I am new to the forum and almost 1 month in on my Primal journey. I will start this journal off with a brief intro about myself, define my goals, and hope to update daily with observations of my journey.
First off, why the name Embracing_Ecto?
I have been skinny-fat all my life. I have competed in skinny sports (Track & Field, Cross Country, & Basketball) all my life. I was fed the same B.S. about "carb loading" before races for energy etc.
Shortly after college, I realized how unhappy I was with my body. I was skinny-fat. You know skinny at first glance, but if the shirt was removed, you could certainly see I was doughy in the mid section. I became self conscious, and wanted to be "big & buff."
So for the next several years, I spent thousands of dollars on the latest "Mass Building" supplements, and bought every magazine with a "New Workout," guaranteed to make you buff! I would get burned out eating every couple of hours and stuffing my face full of carbs to gain a few pounds. I would go on and off for several months. I did not feel well when doing this and the results really just made me look more skinny-fat!
Several months ago I stumbled upon Mark's Daily Apple when doing a google search for bodyweight workout routines. If I remember right, it was about a Prison Bodyweight Workout. Anyway, after navigating the rest of his site, and purchasing his book, I changed my life for the better!
It was like a light switch that was turned on! It finally dawned on me, that being an ectomorph was okay. It was at this point that I stopped trying to be someone I was not, and could genetically never become. It was time for me to embrace my ectomorphism!
So there is the meaning of my clever little user name.
So why am I confident that this will work for me? Well, I am viewing this as a lifestyle, and not a diet. My whole life has changed and will continue to change around the principles defined in Mark's book.
So now that I know who I am, what are my goals?
I would like to lose fat and gain muscle. Specifically be in the single digits in bodyfat %; while adding lean muscle to my frame. I want the six pack, and lean ripped, muscles that enhance my frame. I do NOT want huge BULK muscles that make ones body look disproportioned.
As vein as this may sound, I want to look good naked! I want to look like a Calvin Klein underwear model.
What is my time frame?
I go on vacation at the end of July, so I have made July 22nd my first real check point. I hate to say "deadline" because like I said earlier, this is NOT a diet, it is a lifestyle. This is more of a checkpoint set to look at my improvements, and make changes as I see fit at that time. This is a journey.
I officially started my journey on March 21st 2011. I started to eat, rest, workout, & sprint like the examples given in the Primal Blueprint.
I try and get at least 20 minutes of sunlight a day. I do Tabata sprints once a week, workout 3 days a week, and I leisurely walk everyday of the week.
I hope that you find my journey inspiring, and hope that I can help someone that has been on the fence, to get off and change their life forever!
Please bookmark my journal and check-in on me! I plan on being extremely active in this journal, with updates, pictures, and the like.
"You don't find time for what's important, you make time!"