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    Ok, so I'm not really expecting or needing a whole lot of encouragement in staying primal. That's pretty easy. Even with a girlfriend that is very NOT primal, and her 2 toddlers that LOVE bacon but are also not. But what I've decided is that without a place that other people CAN and MIGHT read, I'm not going to stay honest with myself for working out. So I'm here to basically guilt myself into staying up on my workouts and losing the last fat around the middle that my body is showing.

    I started Primal back on March 1st, after grilling my friend about it. I'd seen how well it worked for her, and I was tired of being over weight. I'd lost down to about 200 pounds at my lowest about 9 months before, but after a divorce, dating, and being with a girl who LOVED sweets and carbs, my weight had crept back up and topped out at 232 lbs. I'm 6'1" and figure my optimal weight is about 185 to 195 depending on how much muscle i choose to pack onto my frame.

    So By the end of March I'd lost around 20 pounds and stood around 212 ish pounds. That was awesome, I was convinced! This was completely from the dietary change, nothing else, as I hadn't really gotten up the gumption to start working out again. Unfortunately I relaxed on the foods I was eating, splurged a little more than I should have and didn't really add in any moving slowly into my routine. So my weight stabilized for a while around there. I figure I was eating about 60/40 primal.

    I went a bit more hardcore starting in June sometime, and by today i'm down to the 200lbs mark again. However, I was talking to my friend today about how to motivate myself to really get into working out, and didn't really have a good answer. But i figured it out this evening. I needed a guilt journal.

    I came across the SimpleFit workout that Cheapo posted in the fitness section of the forum and it looked perfect. I'd always gravitated towards push ups, pull ups and sit ups for my workouts anyway, and my friend had shown me how to do air squats once upon a time. So I decided to do that workout routine. After sitting around for a couple hours tonight I finally got my ass in gear and started.

    Workout Level 1 Day 1:
    Go for 20 minutes doing as many sets of
    1 pull up
    2 push ups
    3 squats

    I did 25 sets. I'm pretty proud of myself. I've never done 25 pull ups in a day before let alone in a 20 minute period. So my next workout day is going to be Saturday. I'm sure i'll be VERY sore by then, but I cant allow myself to skip days. Saturday i'll do Level 1 Day 2, but then my next workout day, Monday, I'm going to go back to Level 1 day 1 again and start over. That way I can stay on a weekly schedule of M,W,F for my workouts and it'll correspond to the days of the workout plan.

    Food:
    I'll kinda post my food stuff here too, but for the most part, i'm not worried about that. Maybe I'll just post when I cheat, (like today), so i can keep track of that. Ate at Carl's Jr today and had 2 burgers, but i ate less than 1/4 of the bun of each of the burgers. I did have my small fries though. Oh well, no guilt eating away at me for that.

    Thanks to anybody who Does read this, as you're the ones keeping me honest.
    Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. - Fortune cookie that changed my life

  • #2
    Sounds like your mother raised you right - I also thrive on guilt! I've been failing myself the last week - eating crapola, doubting the PB wisdom, wondering why I'm not loosing weight even though I'm eating the aforementioned crapola. I'll keep an eye on your journal if you keep one on mine!

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    • #3
      It's a deal Puddymama! Hang in there on the food, we all fall off the wagon, but don't be afraid to climb back on either. Just remember how good you feel after a nice primal lunch vs a carb heavy lunch.

      Workout today:
      Rollerblading by the river for an hour-ish.
      Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. - Fortune cookie that changed my life

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      • #4
        So, how was the rollerblading?
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        • #5
          Rollerblading went well. Did it for about an hour but not too fast paced. A few sprints incorporated, but mostly just moving slowly. I'm incredibly sore today from Thursday's workout though. Hard to move around though. Looking forward to this morning's workout though. Simplefit Level 1 Day 2. I think i'll let the coconut pancakes with blueberries settle for a little while before I bust my ass doing that though. Will update later today when i've actually done it.
          Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. - Fortune cookie that changed my life

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Baxtherin View Post
            Rollerblading went well. Did it for about an hour but not too fast paced. A few sprints incorporated, but mostly just moving slowly. I'm incredibly sore today from Thursday's workout though.
            EEK! If I tried sprinting on rollerblades, I'd end up as a walking roadrash.

            I'm going to give that Simplfit thing a try when I'm done stacking hay. Seems like a good way to build capacity on bodyweight work, regardless of current fitness level.

            Happy assbusting!
            Nightlife ~ Chronicles of Less Urban Living, Fresh from In the Night Farm ~ Idaho's Primal Farm! http://inthenightlife.wordpress.com/

            Latest post: Stop Being Stupid

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            • #7
              Finally worked out. A bit late in the day, but at least i did it. I was right though. Having a journal here to keep me honest made the difference between working out tonight, or "Waiting until tomorrow" which could have had disastrous effects.

              Yeah, I don't recommend sprinting on rollerblades to the beginner or even intermediate user. It's a little more involved than just skating faster. It's almost like sprinting normally, just a different movement.

              Food today was a bit rough. Went to the rodeo with the girlfriend and kids and kind of splurged on a couple foods i should have had. Cotton candy, and the bun of a hotdog. Oh well. it isn't the end of the world. Still feeling pretty good about myself staying on track with the workouts. Monday I start over on day 1 of level 1. I expect I'll get a slightly worse count than I did the first time just because of soreness levels, but that's ok.
              Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. - Fortune cookie that changed my life

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              • #8
                Back to Level 1 Day 1 of Simple fit. Wednesday is my next workout day. Thursday is rollerblading, then Friday is my first Day 3. I'm hoping that i'll move up to lvl 2, but we'll see. Need to get a stopwatch before then.
                Workout:
                26 sets of
                1 pullup
                2 pushups
                3 squats
                Working on my squat form in the full length mirror.

                Food:
                Stayed pretty primal after Saturday. No deviations to report.
                Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. - Fortune cookie that changed my life

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                • #9
                  Workout: Level 1 Day 2 of Simplefit. This time around was MUCH easier than it was on Saturday. Definitely not as sore, and I can tell a difference in my pullup strength already. Even though I'm tired, I still feel more powerful. 5 sets of 2 Pullups, 6 pushups, 10 squats. Didn't time it, but i wasn't taking very long rests in between sets, maybe 30 seconds to a minute, and I didn't have any problems completing the last set up pullups. I'm very much hoping to advance to level 2 on Friday. That'll make my weekend. Going camping with the girlfriend, by a reservoir, so there will be fishing included, YAY! Time to build a fire, and cook some fish on a rock! Or something like that. Hopefully i'll bring home some fish too. I'll take steaks as a backup to the fish though. Girlfriend probably wouldn't appreciate IFing if my fishing skills are lacking this weekend. Heh.
                  Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. - Fortune cookie that changed my life

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                  • #10
                    I'm a couple days overdue posting my workout, but that's because my workout is a couple days overdue. Forgot to work out immediately when i got home on Friday, and so didn't remember until we were on our way to the lake. Oh well, I just finished Level 1 Day 3... in 3:23!! Yay! Time to go up to Level 2 now! I think i'll start in on it tomorrow and keep to my regular schedule. Level 2 day 1 is as follows: 20 minutes of sets of 1 pullup, 3 pushups, 4 squats. I imagine that i'll be able to do pretty much the same as i did with level 1 because the pullups are my weak point... For NOW! I'm pretty sure i could beat Level 2 Day 3 right now, but i'll need the extra week to work on pullups for Level 3.

                    Food is staying pretty primal, with very few exceptions.
                    Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. - Fortune cookie that changed my life

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                    • #11
                      Well it's been a rough week and a half. Got a nasty cold that annoyed the crap outta me, and i decided that i would give my body a break from working out while it was sick. Got over that finally on Saturday and had a busy weekend, then planning on working out Monday, but life got in the way and didn't have a chance to get a workout in before dinner (and after dinner is not an option to me). Then Tuesday I was house sitting, and got food poisoning from something i ate that night, so Wednesday i felt like CRAP. Finally feeling a bit better today and was able to get down some bacon and eggs for breakfast. Still feeling a bit weak though... Gee i wonder if it's because i had about 500 calories yesterday. Not sure i'll get to an actual workout tonight, but i do plan on lifting some heavy things. Might be able to knock out a workout on Saturday though. I'd like to be back on track next Monday, so hoping to get 1 or 2 workouts in before then. I think 1 is most reasonable.

                      My food has mostly been on track. Had some spaghetti squash with spaghetti sauce on it which was really good.. and bacon of course, and eggs... Anyway. Glad i'm feeling better.
                      Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. - Fortune cookie that changed my life

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                      • #12
                        I've been taking care of a farm since Sunday. Spent 4 hours moving dirt with a shovel, rototiller, and rake to fill in a biiiig hole. That really kicked my ass. Been doing other farm related jobs too. Moved a ton of hay, fed, watered, hauled water buckets... other random stuff. So i haven't been back to Simplefit in over 2 weeks.

                        Been eating pretty good on most days. Wednesday I went out to a pizza place with a friend for lunch and gorged on pizza. It was delicious, especially the desert pizza! I didn't feel any adverse effects from the carb overload, so i'm thankful for that. Other than that, breakfasts have been either berry smoothies or Bacon and eggs, lunch has been hamburger patties, steak, or sausage, with brussel sprouts or broccoli on the side. Last night i made veggie shish-kabobs and grilled a steak.
                        Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. - Fortune cookie that changed my life

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                        • #13
                          Pizza is the devil, its my one vice in my primal life that I can't seem to let go of. Nothing beats a cheese covered pizza with meat on it, so good, crap now that will be on my mind all day. Good for you finding different ways to work out instead of simple fit and congrats on the weight loss and love the title of your journal.

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                          • #14
                            That is great that you get to work on a farm and from what you are saying you are doing, you are definitely getting your work outs in!!
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by amazonmagic
                              Pizza is the devil, its my one vice in my primal life that I can't seem to let go of. Nothing beats a cheese covered pizza with meat on it, so good, crap now that will be on my mind all day. Good for you finding different ways to work out instead of simple fit and congrats on the weight loss and love the title of your journal.
                              I totally agree Amazon! If i'm around it, i'll eat it, it's just one of those things. So I choose to put myself around it occasionally to keep the urge down. Thanks for the kind words!

                              Originally posted by TAWFUNGUY
                              That is great that you get to work on a farm and from what you are saying you are doing, you are definitely getting your work outs in!!
                              Yup, it's pretty cool. Taking care of all the horses, sheep, ducks, chickens, dogs, and cats doesn't leave too much time in the evenings for myself, but it's still fun. Looking forward to making more homemade jerky this weekend so i have a big stash to take with me camping next week.

                              Woohoo! Spending six days up in the woods all by myself! As terrifying as that may seem to some people, i literally can't wait. If i didn't have to watch the farm until Tuesday, i'd be gone this weekend. Still working on a list of food and camping gear to take for the six days. But so far i have 2 pounds of jerky (before it was dried) and i plan on making another 4 pounds (before it's dried) this weekend. That should last me at least a couple days!
                              Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. - Fortune cookie that changed my life

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