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Monday, September 19th, 2011
11:25 am
I've had a few questions about Primal...
I figured it'd just be easier to make a new entry! It got too long for a comment!!

Primal/Paleo AKA the 'Caveman diet' But, I don't like how that sounds, so I stick to Primal! It's also not a 'diet' but it's honestly a lifestyle change.

It's the idea that our bodies evolved to do certain things, and to work in a certain way.

Basically, it means eating no grains (bread, wheat, oats) and focusing instead on high quality meats, veg and some fruit. A good way to think of it is, if you would have found it, or chased it down - eat it!

I eat dairy as well, because I'm not quite ready to make THAT jump yet, but it's been treating me really well!

I eat a lot of Omega-3 rich eggs, grass-fed animals (Beef, Lamb) And do whatever I can to wrap whatever I'm eating in BACON! I don't cook with veg oil, I cook with coconut oil, or Ghee.

Yesterday, I had a gigantic Taco Salad (A hell of a salad too, everything was organic, and it had heirloom tomatoes, bell peppers, chives, onions, cheese, grass fed taco meat, lettuce, and sour cream - I ate it out of a Salad bowl...with a fork!), Bacon wrapped Jalapeno chicken, and some Primal cake that I made (A friend of mine called it a chocolate omelet!) Today, it's gonna be an omelet, some more taco salad (Because I have taco meat left), some more bacon wrapped chicken (I made a BUNCH of them, so they're snacks!) and Tri-Tip on the grill!

I also don't do 'Chronic Cardio', as from the research I've been reading...it's really not good for our bodies. I do short workouts...when I feel like it, but, mostly I just go for a long walk every so often. (Three miles) Otherwise it's about 20 asian squats, and 20 wall pushups, and I wave my hand and call it a day. I've started to get more into the exercise, and I'm learning how someone who's my weight (That's 252lbs) can do short, intense rounds of exercise. Because I WANT to, not because I feel like I have to.

I'm even looking in to getting together with some Primal groups to go exercise Primal Law #7. Play. Primal people get out there and play till they're exhausted! And that's what we call exercise!

I'm drawn to Paleo/Primal because of how easy it is. I can go out to eat anywhere and still live Primal, I haven't made any HUGE changes to my life outside of eating better, and being more conscious of what I'm eating. And the success stories... There's 300 PAGES of success stories over at the forum.

Here's one: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-unconquerable-dave/
And his update: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-unconquerable-dave-still-unconquerable/

And that guy's story? He's not alone, or amazing, or an outlier, he's one of the regular stories! Mark features a new success story EACH WEEK!


Okay, I'll stop... ^_^

A good place to start if you're interested is the Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson. Or, if you're just a little curious, pop over to Mark's Daily Apple. Ignore all the stuff selling you things, and read the articles. The forum there is also extremely supportive and encouraging, I'm there daily.

Since I'm an Animal person, I also popped over to http://gnolls.org and my girlfriend ordered me the Gnoll Creedo for my birthday. I'll let you all know how that is!

To reach my goal, I've got roughly 130 pounds to lose (I'm 5'2" and aiming for 130 because my 'recommended' weight of 108 is just ridiculous!), chest reconstructive surgery, and the desire to be able to walk into somewhere like Diesel and pick whatever I want to wear out. (I also want Mark to feature me on the website... ^_^; )

For the first time in my life, I feel like I can actually do it.

As for me, I've got a blog over at http://primaldirewolf.wordpress.com if you want to follow exactly what I'm doing.

Feel free to ask questions, I may not have all the answers, as I'm still new to this, but I can tell you that even my bumbling attempts have already had some stellar results.

Current Mood: jubilant
1:06 am
Any Primal Critters about?
Hey all.

I recently started living Primal, and it's been fantastic for me.

I was curious if there were any other Primal folks about? Anyone interested in the Primal lifestyle?

Hi, I'm Westly, I'm not new here, I just started living Primal about... 19 days ago.

I've lost easily 4" around my waist, and roughly 23 pounds. I started this off wearing size 46 pants, now I wear a tight 42.

I'm still very new to Primal, but it fits my lifestyle in amazing ways, and I have already been seeing the benefits! (Not to mention I'm learning to cook, and shop wisely!)

I have KP (Keratosis Pilaris) and since I've cut grains my KP's clearing up. My face has cleared up entirely, and I have a crapload of energy!

I've got roughly 130 lbs to lose, and I'm looking forward to starting exercising as at the moment all I can do is the Move Slowly (Long walks is my choice of activity!) part of the plan.

Anyway, HI!!

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, November 11th, 2010
11:40 am
Musicat here to say hi, looking for some support
Hey all. I'm Rourkie - long time lurker, first time poster here. Some of you know me, and if you do, you know that I'm all about loving pudge and enjoying weight gain and stuff like that. For those of you who don't, yes I'm weird, and yes, I think you're all wonderful the way you are.

I'm actually here, though, not really to lose weight, but more to get back in shape. Lately I can tell I'm starting to feel more lethargic, and my body composition is changing a bit (prolly because of age). I actually get more exercise in my daily life now than I have in years, now that I'm on my feet all day at work, and running around campus at school. My weight's even dropped a bit from what it was a couple of years ago, but despite all this, I just feel... weak. (If that even makes sense?)

I wasn't super big into sports growing up, but in highschool I did crosscountry and swimteam (captain of both teams senior year), and in college I did marching band, and so while I did put on some weight in the last ten years, I always had some muscle to support it.

Lately, though, I feel as if I'm all fluff, and no tough. As you've probably surmised right now, I don't mind having the extra weight to carry, but it's high time I put back some muscle and felt like myself again. 

Besides, it's been too long since anyone's posted here, so I figure it was high time to jump on the bandwagon.

Goal #1: Do 100 sit-ups without stopping before the end of the year.
Progress: 65% (74 sit-ups) - see below.

So, I started today with a challenge: to try to do 100 situps without stopping.  This is my first goal for now.

I ended up stopping at 74 with a couple of quick breaks thrown in. If we count each break as -3 points, I got a 65. A "D" is passing, but just barely. I have a lot of catching up to do this semester it seems.

Starting weight: 209 lbs (Today)
Goal Weight: 200 lbs by Dec 31

I'll have to see if I can steal my roommate's scale sometime - his has a body fat % tracker and I'd be interested to know what it says.

Folks, I really need people to get on my case about this if I'm going to keep it up - that's why I'm posting here. Please feel free to drop me a note by email (dorourkie@gmail.com) or PM on livejournal to keep my fluffy butt on track.

I guess that's really it for now. See you on the flipside, hopefully!

Current Mood: determined
Sunday, August 29th, 2010
2:31 pm
Cereal Help?
So...it's been forever since I've posted here, but I want to see if I can try again at eating healthy.

I love cereal, and I wanted to see what kind of cereals that would be a good choice for eating healthy.

As for personal tastes, I'd like it to have some kind of taste...like if it were shredded mini-wheats, if it had some kind of flavour in it so that it's not just plain ol' wheat, just so I can keep interested in it...and to make sure I don't dump a ton of sugar on it just to add some taste to it! XD Or maybe if there something I can add to it that would give it a flavour, like fruit or berries of some kind?

At the moment, I'm thinking about getting Honey Nut Cheerios, or Honey Nut Shredded Wheat (spoon size). I do like oatmeal (which we have here at the house) but I tend to add honey or brown sugar to it.

What does everyone recommend?

Current Mood: hopeful
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
9:52 pm
I've been lurking here for a couple of years and felt like it was finally time to post an intro.

I started the process to get a gastric bypass about 3 years ago. I was 488# at the start of that process, but I didn't complete it and now, if I want to go that route, I have to start over from the beginning.

Back in November I had a checkup and my PCP now has a bariatric scale and I weighed 440#.

I went in yesterday for an H1N1 (Swine) Flu shot and borrowed the scale. 429#!

I'll post updates as they come up.
Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
11:25 am
Haven't posted here since...2007 maybe. If ever? Anyway, hello!

I decided to revive the diet, so this would be attempt #2 or #3...

Height: ~5'11"
("S") Starting weight: 212lb (~September 2009)
(">") Current weight: ~198lb

("g") Short term goal: 199lb - Accomplished, albeit way overdue! But will it hold?
("G") Long term goal: ~160lb - 27% accomplished. 38 lb to go, or ~25 weeks (May 2010) if I maintain this pace
("?") Possible super duper bonus goal: 140lb (if I feel unfit at 160)

Fitness: I have not been exercising and am a flabby wad of flab :(

Friday, September 25th, 2009
10:13 am
First Post
Long time lurker, first time poster.

Starting to go back to the gym, last night was my first visit in about four months. Unfortunately I have really let my self go in that time, I've gained a little over five pounds in that period. I think I'm ready to be serious again about getting my body in better shape.

Currently I'm at: 268

I want to lose quite a bit of weight for a family gathering next June, it's a steep goal but I'd like to lose at least fourty pounds.
Thursday, September 17th, 2009
12:43 am
Not Another Weight Loss Challenge
Hello, again!

I just wanted to let everyone here know that weightbot has started up The Snoctember Weight Loss Challenge. If you love challenges as much as I do you must understand my enthusiasm! weightbot's challenges have helped so many people get that tiny extra push in the right direction that they need.

Weigh-ins are on Thursdays and it is going for a nine week run. The first weigh-in is today, September 17, 2009, so a comment on the challenge post with your weight (and challenge goal weight) will get you signed up.

Thanks for your time!

Current Mood: happy
Thursday, May 14th, 2009
10:43 pm
Another Weight Loss Challenge

I have carefully looked over the community profile and did not find anything explicitly warning against this type of post, but please let me know if this is not allowed.

This is not an advertisement begging you to join another weight loss community, I am more excited about informing you about another weight loss challenge. I love challenges! And I know I could always use some extra motivation--I find that those five-pound stickers at Weight Watchers are the only thing that keep me highly motivated some of the time. weightbot is back again with the 2009 Sprummer Weight Loss Challenge.

Weigh-ins are on Thursdays and it is going for another seven week run. The first weigh-in was today, but a comment on the challenge post with your weight from Thursday May 14th (and challenge goal weight) will get you signed up.

Ooo! ::Excited!::

Current Mood: optimistic
Thursday, June 4th, 2009
4:20 pm
back again lol
Thnk u for telling me wat to post (i cnt remember ur username  sory)
Age -18
Height- 5'4
Weight - approx 122 pounds
Gender - Female
Goal weight 108 pounds

Current Mood: bored
1:38 pm
Hey im new
I joined this a few days ago.

Heres my stats . Im Morgan btw.

Start weight in pounds: approx 122 pounds
Start date:4th may

Any tips id appreciate. What do i have to do here.?

Current Mood: creative
Friday, April 17th, 2009
6:55 pm
Start date:

Start Weight:

Current weight:

Lost this week: 0
Total lost: 8.6

I've not been doing great this week. But I've been eating VERY sensibly, and only very very healthy foods. I'm working right now on my portioning, which honestly is very very bad. My body has a really weird "I'm VERY VERY HUNGRY" thing about 1 hour after I eat, which I really need to work on, especially at night. I need to figure out some way to just plain ignore it.
10:33 am
Week VII
Current Weight: 262.6 lb

Weight lost this run: 23.4 lb
Avg weight loss per week: 3.3 lb

Weight lost since peak: 52.4 lb

Yay. I figured I should post on the major goal of having lost over 50 lbs since my high point before the move.

For reflection, the last time I weighed this light was Oct 2001.

As with susandeer, a lot of the credit goes to the "Lose It" app on the iPhone. Counting calories is a ROYAL pain. To have an app that has restaurant foods, grocery brands, and other food info pre-loaded makes it one or two simple clicks to see how many calories you have left for the day.

I'm finding that sticking with a core of generally low-carb food curbs my appetite, and then the app on the phone helps me keep an eye on consuming too much. The result is a pleasant and steady loss of weight without hunger or much fuss.

(I'm not doing the atkins hard-nosed low-carb thing. This is good. I stay in that neighborhood for most things, but still have healthy carbs elswhere to pick up all the vitamins and nutrients I need. Sushi would be verboten on Atkins, but so far it's working for me. The key is to use the app to not overkill on volume of anything.)

Once you're used to eating less, it just becomes more natural and much harder to eat more. That takes about a month to settle into.

I know I have lost some muscle weight on this diet. I've been doing very little exercise other than the half-mile to a mile of walking I get in around work every day. I should be doing the gym thing and the treadmill thing more. It will probably turbo charge the weight loss. Though a part of me doesn't want to upset a steady decline.

This little app almost feels like buying a cheat guide for an Xbox game or such. I am quite literally sitting on my butt working most of the day, not really doing much exercise, and still losing weight without being hungry at a steady pace.

Boy do I feel loads better to have the weight off though. My belt is down on it's last notch. I'm going to have to buy a smaller belt soon.

Current Mood: happy
Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
1:05 pm
Portion Plates
I recently posted in a reply to someone else about portion plates, but then proceeded to do some more digging. I looked at quite a few plates and the thought was always, "Is this something I would take to the office/studio?" Mostly, I was answering no.

This plate http://theportionplate.com/ is good in that it makes judging food sizes easy without the plate later by giving you real objects as a comparison, such as the old meat = a deck of cards and a baseball is equivalent to 1 cup of veggies, but it's not a very nice looking plate.

This http://www.thedietplatecanada.com/products_family.cfm is a bit better and even differentiates between men and women orby just how much weight you intend to lose. It's also a bit easier on the eyes.

Then there's this http://jeffreyharris.net/products.aspx It's not as detailed in terms of information as other plates, but it's a lot nicer to look at and doesn't yell, "Hey! I'm tryin' ta lose weight ovuh heeyuh!" It's also porcelain, not plastic. Very nice. AND he's also got a spring sale going on. Funny thing is, I found this just as I was thinking, "Maybe I should design a plate..."
Friday, April 10th, 2009
10:40 am
Loving myself more when there's less of me to love!
April 3rd: 237.4 lbs
April 5th: 239.7 lbs (Making & partaking of even a small piece of cake? FATTENING.)
April 10th: 236.8 lbs

Man, if not for the recovery work, this would have been a stellar week! Still, it's progress!

I really need to sell Doemain strips from books 1 and 2, so I can buy clothes that fit again. I've gone from a 42/44G bra to a 40DDD *squee!* I can actually shop IN the store for new bras again!

What's really freaky is that, while I've given up soda, I've not had to forgo fast food. I can even have some french fries, if I order the kids' size, ditto on a Frosty! The trick to fast food is custom ordering. No mayo or mustard, and no cheese. Stick to grilled chicken, unless you really crave the beef (listen to your bod, you might be low on iron). Do your homework, it'll tell you just how overstuffed that salad might be and what you can do to cut it back down to size.

New Best Friends: 100 calorie Kudos bars for a little snack, low sodium canned soups, canned chicken breast with a touch of mayo, some brown mustard, curry powder, and yellow bell pepper chunks on toasted wheat bread, w/ lettuce, tomato, and a slice of low-fat swiss.

BFF: Irish Oatmeal

Current Mood: bouncy
Friday, April 3rd, 2009
8:11 pm
Pleasant surprise...
This week, I didn't expect to do well on my weigh-in. Last week, I was 182 something. To my surprise, I dropped another pound and am down to 181.2.

My original short term goal of 180 pounds is within reach. I am continuing 200 crunches a day plus the Perfect Pushup workout plus my karate training on Wednesdays, Saturdays(when not working), Sundays, and Thursdays.

I am pleased and surprised by my progress. I hope my weight continues to drop.

Current Mood: pleased
7:18 pm
Checkin' in... check it out!
March 19th: 240 lbs
Today: 237.4 lbs

Not a big leap, but at the lowest, I was 237.2 right before the end or March and then it crept up to 238 for a bit. Fighting the wibbling! Getting below the 240 mark has been a BIG boost to my mood. So encouraging! This puts me at 35 lbs lost total since March '07, 8.2 lbs of that since Valentine's Day.

If I can keep this up, I'll be about 225 at Rocket City FurMeet (which you should go to, if you can!) and about 210-215 at Anthrocon!

Things are really going well since I all but entirely kicked soda off the diet. But that reminds me. I need to add 1 Thin Mint Cookie into today's count.
Friday, March 20th, 2009
2:29 pm
Another Weight Loss Challenge

I have carefully looked over the community profile and did not find anything explicitly warning against this type of post, but please let me know if this is not allowed.

This is not an advertisement begging you to join another weight loss community, I am more excited about informing you about another weight loss challenge. I love challenges! And I know I could always use some extra motivation--I find that those five-pound stickers through Weight Watchers are the only thing that keep me highly motivated some of the time. weightbot has recently joined the weight loss challenge band wagon with the 2009 Mapril Weight Loss Challenge.

Weigh-ins are on Thursdays and it is going for a seven week run. The first weigh-in was yesterday, but a comment on the challenge post with your weight from Thursday March 18th (and challenge goal weight) will get you signed up.

Ooo! ::Excited!::

Current Mood: excited
Thursday, March 19th, 2009
10:24 pm
Down again...
Start date: 2/19/09
Start weight: 188.3

Current weight: 182.4

Still going..and making progress. Let's see where I get this time, hmm? I took a few days off for illness, but am back on the program.

Current Mood: chipper
4:36 pm
The unthinkable
Current weight: 240 lbs !!!
Feb. 14th 245.6 lbs
November '06 (highest and original starting point): 272 lbs

And to celebrate, I bought a mid-section cincher, because I have upper belly flab. Ew.* At least now, things are firmly held and the cincher isn't uncomfy.

I cannot recommend Lose It! for the iPhone highly enough! Seriously! Now I need to find/make the time to add serious cardio back in to get rid of the flabby bits.

*Ok, it's ew AND cool. I can stand in front of the mirror and flex my mid-section muscles and SEE how much of the mass is just flab! I wish the guy that figured out how to revert stomach fat cells down to stem cells would start a fat cell donation program!
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