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  • #16
    I totally stuck with the program yesterday.
    Had a little extra wine though. I think I need to give up all alcohol for my 27 day challenge as well. this will be a challenge.
    Going to do yoga this morning. Yoga might have to substitute for a LHT session.

    and IF until...12 or so? that will make it 15 hours.

    Good Luck everybody!! Glad to see so many stepping up to the challenge!
    (field) journal
    primal start-weight (3/11): 154
    current weight (8/25/2012): 141


    • #17
      I'm 7 days into my challenge but I'm jumping in!

      I did...

      NO dairy, whatsoever
      NO grains, not even a bite!
      NO sugar (not even chocolate)
      Cut down on fruit (in a big way)
      Meditate at least once a day
      Be cheerful and let things GO!
      No stepping on the scale!

      Today is Day 7 and I haven't had one slip up! So exciting! If I can do it, anyone can.


      • #18
        Congradulations Tara! It seems that our success are built one day at a time, and the more days you succeed the easier it is to keep going. Its kind of about energy management, isnt it? Good for you for adding meditation in, it is such a valuable tool for transformation! Happy Day!


        • #19
          I'm in. There are some things I'd like to tighten up, but not in a super-hardcore Whole 30 way:

          1) Get outside. I think our relentless 6-month-and-counting winter is on its way out. I am going to get outside and walk for an hour 4x per week. Mainly for the sunlight, but also to get some low-level cardio in amongst all the high-intensity stuff that rules my world.
          2) Heavy lifting, 2x per week. It's hard to factor these workouts in when I have to teach a bunch of fitness classes every week, but I think I can make it work on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
          3) I feel like I've been slacking off on my fat consumption and I've been feeling hungrier because of it. I'm going to ramp up the fat intake greatly.
          4) No chips or popcorn "treats" this month.
          5) I'm not going to go dry, but I am going to try to cut out my glass of wine on weeknights. If I fall off the wagon on this one, I won't be too sad. My nightly post-workout glass of wine is one of my greatest little pleasures.
          6) IF a few days a week. On days when I have a few fitness classes to teach I don't like to IF. But there are days when I'm not scheduled to teach and am less worried about performance or 'running out of steam,' and on these days I could skip breakfast and maybe even lunch: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and/or Sundays.

          Alrighty! Let's do this!

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          May 2: Day 01
          Goal #1) Get outside: Going for a 1-hour walk in the sun today at lunch.
          Goal #2) LHT: Not today, but I am teaching a BodyPump class later...
          Goal #3) Eat more fat: sausage, bacon and 2 hard-boiled eggs for breakfast. Sausage and shrimp in tomato sauce (jamabalya withouth the rice, I guess) and some raw veggies. Green tea. Today I'm buying Tropical Traditions' Coconut Cream Concentrate and will try to incorporate a spoonful or two of coconutty goodness into my day (I tried a spoonful of coconut oil yesterday and gagged for 20 minutes). I'm also going to buy TT's Expeller Pressed oil for cooking.
          Goal #4) No chips/popcorn: None so far! *smile* We went to a movie last night and I had some popcorn; my final hurrah!
          Goal #5) Cut wine: It's 9:30am so, no, I haven't had any wine yet today. Stay tuned to see if I can resist the urge when I get home form the gym later tonight. I don't typically keep wine in the house; I just buy a bottle when the mood strikes me. However, my boyfriend bought a case of one of my favourite whites, so this will be a challenge indeed.
          Goal #6) IF: Not today; I'm teaching two hours of fitness classes tonight and need to have enough fuel in my tank.
          Last edited by ErinC; 05-02-2011, 01:57 PM.


          • #20
            I'm in. I really want to hit my next goal for May and get more off before going to camp in June.
            Current Weight -200
            Goal May 31 - 190

            1. Sprint 2 times a week
            2. Walk the dog every day
            3. Weights 3 times per week
            4. Eat more salads on weekends & evenings. Already do salads for lunch at work but will try to get more veggies.
            5. Try intermittent fasting (really not sure how this will go, but might be interesting)
            6. No nuts (will sincerely miss my am snack)
            7. Limit wine intake to no more than 6 oz/day and not every day.
            8. Limit dairy to Almond Milk or Coconut milk and eliminate cheese on salad to 2 times a week & yogurt 1x a week for yummy smoothie
            9. Play on weekends with family (kayaking, biking, golf or canoeing)
            10. Reduce TV and get down in art studio more. Separate goal here is to make 3 small new projects with paint and stamping.

            You know . . . when you write these down it seems doable.
            Starting Weight 235 - Dec 1, 2010
            Started Primal Mid January 2011
            Current Weight 183
            Goal 160

            Get Outside Already!



            • #21
              Glad to have others challenging themselves for may as well!

              I already posted my own thirty day challenge, but after seeing this communal one, I thought I'd make my goals known here too.

              No Grains whatsoever
              No other starches; potatoes, sweet potatoes
              No dairy
              Limit fruit and nut intake--
              -- meaning I'll be eating mostly Big Salads and Lean Meats.

              No cheating. None. Don't do it. Hey, maybe I'll be 10 pounds lighter by the end.

              Seriously impressed with all you primal warriors,



              • #22
                Hi Sageous -

                Lean meats? Won't you be hungry?


                • #23
                  Wow I've found it, better late the never ;-)
                  Primal Goals
                  1/ Lose 5lbs
                  2/ No grains and that means you to corn!
                  3/ No sugar, throw it out don't put it in the mouth.
                  4/ Less fruit. I have been 80% fruitarian this year and it's way too much.
                  5/ More seafood less red meat.
                  6/ No added salt. Embrace the natural flavours.
                  7/ IF 16-24 hours per day. Even if it's just skipping breakfast it's something.
                  8/ More water less diet coke. DC is just nasty and I know it.
                  9/ Walking more sitting less.
                  10/ Forgive the past, embrace the now. Don't live in the future.

                  Awesome to be part of this group. Good luck everyone.


                  • #24
                    HAHAHA We were wondering where the you were Mystic

                    WOOOOOO THIS IS SO DAMN COOL!!! How spantastic is this?!?!?!?! I love the fact that we (a group of strangers) are willing to be so supportive of each other!! I personally know that having you guys watching my back will def give me that extra little boost when I'm eye balling those DAMN almonds (and THNAK GAWD Im not the only one with the nut issue) or waking up and going "REALLY?!?! Do I REALLY have to go to the gym?!?!"
                    I find sometimes its hard with my friends and family because most of them are CW peeps and I love them but I get tired of explaining myself and the "looks" guys know those right? The "uh huh, whatever...You're so messed up with piece of cake won't kill you.." No, I just don't want to put into my body but I'm not stopping you so why is this a big deal? You eat the cake and I'm going to make friends with Mr. Juicy Steak over here. hehehe
                    I was thinking though and what are your guys thoughts...I know that saturated fat is good and I'm not against it but I was comparing the amount of food that I can pack back to Mark's average day and ummmmmmm I kick his ass food amount wise and I think I should prob be eating less than him? Also like some of you I want to increase my protein with out overloading on fat so I was thinking chicken boobies but cook them in lots of coconut oil? I just wonder because from reading through the forum I've noticed that the people that seem to have the most success with LOADS and LOADS of fat are either people who were heavy into carbs prior (not me) or men? If I'm wrong tell me I won't bite your head off .....Belinda I checked out Paleobird's thread and I think she may be onto something?
                    Anyhooooo once and We CAN do this!!!! Remember even though we are trying to do this for 30 days, take it one day at a time, one meal at a time. If you fall off don't beat yourself up and don't hide from us just get on here, tell us what happened and we can help you be more prepared the next time This is a life change and it's not always going to be easy (where's the fun in that?) but you're not doing it alone! Every mistake is a lesson to be learned.
                    Oh and I was on the whole9 site and found this. I hope it might be helpful when it comes to my ALMONDS addiction. See if it helps you too... alright time to go move slowly...GOOD LUCK TODAY!!!!


                    "I do not have to build a perfect wall today. I just have to lay a perfect brick. Just lay one brick, dude." Will Smith


                    • #25
                      Okay, I want to join! This is my second month, so I'm ready to get a little stricter now that I seem to have made it through my carb flu. I'm starting today, since I had ice cream last night, which ended up being surprisingly gross. And now I know that won't be a temptation at all this month!

                      For the next 30 days:
                      1. No diet soda
                      2. No nuts
                      3. Limit fruit to berries
                      4. Limit dairy to HWC, grass-fed butter/ghee, and very occasionally cheese
                      5. IF a minimum of 20 hours twice (later in the 30 days, I'm still working up to that )
                      6. Walk, walk, walk, every single day, always outside so I can get my vitamin D
                      7. LHT twice a week
                      My Primal Journal with lots of food pr0n


                      • #26
                        Im reading everyones goals for the month, and Im feeling like an wimp. I feel like if I try to make too many changes I wont make it, but maybe Im making it too easy. Hmmmm.....well, I guess I can add new goals as I go. And actually, for me, if I do just stay away from my personal kryptonite, which is sugar, then that will be quite an accomplishment.....for me...


                        • #27
                          Hi!! So just a thought...

                          I never count calories/carbs or really anything but have decided to do it for maybe a week or two to see how I fit into the Carb curve that Mark has.... I thought for SURE that I went way over in carbs today but when I put it into fitday, this is what I got.

                          Cals: 1009
                          Fat (g): 68.2
                          Carbs (g): 47.9
                          Prot (g): 55.4

                          I'm SUPER full, and I mean SUPER. How does this look? I'm not even sure what the numbers (besides carbs) are supposed to look like.

                          I'm not cutting out nuts, I rarely eat them because they are so dang expensive and I haven't been doing nut butters lately because they make me gag for some reason. Should I be cutting out nuts? Is it strictly for weight loss? Because I'm getting married in 33 days and REALLY want to lose lose lose before then!


                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Metismomma View Post
                            I'm game. No, really! I am!
                            No whole30 cop-out this time. Seriously! For real.

                            Ok, I am starting tomorrow since I had the same thought today. Decided I would consider this a cheat day and treat it as such. I now feel...not well.

                            1) no coffee
                            2)no dairy(no grains is a given, but I will make sure I don't have any), no nuts and no fruit.
                            3) no scale.
                            4) ditto the less computer time. I don't watch that much tv, but I do waste a ton of time on the computer.
                            5)If I walked more, my legs would fall off. So, I'm adding sprints instead. 2x a week
                            6) LHT, bodyweight style 3x a week.
                            7)PLAY! We got a frisbee, will be put to good use. Going to get a volleyball too, since I love volleyball.
                            8) be consistent with my supplements.
                            9) No sugar or chocolate. This one is hard for me. The hardest of all I think. I eat way too much chocolate and candy at work.
                            10) get enough sleep
                            All in all, get back to basics Primal-wise.
                            I'm tweaking (what?! already?!) No sugar and chocolate-good, no dairy-good, no nuts/fruit-not good. Realistically I can't do that atm, too much taken out of my diet. So, we'll go with REDUCED intake of nuts and fruit.
                            Day 1 of no coffee and I have a headache. Which is really really weird. I made sure I had plenty to drink this morning. I ended up eating 2 dark chocolate covered almonds in hopes of getting rid of it(caffeine fix) and it helped for a little bit.
                            Onward and upward!
                            Calm the f**k down.


                            • #29
                              I did so good today!
                              I IFed for 17 hours!!!
                              I didn't touch any sugar or chocolate or beer or anything bad.
                              I didn't walk to work (but will tomorrow)
                              I haven't had a salad yet (but definitely got my veggies in)
                              and I did yoga. And in a couple minutes I might Lift something Heavy and then follow that up with a salad and it will be like the ideal day!! Yay.
                              (field) journal
                              primal start-weight (3/11): 154
                              current weight (8/25/2012): 141


                              • #30
                                Oh, and Tara, you are such an inspiration! Just like everyone else taking the challenge!! But 1,000 calories doesn't seem like very much. Just saying...
                                (field) journal
                                primal start-weight (3/11): 154
                                current weight (8/25/2012): 141