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    I've been transitioning to a primal lifestyle for the past 7 weeks. I'm fairly fit, and my weight is fine. I've been off of sugar, soda and all the really bad stuff for over a year. I wouldn't mind seeing my percentage of body fat go down a little, so I've set some goals for the behaviors that will hopefully lead to results.


    Here are my exercise goals:


    1. PLAY!!!! (Who knew that would ever be a "goal"?)

    2. Get some kind of activity every day when I'm on the road with business.

    3. Enjoy gutting and rebuilding the kitchen in the farmhouse.... hey, building shelter is as primal as it gets!


    Here are my nutrition goals:


    1. Stop cheating on the weekends

    2. Make an effort to find and purchase grass fed meat, free range chicken, and/or local eggs

    3. Limit my alcohol consumption to a couple of glasses of wine per week


    That should to it! Thanks Mark for having this challenge. I'm really looking forward to it!


    Jenni


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    I didn't have a chance to "play" today (ah, Monday), but I did have a great workout this morning. P90X Back and Biceps. LOVE it! I didn't drink any alcohol, so.... so far, so good!

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      Great day today! I'm in Iowa City (away from my native thrill zone of Rochelle, IL), and I got a nice 4 mile run/walk in at the doggie park. The dogs are in a fenced area, but it was fun to watch them play. PLAY! That's what I'm supposed to be doing. It's just that I don't think the dog owners would have been overly fond of the idea of a total stranger playing with their dogs.


      That's it for today.....

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        Jenni, thanks for your comments! You've now earned yourself a support buddy. Hope you're ok with that.


        Congrats on transitioning to Primal. Both your exercise and nutrition goals are really great! I can offer a few tips:


        Exercise

        1: It's the hardest one, and actually, I've meant to add it to mine. Mark makes it seem so easy, living next to a beach, haha. I plan on adding a bit of biking and walking in, so I can get more play and Low-level cardio in.

        2: No advice here, though I WISH I could be on the road.

        3: That's strictly a mindset thing, and I think you've got it already!


        Nutrition:

        1: Before I went Primal, I carb binged a LOT. I was basically on the Zone diet. When I went Primal, this wasn't a problem. The difference? Embracing fat. When you realize what you CAN eat, what you can't seems insignificant (better mindset to focus on, anyway). Don't think of yourself as deprived, and remember the 80/20 rule.

        2. Check local butchers, and don't be afraid to settle for clean grain-fed beef if you must. I've looked hard and only found one source of grass-fed beef, that was at Whole Foods, and it was ground. If you can't find grass-fed, and do end up getting grain-fed, don't forget your Fish Oil!

        3. No advice there. I could USE a shot or two of tequila. KIDDING...halfway.

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          Geez, today was almost like yesterday! I did great with my food, and went to the same doggie park that I went to yesterday for a walk.


          We're closing on the farm/house tomorrow, so we're taking a primal picnic over tomorrow night (with some champagne, not necessarily primal) to enjoy by the pond.

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            Whew! I've been out of it for a couple of days! Not my primal lifestyle.... being tethered to my computer! And I have to get going.... we closed on the farmhouse, and we're taking the chimney out of three stories, gutting one of the bathrooms and gutting the kitchen. Details to follow......

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              What a weekend! Basically, I moved a ton of bricks. My husband and brother took sledge hammer and chisel to the chimney and surrounding walls, and I carried the bricks, in tubs, down the stairs, to the dolly, rolled them to the dumpster and dumped them in. We took out all three stories of the chimney. What a mess!, but we got it done.


              Nutrition was pretty good, although, my mom brought lunch over for us one day... sloppy joes.... it tasted great, but who knows what all was in it. I ate it open faced, so I got about 1/2 of a whole wheat bun. Didn't bother me with all the calories I was burning.


              Yesterday we were a little sore, but still got out for a nice 3 mile walk.


              I did well with my goals..... didn't overdo it on the weekend, just had one glass of red wine.... and we really are having fun tearing up the farmhouse!

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                Took my second shot at fasting today. Went pretty well, although I got a headache around 3PM. I was on my home, so I went ahead and had a little snack, then ate a regular dinner tonight. That gave me about a 21 hour fast..... pretty good for someone who usually eats 5 times a day!

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                  Busy, busy, busy! But never to busy to eat right. I've been doing very well with Primal nutrition the past few days. Exercise has been a little strange... got a great cardio workout on Thursday, but ended up with a rest day yesterday. Just too much going on. It's okay though. We're off to the farmhouse to continue with demolition on the kitchen... my job is usually hauling the tubs of debris to the dumpster.... pretty good workout!

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                    OK, just checking in with myself. (Is anybody out there?)


                    Another busy weekend at the farm. Sunday I spent most of the day ripping, not one, but TWO layers of linolium and subflooring out of the kitchen. My guess is that that one on the bottom was as old as the house (70 years). Did they make linolium then? And whoever put down the top layer, put the subfloor down with more nails and staples than you can count. But it's coming along. And demolition is FUN!


                    My nutrition was good all weekend except my mom brought lunch again on Saturday. It is a huge help, but she brought sandwiches on homemade bread. I ate the insides out of one sandwich (meat, cheese, lettuce, and tomato), but I was starving so I went ahead and ate another with the bread. The good news is that I probably burned it off within a half an hour!


                    I'm off to Iowa for business tomorrow. More later.....

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                      Good going, Jenni. Sometimes I feel like I'm talking to myself, too. LOL.

                      Start weight: 250 - 06/2009
                      Current weight: 199
                      Goal: 145

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                        Thanks for checking in Katt!


                        I've been on the road for a couple of days. I've gotten a couple of walks in, so that's fine. Nutrition is always good when I'm on the road because I bring almost everything with me. I started doing that long ago because it saves time, money, and unwanted calories/choices. I'm looking forward to getting home today though. Lots to do on the farm this weekend, and it has been a lot of (primal) fun so far!

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                          You bet! I imagine it's hard work. The closest I have been to a farm is that my father was born on one. But I have worked a zoo before. Hauling feed and water is quite a lot of exercise.

                          Start weight: 250 - 06/2009
                          Current weight: 199
                          Goal: 145

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                            Hi Jenn:


                            Very happy to see someone from Illinois here. I am from Chicago. I will start following you so good luck on your goals.

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                              Well Hello Katt and Ohiolopez! Seems you've been more active on my thread than I have been! Geez! We've been busy, then last night and for a while this morning, I was having a tough time with this website.... weird, just kept saying the page could not be displayed. ANYWAY.... With this farmhouse, my exercise has not been very regimented. I guess that's good in a primal way. One minute I'm hauling heavy stuff to the dumpster (last night that would have been pieces of a cast iron bathtub that my husband was having a great time smashing up with a sledge hammer), the next I'm mowing the lawn (a lot of walking... our tractor doesn't arrive until next week). My nutrition has been quite good, although, my mother keeps brining lunch to us that tends to include things like bread, macaroni etc. I've been eating around it as politely as possible, but frankly, it's such a great help to have someone provide the lunch (we have about 5 people all together on the weekends) that I'm not going to complain about the choices. As for my goals.... I haven't really been playing, but working on this house is so much fun, I don't feel like I've failed on the goal. I've been taking walks while on the road, and I'm having a great time with the new kitchen etc. I have been cheating on the weekends, but as I mentioned, I don't feel bad about it. I have been looking at websites of local farmers to see about getting a side of beef once we get moved, and my alcohol consumption has been low. I'm pleased so far.


                              I guess I'd better get to work.....

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