I am 44 years old and I have decided to make my own journal after reading quite a few inspiring journals. I stumbled onto the Primal lifestyle through my web search regarding going grain free.
See, nearly 10 years ago, I had lost nearly 100 lbs by dropping grains and sugars from diet as the recommendation from my martial arts teacher at the time. I have gained nearly all of it back only after adding grains back into my diet. Of course it has been a slow process. Additionally, my occupation as a software developer means that my daily physical activity amounts to walking from my desk to the restroom or to and from my car.
Now that all aspects of my life with the exception of health is perfect, I wanted fix that part to be completely happy and also get back into regular martial arts training. After researching the paleo diet and then found Mark's site, I was convinced that his approach was what I was looking for.
I will attempt to briefly catch this up to yesterday and then make another post for today.
Thus far I have no cravings.
Coffee with half-and-half and stevia.
2 Eggs (hard boiled or scrambled) If scrambled, I saute` onions and peppers in butter before adding the eggs. then add 3 slices of tomato and 3 or 4 slices of cucumber. Sprinkle a small pinch of shredded cheddar cheese on the scrambled eggs while still warm.
Lunch varies. I always bring lunch from home. It may be left overs (always a meat with a green veggie of some sort). Or I may bring a salad (spring mix, spinach, bell pepper, onions, tomato, cucumber) and either bring left over meat or tuna fish, salmon, etc. I always use extra virgin olive oil and roasted garlic red wine vinegar.
It is always a meat and green veggie. Could be pork loin and broccoli, oven roasted chicken thighs and spinach. I almost always eat 1 piece of meat and a good size portion of veggies.
Hot tea with half-and-half and stevia.
Note: If I snack, I normally only eat a handful (around 1oz) of organic dry roasted nuts (cashew, almond, pistachio mix)
Additionally, my meals will eventually vary as I acquire more recipes, try different veggies, meats, etc. The details above are more intended as a general summary of my daily meals. However, I am a person that likes consistency.
I admit, I have not stuck completely to the exercise routine in Primal Fitness, although I am improving my consistency with the daily walking, body weight exercises, and intervals (sprints). This is definitely step-wise refinement. Although I do enjoy fitness, I think after spending many hours droning along in a gym environment, I want my exercise outdoors and fun. So I certainly resonate with Mark on the "play" part of exercise. It should always be fun.
Note: I recently used the stairs in the neighboring parking garage for my interval work. The garage has 4 flights of stairs and I have found that I can create intense intervals by "running" up to the top and walking to the bottom. A couple of intervals of that on a 10 minute break is quite intense.
- 02/20/2012 - Officially dropped grains from my diet (no weigh in)
- 02/25/2012 - First weigh in (390.6lb) 95%+ Primal now.
- 03/09/2012 - Weigh in 384.8lb
Well there it is. That sums up my endeavors up till now. I will try and update my journal daily.