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    Birthday Primal Journal (sb13)

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    Today is my 30th birthday a perfect day to start a 30 day challenge! A little about me - I have a beautiful 5 month baby girl. The breastfeeding / night feedings will make the sleep segment of the challenge the most difficult part. I also work part-time, am in graduate school, am training for a variety of endurance events and am trying to find time for it all. My husband and I both love being active and the hardest part having a newborn is finding time for both of us to get the workouts we love in.

    Starting Weight: 120
    Starting BF%: 17-18%
    Goal: See if this lifestyle can help me gain muscle, improve athletic performance (both weight lifting and endurance if possible), and reduce body fat without tracking calories.

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    Monday Sept 12 (Day 1):

    B 3 Tb almond butter (in a hurry)
    L Large egg white scramble with tons of veggies (spinach, peppers, mushrooms, avocado, olives)
    S more almond butter (can you tell I need to reduce the nut intake?), plum, can of smoked oysters
    D Salmon, Cooked Chard, Salad w/ avocado, olives, veggies, balsamic dressing
    S Strawberries

    Workout:
    Morning boot camp (core focus, with some resisted sprints)
    Lower body lifting
    Easy evening swim

    Highlight:
    Finally tracked down a way I could do natural glute-ham raises at the gym!

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    Tuesday Sept 13 (Day 2 - and my birthday!)

    B Husband made me a gorgeous breakfast; eggs scrambled with avocado, spinach and salsa; bite of left over salmon; cantalope
    S Almond Butter, banana
    L kale & spinach w/ mushrooms in olive oil; smoked oysters
    S Strawberries, Almond Butter (now officially gone will resist buying more for a little while!)
    D Lobster, asparagus, bok choy, wine
    S Almond Milk with unsweetened cocoa

    Workout:
    Slept through spin class but got in an awesome upper body workout. Loving my lifting routine right now!

    Highlight:
    Shared an amazing 2 pound lobster with my husband! Got cute triathlon outfit, new bar wraps for my bike, and a new fancy bike seat from my husband for my birthday!

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    Wednesday Sept 14 (Day 3 - the teething baby)

    Barely slept last night. I think the baby woke up 7 times between 11pm and 4am... slept through my workout and then worked a 10 hour day.
    B - Coffee, egg whites, spinach, mushrooms, salsa
    S - peanut butter
    L - salad w/ smoked oysters
    S - almonds
    D - Fried oysters, salad, sweet potato fries
    S - Unsweetened almond milk cocoa

    Highlight: Read about all the positive health benefits to nuts in my diet. Made me not feel as bad about the massive nut consumption. Also made me think I should try and switch to walnuts!

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    Happy birthday! I'm glad the challenge is going well for you.

    From a primal standpoint, sleeping through spin class is a good thing. :-) I'm sure you have read Mark's take on cardio and on endurance events. Ultimately not good for your health. But if you enjoy them, grok on.
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    What can I say - I really enjoy the endurance events. Been moving away from marathons to shorter races and triathlons - so that might be an improvement But I always try to lift very heavy and get sprints in as well.

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