Hello everyone. I'm just starting with Primal and, since I have a tendency to stop things half way, I decided to create a journal to keep me honest. I tried asking some friends to help me with it, but they couldn't give me the kind of support I expected. Hope you guys can give me the boost I need to keep this going
Both my parents and extended family love to cook real food. Unfortunately I have developed a bit of an addiction for spaghetti and chocolate. Until a year ago my family's good eating habits and some exercise were enough to keep me thin and fit, but I started putting on some weight and want to get things in control now, so I decided to go primal and do IF (I might be overdoing, but let's see). I'm also a regular at the gym (4 years now, never stopping for more than a week), but could never put on much mass.
Height: 1.83m (6 feet)
Weight: 80.5 kg (177 pounds)
Body Fat: 14.5%
Date: 27, August 2012
Date: 27, September 2012
Body Fat: ?
I wake up at 7:30, skip breakfast and walk (10 minutes) to my job. It seems brushing my teeth and drinking a lot of water is not enough to handle morning breath, so I'm trying to avoid speaking too close to people (fortunately I'm a programmer, and don't do a lot of speaking). On the first and second days I got really hungry, but now it just feels a little weird not having anything in my stomach. I also miss my 0.5 litre of warm milk with chocolate powder.
Lunch is at 12:30. I walk 10 minutes to get to the restaurant and eat a bit (100-150g) of meat and a load of salad (lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli mostly) with extra virgin olive oil. This part is easy. Another 10 minutes walk back to my job. Leave at 17:00, straight to home, where I eat the same thing (and amount) I had for lunch. Workout from 18:00 to 19:00. Get back home, eat a lot of meat and veggies again (I made a jacket potato yesterday). Go to sleep at 23:30.
Couldn't stop thinking of chocolate and pizza. I mean, I REALLY couldn't. By the time I got home from my workout all I wanted was a big pepperoni pizza or a spaghetti bolognese and an ice cream, but I forced myself to eat real food. I went to bed thinking about it and every time I saw someone in my job eating snacks - cookies, chips, soda, "pćo de queijo", etc. - I asked myself why I'm doing this.
I also had carb flu. My body was used to a high carb/low fat diet, and suddenly going Primal was quite a shock. I felt weak and tired and my workouts really suffered. By Wednesday I couldn't take it and made a big Jacket Potato. After that I just gave up on going to the gym.
By Sunday however I was starting to feel better. The cravings were getting under control, I wasn't constantly hungry and I even had some of my energy back. My scale this morning put me at 77.9kgs (172 pounds). A decrease of 2.6kg (7 pounds) in 7 days. From what I heard, that's probably mostly water, since I cut grains.
Things people told me
- You will get sick and fat skipping breakfast. (friend)
- Do you want to be thin and unhappy or normal and happy? (friend)
- Why are you doing this? It makes no sense. You will get sick eating this poorly. (colleague)
- You mean, you won't eat chocolate even if I offer it to you? (while putting a bar of chocolate in my face). (colleague)
- 16 hours a day of fasting? Why are you doing something this crazy? This is stupid! (mom)
I need to figure out a diet plan, probably based on lean gains or kinobody shredding, that will allow me to gain weight while doing primal. Problem is, these two programs are carb heavy. For now I will simply try to adjust carb/far ratio while keeping the rest the same.
Current Diet Targets - Workout Days
Calories 2816 kcal
12:30 Eat 20% of total
17:30 Eat 20% of total
19:30 Eat 60% of total
Current Diet Targets - Rest Days
Calories 2112 kcal
12:30 Eat 70% of total
19:30 Eat 30% of total