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  • Primal Journal Nick Ball

    Hello to everyone, or more properly, hello to me as I'm sure I will be the only one reading this. Today is July 15th, 2013 and I'm just finishing day three of my very low carb-low calorie-leaning out program. My wife and her friend wanted to do the HCG diet. I told them I would join in for the mental challenge. I'm not sure how long I will last eating this way but I suspect it won't be much past two weeks as I'm headed to Yellowstone in two weeks and do not want to spend my vacation suffering for lack of food. Day three was rough, I've been very strict with the diet save one extra helping of low-fat protein. Worst case scenario I lose a few pounds and learn how to live on a restricted calorie diet. I've lost 60lbs following the Primal Blueprint without cutting my calories too much. When you eat out three times a day at places like Carl's Jr. and McDonalds switching to homemade Primal meals melts the weight right off. I haven't had to suffer too much plus I've been so satisfied with the results I've never been too concerned with indulging in yummy foods like MM's, pizza, cookies, and ice cream. But 2.5 years down this path and I need to have a better body. I want to see a full set of abs and I want them as soon as possible. I've signed up with MovNat to attend a 2-day workshop in SLC, UT. This is my goal. I want to be fitter, thinner, and in better overall shape by the time that workshop is here. I've got three months to get my sh!t together. I don't want to be embarassed. I plan to use this blog to track my progress and set some daily goals. I currently weight 199lbs with a 37.25 inch waist. I'm 6'2" so this isn't too bad but I still have a spare tire. Here we go!
    Primal Since September 2010
    Beginning Weight = 250lb
    Current Weight = 197lb
    Goal Weight = Whatever weight I am when I can do 30 pull ups without taking a break...

  • #2
    Once the HCG experiment is over I will eat bacon wrapped dates, eggs, grass fed beef dipped in greek style yogurt with coffee and cream. More than the sugar I miss the fat. Good night, I'll set some goals tomorrow morning when I get to work.
    Primal Since September 2010
    Beginning Weight = 250lb
    Current Weight = 197lb
    Goal Weight = Whatever weight I am when I can do 30 pull ups without taking a break...

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    • #3
      Today I weighed in at 197lbs. Waist is now 37 inches. Despite my restless sleep I feel pretty good. Today my goals are simple; eat the food according to the plan and nothing more. This means I will have 3oz of chicken breast (the least of all meats....bleech) 2 cups of lettuce, and four strawberries for lunch. For dinner I will have 3oz of broiled turkey breast (one small step up the meat ladder), some steamed green beans (starting to come in season in my neck of the woods, these should be good), and an apple. I'm also allowed one piece of Melba Toast...not sure what I will do with this. I might replace the Melba Toast with some fruit. I'll check back in tonight before bed...have a great day at work, Nick!
      Primal Since September 2010
      Beginning Weight = 250lb
      Current Weight = 197lb
      Goal Weight = Whatever weight I am when I can do 30 pull ups without taking a break...

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      • #4
        Not eating is torture physcologically. I haven't felt too hungry. Right before both dinner and lunch my stomach has been growling but all day long I've thought of nothing but food. It doesn't help that my workstation is beside the lunchroom in our office building. Smelling good tasting "office" food is driving me crazy. A group of people just came back from a run to the the burger joint on the corner. To make matters worse the gentleman behind me has a giant pile of MM's on his desk, slowly eating them through the day...AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! I will be done by Friday.
        Primal Since September 2010
        Beginning Weight = 250lb
        Current Weight = 197lb
        Goal Weight = Whatever weight I am when I can do 30 pull ups without taking a break...

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        • #5
          I am done with HCG. My starting weight was 203. My ending weight this morning was 197. My waist circumference is 36.75". When I decided last night to be finished with this crazy experiement I did so in a processed food flurry! Nothing but lucky charms, nila wafers, and white bread all washed down with my true love in life...Dr. Pepper. It will be nice to go back to the gym for lunch and lift some weights. My post workout meal will be 1/4 grass feed beef mini meatloaf stuffed with a hardboiled egg, some protein powder and water, an orange, and some cherries. Tonight for dinner eggs, homemade fermented salsa, and aged cheddar cheese. I will also go on a long walk with my wife and kids. This is a way better life than starving...I'll take slower progress and better living any day!

          I can do 15 pullups (with kiping) without taking a break...half-way to my goal. I also set a goal to squat 185lbs by the end of the year. The last time at the gym I did 155lbs. I am getting there!
          Primal Since September 2010
          Beginning Weight = 250lb
          Current Weight = 197lb
          Goal Weight = Whatever weight I am when I can do 30 pull ups without taking a break...

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          • #6
            Great workout earlier today...lifting heavy things, going for a long walk with my wife later tonight. I really enjoy my life with food.
            Primal Since September 2010
            Beginning Weight = 250lb
            Current Weight = 197lb
            Goal Weight = Whatever weight I am when I can do 30 pull ups without taking a break...

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            • #7
              My posted goals are just fluff...I really want great abs, that is it. That is the reason I'm doing anything related to health, food, and fitness...maybe some day I will mature, but right now if I have great abs it would mean so much to me. More on this later. 198 lbs 37 in wasit...ate a bunch of junk today, yay!
              Primal Since September 2010
              Beginning Weight = 250lb
              Current Weight = 197lb
              Goal Weight = Whatever weight I am when I can do 30 pull ups without taking a break...

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              • #8
                199 lbs did not measure my waist this morning. I went for a 1.5 hour long walk yesterday at what seemed to be the hottest part of the day. The temperatures were near 100 degrees Farenheit. I am fair skinned with red hair so I had to make sure I was really covered up well. I hate using sunscreen. My Dad slathered that stuff on his entire life and just recently died of melanoma. He spent hours and hours in the sun constantly reapplying sunscreen. He was also the victim of low-fat high carb meals that he used to feed a very active life. For my walk it was shorts to the knees, a hat, and a long-sleeved cotton shirt. I did apply sunscreen to my neck and face because I don't have a broad-rimmed hat. The walk was great. It cured the sore back I had been dealing with for a couple of days (I do not recommend playing basketball in your vibrams...I just couldn't resist the invite to play a pick-up game). The walk also seemed to reconnect me to my environment just a little bit. It also reminded me how much I love water. I took none with me and by the time I got back home all I wanted to do was drink a tall glass of ice water. It tasted so, so, so, so, good. Nothing is as refreshing as water when you really need a drink. Tonight my wife and I will head to the gym for some weight lifting. For food today I'm just going to have coffee and butter while at work, I didn't pack a primal lunch. When I get home I'll whip up some eggs and have an apple before I go to the gym. I really want those abs. I will post my workout tonight when I get back.
                Primal Since September 2010
                Beginning Weight = 250lb
                Current Weight = 197lb
                Goal Weight = Whatever weight I am when I can do 30 pull ups without taking a break...

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                • #9
                  Tried Mark's suggestion for egg yolks in coffee...I didn't like it. I think I'll go back to my usual coffee with butter. I'm currently at 198lbs. I haven't measured by waist in a few days but I'd imagine it is around 37 inches based on what I've been eating. Today I've been Primal and plan to remain so. I've got a chocolate whey protein, four raw eggs, and some water plus a banana for my post work out shake. This is great, I love it. I've got a 1/4 pound grass fed hamburger with an egg sunny-side up with some sauerkraut on deck for dinner. I skipped breakfast today. I've had 1/2 tablespoon of butter with my coffee and will probably have another. My workout today will be three half-mile runs under 4 minutes each with a full recovery in between.
                  Primal Since September 2010
                  Beginning Weight = 250lb
                  Current Weight = 197lb
                  Goal Weight = Whatever weight I am when I can do 30 pull ups without taking a break...

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                  • #10
                    So a quick update. A week ago I injured my back being fat. I sit down for a living which as all readers of MDA know is horrible for your back. I also went on vacation with my wife's family who just love to feed me. Anyway I ended up eating a bunch of SAD junk and gaining 10 lbs in just over a week. I can't wait to work off the extra weight. I can't believe how badly I sleep and move when carrying the extra weight. I've committed to strict primal for 10 days to work off the extra weight. After 10 days of strict primal living it will be a course of carb backloading on lifting days. I will be following the 5X5 weight training method. After doing this for a couple of months I should be stronger with less fat. On my "off" days I will be in the gym shooting baskets and running to prepare for the upcoming basketball season starting in September. Can't wait. Tonight's goals; go to bed without carbing out. Just three more hours to go. Today I've had a handful of nuts, two cups of bulletproof coffee, tea with coconut oil and four eggs. I will probably have a couple of more eggs before bed. I just can't eat too much. Tomorrow morning I will post some additional goals. Weight (205.8) in the morning. Waist = ??? Weight 203 at 7 PM. I should have the water weight off by Sunday morning.
                    Primal Since September 2010
                    Beginning Weight = 250lb
                    Current Weight = 197lb
                    Goal Weight = Whatever weight I am when I can do 30 pull ups without taking a break...

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                    • #11
                      This morning I weighed in at 200.4 lbs. I hope to be down to 199 lbs. tonight. I think at this weight all of the excess water I added to help with food based inflammation will be gone. Today I'm placing the following goals on myself; eat eggs for breakfast, don't drink soda, eat nuts as snacks, and have a good dinner. I'll be working with my brother on restoring the beast so the temptation to eat junk food will be very high. I can do this!
                      Primal Since September 2010
                      Beginning Weight = 250lb
                      Current Weight = 197lb
                      Goal Weight = Whatever weight I am when I can do 30 pull ups without taking a break...

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                      • #12
                        Down to 200.00 this morning...I was at 198 before my trip to California. While travelling I find it hard to stay primal. As a result I ended up eating a ton of junk food. Today nothing for breakfast, not really hungry. Instead I had two small cups of coffee with two egg yolks each. Not my favorite but out of butter. This has kept me going despite a terrible lack of sleep. I will go to bed at a proper time tonight. I need some sleep.
                        Primal Since September 2010
                        Beginning Weight = 250lb
                        Current Weight = 197lb
                        Goal Weight = Whatever weight I am when I can do 30 pull ups without taking a break...

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                        • #13
                          Good day so far. Breakfast was at around 10:00 AM. Cup of coffee with cream and a little sugar. Two cups of my homemade cabbage salad (primal mayo, shredded cabbage, shredded carrots, chopped celery, chopped pickles, chopped green onion, salt, pepper, onion powder, and paprika) and a cup or so of cherries. For lunch a protein shake (two scoops of chocolate flavored whey, filtered water, and three raw eggs). I'm planning on going to the gym to lift with my wife tonight so prior to lunch I just did a quick 14 pull ups, went for a 10 minute walk, and then did some strength training on my forearms and grip. I usually start to fade with my grip before my back burns out on pull-ups so I've been trying to work on this. Goals for tonight = Go to gym to lift with wife, have a cup of coffee before I leave from work, and eat the sausage stir-fry and a post workout banana I've got planned (italian sausage, peppers, onions, garlic, marinated artichoke hearts, all fried in coconut oil and dressed with butter). I don't need anything else, this will be fine. Weight = 199. I also got 9 hours of sleep last night so I feel pretty darn good.
                          Last edited by NickBall; 08-07-2013, 12:41 PM. Reason: Omission
                          Primal Since September 2010
                          Beginning Weight = 250lb
                          Current Weight = 197lb
                          Goal Weight = Whatever weight I am when I can do 30 pull ups without taking a break...

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                          • #14
                            Great night yesterday...I might have had some Dr. Pepper and half a box of Mike and Ikes, combined with a tortilla and some Nilla Wafers but it was worth it. I went to the gym for day one of the 5X5 strength training routine, jogged for a mile, and then played two great games of pick up basketball. Our teams won both games despite a real baller on the other team. My wife told me (she knows his wife) that he played at a Division I school somewhere back east. I had the task of gaurding this brute. It was the first time somebody deferred to my quickness rather than me to theirs. I'm 6'2" and now 198 lbs. I've never thought of myself as quick but after two plus years of primal eating, some sprinting, and some lifting I'm faster and quicker than I've ever been. I played point guard for our teams and just took this guy to task on every play. Out of about 30 shots against him he blocked only one. This is saying something since he was probably 6'7" or 6'8" with long arms and some serious skills. He just wasn't quick enough to defend me. It was a great night.
                            Primal Since September 2010
                            Beginning Weight = 250lb
                            Current Weight = 197lb
                            Goal Weight = Whatever weight I am when I can do 30 pull ups without taking a break...

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                            • #15
                              Breakfast was four scrambled eggs and a small glass of orange juice, coffee with cream and a little sugar. No lunch today. Big Ass Salads on the menu for dinner tonight. I will top them with bacon, hard boiled eggs and some left of chicken. Goas for today are to simply not eat junk before dinner. Relax, stretch, and get some sleep.
                              Primal Since September 2010
                              Beginning Weight = 250lb
                              Current Weight = 197lb
                              Goal Weight = Whatever weight I am when I can do 30 pull ups without taking a break...

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