My pull-up/chin-up progress is underway. I went to the playground this morning, knelt beneath a four-foot-tall bar, grabbed it and then went on my tip-toes. I did two sets of 5 for pull-ups and chin-ups. I just found that at my family's house, where I visit a lot, there's both a bar and a lat-pull, so I think I have a couple different options now on building up. So all in all, exercise for today was two sets each of:
20 tricep pulls with 15 pound weights
12 military press with 15 pound weights
12 incline pushups
12 one-legged squats
30 side-to-side squats
Tomorrow's a play day!
B: Three eggs scrambled with green onions
L: Three hard-boiled eggs drizzled in olive oil and salt with a couple pork rinds
D: Fresh Crab and a bunch of broccoli
I feel like during the day I'm eating enough and not starving and I'm trying not to eat after 8 pm because I don't want to eat calories that are just going to sit in me. But maybe I'll make one of the meals that day bigger, like breakfast or lunch. I have been going especially light on the lunch. Like you said, Dave, I might need to put some more meat in there instead of the eggs. I only eat so many eggs because I'm on a super-tight budget and it seems like it's the most cost-efficient source of protein. Something about it just doesn't make it feel as complete and as satisfying as meat, though. I remembered today that meat and offal are always more affordable at ethnic markets, so I went to a Latino one today and hallelujah! So cheap. I'm not going to worry too much about the industrialized meat thing because good grass-fed stuff is not going to be regularly in the picture for a while. I can avoid, however, eating as much chicken in hopes of improving my omega 6/omega 3 ratio (I'm taking a daily cod liver oil supplement).
Start Date 1/1/12
This 2012 Primal Challenge thing is so cool. Posting my progress here already feels A LOT more helpful and A LOT less boring than simply dialing in on FitDay.com (not that it's a bad website). On top all that, I got a shout-out in today's post about it:
Success Stories in the Making: The Big Unveil | Mark's Daily Apple
Next time I'm in a blog post, it'll be the full on success story. Cheers to everyone else dedicated to doing the same!
Hey there LEx,
Congrats on starting this journey. And congrats on having already lost 25 lbs.
As Dave said, it may be that you're not getting enough fat. Keep in mind that this is a High Fat diet. While protein is good and necessary, you'll be feeling better and losing more weight the more good fats you eat. Pick up some Avocados and some cheap meat. Also suggested is some bone (picked up at almost any butcher very inexpensively) so that you can make some broth.
Coconut Milk is another avenue where you can get some good fat. I mix a ton in with my coffee.
As far as working out, I have 2 suggestions. 1. Work out before you eat - especially in the morning. You'll have something to work toward (FOOD!) and your body burns better when it's on an empty stomach. If you really want to up the ante, invest in some Amino Acid supplements. They come in powdered drinks and some have zero sugar/zero carbs. You can sip on this while you work out to maximize the effect.
The second suggestion is (and this was provided by Mark a while ago) when you know you NEED to work out, but you don't really WANT to work out right now, just throw on your sneakers. Don't worry about working out or contemplating whether you should or not, just throw on your workout shoes and do whatever else you were planning on doing. When you have your shoes on, you're ready to go. The decision is now one-fold, instead of requiring the preparatory steps of getting dressed and putting on the shoes. Aaand, if you ultimately don't go, at least you made the challenge a little harder to avoid.
Great job lex! Looks like you are on the right path...very excited for ya!
One thing I would like to mention is to make sure you are eating until you are full with your B, L, and D...when I started out the biggest challenge for me was eating till I was satisfied and ignoring conventional wisdom that you had to limit your intake!
Keep powering through towards your pull-up goal! I bet you will be able to bang out several by the end of the year....awesome!
Hi Lex- I haven't posted in a bit, but felt the need to congratulate all of you for taking the most important step we all can take- care for ourselves and our health.
All the best to you on your journey and I look forward to some progress posts!
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Self-realization. I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"
I'll take your advice on the morning workout too!
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