Primal Journal: Desertcreature
I'm starting this journal today because:
1) I have only been following the eating part of the 10 laws in the Primal Blueprint. I need to start following the rest of the laws, especially the more difficult ones related to fitness and sleep;
2) if I put it on the internet, I have witnesses, and I will likely do a better job at following through;
3) it's the first of the month, I started the PB 30-day challenge today and I like starting things on a first.
53 yo female, single, no kids, caring for elderly mother with dementia, work from home at a computer, 6 wonderful cats, 1 overly devoted dog, rural 1 acre residence, surrounded by the most beautiful desert in the world.
But my size and my sedentary at-home job have led me to be isolated and lonely. Hiking last year helped me get out, but I couldn't loose weight due to my addiction to sugar and starch.
Weight when I started Weight Watchers (11/29/12): 242
Weight when I started Primal (1/19/13): 238
Weight this morning (3/1/13): 228
My goal: To loose fat, gain strength and to reach a weight that is reasonable for my frame, using the principles of the Primal Blueprint.
My motivation: I would like to enjoy life like all the success stories I read about on MDA!
My method: The PB way of eating; gentle 3-5 miles hikes in the many desert trails nearby; occasional sprints in the driveway; sleeping more and watching less TV; and perhaps cycling again (once the gut is gone).
Some background (and yes, I talk too much, but I don't have anyone else to talk to, so forgive me):
I converted to a Primal way of life mid January this year. Last year I didn't know anything about Primal or Paleo - I honestly thought they were fads that "foodies" had come up with in order to be "different" from everybody else (clearly this was an uninformed, uneducated theory).
I had already begun eliminating sugar last fall (with help of a hypnotherapist, seriously!), but after an uncontrolled consumption (~800 calories) of some very good chocolate around New Year's Day, I realized sugar was Evil, it was NOT my friend and I needed to eliminate it entirely! I had started Weight Watchers at Thanksgiving (I needed structure), but noticed I didn't loose much when I ate starches, even though I weighed and measured everything to the gram! And even though I got back on track right after that January 1st sugar binge, it had the effect of increasing my weight by 4 pounds over the next two weeks!
A series of events led me to a reference to MarksDailyApple, so I checked it out. Since then I have spent way too many hours (I have no social life) reading Mark's blog, reader comments and PB Forum entries, just to get grounded.
I have posted on the "Eat More Fat" (LCHF/Ketogenic) thread in the PB Nutrition Forum, but feel it's time to start my own journal here. I don't use Facebook.
I do have a copy of the Primal Blueprint, but am only at the beginning. I'm aware this is not a diet, it's a lifestyle. And I have never felt better or more confident about making this kind of change.
Well, I've written more than I intended; if you've read this far, thank you!
See you in Health!
Staying on track and finally moving!
Fri: 3/1/13 meals
B: Whey protein shake (Pure Protein brand), half an avocado, coffee with H&H.
L: 4pc bacon, 2 fried eggs, peach salsa from Flagstaff Farmers market, 54g Jarlsberg cheese.
D: Roast turkey, green beans, coconut milk (taste tasting)
Snacks: raw almonds, full fat cream cheese, V-8
1587 calories; 115g fat; 96g prot; 50g carb; 18g fiber (net carbs 32).
Activity: none :(
B: Whey shake made with avocado oil and coconut milk; coffee w/H&H
L: not very hungry, just a handful of raw almonds
D: spinach and grape tomato salad with full fat Italian dressing, a little over 1/4 of a roast chicken with skin (I stuffed bacon under skin overlying breast and put more slices over skin for basting - wonderful!)
1256 calories; 79g fat; 113g prot; 20g carbs; 5g fiber (net carbs 15)
Activity: 20 minute walk with my dog :)
B: coffee w H&H
L: whey shake made with 8 oz unsweetened almond milk,
D: We had special company for dinner, so food was extra nice. I made all primal/paleo food from Sarah Fragoso's Everyday Paleo Family cookbook: Curry Coconut slowcooker Chicken, Riced Cauliflower, roast butternut squash with poblano pepper, spinach salad w/avocado & roasted grape tomatoes, and we shared 2 bottles of Pinot Noir. My guests were not aware the whole meal was Primal/paleo, they just gave me loads of compliments and I was so proud of my success!
Activity - finally spent some more time outdoors!:D
Sunday morning I took my dog Ellie and we went for hike out in the desert (Spur Cross preserve) north of home. Forgot my pedometer, but was moving for exactly 1.25 hours over uneven terrain, with 5-10 minutes worth of breaks. Weather could not have been any nicer! I was just so happy to be out and moving under my own power again.
No breakfast, just coffee with H&H in the car on the way there. But I never felt weak or dizzy, unlike the "olden days" (high carb) when if I hiked without breakfast, I'd get lightheaded about an hour and a half into the hike.
notes for Tuesday 3/26/13
Well, I had a run-in with Dryers Rocky Road ice-cream last week. I thought I could bring some into the house for my mom, but I ended up binging on it. I then had to go out and get some more to replace that for her, and same thing happened. I am not going to kid myself and do this again. She will just have to go up to the Dairy Queen and have a cone or something if she wants ice cream.
As I wrote above, I was going without dairy and artificial sweetners before this incident. I actually only use the sweeteners (Crystal Lite, sugar-free Arizona tea, Arnold Palmer Tea etc) in my water. I dilute it by half otherwise it tastes too strong. (I know, I'm trying to justify myself here...)
But I wonder if going without the occasional sweet taste led to the overwhelming urge to consume mass quantities of sugar... Funny that I keep bread in the house for my mom and I haven't had so much as a slice of that...
Well, because I have been unable to organize my mealplanning and grocery shopping, I signed up for Marks Mealplan service. For the past 10 days I've been cooking recipes from Mark's book (PB Cookbook). It's a bit overwhelming (I haven't always cooked from a recipe for every meal), but I'm adjusting. And the food has been really good!
I found a source (through Craigslist) for homegrown chicken eggs. I found affordable organic HWC at Costco. And I'll be ordering a box of grass fed beef and pastured pork as soon as there is room in the freezer, probably by early April. I am going to do my best to stay Primal. But I'll say Thank you Mark for the 80/20 thing. It helps with the guilt that I cannot be as disciplined as some others are.
I did a 2 mile easy hike on Saturday and a little over 1 mile walk on Sunday. I don't think I did anything Monday. Today I walked the half mile roundtrip to the mailbox. Hope to do that again this evening...