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    Hello from Ottawa, Canada

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    I just finished my first full week living primally so I thought it would be a good time to say hello.

    A few years ago, after winding down a significant volunteer commitment I found myself with about 30 hours of extra time a week. Since I was in law school and hardly going to class/studying I put a chunk of my time into school. I put another chunk into rebuilding my social life, and the rest I put into getting into health and wellness. I went to the gym every day I didn't have hockey or basketball. I also started cooking all of my own food. I was very dedicated - literally measuring just about everything I ate. I sustained this for four months and then eased up, although I was still pretty good about it for a few more months.

    The problem with the above approach was that measuring my food was labourious, and made it difficult to eat out. Going to the gym for 90 minutes 5-6 days a week was also taking up a lot of time. I was also frequently hungry. I was eating about 2500 calories a day, yet was hungry often enough that I had to take study breaks to eat because I couldn't focus 100%.

    While doing this I had tried a few different approaches. I had gone several months without eating red meat, but didn't feel any different/better. I have also essentially been vegetarian for months at a time without feeling better. The benefits others were describing in their writing about these diets clearly weren't accruing to me.

    Recently, I topped the scales over 180 pounds for the first time in my life (I am 5'11). While this is far from being obese, I had more stomach fat than I can ever remember, and I wasn't happy with the weight gain. It was also a gain of almost 20 pounds in about two years. It doesn't sound like a lot, but weight gain like that could quickly lead to problems if I didn't stop it.

    Long story short, even though I love popcorn, potato chips, rice, legumes, etc. I thought I would give the primal lifestyle a try. The fact that you don't have to measure everything you eat appealed to me. Also, the idea that you won't ever get super hungry if you eat a diet high in fat, moderate in protein, and low in carbs intrigued me. I decided to give it a try.

    Here are the results of week one:

    Starting weight: 177.6
    End Weight: 177.4

    Starting BF: 16.7%
    End BF: 16.6%

    Exercise:
    • Two high intensity sessions of circuit training
    • One session of sprints (6 barefoot sprints the length of a soccer field with 2 minute breaks in between)
    • A 20 minute begginer yoga session (very light). Used a video from youtube


    With regards to diet, here is where I strayed:
    • Ate 100-200 calories of cheese a day (either brie, cheddar, or babybel. No more low fat cheese!)
    • The salami I use has small amounts of crap in it (i.e. sugar and other additives).
    • I have a case of almond milk from Costco, and I am the only one in the house that consumes it. I used it for a couple shakes. It has some crap additives in it.
    • I ate a moderate amount of fruit every day. A couple days it was probably more than a moderate amount. Maybe 40% was berries and 60% was melon, pineapple, and tangerines.
    • One night I binged on trail mix before bed
    • Most nights I had a small late night snack


    I also took cold water baths after my workouts (cold exposure accelerates weight loss if you don't follow it by overeating).

    This week I am going to make two adjustments. The first is that I will stop eating after 10pm, unless I worked out that day and will be up late. The second, is that I will try stop eating tangerines, and will try to keep sweet fruits like melon and pineapple to a minimum.

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    Hello back from Ottawa.

    The most useful exercise for weight loss is the low level cardio, like walking, very slow jogging, easy biking. And I can't see that you're doing any of that. In Primal Blueprint terms, moving slowly. That's supposed to be the bulk of your physical movement, a good 4 days out of 7. It's really the only part I can say I've got down pat, so I will not give any advice on any of the rest of it.

    Why is cheese straying? Moderate amounts of fruit is not straying either. And what's wrong with a late night snack if it's a good healthy one AND it works well with your own body? I tend to avoid them myself, because I wake up ravenous if I do have them, but other than that, I don't see what the problem is. As for the other stuff, hey, I used up some of my not-so-great food too. It didn't kill me.

    In other words, relax a bit. Just because you didn't drop 10 pounds in the first week doesn't mean you're doing it wrong. And I suggest you think in terms of positives, rather than negatives. Decide you are going to have a really good supper so you won't be tempted to eat later. And maybe eat so many veggies that the excess fruit gets pushed aside. Normally when we binge, it's because we're feeling deprived. What are you feeling deprived of? How can you deal with that?

    I am a good three weeks into my own Primal experiment. I don't always get it right. But I have been feeling much better (moving in the direction of my primary goal) and have taken off a couple more pounds too, more quickly than I had been over the last year or so. So I'm pretty happy with it so far. I'm not an expert, but unlike some people who will offer you advice, I have at least read The Primal Blueprint and a lot of the background material on this site. That doesn't make me an expert either, so take everything I say with a grain of salt. Apply the same principle to everybody else, use your common sense and refer as often as possible to the people who really do know what they're talking about and you'll do well.
    5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
    Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
    Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

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    I'm recording where I've "strayed" more so I have a proper record of different things I try. If I make a change and notice an improvement then it suggests the change was worthwhile. If I made a change and had negative results it suggests I go back to what I was doing earlier or yet again make another change. I think when you're doing something like this it's important to keep good records of what you did and what the result was. That way you can make better decisions.

    In terms of moderate cardio, I have been walking more than I used to. When I go downtown now I am walking about ten minutes to the nearest bus station and using public transit instead of driving. That being said you're right that I probably should be doing more moderate cardio, as it's not as if I go downtown every day.

    In terms of the positives, there are several, such as less hunger and feeling that I have a license to spend more time outside

    Also, a couple weeks ago I started subscribing to the MDA blog feed. In terms of books I'm about 3/4 of the way through The Primal Blueprint, and I've also read Why we get fat and Free the Animal. Much like yourself I don't consider myself an expert, but I am definitely familiar with the basics.
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    Hello!!! Wow, there are a few of us from Ottawa. Welcome!! So where are you guys in Ottawa. I live Downtown, near the Glebe.

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    Not far from IKEA.
    5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
    Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
    Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

    More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
    - Lewis Mumford

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    I used to live at Pinecrest and Greenbank during my college years. Good area!

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    Yes, I like the location. It's handy to so many things.
    5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
    Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
    Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

    More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
    - Lewis Mumford

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    How are you doing young.glass?

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    Love seeing more Canadians here =)

    Welcome!!!
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    Do not allow yourself to become wrapped up in a food 'lifestyle'. That is ego, and you are not that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patski View Post
    Love seeing more Canadians here =)

    Welcome!!!
    Agreed! Saved your blog and added you to my twitter.

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