Monday, February 28, 2011

My 30-Day Primal Experiment

If you have been following my blog for a while, you know I am one of those people who struggles with those last few pounds.  You know the ones...they are not the pounds that anybody else knows about, they are your secret pounds...the ones the if you lose them will make you go faster and help your abs that you know are in there shine through!  I have had those pounds for about 3 years now, and starting tomorrow I'm trying a new "experiment" to shed them once and for all.

My goal:  to eat healthy in a way that will sustain my training and maximize my body composition potential.  Oh, yeah!!

I've decided that this month I will eat primarily Primal.  Primal is a lot like Paleo, but it seems to be a little less dogmatic, which is to my liking.  When I start having a long list of rules, I just start breaking them.  I will still be using my normal First Endurance training fuel for during and after workout sessions to optimize my training at the same time.  The reason I have decided to embark on this experiment is two-fold:

  1. I love a good challenge.  I feel like I always rise when the gauntlet has been lowered, so to speak.
  2. I would say that I eat 85% Primal already, so I don't think this will be overly hard for me to do.  I also have a feeling that this style of eating will suit my body's needs and am interested to see what will happen if I really commit whole-heartedly to it.
I went back and forth as to whether or not I would even talk about this on the blog for many reasons not limited to the fact that most people would tell me I don't really need to lose any weight.  If I were a normal person, I would probably agree, but deep down I know there is better for me.  I will be posting my actual weight (!) tomorrow and will have a weekly update.  My goal is to not just lose weight, but to move towards a leaner overall body composition.  I am going to try to see if I can get my body fat measured on Thursday or Friday and will track that as well.  I do want to say that everyone is different, and what might work for me may not be the best choice for you.  I think if we are eating whole foods that don't come in a box, usually we are making pretty darn good choices.  I'm just refining this a little for the next month (or more...)

I'd love to hear thoughts and comments from anyone who has tried going primal and also your thoughts on this kind of experiment.  Here's to a great and interesting month!!


  1. Will be interested to see how it goes for you Kelly! I'd miss the whole grains too much. Not because I need to eat them but because I am too lazy to find calories other ways (-:

    Your goals are your goals do not let other people try and dictate what you should or should not do. If you want to drop a few pounds then you should do just that and go Primal!!!

  2. Very brave posting your weight. All of a sudden, I feel inspired. Hadn't heard of Primal until now. Off to click on the link...

  3. the primal diet looks like the Amazing Grass challenge I did last fall. Good luck, I know how you love a challenge : )

  4. Good luck! I am trying to do the same thing and people always tell me I don't need to. They just don't understand what drives me to improve my BF%. I hope it works for you!

  5. Kelly... you need to do what's right for you. I have a similar thing going for March as well. Best of luck and keep us updated!

  6. Good luck going Primal!! I'll be interested to see how it goes for you!


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