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  • #31
    Good to see that you got through your workout no problem - I have squats at 140 pounds today, 5 x 5. I'm glad to hear you don't have the same leverage problems I have with long arms and legs - it makes everything much more difficult. I've been enjoying a bit of Cross Fit style exercise recently and struggling to get back into the gym for serious workouts. Must squat.
    Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller

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    • #32
      Yep, the wedding is this coming April. Coincidentally, right during PrimalCon. Thanks for the good wishes! She is actually Primal as well, just a little less strict since she doesn't have weight issues. But it really helps with her mood, energy and immune system--I think pretty everyone could benefit from it to some degree.

      Today's lunch was about a half pound of grass-fed ground beef with sauteed bok choy and about a quarter of a sweet potato (all leftovers).

      I <3 grass-fed beef. That is all.
      Today I will: Eat food, not poison. Plan for success, not settle for failure. Live my real life, not a virtual one. Move and grow, not sit and die.

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      • #33
        Good squats to you, JpGrok.
        Today I will: Eat food, not poison. Plan for success, not settle for failure. Live my real life, not a virtual one. Move and grow, not sit and die.

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        • #34
          You gave me the motivation to get back in the gym: 60 kg (132 lbs) 5 x 5 - thanks man!
          Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller

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          • #35
            Glad I could help.
            Today I will: Eat food, not poison. Plan for success, not settle for failure. Live my real life, not a virtual one. Move and grow, not sit and die.

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            • #36
              Last night it rained (that's a rare occasion here, worthy of celebration)! This morning was gorgeous, cool and damp with just a touch of overcast. Absolutely perfect temperature for sitting out with a sweater, a mug of steaming coffee, and a book. So that's what we did this morning while Dog tore around the yard in high gear trying to tempt us into chasing him. He did not succeed, but I think he enjoyed the trying.

              I have been falling asleep around 9:30 or 10pm and waking up naturally right around sunrise. It's really nice to just slowly fade into full awareness and decide that it's time to rise instead of being torn from dreams by a buzzing alarm.

              We made ourselves some olive oil lamps out of a couple of old containers and some cotton yarn braided into wicks. They work pretty well and we've been using them for light around bedtime. We just shut everything off and retire to the bedroom with nothing but lamp light for a bit, and talk or read until we get sleepy and blow them out. It's incredibly relaxing and soporific to read by the light of a flickering lamp flame.
              Today I will: Eat food, not poison. Plan for success, not settle for failure. Live my real life, not a virtual one. Move and grow, not sit and die.

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              • #37
                Emerge with a blink, a stretch, a scratch,
                and the morning air wipes the sleep from your eyes.
                Cool fingers caress bared skin
                waking an ancient fur-memory.
                Concrete chills, deader than stone,
                but the rains came in the night
                and the wet earth breathes life into your soles
                as you step into the real world
                from the one we have made;
                safe, and easy, and tame.
                They stand beside you, your mate,
                and your dog, and this is right,
                the way it has always been.
                And this morning you pause,
                and almost recall what it was
                to dwell always in what is real,
                and what is now.
                And this morning you regret
                trading the real world
                for this one;
                safe, and easy, and tame.

                Just like you.
                Today I will: Eat food, not poison. Plan for success, not settle for failure. Live my real life, not a virtual one. Move and grow, not sit and die.

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                • #38
                  Measurements as of 10/6/2011:

                  Neck: 15"
                  Biceps: 14"
                  Waist: 35"
                  Hips: 35.5"
                  Thigh: 24"

                  These are probably more accurate than the first set I took, so I'll be using them as a baseline in the coming months instead of those.
                  Today I will: Eat food, not poison. Plan for success, not settle for failure. Live my real life, not a virtual one. Move and grow, not sit and die.

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                  • #39
                    Last night I went for a walk/sprint session with Dog and my fiancee. She didn't run since she hasn't been feeling very well the last couple of days. I ran 5 sprints spaced out a few minutes apart along the walk. Felt pretty good, I pushed it as hard as I could and was pretty gassed by the time I finished the last couple. I felt fast too. I think regular squatting and dead lifting probably makes a big difference in sprint performance.

                    Last night's dinner was grass-fed top round roast. I put a little refined coconut oil in my cast iron pan, added some shallots and garlic, then sprinkled in some sesame seeds and ginger. Rolled the meat in the oil and seasonings, then put it in the oven at 375F for about 40 minutes, flipping at 25 minutes. Also did a sweet potato in the microwave and had half of it with some Kerrygold and a little salt.

                    Everything came out pretty tasty, though the meat was a bit tough since it's roast meat and I didn't slow-cook it or marinade it all day. Also I think I would have preferred it a little more rare--it came out a little well-done and dry for my taste. Probably try it more like 325F for the same amount of time and see how that turns out next time. But it's still good, and the drippings baked into a nice crumbly seasoned crusty stuff that's delicious. I've got leftovers for lunch today too. It might even last me through dinner.

                    This morning was almost cold! I don't think this is going to last; it'll probably hit 100F a couple more times before it cools off consistently for the fall. But the last couple of days have been just gorgeous.
                    Today I will: Eat food, not poison. Plan for success, not settle for failure. Live my real life, not a virtual one. Move and grow, not sit and die.

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                    • #40
                      Yesterday I took a couple of short walks around my work during the day, and another with the Tribe (my fiancee and our dog) when I got home. Food was leftover roast beef for lunch, and short ribs, asparagus, portabella, and sweet potato with some frozen berries for dinner (a few too many probably, but hey, it's berries, big deal). The ribs were exceedingly tough with lots of chewy fat and gristle, but the meat was tasty once I ripped it off the bone with my teeth. Dog enjoyed the gristly bits.

                      Today is a lifting day. The schedule is:

                      Squat: 3x5 @ 155 lbs
                      Overhead Press: 3x5 @ 90 lbs
                      Dead Lift: 1x5 @ 215 lbs

                      Plus warmups. Will report back with results later!
                      Today I will: Eat food, not poison. Plan for success, not settle for failure. Live my real life, not a virtual one. Move and grow, not sit and die.

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                      • #41
                        I FEEL GREAT. My workout went perfectly and I just ate a DELICIOUS PRIMAL MEAL. I feel so great I had to SHOUT ABOUT IT ON THE INTERNET. My life is AWESOME.
                        Today I will: Eat food, not poison. Plan for success, not settle for failure. Live my real life, not a virtual one. Move and grow, not sit and die.

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by Uncephalized View Post
                          I FEEL GREAT. My workout went perfectly and I just ate a DELICIOUS PRIMAL MEAL. I feel so great I had to SHOUT ABOUT IT ON THE INTERNET. My life is AWESOME.
                          Haha! Good stuff, Uncephalized. I know just how you feel: not just living life, but living the hell out of it.

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                          • #43
                            Yeah, I'm having a pretty damn good weekend. I feel really good, fiancee and I are making serious headway on some projects we've been wanting to work on for a long time, and I've just been feeling active and get-shit-done all weekend.

                            I finally made a start on my backyard aquaponics system! Yesterday I built the frame for it:



                            One of the top barrels will be cut in half lengthwise and used as troughs for growing plants. The barrel on the ground will be a fish tank. I just picked up the pump, tubing and fittings I need to plumb everything together.

                            I'm going to use one of the extra barrels (or possibly both, I have 4 total) as another pair of troughs for growing duckweed and algae, to use as fish feed. So my inputs will be nothing but compost and yard refuse (which the duckweed troughs will process into plant protein) and water. Outputs will be edible vegetables, fruit and fish (tilapia). That's assuming I can grow enough duckweed to keep the fish growing. It's an experiment.
                            Today I will: Eat food, not poison. Plan for success, not settle for failure. Live my real life, not a virtual one. Move and grow, not sit and die.

                            My Primal Journal

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                            • #44
                              This weekend I ate well, and got lots of good project work done. Lots of eggs, beef, bacon, chicken, sweet potato, and veggies (I did pick up Chipotle for lunch one day but stuck to the Primal-friendly options with a salad bowl). I really don't want to be at work today; I want to keep working on my grow system!

                              Today is a lifting day. My targets are:

                              Squat: 3x5 @ 165 lbs
                              Bench Press: 3x5 @ 150 lbs
                              Pull-up: 3x5 @ body weight + 7.5 lbs

                              Plus warmups.
                              Today I will: Eat food, not poison. Plan for success, not settle for failure. Live my real life, not a virtual one. Move and grow, not sit and die.

                              My Primal Journal

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                              • #45
                                I have realized that I really need to live somewhere with a cooler climate. As soon as summer weather broke and the days were not climbing into the 90s or 100s every day, it was like a switch got flipped and I started WANTING to go outside and work on things, take walks, run sprints, whatever. I just want to be outside all the time when it's not as hot as a flippin' oven.

                                We're laying plans to save as much money as possible the next couple of years and get the hell out of AZ to move somewhere nicer. We may even end up living in a trailer or something for a while to minimize expenses and put more money away faster.
                                Today I will: Eat food, not poison. Plan for success, not settle for failure. Live my real life, not a virtual one. Move and grow, not sit and die.

                                My Primal Journal

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