Day 346 (M, 111212) — Random Thoughts on the Primal Scene

“Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.” — W.H. Sheldon


— I am thinking of running the I am Superman 5k in Rockwall, TX on New Year’s Eve.  Anybody here in North Texas want to join me?

— As I look into Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint a bit more, it seems like a natural progression for me:  Atkins → 4HB Slow Carb → Primal.

— The Primal Program seems to be a standard low carb program with a healthy dose of Minimum Effective Dose (MED) training.  Some sort of low-level activity often + 2-3 High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts every 7-10 days + active play as often as desired.

— I have already begun to switch to some of the Primal differences from 4HB SCD.  I’ve:

  • Added a tiny bit of cream to my coffee lately and had a few servings of Greek Yogurt
  • I’ve stopped eating beans and legumes
  • I’ve started eating a little fresh fruit (ever try strawberries and balsamic vinegar?  Yummy!)
  • I’ve started taking some probiotics

— I still need to figure out exactly what to do about artificial sweeteners (Truvia/stevia, in particular).

— I wish holidays were spread out more evenly across the year so they wouldn’t wreck my diet so much.  Anyone want to join me in petitioning society to voluntarily move Thanksgiving to, say, sometime in February? 😉

— Alternately, we could have them all in, say, the last week of November and just call it a year, using up all our Free Days for a few months at once but not having a stretched out two-full-months-of-diet-hell period where we gain 120 pounds. 😉


Exercise.  I really been enjoying my workouts lately (except for the squats, really, and those aren’t that bad).  My chest is shaping up nicely and my arms and shoulders look better, too.

Last night I looked in the mirror and did the “abs pose” bodybuilders do in competition.  I could almost see that, somewhere, under all that remaining fat, I probably have a few ab muscles that would love to see the light of day sometime.

Exercise Sets Reps Notes
1 Myotatic Crunches 2 25
2 Cat Vomit Exercises 2 20
3 Push-ups 2 50
4 Pull-ups / Chin-ups 2 10 assisted
5 Squats 2 50
6 Dips 2 20 assisted

Review. I did my squats in sets of 70 and 30.  And I did sets of 25 for my assisted dips, supersetted with my pull-ups and chin-ups.


Plan for Week 50.

Day Fast? SCD? Run/Exer?
Sunday Yes Yes No
Monday Yes Yes Yes
Tuesday Yes Yes No
Wednesday Yes Yes Yes
Thursday Yes Yes No
Friday No No Yes
Saturday No No TBD
Red = a negative deviation | Green = a positive deviation | Blue = a note



3 responses to “Day 346 (M, 111212) — Random Thoughts on the Primal Scene

  1. Agreed, Primal seems like a natural progression from 4HB. Greek yogurt rocks! I’m ready to get started again, only about 3 more weeks before going full bore. Just hope I can get my 14 yr old to buy in. He’s a very picky eater, doesn’t like steak. Go figure. Also most foods are just a ketchup delivery system for him. Coach wants him to lose 20 lbs for next year though, so that may be the motivation he needs.

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