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  • #16
    I'm in and super excited about this!

    I'm going to essentially just follow the 2011 - 30 day Challenge principles:


    The 2011 Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge Begins Now | Mark's Daily Apple

    My biggest obstacles/challenges will be between August 3rd and August 13th as I am going to be visiting my parents and family in the middle of nowhere:
    - I will attempt to remain 100% primal during this vacation. No access to organic veggies and grass fed meat during this time.
    - My family does not have internet at their house and internet availability is very limited in their town. Will not be able to post daily throughout this period, but I will keep track on paper and update when I do have internet access.

    My biggest obstacles/challenges outside of that date range:
    - Adequate sleep, since I work shift-work. Off-days, no issues with adequate sleep.


    My Fitness Goals:
    - Increase my max number of push-ups.
    - Increase my max number of air-squats.
    - Increase the number and duration of skip sprints.
    - Increase my number of pull-ups. Can't currently do any.
    - Increase length of time I can do planks.
    - Work on flexibility.

    Starting Measurement and Weight for Challenge:
    Weight: 181 lbs
    Bust: 38.25 in
    Waist: 32.5 in
    Stomach (navel): 39.25 in
    Hips: 43.5 in
    Thigh: 26.5 in
    Last edited by Metric; 07-29-2012, 07:29 PM.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by cavebabymama View Post
      Ooh overhead press looks like a good essential movement, I wonder it was taken out?

      Paleobird, are you going to go for a whole9 style challenge?

      Also, what area of PBF do you need to work on? For me, it's walking more.
      I think perhaps the OH press was the one most likely for people to hurt themselves doing. Maybe that's why it got cut. (?)

      As far as diet, I pretty much live in whole 9 land with the exception of butter and cream and a very occasional (once a month) glass of wine. I'm so used to it, it's not anything I have to struggle to maintain.

      I think the whole9 prohibition against cooking with alcohol is silly. The alcohol is gone by the time it gets to the table but pot roast would just not be pot roast without some red wine to stew in. Also I agree about milk but I think that butter and cream don't have enough milk solids in them to be a problem. So, no, I'm going to be going with Mark's 30 day challenge. I think it's more reasonable. I also think it is important that it is not just about diet but includes all the other things like sleep and play.

      For me, I need to work on being consistent with getting my LHT workouts and sprints in. I do quite a lot of walking without really even thinking about it as exercise. Having a dog will do that.

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      • #18
        I'm so in. I read Mark's book in Apr, have lost 38 lbs since then, in avg range now, yay,
        loved IT STARTS WITH FOOD, so I'm pretty much living it these days.

        I do like cream in my coffee, have just bought some awesome grass fed cheese,
        absolutely adore high end sippin' tequila, about 3 oz 3x weekly, and a little dark choc,
        all in moderation, none but the cream everyday.

        2 workouts of heavy lifting and a sprint or two a week not hard to do at all.
        Slow moving 3-5 hrs weekly I'll get on treadmill and swimming,
        although I avg 3.2 mph for 2 miles on treadmill 8am and 7pm everyday.
        .
        Playing with dogs in the sun nothing but fun.

        So, I'm in, gang.. It'll be an awesome august

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        • #19
          Too late to join in?
          I'm trying to get back on the wagon after a long, less-than-graceful slide into Real Life road. I also just read It Starts With Food and I really want to try Whole30 though I'm not sure I can give up heavy cream in coffee so quite frankly that's my big sticking point. But I want to know what my "problem foods" are since I am feeling tired a lot lately despite plenty of sleep.

          Exercise is pretty good for me between Crossfit and Martial Arts class, but want to factor in some Yoga for better mobility and just plain slowing down.

          Best of luck to everyone!
          Last edited by missblue; 07-29-2012, 11:59 AM.

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          • #20
            I would love to join. In the last few months I have been eating crap and have gained 5lbs of the 20 that I lost. I am going to be doing a Whole30 though to kick start my transition back into full primal, so Missblue we can support each other on that if you like. I was just on Whole9forlife and they have a new thing where you can get a motivational email everyday of your 30 to help you with cravings and what not, not sure yet if I am going to do that because it is $15 but it may help me on the way.
            Anyway I am a stay at home mom of 2 young kids, am not as active as I need to be and have been eating junk lately (although no grains). I will be starting out at 168lbs.

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            • #21
              I'm in. I already do the very strict diet all the time - that feels normal. But I need to work on getting serious with fitness and stress reduction.

              My goals are:
              Sprint once a week (not just when I remember)
              The essential movements 3x a week (not just when I remember)
              Actually start doing pull-ups (have to get serious about putting up a bar)
              Meditate 20 minutes a day.

              I don't have weight to lose, just trying to balance hormones and heal endometriosis.

              I'm going to use the next 2 days to prep - find a few different places for meditating, put up a pull-up bar, bone-up on different types of sprints so I can keep it fun, etc.

              Yay! looking forward to it!

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              • #22
                **tentatively raises hand**

                I last attempted a Whole 30 for June, and by the third week, it was a fucking disaster. Specifically, my mood swings were off the map, and that was on top of the worst TOM cramps I've ever had. I went off it around day 16 and didn't look back. After giving it some time and thought, and working on just getting back to the basics of grain = really not good, I've come to the conclusion that if I had stuck with it, I probably would have overcome the mood swings. I'm in a much better place mentally and emotionally now (three-plus weeks ago, I had an epiphany, and since then I've been able to just breathe, you know?), and other than today I've been awesome about taking my vitamins and exercising. I've just started adding a 2.5-mile walk every day, and now I'm doing CF three times a week on top of my tae kwon do three times a week. So it's time for me to get my nutrition back into shape. (I think that metaphor died somewhere along the way, but you get the idea.)

                So...I'm in. Cautiously. I'm a little nervous about the potential of horrible mood swings (was in a very, very, very bad place for days -- crying jags, a general sense of Fuck It, Nothing Matters, and other very bad things). But if I don't give it an honest shot now, while I'm in a good place, then I'll never know if it could have done it.

                My goals:
                Nutrition - aim for Whole 30; fall back to 100% primal
                Fitness - continue CF 3x week and TKD 3x week; bump up walking to 5 miles each day. At CF, when we have to do a 400 meter run, turn part of that into an all-out sprint.

                The big place where I'm going to not do well is sleep. I have a 19-year-old cat who's slowly dying. She gets very loud overnight and wakes me multiple times, and gets me up for the day before 6 am. Getting an unbroken 8 hours probably won't happen until after she dies. (I love my cat very, very much, but my God, I miss sleeping well.)
                F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

                **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

                **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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                • #23
                  Jackie, I was in on that whole30 in June also but fell off at day 12. The not getting enough sleep does make the days a bit harder. I have a 2 year old who wakes up in the night and a 4 year old who has just started having bad dreams so I havent had a good nights sleep in 4 years. I know that sleeping affects my moods, If I don't get much I am not the nicest person to be around.

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                  • #24
                    Wow I couldn't even imagin going from Vegan to primal. The grains weren't to hard for me to quit because I always prefered meat but the sugar was my problem oh and bbq potato chips. I really need to fix my head so that I can fix my body and not keep falling back into my old ways, working on that.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by SAdams View Post
                      Jackie, I was in on that whole30 in June also but fell off at day 12. The not getting enough sleep does make the days a bit harder. I have a 2 year old who wakes up in the night and a 4 year old who has just started having bad dreams so I havent had a good nights sleep in 4 years. I know that sleeping affects my moods, If I don't get much I am not the nicest person to be around.
                      Oh, man, I hear you. My older son didn't sleep through the night until he was four years old -- and that was the time that his brother, who was two, also finally started sleeping through. I had about one week of blissful unconsciousness before the night terrors/nightmares kicked in. Sigh. My kids are 11 and 9, and it's still not a given that one or both won't sleep through.

                      Maybe when they're in college, I'll finally sleep. Unless, of course, I can't sleep because I'd be missing them. Heh.
                      F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

                      **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

                      **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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                      • #26
                        I'll commiserate on the sleeping 8 hours aspect. It is laughable to sleep 8+ hours with a 6 month old. However, like a true Grokette, baby Grok is in the bed with us (yay co-sleeping!) and I couldn't say that she or I totally wake up for those twilight feedings. Some nights are better than others, but all in all I feel pretty rested in the mornings. Bonus, I get to use the fact that baby Grok will. not. nap. without me for a nice little daytime nap. So hopefully that all counts. :-) And Jackie, hugs to you and your kitty.
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                        • #27
                          Thanks, Cavebabymama. It's hard, but I do so love that Officekitty of mine. And rock on to you and Baby Grok!
                          F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

                          **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

                          **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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                          • #28
                            I am in I have been 80/20 for 1.5 years and have lost a total off 40 LB at my peak, I started at 208 and got down to 168 since then I am up to 178. Right now I work out about 3 times a week which includes steep walking on a tread mill or the elliptical machine I do about 30 Min of cardio then about 30 mins of Planks, Pushups, Kettle ball and various other weight depends on how I fell. I also play hockey 1 to 2 times a week. As far as diet a lot of eggs bacon meet and veggies and a few cheats my issue is beer I love it and drink it with my coworkers often. When I went primal I restricted Alcohol to one or 2 drinks a week which did wonders combined with a clean diet and my workout routine.

                            So for August I plan on sticking to my workout schedule and going 100% Paleo No Grains No booze No crap and No Cheating.

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                            • #29
                              Ok!

                              I am in. I have been all over the place in terms of food this past month, and I think I need to really do this. I started adding dairy (fage yogurt) on a daily basis, and I think that isnt working for me (in terms of weight loss). I am also working on the sugar cravings--not that I am reaching for the bad stuff...just way too much fruit. Also, need to eat more vegetables for sure!

                              So my goals:
                              1. Whole30 for the month of Aug--specifically add more vegetables and cut back on the fruit
                              2. Walk atleast 10,000 steps a day until I get back home (traveling until the first week of August or so)
                              3. After that, strength training thrice a week and moderate-pace walking the rest of the days
                              4. And yes--weighing myself only at the end of the month. Geez. I hope I last!

                              I really need to be accountable here. I have worked very hard to getting my body in good shape (both in terms of being fit and weight-loss). I cant let myself go back. I cant really figure out why I have been slipping....

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                              • #30
                                Ok some of you have really encouraged me to take a look at my "sensible" vices. Specifically, wine! It's become an almost daily vice, so I need to cut that out. The dairy is out for me also, if for no other reason than to find out how my body responds. Really I will be doing a whole30 with the exception of stevia in my coffee... Eeks this is going to be challenging. I started today, too excited to wait 2 more days!
                                Happy Wifey and NEW MOM!
                                Pre-preg weight: 130
                                Current: 145 (eek!)
                                Goal: ??? <-- whatever it takes to get rid of this tire!
                                Started Primal in May '12.
                                My Blog
                                Join the Revolution!

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