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    Day 7 - 07.Jun.12

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    B - 2 Scotch Eggs | Banana [photo ↓]

    S - Apple, dried apple, almonds

    L - 3 Eggs | Avocado

    S - Almonds, Raisins, more almonds

    D - Roasted chicken w/ onions, peppers, sweet potato

    Despite what is clearly not a lot of carbs in my diet, I think I've mitigated most of the effects of carb-flu thanks to quinoa on Day 6 and then sweet potatos on Day 7, plus a mix of dried fruit. Still a bit of general "blah" but the headaches are much less frequent and much less intense. So yay for that! Can't wait to get over the hurdle on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyTHFC View Post
    Just poppin in to say hey. I'm from the chicago area as well....western burbs to be exact. Looks like you're doing well so far and the pics look great. Keep it up!
    Always great to see someone from Chicagoland on here. Haven't connected with anyone locally yet, but looking forward to doing so. Hit me up if you're ever on the northside with some time to kill.

    Quote Originally Posted by Judg View Post
    Keep it up, DF, you're off to a good start. You seem to have some realistic expectations for the beginning too, which will help a lot.
    Thanks Judg. I think it might be taking more willpower to not start weighing and counting calories than actually eating Primal. ha. But I agree that it will ultimately be for my good to not get all micromanagey this first month.

    Quote Originally Posted by ecks View Post
    Hey! Glad you can swing by and say hi! I was there... at your weight... or around it at least. I mark my starting weight at 333 but that's just the first time my weight showed something besides ERR on the screen of my scale.

    In any case I'll keep track of you as well if you'd like someone to chat with. I subscribed to your thread and I'm hoping I can be a guide.
    I understand the ERR part. The scale we currently have stops at 280, which is not at all helpful. Did my initial weigh-in at my parents. Thanks for dropping by and the subscribe. Look forward to chatting more.
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    The hump should be over soon. Carb flu is pretty much unavoidable How are you finding your new food choices? Anything you're unhappy with at this time?
    SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333, 2 Years: 245lbs
    Current Weight as of December 4th, 2013: 239
    Short Term Goal: Happy brain, figure out direction in life.
    Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension, Better sleep, Be a 1x Shirt
    Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecks View Post
    The hump should be over soon. Carb flu is pretty much unavoidable How are you finding your new food choices? Anything you're unhappy with at this time?
    For week 1 feel good about food choices. Some changes need to be made, but it will come with time. -- Need to eat more fruits/veggies and a greater variety. Also, figuring out snacks, so I'm not always just downing a handful of almonds. That's already starting to get old. And planning meals ahead of time. Though I'm doing pretty good about cooking and always having leftovers for 1 more meal, so that's good. Overall, optimistic!
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    Week 1 - Week in Review

    Even though the first 3 days were very transitional, I now have a week of Primal under my belt. Decided I'm going to do "Week in Review" posts to help track how it's going and to set a new goal for each upcoming week. Here goes...

    Nutrition: Hit my first week's goal, which was to transition to primal eating. Next week need to add in more veggies/fruits and plan my meals better. Going to explore some of the Asian and African markets in my neighborhood for primal ideas. Also, considering my first scheduled intermittent fasting (IF) day.

    Fitness: Almost non-existent. But did something every day, even if just walking a lot to neighborhood groceries for more primal foods. Next week will formulate a simple plan for a bodyweight/HIIT routine.

    Other: Two words... Carb Flu. Fortunately this has lessened. Already feeling better and more energetic than pre-primal, but at the same time, there's a fatigue/blah/low-grade headache that is sidelining me a bit. Another contributor was probably inconsistent sleep time. Also, thinking about starting the cold shower challenge, especially with temps hitting 90's now.

    Best part of the week: Joining the MDA forum of course! Also, having Day 7 dinner with one of my African roommates, who challenged me to eat with my hands (like he usually does). Totally primal!

    Worst part of the week: Do I need to say it again? Carb Flu.

    Main goal for next week: SLEEP - In bed by 11pm and naturally wake up each day. // My bedtime this past week has run the gamut from 10pm to 4am. Twice waking up way too late for breakfast. Not inherently bad, but I would rather have planned fasting. On the plus side, only needed to artificially wake myself with an alarm two days.

    So what do you think? Good Week in Review format? Too much? Too little? Let me know.
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    Like the Week in Review idea. I might steal it.
    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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    Day 8 - 08.Jun.12

    B - none

    L - Roasted chicken w/ onions, peppers, sweet potato

    S - banana, dried apple

    S - greek yogurt w/ blueberries, raspberries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds

    D - Coconut shrimp curry w/ spinach, peppers [photo ↓] | 1/2 Avocado

    S - Banana, almonds

    First time in several days having any dairy. I'm moderately lactose intolerant, but can handle most quality aged cheeses and fermented dairy. Was concerned about the greek yogurt, but didn't bother me at all. Glad to be able to occasionally add that to the mix, maybe couple times a week. Now if I can only find it in a full fat version or made from goats milk. mmm

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    Great snack to have around is meat... I know it sounds weird but when you're cooking slabs of meat (steak, chicken breats etc) cut some into cubes and keep them in the fridge. Throw some veggie sticks on the side and you've got a quick snack that'll always hit the spot
    SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333, 2 Years: 245lbs
    Current Weight as of December 4th, 2013: 239
    Short Term Goal: Happy brain, figure out direction in life.
    Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension, Better sleep, Be a 1x Shirt
    Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
    Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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    Recipe? I've got shrimp coming up...
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Judg View Post
    Recipe? I've got shrimp coming up...
    I totally improvised the coconut shrimp curry and it looks better than it tasted. Sadly there are leftovers, which I'll have to doctor up. Next time I'm going to try one of these two recipes... Curried Shrimp & Spinach or Fast Shrimp. Let me know what you end up doing and how it turns out.
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