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    Primal journal (calicowgirl)

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    I think going public here is a really good step for getting and staying motivated. I am currently a recovering vegetarian. My main protein sources come from fish, eggs and some dairy, mostly cottage cheese, keifer and yogurt if I have any. I have been adding in other clean meats when I find them and can afford them.

    I gave up artificial sweeteners and caffeine a couple of years back and decided to try a 30 day grain free challenge a few months ago. It has gone well. I am now focusing on trying to incorporate other primal aspects in my day to day life.

    The last week or so I have been so hungry and have added back on a couple of pounds due to the amount of food I've been consuming. I'm going to start journaling my daily food intake so I can try and figure out what needs to be adjusted.

    My exercise so far is yoga and pilates as well as some jogging. My short term goals are to be able to stick to an exercise program that can be spontaneous and fun. My long term goals are to feel better and not as fatigued, to look better and to be able to do a pull up by the end of the year.

    Today's date: 02-14-12
    Height - 5'3"
    Starting weight - 151
    Current weight -145
    Goal weight - 130
    Measurements - 38-29-43
    Age 38

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    After posting this morning I went out and bought an Iron Gym pull up bar so now I'm ready to get started on that goal. Woot! I didn't feel as hungry today, but then again I didn't work out either. We'll see how tomorrow goes.

    What I ate today.

    Upon waking: Decaf bulletproof coffee

    B: Protein smoothie: 6oz coconut milk, strawberries & scoop whey protein isolate.
    2 boiled eggs


    L: Can of tuna drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar
    Medium sliced tomoato
    Raw baby carrots drizzled with olive oil and balsamic

    S: 2 boiled eggs
    1Tbs almond butter

    D: Shrimp with yellow squash and peppers

    Extras: 2 more cups decaf coffee. One with a splash of coconut milk added
    Herbal tea infusion (lemon balm, licorice root, astragalus with a splash of lemon juice added before serving.)

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    My fitness plan for the day...

    I read back over Mark's PBF e-book and am going to do the evaluation to see where I should begin the program. My new pull up bar is hollering my name so I'll be very happy to get started with it even if I am only hanging around. I will also be doing a one hour pilates class at the gym as soon as I get my ferals off to school.

    Ok, so I did the evaluation. Man, that sure is an eye opener as to exactly how out of shape I am. I couldn't do even one pull up or dive bomber and only one push up. Ugh.

    So here is where I'll be starting...

    Pull up -- 2 leg chair assisted
    Push up -- Wall Push
    Squat -- Assisted squat w/ bar
    Overhead Press -- Elevated jack knife press
    Plank -- Hand/Knee plank + side plank.

    Wish me luck!
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    Food for 2-15-12

    B: Bullet Proof coffee

    S:Boiled egg

    L: Ground beef with broccoli, onions and peppers

    S: 1 boiled egg + one yolk (daughter didn't want hers lol)
    apple

    D: Salmon with steamed veggies (broccoli, asparagus and peppers)

    I wasn't as hungry today, thank goodness, but I have been tired. probably the rainy weather. I'm like a lizard and need my sunshine.

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    I was reading some of the leptin reset thread last night. Man, there is so much info there my head started to hurt. I've been suffering from fatigue for quite some time that by the time the afternoon gets here most days I can barely keep my eyes open. I've also suffered from insomnia for years and although it is much better now, most nights I spend a lot of time tossing and turning. I found the info very interesting, but the thought of scarfing down massive amounts of food so early in the morning made me a bit queasy just reading about it.

    And then there is the exercise in the evening thing. Due to my schedule, if I don't exercise in the morning it probably isn't going to happen except for the one or two nights a week I might get out to play raquetball. Of course, those are all excuses. I actually decided to see what the heck 50g of protein looks like. Since I'm recovering vegetarian I just couldn't quite wrap my mind around consuming that all at one setting. Paleotrack says my 2 eggs scrambled with 2.5 oz of pork sausage and a half cup of cottage cheese was 48g. I was a bit surprised by that to be honest because I ate it and still feel as though I could eat more even though technically I don't think I'm still hungry, so didn't. I'll have to read more about it and see how it fits in with my schedule and symptoms.

    As for exercise for the day. My PBF looked like this...
    Pull ups: 20, 2 legged assisted x2
    Push ups: 30 wall push x2
    Squats: 30 pole assisted x2
    Plank: 60 sec hand and knee plank x2
    Supposed to do elevated jack knife presses, but Mark's youtube video says it's private and I have no clue what they look like so I skipped them.

    1.5 mile walk with my trusty sidekick, Sampson.

    Food for the day...

    Upon rising: Bullet Proof Coffee

    B: Scrambled eggs with pork sausage
    cottage cheese
    decaf black coffee

    S: Boiled egg
    Handful of strawberries

    D: Salmon
    Green beans with bacon
    Fried cabbage
    Sliced tomatoes

    Went out for a few hours to watch a friend's band and had two Bud Lights then came home and had some dark chocolate. Super yummy!!
    Last edited by calicowgirl; 02-16-2012 at 09:49 PM. Reason: Adding stuff
    Went grain free Oct 2011 and now Feb 2012, going for Primal.
    SW: 151 CW: 144

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    2-16-12, Slow Movement challenge begins! 5.7mi/9.17km


    "For every journey that passes, something beautiful remains."

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    Hi. Welcome.

    As a recovering vegetarian (like many of us) your body is rebuilding stuff that wasn't getting nourished. So you you may gain a bit. Hide your scales in the closet or give them to a thrift shop. Seriously.
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    I design websites and blogs for a living. If you would like a blog or website designed by someone who understands Primal, see my web page.

    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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    Hi Hedonist!

    Thank you for the reminder. I went years without weighing myself due to becoming obsessed with those darn numbers. I still try not to do so too often and tend to go more by how my clothes fit and how my knees feel.

    All the best.
    Went grain free Oct 2011 and now Feb 2012, going for Primal.
    SW: 151 CW: 144

    2-14-12, Pull up challenge sign up!
    2-16-12, Slow Movement challenge begins! 5.7mi/9.17km


    "For every journey that passes, something beautiful remains."

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    I've had a horrible headache since about noon. It threatened to to go migrain, but I lucked out and it didn't. Still have a bit of a halo effect over my right eye though. Sure hope it goes away. I also woke up sore this morning. Is very enlightening to be sore from 2-legged assisted pull ups... sigh. Keep going is what I'm telling myself. Sooner or later I'm once again going to be in better shape.


    Fitness for today...
    One hour yoga class at the gym and three games of raquetball which didn't last too long since I'm new to the game and get my ass kicked real fast. lol


    Food for the day...

    Bullet Proof Coffee

    3 scrambled eggs with sausage
    cottage cheese

    Ginger snap larabar

    2 boiled eggs
    cottage cheese and sliced tomatoes
    Salad with cheese
    Went grain free Oct 2011 and now Feb 2012, going for Primal.
    SW: 151 CW: 144

    2-14-12, Pull up challenge sign up!
    2-16-12, Slow Movement challenge begins! 5.7mi/9.17km


    "For every journey that passes, something beautiful remains."

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    Today was a very slow day since I've still got a bit of my headache going on. So my only fitness for the day was a 1.5 mile walk.

    Food looked something like this...

    Bullet Proof Coffee
    3 egg frittata with sausage and cheese

    boiled egg

    Salmon
    summer squash with tomoato and parmesan cheese
    Broccoli and cheese soup

    2 cups decaf coffee, black
    Went grain free Oct 2011 and now Feb 2012, going for Primal.
    SW: 151 CW: 144

    2-14-12, Pull up challenge sign up!
    2-16-12, Slow Movement challenge begins! 5.7mi/9.17km


    "For every journey that passes, something beautiful remains."

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    I had no journal entry for yesterday because I did nothing yesterday... it was great! While I lazed around, I did manage to stay mostly on target with my eating. I didn't go snarf down everything in sight, but did have a wonderful time eating much more fruit than I normally would.

    Today is already looking up, however. I'm up and heading off to yoga and I'm dragging the kids and one of my partners alond with me which is no small task considering it is a holiday and they're grumpy about being up so early.lol More to come later...

    Fitness for today...
    One hour of yoga and a 2.7 mile walk
    1 hour swing dance lesson

    Food for the day...
    Bullet Proof coffee
    3 eggs with sausage

    shrimp cocktail

    ground beef with veggies and asparagus on the side
    a few strawberries

    coffe and herbal tea
    Last edited by calicowgirl; 02-21-2012 at 10:00 AM. Reason: Adding stuff
    Went grain free Oct 2011 and now Feb 2012, going for Primal.
    SW: 151 CW: 144

    2-14-12, Pull up challenge sign up!
    2-16-12, Slow Movement challenge begins! 5.7mi/9.17km


    "For every journey that passes, something beautiful remains."

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