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  • Newbie here, and really enjoying the results -

    Hello all!

    I've been "secretly" reading this forum for about a year now...and I decided to finally join the community, both in lifestyle and forum reading/writing.

    I started Paleo two weeks ago today, and I just measured up (which I planned on doing every two weeks for a bit) and I must say, HOLY COW! Not at all what I expected, but everything I hoped for...Here are my starting photos:





    While I admit I am not a large person, certainly within CW's range of healthy BMI and weight, I am not happy with my composition. I have little muscle mass, even though I worked out at least 50 mins per day and "watched what I ate". I'm jiggly in areas I'd prefer that are round and firm. I've got dimples showing, that I believe will go away once the weight is lifted in this areas. You know how when you press on fat, even if when standing it doesn't look dimply, it becomes dimply? I think that's what the weight of fat is doing - it's pressing against itself with the help of gravity and creating dimples. Anyway, I digress.

    Here are my starting stats:
    5/30/11
    Weight 127.6
    Calves 14.5
    Thighs 20.75
    Hips 38.5
    Butt 39.25
    Waist 30.5
    Breast 31.75
    Bicept 11
    Forearm 9
    Wrist 6
    BMI 23.34
    Body Fat % 26.46%

    AND AFTER TWO WEEKS!!:
    Weight 122.2
    Calves 14.25
    Thighs 20
    Hips 38
    Butt 37.75
    Waist 28.75
    Breast 30.75
    Bicept 10.75
    Forearm 9
    Wrist 6
    BMI 22.35
    Body Fat % 26.12%


    That makes for a change of!!!
    Losses:
    Weight -5.4
    Calves -0.25
    Thighs -0.75
    Hips -0.5
    Butt -1.5
    Waist -1.75
    Breast -1
    Bicept -0.25
    Forearm 0
    Wrist 0
    BMI -0.99
    Body Fat % -0.34%

    Horray! I'm so happy with these changes...my body is responding so well and I love it.

    And I feel healthier too! Go figure! :P

    Thanks all for the love and support I feel on this forum!

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    Yay! Welcome!

    What kind of working out are you doing 50 minutes/day? The keys are full out sprints once or twice a week, and a bit of intense resistance work.
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    • #3
      welcome and congradulations. i have an huge success with marks daily apple and the primal lifestyle! welcome! you look HOT!!!

      i went primal in feb 2010
      200lbs
      37% body fat
      38-40 waist

      1 year to the day
      140lbs
      7.8% body fat
      29 waist

      currently
      137lbs
      7% body fat
      29 waist

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Hedonist View Post
        Yay! Welcome!

        What kind of working out are you doing 50 minutes/day? The keys are full out sprints once or twice a week, and a bit of intense resistance work.
        I had been working out 50 minutes/day...but I've since cut that back to primal type working out...slow jog twice a week, walking every day, one day of sprinting...and I ride my bike leisurely to work 3 times a week.

        By mentioning 50mins/day, I meant to show I was doing what CW suggests, but I wasn't getting results...now, I am. And I feel I'm working out less...it leaves me more time to read and hang out with friends, which I'm all for!

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        • #5
          good job! I would kill to look like your be4 pics lol keep up the good work!
          I'm too stubborn to give up so I keep on trying.

          You're never going to get to the top of the stairs if you don't walk up them.

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          • #6
            Add in at least one day of strength training. Strength is king.

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            • #7
              Congratulations! I too have seen great changes in a short period of time. Who knew? I do miss cereal, but it's worth it! Keep it up!

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              • #8
                Have any suggestions for strength training when you don't have a gym membership or weights at home? Like body weight type of stuff? I'm currently living temporarily with a friend, so I can't go and purchase too much stuff as I have my little room all by myself.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by randamom View Post
                  Congratulations! I too have seen great changes in a short period of time. Who knew? I do miss cereal, but it's worth it! Keep it up!
                  I miss ice cream.... :P Though, I have made an absolutely amazing desert the other day....which helped fill the sweet tooth, while still on primal...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Tapper View Post
                    Have any suggestions for strength training when you don't have a gym membership or weights at home? Like body weight type of stuff? I'm currently living temporarily with a friend, so I can't go and purchase too much stuff as I have my little room all by myself.
                    Have you downloaded Mark's PB Fitness ebook yet? It's free! Great stuff.

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                    • #11
                      Al Kavadlo (a member here) has a great site with tons of bodyweight stuff.

                      Convict Conditioning is a pretty good program- it starts off similarly to PB, but goes beyond to more advanced stuff. This is what I've been doing for the past couple of months and I'm really liking the results. I even have access to freeweights now but haven't been using them, as I tend to injure myself with them.

                      I've heard good things about You Are Your Own Gym but I've never read it.

                      Look into getting a pullup bar and a set of rings or a suspension trainer, and that will really open up a ton of workout options for you. Grand total for those should be about $100, depending on how fancy you want to go. The suspension trainer packs down really small, and the pullup bar can usually be hung in a doorway and taken down when you don't need it.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Tapper View Post
                        I miss ice cream.... :P Though, I have made an absolutely amazing desert the other day....which helped fill the sweet tooth, while still on primal...
                        i especially missed ice cream, but my lactose intolerance says No Way! When I must * must * must have some (it is getting pretty hot here in Indiana) I buy organic coconut "ice cream." It's made from coconut milk and has minimal other ingredients in it. There are a couple brands out there in stores, but I like the Coconut Bliss that I get from my local health food store. So Delicious Coconut ice cream is also tasty. I find my taste buds are so sensitive towards sweets now, I can only eat a few spoonfuls and be completely satisfied.
                        Wag more, bark less.

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                        • #13
                          I have downloaded the fitness ebook....I will start implementing that starting next week. I'll also look into the "suspension trainer". Thanks for all the input!

                          And I think Sprouts (like a WholeFoods or Trader Joes) might have that coconut ice cream. Being the desert and all, sometimes a nice cold treat is yummy!

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                          • #14
                            Good on the inches lost! I've been here a while but still stuck on the CW of working out, although just getting my head around it now. Just wondering what your typical days eating looks like?
                            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread45312.html[SIGPIC]

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by sarahz View Post
                              Good on the inches lost! I've been here a while but still stuck on the CW of working out, although just getting my head around it now. Just wondering what your typical days eating looks like?
                              Breakfast: A meat (either sausage, bacon, steak), an egg or three, a veggie with butter.

                              Midmorning snack (if I'm hungry): nuts or raw veggies or an apple with almond butter

                              Lunch: A meat (pork, steak, buffalo, ground beef, turkey, chicken), a veggie or salad

                              Midafternoon snack (if I'm hungry): repeat above snack

                              Dinner: A meat (pork, steak, buffalo, ground beef, turkey, chicken), a veggie or salad

                              Evening snack (if I'm hungry): repeat above OR if I've been good with carbs/sugars, I'll have a primal treat like sliced strawberries with honey drizzled on it

                              It seems redundant, but I always make sure it's different each week (when I go shopping) and I always make sure the meal combos are different each day. I also mess around with spices and ways to cook things. Oh and the form in which the means come in. So one week I might have chicken breasts, while the next time I buy chicken it'll be chicken legs on the bone.

                              Yummy yummy stuff.

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