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1 Apr

A Healthy Body and Mind in 2011: First-Quarter Progress Check

Spring’s in the air, folks. As we round out this year’s first quarter, I’m checking in with you about those New Year’s resolutions. (Did you honestly think I’d forget?) A whole host of you out there took the chance to make your first forays into the Primal Blueprint – whether it be selective toe dipping or canon balling right into the pool. Other long-time Primal types (myself included in the bunch) set out to conquer lingering challenges: committing to more sleep, enjoying more play, stressing less (my personal Achille’s tendon). Where do you find yourself these days on the path you selected?

For you visual folks out there, I’m including a PDF follow-up to January’s original list. Print it out, fill it out, put it where you can’t help but see it fourteen times a day. Make it part of the mesh of every day’s thought process and practice. Use it as a launching pad for an ongoing record of your journey. Keep a Primal Blueprint log – complete with weekly goals and reports – or (better yet) hop on the forum and share your experience along with other PB readers.

What are your plans for the coming quarter? Will spring usher in a new set of adventures like trying your first CSA, taking up a new outdoor workout, or just spending more time relaxing under the sun and stars? Where do you want to be at our next update in June? What will you have tried? What will you have mastered? What will you have added to the enjoyment and health of your everyday life? What is the one thing you could do that would most benefit your overall well-being these next three months?

Finally, think about how MDA can help. Revisit past posts on whatever is most relevant to this stage of your journey. Introduce yourself to the forum. Shoot me your questions and stories. Changing your life isn’t about some magical secret, singular formula, or quick fix. It’s how the small efforts add up. I ran across this old bit of wisdom again the other day. It seems an apt choice for this quarter’s quote:

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

-Aristotle

Pull up a chair, PBers! Share your stories, and enjoy those of others in the community today. Grand accomplishments, stumbling blocks, inspiring (or comical) anecdotes welcome! Have a great weekend, everyone.

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. I am pumped! Jan – March was not perfection, but each step makes me feel closer to vibrant health. On the agenda for the next quarter: finding more dinner recipes so my whole family can be primal with me, consistent sleep, and harder workouts.

    Let’s go! :)

    Crunchy Pickle wrote on April 1st, 2011
  2. I set a goal to get STRONGER by lifting heavIER things..Squats, Deadlifts, DB presses, and chinups, almost exclusively for 4 months. It worked as I got better at all these big 4, now it’s time to start the leaning out for summer with sprints and more play.

    Bill wrote on April 1st, 2011
  3. Fat, unhappy, and failing to live up to the primal standards because I am a weak and lazy sub-human.

    Dualhammers wrote on April 1st, 2011
    • I haven’t met my goals either, but try not to beat yourself up, in my experience that leads to a vicious downward spiral of self-defeating thoughts and emotional eating. Chin up, it’s a new quarter, let’s both look ahead, not back. :)

      RobyRey wrote on April 1st, 2011
    • Aw, don’t be so hard on yourself. It’s hard to make lifestyle changes, especially when everyone around you is practically force feeding you grains.

      Jen wrote on April 1st, 2011
    • Right there with you. But I spent all of this month’s grocery money on meat and don’t have any left for gas. That should force me to be more primal than last month, I should think.

      Sara wrote on April 1st, 2011
    • As a fellow weak and lazy sub-human, I say keep trying. It took me 15 years to quit my serious cigarette habit.

      And the great thing about the Primal Blueprint is that it really is the lazy person’s to lose weight and get healthy. Try just walking a half hour a day, and eating primal 80% of the time, and doing a few pushups (knee pushups are fine) and a few wall squats a couple of times a week, and you will see improvement fast. Take the stairs for a few flights whenever you can, instead of an elevator or escalator.

      And if you don’t feel like doing any of that for a week or so, take a week off and don’t feel bad.

      Duncan wrote on April 1st, 2011
    • take it in small steps. Over a year ago, I was the same, and I KNEW I could not go cold turkey on this cause it ‘just would not work’.

      Knowing myself, I decided to start small. I would just look at every meal I was eating and started asking myself..’what can I switch out from grains and insert something primal’?

      some meals I couldn’t, others it was easy..drop the pasta for a steak, drop the break for veggies, or more meat, etc.

      It was not long before I realized I had gone fully primal..and the benefits have been worth it!

      Your not done with your path till you die, so don’t give up..just one step at a time :)

      Michael wrote on April 1st, 2011
      • That was…”drop the bread! not break :P

        Michael wrote on April 1st, 2011
  4. I started Paleo but I don’t think I was committed. I was faithful to 70 / 30 ratio but it wasn’t working for me. I felt a little better but I still had plenty of issues.

    I’ve been going about 90 / 10 since Lent started and I feel amazing. It took a few weeks for the noticeable changes but they are here. My blood pressure has dropped to a point where I had to cut my HBP medicine in half and I’ve lost about 12 pounds. I have a better mood, better sleep and more energy. I can’t wait to see where this will take me.

    MDA is where I started and I can’t thank you enough.

    Tom in Douglasville, GA

    Tom wrote on April 1st, 2011
    • Tom,
      When you say 90/10 ratio do you mean 90 % protein 10% carbs???

      Tom Thompson wrote on April 1st, 2011
      • I think he means primal 90% of the time, not-primal 10% of the time (i.e. better than the 80/20 Mark recommends as a minimum)

        Grant wrote on April 1st, 2011
  5. “Spring’s in the air, folks.”

    Lol, if that’s the case then “April Fool’s” to all of us east coasters! We’re getting hammered with snow today!

    I’ve been focusing on getting more sleep and not over doing my workouts. It’s amazing, my body has never been more fit because I’m doing LESS and giving my muscles the time they need to recover. Muscles which I will need later to shovel out my driveway…

    Ashley North wrote on April 1st, 2011
    • I lived in Boston some years back when we got a major April 1st Nor’easter — 22 inches of foolery to be exact. Good news was, the next day it hit 60 degrees.

      Jen wrote on April 1st, 2011
      • I live in Colorado. About 5 or 6 years ago, it was 70+ before noon on June 3. By 3:00 it was a blizzard and I had almost 4 inches of snow in my jeep when I was driving it with the top down. I had to pull off the side of the highway and put the top up – in my shorts and a t-shirt. Growing up here, I should have been more ready. :)

        Edward wrote on April 1st, 2011
        • I think we’re gonna get a bit of that this week…77 tomorrow and snow and 27 low on Monday!!!

          Andrea wrote on April 1st, 2011
        • You must live near me!
          March ’03 we got seven feet in 2-3 days
          Shovellng snow is a great workout!

          peggy wrote on April 3rd, 2011
  6. “Yet habit – strange thing! what cannot habit accomplish?”

    – from Moby Dick

    Gabriel Syme wrote on April 1st, 2011
  7. Well, today is Day 1 of doing the Paleo Solution diet (we just happen to have that book at our library – no Primal Blueprint yet), and this will be my biggest concerted effort at being all-out primal/paleo, and this time with my partner. Unfortunately, my LHT routine just got derailed from an arm wrestling injury, but I’m rallying and finding other kinds of activities to do, and spending lots of time walking to work and getting out in the sun. Yay!

    We’re close to moving to CO and will be surrounded by trails, mountains, and all of the outdoor junky friends a Grok could want, so I think that will really pump up my commitment to play and activity.

    As far as suggestions, this may be silly, but one of my biggest obstacles in going primal is really cutting back on the alcohol. Would you be interested in posting some fun, summery, non-alcoholic drink concoctions? I’m sure I could come up with some virgin bloody marys and such, but if there’s an alcohol-free mixologist living inside one of your worker bees, this grokette could certainly use some inspiration.

    Julie wrote on April 1st, 2011
    • :-) i may not be one of the WBs, but i’ve found it fun to both convert standard cocktails to low-carb, and also brainstorm some more Primal ones. lemon and lime juices plus small quantities of things like OJ, pineapple juice, SF raspberry syrup, apricot nectar, raw eggs/whites, rum extract, tonic and seltzer, etc, make nonalcoholic cocktails an adventure.

      tess wrote on April 1st, 2011
    • Kombucha is awesome. It is surprisingly refreshing when I am hot or parched, it gives you all of the antioxidants of green tea and a healthy dose of probiotics,and you can flavor it with fruits to create all sorts of taste combinations. You can buy it premade, although it gets pretty expensive, so I would suggest getting a scoby (kombucha mother -easy enough to find online) and make your own.

      Ellen - A Mom on a Mission wrote on April 1st, 2011
    • Iced tea? Black, Green, or whatever your flavor may be. I drink mine unsweetened, but if you need it sweet try sugaring the rim of your glass with xylitol. That way your tongue gets a bit of sweet with each drink without gassing you up.

      Sara wrote on April 1st, 2011
  8. I’m going to start a Blog today as its been quite exciting!

    With the help of the Primal Blueprint, I managed to meet my goal of an 18 lb weight loss since January 1, and today I was declared the winner of our Biggest Loser Contest at work. I’m going to buy a STEAK to celebrate!

    My goal for the next quarter is to lose 10 lbs and fit properly into the size M sweater I bought today!

    belinda wrote on April 1st, 2011
    • That’s just such a great achievement :-)

      Kelda wrote on April 1st, 2011
    • Not only is that an awesome achievement, but you beat the pants off of the people who probably had to work far harder than you to lose. Good job!

      Jesse wrote on April 1st, 2011
  9. Going primal has had it’s benefits and drawbacks for me.

    Benefits:

    Cleaned up my diet
    Learned to cook
    Enjoying food a lot more
    Exercising and moving more

    Drawbacks:

    More stress
    Worse sleep

    I think the drawbacks are short term though. I’ve only been primal 4 months and couldn’t cook back then. Now I’m beginning to adapt, things are becoming more natural, and so I’m less stressed with each day. Always room to improve though.

    randallfloyd wrote on April 1st, 2011
    • Great list of benefits! I wonder where those two drawbacks came from, though? Do you mean you’re stressing because you’re trying to adapt to change, the stress of working out new ways of eating and moving?

      Jenny wrote on April 4th, 2011
  10. I am about to open my second location of the gym I co-own. Lease is supposed to get signed next week. :) that would knockout a big chunk of my resolutions for the year.

    Gary Deagle wrote on April 1st, 2011
  11. Recent quarter accomplishment: Nuts of all kinds are now a very rare (monthly?) treat rather than a daily staple.

    Next quarter goals: Cut dairy consumption by 1/2 or more and double average daily walking.

    slacker wrote on April 1st, 2011
  12. Am right on track with the diet and exercise but not with fat loss. Am not experiencing the ‘amazing’ results that I read on some of the blogs here which is disappointing but am plugging away nonetheless.

    Maggie wrote on April 1st, 2011
    • Maggie check out Paleobird’s Reality Check: Counting Calories within the Odds and Ends forum.

      Kelda wrote on April 1st, 2011
      • Kelda I tried finding it but to no avail. Is it on Mark’s or your blog. Thanks.

        Maggie wrote on April 2nd, 2011
        • Hi Maggie, try clicking my name for the link to the thread…

          Jenny wrote on April 4th, 2011
  13. Very happy with my track: I have been primal for one year, with progressive tuning on primaldom: my latest additions have been the 20 – 22 hour IF at least once a week , much better timings in my sprints which now are Tabatas (but a little diluted, I confess). I have never felt better in my 59 years of life and do several of the WOWs better than people half my age. Fairly ripped at 181 pounds and 5′ 11″ .I am looking better now than ever before.
    Grok On And Rock On!

    AtkinsFan wrote on April 1st, 2011
  14. New Goals: Improve waist/hip ratio,
    Lower Bodyfat % to around 20%,
    100 Push-Up Challenge,
    1 Pull-up Challenge,
    Improve Sleep Cycle

    Maintain: Work-out routine, Supplements, Primal Eating

    Cireena wrote on April 1st, 2011
  15. Just checked out my resolutions – really boiled down to being happier in the moment and not setting myself unattainable goals!

    How am I doing … I’d say pretty good generally especially since I’ve cracked the reason for gaining 10 lbs of fat over the winter! Thanks Paleobird that thread of yours really got me sorted!

    I think the next quarter will see me much better on the ‘happiness’ front and that’s thanks to finding Yoga since January and with resolutions on the MiniGrok situation. And I should complete a Pyrenean Traverse across the Tour De France Cols with my bestest bike buddy Dave!

    Happy grokking!

    Kelda wrote on April 1st, 2011
  16. My resolutions for this year are right on track – I am doing better than I thought possible. Becoming pregnant (woohoo!) is the most awesome motivation ever. My January goal was to go from something like 70/30 to an honest 80/20, but since getting the wonderful news in February I have been more like 98/2. And I have never felt better! I am experiencing none of the negative pregnancy symptoms so many women complain about, just a sense of health, balance, happiness, and well-being. I even started my own paleo-esque pregnancy blog over at amomonamission.wordpress.com – MDA has been a great resource and a wealth of information for me as I work to raise the healthiest baby possible.

    Ellen - A Mom on a Mission wrote on April 1st, 2011
  17. My journey has been slow but steady. Hubby and I have been adjusting our menus to Grok status since the first of the year and we’re about 90/10; not bad for two old farts (over 55)! Our weather has been awful so he joined the gym and I try to do what I can at home. This hasn’t worked out well, but the good news is that with spring and sunshine, we both feel more energetic and now diet isn’t an issue. We need to add a lot more playtime to the effort and that’s what we’ll focus on this next quarter.

    Tiki Jane wrote on April 1st, 2011
  18. I quit eating nuts in January and lost five pounds promptly, within a few weeks. I am not overweight, and I am small, so these five pounds were a lot to me!

    I learned to cure bacon in January.

    I started eating a LOT of coconut oil and have had a pretty bad Herxheimer reaction, including skin rashes and flu-like symptoms, so I cut way back on that.

    I have decreased the amount of fructose in my diet, and I stopped eating white potatoes altogether.

    I started lifting small weights twice a week.

    I think this is progress. We’ll see.

    shannon wrote on April 1st, 2011
  19. Another new habit: daily nude sunbathing when I’m not in the city. (The city has too much smog for nude sun-bathing to be effective.)
    I did this even in winter, in January and early February, in a place with some shelter from the wind.

    shannon wrote on April 1st, 2011
  20. I am soooo happy!

    At the start of the year, I’d broken my arm, gained 7lbs over the holiday, my fitness could have been better.

    Three months on, I have lost the 7lbs (plus I am much smaller – the shorts I tried on today for the first time are HUGE,) I am sprinting but working out less. My PT, on my first visit, told me my arm was already rehabbed 90%.

    But most importantly of all, my son (11) who was overweight and struggling has lost 6lbs and got much calmer – just small changes, no starch with dinner, fewer sugary desserts, less cheese. Cool!

    Alison Golden wrote on April 1st, 2011
  21. I have been low carbing for over 16 months. I am 90 pounds down.

    I found this place from a link on a post about skin folds.

    I have about 30 more pound to lose, and I do walk, but not up to the level that you recommend in Primal Fitness.

    I downloaded primal fitness and I am ordering the book from the library. I am pretty close to what you do here, but I still have dairy (not much about 4 oz in my coffee each day)

    After seeing the success story for dave, I am going to give this a try, I like the fitness part of the program and will be reading the book.

    While my weighloss is good, I want to kick this up a notch so that I am fitter, and this looks like it might do the trick.

    John Gibson wrote on April 1st, 2011
  22. Mark,

    nice post.
    I like your emphasis on goal setting and sleep. And holding folks accountable !;-)
    As far as health and weight loss/leanness, I just finished a big post on the Japan Crisis,Radioactivity, Iodine and Weight Loss.

    It’s just totally GREAT and incredible how important this trace element is for your health, your energy-levels, immune system as well as leanness!

    Like I said, if there ever was a miracle “drug”, this is it !;-)

    Iodine “Paleo or Grog-Style”: Integrate tons of Kelp and other seaweeds into your diet on a regular basis.

    Have Fun !;-)

    Mark

    Mark's wrote on April 1st, 2011
  23. Oh, this could not have come at a better time. I went Primal in January. A worsening course of ulcerative colitis gave me the final kick in the ass (literally) I needed to give up grains entirely after 5 years of being gluten free and still going downhill.

    The bleeding stopped almost immediately, the pain and, um, urgency took a little longer. But I felt well enough after a month to start on the basics of PF, and I must say I’ve been impressed. For someone who has never, ever been able to do a pushup, my first set of 20 was huge.

    And today I went through my pantry and ditched bad things. Three garbage bags later (I have a big pantry) I’m feeling pretty smug.

    I’m not all better yet. There are still setbacks in the GI department, but they are fewer and farther between. And I feel great. Only problem is, I’m a hard gainer and the doc is going to have a fit when he sees my weight.

    Biking season is about to begin. And this year, I’m readier than ever. I have my snacks all planned out. But my carb loving biker friends are going to have a hard time with this. :)

    Nannsi wrote on April 1st, 2011
  24. I started with PB on Feb. 4th and haven’t had what amounts to a slice of bread(as far as grains go) no crackers, croutons, pasta, potatoes, rice and boy did I like the chips that I used to eat with salsa,etc.

    I’m down 12lbs. and counting, I’m on my last belt hole, too! All of my clothes are fitting looser and I’m about to have to throw away a couple of my jeans that are just TO DARN BIG!!!I’ve got a bunch more fat to lose, but what PB has given me is hope that I didn’t have before. As I had tried so many times before to “Lose Weight”…Needless to say, I’m very excited about my progress. My wife has also started about 2weeks after I did and she’s down 8lbs. she’s off the charts excited, too!

    BTW, My starting weight was 256lbs:)

    Gary Gilliam wrote on April 1st, 2011
  25. I found the PB at the beginning of March this year and fully credit it for allowing me to meet my 18 lb weightloss goal (for this quarter) and to win my office Biggest Loser Contest. It’s not just about the weight – I feel so much better!

    I can’t stop telling people about the PB.

    My goal for the next quarter is to lose 10 lbs and get into the 150s for the first time in more than a decade.

    belinda wrote on April 1st, 2011
  26. As for Q2, I’m really looking forward to PrimalCon 2011! Two week from today!

    Dave Fish wrote on April 1st, 2011
  27. Tiptoeing into the water so far. The mind would like to cannonball, but the body does not. :-D Improvement has been very slow – itty bitty baby steps to go along with my tiptoeing (boo!).

    Here’s hoping spring weather will bring a few more baby steps forwards!

    Moe wrote on April 1st, 2011
    • You didn’t make any fuss about Mark’s typo: “or canon balling right into the pool.”

      Nigel wrote on April 2nd, 2011
  28. I’m in my goal weight range, even after a gluten-loaded vacation. My shoulder is healed. I’ve been sleeping really well, and taking vitD and omega3 regularly.
    Next up is to recover strength in my shoulder and start working on pushups and pullups again! My big goal this year is to get really strong.

    Ely wrote on April 1st, 2011
  29. Thanks for keeping us accountable! I’ve been able to stick to primal eating for the last three months, and this has been my first completely primal pregnancy. I didn’t have morning sickness, haven’t been nearly as tired, haven’t gained much weight (though the baby is on track), and I haven’t been getting the usual leg cramps and skin issues (this is my fourth pregnancy and it is a notable change!)

    I’ve also been able to completely convert my family’s diet and my husband and three kids are thriving! Bonus: the kids are sleeping better, which means I might actually get some solid nights of sleep before the baby arrives in a couple months!

    Thanks Mark!

    Katie @ Wellness Mama wrote on April 1st, 2011
  30. Also, last day to sign up for the giveaway of The Primal Blueprint and The Primal Blueprint Cookbook Signed Copies!

    Katie @ Wellness Mama wrote on April 1st, 2011
  31. I’ve been interested in the idea behind CSAs for awhile, but I didn’t think we had that kind of stuff in ND. But I found one (actually it’s in MN). I’m super excited!!

    I also just found out my GRAMPS is going Primal… should provide for some good bonding moments.

    Jen wrote on April 1st, 2011
  32. Thrilled to have lost 17 lbs. since Jan 1st (with 12 lbs of that since going primal on Feb 12th)! Only 13 more lbs to go to my goal! I love feeling so much lighter (yet stronger). No more sugar dependency or the need to eat something every 2-3 hrs; No more miserable effects of blood sugar dropping and spiking, reflux, sleepless nights, sinus problems, or mood swings. Although, I may need to really cut back on the nuts….. I think the amount I’m eating is sabotaging my goals.
    I finally ordered a few 2-piece bathing suits this morning and anticipate fitting into them before Memorial Day weekend!
    It was a great winter with lots of snowshoeing, hiking, and shoveling heavy snow for outdoor Vit D and fitness sessions. Now I’m excited that I’ve been walking (at a slow pace) up to 25 miles outside every week while cutting back on the chronic cardio at the gym. I manage 2 HIIT sessions while IFing, and 2 or 3 sessions of lifting heavy things for 30 mins each week. Hoping to try stand-up paddleboarding this summer and get back into cycling and kayaking as well……. just waiting for the weather to cooperate!
    Everybody’s success stories help with the motivation!!…. Grok on, all!

    primalKP wrote on April 1st, 2011
  33. Although I hadn’t even heard of Paleo at New Year’s, I was turned on to it by a friend who just started his own Paleo website and heard about it through my local CrossFit. I’m now about 60 days in to both Paleo and Crossfit, and just had my body comp checked: in those two months I’ve lost 22lbs and body fat dropped from 25% to 17%, the lowest that I’m aware it has ever been. Consider me converted. Grok on!

    Keith wrote on April 1st, 2011
  34. my goals were related to fine-tuning our PB by meal planning to diversify both foods and flavors.

    we’d gotten into a rut that DH is so good at — meat with no seasoning, veggies steamed or raw with pepper and olive oil (sea salt added on days without bacon), and then piece of fruit. *snore*

    so, i got some simple marinade recipes and so on from the boards and some web searching, and we started in on using those for our dinners, the rest of the meals being “plain” — and it make a huge difference.

    in addition, i tried and failed a whole30 without chocolate/sugar, BUT it turns out that in looking at my journal, i haven’t had sugar in 15 days now, so. . . i’m apparently doing it unconsciously — just following my body’s lead.

    we also were looking a fair bit at leangains/leansaloon at the new year — because Dh wants to get back into lifting heavy (“hard gainer” style), but does not want to put on fat in the process (he loves being 8%!), and while he isn’t doing it, i observed that i rather naturally do it — 2-4 days not eating until 12 or 1, then having only two meals and one light meal or snack, and then fasting from about 10 pm onwards. just seems to fit my natural rhythm.

    sleep has gone biphasic, which is interesting to observe, too.

    what else? hmm. business goals humming right along. :)

    Zoebird wrote on April 1st, 2011
  35. Stress, unhappiness, endless emotional eating at night… and here I am and remain, at 20 pounds above my ideal weight.

    Patrícia wrote on April 1st, 2011
    • I totally understand the stress, that is my bugaboo. This is going to sound like a commercial but I ordered a bottle of primal calm and it really works. I’ve been doing much better at leaving the non productive stress behind. Still working on the weight issue, I know I need to up the activity which will be easier if the snow in my backyard ever melts. I live in the northeast and we got hammered again today.

      bbuddha wrote on April 1st, 2011
      • Oh, thank you for the suggestion, but I really can’t afford it right now.

        I’m willing to try 3 weeks of pure Primal “diet” plan (which will be eventually broken by a trip to Madrid).
        Pure means, in my case, to moderate fruit and nuts and cheese. Moderation is always the key, right?

        Patrícia wrote on April 4th, 2011
  36. Well, I still need to stress less. And I do need to exercise more – I am very sporadic and would like to be more active more often. No problem with the food ‘laws’ – love ‘em and they are here for keeps! Definitely could get more sleep but I have a two year old. Sunlight is good, and I use my brain every day. My two year old ensures I “play” every day also. All things considered I am a much happier and healthier person today than I was a year ago, or ever for that matter.

    LOVE MDA, by the way – sometimes I just like to get lost in the archives. I have followed MDA for about two years and I still learn something new every time I browse through old posts. Great stuff and very motivating!!!

    Dawn wrote on April 1st, 2011
  37. Been going primal for the last two months, it’s been great so far (except for some weekends which haven’t been favourable food-wise), other than that I’m quite satisfied with my results, lost 6 kg going for another 5 kg down to 75 kg. Other than loosing 6 kg, I’m also much stronger than before since I’ve been working out at the gym for 3-5 a week.

    I think my results could have been better, with some more discipline. I’ve been drinking alcohol and other beverages during some weekends and consumed carbs in a way that I preferably don’t want to.

    Next up is getting my hands on a pair of Vibram Fivefingers and start some running during the spring/summer, and hopefully start building some more muscle whenn fall comes.

    Sinsation wrote on April 1st, 2011
  38. The rest of my goals is to loose more body fat (hate the belly) and getting more shaped up.

    Sinsation wrote on April 1st, 2011
  39. This is a very timely post for me. This morning I went out barefoot (which I’ve rarely done before) and went for a long walk through some fields and forests, climbed some trees, and walked across fallen trees. Since I got back inside I’ve been working out. I had a couple cups of green tea first thing in the morning followed by a tomato before heading out and only had a banana a couple minutes ago to keep my energy up (with water here and there), so I consider that a semi-fasted workout, which I’ve been trying to do more of lately. I’ve also been trying to push myself to work out harder. I’m sick of doing a few sets and then stopping. I won’t succumb to laziness anymore. Muscle pain and exhaustion is not pleasant but it precedes great physical benefits.

    Tim wrote on April 1st, 2011
  40. Got the new cookbook in the mail today. It sure looks awesome. Can’t wait to try the recipes!

    Ron McCallum wrote on April 1st, 2011

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