The Chocoholic's Primal Road
Lindt 99...Ghirardelli Unsweetened Baking Bars...Green and Black's 85...I thought I would have to give these up forever in my quest to get fit and lose weight.
Hi, I'm Sakura, and I'm a current athlete recently graduated from college, and out in the working world while trying to maintain the same level of strength and sprinting power for my sport with a different sports team. For a little background on myself, I've always had a past of being really active and competitive. I was that girl that could beat the boys at dodgeball. I used to be one of the fastest 1-milers in my girl gym class without having to regularly exercise. I've always been above average at any new sport I tried out. But I never thought about my weight. Slightly chubby, skinny-fat, but not close to overweight at all.
Then college rolled around, I joined a sports team, and I started caring about weight in the obsessive way that many athletes do. I did a lot of cardio at that point, but was just skinny fat in my first two years and I was very nearly obsessed with counting calories while losing my period. I educated myself about weight training and got myself a six-pack. But sustaining on a meager low-fat diet, I took about 3 months to crack. I never got back down to that weight, and a bad period of depression/binging when I quit my team, shin splints that stopped my chronic cardio, a study abroad in Europe that involved way too many carbs + chocolate, casued me to grow to 150 pounds and 5'4" (can I at least say I grew an inch in college to make several of the pounds feel better? XD) I've tried only unsuccessfully to lose fat because hunger pangs would deter my progress.
After lurking around the forums and MDA site, a lot of the concepts made sense to me, including the way nutrition works in the foods consumed, and in terms of the exercise plan. I always knew subconsciously that certain details on nutritiondata back in SAD popped out at me more than the things CW focused on like fiber and calories. For example, I used to pay really close attention to the inflammation factor, tried to keep n-6:n-3 lower than 6:1 (was REALLY HARD when cooking when vegetable oil...), and never let my total GI go over 100. But I knew that high-carb and chronic cardio would not last me my entire lifetime.
During my first months on PB, but I abused the allowable chocolate and dairy rule, and instead of moderating them, chose to eat them every day for about 1/3 of my daily food intake. This allowed me to gain an extra 5 lbs.
Then, I began fasting for 24 hours 2x/week, and this only marginally helped me. My food choices began incorporating many nuts to compensate for my enormous appetite, although despite the fact that I was eating on average over 3,000 calories a day, I did lose a small amount of fat.
Right now I am focusing on reducing my physical levels by getting enough sleep and reducing stress. This includes some yoga, reducing gym time, and lots of leisurely walking. I've worked down my twice-a-day gym workouts to 2-3x per week.
Pre-Primal on August 31, 2011:
Snatch: inconsistent, still mastering form, 45
Squat: probably down to 115
2-minute ERG: ~480m
December 31, 2011:
Weight: 160 (my own fault for abusing the lenient rules of PB)
2-minute ERG: 550m
December 10, 2012:
Squat: 175 (Ass-to-grass this time)
Current on December 6, 2013:
Size: slightly less than 8
Deadlift: probably at 205
Front squat: 135