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:
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.)
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.
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
So Second day
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.
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
Dumbell Snatches, 40lb dumbell: 5 reps per hand
stability ball twist crunches with medicine ball: 8 per side
I'm posting now but will edit later to finish:
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)
Jumping jacks- (30)
Split jump- (16)
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.
So my work schedule is weird today. Get off early but need to get back in at midnight.
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
pushups (15, 15, 20)
pullups (4, 4, 3)
crunches (15, 15, 10)
side crunches (16, 16)
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.
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
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)
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)
and oh: post-workout weight: 204 lbs.
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?
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.
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.