So, apparently, I hit the charachter limit...yes, I can be a little wordy...continuing:
Starting August 1, I have been making a go and being fully Primal. And by that I mostly mean no grains and no sugars, while eating real foods and eliminating (as I like to call it) "crap in a box". For now, I'm allowing myself to exist pretty freely in all of the primal "gray areas" allowing myself fruit, dairy, etc. I'm not anywhere close to being perfect about the "sources" of all my foods, but I have been dabbling/trying things like Grass Fed Beef and Butter, Ghee, uncured bacon, and pastured/free range eggs.
On August 1, I took some "starting" data. I know that we're supposed to be focused less on stats and figures (like the suggestion to "throw away the scale") and be concerned with how I "feel" and energy levels and so forth. But, I guess I can't completely let go of everything at once. For background, I have been using for sometime a bathroom scale which also has electrodes for doing a bio-electric impedance measurement of body fat %-age. I am aware that these are not terribly accurate, but my understanding is that repeat measurements on the same device provide "relative" context with a decent amount of confidence and can be used for observing trend. I have been weighing myself naked (whether or not I look good) on Monday mornings for quite some time now.
8/1/2011 - 198.6lb total weight, 25.9% body fat, 54.0% H2O. This works out to a "calculated" mass of body fat 51.44 lbs.
In interest of being concerned with body composition over total weight, when setting a "goal" it is to get below a certain "calculated" body fat mass. As of right now, that number is 31.82 lbs. This is determined by taking my "ideal" total weight based on BMI for height of 176.8 and a <18% body fat reading, which is the benchmark for "fitness" and calculating the result. It makes sense as a goal in my mind...and I can adjust it if need be. So, as of the start of going Primal, I would like to lose 19.62 lbs of fat!
I kept record of several of these types of measurements while I was doing the SCD, which can be seen on the linked thread. What I find interesting already was that from the "last" SCD weigh-in until the "first" Primal weigh, there's not much change. It's interesting because in that time I was not exercising very much. I had stopped running almost completely. I was probably more active naturally from it being the summertime -- swimming, yard work, and so forth -- but other than that, I was pretty inactive (especially compared to the time I had been spending running the past year or so). During that same time I was transitioning from SCD minus beans as a diet to investigate/considering the Primal approach (with lots of cheating by either standard) before finally deciding to go "all in" on the Primal approach.
I intend to use this journal to record eating patterns, activity, impressions, etc. But, I need to go back a little bit first. As I mentioned, I took the "assessment" for the 5 essential primal movements on July 28. Here were the results:
Pushups -- Starting at Level 1 (Wall Pushups)
Pullups -- Starting at Level 1 (Two Legged Assist Pullups)
Squats -- Starting at Level 4 (Full Squats)
Overhead Press -- Starting at Level 1 (Elevated Jack Knife Press)
Planks -- Starting at Level 2 (Forearm/Knee Planks)
Hmmm...can you tell I was a runner? Seems I'm VERY weak at everything besides the Squat.
After taking the assessment, I tried doing a single Cycle of the exercises at my Starting Level. These results were as follows:
Wall Pushups - 35
Two Legged Assist Pullups - 10
Full Squats - 50
Elevated Jack Knife Press - 15
Front Forearm/Knee Plank - 74 seconds
Side 1 Forearm/Knee Plank - 42 seconds
Side 2 Forearm/Knee Plank - 48 seconds
That was the Thursday before I "officially" went all-in on Primal. What will follow, I'm thinking is one post with a kind of "running log" that I will update throughout the week and then each Monday a weigh-in post and a "how I feel" as well as "where I'd like to go next" kind of commentary. I may post more frequently, I may skip/forget. I may not be able to painstakingly log everything as well as I would like. I suppose I will just see how it goes...