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You also get this…

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As you know, I’ve started a new job. Unemployment was the reason I had time to exercise and turn my focus toward weight loss and better health. I’ve been talking lately about how I don’t want the daily grind to set me back.

I came home from work on Monday night, said hi to my dad, got changed into shorts and sneakers and took My daughter outside. I walked and she biked for 30 minutes. I only got a mile in with her beside me but it was the 30 minutes of slow, deliberate walking that Primal Blueprint Fitness requires. I was happy about that. The weather was beautiful and the sun stayed up just long enough.

I’ve worked it out so that I can exercise with her on Tuesdays too. I have to take her back to her mom on Tuesdays after work. There’s a park with wide sidewalks around a lake that I can take her to. Once we arrive, we can exercise until her mom gets there and then I can continue at a quicker pace to get ready for the Disney half marathon. I had planned to do this last night after work but the weather had other plans…

I’ve got two months to prepare. Keep an eye on my road to the marathon weekend!

I’m so excited about The Primal Blueprint way of life. I am so glad to be part of a network of people that are living a healthier lifestyle. My sister and brother-in-law do it. My father is involved and doing great. When Mark Sisson issued the Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge on Mark’s Daily Apple, I wanted to get some friends involved.

So, I started a Facebook group and told 664 friends that they had to message me if they wanted to participate and be part of the group for 30 days. Only 14 people made an attempt but that’s 14 people that want to be healthier. I can only hope they see something in the changes I’ve experienced in only eight months.

I started the group on 9/14/11 and offered up documents, links and a few recipes and ideas. One week later, on 9/19/11, we started our 30 day journey. As of this posting we are exactly half way there. This is day 16 for all of us. I’m sharing a few stories of the people who have really jumped in and made the change because their lives required something that works.


Stefanie is a long time friend. Okay…she’s actually my sister’s best childhood friend. I used to be a little sh!t and beat her up and hold her underwater in our pool and headbutt her when we had people on our shoulders during chicken fights in the water. I was a complete a$$. We grew up and I still leave the occasional nasty, sarcastic comment on her Facebook wall but she’s really like another sister and when she told me about her stomach issues, I suggested The Primal Blueprint. Stefanie is really doing great and I’m excited for her. Weight loss is not the reason every person begins a primal lifestyle. She had been having some stomach problems and after a series of tests, the doctors were unable to determine the problem. I suggested the grain-free primal lifestyle. She wrote me this morning and here’s what she has to say about it.

So far my Primal experience has been amazing!!! As you know, I have been dealing with severe stomach issues for the past few years but symptoms became worse in the past several months. Pain, bloating, nausea just to name a few. I did this, not so much for weight loss, but more as a way of life to feel better. I can begin to tell you the SIGNIFICANT changes that I have noticed. I have had zero pain/discomfort within my stomach, I have more energy, I am sleeping better and I am no longer a grouchy ass because I feel great! I can’t thank you enough for passing this new way of life on to me!!!


Medical students often don’t get a lot of sleep, and meals are usually eaten on the run between classes, clinical experiences and studying. Exercise is limited at best because most of the day is spent on reading and sitting in lectures. As someone who doesn’t lose weight easily and who is prone to gain pounds quickly, I worried that starting medical school would mean going up a dress size or two. Instead, I have actually lost weight since starting school and a good deal of my clothing has become too loose. It’s because I started eating primal when I started school. Instead of munching on the starch-heavy cafeteria foods at lunch time, over the past two months I have opted to pack a primal salad, soup or leftovers from dinner. During breaks between classes, I take a walk outside instead of surfing Facebook. The results have been great. I feel better; I look better and I am happier. I worried that cooking at home and taking time out to exercise would decrease the amount of time I had available to study and increase my exam-time stress. That hasn’t been the case at all. Taking 30 minutes out each day to walk has given me time to destress and think, away from books, notes and tests, so that when I do sit down to study I am more focused and retain the information better. Eating better and exercising has helped me feel more energetic. And, what’s better, buying and preparing my own food has helped me adjust to losing a disposable income for medical student loans. All in all, switching to the primal lifestyle has made life easier and better.


Going primal: well, to be completely honest I chose to go primal as a last resort. I never struggled with weight issues until after the birth of my daughter 9 years ago. Since then it has been a constant up/down/up/down/up/up/up/down battle. I have built muscle under fat, over fat, I have extra skin, its just gross. Anyway, I have used pills, starvation, deprivation, low fat, low calorie, eating 6 times a day, taken shots, seen doctors, personal trainers, taken the advice of numerous educated and uneducated people. The thought of a high fat diet scared the bejeezus out of me otherwise I might have done this sooner. I figured though, that if you could do this, then I could do this. My friend, who I have known for many years and just recently became closer with. HE did it. Over 100 pounds. So why not?

So, after all trials and tribulations here I am. On the 30 day challenge and going strong. I’ve been about 98% primal so far. I DID eat a small pumpkin spice gelato when I was out looking at houses with Bryan but I don’t feel guilty about it. I literally have had no contact with bread, pasta, grains, beans, peanuts, etc.

I am avoiding the scale until the 30 days are up. I FEEL AMAZING. No bloat, no 3:00 slump. I’m happier and less stressed. Well, Bryan may not agree with me on that one. LOL. Truth be told I don’t really miss the breads and grains. My entire family loves the dinners I make every night, especially my kids. They are so conscience of what is going on their plates. Its adorable. I am satisfied on less food, because the food I am eating is so much more nutritious.

I wish I did go primal sooner. But I can’t look back. I still have a lot to learn, but I’m looking forward to it.


I call him “dad”. I can’t say my sister and I weren’t concerned when we found out dad was enjoying retirement by hanging out having drinks socially and eating pasta and cheesesteaks multiple times per week. During my unemployment I had to stay with dad for a few weeks. In that time, I cooked and exercised with dad and by the time I left he had made The Primal Blueprint part of his lifestyle and daily routine. I wasn’t preachy or whiny. I just showed him how I ate and cooked him some of the incredible tasting meals that are able to be enjoyed. He made the decision on his own. He’s reading labels and making sure there’s nothing bad in there. Just this week he was at the grocery store and jumping for joy because they started to stock Applegate Farms products. Look at the picture of the man! He’s Stand Up Paddleboarding and enjoying a new outdoor activity at age 65. He owns his board, he walks and bikes everywhere now and he just told me he decided not to renew his senior bus pass. I asked dad to give me his best explanation of how he feels and he wanted to tell everyone this:

The Primal Blueprint lifestyle has made me feel healthier than I have ever been. Along with exercise, I have lost 15 pounds in just a few weeks. I have had more energy lately and have lowered my blood pressure considerably without medications. I am able to fit back into some very expensive clothing which I had not worn in many years. My self-esteem is at an all time high. Thanks to my son and daughter for their encouragement and for setting an example for me with The Primal Blueprint. I have become a better man for it. At age 65, I have renewed the youth I had when I was 18.


I am feeling much better since I have started. It’s still early in the game, but I have lost 10 pounds since I started. I also have Rheumatoid Arthritis. And since I have started, I am not waking up with aches and pains. I have done a little research and the starches and carbs actually aggravate arthritis. With this primal eating style. The inflammation should be less noticeable and, in turn, make the arthritis go into remission. That’s enough for me. No pain, makes for a happier Amy! Thanks for having me on board.




So, there are just a few of the group members and they’re all seeing success in different ways for different reasons. I’m seeing changes every day. When my daughter is with me I feed her primal meals of fruit, all-natural meats, I make my own ice cream and popsicles for her and she never complains. If you love your kids and want to get ahead of the things that food manufacturers are putting in their products, read The Primal Blueprint and change your life now. The money you spend on a little research and food now will quite possibly be saved in medical expenses later. If you’re interested in The Primal Blueprint, you can buy the book from my Shop and a portion of the sale goes into my account for fitness needs and registration fees. You can also start reading Mark’s Daily Apple and Primal Toad for great articles and ideas.

Stop by tomorrow for The Missing Link. Talk to you later.

What Will Be?

I woke up this morning wondering. I’m 36 today. I’m not a little kid getting excited about how many gifts I’ll get to open and which friends will be at my party. I’m not wondering if my mom will bake me a Star Wars cake like I wanted. That was then. This is now…and it’s different. This morning I woke up wondering what will be the greatest thing I get to experience today as I celebrate another year.

Will it be the awesome chalkboard art on the kitchen wall that my sister and brother-in-law made for me while I slept? Will it be the gift of organic gummies and 70% dark chocolate they left on the table for me with a card to open?

Will it be the incredibly funny “The Office” card that they gave me knowing my sense of humor to a tee and creatively expressing something on the inside that they knew would make me laugh out loud? I have to admit that I LOVED this card!

Will it be the 2X Egyptian cotton shirt that my Mom and Chris sent from Hawaii that fits me perfectly and makes me feel happy and slim?

Will it be the VERY generous check I got from my father to purchase whatever I want? (note: don’t worry, dad. It won’t get spent on video games. This one is going toward practical things that enhance my fitness.)

Will it be the amazing video of my little girl singing her own “happy birthday” song that she made up?

Will it be the fact that I woke up to be greeted by my friend, the scale, telling me I’ve lost another pound? That’s pretty good too.

Will it be all the birthday wishes on my Facebook wall from friends and family? Will it be the surprises I’m in store for later?

To all of my friends and family that have been sending me wishes and gifts on this day, thank you! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Nothing I’ve received so far has gone unnoticed. I appreciate every wish and gift from every one of you. All of your wishes and gifts are an incredible addition to the best gift I’ve received this year…


As I turned 35 last year, I didn’t care about going out to jog or paddleboard or bike. I didn’t care about changing to a paleo/primal lifestyle. I didn’t care about expanding or enhancing my life. I was getting older and depressed and felt there wasn’t any way to go but down but I learned. That has been the greatest experience. Waking up and understanding that, at 36 years old, things aren’t over. I’m older but I’m wiser and younger and happier and healthier. I’m blessed with many things I never had…

Happy Birthday to me!

A Breakthrough with Dad!

Posted: July 24, 2011 in Family

We’ll Get Together Then, Dad. You Know We’ll Have A Good Time Then…

That’s a song that always rings in my head when I think about how quickly life has gone by and how my father worked a lot while I was growing up. Then I got into my twenties. I had a job, had a wife, started a family, sang and entertained in my spare time and didn’t see much of my dad. My life was now like his when he was my age. In his retirement, he has more time now like my life when I was a kid. Parent/Child relationships can be a big struggle and I know I want to start having more quality time with my daughter now that I’m starting to become physically fit and more able.

When You Comin’ Home, Son?

This week provided me an opportunity to come and stay with my dad. I decided this was my chance to try and influence him. We grow up learning from our parents and it was time to turn the tables and teach him what I’ve learned since going primal. I have done all of the cooking since I’ve been here. We’ve been having breakfast, lunch, and dinner made from whole ingredients. I’ve been counting my calories and have installed the MyFitnessPal app on dad’s iPhone. I helped him figure out his daily caloric max and how to log his meals and exercise.

It’s Been One Week

It’s actually been less than that but you may start noticing all of my section headers have been comprised of song lyrics lately. I arrived at dad’s house on 7/19. It’s now 7/24 and at the end of five weeks I’ve seen my father go from 162 lbs. to 156 lbs. just from a primal switch. He was already walking and biking everywhere around his home and we’ve added paddleboarding to our list of outdoor activities now. I’m very proud of my father. He’s actually trying. I’ve got some things I still feel he needs convincing on but this is a step in the right direction.

Leave a comment today congratulating my father in this new step towards health at a late age. I want to see him stay around for awhile!

Talk to you later!

Quick Mussels

Posted: July 22, 2011 in Family, Primal Cooking


Dinner for Dad

I’m still using my primal influence on my father while I’m here. I’m cooking things he likes to get at restaurants in his home to show him how easy and cheap it can be. It’s healthier too.

For this one, all you need is:

1/2 stick of butter
1 large onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Palm full of parsley
1 tsp(or more) crushed red pepper
1 cup white wine
1 lb of Mussels, scrubbed and debearded
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic, parsley and red pepper. Sauté until onions are translucent but don’t allow the garlic to burn.

Pour in the wine and turn heat to high. Bring to a boil and add mussels. Cover for 3-4 minutes. Turn heat to medium low and simmer 2-3 more minutes and serve in bowls with broth.

Dad and I just destroyed 2 pounds of these.

Beach Bummed

Posted: July 22, 2011 in Family, Fitness


I enjoyed a great bike ride today. I woke up at 7:00 and weighed-in. I’ll publish my weigh-in later. I MAY talk about last night’s 5k fiasco but I’m not ready yet. It still frustrates me to no end.

I Want to Ride My Bicycle, I Want to Ride it Where I Like

I’ve been staying with my father for a few days now. He’s close to Cocoa Beach so I had a nice opportunity to explore the area by bike. I knew of a few bike lanes and trails so I made my way north to Port Canaveral. I took the bike around Jetty Park and paused for a moment to take this picture.

Back to the Beach

After my stop at Jetty Park, I went back the way I came and headed for home. Well…home is relative right now for me. Home is WITH relatives right now. Home really is where my heart is. I’m serious. I’m going to find a job eventually and have a place to call my own.

For now, I was heading back toward the main beach access parking for Cocoa Beach. I rode south down A1A and passed The Sandbar(ask me about the $2 Fish Tacos and Shock Tops with Dad story some time). I rode into the beach parking lot and took the bike up on the boardwalk to take this peaceful morning picture.

A quick ride back to my dad’s condo after that and I’m sitting on the patio writing this post for you. Yes…you.

If you’d like to see a map of the route I took, check out my runkeeper activity page at TheRoad2WD Runkeeper Activities

Stay tuned! Weekly Weigh-In will be posted at 12:00 p.m. EST and it’s exciting!!!

A Smooth Lunch with Dad

Posted: July 21, 2011 in Family, Primal Cooking

I’ve been staying with my father for a few days. He’s been staying primal with me for all meals.

I made primal smoothies for lunch today. Each blender cup has:

1/2 cup Frozen berries
1/2 cup refrigerated coconut milk
1 refrigerated banana
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp honey
1 oz cold water

It starts out like this

It ends up like this

It’s primal and the calorie count is around 445 calories. It’s a quick and easy meal when you’re rushing out the door to drive from Cocoa Beach to Maitland for a 5k.

I love that Hamilton Beach personal blender with 2 cups and lids.

Paddleboarding, Day 1

Posted: July 20, 2011 in Family, Fitness


First day out with our new toys. Dad bought two paddle boards. We haven’t even had breakfast yet. We just woke up and took them out on the Banana River behind his condo! What a relaxing morning. Manatee were all around us and one bumped my board and sent me off into the drink.

Going out again at sunset!






Today Is The Day!

My father just purchased two 12 foot paddle boards with paddles and they are being delivered to his home in Cocoa Beach at 1:00p.m.

Pictures to follow later!