Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Going Primal 30 Day Challenge Final Weigh In



First, I'll get right to the numbers. My 30 day (OK, 28. I didn't feel the need to do a weigh in post today and then a final post on Friday, it's only 2 days) The Primal Blueprint Challenge weight loss results: 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Going Primal Day 26

Yesterday was a pretty great day eating-wise, but not such a great day workout-wise. Meaning: I didn't do the workout I'd planned. I didn't do any workout. Oops. I took an unplanned rest day. No excuses. I wasn't over-tired or feeling like I needed it, I just did. Not letting that happen again today though!

OK, my eats for Monday:

Monday, September 26, 2011

509



Wow.


I wanted to do something special for my 500th post.


But it flew by unnoticed. 


This post is my 509th post. Time flies when you're having fun.


I guess I'll do something special for my 509th post! Like....

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Words to Inspire

I used to do Sunday Quotes. I don't know how popular those posts were, but I enjoyed them.

I thought for a while I would instead do Words to Inspire.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

What Would You Like to See More of ???

Changes are coming up for my blog. But that's another post. What I'd really love to know is: what would you like to see more of? If you read this blog, please leave me a comment answering that question. Even if you don't usually comment, even if you don't read that often. I really want to know what people enjoy and want to see more of.


More workout reviews? More daily food tracking posts? Vlogs? Recipes? Running stuff? Anything. What would you like to see more of?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Going Primal Days 20 and 21

I'm a day behind with my tracking, so I decided to post 2 days together. I didn't get all the pics for day 21 so that works out nicely!


Day 20 my workout was a brisk 4.25 mile walk. Day 21 was another walk, 4.2 miles in the cold and major WIND. I think that calls for bonus points.


Day 20's eats:
Breakfast was an omelet with onions, yellow peppers,  and tomato with some fresh strawberries and coffee with 1 Tblsp organic whipping cream.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Primal Pumpkin Mini Muffins

I adapted this recipe from the Pumpkin Nut Muffins recipe in The Primal Blueprint Cookbook.


Going Primal Week 3 Results




3 weeks down of my little Going Primal Experiment! I'm going to tweak a few things for the last week, but first to my results so far...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

What is Paleo? What is Primal? What's the Difference?

I have had a lot of questions on Paleo and Primal. Questions on Paleo/Primal eating as well as fitness. A common question I get is: What is the difference between Primal and Paleo? Another one is: What should I be eating on Paleo (or Primal)? Or, how should I be working out... You get the picture. Lots of folks are confused or just wondering what the heck they are. 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Going Primal Day 19

Today was a great day. Busy. Homeschooling, housecleaning, life stuff. 


I took a rest day today since I had planned to rest yesterday, but then decided to walk 4 miles because my mom had the kids (free time? what? what?). 

Primal Grocery Haul

I went grocery shopping over the weekend.
I actually bought more fruit than this, but just took a pic of what I put out. I store the extra in the crisper drawer. I find my kids eat it better if I put some out though.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Going Primal Day 15

Wow, I'm halfway through my little Going Primal experiment. I feel great. My eating and workouts were awesome this week. Yesterday (day 15) I took an unplanned rest day. I was just feeling very sore and tired, so I listened to my body and skipped a workout. 


My eats:
Breakfast was some Applegate turkey bacon (love that stuff), three large strawberries, and a cup of Green Mountan Sumatran Reserve coffee with one tablespoon of organic whipping cream.
Mid-morning I had another cup of coffee with a tablespoon of whipping cream with a handful of:

Lunch was a smoothie: 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon whipping cream, 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 scoop Jay Robb vanilla whey protein, and 1 tsp matcha green tea. Yum. You could easily omit the water and cream and replace it with coconut milk if you prefer. I also sometimes add fresh spinach.
Peeled and ate an entire grapefruit for a snack.
Dinner was my modified version of the Coconut Curry recipe from the Primal Blueprint Cookbook. I don't use coconut milk and use  1/2 cup whipping cream, I also alter the spices a little and use a can of green chiles. The pic didn't turn out great, but it's amazing. There's chicken in there somewhere!

I'm going to take the weekend off from tracking, have a great weekened!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Going Primal Days 12, 13, and 14 Vlog

I started my tracking blog because I was doing daily tracking posts and also doing lots of regular posts on this blog. My reasoning was that I didn't want to bombard people with that many posts on this blog. For those interested in the daily stuff they could follow my tracking blog. Others would just have the usual stuff on this blog. 


However, I haven't had time with our homeschool year starting to post as much on this blog OR that one. So, for the rest of my Going Primal tracking I will be posting my tracking vlogs here.

I am just a blogger, not a doctor, trainer, or any sort of health professional. What you read here are my personal experiences and opinions. Of course, always consult your doctor before trying a diet, supplement, or new workout program.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Going Primal Week 2 Results


The title of this post was almost: I am perplexed. Random, but do you watch The Upside Down Show? The word perplexed will forever remind me of that show. Anyway, it was almost the title of the post because when I got up and weighed this morning I was perplexed! I just knew the scale had moved this week. Nope. Moving on...


Beginning Stats
Weight 176

BF% 31.4

Waist 32.5
Right Thigh 20.5
Right Calf 14.25
Right Arm 12
Hips 41.75
Week 1 Stats
Weight 175.5
BF% 31.4 (using an Omron BF monitor, results can be fickle)
Waist 32.25
Right Thigh 20.5
Right Calf 14
Right Arm 11.75
Hips 41.75
Week 2 Stats
Weight 175.5
BF% 31.5 (I really am wondering how accurate this BF monitor is)
Waist  32
Right Thigh 20.25
Right Calf 14
Right Arm 11.75
Hips 40.75

After taking my measurements I felt better, still perplexed, but better. While the scale is still not going down I am glad that I take measurements also.  My waist, thigh, and hip measurements all went down again. So, I am making progress. Whether the scale wants to tell me so or not! If you are contemplating trying Paleo or Primal I highly recommend taking your measurements also.

This week has gone great. I am tracking 4 to 5 days a week on My Fitness Pal. I take a couple of days off (still eating the same, just not tracking) mostly so that I'm not obsessing. After my 5k fiasco I am trying to be much more consistent with my workouts. It was a huge wake up call. My here and there workouts are not equating to the level of fitness I am used to. So far this week I took Sunday off, did weights (Chalean Extreme) Monday, and walked 3 miles Tuesday. I've decided to schedule my workouts a week at a time; I am just someone who does better with a plan. But that's a whole other post.

You can still see my Going Primal tracking vlogs on my you tube channel or posts at my tracking blog if you're interested in daily stuff like what I'm eating, etc.

Also, we've decided to keep Awesome by August going all year. Awesome All Year? No prizes. Just a page for support, encouragement, and accountability. We will weigh in on Wednesdays. Feel free to join us!

I am just a blogger, not a doctor, trainer, or any sort of health professional. What you read here are my personal experiences and opinions. Of course, always consult your doctor before trying a diet, supplement, or new workout program.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Just Bucks

Last week I went to the grocery store and the Starbucks sign said:
True enough.

Then this week it just said:


The truth and nothing but? 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Going Primal 30 Day Challenge--Week 1 Weigh In

First, I'll get straight to my first week's results on The Primal Blueprint:
Beginning Stats
Weight 176

BF% 31.4

Waist 32.5
Right Thigh 20.5
Right Calf 14.25
Right Arm 12
Hips 41.75
Week 1 Stats
Weight 175.5
BF% 31.4 (using an Omron BF monitor, results can be fickle)
Waist 32.25
Right Thigh 20.5
Right Calf 14
Right Arm 11.75
Hips 41.75
My first week going Primal I lost half a pound and 3/4 of an inch total. Not bad. I suspect most people would experience bigger losses their first week on Primal, but since I was going Paleo to Primal I'm very pleased with those results.

I'm enjoying Primal. Not going to lie, I LOVE having the organic whipping cream in my coffee. I also really enjoy having whey protein smoothies back. Trying not to go back to using them as a crutch for my protein intake though. Overall I think this is absolutely something I can enjoy long term.

I went back and forth on the whole tracking thing for this experiment. In the book Mark Sisson suggests you track (at least at first) your food, especially your carb intake. Focusing on keeping your carbs within a certain range based on your weight loss goals. I truly enjoyed NOT tracking the 'numbers' with my Paleo experiment and wasn't sure how I would feel about tracking again. (Other than the video tracking I do, which doesn't focus at all on numbers, calories, etc). One of my favorite things about my little Paleo experiment was not feeling obsessed over calories!

But tracking carb intake seemed an integral part of this plan, so I downloaded My Fitness Pal to my new android phone. And...I love it. I am not allowing myself to obsess or even really focus on the calorie part. I try to watch my carb and protein intake, glance at the vitamin/mineral intake, and move on. It's been sort of fun so far. I only plan to do it for a while until I can better gauge my carb intake on my own. If I at all feel obsessive or bothered by the tracking, it's gone. I refuse to give up this more laid back state of mind toward my eating and weight.

As far as workouts go, the biggest change for me has been adding in more lower level activity. Mostly this has been in the form of long walks. This week I did one 5 mile and one just over 6. I am really enjoying these. Of course I can still manage them outdoors right now (and I have a friend to go with me), which makes them more fun than the treadmill! Especially where I live. It's beautiful out this time of year.

I also did some walk/sprint interval workouts and one body weight workout. I plan to get some weights in for week 2. For weights workouts I plan to do various DVDs. Some may think that's not very primal, but I ENJOY DVDs. Sisson says to always change things up. I figure it's a great way to get use out of all these DVDs I have. Hmmm, wonder how long I could do them without repeating...

So far so good with Primal. I still feel great. Things are all moving in the right direction. And I get cream in my coffee. What's not to like, really?


I am just a blogger, not a doctor, trainer, or any sort of health professional. What you read here are my personal experiences and opinions. Of course, always consult your doctor before trying a diet, supplement, or new workout program.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Going Primal 30 Day Challenge

My day 1 of Going Primal was September 1st, so I'm a little bit late getting this up (considering my first weigh in will be Wednesday!). But I thought I should still post my beginning stats and all that jazz for my Going Primal experiment.


Beginning Stats

Weight 176
BF% 31.4%
Waist 32.5
Right Thigh 20.5
Right Calf 14.25
Right Arm 12
Hips 41.75

Weigh ins/updates will be weekly on Wednesdays. I'll also be doing daily tracking via videos or posts at Adventures in Tracking if you're interested in more detail like foods I'm eating, workouts I'm doing, etc. Here's a little taste of what I do over on that blog:


Resources I'll be using for this experiment:
As well as marksdailyapple.com
I'll be using this cookbook quite a bit:


And I was curious, so I pre-ordered this:


I'll be back Wednesday with my thoughts on my first week of Primal as well as with my measurements and weigh in!

I am just a blogger, not a doctor, trainer, or any sort of health professional. What you read here are my personal experiences and opinions. Of course, always consult your doctor before trying a diet, supplement, or new workout program.