Uncharted rambling of a Primal mind...
I started my "Primal Journey" back in June of this year. I retired from the US Navy waaaaay back in the last century. During my last 2 1/2 years of service I started a diet regimine (mostly due to finances) and exercise (mostly jogging/running) and got the tha point wher I was down to about 195lbs on a 6 ft frame. I was running 5 miles a day and on weekends I'd run a long slow run in preparation for a marthon. Long story short- when I retired, I quit running, I quit shaving, didn't cut my hair.... all the things I had been forced to do for 20 years I quit. Needless to say, my girth increased and my health decreased. Over the last 13 years Ihad gained 80 lbs and couldn't climb a set of stairs without getting winded, I was on a BP medication and I felt like crap. I came across Robb Wolf's name on a news/opinion blog I visit and decided to check out his book. I found that the idea made sense to me, and any diet plan that lets you eat all you want and still lose weight, I'm ALL IN!!!. So I started Paleo using Robb's book as a guide. I then read several other books and ran across The Primal Blueprint. I read it and I knew that I could do this. So I started with diet alone. By the middle of July I lost about 15 lbs, and I knew I needed to add exercise to the mix. I plotted out an exercise routine and started very slowly.... walking, incline push-ups, body rows and squats. So, I want to track my progress with exercise and diet. What better place for an introvert to do that than on a public blog! Makes perfect sense!
As of today, I have lost a total of 32 lbs. My wais measurement is down 3 1/2 inches, my chest measurment is down just an inch. My exercise routine is a 3 day cycle of Circuit training, Interval training and resting. My circuit is a short walk (about 6 minutes), squats, push-ups, body rows and sit-ups. I do 3 sets of each circuit, and the number of reps increases every 2 weeks. Currently at 20 reps. My "interval training" is a a timed jog, currently at 50 minutes, which increases by 5 minutes evey week with a goal of 60 minutes.
Today was a rest day..... so I worked in the garden hoeing weeds.... yup I'm rested! Tomorrow it's circuit
Diet: B: Tuna salad and yogurt
s. Greek yogurt
l. Hamburger patty w/ slice of cheese
d. BAS with grilled chicken breast
Goals: My target weight is 200lbs. I may go lower, we shall see. As far as fitness goals, I am not sure how "fit" I want to be. I do want to have a physique that looks fit. I would like to participate in some local 5K and 10K runs. I ran across the Spartan Race website, and that looks like it might be fun, in a sick twisted way. To get myself on the road to be able to do one of those, I do have an intermediate goal of passing a Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test by my next birthday (Mar 2013). The last time I ran one of those was in 1980. I had to pass that to graduate from Field Medicine Service School. I think it would be a gas to be able to do at the age of 54 something that I did in my early 20's....