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  • Primal Challenge Journal (Jefferson)

    So I've finally decided to take the plunge again. I had much success with a primal diet last year after reading Dr. Cordain's book. Sadly, I let myself fall back to my old ways and I now look and feel worse than I did before I ever started. I hope to add more of my story and more stats to this thread later, but I wanted to get started with some basics today.

    I am 26 years old, male and a first year teacher (not a career I would inflict on my worst enemy).

    I am 5'9" tall and I currently weigh 231 pounds.

    Today's food intake:


    4 egg omelet with bacon and cheese

    1 cup of cottage cheese

    2 tablespoons of salsa




    10 oz. beef steak pan friend in coconut oil

    1 cup broccoli cooked in butter

    1 cup romaine lettuce with red wine vinegar & olive oil

    I also drank a few cups of unsweet tea (the only way it should be drank, by the way) and some water throughout the day.

    Any and all encouragement will be much appreciated. I can already feel the effects of the low carb flu, as I am a bit spacey, dizzy and have a bit of a headache. Hopefully it will pass quickly. I've also started logging my food in Fitday for the first time. Hopefully that and this journal will help keep me on track. Thanks for reading, thanks for the support and thanks to Mark for all he does!

  • #2

    So far so good, my primal pals. Here's day 2 info (being posted early in the morn on day 3).


    About 7 ounces of chorizo

    4 eggs


    About 4 ounces of left over steak

    1 cup of leftover broccoli


    About 10 oz steak, cut up and fried in coconut oil

    2 cups of lettuce with carrots & red cabbage

    1/2 cup diced tomato

    1 tbs sour cream

    1 tbs guacamole

    1 tbs hot salsa

    All mixed up in a bowl, fajita salad style.

    As you can probably tell, we got a good deal on some steak at the grocery store and I'm trying to eat it all before it turns and the dogs get a treat (my dogs are also recently turned primal, a practice I HIGHLY recommend).

    Hopefully I can post some more personal information later on today. Thanks so much for reading, and please feel free to post here. This poor little thread is feeling a bit lonesome. Have a great day!


    • #3

      Day three over and done with and I'm feeling pretty good. I think the majority of what's wrong with me, emotionally at least, stems from my job.

      But on to the food for the day:


      Leftover Chorizo and eggs with colby-jack cheese.

      about 1/2 a cup of cottage cheese


      Leftover fajita steak salad with sour cream and guacamole


      Steak omelet, about 4 ounces of steak, 3 eggs and some cheese

      And that's it for the steak. Even something as delicious as that can get a little old after a couple of days. Fortunately there's a three day weekend coming up, so hopefully I can get some more of my story here. Good luck to everyone, have a great rest of your day.



      • #4

        Hey Jefferson,

        I know how you feel, I'm right there with you too, man. But you can stick it out!

        You seem to be on the right track, and I promise I'll check back in a couple of days from now to make sure you haven't fallen off the wagon

        Your Primal Comrade,



        • #5


          Thanks so much for popping into my little thread. I'll take all the encouragement I can get.

          Do you have a thread of your own I could check in on now and again? In the face of such strong pressure from the CW folks, we've got to stick together and encourage one another as much as we can. It's just too easy to backslide into old ways, especially when family, friends, coworkers are all trying to convince you that you're going to murder yourself because you're not eating bread.

          Thanks for checking in on me!


          • #6

            A Mitch Hedberg fan? Nice!

            Here's my journal:


            And hell yeah we gotta stick together!

            Be seeing ya...


            • #7

              Yessir, Mitch Hedberg rocked. Sadly, so many of the good ones die.

              Here's info for day number 4.


              A couple eggs

              Some bacon

              Some cheese, all smacked together into an omelet.


              Sausage, egg & cheese scramble

              (we were negligent in going to the store, so we only had breakfast stuff left)


              Enchiladas (from a recipe here on MDA)

              No grains, instead a "crepe" wrap made of egg and half & half

              Homemade sauce with tomato sauce, various seasonings and water

              Some shredded chicken from a rotisserie chicken


              This recipe was awesome! I highly recommend you try it. Here's the link:

              I will say it took a bit more than 15 minutes. I guess the article was referring to the cooking time, not the prep time. But it was worth it! I can't wait to have leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

              Have a great tomorrow, everyone.


              • #8

                Good morning. I'm getting ready for another fun day of teaching middle school (again, DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME) and I thought I would make mention of my sleep.

                My sleep has been a bit rough the last couple of nights, whereas before starting the PB I was sleeping soundly through the night. This is a good thing, however, as the stress and dread of school had me taking Tylenol PM and other sleep aids basically every weekday night. Despite this being a particularly stressful week, I haven't taken any sleeping pills and I've been sleeping pretty well on my own.

                It feels so much better to wake up in the morning and just be a bit sleepy instead of that medicated, groggy feel that sleeping pills leave me with.

                I love the PB. Now to make my will power follow me wherever I may go.


                • #9

                  I'm 6 feet (well, really like 5'11" and 3/4 but I round up because it just sounds better). I'm (finally) going to get my photos up tomorrow so you'll have a better gauge on how big I am (stomach wise...)

                  I'm glad I'm feeling more like me too! Sickness is weird. I want to be well right now, but the experience I'm not sure I would change because it has certainly made me a better person. Life sure is odd...

                  Be checking in soon,

                  - Alex


                  • #10

                    Alex, thanks for responding to my question. I think we should both just respond with "two meters" when someone asks for our height. It's close enough for government work. I hope you're doing well.

                    I managed to get nice and busy yesterday evening with my inlaws, so here I am posting about day number five early on day number six. Anyway, it's a Friday before a much needed THREE DAY weekend, so rock and roll.

                    Yesterday's food:


                    A couple eggs

                    3 slices of bacon


                    Leftover enchilada's from the recipe mentioned above. (The egg and cream "tortillas" were even more tortilla like on the second day. It was awesome.)


                    Went to Logan's Steakhouse with my inlaws, had the following

                    12 oz steak

                    sauteed mushrooms

                    vegetable skewer with onion, tomato, zucchini and mushrooms

                    a couple of bites of my wife's sweet potato

                    When we got to my sister-in-law's house, I told her that we are cutting the grains and sugar from our diet. She told me that it's "unhealthy to cut out entire food groups like that", then ate three or four rolls, a white baked potato and some ice cream. She's quite thin and works out all the time, but her diet is as close to fat free as possible and she practically lives off of Slim Fast shakes. I don't plan on taking diet advice from her any time soon. She also has wild mood swings, and I have to wonder how much hormonal imbalances play into that.

                    Thanks for checking in on my, I'll post again later today. off to the wonderful world of public education!


                    • #11

                      Day six is coming to an end and it's been a pretty good one. The kids in my class managed to behave somewhat, I think I'm getting a little better at the whole classroom management thing. I'm not sure that it's the most difficult part of being a teacher, but it's definitely in the top 3.

                      Anyway, after school was awesome because it's the start of a 3 day weekend and my Utilikilt came back to me in the mail (I had it shipped back to be shortened because I have the legs of a pygmy head hunter). I'm looking forward to three days of auto mechanicing, kilt wearing and barefooting it (or Five Fingering it when I'm outside, since it's so cold).

                      Today's food:


                      2 egg omelet with bacon and cheese

                      Out of necessity, due to use being out of the shredded cheese we usually buy, I grated some cheese myself this morning. It was definitely tastier! I'll check the cost of a brick of cheese and compare it to the shredded stuff tomorrow. If it's as cheap or cheaper, I'll be investing in a nice quality grater.


                      Ground beef pattie with a slice of cheese

                      Broccoli spears cooked in butter with pepper and a little salt


                      Chili made with the rest of the ground beef I bought

                      I applied chili powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper. It had a pretty good zing to it, which means my wife must have really suffered the heat.

                      I'm really feeling pretty good. I think my energy levels are improving and I haven't taken a single sleep aid of any kind all week. How awesome is that?

                      Tomorrow will be a week of primal, so I think I'll weigh myself and see if anything has changed. I know not to pin all my dreams on the number on a scale, so I promise I won't get upset if it doesn't say what I want it to.

                      Next week, my wife and I start our western dance class. I also just found out that one of my friends at school goes to a local yoga gym a couple of times a week. I might get in on that, too. Since I am a very inactive person, I think I'll slowly broach the subject of exercise with my body a little at a time. Eventually, I hope to be a member of the local Crossfit affiliate.

                      Good luck to everyone!


                      • #12

                        While it's on my mind, and because I'd like to be pretty public about my aspirations in order to keep myself on track, here is my current goal:

                        By April 1, 2010, I hope to be at 199 pounds or under. The least I've ever weighed was the last time I was primal and that was 203-204. I want to break that 200 pound threshold by April.

                        I can't really say how much I want to weigh in the end. I'm guessing it will be between 170 and 180 or so, but I've never been a healthy weight in my adult life so I can't really say what I should weigh.

                        What a fascinating experience this may turn out to be.


                        • #13

                          One week in and things are going pretty well, actually. I think I'm mostly over the carb cravings for the time being.

                          I weighed myself this morning and I was down to 227. Just a few minutes ago the scale showed 228. Either way, I've lost somewhere in vicinity of 4 or 5 pounds in a week. I'm most definitely happy with that. I'll check again in a week and see if there's been any more improvement.

                          As for food today, it was as follows:


                          Bacon and cheese omelet with a little half and half in the eggs


                          Nothing, wasn't hungry


                          Made some more of those delicious enchiladas that came from a recipe on Mark's website. Good stuff! Tomorrow I think we're going to try spaghetti squash. I've had it before and love it, but my wife is notoriously picky when it comes to food and is a little apprehensive about it.

                          One ward we go.


                          • #14

                            One ward we go? I must have been more sleepy than I thought I was. Oh well. Let's try it again:

                            Onward we go!


                            • #15

                              As usual, here I am posting about the day's information at some crazy hour of the morning. I won't stick around long as I need to be in bed instead of on this infernal computer.


                              Chorizo, eggs, cheese mixed together (I love this stuff, but my wife could take it or leave it)


                              Nada, fat and protein are very good at keeping you full


                              Baked white meat chicken

                              Butternut squash



                              Some raspberry vinaigrette (claims to have O carbs)

                              We had supper at my sister-in-law's house. She's a very health minded person who, unfortunately, has bought whole heartedly into the CW way of life. She's pretty fit as far as that goes, but her energy level sucks and she tends toward rather strong mood swings. A healthy day's food to her way of thinking would include several servings of whole grains (like the "whole grain white bread" she kept offering me, touting its "whole grains" all the time), a SlimFast shake and absolutely no fat whatsoever.

                              In fact, she was talking up the fact that our meal was baked with no oil whatsoever. I'm amazed at how people just love their bland, dry white meat chicken. Ick. Needless to say, after that fat free meal I was hungry about 2 hours later and had:


                              A couple of grain free beef enchiladas with sour cream and guacamole on the side. (Much better!)

                              Thanks for checking in!