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11 Sep

Starting from Zero

With yesterday’s launch of this year’s Primal Challenge, I hope you’re all feeling as pumped and excited as I am. Whatever your biggest goal coming into it (e.g. weight loss, stress management, fitness performance), you’re in great company. Thousands of readers every year find the annual Challenge a powerful catalyst for transforming their well-being. Having made the initial commitment, we’re now on the journey itself. This is where the rubber meets the road, folks. Rush turns to focus. Vision becomes reality one day at a time. For some readers, however, staring down the path might seem especially long and arduous. The road side, so to speak, might be littered with the psychological scraps of past disappointments, long-term illness, or emotional issues. Some folks can feel like they’re starting their journey from a formidable zero.

You might be in the worst shape of your life. You might be tipping the scale at an all-time high. You might be fighting a serious health condition you never dreamed you’d encounter. You may have battled disordered eating. You might not remember when/if you ever had a good self-image. My good readers, how many of you felt this way before going Primal? A good percentage of our Friday Success Stories tell this story. An inspiring number of our 2012 Success Stories in the Making reflect the same.

In all my years talking with clients and readers, I’ve heard people often say they’re starting from zero, from rock bottom, with no baseline at all. I understand where they were coming from. Everyone is beginning this journey with a different level of fitness and health. I get that. Yet, I have never in my entire career met anyone starting with nothing. The concept defies physiological reality.

You might get winded walking up half a flight of stairs. You may have lost significant muscle mass. You might struggle to simply sit with (let alone carry) around the extra 50, 75, or 100+ pounds you’ve put on. However, your body is still made to move. It still craves it. I ran across a quote recently “If you have a body, you’re an athlete.” I’d second that. It’s feels harder to train at times, but – make no mistake – living and breathing within you is that pure physical force, that Primal Grok, that evolutionary extraordinaire. Choosing to live Primally – with the right fuel, the expected movement, the necessary sleep and sun – simply allows you to live out the full measure of that vital potential.

And let me say something else about one’s “baseline.” When beginning a journey like this, baseline is about much more than VO2 max, mile time, bench press weight, or lipid profile. Numbers don’t tell your story, and they don’t determine your prospects for success. Think for a minute about what else you bring to the Challenge. What about the motivational power? What about the emotional stamina? What about the social strength of friends, family, and Primal community? What about the force of full-on personal investment or raw will? Those count for something. In fact, those often count for everything. Your physical baseline determines the particular level you start from, but it doesn’t define the trajectory of your journey or the fulfillment of your experience along the way.

Along these lines, let me offer a few suggestions and invite each and every one of our readers to give their own perspective and encouragement.

Invest in Support

As you begin the Challenge, make sure you’re taking full advantage of the support system you have. Not everyone in your life is on board with the Primal Blueprint, it’s true. Regardless, look to those in your life who bring a Primally sympathetic or just open mindset. Some friends, even if they can’t understand why you’re eating so much fat, will support you because they want to simply celebrate any investment you make in your health and happiness. Embrace that. Open yourself to the support of folks in this community. Participate in the comment boards, join the forum, and you’ll see what I mean. Finally, if you feel like past issues like disordered eating still have a grip on you, enlist the professional help you need and deserve.

Develop Big Picture Perspective

Sometimes people get caught up in a particular goal and lose sight of the full process. Embrace daily Primal living and not just specific Challenge goals. (For some people, this might be an important Challenge focus itself.) Going Primal will get you to the destination you have in mind, but it’s not the deprivation-focused, white-knuckle experience you might be used to. Use the Challenge to transform your life as well as you physiology. Relish the myriad of benefits going Primal offers. It’s more than the weight loss and lean muscle mass. Notice the better quality sleep, the more even mood, the sharper focus, the more consistent energy in your day. On that note…

Prioritize Feeling Good (Primally Speaking) Every Day

You’re making a point of eating real, ancestral-worthy food, of adding an exercise regimen. Rest assured, you’re remaking your physiology in the process. You will absolutely reap the benefits long before this Challenge is over. But also make a point of doing something (or several things) that make you feel good today. These healthy “indulgences” can help get you through a rough day of low carb flu or unexpected stress. Relax in the sun. Relish turning in early for a full night’s sleep. (Remember what that feels like?) Share a walk with a good friend you haven’t talked to in a while. Play. Enjoy an old hobby. Take a personal retreat. Make a masterpiece dinner and savor it in real ambiance. In other words, let yourself enjoy the process. Make the Challenge an indulgence as well as an investment in yourself. And make sure you have good Primal fun every day.

Grokkers, please chime in – whether you identify with the “starting from zero” or want to support those who do. What perspective and advice do you have? Thanks for reading today, everyone. Check back tomorrow for the 8 Key Concepts you need to understand for a successful Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge.

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  1. I think it’s a great idea that people incorporate more elements of primal living into their lives. There is so many benefits to be gained – primal/paleo lifestyle doesn’t have to end at dietary choices.

    Gary Conway wrote on September 11th, 2012
  2. My zero is a little different than some of you. I’m thin, always have been, but have been a “skinny fat”. No muscle whatsoever, eating like crap, no sleep, run ragged, and all stressed out. I have been working out hard (krav maga and crossfit) for about 6 years now, and finally went primal about a year ago. I quit overextending myself, reduced the stress by 10 fold, and have gotten my life back. The last remaining issue is sleep. I have lived on 4 hours of sleep since high school, and this is the toughest things for me. I’m up to about 5 now, but I have a long way to go… today, I am getting 5 hours 10 minutes. Tomorrow I’ll go for 5 hours 15 minutes… we’ll see!

    Lisl wrote on September 11th, 2012
  3. Good timing on this challenge. I’m not at zero, but I am suffering from my summer holiday and a work conference.

    I stayed more primal than not, but made some exceptions for family harmony and ate a little less well than usual because I was in situations where I was not in control of my own food for longer than I wanted to fast. The small changes here and there added up to feeling ‘off’ (and a very small weight gain – 3 pounds).

    I’m looking forward to feeling great again, very soon!

    Violet wrote on September 11th, 2012
  4. I’m also not at zero, but suffering from being too lax. For the most part I am eating and living primal, but can always kick it up a notch or two.
    I am looking forward to the next 3 weeks.

    Sharon in NC wrote on September 11th, 2012
  5. Starting from zero was actually a prerequisite for me…I don’t believe I would have gotten into this so head on if I hadn’t almost burned out. That event actually made me extremely susceptible to change and that is exactly when I found all this :-) I was on the course, but now I just dove in…and it feels awesome!! :-)

    David wrote on September 11th, 2012
  6. I think that for me this challenge is about being focused but also remembering to breathe deep and enjoy life. I get way to intense about things sometimes and forget to play, not good at playing! I have lost 34 pounds since Feb on primal and I feel so much better. Just got to get my head straight and relax, sleep, walk and have fun in the sun… lovely thought!

    Coll wrote on September 11th, 2012
  7. I am a HUGE promoter of the Primal lifestyle. I try my hardest to bring the lifestyle to people’s attention and then when they bite, I offer support. My advice is to only do what you can handle at the time (some can handle jumping in with two feet, others need baby steps) but I encourage them to push further outside their comfort zone when making changes.

    My zero was having ZERO success after years of trying with CW. I was taking 3 antidepressants/mood elevators, I had sciatic issues and multiple running injuries. My chiropractor (who was working on my running injuries) recommended I check out this website and follow a more Primal/Paleo lifestyle. I did and haven’t looked back. This experience has been AMAZING for me!

    Jenn wrote on September 11th, 2012
  8. Even though I’ve been delightedly primal for a year, I’m doing the challenge because–well, it’s a challenge! It’s fun. I like stretching myself, as much as I’m able. I’m pushing 70 and arthritic, but that doesn’t stop me for a minute. I do what I can, and love it. One of my goals was to get more sun…yesterday, at home, today out at the lake, sketching with the wind in my hair and fall sun pouring down on my shoulders, knowing there was good food and fresh lemonade waiting at home.

    I am very, very happy with the primal life, so thanks to all who encouraged ME when I started. If you’re new and join the forum, my journal is “Still Craving Pterodactyl.” See you there!

    Cathy Johnson (Kate) wrote on September 11th, 2012
  9. I’m the heaviest I’ve been outside of pregnancies. 5’7.5 and 166, small frame. I am going to cheat and start 21 days on Thursday, my birthday tomorrow. Looking forward to a positive change!

    Meg wrote on September 11th, 2012
  10. I wouldn’t exactly say I’m starting from rock bottom. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve lost 20 pounds, from 196 to 176. I started running in March but fell off all of August. So in a sense, I’m back to square one, and back in the 180s. I need to do this for me. I need to stop making excuses and make it happen.

    Briana Myricks wrote on September 11th, 2012
  11. My zero point was Mother’s Day this year. I have a wonderful 11 y/o son and a great husband and I had no energy to anything with either of them. My high weight was 247 on a 5’7″ frame. That was the day I found MDA and the P.B. 21 day challenge. Well, for a Mother’s Day gift, I talked with my guys and asked them to go on this journey with me. I have never looked back!
    So far, I have lost 40 pounds. My energy is excellent, I found a primal type weight lifting coach (and Jason has already helped me immeasurably), my digestion has cleared up (no longer buying stock in Pepcid!) and my skin is clear.
    Really looking forward to this new 21 day challenge to see what wonders it will bring. Oh, and I went on a 30 minute walk with my friend to start fulfilling my personal challenge! Feels great!

    BJML wrote on September 11th, 2012
  12. Guys, I’ve only been primal for about 3 months. Iim a scientist, a biochemist actually and loved the real science backing this approach. It’s now so obvious to me, I can’t believe I didn’t bite years earlier. So let me say that scientifically, this approach has got so much merit that I can’t believe the greater nutritional community hasn’t responded. From a n=1 experiment, I have lost 28 pounds (I was only a little overweight) and more importantly eliminated every autoimmune issue I ever had, gone completely off meds, and so many people now comment on how ‘well’ I look. My success has inspired my family to adopt this approach and they have already lost 25 pounds each, eliminated GERD, sleep apnea etc. it sounds like a contradictory thing to say given my background, but have ‘faith’ that when you fuel and nurture your body correctly, it knows what to do. Don’t count calories, don’t obsess over meals, make the right choices, enjoy and savour, and have faith in your amazing body. Its been protecting you from the insults of the last ten years the best it can and if you treat it well, It KNOWS what to do

    Elaine wrote on September 11th, 2012
    • Amen :) And congrats to you!

      ashtromanius wrote on September 11th, 2012
  13. My baseline was a few years agod when I was 125kg. On a (currently) 24 year old 5’4″ female it’s not such a good idea. Over the last few years I have lost 20kg, but it’s been a massive struggle.
    I have always thought I was “relatively” healthy, but doing the primal essential movements yesterday has shown me how far I really have to go.
    But that’s okay, you know? It WILL happen.

    Laura wrote on September 11th, 2012
  14. I too start every day at zero; however, as many others have said today’s zero is far from that from a year ago. It is almost one year since I started a paleo lifestyle and just last week found out that I am hypothyroid. Tomorrow’s new zero incorporates a 100% gluten/dairy free diet (no cheats), along with the paleo autoimmune protocol. Wish me luck.

    Nicole wrote on September 11th, 2012
    • I can empathize, Nicole–have been heading toward paleo for a couple of years, but got the Hashimoto’s autoimmune hypothyroid diagnosis this summer. It’s tough to follow the autoimmune protocol, when the forbidden veggies are exactly the ones that are in season, fresh and locally grown (and dominating the CSA week after week), not to mention the dairy. Gluten-free has not been as hard, for some reason (and I lost 10 lbs in the bargain).

      Good luck to you and me both!

      Su S. wrote on September 12th, 2012
      • …and losing eggs has been super hard. Between eggs and nightshades, that takes out half the paleo/primal recipes. Even in her lovely new book “Practical Paleo” Diane Sanfilippo was unable to leave eggs and nightshades out of her autoimmune recipes and meal plans.

        So yeah, extra good luck to us autoimmune types moving past our daily zero!

        Su S. wrote on September 12th, 2012
        • Why are you losing eggs? Nightshades I get, but eggs?

          Cathy Johnson (Kate) wrote on September 12th, 2012
        • Some of us react to eggs badly. I’ve found that eggbeaters (as NON-primal as they are) are OK – egg whites are OK… but eggs don’t work for me. (ugh).

          And YEA, I miss them too.

          Red wrote on September 12th, 2012
        • …and nuts, another hard food group to lose per the autoimmune protocol.

          I personally have never noticed a reaction to any of the blacklisted foods, but with autoimmune disease I figure I have to dot all the i’s, cross the t’s, and try everything that has been found to help by others.

          My parents have been diagnosed with autoimmune diseases in their 80s, and it seems clear to me that it started long before and has hurt their middle and older age lives. I do not want to go down that road.

          Su S. wrote on September 13th, 2012
  15. I’m not starting from rock bottom either… I’ve definitely been worse, and thanks to following the PB for the past 2 months, I’m also the lightest I’ve been in about 4 years (for all that it’s still a weight I NEVER thought I’d see when I was young and slim). I hit rock bottom about 3 years ago, after working in a roadhouse for a year, living in a small town, and feeling really depressed and isolated (and of course, eating all that roadhouse food). I’m not sure what my highest weight was (I avoided scales) but I’d say it was close to 15kg above where I am now (I was in the obese category)… I was unfit and miserable. So really, even though I’m quite a long way from my best, I’m not at my worst either (I have another 15kg to lose to get to my goal weight).

    Fiona wrote on September 11th, 2012
    • isolation feelings… ugh. I hope you found people to let it loose with! afterall… we are pack animals :) I’m glad to hear about your successes! Amazing!!!

      ashtromanius wrote on September 11th, 2012
  16. Welcome to the rest of your life, DayZero-ers! Your journey starts with this first step.

    My advice to you is to clean out your fridge and pantry, donate the food to the hungry, and RE-STOCK with only primal options. Easiest way to stay on track.

    Prepare to see dramatic changes over the next few months. My favorite of all is that I no longer feel bloated after eating. Never realized that all the “healthy” grains I was eating weren’t quite so friendly for my gut.

    Best of luck, we’re all here for y’all

    Delf Enriquez wrote on September 11th, 2012
    • I couldn’t agree more. Be sure to have only healthy foods in the fridge and cupboards. Eat primal and enjoy. You will begin to feel so much better! And that’s just for starters…

      All the best.

      Rob wrote on September 11th, 2012
  17. I started going primal after my football career ended this past May, since then I lost 39lbs of body fat and totally reshaped my body. The past month I experienced some health issues, vertigo, and was unable to work out and my total progress stopped. I felt angry that I couldn’t work out and began eating SAD again. Within a month I gained 21 pounds of weight. That brings me to where I am today, I’ve needed to refocus but I was unable to find the drive and motivation i needed to be disciplined. I am hoping to find motivation with this challenge. I am trying to recommit to myself, my health and my future.

    Bill wrote on September 11th, 2012
  18. losing 2 inches around my belly is what my challenge is all about. I believe I finally have it down now. Wish me luck.

    lynn wrote on September 11th, 2012
  19. I am having a love affair with this site Mark. I have a BS/MS in Holistic Nutrition and I’ve been a CPT for about 5 yrs… the basic premise of my degrees is your body can heal ANYTHING when it’s provided whole foods, pure water, sunlight, rest and exercise. I’ve seen it in my own life and countless others. I love that it’s just a blueprint… not a do this for 2 weeks then do this…then 4 weeks later you do this. You address the WHOLE person!!! Diets and exercise plans only address one aspect… or maybe 2-3. I love the wealth of knowledge on here from proper joint mobility to play to leptin. THANK YOU for actually coming up with something real. I hope you read this amongst your 100’s of emails and comments and real life :)

    My reason for doing the challenge is… baby #4 has been a totally different experience for me. By 6 months Ive reached my normal weight and clothing size with all my others but #4… 10 mo out and Ive got about 15lbs left. I’ve just about gone bezerk with trying to figure out what I’ve done wrong this time and it’s time to just get back to basics and allow it to come instead of fighting for it. 21 days = 3lbs of BF. If not… well. I’ll keep keeping on… Adjust sleep…or play…or calorie make ups…

    ashtromanius wrote on September 11th, 2012
    • Hi there – where did you do your Holistic Nutrition education? I have recently been looking into pursuing this (I’m in Canada), but it seems to be a rather new field and I’m not sure what schools are good??

      And I hear ya on baby weight, I’m still working on weight from #2, just in time to start working on #3!

      Cheralyn wrote on September 12th, 2012
  20. Yeah, me! I finished my first day completely primal! I started PB a year ago and lost 70 lbs. In June I was hurt and my fitness level dropped. I’ve gained back 10 lbs due to pain and the heat this summer. I’m using this challenge to lose that 10 lbs and regain my fitness level, poor though it was. I just started a new hobby of finding wild edible plants. I find I walk further every day in my searches. The bending, stretching and rough footing is helping the back pain too.

    TruckerLady wrote on September 11th, 2012
  21. Thanks to all, just what I needed right now , mentally and physically . 21

    dave g wrote on September 11th, 2012
  22. I didn’t start from rock bottom – not weight-wise anyway. Mentally, now that is another story. My sister is my support. I’ve lost count of how many times she has defended me against those who don’t accept my lifestyle.

    Kitty =^..^= wrote on September 11th, 2012
  23. I am just over the hurdle of a month of Primal eating. After 32 days, I had my lipid panel re-done. I am proud to say that over the course of one month, my triglycerides have dropped from 311 to 184! I have not lost any weight eating primally and still need to get my LDL down, but I consider the drastic change in my triclycerides a VICTORY!

    hilarydanette wrote on September 11th, 2012
    • Also, my rock bottom was in April of this year when I severely injured my back. I couldn’t walk for a few months and couldn’t take care of myself. Now, I’m walking 5 miles at a time and lifting heavy things. Grok on!

      hilarydanette wrote on September 11th, 2012
  24. You can lead a horse to water…

    The best way to get started for me was to just read “the primal blueprint” book – a few hours of time when on the bus or train.

    What amazes me is that when people ask what sort of diet/exercise I have, I direct them to buy the book – some do, and never bother reading it, or complain they don’t have time to read it – I don’t get it.

    The book explains everything you’ll need to know – you can ditch your fitness instructors and take control of your own destiny – but some people just can’t accept that you can achieve your goals without paying huge dollars to a personal instructor, and surely you need a balanced diet which has heaps of wholegrain – read the book ?

    Metal Storm wrote on September 11th, 2012
  25. I started primal 2 years ago at age 50. I’m still amazed at how far I have come. And still a long way to go. Anytime is a good time to start tho!

    pete wrote on September 11th, 2012
  26. Not zero, but close to it. I’ve set a short term goal (the 21day challenge), a mid term goal (look better in holiday pictures)’ and a long range goal (bikini by this summer).

    At this point, I’m just taking it one day, one meal at a time

    Gretchen wrote on September 11th, 2012
  27. For me, the biggest challenge is (and always has been) lack of community. I’m working on that through meetup groups, etc., but I would say when you’re starting out, hit the forums for reassurance. Also, hit the forums to find other Primal-minded people in your area, and get together with them. Being a part of a community makes it so much easier.

    Ware wrote on September 11th, 2012
  28. Not exactly starting from zero… I’ve eaten mostly-Primal for some time now, partly by necessity. But I’m starting from my highest weight in years and my lowest level of fitness. 😐 My partner doesn’t eat grains etc. either, so I think that support will be great when it comes to putting more effort in.

    Audrey wrote on September 11th, 2012
  29. I have been down near rock bottom, having suffered with depression and some (relatively minor) health issues for a number of years, but just recently I have started to realise that if I am alive there is hope, and that I have to make small changes often, in order to achieve my long term goals.

    I have recently started to have some fairly big problems with the skin on my face (severe perioral dermatitis), but rather than feel down about how it looks and how sore it is, I am taking it as being a sign of what is going on inside my body, and using it as a tool to motivate myself to adhere to a more primal way of life.

    Primal Mummy wrote on September 11th, 2012
  30. Love this. Really wanted to start my Primal Journal but still don’t have the ability to do so. I am still being told I can’t post. How do I get this privilage? I was so excited about my first day!

    Kerry Soliz wrote on September 11th, 2012
  31. “Numbers don’t tell your story.”

    I like that. Just yesterday, I took a quiz about my health in order to secure lower rates from my health insurance company. At the end of the quiz, I was given my results–I’m “high-risk” because I don’t do 30 minutes of cardio every other day (never mind that I’m on my feet all day at work and I walk miles and miles up hill and down when I hike), and I’m “high-risk” because I don’t know what my fasting blood sugar levels are. I was irritated because, firstly, what a way to judge my health! But also, what a way to motivate people (NOT). Focusing on the positive, and all the ways in which I am already strong, and all the good things I already do… that motivates me to do better.

    Sarah Jane wrote on September 11th, 2012
  32. Haha I discovered something pretty cool today ;). I haven’t really discussed the PB much with my husband (he lives 1.5 hours away from me and I only see him every other weekend). He had seen me read the books, and knew the way I was eating though (basically… I pretty much said I no longer eat grains and sugar). Anyway, today I had to go and see him, and lo and behold, I go use his computer and one of his tabs is open to MDA!! Obviously something’s sinking in ;). He also said that for the last few days he’s been eating steak sandwiches for lunch, without the bread component :D.

    And this is a guy who I used to argue with constantly about weight loss, and how 80% of your weight is down to your eating habits and not your exercise (he was convinced that if you’re overweight all you need to do is exercise more…), so I think things may slowly be sinking in!

    Fiona wrote on September 12th, 2012
  33. Starting from 0.5 maybe….Done well with weight But i want to move now and play .. eventhough i walk a lot everyday with my dogs i guess i feel the need to speed up the rythm a little since i have regained the energy. Will try following the weekly plan …this is where i would need a bit of support, i must ask a friend to join me!

    Ariame wrote on September 12th, 2012
  34. I am going to do this!21 days…how hard can it be:) I had a babygirl 8 weeks ago, and while my eating in general is ok I am such a sugarjunkie! Can not help my self, and I eat some dark chocolate every day:( In the weekends I completely fall of the wagon andd will eat pretty much every sweet I can get my hand on. I promise myself every weekend that I won’t but my craving is always stronger than my mind. I am also going to try to get more sleep, and exersice. Both can be quite a challenge with a newborn baby hanging in my boobs practically the whole day:) Wish me luck!! And good luck to each and every one of you who are also doing the challenge!

    Camilla wrote on September 12th, 2012
  35. Starting about 7 years ago, when I was 39 years old I knew that I was on the road to a knee replacement. Those of you that have known me for most of my life know that for most of that time I was dealing with one injury or another, and it finally caught up with me. My weight was at an all time high at 242lbs and I knew that once that knee got replaced, that extra weight was going to put a lot of strain on the new knee. I read the book “Good Calories, Bad Calories” by Gary Taubes and was convinced. I changed WHAT I ate, stopped worrying about calories and started avoiding those foods that humans never evolved to eat: grains, manufactured “foods”, etc., and dropped 50 pounds. The I came across the web site Mark’s Daily Apple and got more active and actually got to the point where I was riding a bicycle to work 3 days a week at about 28 miles round trip! All was great until an aortic dissection nearly killed me earlier this year. I’ve lost so much muscle mass and health that it’s hard to get motivated to get moving again. Now I feel like I’m starting from zero.

    This article inspired me. I have some personal goals set for next year, including being able to ride my bike to work again, but it’s going to be a long haul.

    Like all journeys, it starts with the first step…

    Michael Carney wrote on September 12th, 2012
  36. Just though I would chip in and maybe help people stay motivated.

    As an NLP Master Prac I have helped lot withmotivation and sticking to goals, myself included.

    The best advice I can give is to see your self doing all the things you want to achieve, even all the little steps that get you there. By this I mean make a video in your mind where you see your self eating primal, going for walks, sprinting, lifting weights, laying in the sun, drawing, sleeping well etc. When you make your mental video add in sound and realy connect with the feelings og achievement and remember if you have a blip, just see yourself getting back to it straight away. Think in terms of process goals. The declaration we have all made for the 21 Day challenge represents out outcome goals, eg loose weight, play more, stop eating grains etc. But the process goals represent the “How” we need to get to where we want.

    Remember 1 wrong meal does not undo 20 correct/primal meal.

    Stick to it it is worth it. Since Christmas I am 25lbs lighter and my immune system is the best at has ever been by eating primal.

    All the best, each step forward is a step closer to sucsess.

    Nick the Greek wrote on September 12th, 2012
  37. Beware if the (little devil on someone’s shoulder)! I have been eating Primal for a few month’s and there’s this guy that comes into the health food store that I work at, he is friends with the owners and we see him often. Over the 2 years I have worked there he often brings in cookies and sandwiches, soups and such from the deli’s he frequents. I very rarely eat what he brings in as they are laden with bad fats and sugars. He is a high pressure salesman none the less and tries to make it personal. Monday he brought in deli sandwiches and kept accusing me (in a passive aggressive joking manner) that I was no longer his friend because I wouldn’t eat a half of sandwich. I have to say I don’t get people that push food. I really don’t have a problem saying no, but I know these types of people pop up whenever you try to improve your life in any way!

    Thanks to this board for all the people that encourage one another to keep on the right track, we see the results in our health. BTW this mans wife and daughters are very overweight, I guess he provides the food, hey?

    Linda wrote on September 12th, 2012
  38. What really finally brought me on board to this lifestyle was to keep myself accountable; and I accomplished this in two distinct ways. First, my partner and I started keeping a weekly calendar of meals and what we were cooking and eating for each day. Removing any ambiguity allowed us to be successful in our dietary needs. Second, we started a blog. It was not really meant for public consumption on the outset, but rather as a way to keep ourselves honest about how and what we were eating–and to challenge us to still have delicious and fun foods. Now we keep it up, enjoy a small readership, and reap the benefit of being that much more involved in the community. Best of luck to everyone, regardless of where they are in this journey!

    Brent wrote on September 12th, 2012
  39. Brent, I really like that calendar idea – it reminds me of when I was in grade school and I would look at the lunch menu, except is all foods I like :-) I’m going to try that. I bet it’ll get me thinking about different foods, too – I’m kinda in a food rut – and get me to be more creative and less inclined to pick foods that are not primal when I get bored, because I’ll have an interesting array of stuff! Thanks!

    Kariberry wrote on September 12th, 2012
  40. My son started primal. Then my daughter. Since I lived with my daughter for a while after she had her baby, I had no choice but go primal. I am glad I did.I have lost about 20#. Now down 2 pant sizes. Has been difficult since coming home. My husband is not fully on board. Hardest part for me is getting the liquids and protein I need. One day at a time. Even cheat days don’t go too far off. Had some delicious buns the other night and paid for it in bloating not feeling well. I have a sensitivety to wheat. Arthritis flares. Love reaching all your comments. Thanks

    nanalinda wrote on September 12th, 2012

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