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    This will be my second try at going PB. I failed miserably the first time in June 2009, but I am ready to try again with renewed enthusiasm. I plan to eat PB, try and take walks frequently, and lift heavy when i can. I find that the K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid) method works for me. I going to try and keep it simple and try and not do too much.

    I will be posting my workouts/meals a couple times a week.

    Here are my starting stats.
    A: 28
    H: 6'3"
    W: 262 lbs.
    Waist: about 45" across the belly.
    Also my BP today was 140/101 and 133/96. I took it twice using my little BP machine.

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    Welcome (back) AJ! Best wishes for a successful go-around this time
    "As if you could kill time without injuring eternity"

    Primal Journal *WinkBlu*

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    • #3
      So yesterday I binged on some of my favorite bad things one last time. I had pizza, beer, peanut butter pretzels, and some peanut butter cups. So of course I feel like crap today. I am sure it will take most of the week to get the carbs out of my system.

      Anyway this is what I have had so far today.

      B: 1 banana, 2pieces of bacon, and 16oz of green tea.
      L: leftover roast (eye of round) w/ 1 piece of bacon, carrots, and water
      S: I have chicken legs in the crock pot and will have it with green beans

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      • #4
        so the rest of the day I had.

        snack: 1 slice of bacon and a plate of pistachios (probably 24 or so)
        supper: 2 chicken legs, romaine lettuce, green beans, 1 slice of bacon

        Everyday when i wake up i have 24oz of water and then drink water the rest of the day w/ meals. So I probably drink around 64oz of water. I think I am eating too much bacon but it is quick and it fights off hunger/fills me up. I plan to make some jerky this week. Then i can switch out the bacon with jerky for snacks. I might not be eating enough but I am trying to keep my calories under control and stay away from fruit just until I get closer to my goals.

        Supplements: daily multi vitamin, vitamin d, fish oil, glucosamine w/ msm

        Anyone feel free to comment on my eating/food choices. I think it will take me a while to see what works for me.

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        • #5
          So far today i have had:

          B: 3 slices of bacon, 1 banana, 16oz of green tea

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          • #6
            Originally posted by AverageJoe View Post
            Anyone feel free to comment on my eating/food choices. I think it will take me a while to see what works for me.
            Your food so far looks good to me, but you're absolutely right: play with what works and discard what doesn't. Make the Primal Blueprint your own and screw what works for others if it ain't doin' it for you. If you can't feel comfortable on the PB, something is seriously wrong since I'm a firm believer that there's a way for it to work for everyone, even if that involves some tweaking. It's not a sacred text, after all. Tweak it as you need!

            G'luck, AJ! Keep yourself accountable and look to others for support if/when you feel yourself slipping or in a kind of uncertain limbo. We all hit those!
            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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            • #7
              Well it has been a rough day today. I have felt hungry most of the day and have had a headache all day.
              After my breakfast above i have had:
              Snack: small plate of pistachios and 2 tsp of PB (i know peanut butter is not good, I plan on picking up some other nut butter next time i am out.)
              Lunch: 2 chicken legs, 2 pieces of bacon, romaine lettuce
              Snack: small plate of pistachios and 2 tsp of PB.

              I am going to try to just have salad for dinner I know i have had a lot of calories today with the bacon, nuts, and PB.
              I need to go shopping.

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              • #8
                Sounds like the beginnings of the "carb flu," sir. Stick it out! It passes fairly quickly. It's the state of transition as your body moves from primarily glucose-burning to fat-burning.
                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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                • #9
                  Get some virgin coconut oil as well *if you want to try some of that I mean* .. it's good with cravings and you can take a spoon ful of that instead of Peanut Butter.. (it's yummy)

                  Congrats on returning to the PB lifestyle! And You shall do well this time round! I am looking forward to hearing more

                  "If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place." Nora Roberts

                  Start December 20th 2010: 177 lbs
                  Currant: 136 lbs
                  Goal: 125 lbs
                  11 more lbs to go


                  Follow My Journey :-)

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the support WinkBlu, Patrick, and MCW.

                    Yesterday for supper i had:

                    taco salad w/ no chips or shell. just taco meat (ground round), some salsa, romaine lettuce, and a very little bit of cheese.

                    Today i have had:

                    B: 1 banana, 3 pieces of bacon, and 16oz of green tea.

                    I have not worked out yet this week. I am just trying to eat right and get through the first 2 weeks. I do walk about 12 block going to and from work but i do not consider that exercise. Especially because i sit all day at work.


                    I am definitely going to pick up some coconut oil when i go to the store. I hope i can find the stuff. Otherwise i will need to order some coconut oil, coconut flour, almond meal, coconut\almond milk from somewhere.

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                    • #11
                      yesterday I had:

                      L: Salad- mixed greens, handful of pieces of fruit (pears, grapes, craisins) and a few pistachios. I also ate a handful of pistachios b/c the salad did not have much protein/fat.

                      S: Unfortunately i was starving when i got home. So i had 3 pieces of bacon when i got home.

                      Supper: I had 2 small chicken legs and 2 pieces of bacon and green beans.

                      I felt fine yesterday: i am going to the store today so i should be able to eat a little better (not so much bacon). I have not been tracking my calories or carbs but i think i am doing well. I am wondering if i should get a glucose meter to test my blood sugar or i think they have a test to see if i am in ketosis. Anyone have an opinion on those tests? would it be worth getting or should i just start counting calories\carbs?
                      Last edited by AverageJoe; 04-21-2011, 05:34 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by AverageJoe View Post
                        I am wondering if i should get a glucose meter to test my blood sugar or i think they have a test to see if i am in ketosis. Anyone have an opinion on those tests? would it be worth getting or should i just start counting calories\carbs?
                        Honest question: Does being in ketosis matter? Also, it's not an either/or situation between "get tests" or "count calories." You really don't need to do either. It depends on how you want to approach this. In your first post, you said you were looking to subscribe to the KISS method, so I say screw the tests (really not needed) and don't count calories unless you're seeing a persistent issue with progress or you're just plain curious.

                        If you've read the book and understand the basics in terms of how to approach your day-to-day living (and you know what to avoid and why), give yourself a few weeks with a steady kind of routine before you look to adjust/measure anything.
                        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
                          Great. I would rather not do either. I just wanted to make sure i did not waste all my effort just to find out that i was doing something wrong. I am re-reading the book b/c i just skimmed it the first time. Ketosis does not matter but it would let me know that my carbs are low enough but like you said I would rather keep it simple. So i will just wait and see what my progress is for the first month. Thanks.

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                          • #14
                            No worries, man. The worst thing to do early on is to overthink things or try to measure results too soon. My Director of Studies used to say "Plan the course but teach the class." Same thing with the Primal Blueprint: "Plan your long-term goals while living each day to get there." If things start to seem like they're getting too simple, you're doing it right.
                            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
                              Yesterday:
                              Breakfast:2 pieces of bacon, 16 oz of green tea
                              Snack: 2 handfuls of sunflower seeds.
                              Lunch: Salad- Spinach, Romaine Lettuce, Seeds, Grapes, Chicken, Raisin
                              Snack: 1 handful of pistachios
                              Snack: 2 pieces of bacon
                              Supper: 6-8 skinny steaks (thinly sliced pieces of eye of round cooked in organic butter/garlic/herbs)

                              Went to the butcher shop picked up some: bone in chicken breast, beef ribs, flank steak for jerky, ham. I still need go to the produce store for veggies/fruit.

                              I feel good. I did not have the carb flu too bad, just that second day.

                              I am not looking forward to eating this weekend w/ families for Easter. I should be able to just eat turkey/ham/veggies/fruit, the only thing that will trip me up is mashed potatoes. My mom makes them specifically for me. I am going to just have one small helping and load my plate w/ meat/veggies.

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