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Primal Challenge Journal (Ken)

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    Hey all!

    So, the brief version of my story is that 5 years ago I was a 252 lb. beer swilling couch potato. After quitting drinking, and watching my diet, I was able to lose weight, train for and complete a number of sprint and olympic triathlons. Then, in 2006 -- disaster hit... oops -- I mean, I got a gift -- my adrenals fried and I experienced major burnout in life. I rode the roller coaster of feeling better/feeling bad... training/not training... experimenting with diets, supplements, the whole deal.

    This year, I finally have my training on track, but my diet has been a roller coaster still, and in triathlon that truly is the fourth discipline. I am heavier than I want to be, addicted to sugar and refined carbs, and ready to just be consistent with this way of eating.

    As a sidenote, I am not into 'chronic cardio,' I am a huge fan of Dr. Phil Maffetone, Brad Kearns' books (that's how I found out about Mark's Daily Apple), and training in a sensible HR range (truly aerobic) most of the time, with strength training and anaerobic training when the time is right. I do believe that we are way too brainwashed on needing carbs, and always feel better when I eat primally...

    SO....... here's the starting point:

    45 years old


    200 lbs.

    ~22% body fat

    insomnia, fatigue, and not enough rest...

    Today's food so far:

    B - 2 eggs w/ cheese omelet, turkey bacon

    S - nuts

    L - Boston Market - 1/4 chicken with green beans, veggies... hint - if you ask for no corn bread, you get a LOT of veggies!

    S - more nuts, snuck in a muscle milk light as well.

    Dinner I think will be chicken with veggies...


    NONE! Today is a rest day!

    Looking forward to going primal with you all!


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    D - Chicken breast, broccoli sauteed in olive oil with garlic, canteloupe...


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      Did not post yesterday, but the day looked something like this:

      B - Smoothie: 1/2 c. milk (like to use coconut milk), strawberries, blueberries, almonds, spinach, protein powder.

      S - snacked on nuts throughout the day, had an apple with almond butter before my workout PM.

      L - (boring) same as day before - Boston Mkt chicken with green beans and veggies, I was hungry and in a rush, and that was easy.

      D - beef stir fry with broccoli slaw (recipe from Bill Phillips Eating for Life), and a little brown rice (recovery from strength workout)

      Before bed -- Hammer Whey with water.


      Strength training