Welcome and good luck. You can do it.
I've been on and off with eating Primal for a couple years now...and it is about time I took it more seriously! I am hoping that by holding myself accountable I'll take this more seriously.
I started lifting weights nearly 8 years ago (I'll be 23 in August), and I became seriously invested in bodybuilding throughout college. I recently had brain surgery (Nov 2010) and lost about 25 lbs -- muscle and fat. That loss crushed me, but I got back up and started building exercising as much as possible. I couldn't lift anything over 30lbs for 6 months, so I got into military workouts.
I've gained a lot of muscle back since my surgery, and now I am training mixed martial arts 4-5 days a week. I was doing a 5x5 strength training program, but I was so set on getting in military shape I dropped the weight training and just focused on running and bodyweight workouts.
I'm not sure the military is my true calling, but I am keeping that option open. Now I am working at Anheuser-Busch as an intern in the Brewing Tech Center -- I'm a chemist.
I'm more interested in getting back into hiking, rock climbing, and other fun outdoor activites! Plus, I want to adopt the Primal lifestyle and follow this eating plan more strictly.
Now you have some backstory...so let the journal begin
Welcome and good luck. You can do it.
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Monday, June 27, 2011
I haven't been eating much lately, and it is taking a toll on my training. I am experimenting with eating more food throughout the day and gauging how I feel during MMA training.
Meal #1 (6:30am)
Omelet (3 eggs, 4 slices low-sodium bacon, very small amount of cheddar cheese)
Meal #2 (11:30am)
Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers -- got this recipe from MDA
Meal #3 (2:00pm)
Sludge (Peanut butter, protein powder, and blueberries mixed together with a little water -- looks gross, tastes amazing)
Meal #4 (4:45pm)
Banana, protein shake, handfull of almonds
Meal #5 (8:45pm)
Grilled chicken salad (spinach, chicken, grape tomatoes, walnuts)
I didn't have much time to workout before my Jiu-Jitsu class, but I did 5x5 of bench press and bent-over rows then cycled for 10 minutes. Jiu-Jitsu class is brutal! We do a 15 min cardio warm-up, then we drill a couple movements, and then we do FIVE 5 minute rounds of sparing.
I did fell more energetic last night from eating closer to training time. I'll see how I feel again tonight and the rest of the week!
I am a huge fan of sludge! I call them "mixes" so I dont gross myself out lol. Whey+Coconut Flakes+Mashed Banana+Almond Butter is my current fave =]
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Meal #1 (7:00am)
Grilled chicken salad
Meal #2 (10:30am)
Meal #3 (12:30pm)
Meal #4 (4:30pm)
Banana, protein shake, almonds
Meal #5 (9:30pm)
A couple beers and half of a frozen pizza
My last meal of the day (after MMA) was definitely not primal haha. I need to avoid drinking because I ALWAYS get cravings for junk food -- or lose my discipline anyway. I did good when I went to the grocery store with my roommate and didn't get anything, but when he put the pizza in the oven, I caved!
I did Jiu-Jitsu last night and nothing more. I would like to start doing a few more classes again. I was doing MMA class, jiu-jitsu, and boxing/kickboxing 4-5 days a week for the first month, but I was also on an E/C stack. I constitute my unreal levels of energy to that stack...which I presume is extremely unhealthy.
I feel back to normal now that I'm not drinking caffeine and eating much cleaner. I'm going to post up a "before" photo so I can mark my current progress. I'll measure my body fat too and seeing that # should be a big motivator!
I am a habitual eater, but I am going to focus on expanding my arsenal of recipes on weekends when I have more free time. I literally work all day, train MMA for a couple hours, then go home and eat, play guitar or read, and crash. I'm not used to having to get up early (just graduated college ).
It is good to keep a journal though -- I'm more motivated to work harder and contribute to the forum as well.
I'm heading home on my motorcycle for the weekend shortly, but when I get back I'll update my journal. Been eating clean the rest of the week -- gonna be hard this weekend
Looking forward to trying out some recipes from ChocoTaco369's food porn thread
Hey Zach, nice to see a fellow AB employee out here. I also work at the campus in St. Louis and use the gym over in the Bevo building. Nice to know there is a fellow Primal person at AB. I'm going to have to give that sludge a try, sounds pretty good to me.
This weekend didn't got exactly according to plan
I ended up eating some junk and drinking too frequently!
I realize it is sorta boring to post my daily eating schedule on here, so I'm going to focus on just writing about my workouts and any new recipes I try. I am not going to MMA tonight, so I'm going to stock up on some groceries and test out some new dishes. I'm overdue for some primal food!