I'm starting something new for myself. As of today I'll be doing fitness challenges to help get my body fat % down. I don't know if this is a very effective way to do it, but it cant hurt! My challenge for today is: do 10+ push-ups (modified) every hour until bedtime. Go!
I'm not really sure what I've been doing wrong. I started dropping weight like crazy when I first started eating Primally. It's been a little over a month and I haven't been losing any weight at all, and what's worse is my body fat % hasn't changed even a little bit. I'm LHT 3x a week and eating as primally as possible. I would think by now my body fat % would have lowered some, even by 1/2%, but no dice. So I guess I need to re-evaluate what I'm doing and what I'm not doing.
So far this is what a typical day/week is like for me. I wake up between 6-7am and feed the kids. I usually eat breakfast around 8-9 am, breakfast for me consists of three eggs and a piece of bacon or ham. Lately eggs have made me nauseous so I've had two scoops of whey protein powder, 4 oz of coconut milk, 1 tbs coconut oil, 4 oz water. For lunch I usually have either some protein and stir fryed veggies or a BAS with red bell pepper and carrot sticks. I never use more than 1 tbs of dressing on my salads. For dinner I always prepare some protein and a generous helping of vegetables. I hardly eat any sugar if any on most days. I don't eat fruit very often and when I do it's usually an apple, half of a grapefruit, or a banana. I haven't been eating nuts and when I do it's usually one serving of almonds or cashews. I'm drinking 32-64oz of water everyday. I have a dark chocolate square on most days.
I am a little bit stuck in a rut with the veggies I eat everyday, there isn't much variety there. I usually eat mushrooms, bell peppers, carrots, celery, onion, romaine lettuce, zucchini and parsnips on occasion. The protein sources are usually pork roast, beef flap meat or ground beef, chicken thighs and tenderloins, and bacon. They are not grassfed sources, unfortunately we can't afford that yet. The eggs I eat are from grassfed chickens and the butter is from grassfed cows. I don't eat a lot of dairy, maybe an oz of cheese every few days. I use coconut oil to cook with and on occasion will use bacon fat, but this is maybe once or twice a month.
According the the macronutrient break down given in the book I should be eating about 1600 calories at with approx 100g or less of carbs, 80g protein and w/e fat I need to feel satiated. I think I'll take a closer look at these #'s to see what that really means in terms of calorie breakdown per category.
My lifestyle right now is pretty sedentary. I stay home with my two kids. Most of the day is spent playing on the floor with the baby, doing household chores and a weekly hour or longer trip to Costco and an hour long trip to the grocery store. I do the LHT recommendation in the e-book and have started jogging for 20 mins on the treadmill three days a week (never gonig above the 75% rule). The weather here is cold and extremely windy all day long so I don't have the option to exercise outside. I know I'm not getting enough Vit D because I rarely go outside when it's cold. I haven't found a supplement for that yet, but I need to. I also don't have a decent omega 3/6 ratio, but will be purchasing some fish oil supplements soon.
So there you have it! I'm sure when I go back through and read that I'll be able to find something I'm doing wrong. I feel like I'm doing what I should and my body has made some changes, but that stupid body fat % # will not budge. My measurements are also the same from when I started so I know it's not all in my head. I was tested two years ago for insulin resistance and they concluded that I DO have it and was put on Metformin, however I've stopped taking that months ago. I'm hoping I can find a way to get my body fat % down soon, I hate looking at such a high number every week
Ok, I've been at this for about 6 weeks now and I'm not seeing any results aside from my initial weight loss. I'm floating at 155 lbs and according the the body fat calculator online (calculated with measurements) I'm stuck at 28% BF. I've been LHT three times a week as well as doing pull ups, squats, and the other recommended exercises when I feel like I've been too lazy during the day. I'm not going to lie, I lead a very sedentary lifestyle, especially when it's cold. I sit on the floor playing with kids all day, and when the kids are napping I'm either cleaning or napping myself. I'm not as bothered by my lack of weight loss as much as I'm bothered by my lack of improvement on the way I feel.
I've suspected I have an under-active thyroid for a long time now. I've had multiple tests done and each time the doctor calls to tell me everything seems normal and thats the end of it. I've never actually seen any of the test results so I can't say for sure whether I'm within normal ranges or not, the only inclination I've had to assume otherwise is one doctor said I'm in the low end of normal, but still within normal. I recently had a test done so today I'm going to get a copy of my results and dissect them myself. I'm done going by what the doctor says. And if I am within normal ranges, what is causing so many of my symptoms? I have really low blood pressure and always have, I'm cold all the time, my skin is always itchy and feels somewhat dry regardless of my water consumption and use of lotions. I'm always tired, to the point where I can basically take a nap any time of the day regardless of the amount of sleep I've had. My vision is deteriorating, especially my ability to see at night.
I do know that I have PCOS and insulin resistance. I know I'm gluten intolerant and possibly dairy intolerant as well. I've cut out almost all sugars with honey being the only exeption and even then I only eat a very small amount of honey on rare occasion. I've stopped eating wheat and glutenated products/foods. I haven't been eating any nuts for at least a week. I don't eat potatoes and haven't had any amount of rice for over a month. The only grain I've had recently would be corn, in the form of popcorn and corn chips; and those were in very small amounts. I'm drinking enough water and taking Vit D, fish oil, and a daily vitamin. There are small amounts of soybean oil in my supplements, but I can't imagine they're causing any kind of symptoms for me. I do eat a small amount of dark chocolate every day, and I only drink wine on the weekend and only one or two glasses.
I'm trying to be completely honest with myself and I know there are some days where I could do better with meals. I do tend to snack between meals and I know that's not good, but could it be what's causing my weight loss stall? I wanted to start doing some IF'ing, but my sleep is still really broken up because of the baby. There's no fixing my lack of sleep and broken up sleep problem until Sophie is sleeping through the night. She most likely won't do this for another 9 months though. I've done what I can to get her to stay asleep and not have to wake up for feeds, but if she gets cold she'll wake up and I'll have to put her blankets back on her.
Today I'm just so sick of feeling like sh*t. There must be something I'm either doing wrong, or something that my body isn't doing right; because I'm doing what I should to lose weight and feel healthier with little results. Anyone else doing the same thing as I am would have lost weight and felt like a whole new person by now so why am I not? I'm not giving up on the primal lifestyle, I always give up about 6 weeks into something new. I'm sticking it out in hopes that maybe I just need more time. It did take years for me to get this way and I can't expect an overnight change. Sometimes looking at the success stories helps, but other times it just makes me mad when I read about people that have lost weight and maintained their perfect bodies with little effort on their part; and did it all in such a short amount of time that it seems too good to be true. I know everything isn't easy, I just wish I could get a break every once in a while.
Insist in getting testing for adrenal fatigue or find a new doctor that will. I just went to the doctor today for exactly that. I have a home cortisol testing kit (spit in a tube 4 times in one day at various times) that I will mail in to a lab. Testing at one time in the day tells yo only what your thyroid is up to at that moment. over the course of the day helps determine if it's responding inappropriately. I also suffer from chronic fatigue (and "moviation" issues. I know I'd feel better if I got up and walked, but I strongly believe there is an energy component missing that would make me feel like actually getting off my butt inthe first place).
Thanks! I'm going to set up another appointment with my doctor and try to not let him disregard my symptoms again. Where did you get this cortisol test kit? You say it's a home kit so I'm assuming you had to pay for it rather than the doctor giving it to you...was it expensive? I know something is up with my thyroid or possibly hormones, I just can't get anyone to listen to me
I went to the doctor to have her take a closer look at my symptoms AND my low lab scores and she said I'm "normal" and being cold, tired, irritable, moody, and having pretty significant hair thinning is normal. Really? I don't see many people walking around feeling/looking like me so I'm pretty sure I'm OUTSIDE of normal right now. I guess I'll just have to take things into my own hands and try to find a way to fix my problems naturally. I'm planning on seeing a naturopathic doctor soon, but I have to wait until my husband gets his big pay raise in the spring. If my insurance would cover that I'd definitely go now, but they don't so I can't.
I've lost a few more pounds since my last post and I'm thinking it probably has to do with my IF every day from dinner until lunch the next day. I stopped watching my calories because every time I get back into logging what I eat and watching everything that goes into my mouth I seem to develop a weight loss stall. I'm sure I'm eating WAY under what I should be as far as calories go, but I don't care anymore. I'm finally losing weight. I've also started eating coconut oil on a daily basis. I've found that I can't really stomach the coconut oil that tastes strong so I'm using expellor pressed coconut to cook with right now. I've also decided that I probably need to cut back on the amount of meat and fat I'm eating and try to focus on getting in more veggies. I know it seems like the wrong way to do things according to primal, but I'm not eating enough veggies and in order for me to get what I need I have to cut back somewhere.
I finally feel like I've found how to make Primal work for me. It's taken a few weeks and those weeks have been super frustrating, but I'm seeing results now. I've learned that bacon is a treat and not a staple for me. I love butter, but I don't need to drown everything in it and everything is better in moderation anyway. Sugar is not my friend and causes my face to break out like crazy if I eat it. Eggs are also not friendly to my tummy and dairy has always been a little hard for me to deal with so it looks like I'll either be cutting that out completely or eating it in very small quantities. I've also figured out that when I hit a weight loss stall, the best way to get things moving again is to eat more carbs for a few days in a row and then go back to low carb. This is how I got over my last stall and it worked, I lost 2 lbs in 2 days and have continued to lose since then. I'm finally down to 150 and will be in the 140's soon. As soon as I hit 135 I'll be getting my tummy tuck to get rid of the excess skin I have from my pregnancies.
I've decided I really just don't have any idea what I'm doing and apparently going to the forums and asking "newb" questions is pissing people off so I'm at a loss as to what I should do. I'm losing weight easily still, but I'm having some issues with IF. So far I've been eating dinner around 5:00 pm and fasting until lunch the next day at 12:00. I was watching my calories the last two days and I've only been eating about 900 calories each day because I'm only eating two meals. So, it looks like I'm basically starving myself which is probably the reason for the weight loss lately. I wonder if the weight I've lost has been a lot of muscle and fat rather than just fat. I need to get some input on this.
I'm not an expert however this is what i get from reading The PB... I think as long as you are getting enough protein first and foremost - and keeping your carbs under 150 gms (which i'm sure you are if your losing) then the numbers don't really matter as much. If you are full and not feeling deprived then that is probably what your body needs at this moment. If you are meeting your protein requirements you should not lose muscle mass.
If your low energy is due to thyroid issues, then your calories needs may change once that is resolved to meet your more energetic levels.
HOWEVER (grin) if your low energy is not thyroid related, it very well could be from a very low calorie intake... that could cause hair loss and some of the other symptoms you speak of.
Did you have low levels of energy even when you were eating more calories?
I've actually had energy problems for over 10 years, it started in my teens and hasn't let up except for the first week after getting over the carb flu. I felt amazing for a week with tons of energy and then I went right back into the same fatigue I've had for years. This was well before I started IF though, so I don't think the two are related. The hair loss has been going on for a while also, no idea what's going on there. I've been fighting the doctors over getting my thyroid levels checked by a specialist and so far it's been a losing battle.
I got the same thing out of the PB, but sometimes the info in the forums can be so different from what I've read. I'm getting the amount of protein I should and really feel like I'm eating well. I know once I get to a good weight I won't need to do IF as much if at all, but for now it's working.
Then honestly - i wouldn't worry about the calorie count. If you are not feeling deprived and hungry, then i would say "carry on...."
I've heard that low thyroid is one of the most un-diagnosed disorders around... Dr.s rely too much on tests and not enough on patients symptoms... be persistent!!
I don't eat breakfast either, mainly because i am just not hungry. For years i force fed myself in the mornings cause "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day...." lol