Wellness Wednesday–Primal Lifestyle, An Intro

The hubster and I started following the Primal Lifestyle back in June, and since we’ve stuck with it, I thought I’d start to document our successes, and maybe even a few recipe links, or stuff that I’ve morphed to our tastes.

When we started we were both pretty overweight.  In the 250+ range.  Now both of us are tall… August is 6’3″ and I’m 6’0″, so while we looked heavy, people never believed we weighed that much.

It started out simply enough… I started cutting back on carbs by skipping the bread in places where I could (eating a turkey burger without the bun, that kind of thing).  And I lost 5 pounds in about a week.  August mentioned this to one of the physician’s assistants at the base, and he turned us on to the Primal Lifestyle (www.marksdailyapple.com).   From there, there was no stopping us.  We basically cut all grains, rice, potatoes, pastas, legumes, standard sugars, etc out.  Now this was actually kinda easier for us than you’d think, since I already cooked 3-5 nights a week, usually “whole” foods.

As for exercise, all we did was walk (usually about 2 miles/day at a pretty decent clip) and do body weight training ( planking, pushups, etc).

The weight started to drop off.  In six months (as of this week), August is down 50 pounds, and I’m down 40.  He’s done, and in better shape than when he was active duty.  I still have at least 20 to go, and maybe more, depending on when my body feels the “right” weight.  I totally anticipate being there by June of this year, and will be sharing our before and after pics 🙂

So that’s the intro.  In the coming weeks I’ll talk about labs, my disappearing immunodeficiency problems, and August’s complete jettison of his OTC and prescribed drugs.

If you have any questions, drop them in the comments or e-mail me at author@tlschaefer.com and I’ll answer what I can!

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