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    I attempted the 30 day challenge before but did not do so well! I let the holidays and other excuses get in my way of living a primal life. Tomorrow, I start over again with dedication and a log here!


    Age: 24

    Height: 6'3

    Weight: 225-230*


    *I plan to take update pics and stats this coming Sunday (1/17).


    Weekly Schedule:

    This changes quite a bit due to work and energy levels. My Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training can beat my body up pretty bad some days.


    Monday: Lift (Kettlebells)

    Tuesday: Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ)

    Wednesday: BJJ (Option)

    Thursday: MMA, BJJ

    Friday: Lift (Kettlebells) and BJJ(Optional)

    Saturday: Whatever I feel like...BJJ...lift...sleep?

    Sunday: Rest


    I try and do Diamond Dallas Page's Yoga for Regular Guys twice a week as well. Feels good for recovery reasons and the extra flexibility is nice for BJJ.


    As you can tell, BJJ is my big thing. I am currently a blue belt in the Rigan Machado Association with a tournament record of 8-3. I haven't competed in a while and need to get back on the mat!


    I do most of my strength training with kettlebells. I am an RKC kettlebell instructor (Certified in April of 2009) and love teaching them to others!


    Dietary:

    My macros usually look like this:


    Cal/Fat/Carb/Pro

    2,032/110.7/68.3/196.7


    I will be posting daily updates and what I am eating.


    Supplements:

    Fish Oil, multi, joint, and calcium.


    *Goal for This Challenge*

    1. Drop at least six pounds of body fat

    2. Live by and apply the 80/20 rule!


    Here we go!


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    Day 1 - 1/15/10


    Diet:

    2,115/120.7/61.2/204.1


    M1: 1oz Almonds, 1 Banana

    M2: 6 Eggs, 2oz Turkey, 1 C. Broccoli

    M3: 5.75oz Hamburger, 2 Tbsp Organic BBQ Sauce, 1 C. Broccoli

    M4: 2 Scoops Whey

    M5: 7oz Chicken, 2 Tbsp Organic BBQ Sauce, 1oz Walnuts, 1 Tbsp Olive Oil


    I want to add another serving of fruit to my diet, I just need to find something that works. I'm allergic to oranges and apples give me diarrhea. I hope to find some organic strawberries this weekend. Also, I plan to have some variety with my veggies, I just didn't have time to go to the grocery store until this evening.


    Exercise:

    Elliptical - 30 Minutes


    I planned on lifting and doing BJJ today but my upper back had other ideas. I felt fine when I woke up but half way through the day my upper back locked up and I ended up in the chiropractors office getting adjusted. Hopefully it feels better tomorrow.


    Random:

    I'm looking at purchasing a road bike for this summer. I could easily ride it to work in under 10 minutes and get around rest of town in the same time frame. It would be decent exercise and save my old car some wear and tear.

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      Day 2 - 1/16/10


      Diet:

      No macros today, ate out for supper.


      M1: 6 Eggs, 2 Tsp Butter, Banana, 1 C. Broccoli

      M2: 1oz Almonds

      M3: Steak Stir Fry (Broccoli, Snap Beans, Carrots, and Cabbage)

      M4: 3 Egg Omelet with Cheddar, Ham, Sausage, and Bacon

      M5: Handful of Almonds, Handful of Walnuts


      I was starving at night, so I enjoyed a primal snack instead of throwing a pizza into the oven. Good change of pace.


      Exercise:

      No exercise today, work and family time got in the way.


      Random:

      Starting pics and stats will be up tomorrow!

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        Day 3 - 1/17/10


        Diet:

        1,736/117.4/57.1/123.6


        Just wasn't hungry today and didn't get enough protein.


        Exercise:

        No exercise, work and watching the Vikings dominate today took up my time. I'll be back at it hard tomorrow! The two days off kind of stink but my back feels a lot better now.


        Stats and Pics:









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          Day 4 - 1/18/10


          Diet:

          2,135/120.7/75.1/196.7


          Exercise:

          -V02Max Snatches: 40 sets (6 reps/arm using the :15/:15 protocol)

          -Heavy Bag Get Ups: 2 sets of 6 reps

          -Heavy Bag Shoulder, Squat, and Press: 2 sets of 8 reps

          -Pull Ups and Bottom Pistols


          Time: ~1 Hour


          Felt good to get back into the weight room today!

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            Day 5 1/19/10


            Diet:

            1,973/99.0/63.9/219.1


            Exercise:

            Yoga for Regular Guys (AM)

            BJJ Practice (PM)


            I didn't get a chance to roll after practice tonight. I spent some time helping a teammate prepare for his blue belt test and then had to hit the road to get to work.


            Random:

            Things are going great so far!

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              Day 6 - 1/20/10


              Diet:

              2130/117/64/190


              Destroyed part of a rotisserie chicken for lunch today, yum! I plan to polish off the rest of it tomorrow.


              Exercise:

              Yoga for Regular Guys

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                Day 7 - 1/21/10


                Diet:

                2,325/112.4/76.9/206.5


                Exercise:

                Swings Alternated w/ Light Rope Skipping: 10 minutes

                Guard Attack: 20lbs for 3 sets of 10/Arm

                Rows: 3 sets of 9

                Explosive Push Ups: 8, 6

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                  Day 8 - 1/22/10


                  Diet:

                  2,340/127.3/69.9/210.6


                  I bumped my calories up 300 or so calories today and plan to do so from here on out. I jumped on the scale this morning and I was weighed in at 222. Which is down four pounds in under a week. Great, but I don't want to be losing any muscle mass with the fat!


                  Exercise:

                  Off Day


                  Random:

                  1) I did Yoga for Regular Guys yesterday but forgot to mention it in my post.


                  2) I took the advice in the Primal Blueprint book yesterday when I lifted and loved it. I went in and did a handful of things I felt like and left feeling ten times better than when I came in! I went from exercise to exercise in got it all done in under 20 minutes. I gotta do this more often!

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                    Day 9 - 1/23/10


                    Diet:

                    2,223/111.9/85.2/210.4 + Strawberry Shortcake


                    Well, I lasted eight and a half days before eating something that isn't "primal". It looked too good to turn down.


                    Anyways, I'm realizing how awesome primal eating can be. I honestly don't feel like I'm restricting calories/trying to lose weight when I'm eating primal. I'm salivating at breakfast for my ham and cheese omelet!


                    Exercise:

                    Squat: 3x5

                    Bench: 3x5

                    DB Rows: 3x8

                    DB Triceps Extensions: 2x10-12


                    Today was the first time I benched and/or squatted in about 18 months. I made the switch to kettlebells and haven't turned back until today. I thought it would be fun to do something different and it was. I messed around on bench after the 3x5 and worked up to 225 for a pretty easy single. I've still got some strength in the tank!

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                      Day 10 - 1/24/10


                      Diet:

                      Not a primal day, at all. I ate terrible during and after the Vikings game. Comfort food, I guess. They choke every single year.


                      Exercise:

                      Rest Day

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                        Day 11 - 1/25/10


                        Diet:

                        2,168/108.9/91.9/194.4


                        Exercise:

                        A1) Kettlebell Clean and Press: 3 Ladders of 1/2/3

                        A2) Pull-Ups: 3 Ladders of 1/2/3

                        B1) Swing: 3 Minutes

                        C1) Renegade Rows: 2x6

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                          Day 12 - 1/26/10


                          Diet:

                          2,208/120.6/72.7/205.4


                          Exercise:

                          MMA Practice - 30 Minutes

                          BJJ Practice - 1 Hour and 15 Minutes


                          Random:

                          I need to be sure to eat a banana before MMA/BJJ. I had zero energy for this tonight.

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                            Day 14 - 1/27/10


                            Diet:

                            I was a pig today. I sat around at home, got bored, and started snaking on everything non-primal I own. I need to keep busy! This doesn't happen when I'm out and about, only when I'm at home all day.


                            Exercise:

                            Clean and Press: 3 sets of 1 per arm

                            Snatch: 6 Minutes @ 50% Intensity

                            Guard Attack: 3x10 per arm

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                              Day 15 - 1/28/10


                              Diet:

                              2,122/115.0/65.8/196.5


                              Exercise:

                              Yoga for Regular Guys - 20 Minute Workout

                              MMA - 50 Minutes

                              No Gi BJJ - 1 Hour and 15 Minutes


                              Random:

                              I've been having trouble staying awake during the middle of the day...this has been a problem for months now. Going to try and get to the bottom of this...

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