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    Greetings Everyone,

    My wife and I went Primal about a month ago and we feel great. I am not overweight, I chose this diet because it sounded ridiculously healthy. I would actually prefer to gain some weight.

    I am a former Marine and endurance athlete. I'm 5'8" weighing in at 140. I don't look muscular or lean I just look skinny. My goal is to gain 15lbs and develop a little more muscular looking physique. Below is a picture of my balding self. Hopefully someday I can call it a before.


    I will post occasional meals and recipes, but mostly I will focus on fitness. This will not last 30 days it will last until I achieve success.

    Mike Zentz
    Last edited by mikezentz; 06-25-2012, 10:57 AM.
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  • #2
    Hi Mike! Nice to meet you. I'm looking forward to following along with you as you go!
    Beastly musician / My Primal Blog

    My plan for the year (July 23rd 2012-July 23rd 2013):

    Walk to Mordor. I have walked 12.33 miles out of 1779.
    Do Convict Conditioning / balance exercises.
    Eat primally.
    Take a progress picture once a week.
    Don't weigh myself.

    Starting weight: 223
    Current weight: ???
    Goal weight: 145

    Waist measurement 08/03/12: 42 inches and three quarters
    Goal waist measurement: 30 inches


    • #3
      Hey thanks!
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      • #4
        Hey, great introduction!


        • #5
          Its's been a great morning!

          Wakeup: 7am

          Omelette (4 Eggs) with onions, tomatoes, and peppers
          Bacon (3 slice)

          Two hour jog/hike through Puu Ualakaa State Park. I climbed trees, balanced on fallen branches, did pullups from branches, reverse pushups while hanging from branches, threw/carried some large rocks, and did some boulder hopping. I wore my RunAmoc minimalist shoes most of the time. I try to go bearfoot as much as possible but my feet just aren't strong enough for the whole hike yet.

          Current Weight: 140, +15lbs to go.

          I just got home from my workout and am feeling very sore but full of energy. I wanted to take some pictures for you guys but sadly it was raining when I left my house. I'll be doing this hike again in a few days and hopefully I can get some pictures.

          Until then here are some older ones from the Pali Trail.

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          • #6
            My favourite snacks:

            caprese - Its just a slice of fresh (real) mozzarella and a slice of tomato on top of a basil leaf. Drizzle a little olive oil over the top and crack some pepper on top of that.

            roasted honey almonds - Put a plate of almonds in the oven on 350 for about 20 minutes. Take them out and lightly drizzle honey and cinnammon on top.

            crispy bacon and almond butter

            strawberry yogurt - Goat milk yogurt with sliced strawberries. Should be half strawberries and half yogurt, slice up the berries and then mix/mash it all together.

            dark chocolate
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            • #7
              Welcome to MDA and TPB! Thanks for stopping by my food blog yesterday to comment! I'm so envious of the forrest you get to play in! I'm sure you'll see incredible success with your goals! Keep posting some pictures (I love photography!). FYI - I've subscribed to your journal and will keep on checking in.

              Again, welcome!



              • #8
                Thanks so much Jennifer! I'll try to post pictures as often as I can. Rain is major limiting factor but it keeps everything green

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                • #9
                  Looks like you live in a lovely place, what a forest!

                  Caprese is fantastic, especially with real mozzarella (from buffalo's instead of cow's milk). I'm trying to limit my dairy intake, so I only have it once in a while, but I love it!.

                  Good luck on your journey!
                  My Journal: Candy in Primal Wonderland
                  My Blog: Candy in Wonderland
                  Goal for 2012: keep weight steady (+/- 74 kg): check
                  Goal for 2013: lose 10 kg and keep new weight (+/- 65 kg)


                  • #10
                    Where are those vines on Pali? I gotta try that. You can always come lift at Shafter if you want to gain some weight.
                    "Go For Broke"
                    Fat Kine-230/24% @ 6'2"
                    Small Kine-168/9%
                    Now- 200/8%
                    Goal- 210/6%


                    • #11
                      Hello everyone! Its been raining all day here, not a good day for drying mattresses or playing bocce ball

                      Hours slept: 8.5

                      Breakfast: 4 eggs scrambled (I was in a hurry)
                      Lunch/Dinner: Chicken Squash Spaghetti

                      Exercise: Recovery Day

                      Starting Weight: 140 --- Current Weight: 140 --- Goal Weight: 150

                      Today was a very relaxing day. As usually I walked to and from college (about 45 minutes one way). I had a Statistics test and felt really good about my performance. Spent the rest of the day re-reading "How to Win Friends and Influence People". I've read through it a few times but its concepts are easy to agree with and even easier to forget.

                      Tonight my wife and I are going to Kailua. We'll hang out on the beach, look at things but not buy at The Pampered Chef, play Apples to Apples with some friends, get some groceries at Whole Foods and go home.

                      This hasn't been a very interesting entry so I'll leave you with this picture of me and my wife trying to swing on the same vine at the same time:
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                      • #12
                        Hey Mike! Thanks for commenting on my journal. My situations sucks, but it'll be over soon, plus I'm always tweaking my "survival" strategies to get by lol, nothing more Grok-like then struggling to survive, I guess haha. On the plus side, it's really shown me how much I love being primal. Life literally sucks when I can't be over 90% primal.

                        I also have to say, you and your wife are just ADORABLE!! Life looks pretty good in Honolulu - jealous!
                        Primal: Because I like to have my steak, and eat it too

                        Current Primal Journal
                        My Old Primal Journal - Surviving my summer away from home
                        Food blog: Sex or Chocolate: I choose STEAK!