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  • Prime's Challenge

    Sometimes I know what is right, but I go against it anyway. Why? Because I can get away with it.

    My grandmother used to make these doughnuts out of canned biscuits. She would punch a hole in each biscuit, deep fry them in Crisco, and roll them in cinnamon sugar. I'd eat a dozen or so in one sitting... Grandma would point her shaky finger at my skinny ass and say "It'll catch up with you someday!"

    I know she's right. The evidence is all around me... family members, coworkers, and friends all suffer the ill effects of poor diet and exercise. NOT ME. I'm starting with 30 days and I'm not stopping 'till the day I die. I know that it will be a challenge at first, and I'm totally game.

    Each day of my life I'm going to be healthier and stronger than the day before.
    simplyprimal.blogspot.com

  • #2
    Day 1 is officially under my belt, and it went really well. My only complaint is the lack of food choices. I'm in a very frustrating financial situation, which won't be resolved for another 10 days. And I definitely don't have 10 days worth of food. *facepalm*

    I have a lot planned for Day 2. Going to get my motorcycle permit so I can (legally) ride my bike, followed by a walk/run at the lake. Also, we'll see what I can get for $50 at the farmers market.
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    • #3
      My grandma used to make those canned biscuits too!
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Hedonist View Post
        My grandma used to make those canned biscuits too!
        Those donuts were AMAZING. I'm visiting that side of the family (the southern side) in May. They'll be happy to hear that I'm not a vegetarian anymore... but they'll be really upset about the lack of grain and sugar. No sweet tea?! No cornbread?! No PIE?! Sacrilege.

        Today I was a primal beast. I passed my motorcycle permit test, walked for over an hour, AND did 20 minutes of bodyweight exercises. Love having a 4 day work week. I submitted a volunteer application to my local shelter so I can take dogs for walks and hikes, making good use of my Tuesdays and weekends off work. Lastly, I took my last $70 and stocked the kitchen with meat, eggs, avocados, veggies, and berries.

        I'm going to try very hard to wean myself off of bananas. They're my favorite fruit, and before PB I would sometimes eat 2-3 bananas a day. Since starting PB a month ago, I'm strictly eating 1 a day. I think I'll cut that down to half per day, and eat an equivalent volume of berries instead. Also, I've made a decision to NOT snack on dairy. It'll be for cooking and condiment purposes only. There are better things I can snack on, for sure.
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        • #5
          Good day today. I ate according to the PB and danced for 20 minutes before dinner

          I'm struggling with a few things... mainly breakfast and increasing my protein intake. Lately my fat has been 60-65% of my caloric intake, which is fine, but the protein has been way too low. I'm workin' on larger portions of protein, and cutting back on the nuts and dairy a bit. I want to gain some muscle, dammit!

          I'm trying to understand what the body does with all this dietary fat on days when we aren't very active... do we just poop it out? Is it stored for later? Reading Good Calories/Bad Calories is so confusing. I just want a simple answer to a complicated question!
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          • #6
            Thank you! Optimism and criticism are the secret weapons

            I am borrowing Why We Get Fat from a friend. She says although the concepts make sense to her, she "just can't live without pasta and rice." I'm only 40 pages into the book, and I'm positive I'll never eat that crap again.
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            • #7
              Today's topic? Cravings and Snacking. I have a bit of a problem in these areas.

              I crave: Fruit, nuts, buttery baked goods, and honey.
              I snack on all of the above.

              I know for a fact that I have a weak spot for fruit, and I need to limit myself. If I don't buy bananas, I won't eat bananas! But I love them soooooo much. UGH. Can I learn to love berries as much as I love bananas? I hope so.

              On another note, today was a horrible day at work. No problems with Primal, though. I've been tracking my daily food intake for like a month now and it's starting to get on my nerves. I just don't trust myself to get enough protein, fat, etc without plugging in those damned numbers. However, today was so busy that I didn't get to log my food until the end of the day. And, not surprisingly, everything fell right into place! Turns out I might actually have the hang of this.
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              • #8
                Wow... 5 days 100% primal. Not so hard, after all! This weekend I'm eliminating nuts and seeing how my body reacts (mostly in the digestion department). I'm also taking a vow to NOT buy bananas for the rest of March. I've got to break myself of the addiction and learn to enjoy them in moderation.

                My totals for today are just about as perfect as they can get. Definitely the best I've done so far.
                Calories: 1834
                Fat: 114
                Protein: 95
                Carbs: 101

                Lastly, I've perfected my Primal Muffin Recipe! These have a total of 12 carbs per muffin, and are made with coconut flour (protein, fiber) and lots of butter and oil (fat!). They're fluffy and moist and delicious, perfect with tea in the morning The only contain 2 tablespoons of honey for sweetness, and the coconut does the rest.
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                • #9
                  Decided to measure, weigh, and photograph today. I hope to be super buff in a couple months

                  Weight: 108lb
                  Waist: 24.5"
                  Hips: 34.25"
                  R Bicep: 8.75"
                  R Thigh: 18.25"
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                  Last edited by Prime; 03-12-2011, 08:39 AM.
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                  • #10
                    I'm a bit slow on the uptake, but I am learning more and more about nutrition every day.

                    The differences between The Primal Blueprint, The Paleo Diet, and The Paleo Solution are immense. I'll have to let my body decide which is best for me, or maybe I'll take aspects of each and combine them to suit my needs.
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                    • #11
                      Things just fell into place. I'm so glad! I feel like it's suddenly easy to follow the PB, meet my daily nutrition goals, and enjoy the food and how good it makes me feel. Hooray! It's almost two weeks since I got really serious about this, and I think I'll take measurements this weekend to see if there are any physical changes. I definitely feel stronger and more vibrant. I started taking the Advanced Health Formula today, and I'm looking forward to seeing further improvement.

                      Lately I've been frustrated with other aspects of my life. I can't afford my living situation, I hate my job, and I'm sick of the crowded metropolitan surroundings. Some days I just want to pack up and move to a simpler place, where I can get away from all the stresses. I want to look forward to a hard days' work instead of dreading it, and I want to get away from all the people. Even on a weekday I can't go for a hike without passing 20 people on the trail. I can't sleep without hearing my neighbors, sirens, car doors, and dogs barking. I'm over it!
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Prime View Post
                        Things just fell into place. I'm so glad! I feel like it's suddenly easy to follow the PB, meet my daily nutrition goals, and enjoy the food and how good it makes me feel. Hooray! It's almost two weeks since I got really serious about this
                        Yay! I'm glad you're feeling less anxious and it's starting to come together for you. Sometimes, it's a matter of allowing something to become a routine and setting yourself up for good habits.

                        Originally posted by Prime View Post
                        and I think I'll take measurements this weekend to see if there are any physical changes. I definitely feel stronger and more vibrant. I started taking the Advanced Health Formula today, and I'm looking forward to seeing further improvement.
                        I would actually say screw the measurements. Give it some more time. If you're feeling better and stronger, ignore metrics. They can only distract ya. Trust your own judgement, and definitely trust how you feel.

                        Originally posted by Prime View Post
                        Lately I've been frustrated with other aspects of my life.
                        I heard that, and can certainly relate. Lately, I've started to view the things I find myself disappointed in as temporary. As I wrap my brain around that idea, it's really started to affect how I operate every day. It's been a great change in mindset. I don't feel locked into the parts of my life I dislike; nothing's set in stone (ever). It makes things feel more fluid and under my control. It's just a matter of getting used to accepting that all things are malleable.

                        Grok on, Prime!
                        August 2010: 207 lb, 37" waist, 25+% BF | Currently: 177 lb, 33" waist, ~15% BF

                        I have a new site up and will soon be blogging at The Wayward Mind. (My journal is semi-retired at this point)

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for the advice, Patrick It doesn't surprise me that you're a philosophy grad! You're right about the measurements. "Fuck the numbers."

                          My blog got hacked and spammed beyond recognition... Keeping simplicity in mind, I didn't bother trying to salvage the old one by individually deleting the spam posts. I just deleted the whole damn thing and made a new one.
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                          • #14
                            You might not be too surprised, either, to learn that I loved Existentialism especially, along with Ethics and Metaphysics. (But fuck you, Philosophy of Mind and Symbolic Logic!)

                            When I said to forget any measurements, I said that only because you seem to feel very positively about how you're doing. Measurements can only do one of two things: turn that good feeling into shit by filling you with self-doubt because you don't "measure up" as you had expected, or they'll confirm how you feel. Well, you don't need to confirm how you feel (you're already feeling it!), so you only really risk disappointing and irritating yourself. So fuck it! Carry on with being happy and satisfied with your progress.

                            (Sorry to hear your old blog got Internet carpet-bombed. Stupid Internet.)
                            August 2010: 207 lb, 37" waist, 25+% BF | Currently: 177 lb, 33" waist, ~15% BF

                            I have a new site up and will soon be blogging at The Wayward Mind. (My journal is semi-retired at this point)

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                            • #15
                              I loooooved my social ethics class. Not surprisingly, I wrote my final paper on speciesism and animal rights. I rallied for abolition of commercial animal agriculture and the use of animals in science and behavioral studies. I was naive enough to think that being vegetarian was the best way to respect the inherent value of food animals... *sigh*

                              I remember quoting somebody in saying "people must change their beliefs before they change their habits." So applicable! When we really believe in what we're doing, and we believe that we can make the difference (for ourselves and others) it will be effortless. I'm working on this every day!

                              As far as the measurements are concerned... I'm just searching for further assurance that I'm making progress. However, if I do a simple comparison of myself today vs. a couple months ago, I'm a totally different person. I feel damn good.

                              Meh, I wasn't particularly attached to the blog anyway. I plan on putting way more photos on the new blog, though! Hopefully I'll get up the courage to share it with people I actually know.
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