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    Age: 26
    Height: 5'10"
    Weight: 182 as of November 13; no scale access at the moment
    Context: US Marine deployed to the Pacific

    I had already intended to cut out grains on this deployment as part of my general strategy of weight-loss, especially after reading Wheat Belly. My research took me further afield and I found myself reading PB while in the Cambodian jungle for training, and that's when a lot of things clicked.

    My wife and I already ate pretty healthfully; I'd maintained a weight between 180-185 since our wedding. We walk, we hike. But PB gave me the missing components, the framework of understanding why I still have some belly fat after 5 years of active duty and constant "good" eating.

    Being Primal aboard a ship isn't exactly the easiest thing in the world. The food choices are limited, and there are some meals I just have to outright skip because every dish involves grains. I've got a drawer full of primal snacks: jerky, nuts, tuna pouches, dried fruit, etc. I reserve my occasional "cheat" for liberty ports, because once-in-a-lifetime cultural experiences are not the time to get dogmatic.

    I'm hoping that journaling here will help me keep track of things, but I've gotta say that this comes pretty naturally. It's like this is how I was programmed to be. Watching my fat teammate stuff himself with grains and lament continually being hassled over his fatness has become doubly irritating now that I see how simply he's sabotaging himself.

    I'm lucky, breakfast is always primal friendly: eggs, bacon/sausage, and fruit are always available. The other meals are pretty hit-or-miss. The quality is all pretty low, but it's still something. The other meals I tend toward whatever protein isn't mixed with pasta/rice/etc, veggies and a salad. For exercise I have all the walking around the ship all day, climbing ladders, and my martial arts class, along with probably half an hour daily of simple cardio and half an hour of bodyweight/simply dumbbell exercises.

    That's where I'm at now. I really need to see if I can get on a scale and check my progress, because photos of my promotion made it look like I've already lost a substantial bit of weight in the last 2 months...

    So let's see how this goes, shall we? Can I find my abs before the deployment ends in the summer? Here's hoping!
    About Me | Journal: "Grok: Deployed"
    "Doctrine is the last refuge of the unimaginative." - General James Mattis

  • #2
    Thanks for helping to keep us all safe and able to freely eat our meat and veggies and run and play! Good luck with your plan and hope all goes well.

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    Check out my blog. Hope to share lots of great recipes and ideas!

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    • #3
      I agree! Thank you so much for serving! Not weighing can be frustrating, but is there a way you can measure instead? (Biceps, chest, waist, etc)
      It breaks my heart that you say your food quality is 'pretty low'. You and your fellow shipmates deserve the best.
      Melisa Anderson
      Holistic Wellness Coach, Personal Trainer
      1-1-12: 175lbs

      "Live a fearless life and stay focused on things you wish to have or things you wish to see happen in life.
      "The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear." ~ Brian Tracy

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      • #4
        Yesterday:
        B: Eggs and bacon
        L: Chicken burrito with sour cream
        D: Chicken breast, green beans

        Exercise: 20 minutes of intense pullups, planks, leg lifts, curls, and squats.

        Worked an all-nighter, same breakfast again, then helped move a lot of heavy cases of gear around, and now I'm back working instead of being allowed to go to bed, 29 hours awake and counting.

        Melisa: There's a scale at medical I've learned, I should be able to weigh in there if I run it past the docs.

        The food quality is indeed pretty low. Like I mean, the eggs at breakfast are fresh but probably not very high-grade, and most of the proteins have that ultra-massed-produced, college/school/prison quality to them (the burgers that are clearly 10c of extruded beef scrapings vs actual ground beef, etc). The salads at least are halfway decent, but extremely plain. It still beats MREs though, so I try to look on the bright side: those things are about 3/4 carbs, refined sugars, HFCS, and PUFAs, meaning I have no choice in the field but to eat things I KNOW are terrible for me.
        About Me | Journal: "Grok: Deployed"
        "Doctrine is the last refuge of the unimaginative." - General James Mattis

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        • #5
          (All times/dates local to the ship)

          1/6
          Overnight: 2 cans Dr. Pepper (overnight shift was zero warning and I couldn't afford to get tired; my system handled it ok)
          B: Eggs/sausage/grapes/apple
          L: Skipped, went to bed
          D: Slept through

          Exercise: Moved a bunch of gear from one cargo area to another. Then went to an exhausted sleep (out like a light for 5 hours), woke up to handle a few things that needed doing in the evening, and slept another 10 hours.
          About Me | Journal: "Grok: Deployed"
          "Doctrine is the last refuge of the unimaginative." - General James Mattis

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          • #6
            Thanks for all the appreciation, guys. I love what I do and I'm happiest when other people exercise their freedoms.
            About Me | Journal: "Grok: Deployed"
            "Doctrine is the last refuge of the unimaginative." - General James Mattis

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            • #7
              1/7:

              Breakfast: Eggs/bacon/strawberries/apple
              L: Sheep kabob wrap
              D: Cold Stone medium ice cream, assorted jerky/nuts/dried berries

              (The few opportunities we get to get off the ship, I allow myself to cheat within reason.)

              Exercise: 6+ hours of walking around a city.
              About Me | Journal: "Grok: Deployed"
              "Doctrine is the last refuge of the unimaginative." - General James Mattis

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              • #8
                1/8-1/9-1/10

                Food: Lots of Arab food, little regard given to primalness. When there was buffets, I tried to keep the seconds to meats and veggies.
                Exercise: Walking everywhere.

                That's gonna have to do it for a summary.
                About Me | Journal: "Grok: Deployed"
                "Doctrine is the last refuge of the unimaginative." - General James Mattis

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                • #9
                  1/11
                  B: Eggs/bacon/grapes/apple/milk
                  L: Skipped
                  D: Baked catfish, collard greens
                  S(nacks, throughout the day): 5 dates, two fistfuls of mixed nuts, some jerky

                  Exercise: Moved some boxes around, and Martial arts test (I passed and am now a Grey Belt, level 2/5). I'm trying not to exercise too hard before get into the next bit of off-ship training; I don't like being sore while trudging around the desert.
                  About Me | Journal: "Grok: Deployed"
                  "Doctrine is the last refuge of the unimaginative." - General James Mattis

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                  • #10
                    1/12
                    B: Eggs/bacon/grapes/apple/milk
                    L: Salad, some protein so unmemorable I can't recall it less than a day later
                    D: Baked chicken, carrots.
                    S: A few nuts, organic coconut flakes, jerky

                    Exercise: Walking around the ship and climbing ladders was enough for the day; the next few weeks in the desert are going to be harsh.
                    About Me | Journal: "Grok: Deployed"
                    "Doctrine is the last refuge of the unimaginative." - General James Mattis

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                    • #11
                      As a summary of my time thus far: I avoided rice and potatoes whenever hot chow got brought out. I ate most of my MREs; candy, "wheat snack bread" and all; it was pretty hard to pass up the calories given our activity level. I appear to have maintained weight or possibly lost maybe a pound; no real way to know.

                      I did journal my food intake for about a week, since individual components in an MRE are all nutrition labeled. They brought out hot chow, though, so that kinda screwed things up. I was around 80-150 carbs/day, give or take. Some days I was better behaved than others; MREs are luck of the draw. If I got M&Ms one day instead of, say, (processed to hell) cheese spread, I ate what I got.

                      I miss my snack drawer.

                      All is well, otherwise.
                      About Me | Journal: "Grok: Deployed"
                      "Doctrine is the last refuge of the unimaginative." - General James Mattis

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                      • #12
                        "wheat snack bread"
                        That sounds god awful- I imagine it being like a eating a coaster or something. Probably a great carrier for the cheezwhiz!

                        Boy, I bet after all that processed food, when you get home, eating primally will be like a gourmet adventure.

                        http://maggiesfeast.wordpress.com/
                        Check out my blog. Hope to share lots of great recipes and ideas!

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                        • #13
                          Getting back to my drawer of jerky, nuts, dried fruit, etc, on the SHIP is gonna be a gourmet adventure.
                          About Me | Journal: "Grok: Deployed"
                          "Doctrine is the last refuge of the unimaginative." - General James Mattis

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                          • #14
                            And indeed, it was.

                            2/2
                            B: Donuts and Coffee (it was that or no food and we were starving and freezing)
                            L: Two scoops of tuna salad, nothing else
                            D: Just skipped it

                            2/3
                            B: Slept through
                            L: Turkey burger patty, scoop of vegetables
                            D: Even though it was only yesterday evening, I already can't remember what I had. There was a small slice of pizza involved, and a few glasses of milk.
                            S: Some nuts and jerky.

                            2/4
                            B: Bacon, eggs, biscuit and gravy (it's a holiday for us so I splurged, plus all the time off ship has completely knocked me off my rhythm and I didn't resist as I should have).
                            L: Won't be eating it.
                            D: Is gonna be steak and lobster, and I will be eating a lot of both.

                            For exercise I have been doing martial arts training, an hour a day, along with all the general walking around the ship. I would be working out during my off-shift hours, but I have injured a muscle in my lower back in a fall and I'm trying to be gentle on it. Lots of stretching.

                            Diet objectives for the next interval: Sleep through breakfast as I continue to recover from sleep lost during training. Eat minimal lunch, protein/fat and maybe a salad. Protein-heavy dinner. Toss or give away the unhealthy stuff I have ended up retaining in my snack drawer (I compulsively horde the "good" MRE snacks, which are naturally carb-heavy and actually terrible; I also have some Girl Scout cookies and candy and so forth).

                            Exercise objectives for the next interval: Continue martial arts daily. Continue stretches. ASAP (back permitting) resume sprint workouts 3x/week, core exercises 3x/week, 30min cardio and pullups daily, use Sunday as recovery day/scheduled cheat day.
                            About Me | Journal: "Grok: Deployed"
                            "Doctrine is the last refuge of the unimaginative." - General James Mattis

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                            • #15
                              Steak and lobster were both kinda overcooked and low on flavor, but mediocre steak and lobster is better than no steak and lobster at all.

                              I've gotten back into having a giant-ass cup of coffee with a few creamers in the morning. It's enough to power me through lunch without wanting to eat, and I don't have to worry about burning good sleep hours to get up and eat breakfast. The more time you can spend asleep the better; makes the time go faster.

                              B: Slept through, had large coffee with three creamers no sugar
                              L: Skipped, not hungry
                              S: Chocolate covered sunflower seeds
                              D: Will edit in

                              Exercise: Spent an hour rearranging equipment in storage, good full body exercise. Martial arts tonight. Going to do squats and planks here in the workspace throughout the afternoon.
                              About Me | Journal: "Grok: Deployed"
                              "Doctrine is the last refuge of the unimaginative." - General James Mattis

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