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    Chi-Town Primal

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    I'm a mid-20's male from Chicago. I've read up on and dabbled in Primal diet / lifestyle for about 6 months, and I want to use this Primal Challenge to really commit to it. I hope to post meals, workouts, and progress here to help keep me on track.

    I'll try and post nightly with my meals and workouts; plus possibly ask for any ideas on dealing with my schedule (i work 5 am till 10 pm with a couple hour break around noon that varies in length.)

    I don't have any specific goals other [should I?] but I guess I'll mark some starting stats:

    5'11
    210 lbs.
    Pushups to failure: 20-25
    BW Squats to failure: 25-30
    Pull-ups to failure: 3-4
    Circumference @ bellybutton: 43 inches

    I'm not sure if these are good metrics, but in general it's what I'd like to improve upon (especially the last one.)

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    So first day diet:

    B: 3 eggs with pepper

    L: A slice of meatloaf with some berries.

    D: Crab / Lobster / Shrimp dipped in cocktail sauce for appetizer.
    Filet Steak with creamed spinach for main course

    Unfortunately, it was a special occasion, and I was elbowed into having a slice of key lime pie for dessert.

    Workout:

    The dinner took up a lot of the spare time I get in a day, so i did 5 sets of pushups, squats and sittups
    Pushups: 10, 15, 15, 10, 10
    Squats: 20, 20, 20, 20, 20
    Situps: 15, 15, 15, 15, 15

    That's all.

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    So Second day

    Diet

    B: Protein Shake

    L: Chicken breast and green beans in bleu cheese buffalo sauce with a bowl of berries

    Post Workout Snack: 2 hard boiled eggs

    D: Hot italian sausage with peppers.

    Workout:

    Run/walk for 2 miles in 24 minutes

    3 sets of each
    Pullups: 5 reps
    Stability Ball weighted crunches: 15 reps
    Dumbell Bench Press: 50 lb dumbell (10 reps, 10, 8)
    Supermans: 15 reps

    2 sets
    Dumbell Snatches, 40lb dumbell: 5 reps per hand
    stability ball twist crunches with medicine ball: 8 per side

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    I'm posting now but will edit later to finish:

    B: Nothing

    L:
    Salad- mixed greens, peaches, and walnuts with balsamic vinaigrette
    Main- london broil beef, bacon butternut squash, and brocoli with almonds and a cup of berries

    D: Petite Pecan salad + Tuna / Salmon sashimi from Whole Foods

    later snack: some left over of the sausage and peppers from yesterday.

    Walked 1.5 miles leisurely (to whole foods and back)
    Jogged for 1.2 miles on treadmill

    3 sets of 30 seconds each and (how many about I can do)
    Burpees- (6)
    Jumping jacks- (30)
    Split jump- (16)
    Burpees- (5)
    Jumping jacks- (30)
    Squats / Pushups / Squats- (switch for each set) and (10 each)

    Finished with 3 30 second planks with 30 seconds rest in between.

    and OH, I much on a handful or two of almonds and pecans throughout the day. And yesterday I had two hard boiled eggs after the workout pre-dinner.
    Last edited by mickst3r; 09-14-2011 at 08:48 PM. Reason: update

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    Day 4:

    So my work schedule is weird today. Get off early but need to get back in at midnight.

    No Breakfast.

    Lunch: Chicken breast in hot bbq sauce with asparagus and a bowl of berries.

    Dinner: the last of the peppers and onions with a petite market salad from whole foods.

    workout (short on time today so)

    3 x 2 min reps jumping rope

    3 sets
    pushups (15, 15, 20)
    pullups (4, 4, 3)
    squats(20,20,10)
    crunches (15, 15, 10)
    side crunches (16, 16)

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    So, I didn't do very well over the weekend:

    Friday, Day 5:
    12:00 AM - Primal Fuel protein shake
    11:00 AM- Bowl of berries, a kosher all beef hotdog (no bun) and a bratwurst (no bun)
    7:00 PM- 6 wings and a half a burger with guacamole on it (no bun)
    Also, like 8 beers.

    Saturday, Day 6-
    Brunch- 3 egg omelet with bacon, sausage, mushrooms, peppers, carmelized onions, and cheddar cheese with roasted potatoes.
    Dinner- Italian sausage and cheeseburger (no bun) along with lots of pecans and some deli sausage, peperoni and cheeses.
    Also, a slice of my birthday cake.
    And around 8 beers

    Sunday, Day 7-

    Brunch- Meat pizza (or a meat-za, with sausage instead of bread for a crust.)
    then around like 6 I had two more pieces of birthday cake iwth big glasses of milk.
    and then at midnight I had a primal fuel protein shake.

    So, how bad is beer in the primal diet?

    Also, after the pieces of cake on sunday night, about 2 hours later I got that empty starving feeling in my stomach. I hadn't experienced that all week- just more motivation to avoid that insulin spiking carb/sugar meals.

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    Sorry for missing the two days:
    Monday, Day 8
    B- Primal Blueprint Fuel
    L- Some grilled chicken with asparagus
    D- More grilled chicken with broccoli

    What's the consensus for working out while sick? If you can go do it but in general listen to your body?

    Note: I also felt like I was coming down with an illness this day, and I had worked from midnight to 2 pm so I didn't work out on monday.

    Tuesday, Day 9
    B- Primal Blueprint Fuel
    L- Pork Chops with a creamed spinach stuffed portobello mushroom
    D- 2 kobe beef burgers with asparagus

    I also had 3 packets of that emergen-c (1g of Vitamin c each) throughout the day

    Workout: I was / am still feeling sick so I kept it light
    3 sets
    Pushups (15, 15, 15)
    Squats( 20,20, 20)
    Pullups(5, 5, 5)
    Weighted sit-ups on balance ball- (15, 15, 15)
    Resistance twists- (8 per side for each)

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    Wednesday, Day 10

    B- Primal Fuel
    L- onion meatloaf with butternut squash and a bowl of berries
    D- Tuna and Salmon sashimi and a petite market salad from Whole Foods

    I will also probably have a traditional whey protein shake when I get home.

    Workout (I was still feeling ab it under the weather today)

    3 sets dumbell bench press (10x 55 lbs)
    3 sets pullups (5 reps each)
    3 sets standing overhead tricep press (10x 55lbs)
    3 sets balance ball sit ups (15 reps each)
    3 sets dumbell snatch (5 reps per arm each set; 45, 50, 55 lbs)

    EDIT:
    and oh: post-workout weight: 204 lbs.

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    Thursday- Day 11

    Breakfast- Primal Blueprint Fuel
    Lunch- Chicken Breast with zuccini and a salad (nuts, apples, baby greens and balsamic / olive oil)
    Dinner- A petite market salad from whole foods along with some beef stew.

    I did end up having a whey protein shake before bed last night, and I'll probably have one again tonight. I also forgot to mention that I walked for 2 miles outside yesterday just running errands.

    Today, I didn't get a chance to work out, though i wakled outside for 20 minutes.

    My biggest challenge so far has bene moving around at a slow pace, mostly because I have a desk job that takes up 14 hours a day during the week.

    What are your suggestions to simulate walking at your desk?

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    Friday- Day 12
    B- Primal Fuel
    L- Sloppy joe and spinach artichoke dip (no cihps)

    I never ate anything substantial for dinner but I did have a handful of lite beers.

    Saturday- Day 12
    B- Eggs with some cheese.
    Lunch- a bunch of deli meats and cheeses; along with some vegetables and dip.
    D- Pulled pork, bbq brisket, and cajun green beans.
    I also had one small piece of birthday cake, and a couple beers.

    Workout-
    Went for a 2 mile walk and that's it.

    Sunday- Day 13
    Lunch- Sausage, Peperoni, and giardiniera peppers pizza (total primal fail)
    Dinner- Leftover pork, brisket, and green beans from saturday (I'll probably have this a few times throughout the week.

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