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    Primal Journal - Grok in Japan (JPGrok)

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    I escaped from hospital last week: acute inflammation of my caecum (large intestine near the appendix) with a blood test result that would seriously embarrass Grok. When I was admitted, I had very high white blood cells, high c-reactive proteins and a host of other bordering-on-the-high-side results and slightly weakened kidney function.

    With a week to think about things and a fresh read of Primal Blueprint cover to cover, I decided to give the primal lifestyle 100% when I got out. That was a week ago and I feel great. To keep me motivated, I thought I'd keep a journal - thanks for reading.

    About JPGrok:
    Age: 31
    Sex: Male
    Height: 6' 2" (188 cm)
    Weight: 171 pounds (78 kg)
    Fat: 19.8%

    I'm tall and lean and years of poor food choices and frequent over-indulgence in beer and chips has left me in the least desired skinny-fat category. Before I checked in to hospital, I was 82 kg with 22% fat so it seems the lack of food has done me good! I live in the countryside of Japan, have good access to fresh vegetables in the summer and 6 months of cold, snowy winter. I have played with primal living before but never gave it 100%.

    Goals:
    Firstly, I'd like to get my weight up to around 190 pounds (85 kg) and get my body fat down to around 15%. I'm not going to worry to much about the amount of food/calories I'm consuming but just see where the journey takes me and adjust if necessary.

    I'll post what I do and eat and update weight/fat every week or so. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all.

    JPGrok

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    primal in Japan is tough! there is a longish thread over here about Japan. good luck

    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread3936.html
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    Hi Valarauko, thanks for the link - good to know there are a few of us over here in Japan living like Grok. Yes, it's tough. It is a little easier up here in Hokkaido I think, plenty of fresh local seafood and an organic vegetable/fruit community. I'll post on the other thread about where I get all my goodies from when I find 5 mins.

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    Today's movements/food

    Hot (30 C/86F ish), sunny and humid in Hokkaido, clouds on the mountains.

    Up at 6:00, 3 egg omelette with coriander, flax oil, parmesan cheese, chilli peppers and salt. Fried in coconut oil. Handful of pecan nuts and a kiwi fruit.

    8:00 Walk/hike/run around a local lake with my 2 year old (15 kg) on my shoulders. About 2.5 kms. Lots of insects and hot.

    9:00 50 push ups (over about 7 sets, it was all I could do!) and 20 pull ups. Will increase these by 1 or 2 each time.

    10:00 Walk to business partner's office (about 1 km) for meeting.

    Lunch: Hokkaido wagyu beef (about 250 grams) with big salad of local-grown vegetables: cucumber, tomatoes, coriander, spinach, peppers. Cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, balsamic and lemon juice dressing.

    Snack: Two blocks of 70% chocolate (prefer 86% but have run out) and some more pecans. Ice water with freshly squeezed lemon juice.

    15:00 Played football (soccer) outside with my shirt off for about 20 mins. I rubbed a little coconut oil on my shoulders as they always take the brunt of the sun. Followed by cold shower (Grok would have used a waterfall although there isn't one nearby) to cool down.

    Dinner: Locally raised "Green Eye" chicken (no hormones or antibiotics but sadly not organic) with more salad, broccoli and cabbage.

    I'm writing this before I have it but I'm sure I'll have another couple of blocks of chocolate and some nuts before bed.

    I haven't used my brain much but I'll probably do a Sudoko before bed and read a little more of my novel. Another great day! Depending on how I feel, I'll either do some heavy squats or deadlifts tomorrow. Depending on the weather I will walk to work (2 km one way).

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    Forgot to mention, found 2 beautiful fillets of fresh spring trout, locally fished (not farmed) yesterday. Already looking forward to dinner tonight.

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    I felt pretty tired today so not much exercise, just 20 minutes playing outside with my 2 year old boy.

    Breakfast: 3 egg omelette with flax oil and a little cheese, handful of pecan nuts.

    8:00: 20 minutes reading my book outside in the sun.

    Lunch: chopped organic cabbage with black olives, two cans of tuna with a little mayo, coriander, cucumber, tomato, dill pickle and lots of olive oil.

    Snack: handful of Brazil nuts, three small blocks of 86% dark chocolate. 50 grams cheese.

    Dinner: 250 grams of fresh local trout fried in butter with tomato-stewed zucchini, mushroom and onions (served cold). Fish was amazing, ate it all, skin and all.

    Cheat: someone bought me a sweetened pre-packaged coffee, too polite to turn it down but threw half away. I feel a little bloated today, not sure if it was the coffee or perhaps too much salt somewhere.

    Early start for work tomorrow but plan to squat heavy when I get home. I think it's getting close to sprint time when I get the energy, I might mix these up tomorrow if the weather is a little cooler, it was 30 degrees and humid today. If I get my squats in tomorrow, I'll go for a long walk on Wednesday.

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    Yesterday

    Hot and sunny, cloudy in the afternoon.

    Breakfast: 3 egg roll (Japanese style dashi-maki) with coriander, flax seed oil and paprika. Handful of nuts.

    Pre-lunch: sprints (5 sets of about 100 metres on loose gravel road) followed by squats (4 sets of 50 kg (110 lbs)). I wanted to go heavier but the sprints had already given my legs a good workout.

    Lunch: Two local wagyu steaks (about 250 grams) with big salad, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

    Afternoon: Played football in the sun with my boy for 20 minutes

    Dinner: Chicken mince "hamburgers" with salad and broccoli

    Snacks: a couple of handfuls of walnuts and brazil nuts and a few blocks of 86% chocolate.

    Tired this morning (I have two small kids that like to wake up at night) and have a busy day at work: will try to get a long walk in at some point and a nap if possible. Deadlifts and bench press tomorrow.

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    Legs were a little sore today after yesterday's sprints and squats. Busy day at work and ate lunch out.

    Wet and windy but still hot and humid.

    Breakfast: 2 egg Japanese roll mixed with lots of spinach, flax seed oil and chilli pepper. Bowl of strawberries and full cream.

    Lunch: Ate Japanese "soup" curry: lots of vegetables and meat in a watery "soup" curry. Sounds poor but tastes pretty good. No rice, extra meat. Tasted salty and sweet, never noticed this before. Not sure if I will choose to eat there again.

    Dinner: Wasn't too hungry so ate a bit of left over steak and a small salad. Handful of nuts. If not hungry tomorrow morning will either skip breakfast or just have some fruit; I have some organic plums in the fridge.

    Got back from work at 18:30 and took a stroll for about 3 km. I seem to have picked up a bit of a chesty cold (consequence of antibiotics at the hospital?) so energy levels are low. If I feel up to it, I'll do deadlifts, overhead press and bench press tomorrow.

    Out of interest, does anyone else read this? No matter either way, it's still motivating. Just wondering.

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    Found out some interesting stuff about wagyu in Japan today; turns out the cows are often finished with grain and are given feed imported from the USA. I am disappointed to find this out and it has just made finding good meat in Japan one step harder. I have found a place that sells Australian grass fed beef so I guess that's where I'll go to next. Sigh.

    Breakfast: 2 LL egg Japanese roll with cream, butter, parmesan cheese. Two plums with cream. Yum.

    Pre lunch: 20 minutes in the sun throwing a ball around followed by 30 min workout:

    Deadlift: 100 kg (220 lbs) x 5 (with two warm up sets with less weight)
    Barbell bent over row: 60 kg (130 lbs) 5 x 3 sets
    Bench press: 50 kgs (110 lbs) x 5/4/4/3/2 (thought I was stronger than this! Was going to start with 60 kg)

    Lunch: Super hungry - 300 grams chicken breast fried in coconut oil, cabbage, mushrooms, olive oil, sauerkraut, red peppers, chopped brazil nuts and covered in butter. Was still hungry so ate a piece of cheese, more nuts and a piece of chocolate.

    Dinner: Steak fried with garlic, chopped Kohlrabi slow fried in butter and a big spinach salad.

    Will weigh in tomorrow morning. I bet you are all really excited about that.

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    Oh, yeah. They are reading. Just take a look at how many times your journal has been visited.

    I'm finding this interesting.

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