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    I am an almost 41 year old, stay at home Mom of a 2 year old son. I have struggled with my weight & diet pretty much my whole life. It's a family epidemic going back several generations. I'm ready to stop the cycle! DH & I have been married for 6 years. 3 of those years included some heavy-duty fertility treatments adding to my already out of balance hormones. We adopted our son as a newborn and I wouldn't trade him for anyone! DH comes from a family of very thin/borderline underweight members. He is tall (6 feet), slender & struggles to stay above 150 on the scale. He doesn't understand my perspective of battling weight/body image issues. That causes some serious discussions in our house.

    I am a sugar/carb/chocolate junkie. I've researched and come to the conclusion that PB is the best way to overcome the addiction, re-balance my hormones & ultimately, loose the extra 40 lbs I've gained in the last 4 years. I have other medical issues that I am hoping to greatly reduce and/or completely eliminate. Fortunately, I don't have any blood pressure/diabetes issues. From what I've read by Mark, being in a constant state of systemic inflamation is what is contributing to my allergy/congestion issues.

    I am blessed that DH will eat anything I cook for him with no complaint. We've been talking about making this change for a few weeks and he is sorta ok with it. He's hesitant to give up the rice & potatoes while he's working out so much (at least 3 days @ the gym). DS is still at the age where he's discovering food. I have noticed that when I feed him snacks/crackers/cereals that he can become more irritable very quickly. I would like to impact his (and any future child(ren)'s) health by starting him off right.

    Personally, I LOVE me a good Beef Filet wrapped in bacon & slathered with garlic butter. The problem is that I also love a loaded bake potato to go with it. I have a little bit of veggie-aversion. Fruits (pretty much all kinds) I will eat 'til the cows come home. Veggies are limited to a very small, boring selection. I'm not sure how well that will work. Nuts are even worse...don't eat any except peanuts (and those don't count as nuts). Will have to find a fat supplement elsewhere, I guess.

    Still, I'm looking forward to starting my journey. I've planned most of this week's meals to be PB-friendly. I have planned breakfast, lunch & snacks for me as well. One day a week we have dinner with DH's parents so I don't have a lot of control over what I get there. It's going to make things more interesting that's for sure.

    I am 5'4" tall with a large muscle mass & big bones. I weighed 155 & wore a size 10 dress at my wedding. My personal size goal is to fit back into my dress. I would also like to have a LOT more energy as DS has 2 speeds (turbo & stop) and wears me out every day.

    Starting Stats:
    Weight: 195 (highest I've been in 10 years)
    Pants size: 18
    Overall Body Image: frumpy

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    Find out what works for you. I eat potatoes every day and do fine. (NOT primal. I don't define myself as primal.) You don't HAVE to eat lots of veg, although i love them. Hint: butter.

    Nuts are OK but not at all necessary.
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    Thank you, Hedonist.

    I've decided that keeping red potatoes will help with transition. Mainly because they are so yummy when roasted in olive oil with rosemary & cracked pepper.

    I sauted green beans with garlic in bacon fat. They were very yummy also. I see more bacon fat in my future.

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    Primal Blueprint Day 1 recap & Day 2 plan

    Well, I mostly made it through Day 1. I caved & ate a Rice Krispie treat (and it wasn't a small one...). I actually consider that a success considering what my previous binges were. I think it helped that I stayed busy during the day. I got my pantry & fridge stocked for now.

    I talked to DH last night about purchasing a calf. My uncle raises grass-fed Herefords on his farm. He has some of the yummiest beef I've tasted. DH's concern is that we may not have room once it's been butchered. We have a full-sized upright freezer in the garage. Since we feed both of our dogs raw chicken, a month's of their meals take up almost half of the space. I am trying to convince him that we can make room and our cost/lb would be much cheaper. That & I'm about fed up with chicken & pork chops.

    I sat down on Sunday and made a menu plan for this week. After trekking to 4 different grocery stores between Sunday & yesterday, I am stocked with lots of Paleo food (and out of food $$). Not a good situation being married to a Tax Accountant. He's shocked that I spent all of our allotted grocery money in 2 days. I cited the cost of inflation & better quality food. I also consider all of the walking around the stores as part of my Move Slowly workout. Didn't track distance though.

    The plan for today is:

    Breakfast: Eggs, sausage & fruit w/dip (very yummy)
    Lunch: Tuna salad with boiled egg, pickle & mayo (also yummy)
    Dinner: Primal meatloaf, mashed cauliflower & green salad
    Snacks: berry smoothie, baby carrots with veggie dip (if desired)

    Exercise: Post nap dog walk with my toddler (J) & Pseudo Cross-Fit class at the gym tonight.

    I've been drinking Iced Tea instead of Diet Cokes and already feel better.

    Well, I'm off to get dinner done before J wakes up. It's crazy & exhausting trying to cook & coral a 2 yr old!

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    Red face Day 3 & 4 = epic failure

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    "Sugar is a socially acceptable, highly addictive drug. Quitting is difficult & withdrawal really sucks!" That is what I posted on my fb page this afternoon. The past 2 days have been a total disaster from the get-go.

    Yesterday (Wednesday) was my "day off". My in-laws take J for the day so I can get my errands/appointments done without carting him all over town. I started the day an hour early to a first-time counseling appointment (had the wrong time in my calendar). I was so stressed about the session that I hit a drive through for breakfast tacos...2 of them...egg, sausage & cheese all wrapped in a "not-so-tasty" tortilla. Add a 32 oz Diet Coke & fried apple pie and that completes breakfast. Then, I was so stressed after the appointment because I didn't like the lady AT ALL and she told me stuff I already knew, that I went to another drive through for fried chicken, potatoes, another 32 oz Diet Coke and ice cream.

    I spent the afternoon completely bloated & MISERABLE!! I was not excited about having dinner with my in-laws because I felt like crap. I ate a little bit of the stir fried chicken & brown rice my MIL cooked. Really, just enough to be polite. I went to bed really uncomfortable and was dragging this morning.

    After the epic failure yesterday, one would think I could start today on the right track. Nope. Not me. J & I were running late for my class (it was our first day back after 3 weeks for Christmas). So what do I do, get donuts. My leader asked if I could stop & get some for our class and instead of putting them in the back where I couldn't get to them, I ordered extra and ate them in the car. Oh, I gave J some as well. Nothing like starting my 2 yo's day with tons of sugar! We both came home and went straight to bed. I slept for over an hour & still had to drag my sorry hiney out of bed. I made a huge Primal salad with chicken & 2 boiled eggs for lunch and have eaten nothing since then. I'm about ready for bed. I have a better plan for tomorrow already in place. I think part of my failure was a lack of planning for the extra stress and underestimating the cravings I would have after ODing on sugar for years. I also have to plan to get up earlier on Thursdays so I can cook breakfast for us before leaving for class. Oh, and say "no" to the donuts or pick up some fruit for class instead!

    Tomorrow's Plan:
    Breakfast: eggs, bacon, almond flour biscuits & banana
    Lunch: Primal salad with shrimp
    Dinner: still working on that. Probably baked Mahi Mahi fillets with a vegetable medley
    Snack: Protein smoothie with frozen berries

    I am taking J to the Children's Museum in the morning. We have a great area just for kids under 3 where he can run until he is exhausted. I am meeting a couple of other Moms so we can visit while the kids terrorize the Tot Spot.

    Onward & upward...ready for Day 5's challenges!

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