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    *Day 1*


    PRiMAL FOOD


    B: scrambled eggs with turkey and feta, homemade cappuccino

    L:

    D:


    EXERCiSE


    42 min hilly hike in my Vibram FFs!


    MUSiNGS


    Challenge

    I chose to try and lose 3% points off my body fat %. I've known for a long time that body fat percentage is a more accurate measurement of my health than my actual weight. I'd like to lose weight too and inches off my hips, but I think those will be a result of eating and moving primal. To that end, I'm going to try to keep my carbs to 100g/day instead of 150g/day.


    Choices

    I try to keep the food in our home real, local, and organic. So if I eat non-primal (daily or grains), at least it's non-GMO and organic. My husband eats granola and I make a flax meal bread for him (it's full of eggs). But for the most part, I've been successfully keeping my carbs to 150g/day for the last several months.


    Goals:

    I'll post where I'm at each week with my body fat %.


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    *Day 1 Update*


    PRiMAL FOOD


    B: scrambled eggs with turkey and feta, homemade cappuccino, flax-meal bread w/ raw cheddar

    L: yogurt, raw food bar (not a typical lunch)

    D: 4 oz salmon fillet, steamed baby carrots, flax-meal bread w/ bruschetta


    EXERCiSE


    Just went for a 15 min walk with my hubby, in addition to my morning hike.


    MUSiNGS


    Challenge

    Wahoo! Today I kept to my goal of keeping my carbs under 100g!


    Total Calories: 1215

    Fat: 74g

    Carbs: 66g

    Protein: 70g


    Choices

    I made the strange choice today to eat a small lunch. Also, the flax-meal bread is a strange choice for a Primal diet, I know. But it's made with lots of eggs and little flour (mostly flax-meal) and flaxseeds are proteins right? One slice is 199 calories, 14 fat grams, 9 carb grams, and 6 protein grams. Not bad for a slice of bread!


    Goals

    No update yet on my body fat.

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    • #3
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      P.S. Here's my goals from the "State Your Primal Health Challenge Goals" page:


      I'm a thirty-year-old female looking to lower my body fat from 26% to 23%.


      I've been following MDA for many months now. I'm a Weight Watchers lifetime member and since joining WW in July 2007, I've lost 40 lbs. I started at 183 lbs and am currently 143 lbs. I'm convinced that the last 5+ lbs came off because I've been following the PB plan - keeping my carbs at or below 150g/day. I've still got about 6+ more lbs to lose to make it to my personal goal (I met my WW goal in May) but the big thing for me is to become even more fit, more agile, and more able to play.


      When I joined WW, I was about 41% body fat. Last year I ran a half-marathon (at 38% body fat). This year I competed in a reverse sprint triathlon (at 27% body fat).


      Let's see if I can drop 3% points in 30 days!

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      • #4
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        *Day 2*


        PRiMAL FOOD


        B: scrambled eggs with turkey and feta, homemade cappuccino, flax-meal bread w/ raw cheddar

        L: beef taco, french fries, champagne grapes, green juice

        S: greek yogurt with homemade nutella (only hazelnuts, cocoa, stevia and coconut oil)

        Din: veggies (carrots, red peppers etc), chicken, sauteed together, 3 large green olives

        Des: decaf coffee and whipped organic whipping cream sweetened with stevia and allspice


        EXERCiSE


        Lifted heavy things. Squats. 10 minutes worth.


        MUSiNGS


        Challenge...

        Today I made an unwise lunch choice by going to Jack In The Box for their free beef tacos. Hey, we're on a tight budget! So we added french fries to our order. I RARELY have french fries anymore. So what better to celebrate the start of the primal healthy challenge with than french fries!? I'm kidding of course.


        So because I used up all my Carbs for my lunch and breakfast (by 3 PM I was at 98g!), I had to scramble to figure out a low carb dinner. We had chicken in the fridge and a Trader Joes Veggie Hodge Podge in the freezer. Bingo!


        Total Calories: 1299

        Fat: 71g

        Carbs: 107g

        Protein: 60g


        Choices...

        I'm disgusted with myself for my lunch choice. But pleased with my dinner choice. Knowing that I'm planning on posting my daily choices helps keep me accountable to my goal!


        Goals...

        No update yet on my body fat.

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        • #5
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          *** Day 3 ***


          PRiMAL FOOD


          B: poached egg, champagne grapes, green juice

          L: flax bread (1 slice), raw cheddar, champagne grapes, smoked salmon (2 oz), green olives, dill pickles, green juice, tortilla chips (7 chips)

          Din: smoked salmon (1 oz), slice roast beef, tomato soup

          Des: white wine, chocolate (2 squares)


          EXERCiSE


          90 minutes walking around a huge private garden with a friend. I feel the lifting from yesterday in my legs. Awesome.


          MUSiNGS


          Challenge...

          I ate tortilla chips today. It's because today was grocery day and I have a habit of snacking on the tortilla chips while I put them away. I buy them for my hubby and his business partner, but I snack on them too. Gotta stop that.


          I was fine on my carbs until it was time for dessert. I just couldn't resist the white wine with a little chocolate. Oh well. It's evident, my calories are the same, but my fat and protein is down while my carbs are up. Still below 150g but not below my goal of 100g. Perhaps I'll consider it a carb-cycling day. Ha!


          Total Calories: 1236

          Fat: 53g

          Carbs: 121g

          Protein: 50g


          Choices...

          I was impressed with my lunch choices. Lots of grapes today.


          Goals...

          No update yet on my body fat.


          P.S. I forgot to mention anywhere that I had my wisdom teeth out very recently and am trying to avoid foods that will get stuck in my wisdom tooth holes. Lettuce, nuts, and most meats are things that I'm avoiding right now. That's why I'm consuming lots of smoked salmon. It's easy to chew with my front teeth. I suppose Grok wouldn't have this problem, eh?

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          • #6
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            *** Day 4 ***


            PRiMAL FOOD


            B: scrambled egg, 1/2 chicken sausage, feta, 6 oz cappuccino

            L: smoked salmon (2 oz), tomato soup, 2 small dill pickles, 2 green olives

            S: decaf espresso macchiato

            Din: broiled lamb leg (6 oz), steamed carrots and broccoli, white wine

            Des: white wine, chocolate (2 squares), yogurt sweetened with stevia, strawberries


            EXERCiSE


            42 minutes walking around a huge grass field in my VFFS. 10 minutes of sprinting.

            15 minutes walking with my husband after dinner.


            MUSiNGS


            Challenge...

            Today was easier. Definitely craved the white wine and chocolate for dessert. But it didn't put me over! The broiled lamb was full of good meaty calories!


            Total Calories: 1441

            Fat: 70g

            Carbs: 84g

            Protein: 81g


            Choices...

            I felt good about my exercises and food choices today. Except, hm... I suppose I should have put some fruit in there. At least I got the strawberries in at the end.


            Goals...

            No update yet on my body fat.

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            • #7
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              I'm away from my computer tonight. I'll update my journal when I return home.

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              • #8
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                *** Day 5 ***


                PRiMAL FOOD


                B: homemade sourdough bread, homemade primal nutella, poached egg, raw cheddar, cappuccino

                L: leftover broiled lamb leg, bruschetta, dill pickles, olives, raw cheddar, 1 cup tomato soup

                Din: chicken breast (crock pot), plum, lettuce, banana, cappuccino

                S: (2 AM) raw organic food bar (mostly primal)


                EXERCiSE


                None. But, I'm on a film shoot Friday thru Sunday so I'm staying up WAY late. I guess I'm using up calories by doing that? Don't know.


                MUSiNGS


                Challenge...

                Today was easy until I got to the film shoot. They had chicken in a crock pot and salad and rice. I avoided the rice for obvious reasons, but because of my recent wisdom tooth extraction, the salad was also a challenge for me. So I had lots of chicken and fruit. I also snacked on lettuce.


                Total Calories: 1480

                Fat: 65g

                Carbs: 119g

                Protein: 111g


                Choices...

                I feel good about my decision to avoid the rice and munch on fruit. Even though it put me over my desired carb volume.


                Goals...

                No update yet on my body fat.


                P.S. Tonight I'll be at the shoot again so I'll post today's journal tomorrow around mid-day, after I wake up.

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                • #9
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                  *** Day 6 ***


                  PRiMAL FOOD


                  B: scrambled egg, pear, small amount of oatmeal (I was on set.)

                  L: smoked salmon (2 oz), 2 dill pickles, 2 green olives, flaxmeal bread, primal nutella, greek yogurt, strawberries, cappuccino

                  Din: roast beef, carrots, cabbage, broccoli

                  S: (2 AM) raw organic food bar (mostly primal), coffee, potato chips (Still on set.)


                  EXERCiSE


                  None. But, I'm on a film shoot Friday thru Sunday so I'm staying up WAY late. Got to bed at 7:30 AM.


                  MUSiNGS


                  Challenge...

                  I came very close to meeting my goal of 100g/day or under. Given the circumstances, I'm pretty pleased.


                  Total Calories: 1450

                  Fat: 87g

                  Carbs: 101g

                  Protein: 78g


                  Choices...

                  Thankfully there were scrambled eggs for breakfast. They made hash browns and oatmeal as well. I avoided the hash browns but the oatmeal smelled wonderful. I overheard someone talking about how two of the guys on set drink kefir and consume coconut oil. So I sought them out and discovered that they'd been eating primal for about four years. It was a fascinating conversation. Both of them are big and strong and cut. Very well-built young men. Between them they eat about four dozen eggs a day. Not sure about that, but fun to meet more primal eaters. One of them will be on set again for the next few weekends. I'm hope to get to talk to him more about his lifestyle.


                  Goals...

                  No update yet on my body fat.

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                  • #10
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                    *** Day 7 ***


                    PRiMAL FOOD


                    B: <none>

                    L: chicken soft taco with white beans, chocolate biscotti, cappuccino

                    Din: beef pastrami, chili, french fries (not very many)

                    S: bittersweet chocolate


                    EXERCiSE


                    I got home at 7 AM from the film shoot this morning so I slept until about 1 PM. No exercise today.


                    MUSiNGS


                    Challenge...

                    I wanted to try out a new Mexicatessen in our neighbourhood. I got something that I could easily chew with my front teeth as I&#39;m still dealing with craters in the back of my mouth due to my wisdom teeth extraction. But since I hadn&#39;t eaten breakfast, due to the time I got home from the shoot, I stayed within my goal for the day.


                    Total Calories: 940

                    Fat: 37g

                    Carbs: 96g

                    Protein: 53g


                    Choices...

                    I enjoyed the choice to get pastrami for dinner. Obviously the french fries were indulgent. But the chili was 50/50 I guess. I wonder if I&#39;d spent more time and case in making a choice at the Mexicatessen if I would have made a more primal and healthy choice? But now I know that the chicken there is good and hopefully in the future, I&#39;ll be able to avoid "soft foods."


                    I feel like I need some fresh veggies. But they&#39;re crunchy and hard to chew.


                    Goals...

                    No update yet on my body fat.

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                    • #11
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                      *** Day 8 ***


                      PRiMAL FOOD


                      B: three eggs, black beans, 1/2 serving of breakfast potatoes (huevos rancheros!)

                      L: tomato soup, cappuccino

                      Din: beef pastrami, two green olives, raw cheddar, homemade sourdough bread

                      S: flaxseed cranberry cookie, whole milk


                      EXERCiSE


                      Lots of meetings for work today. No exercise. But I&#39;m very excited about Mark&#39;s post today about the suggested primal workout plan. Yay!


                      MUSiNGS


                      Challenge...

                      I stayed under 100g/day of carbs, just barely.


                      Total Calories: 1150

                      Fat: 48g

                      Carbs: 99g

                      Protein: 59g


                      Choices...

                      I ate out for breakfast with a friend this morning. Yay eggs. Should I be eating more calories in general?


                      Goals...

                      No update yet on my body fat.

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                      • #12
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                        *** Day 8 ***


                        PRiMAL FOOD


                        B: scrambled egg, chicken sausage (1/2 link), feta (tsp), cappuccino, primal nutella

                        L: smoked salmon, beef pastrami, raw cheddar, flaxmeal bread, cucumber salad, red pepper tomato soup, 2 olives

                        S: beef pastrami, raw cheddar, dried cranberries, nutella

                        Din: chicken wontons in chicken broth, broccoli

                        Des: frozen yogurt, herbal tea


                        EXERCiSE


                        None. Ugh!


                        MUSiNGS


                        Challenge...

                        I did well staying under 100g carbs today! It&#39;s interesting to see where the carbs come from. I use MyNetDiary.com to track my food. I&#39;ve used it for about four months now. I love it!


                        Total Calories: 1239

                        Fat: 57g

                        Carbs: 90g

                        Protein: 90g


                        Choices...

                        My snack, about two hours before dinner was too large. Or my dinner was too large. Both of them together were too much. I feel quite full. No, it wasn&#39;t the frozen yogurt. I was full before I had that. Yes, I realize what I just said. ;p


                        Goals...

                        My body fat has gone down from 26% to 25.7%. Yay! Every little bit in the right direction, is a little bit in the right direction!

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                        • #13
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                          *** NEW GOALS ***


                          I&#39;m updating my goals! Actually, I&#39;m updating the challenge that I&#39;ve given myself in order to achieve my goals.


                          I&#39;ve been trying to keep my carbs to under 100g/day and I&#39;ve been mostly successful. My average carbs per day for the last six days has been 99.7g/day. But my body fat percentage isn&#39;t moving as quickly as I&#39;d like. So...


                          Instead, I&#39;m going to try to keep my carbs to 55g/day. I know that&#39;s much lower and an arbitrary number; but, when you think about it, so is 100.


                          My goal is still to move from 26% body fat to 23% body fat. Hopefully by eating primal and by limiting my carbs to 55g/day and by moving primal, I will achieve that goal by the end of August!


                          P.S. I plan on shooting a primal recipe video. I really want to win the dehydrator!

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                          • #14
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                            *** Day 10 ***


                            (Grrr... I&#39;m having to repost this a second time. Silly internet! Grrr...)


                            PRiMAL FOOD


                            B: dried cranberries, egg, feta, chicken sausage, cappuccino

                            S: flaxseed cookie, smoked salmon, milk

                            L: chicken noodle soup (no noodles), carrots, cappuccino, figs

                            S: smoked salmon, raw cheddar

                            Din: chicken wontons, black bean soup

                            Des: frozen yogurt, herbal tea


                            EXERCiSE


                            Walking with my husband.


                            MUSiNGS


                            Challenge...

                            How embarrassing that on the first day of my updated challenge, I did first than the goal of my old challenge. Well... life goes on!


                            Total Calories: 1275

                            Fat: 59g

                            Carbs: 115g

                            Protein: 73g


                            Choices...

                            I had no idea that the figs were so high in carbs. Ack!


                            Goals...

                            No body fat update today.

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                            • #15
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                              *** Day 11 ***


                              PRiMAL FOOD


                              B: egg, feta, chicken sausage, cappuccino

                              L: smoked salmon, raw cheddar, raisins

                              Din: fish tacos with blue corn tortillas

                              Des: homemade chocolate, herbal tea


                              EXERCiSE


                              Walking with my husband.


                              MUSiNGS


                              Challenge...

                              I did better today with my challenge. Unfortunately I ate well below RDA of calories. Oops! Let&#39;s call lunch an IF.


                              Total Calories: 822

                              Fat: 39g

                              Carbs: 68g

                              Protein: 57g


                              Choices...

                              I had no idea that the raisins were so high in carbs. Ack!


                              Goals...

                              No body fat update today.

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