A Holiday Challenge!

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Help Me Undo A Holiday Binge

I need support and I’m asking for your help. If you are familiar with me you probably know I find sugar and grains highly addictive. I love the Thanksgiving holiday and all the wonderful food, especially stuffing (made with bread), sweet potato casserole (which seems to be mostly sugar the way we make it), mashed potatoes, rolls and buns (for those turkey sandwiches), and of course, cookies and pies.

This Thanksgiving weekend I decided, from Thursday until Sunday, I would eat and drink anything and everything the holiday had to offer–and I did. Boy did it taste good–but I also didn’t feel very good at times. Maybe it’s all in my head, but it seems I just feel better when I eat clean and drink plenty of water.

Look at the other thing that happened–my weight shot up 5.4 lbs:


A bunch of this is water weight, as I tend to retain water when I deviate from my version of Primal/Paleo eating, but I can also feel my clothes fitting tighter and my gut has expanded.


I did not perform my normal ketosis test all weekend until this morning and I only registered an “8”–anything under 25 means I’m not in fat-burning mode. I can pretty much bet I never came close to a ketogenic state based on the very high carbohydrate and sugar load I bombarded my body with over the four days.

Clean Eating Challenge

Now, to get back on track, I’m going to try to eat clean until Christmas, roughly three weeks. My goal is to stick close to my version of Primal/Paleo eating and shed the body fat. On top of that, I’m going to commit to my weight lifting routine so I’ll be lean and ripped :)

I could use your moral support in this endeavor! I am weak when it comes to eating at times, especially when I workout consistently–I get so hungry and I tend to slip and eat the bad things.

So who’s with me? Anyone else want to take the challenge and roll into Christmas lean and shredded…let’s do this and, as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!


  1. Stwve says

    I’m with you Dan! I feel the same way, ate way to much of not great food choices and my body told me. Started last night with protein and a salad. I’ll do my best with your support! WE can do it!!!

  2. says

    I am the same guy. I gained 5 pounds in three days over Thanksgiving weekend.

    I’ll be rooting for you during the next three weeks and applying my own program to reach my normal body weight.

    All the best,
    Joe Cole

    • says


      Just checking in. Have you been following through and sticking with your program? I started off great then had a terrible weekend. Back on it this week–we can do this!


  3. Irene. says

    With you too! I am finding getting the walking in now that the weather isn’t so nice is a real challenge! Hang in there and I will see you in 3 weeks.

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  1. […] As I mentioned yesterday, after a four-day holiday binge, I decided to make a concentrated effort to follow my version of Primal/Paleo eating. I did a good job today! As usual, I fasted until around noon and then had a big ‘ole green smoothie with some leftover turkey for lunch. Dinner consisted of a turkey, bacon, sour cream, and cheese loaded potato with steamed broccoli. My keto test showed this eating put me back into a ketogenic state, so I’m burning fat again! […]

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