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  • Primal Journal - An Army Man's Perspective to improve Mass and Fitness

    G'day All

    I am about to start on my progression into Primal Living. Whilst I am fairly certain most Journals start with some similar such statement I still decided it had to be said.

    Firstly however, a little about myself. I am in the military and very interested in fitness (general). I have just finished a four week course where I was trained to be a Combat Fitness Leader - a fairly physical course to say the least. Two weeks ago today I read about the Primal Blueprint and began adopting Mark's approach to eating and life - and I think it is great! I have been doing the best I can to stick to his eating style and have succeeded thus far. I lost 4 Kg on the Combat Fitness Leader course, although I think that was probably as much to do with the continual exercise as anything else.

    It is worth stating at this point that I am not making this lifestyle transition to loose weight. Four weeks ago I weighed 65 Kg and now weigh 61 Kg at 182cm - so anyone that can do some quick math with realise that I am (according to BMI) underweight. I instead wish to adopt this lifestyle for the health benefits and simply because it rings true with me.

    I am mostly over the 'Carb Flu' transition period (at least I think I am), assisted greatly by the very physical previous two weeks. I plan on beginning focused training again in a weeks time, but until then it will be light exercise and plenty of food to build my muscle mass back to a better weight.

    So, starting this coming Monday (29 Aug) I am going to start the 30 Day Challenge simply to make the complete transition. I will be adopting a strict approach which is similar to the Whole30 plan.

    I will keep a log of all my physical activity and daily food in here in the hope to provide an education from the point of view of someone who wants to improve body mass and take their fitness higher than an already above average baseline.

    I hope this provides some interest to the community. If not it matters not as it will be a good chance for me to document my 'experiment/journey'

    Peace and happiness to all. Thanks.

    P.S. My brother is currently overweight and not in a healthy state so I hope to drag him along with me and help him out. I have not broached the subject with him yet but will be doing so soon - wish me luck!
    "Contrariwise,' continued Tweedledee, 'if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic."

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    Welcome Tracer!
    Positively Radical — Pigeonholes are for Pigeons!

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    • #3
      Thanks HillsideGina. I'm looking forward to posting my progress / findings.
      "Contrariwise,' continued Tweedledee, 'if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic."

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      • #4
        Hi Tracer, I'm looking forward to seeing your progress - I've been on a strict primal diet/exercise program for 3 weeks and feel great - I'm sure you will too.

        I'm also fairly lean (with a little too much belly fat) so I'm hoping to see some increase in lean mass - it seems like the fat is coming off first for me at this point despite my increasing appetite. It's an exciting journey.
        Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller

        JpGrok Journal

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        • #5
          Good to hear JpGrok!

          Well I start the 30 days tomorrow. As I said I have been eating 'Primally' for the past two weeks and I honestly do not know what to think. I considered myself a very healthy, very active and fit individual before making the decision the change. I understand there is a transition period of at least three weeks so I will just wait and see I guess.

          I will not lie. I am slightly skeptical (given I was, and still am, perfectly healthy) - this is an experiment for myself to improve my physical fitness and health, not to loose weight (indeed I am in need to gaining weight at the moment) or try to overcome an illness or disease. We shall see I guess. Again, I hope this provides some information from a different point of view for people.

          On another note, ontop of the daily meal and exercise tracking I will also make note on how I am feeling, what my percieved stress was for the day, how much energy I had for the day and any biological signs/symptons/factors that are occuring or are noticable.

          One day until I start. Any final tips anyone? haha

          Peace and love everyone
          "Contrariwise,' continued Tweedledee, 'if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic."

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          • #6
            Tracer, it's good to be skeptical. If you're already fit and healthy, I doubt you will notice the benefits immediately. One big thing I noticed was feeling at peace with my digestive system. I'm also getting stronger in the gym whilst losing body fat. Perhaps take a blood test before and after to see the internal effects?

            Any tips? Stick with it 100%. And give the interval training sessions hell - this is where us leaner guys benefit from the growth hormone and testosterone release.
            Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller

            JpGrok Journal

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            • #7
              Well here it is, the end of day 1. My 'report' can be found below.

              Breakfast
              1. Meal: Mushroom and Bacon

              2. Ingredients:
              a. Hand-full Button Mushrooms, sliced
              b. Two rashers Bacon, sliced
              c. Baby Spinach Leaves (fair quantity – they shrivelled nicely whilst frying)
              d. Pepper
              3. How to make it
              a. Fried all the ingredients in a pan with Olive oil. Cracked the pepper over the top whilst frying then served.
              4. Comments: Was a surprisingly tasty meal. If I do it again I will add more spinach and really fry it until it is crispy!

              Lunch
              1. Meal: Oyster Starter, followed by Steak (Pasture Fed) with pumpkin, tomato and walnuts as a side.

              2. Ingredients:
              a. 6 x Oysters with freshly squeezed lemon on-top.
              b. 400g Pasture Fed Australian Steak (Medium Rare)
              c. 3 x Large Pumpkin Slices baked in olive oil with a sprinkling of Walnuts on top.
              d. 1 x Medium Tomato, fried
              e. Chilli Sauce (Diced Chilli, Sun Dried Tomato’s, Tomato Paste)

              3. How to make it?
              a. To best honest... I have started Holidays and had this meal at an expensive restaurant with my Mother (as a catch-up day out with her). I ensured all ingredients were prepared with olive oil and made sure the chilli sauce had nothing ‘wrong’ in it. Very delicious meal.
              4. Comments: It was excellent (it would want to be for the price! Haha!). Had it with a green tea and thoroughly enjoyed spending some quality time with my mother.

              Dinner
              1. Meal: Chicken Ceasar Salad

              2. Ingredients:
              a. Rocket and Baby Spinich leaves,
              b. Two chicken thighs diced and cooked in olive oil,
              c. 2 x hard boiled eggs,
              d. Home-made Mayonnaise (2 x egg yolks, 200ml olive oil, 3 tsp lemon juice – freshly squeezed and two pinches of salt. Whisked all together and stored in the fridge)
              3. How to make it?
              a. Threw all the ingrediants together in a bowl and drizzled around five tea-spoons on home-made mayonnaise on top.
              4. Comments: Worked well, it was quite nice. In future I might try to spice it up with some cashew or almond nuts. I might also look at mixing in some garlic to the home-made mayonnaise prior to throwing it on the salad for some extra ‘zing’. I could even drizzle Almond Meal on top...

              Other (Snacks)
              1. Meal: 3 x Strawberries, 2 x Hard Boiled Eggs, 3 x 3cm Celery pieces with Almond Butter

              2. Ingredients:
              a. Uh... yeah, fairly straight forward.
              3. How to make it?
              a. Just eat it!
              4. Comments: I consumed this snack about 3 hours after breakfast and after my Gym workout. It was a good ‘pick me up’ and certainly filled a hole in my stomach.

              Physical Training
              Today was the start of my re-conditioning phase. My body is weaker and not as fit as it was after being put through a fairly arduous course. Therefore, I have restricted myself to weight training for the coming week but will continually re-assess my conditioning progress. I have lost a lot of weight and need to gain it back to be able to begin my serious tri-athlon and cross-fit training. Anyway... My work-out was the following:

              1. 4 x Super Sets of:
              a. Dumbbell Bench-Press,
              b. Lat Pull Down,
              c. 1 Min rest between Sets.
              2. 4 x Super Sets of:
              a. Incline Dumbbell Press,
              b. Seated Row,
              c. 1 Min rest between Sets.
              3. 4 x Super Sets of:
              a. Assisted Pull-ups (over grasp grip),
              b. Barbell Shoulder Press,
              c. 1 Min rest between Sets.
              Biological Factors
              Nothing significant to report. It appears that my taste buds are more sensitive (probably because of two weeks with no sugar), which is an awesome side effect. Foods never tasted so delicious!

              Energy Levels – Today’s Rating: 6 – Energy levels felt slightly above normal

              Perceived Stress – Today’s Rating: 6 – Was a happy day, although there were a few instances of aggravation for me that, whilst not abnormal, I would prefer to not have had them

              ‘How I Feel’ Rating – Today’s Rating: 6 – Overall slightly above average. It was a ‘good feeling’ day.
              Last edited by Tracer; 08-29-2011, 03:09 AM.
              "Contrariwise,' continued Tweedledee, 'if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic."

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              • #8
                Well day two down. My report will be in the next post.

                I had a very tiring night last night with my partner (doing an assignment... not as much fun as what the statement might have initially implied) so I spent the majority of the day recovering.

                Feeling good, I think I may be starting the get over the 'carb flu'. Or it could be that I am in a rest/recondition phase of my physical training. I hope it is both.
                "Contrariwise,' continued Tweedledee, 'if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic."

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                • #9
                  Tuesday 30 Aug 11 – Day 2 Week 1

                  Breakfast
                  1. Meal: Omelette

                  2. Ingredients:
                  a. Hand-full Button Mushrooms, sliced
                  b. Half a Tomato, sliced
                  c. 3 x Eggs,
                  d. 2 tbs chives,
                  e. 2 tbs diced onions,
                  f. 1 tbs olive oil,
                  g. Half a hand-full of cashew nuts (natural, unsalted),
                  h. Pinch of pepper.
                  3. How to make it
                  a. Whisk the 3 eggs with the chives, pepper and onions (after frying the onion on light heat for a few minutes),
                  b. Cook omelette in light – medium heat until nearly cooked through (so you can flip it!), then flip for another minute or two,
                  c. Fry the tomato, mushrooms and cashew nuts to your likening immediately after removing the omelette,
                  d. Place all fried ingredients on-top the omelette, fold in half and enjoy.
                  4. Comments: Was a very fulfilling meal! I will definitely be making it again sometime. Then again, it would be hard to stuff up an omelette – just cook it and put in what you want!

                  Lunch
                  1. Meal: Home-made Salad.

                  2. Ingredients:
                  a. Rocket Leaves to fill your bowl,
                  b. Large hand-full of baby spinach leaves,
                  c. Few thin slices of ham, torn into shreds,
                  d. 1 x jalapeño, sliced,
                  e. Half a hand-full of cashew nuts (natural, unsalted),
                  f. 3 tsp of Home-Made mayonnaise (see 29 Aug 11 entry for ingredients).
                  g. 3 tsp olive oil, separate and used as necessary during the frying.
                  3. How to make it?
                  a. Throw the rocket in a bowel then fry the remaining ingredients with the olive oil on low heat to your liking. Once done, throw them with the rocket, drizzle the Home-Made mayonnaise and sprinkle pepper.
                  4. Comments: Basic but enjoyable. I need to find something to add some ‘zing’ to the home-made mayonnaise as it is a bit bland. The other ingredients were nice and left me satisfied given the general small appearance of the portions and meal.

                  Dinner

                  1. Meal: Baked Salmon with Pistachio Salsa

                  2. Ingredients:
                  a. SALMON
                  b. 4 x Salmon Fillets
                  c. 2 tbs Olive Oil
                  d. 1 bunch dill
                  e. 1 orange, juiced
                  f. Sea salt
                  g. SALSA
                  h. 1 bunch finely chopped flat leaf parsley
                  i. 1 tbs Olive Oil
                  j. ½ cup Pistachio Nuts
                  k. ¼ Cup chopped chives
                  l. Pinch of sea salt.
                  3. How to make it?
                  a. Pre-heat the oven to 180 – 200 degrees Celsius.
                  b. Spread the sea salt on top the Salmon pieces and press into the meat. Place the salmon inside an aluminium foil piece large enough to wrap around the meat, then drizzle the olive oil, orange juice and dill on top and fold the aluminium foil tightly around the fish.
                  c. Place wrapped Salmon pieces on a tray and bake for 20 – 30 mins (I did it for 25 mins).
                  d. To make the Salsa mix all the Salsa ingredients in a smallish bowl and mix it around (enough that everything is tossed together with the olive oil).
                  e. I served the Salmon inside the foil (just unfolded the top) so the juices would remain with the meat and used a teaspoon to scoop the salsa ontop. I also served it with baked pumpkin pieces (cooked in the oven using olive oil).
                  4. Comments: I made this for my partner, mother, brother and I and what can I say... it was amazing. No kidding, everyone thought they should be paying for it. Very succulent dish! What really made it work was the juicy oil the salmon was cooked in – my advice to you is ensure you leave it with the salmon when serving. (Also, I used 4 tbs Olive Oil in the Salmon as opposed to 2 so it was extra ‘oily’!)

                  Other (Snacks)

                  1. Meal: 4 x Strawberries, 1 x Hard Boiled Eggs

                  2. Ingredients:
                  a. Uh... yeah, fairly straight forward.
                  3. How to make it?
                  a. Just eat it!
                  4. Comments: I consumed this snack about 2 hours after breakfast and after my Gym workout prior to having a four hour sleep (last night was rough. I was up very late helping my partner complete an assignment).

                  Physical Training
                  Continuing on with my re-conditioning phase I focused on arms. My work-out was the following:

                  1.
                  5 x Super Sets of:
                  a. 5 x Incline Hammer Curls,
                  b. 10 x Body-weight dips,
                  c. 1 Min rest between Sets.
                  2. 5 x Super Sets of:
                  a. 5 x Reverse Barbell curls into a shoulder press,
                  b. 5 x Barbell curls,
                  c. 1 Min rest between Sets.
                  3. Final Set:
                  a. Maximum Reverse Barbell Curls into a Shoulder Press, reduce the weight, max reps again, reduce the weight and one final maximum reps.
                  Biological Factors
                  Nothing significant to report. I have an inkling that the ‘change over’ to getting used to burning fats is occurring. I cannot explain in detail why this is, however I feel like I am fuller for longer and maintain a constant energy level. However I cannot confirm this and don’t want to put too much weight to this feeling as I have had a disturbed sleep cycle as a result of staying up late to assist with my partner’s assignment.

                  Energy Levels – Today’s Rating: 7 – Energy levels were really good today, despite being very tired from the previous night. I had moderate portioned meals of good fats, protein and natural carbohydrates and felt very content ‘hunger’ wise all day. A very good day all around.

                  Perceived Stress – Today’s Rating: 4 – It’s not that I was unhappy, but probably because I was very tired. I slept a lot today and got agitated when picking my partner up from work for no real reason. I put it down to lack of sleep, as I ‘picked up’ later that evening when cooking dinner.

                  ‘How I Feel’ Rating – Today’s Rating: 7 A rather high rating given my perceived stress score but honestly overall today was good. I spent a fair deal of it recovering from a sleepless night but the food was excellent and my energy levels were constantly solid – could it be that I am getting over the ‘carb flu’ at last after two and a bit weeks?
                  "Contrariwise,' continued Tweedledee, 'if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic."

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                  • #10
                    Well day three has rolled over and is done. I spent the majority of the day preparing for the glorious dinner meal and reading. Report to follow.
                    "Contrariwise,' continued Tweedledee, 'if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic."

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                    • #11
                      Wednesday 31 Aug 11 – Day 3 Week 1
                      Breakfast
                      1. Meal: Fat Bomb Smoothie

                      2. Ingredients: Fat Bomb Smoothie: The Ultimate "Energy Drink" | Free The Animal

                      3. How to make it
                      a. As per the recipe in the link above, only I did not use any protein powder.

                      4. Comments: Awesome smoothie that powered me through the morning and into my weight session. Very cool!

                      Lunch
                      1. Meal: Home-made Salad.

                      2. Ingredients:
                      a. Rocket Leaves to fill your bowl,
                      b. Several slices of Ham,
                      c. 2 x Large Mushrooms, diced,
                      d. 1 x jalapeño, sliced,
                      e. 5 x Macadamia Nuts,
                      f. 3 tsp of Home-Made mayonnaise (see 29 Aug 11 entry for ingredients).
                      g. 3 tsp olive oil, separate and used as necessary during the frying.
                      3. How to make it?
                      a. Fry all the ingredients (except the Rocket) and throw in a bowl with the Rocket. Stir around and eat it up!
                      4. Comments: I was very hungry so I decided to make one of Mark’s ‘Big-Arse Salads!’. It was very enjoyable.

                      Dinner
                      1. Meal: Fajitas

                      2. Ingredients:

                      a. http://www.paleoplan.com/2010/02-23/chicken-fajitas-with-guacamole/
                      b. http://www.icookfree.com/cook/main-dish/fajitas/
                      3. How to make it?
                      a. I used a mix between the above two recipes, along with making some home-made Guacamole and Salsa (Google Paleo versions of either of these for instructions).
                      b. I served it all on a large plate with side dishes of Guacamole and Salsa for my partner, mother and I. Plates were covered in lettuce and my mother and partner had wholemeal tortillas (I, of-course, did not!). The rest was self serve.
                      4. Comments: Another amazing dinner. This went down an absolute treat and filled everyone up well.

                      Other (Snacks)
                      1. Meal: Hard Boiled Egg and fried tomato.

                      2. Comments: I ate this after returning from my workout to ‘top-up’. Nothing special, just a bite to eat.

                      Physical Training
                      Continuing on with my re-conditioning phase I focused on legs. My aim was to complete a few heavy compound movements and really tax my legs. I achieved this aim fairly quickly (my strength is significantly lower than what it was a month ago... disappointing but it was to be expected – emphasising the need to ‘re-condition’). I intended to super-set the dead-lifts but decided it would be better to purely focus on the lifts. My work-out was the following:
                      1. 5 x Super Sets of:
                      a. 5 x Weighted Squats,
                      b. 5 x Hamstring Extensions,
                      c. 1.5 mins rest between Sets.
                      2. 5 x Sets of:
                      a. 5 x Dead-Lifts
                      b. 1.5 mins rest
                      Biological Factors
                      Nothing for today.

                      Energy Levels – Today’s Rating: 5 – Energy levels were average today. Nothing special.

                      Perceived Stress – Today’s Rating: 6 – Very few stressful situations during the day. Overall it was a very relaxed day of mostly cooking and reading.

                      ‘How I Feel’ Rating – Today’s Rating: 6 – Although it was a relaxing day I did not feel as ‘good’ as the day before. Despite this it was still above average.
                      "Contrariwise,' continued Tweedledee, 'if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic."

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                      • #12
                        Firstly, sorry for the lack of updates - I have had a busy time being on holidays and all. Anyhow, here are the latest logs. I will make comment after posting them all - however I have changed the format to no longer show the reciepes (I did not think it was necessary, if anyone really wants them just PM me)
                        "Contrariwise,' continued Tweedledee, 'if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic."

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                        • #13
                          Thursday 01 Sep 11 – Day 4 Week 1

                          Breakfast
                          1. Meal: Steak with left-over Salsa

                          2. Ingredients:

                          a. 1 x 200g Steak
                          b. Left-Over Salsa from previous night (approx 1 and a half tomatos, half an onion and some diced red pepper).

                          3. How to make it
                          a. Cooked the steak and then fried the Salsa, serving the Salsa ontop.

                          4. Comments: I felt the desire for a bit protein hit for some reason so I went with my ‘gut instinct’. Fried Salsa was a nice addition.

                          Lunch
                          1. Meal: Home-made Salad.

                          2. Ingredients:
                          a. Rocket Leaves to fill your bowl,
                          b. Several slices of Ham,
                          c. 2 x Large Mushrooms, diced,
                          d. 1 x jalapeño, sliced,
                          e. 5 x Macadamia Nuts,
                          f. 3 tsp of Home-Made mayonnaise (see 29 Aug 11 entry for ingredients).
                          g. 3 tsp olive oil, separate and used as necessary during the frying.

                          3. How to make it?
                          a. Fry all the ingredients (except the Rocket) and throw in a bowl with the Rocket. Stir around and eat it up!

                          4. Comments: I was very hungry so I decided to make one of Mark’s ‘Big-Arse Salads!’. It was very enjoyable.

                          Dinner
                          1. Meal: Fajitas

                          2. Ingredients:

                          a. http://www.paleoplan.com/2010/02-23/chicken-fajitas-with-guacamole/
                          b. http://www.icookfree.com/cook/main-dish/fajitas/

                          3. How to make it?
                          a. I used a mix between the above two recipes, along with making some home-made Guacamole and Salsa (Google Paleo versions of either of these for instructions).
                          b. I served it all on a large plate with side dishes of Guacamole and Salsa for my partner, mother and I. Plates were covered in lettuce and my mother and partner had wholemeal tortillas (I, of-course, did not!). The rest was self serve.

                          4. Comments: Another amazing dinner. This went down an absolute treat and filled everyone up well.

                          Other (Snacks)
                          1. Meal: 4 x 4cm Celery with Almond Butter; 1 x Strawberry with a handful of Blueberries; Couple of Macadamia Nuts.

                          2. Comments: I have felt fairly hungry all day and have been constantly snacking on the above list... could this have been because of the lack of Fats at breakfast?

                          Physical Training
                          Assisting my Family ensured I had a rest day today.

                          Biological Factors
                          Nothing for today.

                          Energy Levels – Today’s Rating: 5 – Energy levels were average today. Nothing special.

                          Perceived Stress – Today’s Rating: 6 – Very few stressful situations during the day. Overall it was a very relaxed day of mostly cooking and reading.

                          ‘How I Feel’ Rating – Today’s Rating: 6 – Although it was a relaxing day I did not feel as ‘good’ as the day before. Despite this it was still above average.
                          Last edited by Tracer; 09-07-2011, 04:20 PM.
                          "Contrariwise,' continued Tweedledee, 'if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic."

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                          • #14
                            Friday 02 Sep 11 – Day 4 Week 1

                            Breakfast – Bacon and Eggs

                            Lunch – Salad

                            Dinner – Chicken Breast with Coconut Cream Sauce & Sun-Dried Tomato, Roast Pumpkins

                            Other (Snacks) – Nuts, snacking on food prep for Saturday’s Picnic

                            Physical Training
                            Continuing on with my re-conditioning phase moving into more ‘circuit/crossfit’ type training. No rest just continual work – felt very good during and after.
                            1. 5 x rounds of:
                            a. 5 x Bench-Press,
                            b. 5 x Pull-ups,
                            c. 5 x Seated Row.

                            2. 5 x Sets of:
                            a. 5 x Bench-Press,
                            b. 5 x Seated Row
                            Biological Factors. Nothing for today.

                            Energy Levels – Today’s Rating: 6 – Energy levels were good today I felt energised all day. I ended up running around with my mother aiding her with chores and then was straight into cooking all afternoon for a picnic with my girlfriend on Saturday.

                            Perceived Stress – Today’s Rating: 7 – A very enjoyable day despite running around working. I enjoyed all the cooking I did and learnt a lot whilst doing it.

                            ‘How I Feel’ Rating – Today’s Rating: 7 – Very good. I made comment several times that I think I am nearing completion of the ‘carb flu’ period.

                            NOTE: I changed the layout of the reports as I felt it was unnecessary placing info about ingredients and cooking and thought it would be better to spend time commenting on energy levels, stress and ‘how I feel’ ratings.
                            Last edited by Tracer; 09-07-2011, 04:20 PM.
                            "Contrariwise,' continued Tweedledee, 'if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic."

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                            • #15
                              Saturday 03 Sep 11 – Day 5 Week 1

                              Breakfast – Picnic Breakfast (Stuffed Mushrooms, Stuffed Tomato, Ham and egg Cupcakes, Asparagus wrapped in bacon, Almond Meal pancakes and Almond Meal Crackers with Cashew and Lemon Hummus) – Awesome, all the food was excellent.

                              Lunch – Salad

                              Dinner – fillet Mignon with 3 King prawns in chilli sauce with vegetables.

                              Other (Snacks) – nil.

                              Physical Training. None, rest day visiting my partner’s parents.

                              Biological Factors. Nothing for today.

                              Energy Levels – Today’s Rating: 7 – Energy levels were good. It was a full day of activity and I did not find that I felt tired or drained at any stage.

                              Perceived Stress – Today’s Rating: 7 – An easy, enjoyable day. There were little instances of stress (although a short burst where I thought we were late to my partner’s parents). Minimal stress.

                              ‘How I Feel’ Rating – Today’s Rating: 7 – Very good overall. My mind was very active and there were no ‘mental lethargy’ periods.

                              Comments: A very enjoyable day. It started early and I maintained a constant energy level throughout the entire day, driving for 2 hours followed by a picnic breakfast, some shopping then having an afternoon and dinner with my partner’s parents. However, at about 2130 h I crashed, although I do not put this down to a lack of energy but rather a fairly extensive day.
                              Last edited by Tracer; 09-07-2011, 04:19 PM.
                              "Contrariwise,' continued Tweedledee, 'if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic."

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