Four and a half days in and all is well so far. I can report that my starting weight was about where I expected it to be - 276.4 lbs. After just three days primal, I weighed in Friday morning at 270.8 lbs. I'm sure it is mostly just water weight and the result of my junk splurge over the holidays, but it is still an encouraging start. I am just mentally preparing myself for the day - hopefully awhile away - when the scale moves up instead of down. That is the day that I'll have to avoid getting discouraged and just stick to it. I think I'll be able to - after all, I don't have any non-primal food in the house anyhow!
My days have mostly just been coffee with cream for breakfast, big salad with chicken or tuna and homemade dressing for lunch, and some grilled meat and a veggie for dinner. I've also been splurging on a handful of blueberries and blackberries with a bit of heavy whipping cream for a delicious desert. On Wednesday, I went out for an unplanned dinner with some friends and was able to have a chef salad while they scarfed down some good looking sausage pizza. Last night wasn't perfect - my wife and I are friends with a restaurant reviewer, and we joined him for a review dinner. We tasted a bunch of different dishes. Luckily, the great majority seemed primal-friendly. And I avoided some traps - bread with some dishes, polenta, etc. But I'm sure I got some sugar from some of the sauces. And I confess that I took about a spoonful of both of the deserts that were ordered. All in all, though, a relative success. And I won't let perfect be the enemy of good.
This morning, my wife and I got up and fried up some beautiful bacon and eggs, and let me tell you that it was the favorite breakfast I've had in years. Combined with the beautiful east coast weather today (over 60 degrees and sunny), I could not have been feeling better. I've prepped the Italian pot roast recipe from the PB cookbook, and it is smelling AMAZING in the crockpot. I've polished off 4 cups of coffee from my favorite christmas present, the Keurig coffee maker, and I've had one apple, and I don't have a trace of hunger. In fact, my wife and I have experienced no ill effects from the newly primal "carb flu."
The wife has bough some ground bison that she's going to make a chili with for lunches next week, and she's thinking of making turkish eggs for dinner tomorrow night. Oh, and I'm whipping up some creamed kale for a side for my pot roast tonight. We're really getting into the cooking (just not the cleaning).
Oh, and one of the most exciting developments is that we located a local farm buying club - they make nearby weekly deliveries of all farm fresh meats, veggies, etc. Everything is pastured/grass fed. We couldn't be more thrilled. We are going to get a bunch of chicken, beef and pastured eggs to start, but I'm interested in moving on to more lamb, goat, and also offal. The meat is expensive, but I'm starting to think that with the elimination of the crap, we will still end up spending less on groceries overall.
So things are good. Still on the early push, but everyone is all in and I can really see this as being sustainable.
Good luck to everyone out there, particularly the New Years Noobs like me. I love reading your stories. They continually give me energy to keep going strong.