Sunday, February 13, 2011

30 day primal challenge day 30!!!!

Well, my friends, here it is.  Day 30.  The month flew past!

Lets get this out of the way right at the start.  I’m going to keep going.
I am just starting to see the benefits of living the primal lifestyle.  I am through the hardest part of the adjustment phase, why in the world would I stop now? 
I am going to do a few things different for the next 30 days, and I’ll mention those later.

But first, an honest assessment of my 30 day primal challenge.

I had zero problem with nutrition.  I did not crave sugars or grains or fast food.  I completely dropped all soda (I used to be a total Mt Dew junkie drinking 5 cans a day).
I enjoyed cooking, and will continue to do so. 

I love spending time with my wife in the kitchen, working on meals.  Excellent bonding time.  I used to pick on my brother for doing kitchen work with his wife after he got home from a stressful day at work.  Now I admit that my baby brother had a good thing going, and I’ve missed out on a lot of quality time with my sweety.  That is a side benefit I had not thought of when I started.
Joy of cooking.
More time with my wife.

I did have one problem with my eating habits.
Now this is a total honest report, my 1 reader…  I had not been a heavy drinker before.  Sure I would drink several pints at our BBQ’s and bonfires, but it was not an everyday thing.  

The Devil in a Can
 Halfway through this challenge I started craving Guinness stout something horrible.  Sometimes I managed to shrug it off.. Sometimes I didn’t.  I figure it must have been the liquid bread aspect of Guinness that my body craved.

So here is my weight outlook\
Starting weight: 192
Ending Weight: 185

7 pounds lost with very very little exercise. 

Am I disappointed? No, not at all.  This was a learning month, no doubt about that.  I have  been reading no less than 16 primal blogs a day.  Reading Mark Sisson’s book “The Primal Blueprint”  and Robb Wolf’s “The Paleo Solution”  Both books are a must for this lifestyle.  I have been listening to podcasts, and buying paleo/primal cookbooks.  Re-outfitting the kitchen, and just plain learning to cook something other than BBQ.  It has been a busy month!

Winter is a very difficult time to exercise.  There has been 3 blizzards here breaking all snowfall records.  I have spent a lot of time in front of my computer researching and reading.  However, the weather is changing and warming up.  I am setting up a new workout rotation with my coach Mike French (who is totally awesome). 

 I will continue to battle the evils of Guinness, and dial in my nutrition even further.
 The last few days I have just hit ketosis, so I know I am primed for weight loss.  With a goal of 170 lbs, it is totally doable.
What will I be doing different?  More exercise, less Guinness.  That aught to cover it.

I am excited to see what the next 30 days brings!


  1. Congratulations! Welcome aboard for the long haul.

  2. I am totally ready to take it up a notch! (Damn Guinness....)

  3. Interesting blog, Poppabear. I saw your invite to check it out on Mark's Daily Apple. Keep it up.