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    A friend set a goal of running in a 25k in memory of a departed friend and I decided this would be a great way to finally lose weight while honoring our buddy's memory. Started the Couch to 5K program but realized I needed to lose some weight before putting in too many miles. Fortunately my cousin mentioned Primal Blueprint to me and I decided to give it a shot. Obviously the distance running isn't exactly primal, but it's the catalyst for the change and a goal I've set for myself so I'm going to stick with that, though I've incorporated the Couch to 5K program into my Primal Exercise.

    To start, I am male, 32 years old, 5'10" and weight 271 pounds with a 42 inch waist. I was mildly active in high school (golf, tennis, pickup basketball, etc) but got away from it in college. Like so many people I've read on here college started to add on the pounds and life afterwards didn't help. I'm happily married with two kids and my eventual goal is to be able to walk my daughter down the aisle. She's 5 now and loves asking me if I'm exercising so I can do so... great motivation.

    Today was day one and so far so good, though it's amazing how things I don't even eat or particularly care for become desirable once I've made a change and restricted my diet (beer, Doritos, etc).

    Breakfast - Radish and pork hash from the cookbook. Surprisingly good, though I was a bit disappointed that most of the radish flavor was gone. On the bright side, my wife who hates radishes enjoyed it.

    Lunch - Tuna and dried cranberries over some organic baby spinach.

    Dinner - Chicken and Artichokes with Garlic Sauce - AWESOME! Plus I have a bunch left over for salad tomorrow.

    Exercise - Combination walking/running for 30 minutes, 1.5 miles.

    Today's Total
    Calories - 1855

    Fat - 115.4
    Saturated 35.1
    Polyunsaturated 25.1
    Monosaturated 47.0

    Carbohydrate 48.3
    Dietary Fiber 13.0

    Protein 172.6

    According to FitDay I burned 3,608 calories... seems high and not really that important, just something to add.
    Last edited by Toefuzz; 06-02-2011, 05:20 PM.

  • #2
    First off, love the ID. Toefuzz seems kind of cute lol. I haven't bought the cookbook yet but if you have a wife that hates radishes and liked the hash, well then I may have to try that.


    • #3
      geostump - Toefuzz is actually my son's nickname. He was born two months early and spent the first month in an incubator. Despite never wearing socks, booties, etc he always had Toefuzz so the name kind of stuck. I try not to yell it too loudly at soccer games


      • #4
        Day 2

        Breakfast - Leftover Radish and pork hash

        Lunch - Chicken and Artichokes with Garlic Sauce leftovers on a salad

        Dinner - Unstuffed cabbage. Very good, actually turned the cabbage into a taco for the meatigoodness.

        Snacks - Peach, smoked almonds

        Exercise - A 1-2 mile family walk with my daughter on my shoulders. I also found a fun spontaneous form of exercise... bench pressing my children.

        Today's Totals

        Calories - 2027
        Fat - 132.7
        Saturated - 39.1
        Polyunsaturated - 14.4
        Monosaturated - 51.3
        Carbs - 62.5
        Dietary Fiber - 24.8
        Protein 162.1

        Tired today, but that's normal.


        • #5
          Day 2.5 - The Test

          Couldn't sleep last night and was messing around in my nightstand trying to find some headphones so I wouldn't keep my wife awake when I came across a rather large stash of left over Easter candy. Much to my surprise I knocked the crap aside and forgot all about it... until I was laying in bed trying to sleep 30 minutes later, then it started to sound really yummy. Fortunately willpower prevailed!


          • #6
            Good for you!

            I never ever had willpower in regards to food before primal. Now it's more like "will I, or won't I" and 9 times out of 10 I won't!
            Newcomers: If you haven't read the book, at least read this thread ... and all the links!

            Jan. 1, 2011: 186.6 lbs PBSW Mar. 1, 2011: 175.8 lbs
            CW: 146.8 lbs
            GW 140 lbs
            A proud member of PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals


            • #7
              Originally posted by belinda View Post
              Good for you!

              I never ever had willpower in regards to food before primal. Now it's more like "will I, or won't I" and 9 times out of 10 I won't!


              • #8
                Day 3 update shortly but first an important announcement:

                To whom it may concern:

                If you happen to come across my carcass sprawled on the floor hunched over an iPad please blame Mark Sisson. "Oh sure, how bad could a 15 minute workout be" I remember thinking to myself approximately 20 minutes before I keeled over and died.

                Holy crap! I did the stage 1 exercises in the Primal Blueprint Fitness guide and can barely walk, let alone remember how many I managed to complete, my wife's name or the state I live in. 15 freaking minutes and I nearly died! Most surprising it was even a little fun.


                • #9
                  Day 3

                  Breakfast - Egg and broccoli quiche. Not too bad but it needed something. Will add some sausage when I make a new batch tomorrow.

                  Lunch - Unstuffed cabbage leftovers

                  Dinner - Garam masala chicken recipe I made up. Couple of chicken breasts mixed with a table spoon of garam masala and two tablespoons of olive oil. Threw everything in a bag, rubbed the chicken to work the spice in, and let it sit for two hours. Might try letting it sit overnight next time.

                  Exercise - None (rest day)


                  • #10
                    Day 4

                    Breakfast - Berry crumble with blueberries and raspberries. Used walnuts and pecans along with misc. spices for the crust. I enjoyed it, though my wife says make it without walnuts next time, son asks for it without pecans

                    Lunch - Had a few egg crepes with wild smoked salmon, asparagus, and red onion. Very yummy and the kids like them as well, though they each only like certain parts.

                    Dinner - various leftovers from the week.

                    Snacks - been munching on nuts the last day or two (smoked almonds and macadamia nuts). Unfortunately the kids like the macadamia nuts so that might get expensive.

                    Exercise - the already mentioned Primal Fitness workout that kicked my ass. I had to scoot down the stairs on my butt b/c my legs were so shaky. Unfortunately my arms were as well so I couldn't support myself on the railing, hence the sitting. My wife was supportive though, she stood at the bottom of the stairs and laughed at me

                    Random Observations - My stomach seems to be doing much better as of late. Less gassy, gurgling, etc and things are coming out... ummm... cleaner I guess you could say A delicate subject but I'm sure other people who have cut out the grains and processed foods will know what I mean.


                    • #11
                      Day 5

                      Breakfast - Small portion of leftover berry crumble thing

                      Lunch - Surprisingly I wasn't hungry until around 2:30 so I just tossed some leftover chicken onto a salad with a little olive oil

                      Dinner - Made Indian food... my family was ridiculously happy when I had the sudden realization that most Indian food is primal, providing I can skip the Naan and rice. Also made some cauliflower rice that turned out better than expected.

                      Snacks - some nuts here and there plus a couple of pieces of bacon when I couldn't sleep

                      Exercise - Legs are killing me from yesterday's workout so I only walked for 30 minutes

                      Random Observation - Can't sleep the past few days. It's been an on again, off again problem for years but the past two or three nights have seen me falling asleep somewhere between 2:30 and 4am. Not sure what's going on but it certainly sucks.

                      Random Observation 2 - I think I'll go a little easier Wednesday on my Primal Fitness workout. While it's important to add the strength training, it's probably just as important to be able to actually carry out the cardio exercises throughout the week. My quads are killing me and it's day two after the workout.


                      • #12
                        Day 6

                        Breakfast - Couple of pieces of bacon, wasn't very hungry

                        Lunch - Leftover Indian food

                        Dinner - Some ginger chicken and a salad that my wife made... very tasty.

                        Snacks - blueberries, bacon, and a few smoked almonds

                        Exercise - Nada, legs are still very sore from Sunday's workout.

                        Random Observation - As I said in my last post I've had problems getting to sleep of late. After reading Mark's Daily Apple and some of the comments I decided to ditch the ipad/iphone that I usually read on before bed and went back to my Kindle. Fell asleep in no time. Will test this for the next few days but at the very least it's encouraging. Weigh in day tomorrow! Already down a notch on my belt so it should be interesting.


                        • #13
                          Re. sleeping. Go to a healthfood store (maybe a drugstore too) and get some magnesium citrate or Natural Calm. A little magnesium before bed can help with sleep. I get less leg & foot cramps if I take it as well.
                          Newcomers: If you haven't read the book, at least read this thread ... and all the links!

                          Jan. 1, 2011: 186.6 lbs PBSW Mar. 1, 2011: 175.8 lbs
                          CW: 146.8 lbs
                          GW 140 lbs
                          A proud member of PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals


                          • #14
                            Belinda - I've seen a few people mention Natural Calm elsewhere on the boards... might give that a try.


                            • #15
                              Day 7

                              Breakfast - Sausage, egg, and kale quiche thing that Mark had on his daily post earlier this week. Very tasty, wife and everyone loves it.

                              Lunch - Leftover Indian food

                              Dinner - Poor planning and a late dinner resulted in scavenging Primal food... had some left over sausage patties, some of the sausage/egg breakfast food, some blueberries, and some macadamia nuts.

                              Snacks - smoked almonds

                              Random Observation - Day 2 of reading on my kindle rather than the iPad before going to bed and I once again fell asleep almost instantly. Yeah sleep! I've also woken up around 7:30 the past two mornings which is strange (alarm clock doesn't go off until 8:30). Now if I could just motivate myself to actually get out of bed instead of laughing and falling back asleep.

                              Tomorrow is the official weigh in day!