I’m three weeks into my transformation into eating via The Primal Blueprint and using P90X (modified) for my workouts. It’s been a great three weeks and the transition has been easier than what I anticipated. Although I’m not able to “bring it” like I want with P90X due to the shoulders, I still feel like I’m getting a lot out of going through the routine of daily exercise.
As far as Primal eating, here are my thoughts on the first three weeks:
1. I should have detoxed some before I started. I spent part of November and most of December eating tons of sweets. Yummy, tasty sweets yes, but when you make a change to a low carb lifestyle (i.e. Primal), the first few days can be/will be pretty rough.
2. This is by far the best tasting diet I’ve been on. Let’s face it: Grains are not really all that tasty. In order for them to have real flavor you add fat or you add carbs. So why not just cut out the grains and add more fats? That’s the mental approach I’ve taken with this. Now…there are some things I miss: Garlic bread, for instance (tonight we had Italian, I had spaghetti squash noodles instead of pasta). But, the things I miss about the bread are the butter, the garlic, and the cheese. Pizza too. I have not had a hamburger either, although I think I’d do fine without the bun there. Just being real here…
3. I still notice myself short and grumpy, even 3 weeks in. It’s not nearly as bad as I expected, but I still notice it.
4. I don’t think I take in enough carbs, even trying to hang in the 50-100g range for fat loss. So I’m going to start tracking everything I eat, including measuring it out. It’s going to suck doing it, but at least I’ll know where I am.
5. I weigh myself more often than what I ever suggest others to do. I usually tell people to throw away the scale initially and focus on inches. I weigh myself daily. I don’t really care a lot about the number, but I do use it to help me track salt as well as a guide on whether to review what I am doing or not. With that said, I’ve only lost a little over 11 pounds, but I can notice a big difference in my clothes already.
6. I’ve learned a lot about nutrition. Not just “eat this, not that” type nutrition, but really the nuts and bolts of micro-nutrients as well as the real purpose behind the macros. I knew a lot already, and now I just know more.
7. This is a long haul diet. I could see this being something where for some people, possibly myself included, it could take 2-3 months to really see the effects physically, even if I am feeling great.
So what is the plan for the next 3 weeks?
For starters, keep my dairy intake low. I’m limiting myself for the next little bit to butter only. After 3 more weeks, I’m going to add dairy back in just to see if I notice a difference or not. And by dairy, I mean just a bit of cheese, maybe some sour cream here and there.
Also, the Super Bowl is coming up. So my goal is to plan Primal friendly foods for the big game (I’m thinking buffalo wings, maybe some cream cheese and sausage dip with sweet potato chips, and meatballs with a better primal bbq sauce.
Since I’m back into a full P90X routine, the goal is to focus on form, and rehab weights instead of all out muscle blast (although I know part of why I am having some of my problems, which I’ll be focusing on in therapy).
I’ll take another set of partial measurements next week and then a full set after the official phase 1 4 weeks of P90X. I was already down over an inch in waistline in the first 2 weeks, and my goal is to drop another inch or so by the end of this phase.
P90X, Primal/Paleo Eating