Goals and Lack of Coordination

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First things first, I found a new recipe for a protein shake that I absolutely love. Typically I’ve been tossing the chocolate version in my magic bullet with water and ice. (Side note: If you don’t have a magic bullet, you must run out immediately and get one.) Occasionally I’ll throw in a splash of vanilla extract or peppermint extract for flavor variety. No complaints at all as it was quite the tasty concoction. I got creative the past two mornings with almond milk, peanut butter, and ice along with the chocolate flavor. It’s as if the shake gods smiled upon me and gave me thick, rich pudding! This new mixture is to die for. It was so dense and filling that I had to wait until I got to work to drink it because I couldn’t suck it through the straw. I never had that issue with any other protein shake prior to this and now realize there is no comparison.

I’ve read in several places that the state of your body is 80% diet and 20% exercise. Basically that means there is no point to working out at all if you are just going to pound down McDonald’s afterwards. Lay there like a lump and eat bon bons in front of Jerry Springer because there are no more reasons to exert yourself. Towards the end of last year I found out about the Paleo Diet – eating the way humans were intended to eat instead of the way that we have ended up eating through modern agriculture. Eating Paleo was hard, very hard. No grains, no dairy, no sugar, no pretty much everything that I enjoy. I’m not knocking it for those who can do it; it’s just not for me.

Shortly after that I ran across The Primal Blueprint (PB) on a website and looked into that way of eating. It is based on the same principles, but less restrictive! I can still have my coffee and tell the barista “Room for cream, please.” Mid-January I began following the PB and realized that I was more than able to give up my potatoes, bread, cereal, cookies, and such as long as I could have steaks, butter, berries, full fat yogurt and more. Interestingly enough, Mark Sisson who is the founder of PB was also actively involved with Tony Horton in coming up with his P90X Recovery Shakes. I didn’t find that out until a couple months ago.

The PB has gotten such a following that Mark has recently created The Primal Blueprint Cookbook. I was in the first wave of orders and was delighted to open my front door on Saturday to find a box with my signed copy waiting for me! Signed by Mark himself, probably with a very tired hand since the first 1,000 of us get signed copies. Thankfully I was blessed with a child (AKA The Kid) who is a very adventurous eater. Due to numerous food allergies that she has faced from infancy, it’s been an “eat non-kid friendly foods or you don’t eat” household which fits perfectly into the PB lifestyle. Tonight The Kid and I are going to try out salmon cakes and grilled asparagus with lemon caper sauce. Man, that sounds good just reading it.

The Kid loves to dance almost as much as she loves to eat. Ask her to walk the dog and she’s too tired to even think of moving, but ask her to dance and she’ll jump up to bust a move faster than Michael Jackson squealed “I’m bad”! As part of my ongoing quest, one of my first goals is to try to drop some fat from the squishy mid-section I’ve got going on now. Squishiness due in part to none other than The Kid herself. As revenge, I announced this past weekend that she needed to do some of the workouts with me. It will be fun! Grumble. You’ll love it! Pah. I was finally able to convince her to give it a try when she found out it was Hip Hop Abs. Although it probably isn’t being able to dance that convinced her. It was probably the vision of me hip hopping around the living room that is the real motivating factor. Some people are not meant to dance in public.

I took my Before pictures yesterday and hope to have them up tonight, completely raw and unretouched. I also am working on a list of goals to aim for. If you don’t have goals, you can’t reach the After pics.

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