Saturday, March 19, 2011

Primal Experiment: Day 19

Well, this week my Primal Experiment took an interesting turn.  I have still been doing great with the basic structure of the plan:  lots of animal protein, lots of veggies, healthy fat sources, no grains, very little dairy, some fruit but not too much, no sugar or sweets, and no legumes.  Today I weighed in at 153.8.  Yep, that is up .6 since Day 10.  I was actually up a little more than that, but have tried to correct a little in the last few days.

The culprit of this weight gain?  Almond butter and dried fruit.  The almond butter is definitely a primal food, but I just have the tendency to go a little overboard with it.  The dried fruit is definitely borderline in the primal world, and is just me not being able to say no to something I love.  As of this minute, no more of that.  Again, this month is about finding what seems to work and figuring out what those triggers are that make me crave more.

I also had a very interesting day of training on Wednesday that included a pretty nasty bonk in the pool.  That morning, I ate my usual breakfast and hopped right onto the bike for a pretty intense trainer session.  After the ride, I headed to the gym for an hour of coaching in the pool.  I don't swim a lot when I am coaching, but I do swim some depending on the level of the swimmer.  I was in the pool for probably 30 minutes and then coached on deck for about 30 minutes.  As soon as I was done coaching, I hopped into the pool for my own hour long workout.  I fueled during and after the ride, and before and during my swim workout, but about halfway through the main set I started feeling nauseous and shaky.  I took in more EFS Drink, but I was past the point of no return.  I finished up as best I could, but did end up cutting it short by 300 yards.  My plan was to head straight to lunch, so I did not have any Ultragen with me...bad planning on my part.  Fortunately, I ran into a trainer friend who had a chocolate milk that she gave me. I was still kind of unsure if I was bonking or if I was getting sick, but as soon as I drank the milk, I knew it was definitely a bonk.  I talked to Coach Mary about it, and she agreed that my breakfast was probably not enough carbs to sustain a morning of working out.  Live and learn, I guess.  That is what this experiment is all about.  I think I see myself moving back to some grains, like oats, pre-workout for longer workout days once this month is over.  For now, though, I am going to stick to my original plan of no grains.  It will be interesting to see what I can come up with for a more high-carb pre-workout meal.

Overall, I think I relaxed the standards just a bit this week, and that is ultimately what caused the weight gain. I can definitely overdo it when it comes to "healthy" fats.  I love me some almond butter, avocados and anything coconut, but it is probably not the best idea to go crazy with those high fat foods, no matter how nutritious they are.  Starting tomorrow I am back to logging my food, which really helps me.  I also think that if I want to lose more weight I am at the point where I really have to tighten up the diet.  When you have a lot of weight to lose, it's easy to just change a few things to see results.  When you have just a little to lose, it's not quite so easy.


  1. OMG I'm terrible about the healthy fats. What's that I can eat almond butter. Sweet. Wait a jar every couple of days is too much. Shoot!

  2. Oh man, I can eat an entire bag of dried pineapple, mango, and papaya in one sitting!

  3. We've talked about it over twitter. But my bonk came while working. Yes working. I was shaking and nauseated and just was in a foul mood. my diet has never been perfect but still I was eating super ton of fruit and well that was about it. I am not creative so meals are tough for me to think of. THankfully I've sort of been on the more liberal side of primal and eating some corn again. It's not my fault the cave men didn't think about it. THey must have done something wrong because they evolved and died off...Survival of the fit-est and the smartest :-) My blood sugar levels and my husband are thanking me!!!

  4. Heather, that is exactly the fruit that got me in trouble! Ryan asked me to get a huge thing of it at Target and I said yes...I should have known better.

    Kristin, you are so funny!! Maybe you just aren't eating enough???

  5. Oh man, that is tough. You are really putting it out there though, and giving it a shot, which is awesome! Experiment of one!

  6. Continue with the diet as long as it has no harmful effects to your body.


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