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  • Primal Challenege- AppalachianMatt

    I really started to change my diet when I first became enamored with this site about 4 weeks ago. I finally found something I could get passionate about b/c it just made sense. I have trained in all types of environments from Basic Training at Ft. Benning to the deserts of Iraq to the running the trails at Yosemite. I have always been in really good shape but just never ate correctly. That all stopped when I injured my back in Iraq, was diagnosed with PTSD, and Fibromyalgia. I've trained hard to get to where I am today and the most dramatic results have been seen in the last four weeks thanks to the PB.

    (4 weeks ago) 6 ft tall and weighing in at 195 lbs. Healthy sized guy who works out a decent amount. I've had pretty bad back issues but with this they have started to subside. Not completely but starting to.

    (Now) 4 weeks of tinkering I am right at 183 lbs and my six pack is slowly showing. With this new challenge I expect nothing less then a solid 6 pack and when i visit my doc for the annual check-up I want him to be amazed at my blood work.

    With today being the first I thought it's be perfect to begin a challenge where I completely devote myself to the Primal Challenge. I already know I will bend a few rules here with alcohol (moderation of course) but other then that the straight and narrow path pour moi. But the main goal for myself is to really alleviate this back and neck issue to the point where it doesn't really bother me at all.

    Now they are some other reasons for this challenge like wanting to have my 6 pack back, look good at the beach this summer but most importantly to become healthier and happier. I am going to achieve this by concentrating on nutrition and working out 4-5 times per week with 1 dedicated day for abs and swimming. I want my 5 month old son to grow up in a house where activity is king not the tv or video games. I want him to reach his potential mentally and physically but before I can teach him I must first learn how to. My wife is a P.A. who just graduated from Emory so I have been devouring her nutrition books trying to learn everythign I can.

    Menu today:
    B: 1/2 cup cottage cheese w/ organic yogurt.
    S: 1/2 Bell Pepper, 4 baby carrots, celery stalk with sunflower seed butter
    L: Big Romaine salad w/ chopped mushrooms, tuna, sweet chard, almonds
    s: Protein shake with strawberries, carrots, a little bit of celery
    D: Tilapia (broiled) w/ broccoli and grilled mushrroms in coconut oil
    Last edited by AppalachianMatt; 04-01-2010, 12:59 PM. Reason: My typing sucks
    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

  • #2
    Day 2.

    Starting out to be a good day. just got the office and had my cup of Joe. no creamer or sweetner which sucks bt it is what it is. Taking today off from the gym due to a little soreness from lunges and back pain. I figure today is the perfect day to rest. We leave work at 3 pm so that means some time outside enjoying the beautiful sun. I'm fasting this morning and looking forward to my big salad with Bell peppers, mushrooms, carrots, sweet chard, Tuna and avacado. Running by the store tonight to pick up some supplis for dinner tonight. I've been searchig for good fish recipes and looks like I found one on this site. Going to steam up Broccoli and make Cauliflower mash. Good stuff.

    Tomorrow will feature some HIIT training then outside for yardwork. I am trying to take advantage of all the sun I can get this weekend.

    Alan Cohen once said, "It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power".
    Last edited by AppalachianMatt; 04-02-2010, 07:13 AM.
    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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    • #3
      Day 5. Crazy weekend and with all the candy around it surely didn't help. Although I did cheat, damn you Chocolate candy bunnies, I wasn't nearly as bad as anyone else. I made up for it with dinner and lunch today. Huge salads with Mushrooms, Broccoli, Fresh Romaine, Kale, Sweet Chard, tiny amount of cheese, vinagrette dressing and carrots.

      Worked out doing body weights this morning.
      Knocked out 100 push ups in 3 sets. 50 crunches, 50 side raises for the obliques, 15 pull-ups, 30 squats, some sand bag work.

      Breakfast was awesome. 4 large eggs with 2 strips of bacon. Going to go for a nice little walk (1-2 miles) at lunch to enjoy the fresh air and rid myself of the paleness that is Scottish.
      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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      • #4
        Not Feeling so hot today. Pollen combined with one glass of red wine too many during the game. Yes I drank win during the NCAA Championship last night. If that doesn't show commitment on my part then I just don't know what does. I gave up my lovely Guiness to have some red wine I had never heard of but hey we all make sacrifices. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays there is no gym for me since these are my late nights but before the baby got up I did about 5 minutes on the jump rope, 1/2 session of P90X (Chest and Back) and had a huge omelet with muchrooms and Bell Peppers along with a banana/strawberry smoothie. Going to just work and relax/recover today and take tomorrow morning off.

        I brought a huge salad for lunch with Romaine, Chard, Carrots, Shrooms, tuna, a dab of Cheese and vinagrette to top it off. Afterwards at about 5 ot 6 a big ole' protein shake. I think tonight is Salmon with Broccoli and Eggplant. Deliciousness awaits me.
        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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        • #5
          Back on track today. The past few days I have felt horrible. The pollen count in Atlanta is ridiculous. My back porch is completely covered in yellow as well as the front porch and my car looks like it bathed in pollen. Hopefully the rains come today and wash most of this stuff away.

          I think I will extend my 30 days to May 6th to cover the last few days I was sick. I also had a small lapse withKFC. I hate that food but I just got a huge craving which is another reason I am pushing back my thirty days. Got a great workout this morning in only 25 minutes. I did mostly upper body and plan on doing some squats at the office as well as abs. Really didn't rest much and it feels outstanding. My only problem with the Lifetime gym is too many people sit around and chat. Now I like to socialize as well but some days I just want to get in and out. I am trying to get back in the Army ways of being more efficient with everything I do. Yesterday I realized I had an extra 2 hours to read when I busted my tail.

          Had a double portion of protein shake this morning with strawberries, carrots, celery.
          Cup of Joe with only half of the the creamer. No more artificial sweetners.

          Lunch is a big ass salad with Romaine, Kale, carrots, celery, blueberries, chard, avacado and a ton of left over salmon. I had salmon last night but can you really ever have too much salmon?
          Snack will be almonds, orange

          Dinner will probably be chicken or Flounder with eggplant, asparagas. Getting off a decent time tonight so I'll have enough time to do a quick workout. prepare dinner and play with the son. Good times all around.
          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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          • #6
            Originally posted by AppalachianMatt View Post
            Back on track today. The past few days I have felt horrible. The pollen count in Atlanta is ridiculous. My back porch is completely covered in yellow as well as the front porch and my car looks like it bathed in pollen. Hopefully the rains come today and wash most of this stuff away.
            Ugh, I know. I can't leave the house or the office without dying. My allergies haven't been as bad this year, I think because of the lack of sugar in my diet, but I don't care how healthy you are, this business is ridiculous. I am about to commandeer the conference room for a raindance.
            "To shed all the illusory rights & hesitations of history demands the economy of some legendary Stone Age--shamans not priests, bards not lords, hunters not police, gatherers of paleolithic laziness, gentle as blood, going naked for a sign or painted as birds, poised on the wave of explicit presence, the clockless nowever." --Hakim Bey, TAZ

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            • #7
              Cynarin. I understand your pain. Everything is caked in yellow and it rained just a tad bit in Buford this morning so I am hoping it pours tonight in Lilburn so we can open the windows a bit.
              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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              • #8
                Forgot to mention. I went on a 2 mile walk during lunch break then had my big ole salad. It was sprinkling on and off but not too bad. I try to do this everyday the weather permits. It breaks up my day and gets me outisde in the sunshine or like today under the overcast skies.
                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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                • #9
                  Yesterday was a great day. After I left the office the wife and I packed our little one up and went on a beautiful walk through our neighborhood to the Greenway. There were at least 20-30 people out taking advantage of the fact that most of the pollen was washed away. So thats was at least an hour of walking yesterday at a good pace. Little man was just watching everything around him trying to soak it all in. Shoudl be able to run the dogs for a bit then go another walk if it doesn't get too cold for him.

                  Last nights dinner was amazing. I marinated Salmon in Lemon Juice, pepper with a pinch of salt and some Italian seasoning for about an hour. Then peeled and steamed fresh ,raw Beets (so darn good) and after a while put Aspargas in the steamer with them. Once finished I wrapped thick cut bacon around the Aspargas. It was absolutely awesome. My wife was amazed at my culinary skills and I plan on cooking at least 2-3 times per week from here on out. We already cook together on most nights but it feels good to prepare a good healthy meal for the family. In the future when Liam gets bigger we'll involve him in the cooking process. It's a good way to have the entire family together, have some fun and teach him proper nutrition. We love this eating way. My only concern was this morning when I found that eating fresh beets can change the color of your urine. I am guessing from the amounts of Iodine but that was amazing. The left over beet I sliced up and put it in my salad.

                  Going back to the Farmer's Market tomorrow!!!

                  Also for today I skipped the gym. My neck and back were killing me this morning but I will do at least 100 push ups, some obliques and walk for at least 20-30 minutes during my lunch break.
                  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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                  • #10
                    Had a great weekend. I didn't hit the gym at all like i wanted to but it worked out for the best. GOt too spend some real quality time with MiniGrok. Went for at least 2 if not 3 hours of walks on Fri and Sat. Did some yardwork followed by a backyard workout. My only concern right now and I know I probably shouldn't be but I feel I am getting into a leaner shape with more definition but I just feel smaller.

                    I know that sounds strange but i am used ot having a bit more meat on me. I've lost 12 lbs in the last montha nd I am playing around with my fat intake, protein intake, etc. I try to hit 125-150 carbs per day to help add a little here and there. I don't knwo if its what I am conditioned ot be after years of sports and the Army or if it's what I really need to be (185 lbs). I'm 180 and of course I know that really isn't a big deal.

                    My goal is to get to 185 lbs with 8% body fat. I of course not only want to do this for health reasons but also vainness. I want to get back to High School shape when I lifted 1.5 hours per day then went to football practice or basketball practice. Of course i don't want the wear and tear but I really want to get to my ideal weight. Again it's silly and if I got to the size I want at 180 lbs then I'd probably be better off and thats fine with me. I just have to get past this mental block of 185 and focus on maintaining and adding lean muscle.
                    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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                    • #11
                      Forgot to mention that I went to the Farmer's Mkt. Bought a ton of veggies (mostly dark greens), some good fruits and a lot of meat. The Turkey was kind of reasonable and the Chicken wasn't too bad. The Ground Sirloin was a bit pricey but manageable. I've noticed that the veggies/fruits are reasonably priced but the meats are a little higher then I'd expect considering there isn't any real processing involved.

                      At this point though I don't really care. This is just an observation and with my wife going to start working soon (just graduated form Emory's PA program) we'll be able to afford this a lot more. I make a comfortable living but in sales especially healthcare you just never know what might happen.

                      The wife and I had a long talk last night while I was doing my taxes about clean living. She isn't on the site but since I cook and buy the food she pretty much is on board. She's a certified nutritionist from her schooling so she helps explain a lot of the natural processes and why i should eat more of this and not that. Very helpful. B/c of this site I have decided ot really learn as much as I can about nutrition and the effects food has on us. I want to do this from a different perspective though. I know everyone's body reacts differently but I want to focus and do a research study on my fellow Atlantan Primals to see their progress, what may hinder their progress and overall strategy. Should be an interesting project. Of course they have to agree to it and there will be some quality control issues but theres always room for error.
                      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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                      • #12
                        Sounds good, Matt! Which market did you go to? I noticed the other day that Costco now sells grassfed ground beef, but didn't check the pricing. I'll have to do that next time. It's packaged in four one pound lumps, and I'm thinking that'd make some awesome burgers!

                        Sign me up for that study whenever you launch it, but I'm afraid I might not make much of a case since I'm only ten pounds or so from my goal weight.

                        Primal since February 2010. On seventh round of P90x.

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                        • #13
                          Blorton: We go to the Farmer's Market in Dekalb. It's nto as local as I once thought but still a lot of great deals. My wife apparently found one closer to the house with only local farm products. I ffel better about this since I'll actually be helping my neighbors instead of the farms in Cali and Mexico.


                          This morning I worked out ont he bowflex for about 30 minutes and got a great burn in. Focused mostly on strength and flexibility.

                          Today had 3 eggs, mushrooms, yellow Bell Peppers for Breakfast followed by a protein shake with Banana and Strawberries for lunch. My mid afternoon meal was a large salad with Romaine, Kale, Sweet Chard, Bell Peppers, Carrots and Balsamic Vinagrette. Good stuff. Went for a wlk afterward for about 30 minutes around the office and stip malls. Feels great to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. It is supposed ot get to 80 degrees today and i am going to try my best to get out of the office as much as possible today. All depends on how work unfolds. Going okay so far.
                          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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                          • #14
                            Sore as can be today. The wife spent a solid 30 minutes massaging my back trying to get the softball knots out. Fibromyalgia is no joke and today i am paying for it. Yes the muscle are a little more relaxed but holy hell it hurts like the dickens. I have a pretty high threshhold for pain after being stabbed and shot but I mean this is ridiculous. Went to the Chiropractor this morning and had some work done as well which makes it hurt even worse. He does the Activator which is a little gun type thing that he pops in certain areas to releive stress and get things lined back up properly. I plan on beating this within the next 1-2 months. This new lifestyle has helped but I am sick and tired of dealing with back issues everyday. I have to watch the way I sit (no longer than 20 minutes at a time), make sure I have great posture (thanks Army- thats pretty much taken care of), stretch every morning just to get things going. This has turned more into a rant but damnit I am just tired of this. I went from a storng, agile athlete to someone who has to watch every step of the way to prevent further injury.

                            Alright thats it. Now I'm tired of ranting. Well the month long project has gone well so far with a few minor lapses due to time constraints and obligations but I do feel I have more energy and I am living more natural. I just posted a link on the forum about how the Gov't is failing miserably in controling the residues and chemicals in our food. I may pay more for my steaks but at least there are no hormones, antiobiotics or rBGH.
                            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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                            • #15
                              Still feel like I got hit by a damn bus right now. Hopefully recovery will kick take care of most of this by tomorrow. If not it's the jacuzzi and swimming for me.
                              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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