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Thread: I'm in... 30 DAYS HERE I COME!!!

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    So here is my story. After being a vegetarian almost turned raw vegan/fruitarian for 6 years I recently discovered that maybe just maybe I was headed down the wrong path. After reading sooooo much information, everything seemed to lead me to be a vegetarian which included cleanses, fasting, points of only eating fruit and far too much of it, to eating then eating a bunch of garbage carb loaded processed foods all while searching for health. It really turned into a yo-yo type scenario where I would eat healthy, but then it was like my body was craving something else, so I ended up eating junk and defeating my goals of health and being lean and fit.

    Needless to say, I started to think more about the people around me, who ate animal products and began to notice that they were very healthy and seemed to have balance within their diets.

    I started to think about brain health, and deficiencies, and excess fat, and fatigue, and how really I hadn't changed one bit since embarking as a vegetarian. That's when i realized there must be some other way. Oddly enough, it was a girl from a raw forum that lead me to this new lifestyle through a book which i still must read titled Primal Body Primal Mind. Researching Nora Gedgaudus and her podcasts is what then lead me to MDA.

    I am so excited to have found this as it really makes sense. I really like how it is a lifestyle that can be obtained every single day no matter where you are. Now I know for some this may seem tough in social situations, but I must say this will be far easier than trying to pull off eating like a raw vegan at a family gathering.

    So far I have only tried eating seafood since re-introducing flesh back into my diet, and for now that is all that i really seem drawn to. I think i will enjoy including eggs back in and for some reason steak seems appealing to me too. I think that gound beef and pork and chicken and turkey will have to stay on the side lines for a while...just don't seem appealing at all. And i think I will include Feta and very little amounts of cheese but only for special occasions.

    Now I am not overweight, yet i know i need to lean out as being a vegetarian made me have this skinny fat flabby look. I am female, 5'10 and weigh 145lbs. I feel my best at 135 so i have a little ways to go still. All in time. I am done with quick fixes. I am looking for something long term, so I hope i have come to the right place.

    My 30 day Challenge will begin on November 29, 2009.

    I will journal everyday my food intake and my exercise. Every Sunday i will post my weight. and every week i will post a picture.

    Wish me luck

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    Good luck! Hope this works out for you. Personally, since going primal, I feel like a brand new individual. I no longer suffer from the daily sugar crashes, I no longer feel bloated and I have the energy of a kid again. Each story and example I read in Mark's book rang true in my life and I kept thinking, "Yeah, that's exactly how I feel when I eat X! Yeah, that's exactly what happens to me when I exercise like Y!" and so forth.

    If you have any questions along the way, the forum members are incredibly supportive and helpful. And be sure to browse through the recipes: maybe you'll find something that makes ground beef, pork, chicken and turkey sound appealing. =)

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    Good luck!

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    Yes, welcome and good luck. It sounds like you're good at listening to your body, which in my own experience, is half the battle.

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    First day Primal and it felt AWESOME!!!!!!! Well yesterday i was primal too, but today i am counting as my first.



    10 min incline walk

    10 min jog

    15 pushups flip and reach

    2 minute plank x2

    20 squats

    50 lunges

    IF for 18 hours

    Dinner: salmon and tuna sauteed in butter

    Day ONE:

    6 mile run with sprints mixed in

    50 pushups

    50 squats

    Lunch: Blended Strawberries

    Dinner: Salad - 2 hard boiled eggs, 1.5 cups of mixed greens, fresh basil, 1/2 cup blackberries, 1/2 cup pomegranate, 3 tomatoes, 3 dill pickles, 2 avocados

    I feel fantastic so far. I know it's only day 1, but i feel like I am much more focused and satisfied. I can't wait to see what kind of strength I gain and how I lean out.

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    Welcome! You're off to a great start.

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    Thanks ginger. It's crazy how full i am still! Although i did have a few spoonfuls of almond butter so that may be why. I feel a little dehydrated so i'm going to up the water as my body get's used to all this new protein and fat.

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    wow, salmon AND tuna in butter for dinner? That sounds awesome.

    I think I have some tuna in the freezer... maybe I should thaw it. Tried to find salmon but the store only had this weird thing - "wild alaskan salmon" which was then sent to China for processing and de-boning. WTF????

    And yeah, eating more fat + protein leads to feeling ACTUALLY satisfied for way longer. Isn't it amazing. I feel bad for all the low-fat carb bunnies who don't get to experience this... I remember that feeling. Counting calories, planning out my next mini-meal (every 2 hours), etc. It was very unhealthy - mentally and physically.

    Eating lots but still hungry? Eat more fat. Mid-day sluggishness? Eat more fat. Feeling depressed or irritable? Eat more fat. People think you've developed an eating disorder? Eat more fat... in front of them.

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    I love this enthusiasm :-) Just had to say that.

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    Yeah the salmon and tuna was awesome FlyNavyWife.

    Oh and thanks for the great encouragement everyone.

    Early Lunch:

    BIG SALAD - 1 Avocado, raspberries, pomegranate, lettuce, basil, tomatoes

    Early Dinner -

    2 hard boiled eggs.

    3 pieces of raw wild salmon sashimi, 3 pieces of toro sashimi, seaweed salad, miso soup.

    Snack - Almond Butter with Blackberries and raisins.


    3 mile run (split into 1 mile at a time... exercises in between)

    30 second Plank/knee to chest exercises (X3)

    10 burpees

    25 pushups

    50 stepups

    50 step up over and cross on bench

    I think i need to get back onto Nutridiary and count up my carbs. I still feel great but i have a feeling I am up too high for weight loss. So far i am loving adding in fish to my diet. And eggs seemed to workout just fine too

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