True Primal Days 2-4

Well I didn’t fall off the face of the Earth but I did get a little bit busy but it was good busy time and I just ran out of time to write about it.

So Monday was day 2 which was the rest/play day.  I took a walk for 2.5 miles and got a bit hungry after the walk but again I was on the go so all I had time to do once I did the walk was rush into the shower and wash my hair and out I went.

Day 3 was Tuesday and that was a busy day too, oh not so much as for exercise because I was to do WOW (Workout Of Week) and that really did taking up some time which I did after work.  Unfortunately I stayed up way too late as I was doing some research on camera gear for my convention type of camera.  It is not my professional grade but a point and shoot camera with zoom lens, something that is light so that along with my new mini laptop I will be traveling much lighter to the conventions.  Finally made it to bed at about 0400 hours on Day 4.

Day 4 started out with only about 6 hours of sleep but then I got up and got ready so I could go take my mother grocery shopping since she doesn’t drive.  I got home and dipped some cake balls for work.  I need room in the refrigerator so we can put more things in there.  So then I rushed around and managed to get to Sprouts (formerly called Sun Harvest) and picked up some cuties (oranges) and got a good deal on some steaks.

Which reminds me, I’ve found that Sprouts usually has some of the best selections of beef and if you watch the prices you can catch them on sale once in a while which was what I did.  Now just come on weekend and I can enjoy them.

This is going to be short because I’ve forgotten so much in the last 3 days.  I have been doing exercise in one form or another and thankfully I’m not sore from any of it which is a good sign.  The main object is to keep the exercising easy and remember it is not a task that you HAVE to do but I’m doing it to help strengthen my arms which are just pitiful.  They are so bad that I can’t even do one chin-up and I used to be able to do 50 of them…okay so I was much younger then and the 50 dropped down to 25 when I used to be in my prime but that was then and now.  Well one of the things that Mark also suggests is to just find something and hang from it, such as tree branch or just about anything but heck I can’t hang for more than just a few seconds and almost never make it to the count of 10.  So I’ve got a long way to go but I’m sure if I keep on working at it, one day I might be able to do a few chin-ups.

Because of CTS, I’m doing wall push-ups and there is a push-up bar in the workout room which makes it considerably easier on my wrist and it reminds me that I’ve got to keep on doing it if I want to get some form or shape back into my arms.

I have started to lose already but will be staying off the scale to avoid any disappointment.  I’ve got to remember that the exercise is supposed to encourage me and although I wasn’t feeling encouraged, by last night I was a bit sore at first but then I was feeling charged up and good about things.  So although tonight I’m resting and not exercising, I’m watching what I’m eating.

So most of the last few days I’ve only been eating tunafish and veggie frito chili pie minus the fritos, oh did I say tunafish…well yes tunafish (what can I say I’m on a kick and just loving that lately).  So a hamburger patty, broccoli, salad and avocados.  I had a few almonds and realized that the honey roasted were really just sugar coating on the almonds.  So guess if I want honey roasted almonds I will have to roast them myself with honey and then maybe I’ll add a little sea salt to them to offset the honey.  Wow, now I’m hungry.

At least tonight I will have the right things to eat should I get hungry once I get home.

So one of the other reasons that I’m taking the night off is because I just got in my new mini laptop, I call it a mini because it is lighter and not as large as the one I’m typing on and I need some time to get things set up, so please forgive me for being a little bit distracted.  I’m hoping to do much better tomorrow.

 

Right now time for me to go as I’ve got to get ready for my relief and I need to stock up a few things.

So good night and have a better tomorrow….I will!

Day 9

Well sorry for the late posting but I was a little bit occupied getting ready to leave out of town to go visit my friend who is dying on cancer.  So my brain wasn’t exactly working but at least I remembered to count my carbs.  So since this is so late me just get right to the feeding part.

 

BREAKFAST:  2 eggs scrambled with cheese, coffee w/creamer  – 2.6 grams

LUNCH:  Chicken fried chicken breast with cheese and alfredo sauce – 35 grams

DINNER:  Chicken fried chicken breast with cheese and alfredo sauce, green beans – 42 grams

SNACK:  Cheese nachos – 19 grams

 

Rounding upwards I had 99 grams of carbs for the day.

Okay so I also had some Limoncello to drink so that I could try to fall asleep.  Didn’t work very well so turned on A/C again and then woke up and turned it off then woke up again later and turned it back on.  Finally turned it off when I got up trying to function the next day but will be covered in day 10’s comments.

Day 6 – Busy Day

Okay so today should have been a relaxing day that I could sleep in but there was a problem with me not getting much sleep.  I kept on waking up thinking that I was over sleeping first because I thought I would be late in throwing out the trash and next that I wouldn’t wake up in time to make my Acupuncture appointment.   Unfortunately I didn’t get much sleep until I had to get up and almost ended up oversleeping which meant that I didn’t get a chance to have any breakfast except for a gulp of water to swallow my BP pill and then a few more gulps of water before going in to the acupuncture clinic.

So this time I was initially stuck in my hands only when she started to massage my shoulders while the current was running through the needles she hit a muscle which made me move and the electrical current in my hands really jumped and boy was it painful.  So my doctor decided that I could use some treatment on my back which she did and set a light electrical current in the  needles.  I guess it was relaxing because I ended up falling asleep so when the alarm went off signaling the end of the electrical current only this startled me and I pushed up lifting up on the table; boy was that a painful mistake.  I quickly laid back down and did my best to relax the muscles.  I felt that mistake for most of the afternoon with a soreness in my shoulders that I hadn’t felt earlier.

So I got out of the appointment and then had to run downtown to go to HQ and get my free bus pass, allowing me to ride the transit system for free, probably the only perk of working where I work.  So I went and got the pass and saw a few people I hadn’t seen in a while which was nice and I also got a chance to check out the new gym at HQ and it might be something I might start using.

After having a good look around I had to rush from downtown back to the same side of town that I had just left so that I could make my appointment with my hair stylist and based on the amount of hair that I have, which is a lot, well then it took about 3 hours for it to be colored, dried and straightened.  So by the time I got out it was 1900 hours which is 7pm for those who don’t know about military time.  I had just finished a big gulp of water when I realized that I was hungry.

Update from day 5 – 

Well surprise, surprise, surprise…I haven’t had anything since the might before.  So let me catch you up so that you can see that I was quite bad after I got off of work on Thursday.  Well I decided to try making some kettle corn popcorn but I think I put too much sugar in the oil and not enough salt to give it the true kettle corn effect.  I had maybe 1 1/2 cup of the popped popcorn before giving up and decided to pass on the popcorn and ended up throwing it out.  Then I decided to have a shot of Limoncello but realize that I didn’t have much and wanted to save it so I decided to make a margarita unfortunately I guess I wasn’t ready for it because it tasted terrible to me although I used to this drink and didn’t make it any different.  So I tossed the drink which was a double portion, but I didn’t want it so I guess it wasn’t to be.  Then I was still hungry and ended up eating maybe 3 tablespoons of pea salad but that wasn’t what I wanted so I forgot about that.  I ended up grabbing some pieces of bacon and then fell asleep, leading me to day 6.

Back to day 6 food record

So as I had reported up above I didn’t get anything to eat until after 1900 hours once I was finished getting my hair done. So I went home and made dinner and followed it up by having a peanut butter/jelly sandwich late at night.  I know bad for eating late but I was still hungry, maybe that could also account for me not being able to get to sleep until early 0300 hours on day 7.  But that will be discussed on the day 7.

 

DINNER:  Cheese burger, hash brown casserole, soda, Lemoncello, water –  81g      The bad part was drinking the 12oz regular Pepsi which shot my carb count up too much.

SNACK:  Peanut butter / jelly sandwich  –  41g     Bad part of it is the high count and having it late at night.

This brings my total count of carbs up to 122 grams which based on the Primal Blueprint carb count it means that I’m at the maintenance level which is not quite so good for me.  I need to stay in the Effortless Weight Loss area which is a carb count from 50-100 grams a day.

 

GOOD:  Acupuncture treatment

BAD:  Carb count for meals especially since I only had just one meal for the day.

Unfortunately I didn’t take time to eat throughout the day making me very hungry and I ended up paying the price by eating too late at night and not making wise choices, especially in drinking the soda.  Also by eating so late at night I didn’t get a good night’s sleep.

What lesson did I learn, well not to forgo eating even when I’m on the run but then again I never felt hungry throughout the day.