I Didn’t See It Coming
…but I’m going!
By lucky coincidence, yesterday’s MDA post broke through my ongoing status of Paleo on Autopilot. Lo and behold, the annual Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge is just getting underway, and I’m on board. I was already planning on a Whole 30 from October 20-November 20; the PB Challenge will just be a warmup.
It’s time. As is typical, I’m at my lowest fitness level for the year (in terms of strength as measured by weightlifting) because I’ve spent the summer being active in other ways — farm work, endurance riding, horse training, whitewater rafting — instead of officially “working out.” That’s all well and good. It gets “play” points from Mark Sisson and “periodization” points from Robb Wolf. But I’m ready to shift into a higher gear.
The PB Challenge sets up a perfect opportunity for this transition. In my contribution to yesterday’s mini-contest, I committed to the following: 1 bodyweight workout, 1 heavy lifting workout, and 1 sprint workout per week, plus 100% Primal eating.
Sure, it’s minimal. That’s the idea. I still have some decent horse training weather ahead, and I still have 150-250 miles of races to ride. I’m not giving that up in favor of my full-on, winter workout schedule. This is just to prime the pump.
As for the food, check out the PB Challenge link above for the rules. They’re standard Primal, which is rather more hedonistic than Paleo. (Note particularly the inclusion of moderate alcohol and dairy.) I’ll simply steer around the rare exception (like corn tortillas) and eat as I usually do. Finally, I’ll try to keep a little food and workout journal going here, for those who like to see examples of what this lifestyle looks like in practice.
Who else is doing the challenge? Why not give it a shot?
PBC Day 1
Food as Fuel: Black coffee. Pulled pork with grilled tomatillo salsa and cotija. Ceviche. Coconut cream concentrate. Grilled sirloin tip with grilled onions; roasted sweet potatoes; cucumber and tomato salad dressed with olive oil, vinegar, and chopped cilantro. Gin on the rocks.
Workout: Bumped to another day due to errands and extra farm chores. Did a couple sets of pushups (max 33, which isn’t bad considering how long it has been) and pullups while cooking dinner.