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  • #76

    Okay, a completely not-about-Primal triumph, but still a triumph.

    I have to study for this huge exam in graduate school. (Think bar-exam level, okay? It's that stressful and important.) It's less than a week away, and it's a six-day exam. I'm about 3/4 of the way through the books and articles I need to have at least skimmed before I take it starting Friday. And yet today, during several of my breaks from reading (like the one I'm taking right now), I tried to explain Primal to yet another doubter on one of Mark's blog posts (the one about grains being bad for you). And when it became clear that he wasn't listening and wasn't interested in listening, I said "Okay, I'm done here." I realized no matter how important I felt it was to convince this guy, I just. didn't. have. the time for that. I have an EXAM to study for, and that's way more important.

    It's really hard for me to give up trying to convince someone, but I did it. That's as big a triumph for me as my loose jeans or my normal blood sugars. So, there it is.

    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:

    Ditch the scale!:

    My Success Story:


    • #77

      I did a two-hour charity Zumbathon today (benefit for Lou Gehrig's disease) and had a blast. Three months ago I got winded going up one flight of stairs.

      Best part: did the whole thing barefoot. Second best part: coming home and eating sausage!


      • #78

        Griff, both your original post and most recent post are really inspiring. Congratulations on changing your body shape! And also congrats about having the will power to stop trying to explain to that poster. I have the same problem; unfortunately, it's with my husband. I'm a very shy person so I usually won't talk to other people about Primal unless asked, but with my husband, it kills me to see him eat the way he does. At least 70% carbs. He has never been one to care about how he eats because he's naturally very thin.

        Plaid Dad ... that sounds awesome! Barefoot! Even cooler! And of course ... the sausage <3 Isn&#39;t it cool when your body realigns itself and you can do stuff like that, where you would&#39;ve gotten winded before. That&#39;s what started me on my weight loss journey in 2006 ... I was tired of getting winded on stairs at age 21!

        I had a pretty big triumph last night when I had the willpower not to eat any more of the ice cream and chocolate that he got me for Valentine&#39;s Day. I had a list of approved items. I&#39;m just the kind of person that if there&#39;s something in the house I can eat, I&#39;m GOING to eat it. Even if it&#39;s just an orange or an apple. So I was pretty proud of that


        • #79

          Wow, what an awesome post- so inspirational! I&#39;m so glad so many people responded- reading through them is so wonderful, thank you for sharing your stories of inspiration! Awesome :-)

          I have just begun and that in itself is a "win" for me. I&#39;ve actually been doing the Paleo Diet since about October and have lost 10#, but now that I&#39;m not afraid of fat- it&#39;s getting even better.

          A major goal of mine is to lose 20 pounds, but also not have irrational feelings towards the scale- working on that :-)

          Yesterday I was able to have a "scheduled deviation"- I&#39;m living in Mexico for a few months and had tamales but no sugar. This was major for me- just didn&#39;t want the sugar high, crash, and cravings that would follow.

          I&#39;m inspired!



          • #80

            Losing about a pound of flab per week.

            Excellent. Sustainable. Enjoyable.


            • #81

              I went to an annual party this weekend where the host&#39;s sister makes the best homemade mini cupcakes. Last year I seriously ate at least 20 of the cupcakes. This year....none.....they even were ribbing me because I would not have one, and I did not cave to the pressure. I was so proud of myself....


              • #82

                Woke up this morning, had to take Elder Son to a bowling tournament. It was early in the morning, I was not hungry. I packed a little bit of Kerrygold cheddar cheese and some almonds to take with me.

                Got to the place---an hour away from home----realized I&#39;d forgotten the snack I packed. No big deal. Yes, I got hungry, but it wasn&#39;t that maniacal GOTTA EAT RIGHT NOW I&#39;d gotten used to. So I waited until I got home, and just had &#39;breakfast&#39;. That was an easy 17 hour fast. No headaches, no dizziness, no wooziness.



                • #83

                  I&#39;ve now lost 40 lbs since starting primal.

                  I just had my best blood pressure reading yet 140 / 95. Still no meds.


                  • #84

                    Congrats and well played, Vic.

                    You are an inspiration!


                    • #85

                      I&#39;ve gone from 36/32" jeans to 32/32" jeans.

                      I have a resting pulse of about 50-55, my blood pressure is 120/80. When doing intense workout the highest pulse I&#39;ve seen is 184 - without discomfort.

                      My weight have gone from 220 lbs to 180 lbs. I frequently fast for more than 18 hours.

                      My nails are harder, my beard denser, my eyes clearer (the white is bluish), my skin softer and clearer, I can walk faster and longer without getting out of breath, I am no longer tired in the afternoon, I sleep better and I get a lot of impressed comments for my physique.

                      My blood values, 3 months ago - doctors comment: "Impressive!"

                      B-Hb: 15,6 g/100 mL

                      S-Natrium: 140 mmol/L

                      S-Kalium: 4,3 mmol/L

                      S-Kalsium: 2,42 mmol/L

                      S-Magnesium: 0,85 mmol/L

                      S-ASAT: 29 U/L

                      S-ALAT: 47 U/L

                      fS-Glukose: 4,8 mmol/L

                      fS-Triglyserider: 0,43 mmol/L

                      S-Kolesterol: 3,5 mmol/L

                      S-HDL-kolesterol: 1,1 mmol/L

                      S-LDL-kolesterol: 2,1 mmol/L

                      All this in six months. Never felt better, and haven&#39;t been this healthy since a young adult - 25 years ago.

                      Sometimes you need to be told the truth in order to be able to see it.

                      My journal

                      I see grain people...

                      Exist in shadow, drifting away.


                      • #86

                        That&#39;s great man. Can&#39;t wait to see what happens say year 3 of being primal... probably be down to 34s


                        • #87

                          Helloooooo second row of abs, and helloooo obliques! I don&#39;t believe we&#39;ve met.

                          You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!


                          • #88

                            That&#39;s funny.


                            • #89

                              This morning I put on pants I haven&#39;t worn in a couple weeks and they were too big! So I put on a pair that had been too small previously and they fit perfect.

                              I&#39;ve lost less than 5 lbs., but my body is obviously changing shape. Love it!


                              • #90

                                Recent Triumph. Sleeping through the night for once. I have had trouble sleeping ever sinc ei returned from Iraq. For years I have managed only 4-5 hours of shut eye per night and it was killing me. For the last three weeks with going Primal I have started to sleep more and more. Last night I finally slept a full 8 hours and feel brand new again.

                                Not too mention I have gotten back down to HS weight in as little as three weeks. I was never obese but I&#39;m finally starting to see those abs again. Hello beautifuls.

                                Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

                                Mary Pickford