This Week's stats:
Weight: 13st 10lbs
Body Fat: 23%
Resting Heart Rate: 43bpm
Blood Pressure (resting for a minute, lying down): 104/60
3 weeks in and I’m feeling really good. I’m full of energy, never bloated, never ravenously hungry. I’m not getting the sugar lows and highs that I used to get pre-Primal and I’m not feeling guilty about not making every bike ride hard, long or both.
I’ve started adding in tabata intervals three times a week, and I’m going to start some heavier weight sessions too.
In terms of weight loss however, I seem to have hit a plateau of 13st 10lbs to 13st 12lbs. Whether my body composition is changing toward more lean mass I’m not sure – it’s hard to measure accurately with a hand held body fat monitor, but I certainly feel leaner.
My resting heart rate and BP have lowered which is great. I’m moving doctors in a few weeks so should be able to get a full check up for cholesterol, blood sugar and a body fat calliper measurement.
My carbs are coming just fruit, veg and the carbs in dairy products – I’m not going to push them too low and risk ketosis – kidney problems aren’t something I’m keen on.
My plan is to keep a food diary for a few days and use www.fitday.com to work out my calorie intake. Don’t want to get into the rigmarole of daily calorie counting, just want to get a handle on how much energy I’m consuming on the new diet and how many grammes of carbs. Then I can move forward knowing that I’m eating a healthy balance that’ll shift body fat and keep me out of ketosis.
To give you an idea of what I’m eating, here was yesterday’s food intake:
- 2 eggs scrambled, 1 rasher of back bacon, 3 mushrooms, all scrambled in olive oil
- 1 apple chopped and topped with cottage cheese
- 1 pear
- Tuna mayonnaise and cottage cheese with a big green salad
- 1 apple
- 2 smoked mackerel fillets with stir fry vegetables and a dash of soy sauce, cooked in olive oil
- Small bowl of Greek yoghurt, with a handful of blackberries, grapes and mixed nuts.
- Semi skimmed milk in tea and coffee
All delicious, satisfying, non-bloating and pretty Primal! I’ll number crunch this lot on fitday.com and post the results later.