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  • The Primal Adventures of Griffin - Huzzah!

    I'm finally taking the plunge and starting a journal. Who knows maybe I'll even update it from time to time.

    As a kid, teenager and young adult I made the rounds through several sports: soccer, hockey (one year), softball and finally rugby when I was in university. In my early twenties, and playing rugby, I would typically go from 185# during the off season down to about 167# during the season.

    I got married (to Mrs. Griffin) and moved away for grad school, gave that up (the school that is), worked as an EMT and now as an architectural project coordinator. We have two daughters but I live a pretty sedentary life, I enjoy video games, TV, movies and reading. I used to have a SAD and would drink slurpees and pop by the gallon. Nothing out of the ordinary, I thought.

    Health-wise, I'm doing okay:
    1. I had one spleen (my X-Men mutant power is having a duplicate spleen) removed after it ruptured during my first league rugby game,
    2. I've been on anti-depressants for about 10-12 years,
    3. Slightly high cholestoral and minor "fatty-liver disease,"
    4. Normal colds and flus as like everyone else seems to get.

    Now I'm in my late thirties (38 in October) and trying to make some changes. About two months ago, I was getting desperate to find something to change my life. I was really depressed and I couldn't be bothered to start dieting and exercising because "there's no point, I'll only quit again anyway. Why bother starting?"

    I follow Erwan Le Corre (Movnat) on Facebook and Twitter and I think he posted a link to MDA. I'd heard of the lifestyle before but I didn't know where to get information and I thought it would be too difficult. So I started reading through Mark's blog and the forums and I started to get excited. My mind tried to make me quit before I'd even started. Thoughts like "What if I fail and can't do this?" "What if it doesn't work?" and "If I'm going to fail, am I better off not even starting?" coursed through my head.

    Mrs. Griffin was out of town the weekend I found the site and when she came home I was running the broken record through my mind. Luckily, she's very supportive and bought foods she thought would be "primal" when she bought groceries the next day. We ordered the PB and the Paleo Solution and I read them both, regaling her with all the cool tidbits of information along the way.

    We did fairly well the first week and have gotten better and better as we've learned more. I think we're well above the 80% mark in terms of WOE and are implementing the exercise more and more. We eat organic meat from the farmers' market 90-95% of the time and the rest is local conventional. We buy our fruits and veggies at the farmers' market or at the organic grocery store and are cleaning out our pantry. We gave up on grains and evil carbs right away. If we were to be "better" at the primal WOE we would knock out the nuts and eat less fruit but fruits and nuts are in our "20%" I figure. I should probably give up my one-a-day non-alcoholic beer, but I don't think I will for a while.

    For exercise, we are walking almost daily and we just did our PDF self-assessments yesterday. Here are my results:

    Push-Ups: Knee Push-Up Level,
    Pull-Ups: Two-Leg Assisted Pull-Up Level,
    Squats: Bench Squat Level,
    Overhead Press: Jack Knife Press Level, and
    Planks: Forearm/Knee + Side Knee Level.

    Progress-to-Date:
    June 17, 2011 (Start of the Primal Adventure), Weight: Between 197-200#
    August 2, 2011, Weight: 183.5# (down 13.5 - 16.5#)
    Last edited by Griffin; 08-03-2011, 05:17 PM.
    There are two wolves fighting within a man's heart, one is Love, the other is Hate. The one that wins is the one you feed.

    My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world. - Jack Layton

    The Primal Adventures of Griffin - Huzzah!

  • #2
    Wow - that's a lot of info for one post!

    Tonight we had Pork Fried Cauliflower Rice for supper. It's on page 99 of the PB: Quick and Easy Meals cookbook. OMG it was awesome!
    There are two wolves fighting within a man's heart, one is Love, the other is Hate. The one that wins is the one you feed.

    My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world. - Jack Layton

    The Primal Adventures of Griffin - Huzzah!

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    • #3
      Officially welcome Griffin. I like your signature saying about wolves.
      Ancestral Health Info

      I design websites and blogs for a living. If you would like a blog or website designed by someone who understands Primal, see my web page.

      Primal Blueprint Explorer My blog for people who are not into the Grok thing. Since starting the blog, I have moved close to being Archevore instead of Primal. But Mark's Daily Apple is still the best source of information about living an ancestral lifestyle.

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      • #4
        Ok - so I joined, just to add a comment here for you. I am so proud of you and am thoroughly enjoying our "primal journey" together. Thanks for getting so "excited" about going Primal - excited enough to make me take a second look and join you on the journey. So far - so fun! xo

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        • #5
          Tonight we tried the Korean-Style Blackberry Ribs, BBQ'ed with Bison Short Ribs. This was another great meal from the PB: Quick and Easy Meals cookbook (p. 169).

          We were going to do an LHT session but we're both still sore from the assessments the other day so we're postponing until tomorrow.
          There are two wolves fighting within a man's heart, one is Love, the other is Hate. The one that wins is the one you feed.

          My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world. - Jack Layton

          The Primal Adventures of Griffin - Huzzah!

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          • #6
            Good luck to you both!

            It's well worth the effort
            Newcomers: If you haven't read the book, at least read this thread ... and all the links!
            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread17722.html

            F/49/5'4"
            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

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            • #7
              Thanks Belinda - We've been loving it so far and we talk about various things related to it everyday.

              Mrs. Griffin really appreciates my new interest in what we eat. I go to the farmers' market and grocery stores every weekend with her now and I help prepare meals whenever necessary as well. It helps both of us when we're both interested in making this lifestyle change.
              There are two wolves fighting within a man's heart, one is Love, the other is Hate. The one that wins is the one you feed.

              My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world. - Jack Layton

              The Primal Adventures of Griffin - Huzzah!

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              • #8
                We had Bison Chili today and it was really good.

                I forgot to tell you all about a moment of shear newbiness though. On the weekend, I had a great idea to go for a walk with Mrs. Griffin but to go barefoot. After an hour of walking on sidewalks, our feet were extremely exfoliated and really, really sore - D'Oh! We'll try to build up so callous, but in increments, rather than acts of pedestrian lunacy.
                There are two wolves fighting within a man's heart, one is Love, the other is Hate. The one that wins is the one you feed.

                My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world. - Jack Layton

                The Primal Adventures of Griffin - Huzzah!

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                • #9
                  So we did our first official work out from the PBF ebook. Once I get feeling and muscle control back in my arms I'll feel great about it.

                  Holy Moly that was a workout. I haven't worked to failure while lifting for a long time.
                  There are two wolves fighting within a man's heart, one is Love, the other is Hate. The one that wins is the one you feed.

                  My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world. - Jack Layton

                  The Primal Adventures of Griffin - Huzzah!

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                  • #10
                    Okay I have a question: What are some good ways to enhance recovery? It's day 2 after working out and it's always the worse. I want to make sure we're ready to go again on Thursday.

                    Any suggestions?
                    There are two wolves fighting within a man's heart, one is Love, the other is Hate. The one that wins is the one you feed.

                    My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world. - Jack Layton

                    The Primal Adventures of Griffin - Huzzah!

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                    • #11
                      So I seem to have plateaued. It's been 2 weeks now that I've weighed in at 180 lbs. I have to do some reading about breaking through the plateau. I'm not getting discouraged I just want to break on through to the other side.
                      There are two wolves fighting within a man's heart, one is Love, the other is Hate. The one that wins is the one you feed.

                      My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world. - Jack Layton

                      The Primal Adventures of Griffin - Huzzah!

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                      • #12
                        Really, the most important thing is to not rely on the scale to give you the whole picture. You can completely reshape your body without losing a single pound.
                        Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                        • #13
                          hey griffin, i just broke through a plateau by upping my protein intake. i believe i wasnt eating enough protein and coupled with several days of IF i think it caused a stall. try to shoot for close to 1 gram per pound of lean body mass. for me thats somewhere between 150-200 grams a day.

                          probably wont work for everyone in every suggestion but i thought id give you an idea if you havent thought of it
                          Primal Chaos
                          37yo 6'5"
                          6-19-2011 393lbs 60" waist
                          current 338lbs 49" waist
                          goal 240lbs 35" waist

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                          • #14
                            Thanks for the replies. Mrs. Griffin and I spoke a lot about being primal over dinner tonight and we're both in this for the long haul.

                            I bought two pairs of jeans today, both with a 31" waist (and they were a bit loose). I just went through my closet and I've been wearing pants ranging from a 36" waist down to a 33" waist from the same company my new jeans are from. It's been about 12+ years since I've been smaller than a 33" waist.
                            There are two wolves fighting within a man's heart, one is Love, the other is Hate. The one that wins is the one you feed.

                            My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world. - Jack Layton

                            The Primal Adventures of Griffin - Huzzah!

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                            • #15
                              Huzzah indeed!

                              Welcome to journaling. I know it has been a big help to me in staying focused.

                              Mike is probably right about the protein. That was what made the most difference for me in breaking though a plateau and getting to my goal.

                              I wish you both the best. It's great that you have each other to share the journey.


                              Robin

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