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  • Primal Challenge Journal AverageJoe

    Today is Day 1 for my PB journey.

    Why wait until Jan 1 when I can start today.

    Starting Stats:

    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 275 lbs.

    Waist: 46"

    Long Term Goals:

    Be as strict as possible with what I eat.

    No binge eating.

    Workout at least 3 times a week.

    Read something PB everyday to keep me motivated.

    Track progress in this journal.

    Short Term Goals:

    Lost two lbs a week.

    I know we should not care about what the scale says, but when goals are quantifiable they are easy to track.

    I am going to start by just eating healthy and then once I become consistent I will count my carbs.

    I look forward to being accountable for my health and tracking my progress with all of you.

  • #2

    Ooh, I like the "read something PB every day to keep me motivated"

    I should do that too. Most days I'm good but just as a little motivational boost


    • #3

      Good luck, AverageJoe! Soon we will be calling you LittleJoe.


      • #4

        Hey glad you started a journal! OMGosh if it wasn't for my body fat scale I think I would have given up. I've been lifting a lot of weights and it took a long time to get the scale moving in the right direction. Also, on there is a place you can keep track of body measurements. I would recommend doing that. It's nice that there is a place to "hold" your information for you when you need to take a look back. I would have liked to loose 1 lb a week, but I can't. I think I'm too sensitive to carbs, so I have to spend a lot of time in Ketosis (IF'ing and weights) to really loose weight. But having that record I realized that I've lost 2 inches in my waist and an inch around my biceps, calf, and neck. I was just shocked! The scale is okay to have but I would get frustrated if it wasn't moving so I would suggest keep plenty of other things available to measure your progress. Take care!


        • #5

          Yesterday's meals and workout.

          (I know some of the food is not PB)


          3 cups of green tea

          1 cup apple cinnamon tea



          18oz of yogurt

          Spinach Salad

          -baby spinach


          -1/2 sliced apple

          -light raspberry vinaigrette

          2 Tbs of peanut butter

          handful of almonds

          orange chicken w/ green pepper

          sweet peas


          30 min of weight lifting full body workout.


          • #6

            g2baker- I do have a body fat scale it is probably not accurate but I will take my starting point to track my progress. Thanks for the suggestion.


            • #7

              I don't usually comment on what people are eating, but I feel compelled to ask whether you were hungry yesterday? If my own meals were comprised of the fruit that you're consuming, I would crave carbs and feel starved all day. Just curious.

              For example, my foods yesterday were some hard cheese, chicken liver pate, couple slices of pork roast, and three patties of yummy pork chorizo sausage. And four green olives. I'm still so full, I think I'll IF until lunch today. If I'd added pieces of fruit and orange sauce yesterday, I'd be hungry now.


              • #8

                I did not feel too bad. I have to go to the store to pick up groceries so I am just getting by with what I have in the house. I am going to try and cut back on the fruit once I stock up on everything else. I did better this morning so far I have only had bacon and 2 cups of green tea. I plan on having a salad for lunch and will probably only add the cranberries.


                • #9

                  Well the holiday weekend was a little rough. I did meet my goal to work out three days last week. My eating was overall not bad. I did slip up a couple times but nothing major in my opinion. I finally made it to the grocery store. So I now have some meat, vegetables, and some fruit.

                  I picked up:

                  chicken breasts

                  bottom round roast


                  50/50/50 (baby spinach/baby romaine/baby leaf)






                  orange juice

                  natural PB

                  After reading more on this site I will switch to making my own almond butter once I finish the PB that I bought. I know everything is not PB but I am working on it.


                  • #10



                    couple spoonfuls of PB

                    2 cups of green tea


                    salad w/ a few cranberries

                    sliced apple

                    1 chicken breast

                    Post workout:

                    glass of OJ

                    vitamins (men's 1 a day/flax seed)


                    Mondays are my weekly workout with a trainer.

                    duration: about 1.5 hrs.

                    full body workout and cardio.


                    • #11

                      So yesterday in the afternoon around 6 I decided to hop on the scale just to see what it showed. It showed that I am down 5 lbs. I am happy but I do not think I really lost 5 lbs. It has been less than 1 week. I weighed myself in the afternoon thinking it would be the heaviest part of my day especially since it was before I was going to workout. I will wait until tomorrow morning and weigh myself again. Wednesday morning will be 1 week from when I started.


                      • #12

                        congrats on the weight loss! i had a similar big drop the first few days i went primal (a lot of it was probably water weight, but it still feels good to see the numbers go down). don't get discouraged if you just maintain that weight loss (or even go up a bit) for a little while.


                        • #13

                          I've been reading Good Calories, Bad Calories. I read today that high blood pressure is not solely caused by sodium, but also due to Carbs in the diet. Carb cause us to retain sodium and causes our blood pressure to go up. So, when people cut carbs out of their diet, they can easily loose up to 5 lbs of water. I was just shocked. I happen to have low BP so when I cut the carbs, I kept mentioning I felt dizzy like I was going to faint. But the feeling would go away quickly. Now, I understand. Anyway, looks like your on the right track to improving your health! Very Nice! Keep up the positive feedback loop to discourage doubt!


                          • #14

                            Thanks for the replies mom500 and g2baker. I did weigh myself again and it still says I am down over 5 lbs. I think it is water weight, which is fine. we will see how my stats are next week.


                            • #15

                              It has been a couple days since my last post. I have been doing pretty good in my opinion. I have been eating healthy, not 100% primal yet but definitely better than i was eating before.

                              Tues info:

                              no workout today


                              green tea

                              small protein shake

                              some spoonfuls of pb.

                              50/50/50 Salad (baby spinach/baby romaine/baby leaf)

                              few cranberries

                              some pistachios


                              chicken breast


                              Wed Info:

                              quick morning workout 15 min full body


                              small protein shake

                              green tea


                              turkey light/dark meat

                              1 falafel



                              spoonfuls of pb


                              vitamins (men's 1 a day/flax seed)

                              Thurs. info:

                              workout: go home a shovel snow


                              protein shake

                              green tea

                              burrito without the tortilla

                              (chicken, hot sauce, pinto beans, veggies, light cheese)

                              vitamins (men's 1 a day/flax seed)

                              not sure if i will eat anymore today.