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    Primal Journal (Elorajade)

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    Alrighty, I decided that I should perhaps start a journal. I've been lurking for a long time. I think I found this blog via Lyle McDonald, I was getting really desperate to regain my health, loose weight etc.

    I have some specific goals that I want to reach, fitness wise, and I can't do that 80lbs overweight.

    I've been overweight since shortly after I started the pill I put on 90 lbs on my already heavy frame in a matter of 2 years. I was going through a lot of emotional trauma at the time though, so I didn't connect it to the pill, I don't blame it 100%, I'm an emotional eater, so I stuffed my feelings.

    Anyway, I've done the gamut of diets.

    Atkins - lost maybe 15 lbs in 4 months or so, but felt like hell and couldn't maintain the schedule. As soon as I started back with grains it all came back.

    CW/with a dietition - Yeah, she told me I was cheating. I was working out 60-90 minutes a day doing cardio, and eating less than 1200 calories a day and not loosing a lb.

    I also tried 900 calories a day, and mad cardio sessions and didn't loose anything.

    I've done so many different variations of dieting, and I just don't loose weight.

    While in university, I got really interested in nutrition and pregnancy and began reading Sally Fallons Nourishing Traditions. Thats when I started to get an inkling for what may be wrong with the SAD. I knew that the preservatives and chemicals that are in everything couldn't be good.

    I banned HFCS from the house several years ago and I try really hard to only bring natural foods into the house.

    I also knew that something in my body is majorly messed up. I could do everything right, and not loose weight. The ONLY time I could loose weight was while pregnant. I lost 40lbs with each pregnancy. I kept it off with my first pregnancy, but my second, it came back after I gave birth (just the weight I lost while pregnant with #2).

    Right now I struggle with exhaustion a lot, so excercise usually consists of doing my regular thing around the house (cleaning, laundry, running the kids to sports, running my business, doing errands etc). By the time I even consider working out, or doing some weight resistance excercises, I feel like a pile of goo. I lay in bed a LOT and think of all the things I should have done during the day. I SO want to be that family you see, out there and playing and having fun together. I want to keep up with my kids, play with them. I don't want to feel 70.

    I keep falling off the wagon though, hence starting the journal. Something that I can post in every day (along with sparkpeople!) hopefully will keep me motivated and on the wagon.

    I keep starting and stopping when I don't see/feel results, when I don't get that awesome energy loaded feeling that you all talk about. I did have it for a short time yesterday, but then last night I had a glass of wine with some almonds, that lead to some cheesecake and some watermelon.

    Today, I woke up with sore joints and muscles, brain fog and just exhaustion (had two short naps...fell asleep sitting up pretty much).

    So, not sure what the culprit was.

    I supplement with a LOT of stuff. I've been experimenting for years because I've had mega problems in the past with low energy. Thats putting it mildly. About 1pm every day I'd lapse into a coma for a good 2 hours. No matter where I was or what I was doing, it was like my body would just shut down. I never wanted to be doing anything like driving during that time, or having to be mentally "aware". Some days I could push through, but that didn't happen often. I tried Greens Plus, and a ton of other supplements that were supposed to help with energy. A natropath gave me a b12 shot, and that helped greatly. So, now I take B12 daily and can at least stay conscious in the afternoon. I always know when I forget to take it cause nap time happens. I had even tried eating nothing but protein for lunch and that didn't help.

    Quick rundown on what I take

    Krill oil - 2000
    Salmon Oil - 2000
    B12 - 1200mg
    B Complex
    L-glutamine - 1000 mg
    Cal Mag -700/250
    Chromium Picolinate - 200mg
    Vit D, 8000 IUI
    Potassium 100 mg
    zinc 50mg

    There may be more.

    So, todays eats;

    2 eggs
    4 slices bacon

    200 g Haddock
    1 tbsp coconut oil
    40g havarti

    1/3 cup coconut milk
    2/3 cup blueberries

    Still haven't decided what else I should eat, as my calories may be a touch low. But I'm not really hungry, so who knows.

    CALORIES CARBS FAT PROTEIN
    1,119 19 71 81

    Ok, decided on adding a BAS as I started to get hungry

    Spinach
    Tomatoes
    Cucumbers
    Goat Cheese
    Chicken
    Dressing
    Olives
    Onions

    Updated calories/intake for the day

    CALORIES CARBS FAT PROTEIN
    1,596 34 (8%) 100 (60%) 123 (32)

    A little higher than I would have liked it calorie wise.

    Caloric Expenditure (per GoWear Fit) 2201

    Sleep Efficiency 85% 8 hrs 19 min


    Right now, I'm aiming for good health and increased energy. I'm hoping the weight loss will come as well. Sooo sick and tired of being sick and tired and fat.
    Last edited by elorajade; 05-31-2010 at 10:31 AM. Reason: Adding amt/more supps

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    Quote Originally Posted by elorajade View Post
    I supplement with a LOT of stuff. I've been experimenting for years because I've had mega problems in the past with low energy. Thats putting it mildly. About 1pm every day I'd lapse into a coma for a good 2 hours.
    This is mostly about potassium and vitamin D. I promise. Have a look at the links at the bottom of my page. It'll get better.



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    Do you have any idea how long it takes to correct itself? I've taken Vit D for a long time (since taking the B12, I also supped with about 4000 IUI), and have only recently upped it to 8000 IUI. The potassium, i added recently cannot remember when. Thats another thing, memory like a seive. I carry around a mini brain (blackberry) so I don't forget anything. Cause, I forget it all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elorajade View Post
    Do you have any idea how long it takes to correct itself? I've taken Vit D for a long time (since taking the B12, I also supped with about 4000 IUI), and have only recently upped it to 8000 IUI. !
    It takes about 3 months for a given level of supplementation to max out.

    Quote Originally Posted by elorajade View Post
    The potassium, i added recently cannot remember when. Thats another thing, memory like a seive. I carry around a mini brain (blackberry) so I don't forget anything. Cause, I forget it all!
    How much potassium?

    I also carry around a minibrain - my iphone with pocket informant. pocket informant syncs with my 13 google calendars and keeps me on track every day - including texting me reminders for every apt, every carpool every everything. But my life is very complicated;p so there is literally no way to remember it all.



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    LOL! Ok, you win.

    Ill update my first post with amts of everything I'm taking.

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    Crappy sleep last night. Went to bed at 10, read till 10:30, laid awake till 11 when I finally took a melatonin. Woke up on and off.

    Had planned on getting up at 6:30 to walk on the treadmill and do some weight trainning. That didn't happen, was soooo tired that I reset my alarm to get the eldest up for school.

    Started laundry, did the dishes and cleaned up the kitchen from last night. Have more energy today thankfully, so I plan on getting outside to work on this coming weekends community yard sale. Lots of heavy lifting there! Of course, this is contingent on getting the 3 year old to eat her strawberries and yogurt.

    Got outside for about 90 minutes organizing the sale before the sun got too hot. I don't worry about myself, just the 3yo who is very fair, I don't use sunscreen unless we plan on living on the beach for the day, so I just try to be sensible with sun exposure. She also got hungry, so it was time to come in anyway. Made her a "le melange plate" Cheese, cooked egg whites (she doesn't like the yolk), cucumber spears and kielbassa. She's still working on her strawberries and yogurt from this morning (of course that was after a bowl of blueberries and yogurt).

    Did more work outside, then vacuumed the house, cleaned the bathrooms, took the kids to soccer and came home and crashed.

    B: 2 eggs fried in bacon fat
    3 slices bacon.
    Coffee - tried with stevia and 2 tbsp of coconut milk. Will stick with cream. Blech.

    L: 200g haddock
    1tsp of coconut oil to cook it in
    (I think my farmers market vendor is ripping everyone off, I bought a 1.25lb bag of raw haddock, and have only gotten 400g of cooked fish from it. I cannot see 225g of liquid being cooked out of the fish. Somethings "fishy!" (Had to be said).

    D: 200g sirloin steak
    9 shrimp done on the BBQ

    Snack: 1/2 cup coconut milk over 200g of strawberries BEST treat ever.

    CALORIES CARBS FAT PROTEIN
    Totals: 1,378 20 71 142

    Calories Burned 2895

    Need more fat in there. *sigh* what a balancing act.

    Nom nom nom nom. I've never been a big meat eater, but I'm certainly developing a "taste" for yummy yummy meat. I've foound that I've started really looking forward to the next meatfest. Which is REALLY weird.
    Last edited by elorajade; 06-01-2010 at 04:10 AM. Reason: Updating for the day

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    Hey elorajade - just popping in to say I read through your new thread. I got some crappy sleep too. We'll keep each other posted and solve this together.



    also - I have a lot of the symptoms that you have - inability to lose weight being the one that prompted me to have all my blood/urine/saliva tests done by an MD/holistic med. It was quite enlightening. Hormones and many neurotransmitters and amino acids were off. I'm just starting the journey to repair it all. Hormones mess with weight loss, and mess with sound sleep - I'm on the road to repair that and I'll keep you posted.
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    Oh, yes Nova, please keep me update with what you're doing. Were you ever diagnosed with a hormone disorder?

    IN 1996 I self diagnosed PCOS. Even after getting bloodwork with an endocrinologist, who told me that "some women just get hair there, and maybe go talk to a dietitition". *facepalm* I could literally have books, and pages of all my excercises, calories eaten vs calorie output that SHOULD result in a loss, and they'd go "well, numbers don't lie, so you must be cheating!".

    IN 2005 I saw a reproductive specialist (I had my first, after 10 years of trying and requested to see a specialist because I wanted to get pregnant again soon) and he diagnosed me with PCOS.

    Now, I had bloodwork done in 2009 and the OBGYN said "no, you're hormones are JUST fine, run more and stop snacking off your kids plate". Grr.

    So, according to the regular old doctors, there is nothing wrong with me. But I know that isn't the case.

    I think my sleeplessness last night may have been because I ate late, however I have had many a night in the past where I'm exhasusted but just don't get quality sleep no matter how tired I am.

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    What a crapola night. In bed at 10, read till 10:30, fell asleep pretty quick. Was up on and off peeing all night. Then at 4am was attacked by major stomach acid. Ended up throwing up at 4am and again at 7am. Also somewhere in there, the youngest realized she went to bed without her "puppy" and there was drama that involved me going on a late night hunt. Getting sick and tired of interrupted sleeps.

    Sleep efficiency 7:34 min (87%) according to gowearfit. According to the program, I was up 10 times in the night.

    My stomach is a roiling ball of unhappiness right now. Having some green tea.

    Today, more work in the garage and working on a customer wholesale order that needs to go out today. I also want to hit the grocery store for some coconut flour or almond flour, going to check out the gluten free aisle.

    B: 85 gr Kippered herring
    L: spinach
    sirloin steak
    avocado
    tomatoes
    cuke
    goat cheese
    D: Taco Meat
    Red cabbage for wrapping
    Salsa
    Sour cream
    Cheese

    CALORIES CARBS FAT PROTEIN
    1,566 29 113 109
    Last edited by elorajade; 06-01-2010 at 05:32 PM.

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    Ok, had a bit of a breakdown today, on top of the above ended up having a few strawberries coated in coconut milk, two 85% cocoa chocolate, a handfull of semi sweet chocolate chips (DOH!), and three small squares of dove truffle things. Not sure what happened there. Apparently I needed chocolate.

    Now, this morning I had a touch of what I tend to call my "mid cycle feel sorry for myself, throw in the towel doldrums". It wasn't near as bad as it has been in the past. I was still anti-social, mostly reading and not wanting to interact with my kids or anyone else.

    I can expect two days of this, thats how long it normally lasts. The difference between now and last time though is that I didn't go on a complete carb binge, end up crying, blow up at my kids or feel like a complete loser (for whatever the reason of the moment is).

    Hopefully I'll be able to keep the real badness at bay tomorrow as its a market day and I'll be confronted with all sorts of yummy home baked goodness.

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