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  • #31
    Nice, catfish would be excellent.

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    • #32
      Didn't make it to the gym this morning with little man waking up before dawn. He just wanted to play and hang out a little but I did get some time on the Bowflex and I'll have to do some lifting at the office.

      Variation Push-ups. 55 total.
      10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1. Great workout that takes harldy any time.
      Do some curls and my version of shovelglove with a dumbell w/ light weights .
      Wall Squats.

      Another big ass salad for lunch with Tuna and various veggies, protein shake and then cottage cheese as a snack.

      Can't go to the gym tomorrow with Michelle taking her boards but I can again get a good workout in at the office and possibly really early tomorrow morning. Going to be a good day today and tomorrow will rock as well.
      Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

      Mary Pickford

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      • #33
        Got up way too early today b/c Little man thought it best to watch dawn. Not a big deal since today is Friday and the weekend is fast approaching. The wife is taking her Boards today which will hopefully bring great results. She has been studying for this test for 2.5 yrs. 7 hour exam which is beyond me but this is her passion. It'll be nice once she starts working and we can get back on a normal routine.

        Working out at the office today and leaving a little early to pick up little man and celebrate with the misses. End of the month and have most of my business set up for May. Probably going to cook some Mahi Mahi tonight with steamed broccoli with a touch of ornage marmalade and a side salad. Have a few drinks and unwind. It's been a crazy trip the last few weeks with test prep, work and house projects.

        I need to get back into the gym starting next week. With her test I have gotten a little slack and need ot get back on board. Nutrition wise things are good.
        Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

        Mary Pickford

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        • #34
          Had an outstanding weekend with the fam. Played a lot with little man and avoided yard work like the plague. I know I should've but whatever. It was a ridiculously stressful week at work, the back was hurting and I needed a mental break. Business has been good but with the economy and the new healthcare legislation has put a few of my main clients on pins and needles but thats life. If life were simple and straight forward then we'd just get bored and lazy.

          I am realizing again that the stresses we bring on ourselves are never as bad as they seem. I have a tendency to overthink about things which only adds to the stress level and when that occurs my Fibromyalgia kicks in a little more which hampers my workouts due to stiffness and soreness and a ton of pain but I just need ot get back to basics and live. I have had nightmares again about my times overseas and I understand thats to be expected. I am goignot try and learn more about them through reading, a little research and talk to other vets dealing with the same thing. I'm not having flashbacks so anyone reading this don't worry. I won't be on CNN or FOXNEWS as the crazy vet guy who went on a rampage. This is an opportunity to learn mroe about ym own body processes and how/why I deal with things the way I do. Is it genetic? Is it something everyone does after traumatic events or is it the specific way my body handles these situations. It will be interesting to explore.

          Today things look more positive especially when you take a step back and observe things as they are not how you perceive them to be. I started to look into finishing my Masters and also looking into some nurtition classes. Feels good.

          Breakfast- 3 eggs with mushrooms, bell peppers
          Snack- Protein shake with strawberries, carrots, celery
          Lunch- Big ass salad with tuna, almonds, carrots and a bit of celery with Balsamic.

          I worked out a little this morning but plan on a nice long walk, some push-ups, abs at the office later on.
          Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

          Mary Pickford

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          • #35
            Sies de Mayo. Freaking great day so far. Slept in a little with the misses and just feel like a freaking million bucks. At work yesterday I devised a plan for the next 9 weeks for new goals in fitness, home and work. Pretty simple concept but I am the type of person that has to set goals and than more importantly write out exactly how i plan to get there. I have been labled a dreamer who starts great than gets distracted. Runs in the family.

            9 weeks- until the family beach trip. I have been talking up the PB lifestyle for months now and I plan on showing the results.
            Gym 3 times per week with 2 stregnth sessions. Yoga twice per week along with swimming at the end of 2 gym workouts. Takata Sprints on Saturday mornings.

            I'll be going to the gym to get an official Body fat calculation to give me a better understanding of where I am and whats realistic for me to get to in 9 weeks.

            Nutrition- Keep eating healthy and eat more dark leafy greens, avg 170g protein per day with proper amount of fat, etc. Not going into much detail b/c well thats all this site is.

            Play- Getting back to walks with the fam and dogs. Playing with the dogs everyday (Building an obstacle course for them to run around in. Tilley our 90 lb black lab/shepard mix is too athletic not to compete. Our Jack Russell will just chase her through it.

            I also started reading a book called Scanners which is for personality types like myself. It's basically for those who are really good at a lot of things but get easily bored and move on to something else which leads ot unfinished projects. Take a gander at the projects my wife and I have started and I have to finish all by myself. The only problem is I get focused on something else and have to come back later which is frustrating as hell.

            This is the most random ass entry yet. I ffel so good right now and the momentum is building that my mind is wandering through endless possibilities. See that whole dreamer thing coming out now. Gotta focus and get more subs and interviews going.
            Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

            Mary Pickford

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            • #36
              Siete De Mayo. Started looking through my diet in more detail and realized I am nto eating enough. I know a lot of people don't eat breakfast here which I have started ot skip but I feel now like I am slowly starving myself. It would be fine but I get so busy with work and life that I don't make up for it through out the day.Less energy and I am starting fall back, slowly mind you, into some bad habits. I just need ot refocus and get back on track. I've got a plan in place and will go back through highlighted sections of the PB book this weekend. Life has been so damn hectic keeping work going and taking care fo the little man while the wife studied for her boards. Thankfully normalcy has returned since she just passed her test and now I don't have everything on my plate anymore.

              I've got a plan in place for the next 9 weeks so I feel confident about that. Getting back to the gym at least 3 days a week focusing on total body, 1 day for Yoga, and getting back on the high horse of nutrition. Gotta start hitting 1800-2000 calories per day with 170g of protein again. The fat intake isn't bad but I need better sources.
              Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

              Mary Pickford

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              • #37
                Woke up a little later this morning and after some much needed sleep. Things have been really stressful lately with work and trying to juggle the world right now but it's all smoothing over. Had a pretty good workout on the Bowflex for about 20 minutes. Hit all major muscle groups as well as adding a few new ones int he mix. I am cancelling my gym membership today or tomorrow. That will give us enough time to utilize it for the rest fo the month and start looking at cheaper options. Theres one not too far away that only cost $5 a month with no contract. I love my current gym but it's too big and kind of a pain with all the meatheads chatting and taking their sweet ass time.

                I like the smaller gyms b/c there's typical less people and those who are there are more focused. I need to be surrounded by that in order to really push me. It's probably the whole Army mentality thing about beiung surrounded by thsoe who want to work hard not by those who want to do nothing. The gym isn't a social place for me. I know others like it but not me. I want to get in and out and go about my day without having boring BS conversations that neither person really cares about. Sad but very true. Think about the mundane conversations you have at work or when you see someone out and ask yourself if you're just being polite or if you care at all what they say. I know it sounds bad and anti-social but it's true. I love people and talk for a living which probably plays a large role in my thinking but when you have BS conversations all the time you realize how nonsensical they really are. Enough of the rant.

                I feel great. I had a few off weeks (2) and I am getting Primal again. My back needed a break and my sugar cravings have popped up agian. My back has been alittle more inflamed so the sugar rush is over for a few weeks. I am starting a new 60 day challenge today that will go in 2 phases. Each phase will be 30 days long. This coincides with our beach trip and the wife is super excited about tyring this out. No more soft drinks, fast food, or processed foods. We;re going to shoot for 100% Primal but in reality we understand it will probably be more 85-90%. After 60 days I expect my back to be a lot better, my 6 pack to be almost there and Body fat to be around 9%. I won't throw in a weight goal b/c with this I am nto sure if I am shooting too high (too much muscle for my frame or not) so I will just say that I will add 5-10 lbs of muscle in the 60 days. My main focus will nto just be working out 3 days per week, My 1-2 yoga sessions or my day of sprints but my nutrition. I am going to reread the Primal Blueprint and do a few experiments.

                I am fully committed to this lifestlye for the next 60 days. I will keep detailed records of everything, track it on Myfitday.com to get an average intake sop I know what I should be increasing/decreasing. In addition to these postings I will attach ym own personal blog to this site which will have all the details, thoughts, etc.
                Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

                Mary Pickford

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                • #38
                  Feeling good today. Woke up a little late again and cleaned up the house (Strange but thats the me time I get when the wife and kid are asleep- Thanks ARMY). Nice little body work-out for about 15 minutes. I'll try my best to go walking for at least 30 minutes today and do some more wall sits and push-ups. I have been sitting on my workout ball for about 45 minutes to an hour per day. Puts a little strain on the back but each day it feels better and better. My co-workers laugh at me b/c it makes me look like a midget behind my desk.

                  As I said yesterday I will workout at my gym for the rest fo this month but it's too expensive and with this lifestyle I don't want to be tied down to a gym that I don't really go to that often. I feel I can get a better workout at home and it allows me to be more creative with ym routines. I fall into the same category as most others at the gym where we do the same exercises everytime we go in. I do total body but I need more leeway to really get a good workout and not have to worry about driving 20 minutes to the gym, working out, showering and getting to work on time. On the weekends it allows me more itme with the fam and again no 40 minute drive time back and forth. Saves time, money and I don't have to be surrounded by meatheads for an hour. I will miss the pool, sauna and jacuzzi though. I need to get in good with the neighbors and see if we can use their jacuzzi occasionally.

                  Focus on the positives and just enjoy life.
                  Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

                  Mary Pickford

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                  • #39
                    Good week at work. Glad things are getting back under control and headed in the right direction. Sales is one of those fields where the pickins' good one day and then the next three are slow if not dead then it picks right back up. Stressful yet very rewarding.

                    Started doing this simplefit thing and I like it so far. I like the idea I don't have to go to a gym to workout but not sure if the variety is there. I'll use the same principles and put in a few more functional exercises but it does give you a decent burn. I am doing it after work today. Goal is to do 50 pull-ups with 125 push ups and how many ever squats. The wife and I are doing Yoga first thing tomorrow to kick start that and I am cooking a huge breakfast of eggs, bacon and blueberry, banana pancakes. I know pancakes are grains but whatever. I love them and I can have a vice here and there. I hardly eat grains anymore but I fear I'm nto eating enough to get to my goals. They've changed a little with the request I received yesterday.

                    A friend of mine is in the medical sales and wanted to know if I could model a few things for them. It feels so weird to type this considering I'm actually pretty quiet when it comes to personal things but if it pays then so be it. An extra couple hundred bucks here and there could go a long way in getting a few things doen around the house sooner than later. The wife is thrilled about it but I still fell weird but again it should be fun and an easy way to make cash. Not the reason I got into this but hell if this helps then it's worth every penny we've spent on this lifestlye.
                    Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

                    Mary Pickford

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                    • #40
                      The A-Ha moment continues!!! Had a freaking great weekend with the family. Had a good workout (Bodyweight) on Saturday, cleaned up the house and gave blood. First Braves game for Liam and of course they lose horrificly but we still had fun and hung out in the Golden Moon Casino suites which aren't too bad.

                      Sunday - recovered from giving blood and having a drink or two. Cleaned up a little more, went to Home Depot and bought some materials to build onto our garden. This section we're planting Sweet Peppers, Spinach, Swiss Chard and Zuchinni. Can not wait to eat when they're ready. It'll be nice to have some control over our food consumption. The goal is to get pretty good at this and continually enlarge our garden to the point where we are actually getting upwards of 75-80% of our produce from our garden. This way we can control the process and eliminate all the processing involved.

                      Today-
                      Breakfast- IF
                      Lunch- Turkey Burger, no bread with sweet potato baked fries- leftovers from last night
                      Snack- Protein shake
                      Dinner- Tilapia with steamed Broccoli, spinach
                      Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

                      Mary Pickford

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                      • #41
                        Trying to change my pics on gravatar but for some reason I can't manage. Interesting.
                        Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

                        Mary Pickford

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                        • #42
                          Couldn't post yesterday but back on track today. This weekend was crazy with all the work and primal activities. On Saturday I was sitting on the couch for about 15 minutes after putting Liam to bed for his afternoon nap and thought to myself, "Self, we shoudl go out and do something. We should be productive on this beautiful day and get some sunshine". Well I went out and started to trim the tree in the front yard b/c it's starting to get chaotic and low and behold I remembered why I loved climbing trees as a kid.

                          Our front yard is somethat on a hill so a ladder would not suffice. I got to climbing and lost track of time. I was trimming here and there and a little in-between. Good times. The wife decided ot join me and we cleared more limbs and worked on a few other trees that needed some attention. We both love the outdoors and the sun was shining so we just stayed outside. We set up the iphone to call us if the baby made any noise or woke up.

                          The tree has branches about 5-6 inches think in some locations and I started to do pull ups (10 sets of 3-5). I almost got to the top but they thin out a little so I can only go so high. I hope my neighbors don't think I'm crazy but I loved every second of it. We cut down a lot of branches and still have more to do towards the top but all in due time. Afterwards I realized that I may have over done just a bit. Sunday was hell with my neck barely being able to move and I had to be careful with most movements but the pain subsided and I am back to my normal self. With the back issues I've had I try to step back and make sur eI am nto putting myself in a bad spot that coudl lead to further injury but I just went for it and although I paid a heavy price it was worth it. It was like I was a kid again.

                          We finally went to the Farmer's Market and loaded up on fresh veggies, good meats and some olive oil. Lunches are back to my big ass salad with every veggie I can get my hands on and I am starting to feel it again. Good times.
                          Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

                          Mary Pickford

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                          • #43
                            Another Beautiful day in Atlanta. I have the office ot myself and enjoy the silence and no distractions. I did my SimpleFit workout again and I have to tell to you I love this thing. It's so easy yet you get one heck of a workout. I like the fact that it encompasses aerobic and body weight exercises. I have been looking into Kettleballs to add to my training regimen. Also I about to do some exploring in the backyard for th perfect spot for a rope. The goal would be to find a tree tall and strong enough to support me climbing a rope about 20 feet. I am surrounded by trees so hopefully it won't be an exercise in futility. If I can add climbing to repetoire then all is right in the world and my history of back issues will start to really go away.

                            This is goign to hurt like hell at first but thats to be expected. I am tired of being held back and matter what I do it will hurt regardless so might as well make it fun. I might even throw a tire on it to have our own personal swing. Little man would love that and I could us it for training as well. Functionality is tjet key for me now. No more Bullshit Gyms where I'm surrounded by meatheads and ladies who wear make-up to work out. What the hell s up with that anyway? You're working out so why cake that crap on. I like woman a little more natural and not so high maintenance to begin with but we all have our own preferences I suppose.

                            Fasting this morning and plan on having another big salad with Romaine, tuna, bell peppers, celery and almonds. Later today probably a tuna burrito or Turkey burger with Blue Cheese.
                            Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

                            Mary Pickford

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                            • #44
                              Feeling good and getting into my rhythm again. If anyone knows me then they'll know I work very hard and when I get the chance ot play I go balls out and have a blast. Well this past weekend we had a blast (won't get into it on this site but lets just say it was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) Well stress has played a big role in my back issues and I think I have finally started down the road to help alleivate that problem .Life will always be stressful and for someone like myself who thrives under it it can be a challenge when it's so constant that it feels weird when its not around.

                              Cheapo posted a link to a website called SimpleFit.org. I have written about it in this blog as well as other. It lives up to the name in every aspect but it workes like no other. For years i have rotated from pounding the weights as a gym rat to Army style physical training ad it's taken a toll. The weightroom puts too much stress on my back and the Army way is too damn long from start to finish (Is there a reason to do 300 pickers?) So I started ot combine to the two and I am feeling it big time now. The wife and I cancelled our but we do have one more month left so we'll throw a little of that into our rotuine as well but 4-5 times per week we're waking up (moreso her waking up to workout with me.) and doing bodyweight exercises. We will combine 10-15 minutes of Simplefit since it incorporates a lot of functional workouts followed by a variation of ab workouts, push-up variations, different leg workouts, etc. The whole point is to train without going to a gym and get in phenomenal shape. I feel phenomenal right now but lets see after 4-6 weeks what this can do.

                              Gotta a good feeling about this style and the fact it is free only helps. Also adding kettleball training, rope climbing, medicine ball routines and I have somehow convinced a co-worker ot do 1 day of sprints with me at the office. He runs a few days per week and since I can't due to my back I thought we could knock out some hills and get into ridiculous shape.
                              Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

                              Mary Pickford

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                              • #45
                                5.5 weeks until the family beach trip. We're hoping that the oil won't come up the East Coast but at this point who the frack knows. The wife and I have decided to really focus and eat Primally until then. Our ultimate goal is to show the rest of my family that eating good and working out can really make a difference. My Dad is a diabetic who has completely changed his life around and is doing fantastic. When he was wrestling professionally he ballooned up to 375 lbs but when he had his heart attack at the age of 50 he got his shit together and started the process of cleaner living. He eats no red meat, works out 4-5 days per week and is on a vegetarian crave right now. When I say he doesn't eat red meat I mean fast food burgers, meat form the grocery store, etc. They've bought into a cow pooling opp that will eventually pay dividends but for now they get good ole' organic, grass fed beef with no additives like hormones or steroids.

                                The workout plan in more detail. Since we cancelled our membership but have 1 month left we're going to use this as our way to lift heavy things. We workout together 3 days a week in the morning before the baby wakes.

                                Monday- Gym before work- Heavy lifting with an emphasis on legs and back. Swim 5-8 laps afterwards. Good way to starte the work week.
                                Tuesday- Simplefit for 10 minutes then a combo of bodyweight exercises for 10-15.
                                Wed.- No body weight exercises but sprints during my afternoon break.
                                Thursday- Rest with possible Yoga in the morning.
                                Friday- Gym before work. Heavy lifting with emphasis on legs and functional strength
                                Saturday- Heading back to the Gym to hit up the pool with the fam. Get my Vitamin D and a little tan.
                                Sunday- Relaxation

                                This sequence combined with the proper Primal nutrition should propel me to my goals. I will post pics right before the beach trip.
                                Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

                                Mary Pickford

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