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  • Results: One Month On PB

    So if you remember, I introduced myself a while back and told everyone I was doing a month of PB just for shits and giggles. Here it is, the end of the month, and I've got results.

    DATA:
    Gender: Male
    Height: 6'5''
    Frame: Large Frame
    Ethnicity: Half-white/Half-hispanic (this actually is a factor in weight loss I believe)
    Weight:
    March 1st: 291 lbs.
    March 31st: 265 lbs.
    Yep... I've lost 26 lbs in one month.

    How well I did:
    Week 1: Way hard. Carb cravings like crazy. A few times sneaking a soda. Remember, before I was used to having 6 Mt. Dew cans a day! That's 186 Mt. Dews a MONTH! Overall okay, but big headaches from going from Mt. Dew to water... Low carb flu like crazy!

    Week 2: Getting good. Starting to really learn what is going to be helpful and what won't be. Still have headaches. Still sleeping... a lot!

    Week 3: Doing waaaay better. Eating meat a lot. Picked up some of those Ketone Testing Strips. Really noticing that I have a ton more energy. Really noticing that I fall asleep almost immediately without trouble.

    Week 4: Carb cravings? Nah. This week I did have one piece of bread... and meh. I just don't care for it anymore. My pallet seems to have changed. By now I've learned what's really good. Good low/no-carb, high fat meals and snacks. I've been testing with my Ketone testing strips and find good results on most days. Some days I'm in high ketosis.

    Overall: I have absolutely never in my life lost so much weight on a program. I'd done the whole cal-in/cal-out thing and lost up to 10 lbs in 3 months (not 26 lbs in 1 month!). I'm going to have to buy a new belt soon because I was two rungs into the belt and now I'm to the end... I have energy. I sleep so much better.

    Now, since I live with my in-laws, sometimes I have no say in dinner. I have complete control over breakfast and lunch, but dinner sometimes is just a heaping pile of pasta. So I bite the bullet and have a small plate of it... aiming for the chunks of meat. But on 5/7 days I am 100% PB. On those other 2 days I am usually 90% PB. I always have eggs or sausage or bacon (or all three) for breakfast. I drink water ALL THE TIME. I've had a total of about 4 diet Mt. Dews (no carbs) in the whole month. Yeah, Diet soda isn't great, but 4 diet sodas is waaay better than 186 regular sodas. I've had pasta twice in the month, I've had one slice of bread. Honestly, I just don't care for bread and pasta that much anymore. Now I crave meat. It's almost like my taste buds now know what I am supposed to have.

    For sure, I'm adopting this lifestyle for life. Never have I felt more healthy and happy with what I'm putting in my body. My husband has been great. He's really supportive. He's really big into human evolution so he totally understands the science behind this. He's not on the band wagon... cos he's one of those "oh i can never give up pasta or bread or candy or soda or sweets because I love them too much." He's manages to be pretty thin so he's not having the weight issue I am.

    I haven't totally given up anything. I will have pasta again, cos it is good. But I will have it very rarely. I prolly won't have bread again say but maybe once every 6 months or so. I just don't care for it at all anymore. I never liked sweets so I have no problem there. My friends are really supportive too. My family, well, I just tell them I'm eating better. I've left out the paleo/pb bit because they would FREAK if they knew I wasn't eating bread or corn. To them, we NEED bread.

    MAJOR CHANGES:
    1) I donít fart hardly ever anymore. My ass is silent. It might seem small, but having a rumble tummy and gas all the time is so very embarrassing. I work 2 jobs and attend university (3 more months Ďtil graduation!) and itís just hard to hide a fart in the middle of a lecture.
    2) My appetite has dropped dramatically. I used to eat 3 burritos and chips for lunch. Now I eat a salad or a chicken breast with some cheese or pork rinds. Iíve actually missed meals completely because Iíve forgotten to eat since Iím not that hungry. Iím looking into maybe doing some IF-ing from dinner to dinner and it really doesnít seem like itíll be that hard now.
    3) The shakes are gone. For the last year I have honestly been concerned that I was starting to develop diabetes. If I did not eat within at least every 3 hours I would start to get the shakes and feel like I was gonna pass out. That was a big problem at work because I was constantly needing sugar from my soda or needing to get a bag of chips or something. I just needed something in my body. And when I started PB I still had this problem in the first week. Now, I havenít had the shakes even once!

    So I will be back to report next month on changes. Throughout all of March I never did any exercising or working out at ALL. If anything, I laid about more often than not because of my low carb flu.

    So for April my goal is to include some weight lifting. I've got weights... they're just sitting in my living room, doing nothing.

    My overall goal is to be between 220 and 200 lbs. I'm only a month in so I can't wait to see what I look like in a year. I already feel amazing. See y'all in a month!
    March 1st 2010: 308lbs | CW: 219lbs / 18.5%BF | New Goal: 16% BF
    Male. 28. 6'4''. Currently working on them muscles and strength!

    "My chest hair caught fire when I was fighting a bear with a flamethrower, how do I get my hair back?Ē - Rivvin

  • #2
    May I say, wow! Those are amazing stats, and amazing insights, too. Congratulations on such a great start to your journey!

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    • #3
      Wow, congratulations - those are very impressive results. I'm totally right there with you on what you noticed from cutting out the breads/wheats; it's an amazing shift, isn't it?

      Keep up the good work, and believe in the power of momentum!

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      • #4
        Excellent and inspiring! Thanks for sharing!!!

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        • #5
          Great going! One of the things I was happiest about was "the shakes" disappearing... along with the NEED to eat every 2-3 hours. Feels like everything is in much better equilibrium or something now, doesn't it?
          Eating lots but still hungry? Eat more fat. Mid-day sluggishness? Eat more fat. Feeling depressed or irritable? Eat more fat. People think you've developed an eating disorder? Eat more fat... in front of them.

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          • #6
            Those are awesome stats. Congrats and keep it up!

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            • #7
              Wow.

              Ok. I've started a challenge with a few others here for the month of April and this'll be a motivator to stay on it.

              Great job!
              Even if you fall flat on your face, at least you're moving forward!

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              • #8
                Excellent work - keep up and you will by far surprise yourself and to quote Mark "have extremely impressed relatives!" I am for one not looking back to the roller coaster ride that the insulin high and low were.
                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.

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                • #9
                  Wow! Well done, amazing results! And I agree, I can't wait to see my (and yours, and other people's) results after a whole year of Primal!

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                  • #10
                    Hallowprince, congrats! What an amazing and inspiring story. It reminds me of my first month on PB and how ecstatic I was to see everything changing at once. When the results are that dramatic, it makes it very easy to stay committed to the lifestyle. I know just how you feel, enjoying every minute in your new and rapidly changing body.

                    Sherissima, I am also really looking forward to where we all are in a year. I've been primal for just under three months, although it feels like a lifetime already. My belly used to be monstrous, but now, in very favorable lighting and posture, I already have six pack abs. Where the heck are we going to be after a year of this? Or after 5? It's mind-blowing!

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                    • #11
                      Congrats! I always just say "REALLY try if for a month, then decide" and it usually works! That what I did, way before the forums and advice! I just decided heck, Im young so I can try this crazy high fat primal thing for a while, and still here!!!
                      Life on Earth may be punishing, but it includes an annual free trip around the sun!

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                      • #12
                        thanks for everyone who has read and commented! today I bought a bought a hoodie at school. it was XL an I usually wear XXL... and I thought, no way. too small. BAM! it fit and everyone said it looked really good.
                        March 1st 2010: 308lbs | CW: 219lbs / 18.5%BF | New Goal: 16% BF
                        Male. 28. 6'4''. Currently working on them muscles and strength!

                        "My chest hair caught fire when I was fighting a bear with a flamethrower, how do I get my hair back?Ē - Rivvin

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                        • #13
                          Incredible! Congratulations.

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                          • #14
                            Wow! Those are amazing stats! Congrats on your weight loss and positive health changes! That's awesome.

                            My pallet seems to have changed.
                            This sentence stuck out to me because I've found the exact same thing to be true. I noticed today as I cruised through Costco that the food court pizza aroma that used to trigger cravings didn't even occur to me to smell "good"....I've found lots of excuses to keep putting off eating the frozen pizza in the freezer that I've been saving for a special splurge/treat. I'd RATHER have a big omelet or chicken stir fry (I used to be the Frozen Pizza Queen!). Went to Starbucks the other night w/my hubby and the thought of my usual caramel machiatto just wasn't appealing. I enjoyed my coffee with half and half (they had no cream! *shakes fist*)

                            People ask me if I miss pasta or bread and I can honestly say...No, I don't.
                            Heather and the hounds - Make a Fast Friend, Adopt a Greyhound!

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                            • #15
                              You are a major inspiration for me.I am beyond impressed

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