UPDATE: This post is a little old, now! If you’re curious to see more recent photos of my progress, please click here.
This is so embarrassing.
I’m shy. It’s true! Not so much with the words and social situations, but with something equally important: my body. My weight has been a constant issue for a solid decade now, fluctuating wildly before and after college, so trust me when I say that I have self-image issues like you wouldn’t believe. I’m the kind of person who can’t do anything but criticize what I see in the mirror, always spying something to be unhappy about.
That’s a sad cycle. A vicious cycle, too, and one that I’ve been working every (damn) day to try and break free from. Posting these pictures is just one step closer to doing that — I’ve been holding on to them for about three weeks, now, afraid to put them online, utterly convinced that I should wait just a few more months and post them when I’m fully happy with how I look.
But that’s the problem, isn’t it? That’s the never-ending cycle. So I’m doing the right thing and posting these now to prove two hugely important points: that eating bacon and butter nearly every day of the week does not make you unhealthy, and that Primal living has radically changed my health for the better.
Pictures after the break. I’m regretting it as I type this, but maybe that’s a good thing after all.
The photo on the left is from early April, while the photo on the right is from just a few days back. That’s just under six months of difference, which is pretty crazy when you scroll a bit further down and see what I’ve done in the way of exercise.
I’m not being clever, either. I haven’t run a mile or been in a true weight room in about six straight months. My cardio consists of sprinting for about fifteen minutes once a week and taking a short (30 minutes at most) walk at least once or twice a week.
I have been working out, but in a pretty simple way. Twice a week I do two sets of pushups, pullups, squats, and a few other exercises, totaling at about thirty minutes of activity (for more information, check out the free Primal Fitness eBook). That’s it! Bodyweight exercises and absolutely nothing else. I’ve been a little lazy, admittedly, and have skipped out on my workout at least once for the last few weeks with no noticeable downsides.
Bacon. Lots of bacon.
That I’m being clever on, but only partially. Rather than beat you over the head with information on why fat (especially saturated!) is good for you, I thought I’d include what I ate today as an example of a typical Primal meal plan.
Breakfast: 3 egg omelette with onions, red/green/yellow peppers, cooked in a tablespoon of butter. I also had a cup of coffee mixed with (extraordinarily high-fat!) coconut milk.
Lunch: Two chicken legs, medium-sized portions of sweet potato and squash, and a pear.
Dinner: A big steak, two bowls of vegetable soup, and a sizable shake made from coconut milk and mixed berries.
Snack(s): Macadamia nuts by the handful and a bowl of coconut flakes.
Truth be told, I ate a little light today. Normally I’d throw some bacon in with the omelette, but with the steak incoming I knew I wouldn’t be lacking for protein. Likewise, I usually get at least two or three tablespoons of coconut oil during my daily routine, but I wasn’t around the house enough today to get my usual amounts of fat in.
And that’s it!
This is easy. It was weird, in the beginning, to pass on the bread and pasta, but substituting the grains for ‘guilty pleasures’ like bacon and macadamia nuts made the transition incredibly bearable. I’d even go as far as to call it enjoyable, as it’s hard not to wake up with a smile when you know you’ll be frying eggs in bacon grease the minute you hop out of bed.
And you’ll have to bear with me for just a moment, as I’m about to get just a teensy bit emotional. I have a hard time expressing just how massive of a change this is: I kinda like my body. I still see room for improvement whenever I stand in front of the mirror, but I’ve also caught myself thinking “Hey! Not bad!” on more than one occasion.
I don’t think I’ve ever had that kind of reaction to my own body. That’s a little sad, in retrospect, but I think it’s a little incredible, too, how six months of bacon and butter have started to peel back years of self-doubt and misery. And the best part? I am so excited to see where I can go from here. I’m going to keep burning fat over the next six months, and I absolutely can’t wait to to stack my photos side by side to see how far I’ve come in a full year.
So why not give Primal a try? And if one story isn’t enough to convince you, check here or here for further proof that these crazy grain-shunners might just be on to something. What do you have to lose besides a few pounds?
Curious about the Primal way of life, but not sure where to begin? Start here for a glorious summation of the Primal concepts, and please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions about the lifestyle.