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    JD - good to see your update. Your "food porn thoughts about dirty dirty carbs" made me laugh out loud. I think we all have those form time to time. I nearly succumbed to a bowl of ice cream today. I'm sure it was calling my name softly and promising me ripped abs...
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    Just got back from a nice little family getaway. It was simple, laid back and for the first time in a long time did not require the time suck that is a wedding. We actually got to do our own thing. One such thing was the zoo. The Henry Doorley Zoon in Omaha is one of the best in the country. It is also quite the Primal experience when you slap on you Vibrams and walk every square inch of the facility.

    I also managed to get in some workouts in the hotels facility. They had a pullup bar/dip station. What else could Grok need? I usually try to avoid any type of "gym" setting when I can due to the strange looks. As usual, a certain skinny fat gentleman was pounding away on the treadmill every morning I was there. I would look at his display and by when I would arrive he already had a solid 45+ minutes of cardio going. He was usually still cranking away when I got done and left. He gave me odd looks because my workout only lasts 30 minutes. On my last day there he finally got up the nerve to ask me a few questions. The conversation went like this:

    Skinny Fat Man: I notice that you only spend a few minutes in here each day. A few pullups, some pushups, some dips and some squats and no cardio.

    Me: Yeah, so.

    Skinny Fat Man: So why even bother?

    Me: That's odd. I see you down here every morning putting in 90 minutes on the treadmill.

    Skinny Fat Man: Yeah, so?

    Me: I was going to ask you the same question. Why bother.

    From there it got awkward. Luckily this gentleman had an open mind. I told him about Primal and he seemed receptive. I directed him to this website and the Start Here tab. We exchanged email addresses so hopefully he gives it a try and sends me a thank you email!!!

    The rest of the trip was great. I feel refreshed. The only anti-Primal part of the trip was the beer. My loverly wife surprised me with a dinner outing to a brewery. Hey, it's vacation. I had to indulge. And it was totally worth it.
    and boom goes the dynamite...

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    Am I the only one who is overly-geeked about the Primal Challenge?
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    Primal challenge - Day 2.

    This is exactly the focus I needed. My previous endeavor wasn't a flop by any means though. I cleaned up my nutrition and cut MOST of the crap that I let slip back into the picture. I've dropped 8 lbs and managed to slide back into some old pants. I'm focused on this challenge.

    B - coffee w/ coconut milk. L - monster salad with jalapenos, carrots, tomato, red onion, home-smoked salmon, olive oil and a dash of pepper. D - butter filet wrapped in bacon and roasted asparagus.

    Fitness - Heavy things today. Unfortunately, the heavy thing is still me! I did L1D1 of SimpleFit.

    I also relearned a valuable lesson that is key to success in just about anything we attempt - preparation. Make your food ahead of time. Make time to workout. Plan for things that will or could happen to your schedule. Convenience food/garbage is born out of hectic schedules and lack of preparation. There is truly something to the quote "failure to prepare is preparing to fail."
    and boom goes the dynamite...

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    Primal Challenge Day 4 (in progress)

    B - mug-o-coffee with a good dose of coconut milk. L - smoked salmon salad bathed in olive oil. S - walnuts. D - TBD.

    I've dropped 6lbs in the first 3.5 days of the challenge thus far. I started this journal at 198lbs but that was coming off of a serious flu bug. My challenge start weight was a bloated 203. My biggest victory is the abstinence from alcohol. Specifically beer. Since dropping my usual 2-4 beer per evening habit I've noticed I'm sleeping better, feeling less bloated and waking up with more energy.

    Biggest issue so far: Coffee. I realized that I'm drinking up to 6 mugs of coffee per day. All day at work I go back to the breakroom and emerge with a steaming cup. Is coffee to this excess a bad thing? I'm not sure. I guess the only way to find out is to limit myself to the 1 mug with coconut butter in the morning and take note of the changes.

    If anybody has any suggestions on caffeine consumption reduction or thoughts in general on drinking too much coffee I'd love to hear them!
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    I went to the ballgame last night and exercised my 20% rule to the tune of 2 beers. I was pleased to find that foraging for primal eats at the ballpark isn't as hard as I though it might be. The best part about the experience is that I don't feel bad about the 2 beers. I woke up and lifted heavy things, had a primal breakfast and went about my business as usual.

    The old JD would have beat himself up all morning. The self-loathing would lead to a conversation sounding something like "well I already fell off the wagon so yes I will go eat a bunch of crap food with you for lunch Bob from accounting."

    Nope. Not this time. I'm standing here at my desk (literally) and thinking about attacking a big ass salad.

    Other notes:

    My attitude is now better in the morning. I'm not a morning person so this has been great.

    Sleep is still touch and go. Some nights i get plenty. Other nights I am up and down all night.

    My weight is dropping and my pants are sagging more each day.

    My energy lasts throughout the day. I don't crash as early. If I feel it coming on I chow down a handful of almonds and I perk right back up.

    --JD
    and boom goes the dynamite...

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    Starting Day 6 of the challenge and for the first time in a long time I am wide awake on a Saturday morning without a raging headache and shitty attitude. I want to seize the morning and get some things done around the house. Since I'm getting rid of excuses regarding my health and wellness I might as well get rid of excuses regarding keeping my house in proper shape.

    Today's plans: Mow, rake and seed/overseed. The yard took a beating this summer. I'm also making a strong effort to buck the norm of chemically overdosing our lawns. All of my lawn care efforts will be organic. No chemicals. No fertilizers (unless natural and organic). Just let nature do it's thing.

    In other news - the scale told me I've lost 9lbs since starting the challenge. Pretty stoked about that as well.

    Off and running,

    JD
    and boom goes the dynamite...

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    Day 7 was an absolute disaster.

    Things started very well. I got up, sat on the deck with a cup of coffee to read and enjoy the quiet and got prepared for "Sunday Sprint Day". The only official function of the day was to hangout with my father-in-law to watch the Chiefs game. Of course, he ordered a mess of pizza. And had a fridge full of beer. Yeah....so I think we can all figure out where it went from there.

    I woke up this morning bloated and cussing myself out. No worries though. I guess the only thing to do is take a clear picture of what events led to me feeling like holy hell this morning and make a distinct association. Beer and Pizza = Pain. Primal = wide awake, alert and full of energy.

    The effects are wearing off quickly thanks to a monster cup of coffee w/ coconut butter. I will learn my lesson someday!
    and boom goes the dynamite...

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    Monday 9/19

    B - coffee and coconut milk (becoming standard)
    L - Walnuts and tea
    D - a mash up of smash cauliflower, squash, zucchini, bacon, butter, onion, garlic, shrimp and eggs. a casserole of sorts and damn delicious.
    S - Left handed brewing co Milk Stout. Ooops.

    Tuesday 9/20:

    B - green smoothie (spinach, olive oil, coconut milk and raspberries)
    L - leftover casserole
    D - Thai food from Thai Spice. They have a paleo section to the menu. Basically Thai food sans noodles/rice. Yes please.
    S - Almonds in the afternoon.

    Fitness - lifted some heavy things, PB Fitness style.


    I'm not sleeping worth a shit and I think it's due to drinking too much coffee and too late in the day. Seems like a simple enough experiment. I only had 2 cups today - last one at 10am.
    Last edited by JDough MO; 09-21-2011 at 07:06 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDough MO View Post
    Am I the only one who is overly-geeked about the Primal Challenge?
    No. I think we all are

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