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Primal Challenge done!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

So I started at 211 lbs and ended at 204 - 7 lbs down, 2" off my chest 3" off my waist 2" off my hips and 2" off my thighs. i am down 1 - probably 1 1/2 pant sizes as my 14's are a bit loose too.

Overall a good experience especially since the hardest part was doing without the cheese (which was apersonal choice not primal). And I think that cheese is not a big issue with me anyway. so i am going to go back to some limited dairy products (I don't do milk - yuck!)

Things that do make a difference with me - are to many or to little carbs - my sweet zone is 50 - 75. Anything less and i stall anything more and I stall.

Water - if i don't drink at least 64 oz of water on top of my tea etc then I don't lose. As soon as I start again it washes off of me emoticon

Calories - my average was 1610. But I varied from 780 (on IF days) to 1790. I think leveling my self out at 1500 if I can get my protein and fat in would dial me in better. but hey - I can't complain as it is pretty effortless at these calories and I am not starving!!

Exercie - i didn't overdo it but I didn't/don't slack either. I want to increase my strength training - think I amgoing to read up on HIT I know about it but want to explore some options.

So that is my primal experience. I think the diet is dialed in pretty well and defiantely the lifestyle for me. Here is my after pic - I don't have a before!! emoticon

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ELLIE381 1/21/2012 1:30PM

    Thanks for sharing. I plan to do this soon also. Sorry I am no seeing the after pic but sounds like you did really well with the weight, inches lost and down 1 - 1 l/2 pant sizes. emoticon

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HOUNDLOVER1 12/14/2011 1:19PM

    Great blog, you've thought through a lot of things. I've heard of a lot of injuries with HIIT but only have limited experience. I found I can't do it in addition to running or my legs get injured. If in doubt just do a little bit and see if you are sore the next day or only do the upper body and core exercises. emoticon

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ASHARON 11/23/2011 6:59PM

    Great and wonderful blog. Seems like it was a good experise for you, too.

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Day 20 - 10 things

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Not going to IF today - saving that for wednesday, but did do over an hour of cross country skiing emoticon


10 things that are different from Day 1. Well let's see.

1. carbs are lower
2. freezer is full of grass fed beef
3. eating more veggies
4. eating more home grown chicken eggs
5. clothes are much looser
6. energy level is higher
7. able to work out longer and stronger
8. drinking more water
9. tried several new meals and foods
10. My Primal focus is back on!

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ASHARON 11/23/2011 7:00PM

    Yes deer counts.

Love the energy level and I also tried some different meals.

Way to go!

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BETTA13 11/20/2011 11:22PM

    Sounds great! I love eggs....I have a freezer full of mountain fed deer? Does that count? Heehee emoticon

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Day 19 - close to the end of the challenge

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Not much to blog this week - think I am skipping the IF again tomorrow - to soon after the other for me and i will IF Wed night to Thanksgiving dinner anyway. But I will see how I feel.I do it enough that I am not worried or concerned about it.

Pantry purge, eaing local - all not necessary as itis already a part of my lifestyle.

I think our aerobics today will consist of shoveling snow for a few hours as we got over a foot last night! THAT was a stressful ride home! But I am also breaking out my cross country skis for the first time this year! emoticon emoticon


Day 15 - Intermittent Fasting thoughts

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I used to skip breakfast all the time and sometimes was known for not eating for a couple of days - yep one of those - I would jsut get really busy and forget to eat. Hate those people.

So I have worked most of my life to be sure I eat every two hours or so in order to maintain blood sugar levels (what a lie!) and be healthy.

Part of the paleo lifestyle which for me is a low carb high fat lifestyle too - is Intermittent Fasting or IF if you choose to do it. Intermittent Fasting is just not eating if your not hungry. this can be really handy at airports - or on those days life is supper busy - or for me - thanksgiving day when we have to get up early and drive - then indulge in a big meal.

What I have found by doing this (and I have been doing it for over 6 months now) is that I can now go a whole day without getting hungry. The most interesting thing to me is that I seem to have a lot more energy (Yoga rocked again today - this is the third time I have done a power yoga lunch session while fasting and I have been awesome all three times!) emoticon I thought I would get weak and shaky and starvy after class - nope. No afternoon tiredness and then I get hungry around 6 or so (in the middle of the drive home) Just in time for dinner.

I also find I don't overeat to make up for it. It is just a normal size meal if not smaller. Very interesting experiment this. So today's challenge was no biggie. In fact I had a good dinner last night with lots of fat and protein so I think that helps.

Now I am looking forward to a good dinner salad and some left over spaghetti squash lasagna emoticon Maybe some pistachios for a snack later - we shall see!

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SASSISIS 11/19/2011 11:12AM

    Well i follow Mark Sisson and the Eade's recommendations for IF - It is really skipping meals if you are not hungry eating when you are so I don't see what isunhealthy about that. I read the leptik stuff and really this is an experiment of n=1 for me. My goal with IF is not weight loss. My goal with Primal is to feel good, have energy and be able to do the things i love without obsessing about food.

So the IF eperience - I was hessistant when I tried it about a year ago - but itworks well for me.I have more energy, I am not starving, and it fits my lifestyle. No issues so far.

As for weightloss I am down 8 lbs since I started the 21 day challenge. A bit faster than I planned but hey - who am I to complain!

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ASHARON 11/19/2011 9:32AM

    I am still doing the 21 day challenge. I just have not really had time to write about it. Monday the 21 day challenge will be over for me and then I will write a nice blog about the whole thing.
I have not really done any of the IF s yet. Other then skipping breakfast once or twice. But I can tell you I feel amazing and full of energy.

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NAYPOOIE 11/16/2011 3:55PM

    Burning fat is a wonderful thing

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JUSTBIRDY 11/16/2011 1:22PM

    Glad you found something that works for you. But, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PEOPLE!!!!, read Dr. Kruse's info on IF before you try it. It can be a disaster for people who are leptin resistant. I am firmly convinced that IF works only for people who are really good at fat burning. Most fat people, despite having lots of fat on their bodies, don't burn fat efficiently.
IF is much easier for people who are already on low-carb successfully, because their mitochondria aren't relying solely on sugar-burning anymore. But for me, skipping meals still wasn't right, because even though I was adapted to a low-carb diet, I was still squeezing out enough sugar with my low amount of carbs and the extra protein. It was only after I did the Dr. K's leptin reset plan that I could go for a long time without meals.

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REILEE92 11/16/2011 12:30PM

    do you lose weight very well doing this? i have tried the eating very little thing,working out 2 hours a day.. and it worked for me, it's just that everyone around me said it was bad. i don't get it...

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Day 13 - Top of the Spectrum eating

Monday, November 14, 2011

I have been trying to eat better quality foods for quite a while and I must say it has been a gradual change. Winco offers cheap meat that fits the budget and lord knows that is so important right now! However, I for the past few years I have been buying a quarter cow form the local university meat program and what a difference that little change made! The meat tastes so much better! So this year the DH and I decided to bite the bullet and we bought 1/4 of a cow from a friend who is a farmer and grass feeds their animals. These cows are happy grazers until they harvested right on the property with very little stress emoticon

That was important to us - that the animals be free range pasture feed and happy. So now my freezer is full of good beef that I am anxious to try emoticon Our chickens are laying a dozen eggs a week or so emoticon and my homemade tomato sauces are still in the freezer for use emoticon

can't get much more top of the spectrum I think.


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