Today I start back to primal. For the past 6-9 months I have been in and out of it. Ive been stuck in a cycle of being on again, off again - with being on for about 1-2 wks, then falling off for a few and struggling to get back going. Funny thing is I feel like crap when I eat like crap and dunno why I do it in the first place....seems to be a common theme around here - the feeling like crap part anyways.
A little about myself: Im 28 years old. 6'1. And about 192-ish right now and would like to drop 15-20. I live in North Eastern WI. For the past 4 years Ive been racing triathlons and doing pretty good at it (racing at around 180lbs)....up until my back injuries. For whatever reason, two discs in my lower back decided to herniate. There was no defining moment and the pain just kinda came on until it went crazy on me and got out of control - over ~3 weeks time. One of the discs was very bad, basically ruptured and was giving me excruciating pain. I ended up having surgery on it in the beginning of Aug '09. Things felt good for 4-5 days and the pain started to come back a little. I had another MRI done 12 days after the surgery and it confirmed the disc reherniated. I spent the next 4 months hoping that itd heal by itself... missing races (including Ironman Hawaii!, though I still took the vacation) and really not doing much. It started to get worse in Nov and I ended up having a 2nd surgery on it in Dec. Fast forward to today and the disc is okay, but still having pain. I had an MRI done 2 wks ago and stuff checks out good. Doc says its just a matter of time until everything calms down in there. A bit more of my back story is on my blog at 3xrob.com
As a result of that, Im pretty limited in my workouts which is getting really irritating. But, I gotta let this thing heal. I can walk fine, swimming is okay and I started doing some strength training while avoiding bearing weight on my lower back - read: not picking up any weights, nor putting stress on it and mostly using machines. Its better than nothing. Ill walk on my tready 3-4 times a week and sometimes do incline intervals at 15% incline. Those are kinda fun.
Nutrition-wise, Id say that even when Im not primal Im usually 50-60% primal, if you can say that. I need and want a higher percentage though! I love eating fat. I buy organic produce where it counts. I have an organic grass-fed farmer 5 miles down the road where I get all my organic pork and will buy 1/4 cow every so often. We will sometimes take a 30 min drive to an organic dairy farmer that sells organic pasture-fed raw milk and organic eggs. Within about 10 miles I probably have 6-7 organic farmers that are near me. LOVE IT! I am also raising 15 chickens in my back yard that should start pumping out eggs fairly soon. They are nearly 4 months old now.
So, Im starting this journal to give myself a bit of accountability from all you like-minded folks and to do my own 30 day challenge...and keep it going. Id appreciate any comments!!
Ill update later today with my "daily".