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  • Primal Challenge Journal

    First entry, just to start it up but I will update it later once the day is done.

  • #2

    B: 3 Eggs, tomato slices and three pieces of bacon, apple

    L:Mixed greens, bell pepper, tomatos, chicken and walnuts with oil and vinegar

    S: Almonds, rasins and chicken

    D: Steak, mixed greens, carrots, slivered almonds, tomatos, oil and vinegar

    WOD: 21-15-9, chest to bar pull ups - OH squat (95lbs), 12:15 (I think)


    • #3

      B: 4 scrambled eggs, broccoli, carrots and zuchinni cooked with olive oil and and apple.

      S: Cashews, almonds, raisins and beef jerky

      L: Steak (leftover) Zucchini, eggplant and carrots, peach

      S: Cashews, almonds, raisins and beef jerky

      D: Halibut, greens, cucumber tomato, almonds, oil&vinegar, applesauce

      WOD: 5 rounds for time:

      12x DB power clean, right arm (55 lb/35 lb)

      12x DB power clean, left arm (55 lb/35 lb)

      12x pushup

      50m sprint

      = 11:58


      • #4

        So far this isn't that bad.

        B: 4 eggs, zucchinni, strawberries, almonds

        S: Cashews, raisns, grapes, jerky

        L: Bacon, carrots and broccoli, apple, almonds

        D: Steak, cucumbers in oil and vinegar, Peach, strawberries

        S: ALmonds, grapes and beef jerky


        3 rounds, each for time:

        800m run 3:02, 2:56, 2:58


        • #5

          B: Eggs, Peach, zucchini and almonds

          S: A Paleo Pack (Dried berries, nuts and jerky)

          L: Chicken salad (Almond slivers, lettuce, celery, tomatoes, cucumber,Bacon and oil and vinegar) Peach

          S: Almonds and watermelon

          D: Tomato/Cucumber salad, stir-fried beef and broccoli with onions, watermelon.

          WOD: Rest day

          By the way, each day is mixed with ample amounts of coffee but I don't list it.


          • #6


            WOD Cindy - 15 + 5 Pullups, 10 pushups

            B: Leftover steak, broccoli, and almonds and peach

            S: Raisins, dried blueberries and almonds

            L: Watermelon, chicken, peach

            S: Grapes, peach

            D: Green bean, tomato, cucumber shrimp and almond salad, Pork tenderloin

            I felt like I was craving fruit all day today and may have actually ate more of it than I remember.


            • #7

              For the most part the first week of Primal eating has not been too tough. I have noticed, however, that i am feeling a bit sore or achey, almost like I am getting sick. I am not sure if it is the change in diet or something else. I have been pretty faithful to the eating and have been on my workouts consistantly.

              I don't know if it is because it is summer and they taste good or because of a need for more carbs but I have been craving fruit. I am going to keep doing what I am doing for another week or so and see if it works itself out.

              I am planning a trip to go crabbing this week (Pretty Primal) and want to try the new crabcakes Mark wrote about.



              B:Chicken and cooked veggies, I can't remember what but I pulled them out of a bag I'd cooked in Olive oil earlier in the week.

              L:Pork loin , leftover green bean salad and a peach

              S: five eggs with Salsa and apple sauce

              D: TBD


              “Fight Gone Bad!”

              Three rounds of:

              Wall-ball, 20 pound ball, 10 ft target (Reps)

              Sumo deadlift high-pull, 75 pounds (Reps)

              Box Jump, 20? box (Reps)

              Push-press, 75 pounds (Reps)

              Row (Calories)

              In this workout you move from each of five stations after a minute.The clock does not reset or stop between exercises. This is a five-minute round from which a one-minute break is allowed before repeating. On call of “rotate”, the athletes must move to next station immediately for best score. One point is given for each rep, except on the rower where each calorie is one point.



              • #8

                Back to work and working nights makes it tough to keep meals regular.

                B:Eggs and Salsa

                D:Steak broccoli and cauliflower, cucumber and tomato salad.

                S:Peanut butter and celery, Asian pear

                S:Plum and Paleo Pak

                WOD: wrestling practice


                • #9



                  5 sets of 3 reps 145, 165, 175, 185, 195

                  21, 15, and 9 reps for time of:

                  wall ball

                  push press (95 lb)



                  • #10


                    I got my book yesterday and am reading through.

                    I didn't log my meals yesterday so I will try to get them back on track today. I'm looking forward to my first mini-adventure race (kayaking, mountain biking and running) this weekend. We also are having some friends over for a primal potluck on Friday for a pre-race dinner. My wife, who is a ridicullously good cook anyway, is having blast coming up with new primal recipies. So far the menu is as follows: Spare ribs, grilled peach and bacon salad, shrimp ceviche and possibly some primal crab cakes (if my ocean trip works out).

                    All the food is local and grown or raised within about 25 miles of us. That is way Grok-like.

                    Today's contest was perfect cause we were in the process of bacon and eggs when we read it.

                    I'm still having some trouble getting meals organized durng the workweek doe to a wierd schedule. FOr the most part I just snack (primally)through my shift. It works but isn't as good as planning a meal. I will have to work on it.

                    Yesterdays meals

                    B:Chicken, green beans, zucchinni and tomatos all sauteed together.

                    The rest of the day, I snacked on beef, fruit, veggies, almonds and sunflower seeds.

                    My evening workout was more wrestling, not hard, just for fun.

                    This mornings breakfast was Bacon fried eggs, eggplant, zzucchini and tomatos and berrys. Pretty friggin' good.


                    • #11


                      I am amazed so far at how easy the transition has been to primal. I used to have ridiculous choclate cravings nightly but I have not had them lately. I am getting over the soreness and achy feeling I had for the first week.

                      So far I hav had plenty of energy to do the WODs. The biggest struggle is keeping food available and ready to eat. The only times I have wanted to cheat have been when I failed to plan. It would be easier to have a plate of pasta or tortilla or something. So far I have worked around it.

                      I am finding that instead of meals, I eat a lot of snacks of meat and fruit and nuts and to a lesser extent veggies. I get plenty of veggies when I have a sit-down meal, but not so much on the fly.

                      Another roadblock for me and my wife is the fact that we are trying to eat locally. Sometimes that can be an issue when I just cant run down to the store and snatch something up.

                      I spent the day today working with a friend at his soon-to-be farm/ranch. We finished the irrigation for the grass for our two cows and my wife started cleaning up the orchard. There are a ton of fruit trees/vines that have been uncared for in years and are left on their own to produce. We are going to clean them up and expand the operation over the next few years. We are also planning on getting more cows, laying and meat chickens and maybe some pigs. Its great to work that way with the family and I think it counts as play.

                      Tomorrow night we are having a "Primal Potluck" with a bunch of folks from the local CrossFit gym. THe menu looks great and I think it would hae been fun to invite some non primal eaters so they could see how good we can eat. Seems like preaching to the choir.

                      After a few days off I got back to the workouts:

                      August 13, 2009 WOD

                      Run 400m

                      KB Swing x 21

                      Pull-up x 3

                      KB Swing x 18

                      Pull-up x 6

                      KB Swing x 15

                      Pull-up x 9

                      KB Swing x 12

                      Pull-up x 12

                      KB Swing x 9

                      Pull-up x 15

                      KB Swing x 6

                      Pull-up x 18

                      KB Swing x 3

                      Pull-up x 21

                      Run 400m



                      • #12


                        The lifestyle change is going well. Last night we had a primal potluck. Like my wife said, if there were any reservations about primal living before, the great food last night squashed them.

                        I like the way the primal living going. It works very well with my own workd view and what I wnat from my life for my family. Next weekend we are going camping and I am planning on takng a couple of kayaks for the family to paddle around on. Play.

                        I need to work on the sleep. Although, I don't feel terribly tired, I know I am not resting enough. That is the story of my life.

                        Funny story about the primal potluck -- about 11pm we got into a conversation about how far a person could Farmer's walk with 65 pounds. My mouth ran and we ended up at the gym with everybody trying to farmer's walk 400 meters with two 65 lb dumbells (45 for the women). I was humbled but it was a ton of fun.

                        todays WOD was named after me based on my boast.


                        Farmers walk 200 meters with 45 lb dumbells

                        12 Thrusters w/ same dumbells

                        3 rope climbs

                        3 rounds for time - 16:38


                        • #13

                          I am happy to still be going strong and primal. My wife, who is also loving living primal, told me she has lost five pounds. We are not letting weight be our goal but looking hotter is a nice benefit of lifestyle changes.

                          We are going camping for a few days and have planned to continue our primal life out into the sticks. IT seems to be going well as we pack. It will be interesting to see how it goes amongst a group of friends who already think we are crazy.

                          As for primal play we are plannng on some canoeing and kayaking. THere are good hikiing trails and some swimming. I'm glad for the thoughts of trying to make things primal and it reminds me to plan activities like the boats. The wife is already wondering what the WOD will be,

                          I'll update more when I return.