My name is David, and Iím from Spain. Today is my first day living primal, so I thought that it was a good idea to find some support and make a post here to share my experience and my progress. Iíve got to say that english is not my first language and I will probably make a lot of grammar mistakes, but Iíll try to do my best
Well, let me talk a little about myself. Iím 31, and my history is not so different from some others here. Iíve been struggling with my weight all my life, since I was a kid. In school/high school I was always the chubby-lazy one, with very bad results in sports and always thinking of eating. Iíve always loved to eat. Now I realize that it was (is) actually a disease, but I used to think that I was just weak and self-destructive.
Ok, letís go forward in time. When I was 27, things were getting really ugly. I weighted 124 kilos (273lb) and I felt sick and tired every single second of my life. I decided it was enough, that I must change my life, so I started working out in a gym, and going every week to a ďprofessionalĒ nutritionist. I began to working out 5 days per week, training with weights about one hour every day, and doing an hour of cardio after the weights. At the same time, I began to follow a classic ďhealthyĒ diet: a very low-cal, low fat diet.
The results came fast: I was losing about 3 kilos (6lb) every week, and I ended weighting about 75 kilos (165lb) by the end of the same year. I was really happy, but I didnít realize that I was caught in a vicious circle: even at that point, my body was far from being muscular, and I have a belly that seemed impossible to get rid of it. I didnít realize that my body got used to a lots of training with almost eating nothing, so Iíve got to a point that was impossible to burn fat or gain muscle. At that point, I began to read every fitness magazine Iíve found, and learn about working out and nutrition, but the problem was, obviously, that I learn the mainstream rules for fitness and nutrition.
From that point, I began to working out for gaining muscle (classic-weider style routines), and eating a lot of carbs and protein. The results were always the same: yes, I gained muscle, but also lots of fat. So, the mainstream fitness said that at that point I have to cut, and that is done by lots of cardio and lo-cal, lo-fat diet. The results: losing again all the muscle Iíve won and just losing a very little fat (so funny how the the fitness magazines donít talk about steroids and their role in the results of ďclassicĒ trainingÖ)
Iíve been trapped in this vicious circle for almost 3 years, but at one point I realized that it was a very unhealthy way of living, and far away from being sustainable. I was tired, really tired and bored of working out almost 2 hours every day for zero results, and the diet was getting even worse: I spend the whole week eating lo-cal/lo-fat, and the cravings were so big that when the weekend arrived, any excuse was good for eating lots of junk food and drinks/alcohol. Bodybuilders calls it ďcheat dayĒ, but again, they donít talk you about the roidsÖ
I known that it must be a proper way of being healthy and fit, and the answer came to me almost by luck.
Iím a big (and I mean BIG) Metallica fan, and at that time, I realized that the bandís frontman, James Hetfield, have lost a lot of weight in just some months, and at the same time he seemed healthier and fitter than ever before. In an interview, he stated that it was the result of following something called the Paleo Diet. I googled it, and what Iíve found really opened my eyes. Every article, every book I read about it, made more and more sense to me.
Ö and that is, more or less, my history. At this point, I have decided to change my life, my body, and my health. I will start to training calisthenics, wich Iíve found are a more realistic and functional approach to a healthier body, and I will start to eat the way we are designed to eat, without looking back.
Iím really excited and happy to start this journey, and I just wanted to share my progress with some other people that live the primal way. Itís a pleasure to be a part of this amazing community
So, here I go: my very first day living primal!