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    Hey,

    I'm a 22 year old sudent, from the UK. I've been primal/paleo on and off for the past couple of years, but due to binge eating relapses I haven't really been able to see much of a difference (although when eating paleo I obviously noticed myself feeling better, but I quickly regained weight when I inevitably fell off the wagon and into a vat or two of ice cream...)

    However recently I've been more on track and I think my bingeing days are finally behind me. My new focus is on getting healthy and STRONG. I want to start tracking my food intake again a little more carefully, and also to start lifting more.

    Currently my weekly routine is as follows:

    Diet:
    Breakfast- 2 or 3 eggs, a few mushrooms with olive oil or spinach
    Lunch- Large salad with olive oil, plenty of olives, 1/2 avocado, tin of tuna, mushrooms and cucumber
    Dinner- Usually some sort of stir fry type thing with ground beef/chicken and loads of veggies
    Snacks- The odd orange, pistachios

    Sometimes I have a few glasses of red wine on a friday night as well. Trying to keep this to a maximum of 2 but so far not very successful :P

    Exercise:
    2 sprint sessions per week
    3 weights work outs- Mainly dumbbell raise and shoulder press, but I am going to incoporate more variety from now on.
    Body weight squats most days
    Plus any walks/casual exercise I happen to do that week (badminton etc)


    My aims are:
    -To increase my general strength and hopefully lose a little fat in the process (particularly focusing on my hamstrings)
    -Keep building a healthy relationship with food by not restricting too much!


    I'll probably keep track of some kind of stats but I am undecided what exactly yet.

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    Just a quick stat:

    148 lb this morning
    (I'm 5' 7.5" ish)

    When I started paleo/primal about 3 months ago I was an absolute minimum of 155 lb, more likely around the 160 lb mark. Considering that within that time span I have had a lot of social events (a LOT of drinking, overeating) I would consider that pretty good. I'll be able to tighten up on the drinking/overeating over the next month or so. However not so fussed about weight as I'd like to build some muscle as well..

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    Hi Rachel! I'm also in the UK (London) and there are a few others around. Your meals and workout plan sound great and I'm glad it's working for you. I only do one sprints session a week at the moment but maybe should increase to two. What are you studying?

    Off to do my sprints now.

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    hey, I'm actually a maths graduate, I had a year a out from study but I'm going back to do a masters starting in september, in a mix of biology and maths

    do you know if there are any good paleo/primal groups in London as I'll be moving there shortly? Or any restaurant tips? Have to say I am looking forward to possibly meeting a few other like minded people, where I live now I feel a bit crazy for enthusing about primal stuff and so tend to just not talk about it

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    So this morning I meditated for 17 minutes. One of my big goals for the coming year is to work up to do doing a minimum of 30 minutes every morning to help still my mind and cope with study related stress. I really enjoyed it and the feeling of calm it gave me afterwards.

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    I remember there being a London meetup thread in one of the other MDA forums a year or two ago. Also, if there isn't one already, you could set up a meetup group? I don't know anyone who's into paleo in real life either although my flatmate's girlfriend was asking me about it so may be able to convert her.

    Haven't seen a paleo-dedicated restaurant but navigating most menus seems to be OK - steak's always a good choice, bunless burgers etc. Also I really want to go to the Smokehouse in Islington which sounds amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pineneedles View Post
    I remember there being a London meetup thread in one of the other MDA forums a year or two ago. Also, if there isn't one already, you could set up a meetup group? I don't know anyone who's into paleo in real life either although my flatmate's girlfriend was asking me about it so may be able to convert her.

    Haven't seen a paleo-dedicated restaurant but navigating most menus seems to be OK - steak's always a good choice, bunless burgers etc. Also I really want to go to the Smokehouse in Islington which sounds amazing!
    OK great cheers. I might have a look at groups and such once I'm settled in.

    Just googled the smokehouse, looks ace. I generally do go for steaks etc when I'm eating out, which are fairly easy to find but it does get a little pricey! Luckily there seems to be more primal-ly options out there at the moment due to the gluten free "fad" which suits me!!

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    Building a meditation habit is going well- I've been doing 15-20 mins every morning so far, and I do quite like the routine it brings to my morning; I appreciate the chance to sit and be calm for a little while. However, I find it hard to clear my mind as at that time I am usually planning my day and thinking about what I need to do. Forcing myself to slow down and take a minute has to be good for me??

    I am also reading A LOT into switching from thyroxine to dessicated thyroid for my hypothyroidism. This is a fairly daunting prospect, but I figure it's worth all the reading and hassle with doctors if it sets me up for a healthier life in the end. I am very aware that I'm still so young so I really need to get sorted now while my body is still relatively healthy, as opposed to leaving it until it all goes pear shaped (thinking pessimistically here!).

    So I guess this journal may end up detailing a lot of that process. Fingers crossed it ends well.

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    Starting a Whole30 today to get mission "heal/help out my adrenals" off to a good start. I had far too much red wine last night but not feeling too bad this morning, surprisingly. I won't have too much trouble giving up alcohol as I don't drink all that often anyway. Anyway I am interested to see what changes this Whole30 will bring. And excited to potentially try out some new recipes!!

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    Good luck with your Whole30 Rachel! Just finished mine last week. I'm really glad I did it and it wasn't anywhere near as hard as I thought it would be. It seems to really have helped me kick the sugar/snack/binge monster.

    Would recommend reading the Whole 9 forums too for support.

    And not only do you get to try out tasty new recipes, I found that all food started to taste really, really good about a week in (and still does!).

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