Nacho's Nuggets: Ramblings, Crap and Other Odds and Ends
So here I am ...exactly 1 day short of being Primal for 8 weeks and Im starting a journal. I guess its better late than never. But that is the story of my life, isnt it (yes, Im talking to myself here)?
Anyway...I guess I should summarize how the first eight weeks of being primal have went for me.
When I started on 01-04-2011...I had just finished a year in 2010 that saw a lot of peaks and valleys. The biggest "peak", I guess, would have to have been my weight. The one thing I did do right at the beginning of all of this is I weighed myself before starting anything.That weight was 248 lbs!!!! OMG!
I cant believe I weighed that much. I am not even 5'8 (5'7 and 3/4 inches exactly). So, I guess all of the "living" I did in 2010 had accumulated all of this flab. It made me the largest I have ever been in my life.
And what was all of that "living" anyway? Eating whatever I wanted as my "mood" dictated. What did it get me? Fat with a ton of heartburn (I was taking TUMS several times a day) and looking at my bloated belly in disgust. Feeling full all the time and not having an ounce of appetite....yet still managing to over eat everyday.
And then there was the drinking....yes, the drinking. Wine. Not enough to appear outwardly drunk by any means....but every day and several glasses a day. And large glasses at that. Draining a small wine bottle while filling up two glassfulls. Seriously? Where was this leading you to?? Certainly not to father or husband or son or brother or friend of the year. No, it was leading you to "drunkie". Fat drunkie.
And you kept the pretense of being in shape with continuing to work out. Yes, your workouts were/are very hard and intense. And, yes, you do move a lot of weight for a 41 year old man. You were hitting the 100lb heavy bag several times a week for 6-10x3:00 rounds. And you were running several miles a week (6-9 miles in 2-3 outings). And you were weight training in the gym you built in the garage.....very hard. All good. But the problem was never the working out. It has never been the working out, has it? The problem has always been the diet and drinking with you (me).
So, you made the decision to change your life. Not to just temporarily fix it....like last time when you did LA Weight Loss with Mandy (wife) and dropped 20 lbs...but to fix it forever. Yes, you made the decision to change your lifestyle. And against all the ridicule from family and friends, acquaitances and even enemies...you chose Paleo/Primal living. What a decision! This is me...telling you (me)...great job!
Hindsight is definitely 20/20 but you got it 100% right this time.
Primal living has been a god send for you (me). I feel better than I have in the last 20 years. Maybe even 30. You are enjoying eating good food that is GOOD for you (me)...eating when you want, as much as you want and not EVER feeling hungry and "hollow" like when you were following LA Weight Loss. No, hopefully, you wont ever feel that way again. And the drinking has subsided too. No longer do you think..."Mmm...I'd like a glass of wine.." on the way home from work. Have you had some since going Primal? Certainly. On ~ 2 occasions with friends. And you had several glasses and even felt a "buzz" like old days. But what is different now, when you look at the half empty wine bottle on the counter, is that there is no longing for a glass like before. No, in fact, there is a new feeling. There is a feeling of...."I dont want that. It will stall my weight loss as alcohol is burned as first priority in metabolism." And then you dont drink it. And in less than a second the craving is gone. Congratulations...you have done well here. You really needed to fix this one.
So, on to the progress you've made. First, you have officially dropped 20 lbs. The weight on the scale does fluctuate between 17-20lbs currently, but seems to be concrete at around 19.5lbs most days. I'll give you the extra 0.5 lbs. Congratulations, you've done as well as the last time you dieted now. Except that you were heavier than you were before at the start this time. So, you need to drop more to get to where you want to be in the end.Again-all of that doesnt matte: you are doing it. And doing it well! You have been successful in adapting the lifestyle to specifically fit your needs. Foods that are being eaten are both primal and natural....and stuff you have mostly always eaten. Also, you are doing good with eating when hungry and avoiding not eating for long stretches. Yes, you may not ever be a candidate for IF...as your hunger is now expressed as heartburn. When the stomach is empty...the acid "hurts" the old ulcer spots and everywhere else. So, dont leave it empty long enough to allow that to happen.At least you dont have to deal with constant hunger pains any longer!!!! Those were worse and following CW eating...unavoidable. Just plan to eat when hungry and often enough to avoid the heartburn pain (note to self: mornings seems the easiest time to fast. There is no acid related stomach pain. Extend it beyond 12 hours and see if you can make it to lunch w/out eating).
Also, you have lost inches. Yes, you haven't officially measured since noticing that you have moved in two notch holes on your belt...but it is physically impossible to pull in the belt that much further without cutting off your circulation at your waist, were it as big as it used to be. Trust me. You know you thought about trying! And the improved image in the mirror as well as improved vascularity in your arms isnt a lie either. I know its hard to believe after all this time being "masssive" and built wider than you are tall....but you might actually be shedding body fat as planned. Yes, its true. You know you are literally always in ketosis...as measured by the ketostix. And the smell of your pee? Uhh! That has to be ketones. It never smelled like that before eating primal. So, the diet is working and doing what it should for you. Trust it.
And the working out...OMG...the energy! The stamina! The power! The recovery! Loving it! You know you would change to this lifestyle JUST to have that by itself. It is a fantastic feeling. And it is working. You are re-shaping your physique. I know you cant wait to post pics of the "new" you....but you just aren't there quite yet. Let's get a little bit further along before we go there. Maybe at 15% BF??? It shouldnt be but just a few more months...
In summary, for your first journal entry and to wrap up the first eight weeks of primal living, this is good. You have done well and are making serious strides towards both the physical embodiment of the person you want to be...as well as all of the inner fixes that were required and not related to outward appearances. Confirmation of progress for outward appearance is easy and can be seen in the mirror & pictures. Confirmation of inner progress will have to be obtained from a physical with your doctor. But lets wait until April for that to happen. That will give you one more month as well as ensuring that Dr- that -you -aren't -a -fan- of has moved and his replacement is practicing. It will be a nice way to start off the new Dr/Patient relationship with him! Keep up the hard workouts (easy) and stay motivated with the diet. That will make the most of your new lifestyle for your you in meeting your goals.
And now, you are getting the "acid-heartburn" of the empty stomach (you have been fasting this morning. Its been 13 hours since you last ate....). Let's go get some water to drink to see if that can hold you off 1 more hour until lunch...
If you can just get your....mind together....then come on across to me.....
James Marshall (Jimi)Hendrix