Looking for a Newbie like me to support each other.
Hi everyone, I'm new to MDA and going Primal. I'm looking for a friend to go through the first few months with. Someone to talk to, bounce ideas off of, moral support, etc. If you are a veteran and want to help, that would be great too!
Gwynnda - mom of 4
Wants to be healthy
Be happy to share my thoughts and what I have learned in my few months
I'm up for the support too. I've been bouncing back and forth from primal and back to CW again... So anyone to bounce things off of would be amazing
Thanks for responding you guys. I think support for a life style change is paramount.
I've done ok so far. Lose weight, gain it and lose it again. For the first 2 weeks I don't think I was eating well enough. I used Myfitpal and went by their standard calculations. I changed my nutrients to show more fat, then protein and less carbs. I'm doing this to help me because I won't eat enough during the day. Hopefully when I'm used to this new change, I won't need it.
If its ok with you guys, I'll add you guys as friends.
I'm excited about the future, my blood results in particular. I have high cholesterol (274), I hope this does not make it higher. I plan on eating mostly fish, chicken and eggs. Having red meat 2 times at week at the most. I eat Costco Almonds (no salt), Olive Oil, avocados and a bit of cheese in my salads.
What I find hard is at night after I'm done eating dinner, I feel ravenous!
Ashley, what do you find the hardest?
Ray, thanks...newbies can always take advice. What were/are your challenges and rewards?
P.S., I'm about half way through Primal Blueprint.
I agree with you that support is paramount. That is where I'm struggling. My boyfriend is a fast food fiend (especially pizza) and although he doesn't tell me to change how I'm eating, he also thinks I'm kind of crazy for doing it. This means that daily, I am surrounded by it. I have found some small changes when we go to those places, but its more reinforcing it to myself and having the self control to say no.
During the day I'm fairly good, usually fasting for most of the morning and then having fruits/ veggies and hard boiled eggs from my fridge but its supper/ evening time when I struggle. I get insane sugar/chocolate/carb cravings in the evenings. I'm sure playing a couple hours of tennis every day contributes to that, but its the combination of getting those cravings and then having it sitting in front of me.
I know I'm also having trouble getting enough fats into my diet too. I've been trying to eat more avocados (sprinkled with stevia, a trick a Filipino lady I worked with showed me), but I have never liked coconut, so coconut milk and oil aren't very enticing to me.
I noticed for me at least, that I would get way hungrier in the evenings too because it would be more from boredom/ habit than actual need. Could that maybe be the reason for why you're hungrier in the evenings? As for the friend thing, feel free to add me. I'd love to have some people on my list haha
Ashley, I have the same issue, it's the evening time. I'm a dark chocolate lover, so when they are really bad, I will cut 1 square of Dove Dark Chocolate in half and just let it melt, I savor every last morsel, etc...that really helps me when I just need sugar so bad and can't get around it. It's only 2.5g of carbs and 1.5g of fat, it gets me by. It's not an every night, it's once every 6 or so days.
I've read a lot in the forum that my nighttime (hunger pains) will go away in the next week or so. My friend who turned me on to this because of my cholesterol said to eat until I'm full and to continue eating if I'm hungry again after finishing my dinner salad. I just can't bring myself to go over the 50g carbs a day. Even greens have a bit of them in there. So I drink more water or make green tea to help. I hope as someone here called it, phantom hunger will go away soon. Even stinking celery has 2 grams in a large stock. It "almost" makes me want to take a suppressant, I won't but almost.
I feel you, my family is NOT going primal with me. I'm an influence with my 4-year old but not the other other three who are teens and NOT the husband. So, I'm on my own and I'm OK with it, yes pizza smells wonderful but my obsession with this has not wavered in almost three weeks and it's only getting stronger. I want to lose weight and be healthier too! I'm tired of being the fluffy mom.
Do you have any hobbies you can take up in the evening? Reading, crocheting or knitting? Those help me in the evening.
Right now I'm trying to kick out all the processed foods. I had been doing a gluten challenge before getting tested for celiac. Turns out that I am, but I'm struggling going back gluten free again, so I figured I should take that as a first step before doing everything at once.
You're way better than I am on the chocolate front. I'm a complete chocoholic, but I've managed to cut it down to about 3 pieces of the Dove Whole Nut Dark Chocolates. I've been trying to switch my sugar cravings to fruit, and sweeter veggies like carrots or snow peas so I'm at least having a better alternative.
I'm thinking that the odd extra carb day may not be a total bad idea though. As long as you stay under 100g. I've found that when I get hungry in the evening, having a granny smith apple, sliced and then spread the slices with almond butter helps tons because I'm getting the protein and fats from the almond butter, plus I'm getting the sweetness and carbs from the apple.
I agree, I've got about 10 lbs to lose but I really just want to tone up and get more muscular. I can feel the muscles there, they're just under a layer of fat haha
Unfortunately, I'm a bit of a gamer and I've gotten fairly addicted to Netflix (too many good shows to watch!). I am a huge reader too, but I have the bad habit of reading a book in one sitting rather than spacing it out over time. I've tried blogging, but I keep getting busy with life and forgetting to post often too.
Are you doing any forms of fitness/exercise? I've been playing 1-2 hours of tennis on most days and try to do about 20 min of body weight exercises whenever I feel the urge.
Exercise, I started out riding my bike for 40 min a day but was so weak and then I started gaining weight back. My friend that has been PB for a year suggested I let go of the cardio for now. She suggested I play harder with my 4-year old daughter and be active around the house. I'm really focusing on weight lose so I'm staying below 50g of carbs or lower. Not sure how long I will keep doing it. I do yard work, play, walk, clean house, dance with my girl (Wii), etc.
I love playing games too, mine are on my phone. I play Sugar Crush, Dice and Scrabble...that' about it. Netflix, yes! So many good shows to watch. I started watching Hero's again, 2nd round.
Monday, I plan on doing a little bit of resistance with light weights and bands. I'm trying to give my body time for this shock before I shock it again with extreme cardio. That's what my friend suggested too. I wish she had more time but she has 2 jobs.
Sounds like you're still keeping very busy exercise wise! Good call on the WII too, I have a bunch of the dance games for xbox and it always surprises me how intense some of them can get without seeming like it. I'm more into shooter or trivia games. Ones that take more focus and have a few different elements to focus on.
Ooo, I loved Heroes. Have you watched Hemlock Grove or Supernatural? Lately I've been watching Scrubs, Caprica and Battlestar Galactica.
If you ever want exercises to do without equipment, body weight exercises like push ups, sit ups, squats, lunges, etc., are fairly easy to do anywhere and you can do a full body workout in a matter of minutes.
Oh I love Battlestar Galactica, I think I watched Caprica. Have not seen Hemlock Grove but will check it out. I'm all caught up on Supernatural and got a Hulu account to watch current season, but it only has the last 5 episodes. So I'll wait until they are on Netflix and watch the whole season. Scrubs rocks, I watch it with my 16-year old daughter. Lately we have been watching How I Met Your Mother.
You and my husband and step-son they love those types of games too. We love the dance game we have for the Wii, Just Dance 4, I think is what it's called. We work up a sweat, small one but it's still a sweat. I'm terrible because I have 2 left feet. My older daughters laugh at me because I don't really get two stars. Oh well, I'm having fun and that's all that matters.
I will give body weight a try. I'll research tonight and tomorrow on the best way to start.
I've been gardening all day, pulling weeds, planting flowers, roses, etc. I'm bushed.
I ate well today, how about you? I'm still not cheating at all. Although, I so badly want a glass or 2 of wine. But can't just yet because of the 21-day to turn my body to a fat burning machine.
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