The J.J. Experiment: Week 4

Four weeks ago, the J.J. Experiment (week 2, 3) began. J.J. Valdivia, a personal trainer in Miami, is guiding ten people as they take a 30-Day Leap into a healthy lifestyle. Let’s find out how they’re doing…

Dear MDA,

We have rounded 3rd base and are being waved into home plate! There is less than one week left in the challenge and my Leapers and I have not taken our eyes off the prize. After an exciting Week 3, one would think that there would be some kind of momentum loss. I can assure you that we have plenty of steam left in our engines and are still “going hard”. I welcomed Chuck back from his travels on Friday and he had a fantastic Tabata workout with Thor on the stationary bikes. They warmed up for a couple of minutes and then performed two Tabata intervals with 2 minutes of rest in between. The workout took less than 15 minutes.

I was then joined for lunch by Lourdes, Sandra, and our unofficial “Eleventh Leaper”, Lyssett. I enjoyed my “Big Ass Salad” and I even got to try Lourdes’ delicious sqaghetti squash with homemade pork bolognaise sauce.

We had a group meeting on Monday and we went over Week 4 of the Primal Leap Guidebook.

I instructed my Leapers to take a 3-day rest period as well as increase their calories to their individual maintenance zones. This would act to fine tune their insulin sensitivity and ramp up the fat burning once we dropped the calories again. Ironic as it may be, many of my Leapers complained that it was difficult to reach their maintenance zone calorie levels eating Primally. All in all, we are having a blast. I hope that those of you out there who are participating in this challenge are having as much fun as we are. I look forward to updating you all next week on our final post.

Grok on,


An Update from Leaper Sandra

As of today I have officially been Primal 23 days!! Woohoo!!

This week has been light, so today under Tropical Storm Nicole I met J.J at the gym for my Lift Heavy Things work out. I was tired but proud of myself.

This challenge went by soo fast!! Who knew that eating healthy would be so easy? Being part of a Cuban family and living in Miami has been a recipe for failure all of my life. Who can say NO to Cuban bread and croquettes?? The truth is, I probably knew all along where I was going wrong and refused to pay attention.

I needed to get control of myself!! When J.J approached me for this challenge I happily accepted. Reading the Primal Blueprint made it click. If I keep doing what I’m doing, chances are I will keep getting what I’m getting. With his help, and with the support of our team, to date I’ve lost 7 lbs and several inches.

J.J – You will never know what your faith in the Primal Blueprint and your dedication to life has done to change mine. I am sure I can speak on behalf of all of the Leapers when I say that what you have done with this challenge is unforgettable and your efforts should be shared with the world!!

Mark – Thank you for providing us with the tools we need to continue our quest towards a healthy lifestyle. Come back for a Frisbee challenge anytime!!

Leapers – Here’s to continued success!!

As this challenge comes to an end…

Grok on ladies and gentlemen… GROK ON!!!


An Update from Leaper Chuck

Hi J.J.

I am back from a week of fast paced traveling and want to tell you that I had some challenges staying on track. I was in Boston for 4 days and that was great – easy to stay on Primal diet when there is plenty of seafood around: lobster, clams, oysters, and great fresh fish – Primal all the way.

However, I also had to travel to Madrid, Spain and didn’t realize the challenges I would have. I left on a Sunday, 6 PM flight out of Miami, ate lunch at 1 PM and figured I would have dinner on the plane. The dinner came alright but I was in the last row in coach and they ran out of chicken and only had lasagna left !!!! Grrrrrr, I was losing it and didn’t eat the lasagna but asked the flight attendant to get me some protein from 1st class – any protein.

They didn’t have anything so I drink a ton of water and went to sleep and waited for breakfast – 6 AM (Spain time) breakfast comes and it is a croissant and a cup of OJ – Grrrrr. I am starving but no go, I didn’t eat, now I have gone almost 14 hrs without food and I get to hotel and immediately order a cheeseburger and fries. I am feeling terrible by now and don’t care, but I didn’t eat the bun LOL! After that I got back on track and ate right and walked all over Madrid for 2 days.

The flight to Spain has educated me now on how to better prepare for a long flight which I have coming up next week to China which is 14 hours long – beef jerky and nuts all the way!!! I won’t get caught short this time.


Updates from Leaper Elaine

Sep. 27

I am finally feeling better… My sinus infection is almost gone… Below… is a picture of my Breakfast Omelette.. I have not lost any additional lbs but have lost inches… I can now wear clothes I have been able to wear for years… I feel so much better… have much more energy. I have lost a total of 10 lbs. I will send you my food logs soon.

Sep. 30

Wow.. I have lost another 1lb…. so I have lost a total of 11 lbs. so far… I can’t believe that I am never hungry… and have a lot of energy…  Our department is going through some major changes and I have weathered the changes without going on an eating frenzy… What a change from the past… I am trying to increase my veggie selection and amount… I am not a salad eater… so I have to find ways to increase.


Raoul Hernandez and Family Cook a Dish from The Primal Blueprint Cookbook: Snapper Fillet on a Bed of Sea Salt!

Keep up the great work, Leapers! The 30-Day Leap and Challenge are winding down but it’s no time to rest on your laurels or start falling back into old habits. Take what you’ve learned over the last 4 weeks, apply it in your life and I can say that without a doubt you will see continued success. Grok on!

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  1. We’ve really been enjoying the updates. Congratulations to all the participants, keep up the good work, and Grok on!

  2. everything is so good and i am really glad that these people have gone primal, the only thing i don’t understand is why they still eat these enormous quantities of food…

    1. I think the reason may be two fold. First eating alot, when clean, will only promote muscle building. That will accelerate fat loss. Also their trainer is adjusting thier caloric intake to tweak thier insulin sensitivity. Plus personal fitness goals could come into play I am tall and thin, which with a primal diet means loads of food to try and put on lean muscle weight.

  3. Awesome work everyone!

    What I love about being Primal is that there is no one definition of success. All of the above stories are unique, but show progress and success in so many different ways.

    Even when things might not be going as you had planned, if you step back there are often smaller achievements to be found to build on, rather than focusing on whatever didn’t quite work out as you had hoped for.

    Enjoy the journey!…and keep up the great work!!

  4. I am starting to feel like I know “J.J. and the Leapers” personally! Sounds like the name of a band. 🙂 Congrats on the weigh loss and improved fitness while enjoying all of that delicious food!

  5. So exiting to see you all do this! Congratulations. This is just the beginning.

  6. These folks are doing just amazingly well. I got onto this particular challenge late, but my wife and I were instantly inspired to do our own personal 30 Day Challenge.

    Keep up the good work, Leapers!

  7. So inspiring! It really does help if you have a small community of people primalizing their lives. I hope to have that one day soon.

  8. What a great series of posts. I’m so incredibly happy for all the participants and I’m sure this has been very inspiring to all that pass through. Congratulations to all the participants. You’re on your way!

  9. I hope after the challenge is over you do updates periodically. I’d like to see how many stick with it and long term results. I am so happy for everyone they are doing great.

    1. My thoughts exactly, I really like reading these updates, and would like to hear how everyone is doing in the future when the challenge is done.

  10. It’s seems like an idea whose time has come. Many workplaces conduct “weight loss contests”…many more health benefits derive from following the Primal Blueprint. Congrats to all Leapers and to JJ for leading the group!

  11. Well done everyone.

    I’m just back from Spain, what a carboholic country! Yes, I fasted too rather eat off PB, how wonderful that we can skip meals so easily where required.

    I also quit the marathon I was participating in (a pre-Primal commitment) 18ks in because my body told me to! I listened to my inner Grok. I watched so much pain etched on faces as I walked back – for all those still hitting the big miles, go really watch what happens in IM or marathoning and really think about the effect it has on the body!

    I’m cured of the CC, thanks Mark and Grok on to all you leapers, the journey is only just beginning for you, here’s to health and fun!


  12. I love hearing that people are losing waist size, but not weight! Just shows that weight only has something to do with health and fitness on a very large scale (no pun intended). You’re getting stronger! We should all ditch the weight goals and make our goal “follow the best health and fitness process possible” and our weight will be whatever the hell it wants to be 😀

    You guys are doing great!!!