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  • Six Month Primal Lifestyle Adventure

    Intro:
    Around the beginning of 2010 I ordered The Primal Blueprint and thought "I'd like to do this for six months and see what happens." Unfortunately, I did not stick to this thought and my weight has bounced around. I've been low as 218lbs and high as 245lbs in the past six months. I have grown tired of these fluxucations, not being happy with how I look and feel, and most of all, never sticking to anything I start. Whether it is workouts, diets, lifestyles, hobbies, and etc., I always give up because of laziness.

    I sat down the other day and made a list of everything I've started to do or promised myself I'd do and failed. I intend to start working on these things now and make as much progress as I can over the next six months. I know I will not be able to accomplish all of these things over the six months but I want to lay the foundation to finishing them all someday. These things range anywhere from paying off my school debt to getting my weight down to 215lbs.

    So the first thing I plan on going back and accomplishing will be to stick to The Primal Blueprint for six months Several other things I want to accomplish fit in with this:

    1. Weigh 215lbs again - 215 is a special weight for me. It is how much I weighed at the start of the second semester of my sophomore year of college. Soon after that semester started, I went into a major tail spin of eating and drinking that cause me to balloon up to 265lbs by Christmas. I have tried for the past three years to get my weight back to 215 pounds but never have gotten there. Getting back to 215 pounds would be a major victory for me. I eventually hope to get even lower than that but that will come in time.

    2. Quit drinking Monster Energy Drinks (Low Carb) - They are bad for me and can get expensive

    3. Quit drinking caffeine - I have be reliant on caffeine for the past five years. I need to get energy from my new lifestyle.

    4. Quit eating and drinking (other than water) in my car - I eat out too much and the majority of it is fast food. That crap is eaten in my car 90% of the time. If I stop eating in my car, I know I will be able to cut a lot of that crap out of my diet.

    5. Win my division at the Submission Hunt - I train Brazilian Jiu-jitsu several days a week and have been doing this for over three years now. In the past, I competed in several tournaments and have placed in the top three of all the tournaments I have entered. Over the past year and a half I have not competed because I told myself I wanted to get in better shape and into a lighter weight class. Well, that never happened and I haven't competed since December of 2008. The next Submission Hunt tournament is in October of this year and I plan on going and winning!

    6. Get my parents to workout - I currently live with my parents and have been meaning to get them working out/living a healthier life for years. Why not get them to do this along with me and the entire family can benefit?

    So those six things (plus living a the Primal Lifestyle) over the next six months will be what I plan to focus on. If I am able to accomplish something before the six months is up, I'll add a new thing from my list!

  • #2
    Stats and Pics:






    Workout Plan:
    This is never set in stone but here is what an "ideal week" would look like:

    M - YRG (AM), Lift (PM)
    T - BJJ
    W - YRG (AM), BJJ (PM)
    Th - YRG (AM), MMA/BJJ (PM)
    F - Lift (AM), BJJ (PM)
    S - BJJ
    S- Rest

    YRG = Yoga for Regular Guys
    BJJ = Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
    MMA = Mixed Martial Arts

    My goal is to do the following:

    1) Lift x2 a week
    2) YRG x3 a week
    3) BJJ x3 a week

    A lot of it depends on how my body is feeling. BJJ/MMA can beat me up pretty bad some days and I might need a day off or two after a hard practice.

    Nutrition:
    The Primal Blueprint, of course!

    Supplements:
    I don't take anything fancy now days. Just the following:

    Whey, multi, fish oil, and calcium.

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    • #3
      Monday, June 28th, 2010

      Basics
      Hours of Sleep: 8
      DOMS: None

      Training
      Workout Type: YRG
      Energy Pre-Workout: Okay
      Exercise:

      YRG - 20 Minute Workout

      Workout Length: 30 Minutes
      Energy In Workout: Okay
      Notes: I really did not want to work out today. I put it off until 10 PM before I made myself do something and it felt great once I got it done.

      Supplements
      6 MaxGXL
      3 Fish Oil
      2 Calcium
      1 Multi

      Diet
      Every third day I will track my calories and see where I am at.

      Random Thoughts
      Today was the first day in over two months I didn't stop by a gas station and buy a Monster Energy drink! It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. A lot of times I will wake up and it is the first thing I crave.

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      • #4
        Tuesday, July 29th, 2010

        Basics
        Hours of Sleep: 9
        DOMS: None

        Training
        Workout Type: YRG
        Energy Pre-Workout: Good
        Exercise:

        YRG - 20 Minute Workout

        Workout Length: 30 Minutes
        Energy In Workout: Good
        Notes: I got this workout in about eight hours earlier than yesterdays, haha.

        Supplements
        6 MaxGXL
        3 Fish Oil
        2 Calcium
        1 Multi

        Diet
        I went out for supper but kept it Primal. Cooked salmon and mixed veggies, yum!

        Random Thoughts
        I didn't make BJJ tonight. I had a work meeting that kept me late. I'll be in the gym tomorrow afternoon though.

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        • #5
          Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

          Basics
          Hours of Sleep: 9
          DOMS: None

          Training
          Workout Type: No Gi BJJ Class
          Energy Pre-Workout: Good
          Exercise:

          No Gi BJJ Class - 60 Minutes

          Workout Length: 1 Hour
          Energy In Workout: Good
          Notes: We worked submissions and escapes from mount this afternoon. No open rolling after, I had to get back to work and everyone else went to the beach.

          Supplements
          3 MaxGXL
          1 Fish Oil
          1 Multi

          Diet
          I ate like a pig before going to bed. I felt like shit all afternoon, woke up, and hit the fridge. For some reason, this happens almost every Wednesday night. I need to keep myself busy or get to bed earlier to prevent this.

          Random Thoughts
          Around 3 or so in the afternoon I got the worst headache I've ever had. My stomach felt terrible and I had to go home early from work. I got a few hours of sleep and I felt 100% better...weird. Anyways, after this I ended up getting a Monster from the gas station, ugh.

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          • #6
            Thursday, July 1st, 2010

            Basics
            Hours of Sleep: 9
            DOMS: None

            Training
            Workout Type: MMA and No Gi BJJ
            Energy Pre-Workout: Good
            Exercise:

            MMA - 60 Minutes

            No Gi BJJ - 75 Minutes

            Workout Length: 2 Hours and 15 Minutes
            Energy In Workout: Good
            Notes: -

            Supplements
            6 MaxGXL
            3 Fish Oil
            2 Calcium
            1 Multi

            Diet
            2,260/114.7/76.0/189.2

            It looks like I need about 20-25 grams more of protein.

            Random Thoughts
            Another Monster down the hatch...I woke up and it was the first thing I craved. Funny, I had one the night before. On Monday I didn't have one and Tuesday I had no urge to get one. I've heard the ingredients in those drinks are addictive....

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            • #7
              Friday, July 2nd, 2010

              Basics
              Hours of Sleep: 9
              DOMS: None

              Training
              Workout Type: Walking
              Energy Pre-Workout: Good
              Exercise:

              Walking - 30 Minutes @ ~130 BPM

              Workout Length: 30 Minutes
              Energy In Workout: Good
              Notes: I really didn't feel like doing YRG today...or lifting. I know I need to get my kettlebells out but for some reason I am not motivated to lift, ever. I need to lift at least twice a week!

              Supplements
              6 MaxGXL
              3 Fish Oil
              2 Calcium
              1 Multi

              Random Thoughts
              No Monster today!

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              • #8
                Thursday, July 8th, 2010

                Basics
                Hours of Sleep: 9
                DOMS: None

                Training Session One
                Workout Type: YRG
                Energy Pre-Workout: Good
                Exercise:

                YRG - 20 Minute Workout

                Workout Length: 30 Minutes
                Energy In Workout: Good
                Notes: -

                Training Session Two
                Workout Type: MMA and No Gi BJJ Practice
                Energy Pre-Workout: Good
                Exercise:

                MMA Practice: 1 Hour
                No Gi BJJ Practice: 1 Hour

                Workout Length: 2 Hours
                Energy In Workout: Good
                Notes: -

                Supplements
                6 MaxGXL
                3 Fish Oil
                2 Calcium
                1 Multi

                Random Thoughts
                I'm back on the band wagon today. I was a turd the past few days and ate crap and didn't do anything physical. Hopefully I can avoid a spell like that again.

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                • #9
                  I see a 205'r hiding in there.. stick to it.

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                  • #10
                    Friday, July 9th, 2010

                    Basics
                    Hours of Sleep: 8
                    DOMS: None

                    Training Session One
                    Workout Type: YRG
                    Energy Pre-Workout: Good
                    Exercise:

                    YRG - 20 Minute Workout

                    Workout Length: 30 Minutes
                    Energy In Workout: Good
                    Notes: -

                    Training Session Two
                    Workout Type: Lifting and Cardio
                    Energy Pre-Workout: Good
                    Exercise:

                    Upper Body Strength Training - 30 Minutes
                    20 Minute Walk Outdoors @ ~130-145 BPM

                    Workout Length: 50 Minutes
                    Energy In Workout: Good
                    Notes: It felt great to strength train again. The last time I hit the weights as over two weeks ago, doh! The weather was nice out and I went for a walk around town after for some extra cardio. I did learn that the Vibram Five Fingers and pavement do not mix. Ouch!

                    Supplements
                    6 MaxGXL
                    3 Fish Oil
                    2 Calcium
                    1 Multi

                    Diet
                    2,036/88.0/69.6/219.5

                    I am going to track my calories daily from now on.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by slowcooker View Post
                      I see a 205'r hiding in there.. stick to it.
                      Somewhere under there, yes!

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                      • #12
                        Monday, July 12th, 2010

                        Basics
                        Hours of Sleep: 9
                        DOMS: None

                        Training
                        Workout Type: Lifting
                        Energy Pre-Workout: Good
                        Exercise:

                        30 Minutes Strength Training

                        Workout Length: 30 Minutes
                        Energy In Workout: Good
                        Notes: I wanted to squat tonight but the only rack was in use and I said screw it and did a circuit a friend put together. Which kicked my ass.

                        Supplements
                        6 MaxGXL
                        3 Fish Oil
                        2 Calcium
                        1 Multi

                        Random Thoughts
                        I hope to get over to a local park tomorrow and go for a walk through its nature trail. I drive past it daily and think it will be a nice change of pace from my usual walk through the neighborhood.

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                        • #13
                          Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

                          Basics
                          Hours of Sleep: 9
                          DOMS: Hamstrings

                          Training
                          Workout Type: BJJ Class
                          Energy Pre-Workout: Good
                          Exercise:

                          Gi BJJ Class - 1 Hour and 20 Minutes

                          Workout Length: 1 Hour and 20 Minutes
                          Energy In Workout: Good
                          Notes: I rolled after practice tonight and did well. I hit a couple of arm triangles, omoplata, and a arm bar from S-Mount.

                          Extra Stuff
                          20 Minute Walk @ ~125 BPM

                          Supplements
                          6 MaxGXL
                          3 Fish Oil
                          2 Calcium
                          1 Multi

                          Random Thoughts
                          I went for the nature walk today and got eaten alive by bugs. Maybe I'll try again in a few months when they all die off.

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                          • #14
                            Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

                            Basics
                            Hours of Sleep: 9
                            DOMS: Hamstrings...Ow!

                            Training
                            Workout Type: Strength Training
                            Energy Pre-Workout: Good
                            Exercise:

                            20 Minutes Full Body Strength Training
                            Treadmill - 15 Minutes

                            Workout Length: 45 Minutes
                            Energy In Workout: Good
                            Notes: My workout got interrupted a few times in between sets because a buddy wanted to chat. It was kind of annoying but oh well. I won't stress it, I got my sets in.

                            I jumped on the treadmill with another buddy for a few minutes after my workout to catch up.

                            Extra Stuff
                            -Lower Body Foam Rolling
                            -Z Health Mobility Exercises x3

                            Supplements
                            6 MaxGXL
                            3 Fish Oil
                            2 Calcium
                            1 Multi

                            Diet
                            1,928/81.1/86.6/183.8

                            Random Thoughts
                            My hamstrings were just destroyed today. I really wanted to do YRG but I knew it would have been ugly. Hopefully tomorrow.

                            I hope to order the Primal Cookbook here soon and/or explore the recipes on the site. I need to spice up what I'm eating!

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                            • #15
                              Thursday, July 15th, 2010

                              Basics
                              Hours of Sleep: 7
                              DOMS: Hamstrings

                              Training
                              Workout Type: MMA and BJJ Practice
                              Energy Pre-Workout: Good
                              Exercise:

                              1 Hour of MMA Practice and 1 Hour and 15 Minutes of No Gi BJJ Practice

                              Workout Length: 2 Hours and 15 Minutes
                              Energy In Workout: Good
                              Notes: -

                              Supplements
                              6 MaxGXL
                              3 Fish Oil
                              2 Calcium
                              1 Multi

                              Diet
                              2,177/113.6/81.4/188.3

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