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  • Nothing Can Stop Me - The Jim Martyn Saga

    A saga is defined as: a long story of heroic achievement

    It's hard to believe that my saga would only just begin at the age of 27, but here we are. I would like to preface the remainder of this first post by saying that if you don't care to read my whole story, please feel free to skip to the end for cliff notes.

    My name, as suggested by the title, is Jim Martyn. I am 27 years old and I'll get into where I'm at now, but I suppose it's best to rewind and do this chronologically.

    I was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to a loving mother and father. I have one older brother (11 months, 17 days, 12 hours and 10 minutes older I believe), and I have more respect and love for him than possibly anyone else I have met in my entire life (sorry Mom and Dad, rest assured that you're both up there and you will have the most luxurious of retirement homes ).

    Growing up was great, albeit different. My father is a military guy, incredibly funny, and kind. He has a PhD, is a reservist Major in the Canadian military, and has always been incredibly hard working. My mother is beautiful, gentle, very hard working, and the most kind, modest person you may ever have the pleasure of meeting. My brother is an inspiration to me (although I'll never tell him that, the bastard!). I have no better way to explain him than to say that he is INCREDIBLY good people. He works hard and is honest to the core. I think a large part of his inspirational factor is the fact that he was a bit of a misguided kid who got in some trouble growing up, then turned out to be the most outstanding person around and never talks about himself or his virtues.

    Anyways, having a father in the military meant a lot of different postings across the country, so we moved often. I can't name everywhere that I lived, because my memory just doesn't serve me quite that well, but here's a decent list: Edmonton, Winnipeg, Trenton, Ottawa, Petawawa, Chalk River, Merickville, Elmira, Capelle a/d IJssel (Netherlands), Kingston, Toronto, Prince George, Hinton, Vancouver, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Edmonton.

    That is assuredly about half the list, but it's not too important to struggle to expand it any further. My parents are both very healthy individuals, or at least have been for a great portion of my life. Dad's a bit of a chubby fella now, but he loves his wings and beer and the military handed him more of a desk job, so it happens (sorry again dad). I wish that I had listened to him sooner when it comes to health and fitness, but boys will be boys.

    Anyways, I won't get into TOO much of my history in this initial post, because that would be a novella in and of itself. Onto why I'm here. It's simple really.

    I'm fat.

    I'm not shy, and I'll attach a picture of myself at my weigh-in at the end of this post, because it's great to be honest with yourself about where you stand. I'm 6'5", so I have been blessed with a frame that can support up to 300 lbs a lot easier than most. However, being that tall, and not taking care of yourself, is a recipe for chronic joint pain and injury. I experienced the worst of it about a year and a half ago when I slipped on a patch of ice and broke my fibula. I was working on crutches for about 6 months, and to be honest I haven't fully recovered (I hope mom never reads this, because she will not be impressed haha).

    I still have bruising around my ankle because of the damage, but the pain is gone.

    The peak of my weight gain was about 6 months ago I weighed in at 304.6 lbs, and now I weigh 294.8. This was not because of any effort to lose weight, it just happened I suppose.

    I've never tried dieting per se, and I've never really been a fit guy. I wasn't as into sports as I should have been, I've never been a gym fanatic or anything. I grew up with a tall, skinny (then average) build and I was happy like that. I ate whatever the hell I wanted, cracked jokes, treated people well, and that was more or less the story of my existence.

    I want to stop here to say that I am incredibly happy with my life. But I don't want that anymore. I've had that for 27 years. I want to be in complete and utter disbelief at how unbelievably phenomenal my life is. I will not fail. I will not make excuses. People who say they can and people who say they can't are usually both right. I CAN. And I will.

    Here's the cliffs of my life right now and where I'm going (including content not earlier mentioned):

    - I am 27 years old, 294.8 lbs, 6'5"
    - I started a 21 Day Primal Challenge yesterday (just finishing day 2)
    - I work a great career, and was able to buy my first house last month
    - My biggest passion outside of work is Poker, and I will be playing in the World Series of Poker in 2015
    - I want to lose weight, be in great shape, continue with my work and my passion
    - Goal 1: 250 lbs (timeline 4 months)
    - Goal 2: Play 30+ hours of live poker a month (starting July 1st)
    - Goal 3: Update this journal regularly with Primal stories, poker stories, and life stories
    - Goal 4: LGN (You know what I'm talking about Mark!)
    - Goal 5: Keep being happy and grateful for the life I have
    - Goal 6: Play in the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2015... And win.
    - Goal 7: Have more "regular" goals (weekly, monthly, etc)

    Alright, as promised... Insert the happy tall fat man!



    And sexy fat profile:



    Hit me up with that backside:




    There you have it folks. To end the post, nothing is ever wrong with a little motivation. To get what you want in life, to truly earn it and have it in it's purest form, you have to NEED it:




    Thank you,
    - Jim
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  • #2
    Trials and Tribulations of a First Time Home-Buyer

    Let this act as a notice to any of you who buy your first ever home. This is even more applicable to those of you who have a penchant for throwing things away.

    Growing up, and to this day, I've had little value for money. I honestly think that it has made me a more generous person, albeit frivolous and wasteful. A small example is when I was in Las Vegas with my company 3 weeks ago for a retreat and a couple of us were walking through the casino just dropping $1 bills everywhere until we had dropped about $562 (I think that's the exact number). By the time we reached the front entrance we had a line of people following us longer than the world's Longest wedding dress train

    I'm not even remotely proud or happy about that by the way, it's just sort of who I am... Or was. I bought a house 3 days before that trip to Las Vegas. All of my first payments came out on June 1st and HOLY SMOKES! Let me tell you, as a bachelor living in a 3-bedroom house in a new development area of Edmonton, it was not cheap. The actual value of my house is inconsequential, as it's directly proportionate to income really, but anyone who is young, single, frivolous, and has bought a house will tell you that it's shocking. Prepare to pay: Mortgage, property tax, water, electricity, gas, cable/internet (optional), insurance. It all came out at once (by my choice), and I'm almost already dreading July 1st haha.

    Also, the initial shop factor blew my mind. As aforementioned I have an issue with throwing things away. This means everything. I moved into my new house with a mattress, some clothes (unfortunately I do not get to work naked just yet), and my cookware (I love to cook). That's it that's all! The rest of my belongings I had left in Grande Prairie, as the couple taking over my condo was having their first child and didn't really have much furniture or dishes (good friend of mine and his lady).

    So, I went shopping. I felt smart while shopping too! I bought everything. I bought batteries! I didn't need them yet, but I knew that when I did, I wouldn't want to go get them, so I had the foresight to do it now. I'm so freakin' smart! I was so proud of myself. Until that night. Went to throw away all of the garbage from unpacking only to realize I had bought bags, but no bins. Well that's not a big deal I thought. I go about my evening, set up my new TV stand and sofa-bed, then in the middle of it decide to go to the washroom.

    Guys... Gals... When you move into a new place... Buy toilet paper.

    Fortunately, I only had to urinate, so it could have been much worse! I eventually go to bed, and I wake up in the morning bright and early (just in time to shower and head to work actually), and I go to have a shower.

    Guys... Gals... When you move into a new place... Buy a shower curtain

    I couldn't believe it. I ended up having a bath for the next 2 days and everything was fine, but I truly had felt like a king after that original shop. At this point, I inventoried everything I had, and decided what I needed. I noticed that I didn't have any dishes, or saran wrap (well, I didn't notice that until I made 6 turkey meatloaf burgers on my first day of primal and couldn't store them), or anything really. I didn't have a lawn mower, but am noticing that my lawn is the least attractive on the block, so that's tonight's task.

    Onto this morning! It was the first morning that I had woken up early enough to have breakfast before going to work (aside from picking up a green tea and yoghurt or something from Tim Horton's, which I have stopped doing). I had all my groceries, and I was excited to have some bacon, eggs, half an avocado and some blueberries. Wouldn't you know it, before long I realize that even though it IS a possibility, I just didn't feel like eating with my hands today.

    Guys... Gals... When you move into a new place... Buy cutlery

    That's it for now. I'm sure that I am still missing so many hilarious things around the house that just don't come to mind, but I will get them as the days go by. I'm not too concerned about it. I won't start my weekly goals until Sunday (for a Monday-Sunday sort of schedule), but I KNOW that budgeting is going to play a huge role in there.

    In the end if you're curious, I just had a handful of blueberries for breakfast and headed to work early enough to type this up.

    Next post will be a day 3 wrap-up before I go to bed.

    Grok until you just can't Grok any longer. Then suck it up, and Grok on!

    Really liking this song by the way:


    Cheers,
    - Jim Martyn
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    • #3
      I like "...suck it up and Grok on"

      May have to steal that one.

      A WSOP Main Event has been on my bucket list for awhile. Before the FBI shut down American access to internet poker I played every day.

      I've recently found that we can get access to Bovida, but finding a way to fund the account has proven difficult.

      I guess moving into a new house empty handed makes cleaning out the refrigerator and pantry a piece of cake.

      Looking forward to reading your successes.


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      • #4
        Jim - I'm gonna bet that you loose 10-15 pounds pretty fast, and then stop for awhile. Don't get discouraged. I can tell from your pictures that some of us were made to be fullbacks (or power forwards), and we'll add muscle pretty fast and easy. Once you start a workout routine you'll likely add a lot of muscle pretty fast that's 'heavy'.

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        • #5
          Love your attitude, Jim! You're going to do great. I fractured my tib/fib almost a year ago and had to have surgery. I'm just finally getting back to the full movement I had before I broke my leg, so yeah, it can take some time.

          Best to You!

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          • #6
            Hi Jim and welcome. I love your writing style much better than mine. I have to laugh at some of your comments. I'm 52 and just getting my Primal on. Attempted it last summer and fell hard. You can read about it in my journal if your interested. My son will be 27 next month. He got married and bought a house this past Nov. He has an exercise science degree as does his wife. My DD is currently in college in the same major as well. I'm surrounded by those who can help me and here I am struggling along. However, I know you will get there. I can hear it in your voice. I'll be following you and keeping up with your progress.

            Grok On!




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            • #7
              Originally posted by jrosto View Post
              I like "...suck it up and Grok on"

              May have to steal that one.

              A WSOP Main Event has been on my bucket list for awhile. Before the FBI shut down American access to internet poker I played every day.

              I've recently found that we can get access to Bovida, but finding a way to fund the account has proven difficult.

              I guess moving into a new house empty handed makes cleaning out the refrigerator and pantry a piece of cake.

              Looking forward to reading your successes.
              Thank you! And yes, Bovada is an option for American poker players, and there are several others, but unfortunately the best option for online poker is not living in the US. Live poker is always much softer anyhow, so I've been playing a lot more at a local casino.

              As for the house, yeah, it's pretty barren. I just ate a MAS (Medium ass salad) with a giant ladle because I forgot to(chose not to) buy cutlery. Oops!

              Originally posted by Paul R View Post
              Jim - I'm gonna bet that you loose 10-15 pounds pretty fast, and then stop for awhile. Don't get discouraged. I can tell from your pictures that some of us were made to be fullbacks (or power forwards), and we'll add muscle pretty fast and easy. Once you start a workout routine you'll likely add a lot of muscle pretty fast that's 'heavy'.
              I don't mind that link at all, so thank you! I can already tell (after 3 whole days) that I'm going to lose a bit of weight pretty quick. Still not weighing myself yet, but I just feel better, albeit a bit hungry. I'm sure that sensation will subside.

              Originally posted by BJDMINN View Post
              Love your attitude, Jim! You're going to do great. I fractured my tib/fib almost a year ago and had to have surgery. I'm just finally getting back to the full movement I had before I broke my leg, so yeah, it can take some time.

              Best to You!
              Thank you for the kind words! Yeah, recovering from leg injuries sucks. When I broke my leg I was working on my feet full-time too, and I'm pretty stubborn when it comes to work, so I didn't take any time off and I definitely continued to bang it up in the cast... It's definitely 1000 times better than it was a year ago though!

              Originally posted by narrowminded View Post
              Hi Jim and welcome. I love your writing style much better than mine. I have to laugh at some of your comments. I'm 52 and just getting my Primal on. Attempted it last summer and fell hard. You can read about it in my journal if your interested. My son will be 27 next month. He got married and bought a house this past Nov. He has an exercise science degree as does his wife. My DD is currently in college in the same major as well. I'm surrounded by those who can help me and here I am struggling along. However, I know you will get there. I can hear it in your voice. I'll be following you and keeping up with your progress.

              Grok On!
              You got a designated driver from a college? That's just smart, they probably wouldn't ask for much money! (I know that DD stands for dear daughter, but I didn't right away haha). Reading through your journal, I noted that you're quite fond of acronyms, so I'm going to have to adapt!

              You have one hell of a story by the way, so to anyone reading my crap, please stop, and check out hers, then if you have any patience for the ramblings of a young buck, you may return .


              Sooooo, onto today! I suppose I will start with your basic breakdown I'm seeing around here:

              B - One handful of blueberries
              L - 2 chicken breasts and 1 cup of steamed broccoli
              S - veggie plate (cucumber, carrot, celery, broccoli, mushroom, and tomato) with hot sauce
              D - 9oz sirloin steak, sauteed mushrooms and a MAS (medium ass salad, as I don't have any big ass bowls, just really big ass spoons)

              That about sums it up. I want to talk about something at work today that had to do with someone's SAD and CW (I'm getting it, narrowmind!). The Marketing Director at our company started her own personal diet the same day that I decided to change my life. Now, before I make her sound like a heathen, I do want to mention that she's an amazing person, an absolute pleasure to work with, very funny, and just an all around beautiful woman (okay, also KIND OF covering my ass in case she ever gains some sensibility and finds this). As we were leaving work today, I asked her what she was having for dinner - we're both very supportive of each other, because even though we are not following the same path, we have the same goal in mind - and she responds with "just some popcorn because it's the best thing you can have". Now, I do believe that it's low cal, which is her path, but I couldn't help make a bit of a dig when she asked me what I was having. "A big f***ing steak, with some mushrooms sautéed in some butter with garlic!"

              I wanted to advise her to change and try what I was trying, but 1) she is stubborn as all hell and more importantly 2) I don't like preaching my thoughts and ideas to others outside of a like-minded community, especially when I'm pretty close to as ignorant about it as anyone else! I'm so new to it, and I'm learning more every day.

              Okay, so last note before I sign off. Most people find this website because of their own health concerns, or a super healthy peer, or in some people's case, their kids. I found this at the direction of my mother. I had originally thought to hide my journal from her, because from time to time I will be sharing parts of my life she probably doesn't need to hear (sorry), but I conceded today that she would find it eventually anyways. She's damn sneaky that way. I remember describing the house I bought to her about 1 month before possession and she text me back about 4 minutes later with an address, asking "is this your house". Yes... Yes it was! WHAT ARE YOU, WOMAN?!

              Anywho, to that end, I'm very proud of my mother for being an inspiration and so dedicated to leading a good life. I love you mom, you're the shit! (I know that you're not up to speed on modern colloquialisms, but that's a good thing!)

              Also, I'm kind of sucking up, because she informed me today that I can expect the following in the mail: The Primal Blueprint, The Primal Blueprint Cookbook, Well Fed, and Well Fed 2.

              Anyways, tomorrow morning I am hoping to be up an hour early to do a quick workout and make some freakin bacon and eggs, which I will happily eat with my hands. Grok would have. WWGD (What would Grok do?), is that a t-shirt yet? If not, get on it Mark, and feel free to hire me as your marketing executive .

              Cheers friends,
              - Jim
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              • #8
                Modern colloquialisms aside, thanks Jim. I'm so proud of you and as always, I admire your forthrightness, your humour, and your joie de vivre.
                But to prevent this from getting into a huge mom-driven love fest, I just wanted to comment on the experience you had with your co-worker. I've had the same experience in the past, and have learned that you are the best advertisement for this way of life. Time will be your victor my dear! Just keep it up and she will see, but more importantly, you will experience.

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                • #9
                  Welcome Jim,

                  Love your intro. Good Luck!
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                  • #10
                    Mom, welcome to the thread!

                    Pebbles, thank you! I love how in your journal you began by stating that your procrastination could be foreshadowing of the result of your Journal, but here we are 3 years later and it's one of the busiest Journal's on here, so great work yourself!

                    This morning I made that bacon and eggs that I promised myself (4 strips of bacon, 2 eggs over easy) and some blueberries. I had to make the eggs over easy, because if they were sunny side up I would have had a hard time eating them. Over easy I was able to pick it up, bite in and slurp out the egg... I know that sounds awful, but you want to hear about procrastination, let's talk about purchasing cutlery for a new home!

                    Speaking of necessities for new homes (segue king, right here), remember when I bought those batteries, knowing that i would need them? I bought a swifter wet jet yesterday, and it didn't come with the 4 AA's that it needs to work, so BAM, there you have it! My wood floors have never looked cleaner!

                    I will be honest in saying that I didn't work out, but as stated in my original post, I'm not too worried about that because I want to focus on eating right first and work exercise in over time. I think I'm going to impulse buy something for fitness today... Maybe I'll post on Primal Fitness for suggestions. I'm leaning kettle bells, a bike, or combat rope, or a mace, or maybe all?

                    Thoughts?

                    Off to work. Love this place. When life has you down, get up and grok!

                    Cheers,
                    - Jim
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                    • #11
                      Jim - LOL you need to adapt to my acronyms. Somehow that feels backward. From someone growing up probably doing a lot of txting to someone who would be deemed a lot newer to that concept, it made me laugh. You're doing great and you will love those books. The Well Fed cookbooks are awesome! And like your DM said just show the co-worker by example. Have an aweosme day.




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                      • #12
                        I am enjoying your outlook and optimism. I am the same way. I agree that your co-worker will see your success over time, and most likely (sadly) her failure over time, and will come to you to ask what you are doing. It has happened to me a few times along the way. This way of life rocks for many reasons, but one of the main ones is that you don't have to go hungry! I get to eat! Just within guidelines. Life is good. Grok on
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                        • #13
                          Wendy717, thank you for stopping by! Always happy to see a new face in here. Seriously, best community out there.

                          So, interesting scenario today. I tend to be a very confident individual, and a gambler. Those two can be a toxic combination. I put $5000 on black in roulette today and lost...

                          Just kidding . Your heart sank though didn't it? Empathy is a very very powerful emotion, something I might have a post about later! Anyways, the real story of today: I had an out of office day running to various locations and doing work for them, and at one location I ran into a co-worker (in a sense) of mine, Jamie. Jamie is a great guy, husband and 3-times a father. He's around 29 or 30 years old, and he's about 5'8" 230 lbs. He doesn't look overweight, as he has a naturally stalkier build. He sort of looks like a less intimidating Lou Ferrigno, but that's an aside.

                          He also has weight loss ambitions... And is ALSO confident... AND ALSO A GAMBLER! See where this is going? We placed a friendly wager here. We agreed on our starting weights based on each other's word: 230 lbs and 294.8 lbs. The challenge is for who can lose the most weight (as a percentage of their overall weight), by September 1st. Here are the conditions:

                          At roughly the halfway point (July 13th we are calling it as that's an important day for our company and it's close enough), whoever is losing by that point will have to buy both players into a poker tournament valued at $200 per player, and if they cash anything have to give half of their winnings to the person who is doing better. The latter part is at the END of the competition (September 1st), loser (not of the most weight ), has to pay for event tickets for both parties to attend a concert/sporting event/anything else ticketed valued at no more than $500 of the winner's choice.

                          Now, I feel that he has a slight edge because of his naturally more muscular build. My edge comes in the form of straight will-power. I won't pretend that I haven't failed at challenges like this in the past, but not for a long time. I went vegetarian 2 months earlier this year just to see if I could, I did the master cleanse once just to see if I could, and I quit smoking cold turkey, as well as energy drinks (doesn't sound like a big deal... But that was the only hard one honestly). All of those with minimal motivation other than the idea of, "Meh, why not I suppose". Now my mind is in a completely different place. These past 4 days have been so filled with moments of clarity and excitement. I have lofty ambitions, and I am loving putting in the work to get there!

                          I posted this video on another journal earlier today, but it fits here to (pay attention to the talent and skill part):


                          He's talented. I will be more skilled.

                          Here's today's food breakdown as well:

                          B: 4 strips bacon, 2 over easy eggs (with no cutlery, so i sort of bit into them and sucked the yolk out haha!), 1/2 cup of blueberries
                          L: 2 chicken breasts and a medium sized avocado
                          D: (will be) a BAS and some sardines in olive oil. Are the canned ones bad for you if they're just in olive oil and those are literally the only 2 ingredients?

                          Anyways, I have to go home and be Primal, y'all know how it is!

                          Lastly, I seriously want to emphasize once more how great this community is. You guys (used as a grouping term, not a gender based term) are amazing!

                          Grok til you drop!
                          - Jim
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                          • #14
                            You go Jim. I also had sardines today. Getting harder to find them with skin and bones.

                            Just keep the carbs low and the fat appropriate and you will do well.

                            Might want to cut out all fruit until after the competition. Fruit is sugar.


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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by jrosto View Post
                              You go Jim. I also had sardines today. Getting harder to find them with skin and bones.

                              Just keep the carbs low and the fat appropriate and you will do well.

                              Might want to cut out all fruit until after the competition. Fruit is sugar.


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                              Thank you! I do have to finish this 2 cups of blueberries in the fridge though... I would hate to be wasteful. On the plus side, it's the only sugar in my house!
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