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    Primal Journal - Athanasey

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    I right journal entries in my head all the time so I thought, "Hey, why not start a real one!"

    A bit about me:

    I have a husband and two beautiful daughters. One is 6 and one is 9 months. We live in sunny QLD where our TV blares ads at us that "tanning is skin cells in trauma". It makes me very nervous about sun exposure.

    I started eating primally on Tuesday 2nd August. I always lose weight when I'm pregnant but since having the baby I've gained 10kgs (22lb). Normally I'd go one of those shake only diets to lose weight but I'm breastfeeding and any calorie reduction seems to drop my milk supply.

    I started out at 84.2kgs (185lb) and in the first week I lost 2.3kgs (5lb). To start with I was hungry all the time so I ate a lot of food. It was all primal but I was at least 600 calories over the recommended amount each day. I've decided to stop counting now, it's obviously working. I'll re-look at it if my weight loss slows.

    I'm also eating nuts, berries and dairy for now.

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    Welcome. I hope primal continues to work well for you!
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    Primal Blueprint Explorer My blog for people who are not into the Grok thing. Since starting the blog, I have moved close to being Archevore instead of Primal. But Mark's Daily Apple is still the best source of information about living an ancestral lifestyle.

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    Thanks Hedonist. I really like your Primal Blueprint Explore blog. It's a good read.

    I'm a bit sad this morning, it looks like it is going to rain and that means no walking. For the past week we have been walking to and from school every day. That's about 80 minutes of walking a day. At first I had to push myself to do it but now I really enjoy it. It is a slow pace because miss 6 does not walk very quickly but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that my heart rate is still up around the 70% mark. I must be really unfit!

    Miss 6 is a severe asthmatic and that makes her a reluctant exerciser which means her overall muscle tone is not great. The difference after one week of walking is phenomenal. She looks forward to the walk now, doesn't get breathless and even does short runs while we are going along. Her specialist is going to be so pleased.

    I was going to LHT on Monday but instead I built a raised garden bed, shoveled soil into it and planted some plants. As that involved lifting bending and squatting I decided that counted Can't wait to have home grown fruit and veg.

    Grocery shopping day today. I am so confused about what meat to buy! All the meat at the local supermarket is hormone free. Most beef in Australia is grass fed, but not all. So I have no idea of how to know for sure what to buy. I might ask the butcher about their meat as I know it's raised locally. I feel awkward asking questions like that though... I would love to buy organic chicken but the breasts are $17kg which is twice the price of the stuff I normally buy. I get so jealous hearing about how cheap meat is in America!

    I'm also going to get some bones to make broth today as my nails are starting to break really easily which they don't normally do. Strange...

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    Welcome! Five lbs is an amazing start.

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    Miss 6 is a severe asthmatic and that makes her a reluctant exerciser which means her overall muscle tone is not great. The difference after one week of walking is phenomenal. She looks forward to the walk now, doesn't get breathless and even does short runs while we are going along. Her specialist is going to be so pleased.
    Wonderful!
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    I decided to do my LHT exercises yesterday. Totally ashamed that I struggled to do the level 1 exercises. I ended up only doing one cycle. No muscle soreness today though. I always thought I would be reasonably strong. I walk around with 10kg (22lb) baby strapped to me. But alas I am weakling. At least I have a starting point

    Found some fresh wild caught squid when shopping yesterday so I made salt and pepper squid for tea. Miss 6 declared it yuck. The baby had a great time gnawing at but with only one tooth she didn't get too far. Lucky I had some boerewors as back up! Still Husband and I loved it so will definitely get it again.

    I find myself snacking instead of sitting down to eat this week. It means I am consuming more nuts and less protein. I haven't being putting my values into calorie king this week so it will be interesting to see if I still lose weight.

    There is a seafood festival on this weekend. All the food will be wild and local. Might be a good way to learn what's available and get some light movement in!

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    I made a conscious effort to eat more fat with proper meals the last few days. I feel a lot better for it.

    Husband got his favourite low carb take away lunch on the weekend, kebab plates. Which is basically meat and salad. Mine came smothered in bbq sauce. Yuck! I don't even like it when I'm not eating primally.

    We had roast pork last night. We had it with sweet potato, carrots, parsnip, brocoli and pumpkin. Way more carbs than I normally have and I was very full after just one serving. I felt like I ate so much yesterday. I was really surprised when my calories for the day only came to 1800. 66% of that was fat.

    I was embracing my barefootedness on the weekend and doing some gardening. We were staring up at the macadamia tree watching the bees pollenating it when all of a sudden my foot started stinging. I looked down and I had stood on a bee! ouch! I think I'll wear shoes from now on. Between the bees and the killer ants, it's probably for the best.

    What I ate yesterday
    B: 2 rahers bacon, 2 eggs
    L: berries, macadamias, coconut, cream
    D: Roast Pork, parsnip, pumpkin, kumara, brocoli, carrot
    S: 1 piece of lindt 85% dark chocolate

    1843 calories: 133g fat, 96g protein, 60g carbs

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    Weigh in again yesterday. Down another kg so weight is now 80.85 (178lb). I am no longer obese! woohoo! Can't wait to crack that 80kg barrier.

    I did my second lot of LHT yesterday. Still only managed one cycle. Will try for two tomorrow. I had my car in being serviced today so I walked for several hours around town doing things with the baby. We had our first meal out which was challenging but I ended up settling on cajun beef salad with roasted vegetables and Tzatziki. The baby had sushi. Yummy.

    Sometimes I find the forums here very confusing and I wonder why people who aren't interested in following a primal lifestyle hang around. Surely there are other forums that are more aligned with their views? It's enough to make a n00b very bewildered. But I am just sticking to the book.

    I'm going to cook some fish for tea. Might chargrill some veges. I'm still thinking about the ones I had for lunch!

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    It's a good start!

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    Athanasey, it sounds like you've made a fine start. I've been messing with the primal lifestyle for a year and just starting taking things seriously, I'm already feeling a huge difference and starting my journal has kept me more motivated than I've ever been - I'm suddenly accountable to any lapses into the world of cheap sugary carbs.

    I live in Japan so we pay double the price again for meat and we can't get anything organic. Our best beef is unbranded Aussie (corn, grass? Who knows!) and we just have to do our best. I'd look at saving costs elsewhere to go for the organic chicken: food is so important.

    I'll check in now and again to say hi, keep up the good work.
    Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller

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