within a year! It was unbelievable seeing her transformation. I'm not sure what she weighed before, but it had to have been close to 300lbs and in 1 year she dropped to 160!!.

    I know what I need to do to reach my optimal health potential. While at 33 I don't have any major health issues as of yet, I do feel the effects of eating the junk I do and those metabolic issues are on the horizon if I don't change. Lethargic, always tired, knees hurt, back hurts, lazy, moody, tummy aches, etc. It is more than the taste of fast and convenient that keeps me hanging on to eating the junk though. I am an emotional eater, and I am in the midst of a major transition in my life so am finding it difficult to eat healthy when there is immediate comfort conveniently located at every corner that is satisfying, quick, and admitedly delicious despite what it does to me afterwards.

    My problems with weight loss are more psychological than simply not losing weight no matter what I try. My problem is I haven't stuck with anything I believed in for any length of time to even know what it's like to lose a significant amount of weight. I don't even have that much to lose! At 5'2", I'm 40 lbs overweight. I have no desire to be a top athlete and compete, but I do want to be in good shape to do the things I enjoy doing, I love sprinting, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking; just getting out in nature. I've steered further and further away from these things for the pain they cause me afterwards in my current shape.

    I've learned that allowing those few indulgences as part of the 20% don't work for me, as each time I've 'cheated', I slipped into bad habits again. So when I get back on PB, it has to be 100% full throttle until I may feel comfortable with slipping in an old favorite every now and again.

    I know I will get back on track, but what can I do to help myself break whatever barriers inside me that keep me from sticking with it? What suggestions do others have to help persevere through difficult times?
    "Achievement begins with belief."

    "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson-

    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread27309.html

    website: Horse and animal artwork; DaynaCreations.com

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    Keep posting here or on any other supportive blog you might have. Socializing, even through the internet, with like-minded people really helps me succeed.

    If snacking is an issue for you, make up some little ziploc bags with measured amounts of primally-accepted snackables to grab in a hurry (if you're heading out) or to stop you from taking a bag of potato chips to the tv or the computer.

    Let us know what some of your weaknesses are and maybe we can give you some more specific insight.
    Newcomers: If you haven't read the book, at least read this thread ... and all the links!
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread17722.html

    F/49/5'4"
    Jan. 1, 2011: 186.6 lbs PBSW Mar. 1, 2011: 175.8 lbs
    CW: 146.8 lbs
    GW 140 lbs
    A proud member of PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals

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    • #3
      Hi Zsadie, you are already the person you want to be, you just need to fully realize that and start living it!
      For lots of tasty recipes, check out my blog -http://lifeasadreger.wordpress.com/

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      • #4
        Zsadie, I'm right there with you! I can go a whole week and do just fine. But once Saturday hits, and I fall out of my normal routine cause I'm not at work, I start to think about my 20%. Then it turns into a full day of slipping. Sunday rolls around, and I start off great, but end up slipping by dinner time. What do you folks do to keep you from slipping when all the house work is done, and you just want to rest... but not cheat?!?!

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        • #5
          Yes! Keep reading and posting here, it will be hugely motivating. Get the book. Some of the scientific info is a little dry but once you understand it this WOE makes so much sense. (I'm having to re-read certain chapters several times to get it into my none-too-bright, non-scientic gourd, even though Mark has written it for a lay person to understand.)

          Start looking at anything refined - sugar, flour, unpronouncable additives and all the rubbish made from such - as poison, because that's what it is. It may taste good to you now, but once you've re-trained your taste buds it won't.

          Give it your best shot! All you've got to lose is weight, bad health and a shortened life.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by croí View Post
            Zsadie, I'm right there with you! I can go a whole week and do just fine. But once Saturday hits, and I fall out of my normal routine cause I'm not at work, I start to think about my 20%. Then it turns into a full day of slipping. Sunday rolls around, and I start off great, but end up slipping by dinner time. What do you folks do to keep you from slipping when all the house work is done, and you just want to rest... but not cheat?!?!
            I don't keep anything in the house that I shouldn't eat.
            For lots of tasty recipes, check out my blog -http://lifeasadreger.wordpress.com/

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            • #7
              I don't think of the 20% as literally having 1/5 of my intake be non-primal. I aim for 100% but don't obsess about the fact that I'm probably eating some processed seed oils when I eat out. I don't worry that I had a little ice cream at a birthday party. For me, treats like that are a special occasion thing. Saturday is not a special occasion.

              I have an autoimmune disorder so I think there's a real big built-in incentive to stay on track. I just remind myself how much better I feel now and it really makes the other stuff less attractive.

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              • #8
                Read this: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...tml#post417518

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by LJH View Post
                  Start looking at anything refined - sugar, flour, unpronouncable additives and all the rubbish made from such - as poison, because that's what it is. It may taste good to you now, but once you've re-trained your taste buds it won't.
                  +1,000,000. Seriously, this is what it takes. You have to retrain your mind as well as your taste buds.
                  Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

                  Looking for my Cholesterol Primer? Here it is: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2)


                  Ditch the scale!: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread33283.html

                  My Success Story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread30615.html

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                  • #10
                    What helped me in the beginning was to totally focus on all the fabulous things I COULD eat that I'd been denying myself for so long, based on CW. Eating bacon and putting butter on my veggies was like HEAVEN and I was having so much fun with it all, that it kept me motivated for a very long time. (After that, I had results and how I felt to motivate me)
                    Sassy: Revised - my primal log

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                    • #11
                      I dealt with all the emotional eating habits (that I am aware of) before I came here. I agree the approach here is awesome and works well for me, however, I think that if I still had the "I need to treat myself with food", and "I want to pig out when I am upset/have PMS/stressed" then I wouldn't have been as successful as I have been. I think that the diet itself helps - it makes it even easier to see food as the fuel that it is.

                      Having said that, I LOVE the food I have been eating the last month or so.

                      If you can find some resources on emotional eating, or speak to someone professionally about it, it may help. It did for me.
                      Karin

                      A joyful heart is good medicine

                      He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. - Jim Elliot

                      Mmmmm. Real food is good.

                      My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread29685.html

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by supersellen View Post
                        I don't keep anything in the house that I shouldn't eat.
                        Yes, yes, yes!

                        Set yourself up for success by changing habits and routines:

                        Don't buy bad food. Don't go to the mall if you don't want to spend money. Don't socialize with negative people. Turn off the TV and stay away from mindless fun on the computer and go outdoors instead. Put on clothes/shoes you can exercise in. Get a dog that requires you to walk several times a day or join a sport group/dance class group. Go to bed early and get up early. Buy books that support your new lifestyle. Start a journal and write about your new lifestyle. Put healthy foods in sight on your countertop - enticing you.
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                        • #13
                          These are awesome words of wisdom! Thank you so much!
                          "Achievement begins with belief."

                          "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson-

                          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread27309.html

                          website: Horse and animal artwork; DaynaCreations.com

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                          • #14
                            It's really nice to have wonderful people who are very supportive. Coming here is always inspirational and motivating! I did read the Primal Blueprint book, and when I was 79% on in January, I tried many of the recipes in the book with yummy success. How I've let myself slip, I have no idea. I remember well what it felt like to eat such wonderful food and that should be the immediate reward. I'm thinking part of it is not SEEING the results right away. I need to wake and realize what I already know, live what I truly am and just be.

                            Thank you everyone!
                            "Achievement begins with belief."

                            "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson-

                            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread27309.html

                            website: Horse and animal artwork; DaynaCreations.com

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