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Persistance pays off

Saturday, April 09, 2011

I have been eating according to the primal lifestyle for 3 weeks now. And I have had incremental gains every week. I have tightened up my calories, but I just wasn't feeling like I had lost any weight, in fact feeling like I had gained again. Yesterday I was actually considering going back to a somewhat CW diet. Not processed foods, but maybe adding in some whole grains and doing what I know has worked for me in the past. After all there are tons of people out there eating grains and high carb foods and losing weight! I have done it myself!

The more I thought about it, the more I know I can't. After reading Good Calories, Bad Calories and The Primal Blueprint, I know that we are not meant to be eating grains and certainly not grains that have been processed to death! I know this is the right way for me to eat at this time.

Today I hopped on the scale (even though I had considered staying away from it) and I had lost 1 lb. It's only 1, and I have more to go, but it helped me see that yes, this is right. It takes time to stop a ship and get it turned around, but it is turning emoticon

I was also doing a little research on insulin resistance. I have a lot of the symptoms and I want to avoid all those nasty complications and diseases it progresses to. I came across an article that absolutely confirmed for me that yes, a paleo/primal diet is what I should be following!

I am so over the moon happy today! I am also taking the advice of my paleo teammates and focusing on the health and wellness, and letting the weight take care of itself. (which it will) emoticon

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FAYETTESIDRA 4/10/2011 9:43AM

    Have you tried taking measurements instead of going by the scale? For me, measurements are much more accurate now that I've switched to primal.

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RKJ1969 4/9/2011 5:13PM

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ZOEYBLU 4/9/2011 1:09PM

    I have been eating this way for a few months now .....
I feel so much better and have not had food obsessive thoughts for a long time now ! ( I used to constantly think of food and was never satisfied )

Glad your doing well !

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Week 1 of Primal is in the bag

Monday, March 28, 2011

And the results were not what I was expecting. I felt like I was losing weight by the end of the week, but I ended up 1/2 lb. Boo.

I know I don't have to count calories following this way of eating, but I tracked some days to see where my macros were falling. But my calories were waaayyy up there some days. And on those days I felt stuffed! I knew I was eating too much and I was also having some wine a few days. So I don't blame the diet, I only blame myself. But I have to admit, I was disappointed in the scale. I kept my carbs low and except for the wine ate strict primal. So I went looking for answers.

I found a link to this article on MDA and I think it's exactly where part of my problem lies.

Too much fat in my diet. Well, that and alcohol lol.

I'm going to tweak the diet and stay AF for 7 days and see what that brings.

Even though I wasn't happy with the scale, and have only myself to blame, a result like that would normally send me back to a CW diet. Or weight watchers, or find me binging on all the junk I could find. But I'm sticking with this eating style because I believe it's the right way to eat for me. I know what I did wrong last week, so I can fix that this week and get the scale moving in the right direction. My knees feel fabulous, and I have lots more energy which is huge on it's own! Here's to a great week! emoticon

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LILIYARN 4/2/2011 1:50PM

    I'm at day 6 primal keeping carbs below 80 g. I'm down 2 pounds but definitely feel a lot slimmer. I'm giving it time. Hang in there and tweak some things.

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JUSTBIRDY 3/28/2011 9:48PM

    Are you SURE you didn't just gain muscle??? I do find that when I give up cheese I lose more weight. I am not sure it is just the calories.
When I started eating fewer carbs, I had trouble controlling the nuts, but now they are no problem. I don't measure them out carefully and put the rest of them away like before. I just grab my handful and have no problem leaving the rest alone.

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RKJ1969 3/28/2011 7:46PM

    It takes some experimenting to find the right Primal balance!

I'm just finishing up a Whole 30 challenge and I have determined that giving up Dairy, dark chocolate and wine really jump started my weight loss!

I'm going to be very careful with using those only as "treats" going forward!

Keep hanging in there!

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CHICARELLA 3/28/2011 4:12PM

    I normally exercise, but didn't last week. Although DH asked me if my legs were smaller. I felt like I looked smaller through the tummy. I have taken measurements and will take them again in about 30 days.

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NUTMEG1125 3/28/2011 4:06PM

    DO you exercise? Some people on primal gain a lot of muscle and lose a lot of inches. Make sure you take measurements.

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MOLLIEMAC 3/28/2011 2:45PM

    Thanks for the link! I too need to cut back on cheese, nuts I only eat occasionally and then only a max of 10 almonds or 4-5 walnut halves and I need to monitor wine as well.
Have a wonderful week- look forward to how you do...MJ

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Primal/Paleo Day 3

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Today is day 3 of following a primal/paleo lifestyle. So far so good. I am still eating some dairy. Mostly cottage cheese, string cheese sticks and yogurt, but I only eat that a couple times a week. I'm trying to phase it out. No grains has been way easier than I thought it would be!

I guess I am committed to this lifestyle right now. Most of my dreams last night revolved around food which I think is hilarious. Especially the dream where I was in a car with DH and I was eating a go cup full of dry cereal. I looked at the cereal and said "What the hell?! Why do I have this? I don't eat this crap!" emoticon It reminded me of the smoking dreams I used to have when I first stopped smoking. I woke up feeling like this must be the right choice for me if after 3 days of no grains I'm dreaming about them. (kinda weird too, that I really never was much of a cereal eater, but oh well lol) Dreamt about bacon and avocado too. mmmm.

I haven't weighed myself and I won't until my normal weigh day on Saturday. I don't feel like I've lost any weight but I don't have all the bloat that I'm used to and I like that. I'm also noticing that my knees don't hurt as much as they usually do. I hope that continues.

I really think I'm going to like this way of eating/living. It makes sense to me, but it's very scary to let go of all the "conventional wisdom" to just see what happens. And that's exactly what I'm doing - seeing what happens. If it turns out I'm wrong, I can always go back emoticon

No harm. No foul.

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RKJ1969 3/24/2011 5:59PM

    I thought I was the only one that had those dreams! Must be part of the "withdrawal" process....I don't have them anymore.

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FAYETTESIDRA 3/24/2011 11:35AM

    I dreamt about food like crazy the first week I switched over to Primal. I'm in week four now, and I still get the dreams once in a while.

I'm glad you're having such great success so far!

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My one word

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My word for the year is CHANGE. There are so many things I want to change. Of course one of those being my weight. I haven't blogged in a while and reading some of my past blogs I see that I had high hopes for last year (as always). I didn't meet one of the goals I set for myself. emoticon

So I keep coming back to my word, change, change, change, but there is just too much to change and it's overwhelming. I hit me today that my word for this year should be CONSISTENCY. I need to CONSISTENTLY, day by day make better choices. By being CONSISTENT, I will see CHANGE.

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Mine is a statement "Make It Happen"

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Climbing back on

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I thought I could complete the 28 day program even through a move. Uh, maybe not. It was hard to keep my goals at the top of my mind while packing, cleaning, etc. Now that we are moved into our new place and are getting settled I am ready to give it another go. My kitchen isn't finished yet, but it's functional enough and I have healthy food in the house. I'm ready to get back to my program! I missed tracking calories and fitness! I've been doing it half-heartedly for so long that it's now become a habit. I think that habit has made me more aware of the calorie content of foods and has allowed me to maintain my weight the last year. I have more I want to lose though so it's time to get crackin'!

There is something about moving that feels like New Year's - a fresh start, a clean slate and it always makes me feel like I can really change. Usually, that a big 'ol pipe dream but it makes the move more fun!

I have an empty nest now and I know I will have the time to take care of myself, no excuses, now I have to have the will and motivation. I think for the most part I've been "OK" with where I am weight wise which is why I haven't done more to lose this 20lbs. I look pretty decent for my age, but I FEEL frumpy. I don't want to settle for frumpy anymore. I want to feel GOOD, no GREAT about myself! Not just OK! Besides I have lots of awesome goals on my vision board and I want to meet them. Wow, I just gave myself a pretty good pep talk! emoticon

Now, I'm off to finish the kitchen today and get in just 10 minutes of cardio and for sure all my water! It's going to be a great day - I can just feel it!


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