To be honest, I lost interest in the Primal Year challenge. Unmotivated to do much besides sleep and watch TV in my snuggie after busy days of work, the pizza boxes piled up in the recycling bin and my workout clothes are all clean, folded, and safely tucked at the bottom of my dresser.
No more. We took the recycling out today, and I dug out my workout pants and sports bra for a HIIT session this afternoon, after a Paleo breakfast of uncured bacon and omega-3 eggs and a Primal lunch at Chipotle (peppers, onions, pork, tomato salsa, cheese and guacamole).
Why the sudden renewed inspiration? Yesterday, by chance, I met and hung out for a bit with urban caveman John Durant at a lecture series and cookout.
Here's John on The Colbert Report:
Of course, I scrutinized everything that went on his plate (I was witness to two of his meals).Yes, I know it was a bit stalkerish, but I was curious what he could eat at a luncheon buffet consisting of sandwiches and cookies and soft drinks, and a cookout with hot dogs and hamburgers. (Answer: the contents of several sandwiches, minus the bread, and hot dogs and burgers, minus the bun. And maybe some ranch dressing?)
John is smart, kind, funny, articulate, and very knowledgeable about the Paleo diet (which is really a lifestyle, not just a diet). Spending just a little time with someone so enthusiastic and committed has reinvigorated me. My Primal Year is back on!
The diet has been the biggest issue for me, but I need to work on the lifestyle aspects too: exercise, play, sleep. These are fun things!
John has organized Primal Meetups in NYC. By nature, I'm not a joiner. I'm a wolf pack of one. But, I just joined the Primal Meetup in DC/NoVa, in hopes that occasionally getting together with other like-minded folks will keep my enthusiasm high.