A PB beginner's journal - primal start 3/24/14
I've been reading up on MDA for a couple of weeks now, and I made the decision to go primal beginning today.
A bit about me: I'm 49 (will be 50 this summer), 5'11" and weighed in this morning at 257. A physical a few months ago showed that over all my numbers were "OK" but that my cholesterol was at 240 and I'm now on 20mg of lipitor daily. This is the first time in my life I've ever been prescribed meds for any condition, and it doesn't sit well with me. Although I'm not medicine adverse, I rarely take any medicine, not even aspirin for a headache.
My goals are simple: While I would like this to be about losing weight, I think it's more important for this to be about changing my lifestyle and getting healthy. Weight is just a number and I don't want to be chasing a number just because some panel somewhere says this is the weight I should be at. I'd rather be at the weight my body naturally settles to (of course I am the size/weight I am due to poor food choices and lack of exercise, so my body hasn't settled into this, in fact it hasn't "settled" at all - I've pushed it way up the scale - time to change that!)
I enjoy moving and sweating (racquetball, yard work, etc) but have never been one to embrace formal or structured exercise (I guess that needs to change). I thought I would start slow, so today I got up at 5AM and walked for 45 minutes. I'll do that for a couple of weeks and build from there to lifting heavy things and some sprints.
I know my poor eating is primarily triggered by boredom - plop me in front of the television and I'll soon be looking for something to snack on. But if I keep my brain engaged or if I stay busy with a project, reading, or whatever, I can go all day and not think about food (given my current weight, it's pretty obvious I have been anything but engaged for a long time).
I welcome anyone who is new to this journey and wants to partner up for encouragement and support please let me know. I think it would be easier to do this with others, but I'm willing to go it alone if that's what it takes. I also welcome ideas, encouragement, suggestions, admonishment, etc. those of you with experience being Grok may care to give.
Having never "journaled" before, I'm not sure how interesting, effective, or beneficial this will be for others, but I want to commit to updating this frequently with weekly updates on stats (weight, measurements, etc) as I have them. I think I will need accountability - if not now, eventually - and I'm hopeful this will be a good way to remain accountable to those who are here and to myself.
Thanks - I look forward to the life change and to the journey.
Last edited by scooter748driver; 03-24-2014 at 10:33 AM.
You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It's called perseverance. ~ Lee Iacocca
The first and the best victory is to conquer self. ~ Plato