Greetings to all who decided to click on this post, i hope the day has greeted you all with the same upbeat positive attitude, happiness and bountiful energy that it has greeted me today.
I am new to the primal forum and just wanted to explore what it has to offer and join this awesome community that i have stumbled upon.
A quick look into my background:
I am 26 and have been out of shape most my life. I've always been relatively active , played sports in school, always enjoyed a hike/walk/bike ride and I've been snowboarding for about 11 years now. But I also found myself victim of over eating, closet eating and a mostly sedentary life style. I found myself exploring more movies, video games and TV then what mother nature and life had to offer, despite the voice in my head that kept telling myself I longed to be more active. I have always been a larger specimen , in high school topping the scale at just under 285, but i had tried to live healthier and be more active a few times with no consistency. I found myself 5 years ago determined to shed the fat and look better naked and be able to play and run around with out feeling like i would keel over, yet fell short of my goals as many people wind up experiencing. Not only once but 3 times I fell victim to over training and pushing my body too hard and eating too little of the right foods and far too much of the wrong foods(according to a primal lifestyle of course). Despite the damage I was doing to my body by yo-yoing and such, I had dropped down to 220 Lbs at my lowest and was feeling pretty good. Without failure it all caught up to me and I found , much to my dismay, that i feel right back into my lazy unhealthy sedentary lifestyle full of bingeing on super unhealthy foods. I blamed it on many things(too tired from work, too much work, not enough time) for about 2 years. I spent many hours reading through websites and blogs trying to get motivated to live healthier but i always found myself trapped in the laziness that I had created(along with "conventional wisdom" ......but mostly myself). I had let my health go and found myself back up to around 260 Lbs and felt horrible on a day to day biases.
A Welcome Change:
After deciding that I was doomed to a life being unfit and out of shape, sluggish, lazy , tired.......(the list goes on), I came across the idea of primal living . Eventually after a few minutes of looking into it I found Marks Daily Apple , it made sense. Everything that had been going through my head on my journey to find motivation to be healthy and all the general ideas In my head fit almost perfectly to the primal lifestyle. Immediately I had more motivation and excitement to become healthy then I had in all the years of forcing myself to exercise and eat healthy(that never stuck and I ended up forgetting/giving up......or more so chose to ignore). I spent hours reading and exploring the ideas and stories on MDA and after a week spent diving into the primal idea of living , I decided to go for it
Where I stand now:
It has been about 2 and a half weeks since I decided to make the switch to a primal lifestyle, and I feel amazing. I have more energy on a regular consistent biases then I can ever remember having, I have lost (for the most part) all the mood swings that I had given into and excepted that it was just who I had become. Everything just seems better and the best part is that it seems like this will be easy to maintain. The idea is relatively simple and to be honest , now that I've been introduced to this lifestyle, it seems impossible to think I would even be able to go back to where I once was after having my eyes opened to being primal. I have ditched all the bad foods(cheated two times.....croutons on a salad and couldn't resist fresh organic pesto on a few slices of fresh baguette) and have been following the PB about 85/15 lately. Read the PBF and have started to read PB as well as spending hours reading various posts on MDA.
That was just a little intro to my adventure and I will be adding several posts on my journey through life to keep and enjoy a primal lifestyle like everyone else here, THANK YOU MARK!