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    Journey of a Future ARA Officer

    Hello all, big first post

    First you'll probably be wondering about me: Alex, 22, female, from Queensland, approx. 96kg, 166cm. I have muscle, but it's covered in a layer of fat, especially around my middle

    Secondly, you're probably curious as to the reasons behind my topic title. Instead of having a weightloss goal, a fitness goal, a bodyfat goal (although they are important, they are not be-all end-all goals), my ULTIMATE goal, my life's goal, is to become an Officer of the Australian Army. A fit, capable leader of our troops. The leadership is there, the fitness, not so much. It is my belief that I have stumbled upon the perfect way for me to optimize my body to take on the challenges of the army.

    So, Why Primal?
    I've tried low fat, low carb, high protein, big breakfast, big dinner, diet shakes, acai berries, etc etc etc. In my opinion, they're just not sustainable in the long term. I lose maybe 15-20kg, but soon see it bouncing back on as my concentration and dedication lapses.

    I like exercising. I play soccer, I walk with my dog, I love lifting weights. I do not enjoy long bouts of cardio. I could never enjoy running a marathon or a half-marathon. I am however very keen to try run a Tough Mudder. And while I enjoy my exercise, my diet holds me back.

    I'm looking forward to beginning my new lifestyle, embracing my 100 000 year old self. It just makes sense. I hope I'll have lots of encouragement here as I strive towards my life goal And as there's really no point starting on a Monday, awakening of Grok begins tomorrow!

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    Coffee for breakfast, full fat milk
    Full fat yoghurt, blueberries, snack freddo. I normally have a little choccie with my lunch, so I'll have to replace it with dark chocolate, or learn to go without!
    Fish, mushrooms, and a bit of cheese for lunch. Piece of fruit. Can of coke zero. I know I must wean myself off it, does anyone have suggestions for replacements?
    Tonight, I plan to do the four Essential Primal Movements test, to see where I am at.
    Dinner is a beef casserole with carrots, mushrooms and onions, with a little sweet potato mash.
    Starting weight: 90kg (11/3/13) (33.1 BMI)
    Current weight: 89.5kg (12/3/13) (32.9 BMI)
    Goal weight: 75kg (27.5 BMI)
    Short term goal: BMI under 30
    Mid term goal:
    40 pushups, 100 situps, 10 pullups, 10.1 beep test, >10m 2.4km run
    Long term goal: Enlist as an ARA Combat Engineer

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    My Essential Primal Movement results:
    Pushups: 8
    Pullups: 0 (but did 10 with both legs on a chair)
    Squats: 40
    Plank: 1min

    Did a 16hr IF since dinner last night. Had a green tea on waking, then completed some pushups and squats before showering.

    Went grocery shopping before lunch, came home with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit (we had already done our meat shop). The other housemates requested so much rubbish, so hopefully, going Primal will give me great results to convince them to give up the food that is killing them. One housemate in particular came home with boxes of frozen, crumbed, processed rubbish. He doesn't notice the negative effects on his body, because he's gifted with a thin frame.

    Had leftover beef casserole for lunch, and there's still some left for tomorrow or Monday
    Ate a small punnet of raspberries.

    Will be taking the dog for a walk/run later on.

    Housemate wants to make a quiche for dinner, I guess i'll just skip the pastry.
    Last edited by Leonharte; 02-17-2012 at 10:20 PM.
    Starting weight: 90kg (11/3/13) (33.1 BMI)
    Current weight: 89.5kg (12/3/13) (32.9 BMI)
    Goal weight: 75kg (27.5 BMI)
    Short term goal: BMI under 30
    Mid term goal:
    40 pushups, 100 situps, 10 pullups, 10.1 beep test, >10m 2.4km run
    Long term goal: Enlist as an ARA Combat Engineer

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    Hi, did you see this thread?
    Lost the weight using CW. Now I just want to be healthier.
    Lisa's primal-ish when she feels like it journal.
    Feel free to read and/or comment, but don't expect me to listen.
    Distance walked 2012: 321 kms as of June 15.

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    No, thank you, that's quite a resource!

    Dinner last night was a butter chicken curry, sans rice. Also caved and had a Dr Pepper.
    Fasting til lunch, and still have some leftover casserole to enjoy.
    Probably some berries and yogurt in the afternoon, another walk with the dog, then a roast pork for dinner.
    Starting weight: 90kg (11/3/13) (33.1 BMI)
    Current weight: 89.5kg (12/3/13) (32.9 BMI)
    Goal weight: 75kg (27.5 BMI)
    Short term goal: BMI under 30
    Mid term goal:
    40 pushups, 100 situps, 10 pullups, 10.1 beep test, >10m 2.4km run
    Long term goal: Enlist as an ARA Combat Engineer

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    Lovely roast pork for dinner, with roast vegetables cooked in olive oil.
    But then had a couple of rum+cokes and a magnum ice cream 20% right?
    Coffee for breakfast.
    Beef jerky and a tea midmorning.
    Chicken + salad for lunch with mayo dressing. Bought some avocados in the grocery shop but they're not quite ripe, otherwise would have had half a avo in the salad too.
    Starting weight: 90kg (11/3/13) (33.1 BMI)
    Current weight: 89.5kg (12/3/13) (32.9 BMI)
    Goal weight: 75kg (27.5 BMI)
    Short term goal: BMI under 30
    Mid term goal:
    40 pushups, 100 situps, 10 pullups, 10.1 beep test, >10m 2.4km run
    Long term goal: Enlist as an ARA Combat Engineer

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    Walked the dog yesterday afternoon. Each walk is about half an hour.
    Had chicken, sweet potato, peas and broccoli for dinner.
    Coffee for breakfast.
    Got a yoghurt and tea for midmorning. The yoghurt is of 'diet' variety, once they're gone I'll try find full fat ones.
    Chicken salad again, with lots of mayo and avocado.
    Soccer training tonight, 1.5 hours of training.
    Starting weight: 90kg (11/3/13) (33.1 BMI)
    Current weight: 89.5kg (12/3/13) (32.9 BMI)
    Goal weight: 75kg (27.5 BMI)
    Short term goal: BMI under 30
    Mid term goal:
    40 pushups, 100 situps, 10 pullups, 10.1 beep test, >10m 2.4km run
    Long term goal: Enlist as an ARA Combat Engineer

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    Great training, did a lot of sprints so I guess that's my sprint session for the week.
    Wasn't hungry getting home so didn't eat anything. Did have a powerade to refuel, and a bit of dark chocolate.
    Coffee.
    Beef Jerky midmorning.
    Going out for lunch now for work, hopefully can stay Primal, I have no idea what's being served.
    Starting weight: 90kg (11/3/13) (33.1 BMI)
    Current weight: 89.5kg (12/3/13) (32.9 BMI)
    Goal weight: 75kg (27.5 BMI)
    Short term goal: BMI under 30
    Mid term goal:
    40 pushups, 100 situps, 10 pullups, 10.1 beep test, >10m 2.4km run
    Long term goal: Enlist as an ARA Combat Engineer

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    Lunch was sandwiches, sausage rolls, fried chicken, dim sums, wedges etc pre-primal, I would have had plates and plates of it. If I was 100% Primal, I would have eaten none of it. I was hungry and had to last the afternoon, so I had some chicken and meatballs, and a small glass of coke.
    Did the 4 Essential Movements bodyweight circuits. These were the results:
    Pushups: 15/15 (first 5 of each were normal pushups, rest were knee)
    Pullups: 8/8 (one leg, switching legs at 4)
    Squats: 20/20 (was a bit rushed, so capped it at 20)
    Planks: 45 secs each

    Dinner was a large steak topped with mushrooms and bacon cooked in butter, served with broccoli, carrots and a piece of pumpkin.
    Fasting until lunch, have had a coffee for breakfast and a coffee midmorning though.
    Lunch: Two large chicken drumsticks, strawberries and a coke. This is my LAST coke, end of the carton.

    Another session of soccer training tonight, if the weather stays good. It looks like it could rain, and has been raining in the evenings.

    Tomorrow is a long drive to Brisbane, so I'll be fasting until I can eat some good Primal food, even if it means waiting until dinner.

    I've also started supplementing with a multi vitamin, fish oil, and kelp for iodine.
    Starting weight: 90kg (11/3/13) (33.1 BMI)
    Current weight: 89.5kg (12/3/13) (32.9 BMI)
    Goal weight: 75kg (27.5 BMI)
    Short term goal: BMI under 30
    Mid term goal:
    40 pushups, 100 situps, 10 pullups, 10.1 beep test, >10m 2.4km run
    Long term goal: Enlist as an ARA Combat Engineer

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    Primal Blueprint Expert Certification
    Went on a week-long cruise last week. Stayed primal for maybe two days, then collapsed. The food and drink was just so good, and I'm not in the Primal mindset that this is actually bad for me. So I splurged, bad, but thoroughly enjoyed myself. The downside was I gained 3kgs, but hopefully cutting carbs right back for a few weeks will get rid of the holiday weight quickly.
    Starting weight: 90kg (11/3/13) (33.1 BMI)
    Current weight: 89.5kg (12/3/13) (32.9 BMI)
    Goal weight: 75kg (27.5 BMI)
    Short term goal: BMI under 30
    Mid term goal:
    40 pushups, 100 situps, 10 pullups, 10.1 beep test, >10m 2.4km run
    Long term goal: Enlist as an ARA Combat Engineer

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