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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!

This past Sunday I went on a 5-mike walk with James. We had originally planned to take a 40-mile bike ride but it’s been raining quite a bit in Orlando lately so we decided to keep our feet planted on the ground.

James and I walked around Crane’s Roost lake. I was decked out in full gear with a drybag for my iPhone and a Camel Bak filled with water. If I’d only known that we would have NO shortage of water that day…

We got about a 1/4 mile and it started to pour.

I’m not talking about some light drizzle. We were completely soaked in a matter of moments but we continued to press on with a smile.

In an effort to start preparing for the Walt Disney 1/2 Marathon, we started adding some jogging intervals. I haven’t jogged since dropping below 300 pounds and noticed the difference right away. My legs are stronger from all the biking and squats. Since my weight is lighter, I felt like I had a better bounce and speed. Maintaining the speed for more than 13 miles will be the real issue.

Going back to our walk/jog. About half way in and I looked down to see that my legs were covered in soap suds. It was all over my shorts and legs. I guess my washing machine could use a tune-up for the rinse cycle.

It was a fun day in the end. We managed over 5.2 miles and I know where I need work before January.

I wound up very tired and sore but still laughing from all the soap suds still coming out of my shorts.

Stay with me for the next few months and let’s see if I can complete this half marathon without getting picked up by the sag wagon!

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.

I never set a goal to lose 100 pounds. I set my first goal to get under 300 pounds. My second goal is to get under 380.

That doesn’t mean today isn’t special for me. In less than one year, I’ve lost 100 pounds and I’m overjoyed! I didn’t use pills or popular diets. I just adapted a lifestyle that required more exercise and eating whole foods while reducing my grain intake. It worked.

As of this morning, I’ve lost 101 pounds total since October 2010! It’s a very exciting day for me!


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!

It’s Hard for me to Say I’m Sorry

It’s really not. I apologize for not blogging much. Matt had to send me a text the other day just to see if I was okay. Our conversation went like this:

I guess it’s true I’m kind of talkative on Facebook. Over the last few months I’ve tweeted, blogged and given status updates pretty regularly. Lately I guess I’m just starting to taper off a little. I experienced more frustration last week when I saw my weight back up at 300.2. I was so angry. I don’t ever want to go back to the 300s again. I knew where the mistakes had been made and I knew what I had to do to get back on the ball. Last Saturday morning I went on a 16+ mile bike ride with friends. I was determined to start jogging more this week. Then…it happened…

Welcome BACK!

On Monday I was sick and that lasted until Tuesday. Tuesday I went to Cocoa Beach to see my father and we loaded up my paddle board and brought it back to Orlando on Wednesday morning. On Thursday morning I took the paddle board down to dinky dock in Winter Park and went out for a nice, quiet morning paddle around the lakes. It was very calming and I had no stress. I took the board back home, went to apply for some jobs and then an old friend came to visit. The only problem is that this friend is kind of unwanted. My back started acting up on me. I’ve got a herniated disc between L4 and L5. The two discs immediately above and below that disc are bulging. This all stems from a car accident I had in 1997. I never had surgery to correct it and so it comes and goes from time to time without warning. I’ve got a plan this time. I will go back to walking, cycling and paddle boarding combined with Primal Blueprint fitness. I need to give jogging a break for now and hope that my body will heal enough as the weight falls off that I can jog that Disney 1/2 Marathon in 2012 that I’m registered for. I’m going to attack the weight very aggressively over the next several months with the following goals:

  • Reduce my grain intake to 0%
  • Get back on a 5-6 day exercise routine
  • Incorporate intermittent fasting once per week on alternating days
  • Stay within my maximum caloric range each day
  • See if my friends and I can stick our middle fingers in the face of the Florida summer weather and get out for more group fitness on the weekends. I miss that very much.
  • Keep a positive attitude and get back out of the funk I’ve been in

If I can do those things, I feel like I’ll see results like I used to. Even though I went up to 300.2 last Friday, I did what I needed to in order to concentrate and get the weight back down. That’s why I am happy to report today’s…

Weekly Weigh-In

There you have it! I know it only appears to be one pound since my last weigh-in report of 294 but I’ve actually lost seven pounds in the last week in order to get back to where I was and still lose a pound more than my most recent public weight announcement. I’m feeling positive this morning. I’ve got 5 pounds left to reach a 100 pound total loss and 14 pounds to my next goal of 280 pounds. Keep reading. Leave a comment and let me know how it’s going with your personal eating/fitness goals. What have been your frustrations?

Talk to you later!

Yesterday: All My Troubles Seemed So Far Away

I went out twice on the new paddle boards with my dad. Once in the morning and once at night. We went over 1.5 miles each time. It was so nice, especially at sunset. The only thing that was a challenge was the slippery launch ramp. We also met a fair amount of wind resistance on the way back to the dock from the sunset run.

Today: The Minutes Seem Like Hours…

I woke up with soreness in my biceps and legs that won’t quit. My abs are all tight and I know we got an intense core workout yesterday. Three miles of stand up paddling over water. It’s a really fun workout.

Due to the muscle soreness, I’m spending the day taking it easy. I’m writing two posts for the blog today and then I’ve got to finish writing the script for a wedding ceremony I’m performing in September for friends and family. I enjoyed a nice breakfast with my father too. I made each of us a three egg omelet stuffed with zucchini, mushrooms, peppers and onions. No cheese, no meat. It was surprisingly light on the stomach but pleasantly filling. The day just seems to be going by very slowly. I’ll be enjoying a primal smoothie for lunch and then…

Tonight: Tonight, Won’t Be Just Any Night

At 7:00 p.m. tonight I’ll be jogging away from the Jewish Community Center in Maitland, around Lake Sybelia and back to the Jewish Community Center for the 28th Annual Beat the Heat 5k. I’ll be joined by my friend Matt. Also jogging in this event are Alyson and Travis and, new friend, Nava (we met at The Do Life 5k). I’m really looking forward to my third 5k run and hoping to finish in about 45 minutes or less. We shall see! If you’re in the area, come cheer me on at the start/finish line.

Another Day: No Day But Today

I’ll be posting again tonight with pictures and details about the 5k. Stay Tuned.

Talk to you later!

I’m Registered

I added a new event to my fitness goals! As of this morning, I’m registered for the 28th Annual Jewish Community Center Beat the Heat 5k. It’s at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday July, 21st. It starts at the Jewish Community Center in Maitland, goes around Lake Sybelia and ends back at the Jewish Community Center. If you can come out and support, It would be great to see familiar faces!

Talk to you later!

I’m Blessed!

In late June, I asked friends and family if anyone would be willing to donate to help me cover the registration fees for the Walt Disney World 1/2-Marathon in 2012. It was already 50% full and I didn’t want to miss my chance. A PayPal account was set up on June 25th and I received full support from friends, family and fans in just 16 days!


I waited two days on the edge of my seat for the funds to transfer from PayPal to my private bank account so I could register for the event. I woke up this morning to find the funds moved over this morning and immediately went to the ESPN/WDW website to register. I experienced a huge mix of emotions…everything but sadness and anger. I was really happy as I filled out my registration. The thought of crossing that finish line made me very excited! Then the fear came. I’ve finished two 5k runs. That’s just over three miles and the 1/2-marathon will be over 13. I know I can handle three and now I’ve got to be able to prepare for 10 more. The fear of failure will definitely help motivate me through the training.

One More 5k

I’m signed up for Track Shack’s 20th Annual Celebration of Running 5k on 8/13/2011. After that, my focus will be completely on the Disney 1/2-Marathon. My first day of marathon training is July 30, 2011. That training will continue for six months at a minimum of three days per week. I think I’d like to do four to six days of training per week.

Thanks For Your Support

Thanks to all of those who made this possible. I understand that many are in the same financial boat as I am and unable to contribute toward my goals. I’m still thankful that you believe in my mission and support me by sharing my story.

To those that made this possible by financial contribution: Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Divorce, job loss and continued unemployment have made this a difficult season in my life but it’s the season in my life that I’ve changed most for the better. I’ve never had another time in my life with so much difficulty that yielded positive results. This is that time for me and I’m very grateful for all of it.

Stay Tuned

I am going to document as much of my training, feelings, goals and frustrations over the next six months. Stay with me for the story.

Talk to you later!

First Thing: A Word of Thanks

This month has been epic! I mean really incredible. I’ve seen the blog go over 1500 readers in a month and most days the viewers are over 100. I would not have been able to do this without your help.

In addition to that, I’ve seen my Facebook Fan page go from 40 fans to over 125 fans. Please keep telling your friends to click the LIKE button at the top of the page. If people need motivation, encouragement, ideas, recipes and more, please send them my way. Every time you click “like” next to a comment, blog post or other entry on my fan page, it shows your friends that you like it (in their news feed), and they may wind up checking it out.

Thanks so much to everyone for helping spread the word of my story to others. Thanks also to those who participated in the…

June Giveaway!

It was a good first competition. I think a week or so went by and no one commented or liked the page. After that (and an additional blog to encourage readers) the comments and likes came rolling in. I had to start a new spread sheet to keep track.

In the end, it came down to two friends that shined above the rest.

The Winner

The winner of the Hamilton Beach Personal Blender and a Primal Smoothie Recipe eBook by Primal Toad is…(drum roll)






…April White!!! April is a great friend. She not only got the most people to like the page and comment but she also made it a point to email me regularly asking if she was the winner. This is the first time I’m telling her.

The Runner-Up

The winner of the additional Primal Smoothie eBook by Primal Toad is…(drum roll…I need more cowbell)







…Alicia Barger!!! Alicia and I go way back to elementary school days. She and her brother, Paul, and mother, Kathy, have been very supportive toward my goals. Alicia and Paul were even there for Warrior Dash last January and ran in the event themselves.

Congratulations to both of you and thank you so much for introducing me to your friends.

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Coming Soon

Keep an eye out for a new giveaway I’m planning for August!