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The Blood Sugar Solution 10-day Detox

For the past 10 days, I’d been subscribed to “The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet“. We also purchased “The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet Cookbook” to compliment it. Suffice to say it worked. Common sense says: “Of course it did, there’s no reason why it wouldn’t.” I lost 17lbs in 10 days. I’m now at 256lbs. But now I hear people asking: “wait,what? Last time you checked in your weight you were 268.” Well, people… let me tell you a little bit about the weekend BEFORE I started this detox. Friday was a gala feast at Naumkeag Ordinary in Salem in which I ate 3 cheeseburgers (no buns), a few appetizers (that were actually pretty paleo) a half a bottle of white wine and a glass of beer. Saturday was a lovely birthday party in which I had a few bottles of cider, a few shots of hard alcohol, a lot of my wife’s cheese dip and 2 slices of pizza. Sunday morning finished me off at O’Neills of Salem where we brought a friend out to his first Full Irish Breakfast. My wife, my son and I ordered 1 each. Then when my son couldn’t finish his, we split it between my wife and I and ate it. By Monday morning weigh in, I was 273lbs. That Friday morning before the weekend I was 263lbs. For a 3 day gain of 10lbs.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

I know buddy, I know…

One part of this detox involved a detox of social media and news. There was simply not a better time for me to start this in the face of what’s going on this election season (I’ll stop there before I alienate people or start stressing myself out…). It was definitely nice to get  away from the stresses of facebook, the 24-hour news cycle and a lot of general negativity that was surrounding me.

The main part of it is simple paleo eating and daily workouts. The basis for the plan is to remove all sugar, caffeine, grains, starchy vegetables and beans from your diet. The main idea is that sugar is as addictive as drugs. There’s a lot of exposition that explains how your brain’s addiction centers actually get more activity from sugar and even artificial sweeteners than it does from cocaine. It’s a lot of fun science if you’re into that and it’s mostly sound from my perspective. It gets a little preachy and if you’re already paleo or primal, this might not be the plan for you. If you were paleo/primal and fell off the wagon, this one should hitch you right back on. If you were NEITHER of these things this is a GREAT starting point. It ignores the ‘cult of paleo’ and cuts right to the meat of things. Sugar is killing you and making you do things you don’t want to do. He coins the term ‘diabesity’ in this book as diabetes caused by obesity. I know when I first started my journey, I was definitely in that category and that’s what got me to start it in the first place: I didn’t want to get diabetes.

If you’re familiar with the Whole30 or a Whole9, the food is nearly identical. The one interesting thing about the Blood Sugar Solution is that they NEVER ONCE CALL IT PRIMAL/PALEO despite it being pretty much 100% to a T. I think the MAIN reason for this is because there’s also vegetarian options that include things that wouldn’t work as paleo. So good on them. It also distances themselves from the paleo movement which can be a turnoff for a lot of people as it has become a little militant. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten someone commenting on my facebook page about how something I ate wasn’t 100% paleo or primal. I get it, I’m not perfect. The food in the cookbook and the plan was great, but the recipes were not very well laid out. Make sure you read and re-read a recipe before you start in on it. I can’t tell you how many times I screwed something up because half of the recipe was on one page and the other was on the opposite page and I’m scrambling to wash raw fish off my hands so I can flip a page back to see what herbs he’s suggesting I toss in with it.

The daily regiment is pretty simple: Weigh yourself, measure yourself, take your blood pressure, take your blood sugar, do 30minutes of exercise (I did incline walking), PGX Fiber pill, multi vitamin, Vitamin D, fish oil and a smoothie from the book. I stuck with this lovely concoction that was made with a Kiwi, 1/4 of an avocado, chia seeds, kale, water, ice and mint. My wife and son hated it, so that’s what I stuck with so they could enjoy theirs without me digging into their stash of ingredients. That said, there’s was superior to mine, but I enjoyed mine enough. The good news is that it really did stave off hunger. Also, the going cold-turkey on sugar really had an immediate effect on my cravings. I wasn’t going to the kitchen and chowing down on things I shouldn’t. I wasn’t even opening the counters at work to LOOK. I also stopped taking my blood sugar after the 3rd day. It was in the low 80s and the pain of pricking my finger was impeding my work as my fingers ached all day. My blood pressure was thankfully normal before and throughout.

Lunches were a variety of options, but I stuck with the least stressful: salad and protein. I made a mixed green salad with carrots and tomatoes and slapped 2 hard boiled eggs on it and my wife’s homemade greek dressing (which is paleo). Snacks would be a small handful of nuts (about 12). Dinner was varied and we stuck to the plan for 6 days. By the 7th day, we got a little more adventurous and looked at the cookbook for ideas as some of the suggestions for days 7-10 didn’t have us excited. I will tell you now, it’s mostly chicken and SMALL fish (ie, no tuna). There was one red meat meal that we ate on day 8 where I got a REALLY nice aged ribeye that my wife and I split and enjoyed thoroughly. The good news is the chicken meals were fantastic. There was a great chicken soup lunch option that we made twice. There were some great cod cakes (which I massacred when I attempted the 2nd time we ate it) and some other good fish suggestions. I wasn’t in love with the first day fish suggestion, but that might have been because I bought shitty salmon.

stupid-human-brain_o_1224189Overall, I was very happy with the food. The exercise was good too. Of course I lost weight, that’s what happens when you eat right and exercise. I did have recurring nightmares of cheating badly on the plan though. It was very strange. Everyday I’d wake up with a stomach full of guilt because my brain ate a bunch of pizza and beer while it slept. Stupid human brain. I’m pretty sure we’re going to continue to make this kind of food for another 90 day at least. Maybe make some adjustments to things so we can have steak a little more and fish a little less.

There’s also a journaling aspect to the project as well. There’s daily questions and a daily log of your food, weight, measurements, etc… It can be great for someone starting out on a paleo journey, but for me it was a lot of questions about how your dealing with your cravings and sugar addiction… and for me it wasn’t dramatic. I just stopped craving them immediately. Also, I absolutely hate writing with a pen and paper. I wish I’d just kept an online log of it. It’s a lot easier for me to jot down notes on my phone or something than to constantly be searching for that pad of paper and pen.

There was one thing on the detox that I hated: Detox baths. First off, I’m not a ‘bath’ person. At least not in my own house. I’m pretty tall and my bath doesn’t really fill very much before it hits the overflow drain… which has a bad seal and leaks into my downstairs living room. So the only bits of my body that get submerged in the water are my hips, butt and ankles… and my legs if I sit bolt upright. In the long run it makes my back and ass hurt and I tend to get cold because most of me is above the warm water. I tried to read in the tub to some minor success, but mostly I was annoyed to be lightly simmering in my shitty tub. I should have bought one of these: Bottomless Bath Overflow Drain Cover – RecyclableThen I could have gotten somewhere. I should also probably replace that gasket…

bathtoosmall

I know buddy, I know…

Otherwise I’m pretty happy with the results, the food and the plan. I’m probably going to stick to limiting my facebook usage, reducing the notifications from facebook in general, avoiding the news cycle and trying to get away from my phone and computer more. I did break away from one thing today and probably JUST for today: the morning smoothie. I missed eggs and bacon, so I got some with some peppers and onions (instead of homefries) this morning. It wasn’t as good as I had hoped… so I’ll probably go back to smoothies tomorrow. I also miss the taste of coffee and black tea, but not the caffeine that comes with it. I’ll need to figure that one out too.

So, here we are again. At the beginning of a new journey… a new, old journey. Next time I’m going to discuss my concerns about how this goes forward, my plans for what happens next and my major concerns with things like going out with friends to bars and restaurants and parties.

The Disney Dining Plan Disaster and Zero-carbing

This is kind of the opposite of what I should be doing.

This is kind of the opposite of what I should be doing.

250lbs. That’s what I got up to after my latest Disney Dining Plan trip to Walt Disney World. Incidentally, my trip was nearly ruined by stomach problems. A trip to the 50s PrimeTime Diner on a hot day which was filled with fried chicken, a milkshake for a drink AND ice cream for dessert led to the next few days with some gastric distress including waking up in the middle of the night with the feeling of acid eating it’s way through my neck. The next few days were fine as long as I wasn’t eating… Unfortunately I continued to eat because I paid for a dining plan, god damnit! Every bite would unlock some pain and pressure which would subside after a while. On the plane ride home, I had that nightmare you always have: I had to go to the bathroom REALLY bad and they never turned off the fasten seatbelts light… they did eventually. The next two days were spent at home, shitting my brains out… Nothing like getting back from a vacation that ate up 7 vacation days to have to spend another TWO at home sick.

Prior to leaving, my wife and I decided to try doing a Zero Carb diet for 30 days. My wife has a friend who went on it and had some success and she’s been having some issues that her doctors wanted her to do an AIP or other elimination diet. In this instance, we eat nothing but meat and water and some dairy. I’m hoping for a reduction in cravings and a return to behaving properly with food. I’d like to lose a little weight and also reduce my psoriasis. We started on May 17th, and we’ve had a good run so far. Lots of eggs. Lots of bacon. TONS of ribeyes. And before you have a chance to ask: yes, I’m pooping fine.

I feel pretty good. My energy is coming back. My mind is a lot clearer. My body aches less. I have more interest in actually doing things. The other good thing is that this diet works great in the summer. No one really questions when you go to a cookout and eat burgers and chicken. No one notices that you aren’t having a bun or chips or veggies. I took some of the savings we made by not going out to dinner and invested it in a great grille with the help of my dad.

I need to get back into the gym. My previous diet had me abusing my burned energy by overindulging a little. I’ve gotten more active. Hockey season has started. I’ve begun riding my bike a lot more. I’ve got a good feeling about this next 30-60 days. I think I’ll need to re-assess the Zero Carb lifestyle at that point. Many people seem to be able to live healthy with this diet indefinitely, but I may go talk to my doctor and make sure everything is in order.

Weigh In

239lbs as of 5/29/15

60 days to get back on track.

Ok, I’m doing this. I’m writing a blog post.

So, after continual failure to get back on track, I decided that I love myself, my wife and my son enough to do it like I did last time. That’s what was my driving force when I started. It took me a while to figure out what my spark was. It wasn’t looking better or feeling better for JUST myself. It was doing it for my family.

So, the good news. This is not a “I’m going to make these changes” post. This is an “I’m doing these things already” post. I started this on Saturday which makes this day7. Paleo diet is a given. My “cheats” so far have been a little cheese on a burger wrap and a gluten free, dairy free cookie.

do-you-even-liftThe other piece of the puzzle, which has always been a problem is “working out.” While I’ve been fooling myself with thinking my walking commute and hockey once in a while was enough, I decided to finally go get a gym membership at my YMCA. Now I have to pay for something… which means if I don’t use it, I’m going to feel deep seated Scottish-guilt pains for not using something I’ve paid for. And using it I have! I’ve gone twice this week. I’m focusing on my legs and abs for strength training and 20-30 minutes of cycling, rowing or the Precor Adaptive Motion Trainer (which is this really cool thing that lets me ‘run’ in the stride I actually take). Here’s a quick rundown of what I’ve done so far:

Active Day 1 (Monday) – Gym

  • 20 minutes of rowing

    I really enjoy the sauna...

    I really enjoy the sauna…

  • 20 Minutes on the AMT
  • Leg Press
    • 2 sets of 10 reps @ 360lbs
    • 3 sets of 10 reps @ 270lbs
  • Leg press calf extensions
    • 3 sets of 15 reps @ 180lbs
  • Inner thigh machine
    • 3 sets of 10 reps @ 75lbs
  • Outer thigh machine
    • 3 sets of 10 reps @ 56lbs
  • 15 minutes in the sauna

Active Day 2 (Tuesday) – Hockey

Active Day 3 (Thursday) – Gym

  • 20 minutes on the AMT
  • 15 minutes on the bike
  • Leg Press
    • 3 sets of 10 reps @ 360lbs
  • Seated Calf Raise
    • 3 sets of 15 reps @ 90lbs
  • Abdominal crunch machine
    • 3 sets of 10 reps @ 125lbs
  • 20 minutes in the sauna

So, yes, a lot of legs. There’s a reason for that. There’s a reason I’m giving myself 60 days. There’s actually 2, but the one I’ll discuss is this: hockey. The muscles I’m currently working on are the ones I need to skate with longevity and power. I’ll focus on my upper body soon as well and I’m always looking for suggestions on good exercises, so if you have any, let me know.

I’m hoping to drop 20lbs in these next 60 days but mostly I’m looking to increase my lower body strength, stamina and flexibility. I’d like to really get my shoulders, pecs and abs in order and tone my arms up a bit (I don’t really need ‘big guns’ to play hockey).

Then we can discuss the OTHER reason I’m giving myself 60 days.

Wish me luck and send me some workout ideas for me to try.

1 Year Off Paleo. The Battle to Get Back to 215 and Eventually Less.

Remember last June when I said I needed a kickstart? Let me tell you what happened next.

In July of 2012 I’d mentioned that I was under a lot of stress and needed AN INTERVENTION. Work was causing me a lot of stress. There were tons of things going on around the house. I was barely making enough money to get by. Working out remains a problem. I did get a bike and I sorted that all out but I don’t use it enough. I really killed myself when I said that the Paleo Adventure is over. That’s when things went bad. I’d started playing hockey but the summer season is sporadic.

Then there’s just the summer malaise in general. I did NOT survive this summer well. I went to parties and gorged on food and drink. I ate out with little regard for health and finances. It was bad. Even this past weekend was a mess of bad food choices but good times. Now I’m 240lbs again. October 2012. The last time I was that heavy. It took 2 months to drop to 230. It took another 1 month to drop to 225lbs. It took me a little more than a MONTH to go from 229 to 240… This is the sad reality of life. 3 months to lose weight that can be put back on in 1.

Here I am in a burger eating contest this summer... No, those aren't gluten free... I came in 2nd... (photo courtesy John Andrews @ socialpalatesphotography.com/)

Here I am in a burger eating contest this summer… No, those aren’t gluten free… I came in 2nd… (photo courtesy John Andrews @ socialpalatesphotography.com)

So, what’s next? Well a few things have changed in my life. I’ve gotten a new job that doesn’t feed me breakfast and lunch daily. They do have a lot of ‘snacks’ but none that are good choices. They do have some nuts and fruit, but that’s about it. I’m surrounded by food choices, but most aren’t paleo/primal. I’m making more money, so that stress is alleviated a little. They pay for a fitness plan, which means I can’t claim that I can’t afford to go the gym. I go in later which leaves more time in the morning as well to go workout. So I just have to get off my lazy ass and go do it.

I need to find a new way of life that is like my old paleo way of life. I need to prepare for things better. I need to change my mindset. This is a new adventure. My family needs to work towards a goal. A reward of some sort. Perhaps we need another Disney Adventure. We need harder, stricter goals to reach if we want to get there. We need to find a way to keep to a goal AFTER the fact as well. I need to be more active. I need to get my mind around being in control again. I need to just stop what I’m doing now and do the right thing NOW.

Here are the numbers for this new starting point:

240lbs.

Squeezing into my 36x32s.

Large shirts are tight.

On belt notch 2.

32/205

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m a person who works best with tangible goals. Numbers are tangible to me and that’s what I’m going to aim for. My goal, by July 2014 is to reach either 205lbs or a 32″ waist. As of today (10/14/13) that puts me 4″ out or 20lbs. I’ve been having a really tough time lately sticking to the plan. I need to reorganize and get back on track the best way I know how: GOALS.

I should probably start with a proper measurement and not just my current pant size, as pants can stretch. I’ll try to do this tomorrow morning. I’ve also decided to reintroduce some minor grains (like rice and occasionally rolled oats) but otherwise stick to a paleo diet. Of course, we threw our rice cooker out like the week before we decided to put white rice back into our diet… so fuck me, right?

Ladies shoes? Fuck it, I needed my Pumps! So what if I’m a white kid who has no interest in basketball whatsoever…

In other news, I’m running a 5K this week. I went out and splurged on some fancy running shoes. Brooks Ghost 6. I’ve been a Saucony Trail shoe guy for the past few years (Excursion TRs) but the problem I have had with them is that they wear poorly on pavement (which they should as a trail shoe). This was the first time I spent 3 figures on shoes since the Reebok Pumps in 4th grade (which I wanted so bad that I settled on a woman’s version just to get them). These are fancy ass shoes. I got fitted at a proper running store (Greater Boston Running Company – Swampscott) where they actually had me on a treadmill with a camera focused on my feet (apparently I’m neutral). Great service there and they didn’t over-sell me on a shoe. 

My bike is working out great. I’ve finally got it set up properly. You can see it’s progress here. I really need to start putting more miles per trip on it. RIght now it’s about 2.5-3 miles a day. I need to start prepping for cold and slimy weather as I’d like to ride it in foul weather (that means fenders and non-slick tires). I find my issue with pulling long rides is again a matter of time. My weeks are very full and my weekends are packed with family stuff. Luckily, October in Salem is a good excuse to go for LONG walks around town because driving is an abomination to all things vehicular in nature (except bikes). I’d like to get a home trainer for the bike so I can ride in the house when it’s gnarly out. 

So, goals: 32″ waist or 205lbs. Weight wise I’d like to take it 5lbs at a time. 10 months until July now. 20lbs and 4″ to go. 2lbs or .4″ per month. When you break it down, it’s not that bad and totally feasible. Stick to the plan, run and ride more… get it done.

I need an intervention

I’ve been super stressed about a lot of things in my life over the past few months. Regular stuff, nothing serious (money, career, work, etc…). It’s become sort of overwhelming and my health has gone into this bad autopilot. I walk around mindlessly through work and have been finding myself shoveling non-paleo food into my mouth. I’ve had cookies, bread rolls, yogurt, ice cream, cereal. And it’s not just once. I think the past 2 weeks I’ve had at least one bad thing a DAY. And it’s starting to show. I’m back up to 223 and I don’t LOOK good. It looks like I’m bloated. Now, I’m not GORGING on these foods (that’s pretty much my only saving grace here), but I am falling off the plan. When I’m mindful of my trajectory, I’m good… but every so often I’ll just go through and be like “yeah, fuck it, it’s just this one thing…” and then it happens the next day and the next.

Again, I turn to the blog to out myself on this in the hopes that this will put me in check.  I’ve recently heard from one of my readers who has lost 30lbs in 3 months thanks to my blog (well, mainly thanks to themselves doing the plan AND exercising vigorously… actually entirely thanks to them doing that, but they do attribute my blog for giving them that kick in the ass to get going). And here I am, eating fucking cookies and ice cream. Seriously?

And that’s another thing. The working out thing. I don’t know what to do here. I can’t wrap my mind around a solid, CONSISTENT plan for working out. I’m in a rut when it comes to my energy and I think that’s one of the main reasons I’m having problems with my eating. I don’t really know what to do. I wish I could get my mind around ‘the run’ and go run. I’ve gone for ‘runs’ in terms of running a half mile or so to the train here and there, but that’s with my work bag and in my work clothes. What I really want to do is punch things. I wish I had a heavy bag, but there’s two problems with that idea.
1) There is NO place IN my house for that
2) I could put it outside, but it would look kinda trashy to my neighbors AND it wouldn’t be useful when weather is a problem.

I could go to a boxing place, but I don’t have the money to do it right now. So the thing I need to be doing right now is finding a solution to what I can do with what I have. I’m just going to have to start biting the bullet and working out at work during my lunch break. I was ready to do it at one point when work was slowing down, but then 2 of the people on my 6 person team left and the work immediately increased to match.

Bicycling is another thing I love to do, but I don’t have a proper bike. I have my old BMX bike from 1996. It’s great for scooting around, but you can’t really get proper exercise on it. I do keep an eye out for cheap bicycles here and there, but I never find anything that’s reasonably good for short money. I’m not looking for anything special. To be honest, I’m looking for a GOOD piece of shit. What does that mean? Basically I’m looking for a name brand bike (like a Giant or a Specialized or a Trek) with quality parts that won’t break. I don’t need it to be new at all. I would even prefer it to be older because I like CroMoly steel bikes. I like hardtails. I like solid front forks. I grew up riding these and I don’t need any fancy technology. Now, I HAVE a bike like this at my father’s house (my old Giant) but it is in need of serious repair (the wheels are bent badly and the tires are cooked. The gearset is rusted and seized. The seat is destroyed. The headset is rusted (and it’s a quill stem). At this point it’s just a frame. it would cost more to repair it then just buying another bike. I’ve looked at ‘cheap’ bikes too… like Walmart/Target bikes. But the problem with them is that most of them have front suspension… and shitty suspension at that. I’d rather have NO suspension at all then some shitty front shock, but it seems like the only solid bikes that are for sale these days are actually MORE expensive. Eh, that’s enough about that. I’ll keep looking for a bike. I think I could get an hour of bike riding a night done if I found one. I know all the routes I’d take.

I’m not looking for sympathy or anything, I’m a fan of the Bob Newhart method:

I just need someone to tell me to stop it. I need to be reminded that I want to get BETTER, not worse. I need to be reminded that this isn’t over. This isn’t where I want to be. I want to be in BETTER shape.

I don’t want to go through life continuing to be this. I want to be better.

I just turned 32. I’m in the best shape I’ve been in a long time, but I’m not in the best shape I could be. I want my 30s to be the healthiest I’ve ever been. It’s time for me to intervene.

1 Year of Paleo: What’s next?

As I stated in my last post, I’ve fallen off the wagon a bit. I feel like I can directly attribute this to my lack of posting and updating here. I’m feeling less accountable because I feel like I don’t need to impress upon anyone anymore. The problem is, that’s what keeps me going. I like driving towards a goal for the enjoyment of others. So that is what I’m going to do. Starting today, I’m going to be more accountable for what I eat, I’m going to take on new challenges, perhaps even user submitted challenges. My goal is to be as fit and healthy as I can be by next year. That means: more exercise, better control over what I’m eating, more strict guidelines to follow.

My wife and I have been discussing the ‘one hour cheat’ to satisfy any real cravings. We’d heard about this before, but thought it was pointless. The idea is that once a month, for one hour, you can eat whatever you want. Now, the silliness comes from the idea that you would gorge yourself like a pig in a trough. The reality is that what we’d LIKE to do is use this time to go have a dinner out someplace and not care if there’s a little soy in it or if we have something that may have some grains in it. I’m not planning on going to a buffet and tipping back the fucker into my open mouth.

My revised weight goal is going to be 210lbs. That’s a loss of about 20lbs from my 1 year anniversary on primal. I was doing better when I was accountable to my readership and I need to remain accountable to myself. I need to get a hold of my brain and say “STOP THAT! STOP THINKING IT’S OK TO EAT THAT SHIT! STOP BEING STUPID!” It actually works… and I do actually say that to myself. Sometimes I just need to walk through the kitchen and say to myself over and over “You’re not hungry, your’e not hungry” because I’m not… I just want to eat because I’m in the kitchen.

Other goals are appearance based. I’d like to be flat chested and flat bellied by next year. That means I need to come up with a workout regiment that works with my current schedule. I wake up at 5 to get for work, so early morning workouts aren’t really available. I get home at 530pm, so there’s time there for workouts at the end of the day if I can keep my brain energized to push through it. Even if it’s just a 1 mile run, that’s only 10 minutes or so… and I can do it. I glazed over it in my retrospective, but I finished 2nd overall in a 1 mile trail run in the rain (actually 1.2miles in 11:39)

I’m going to do this. I have it in me, and I know my wife wants it for herself too.

Here’s my starting points for Year 2

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Starting Weight – 229lbs

Starting Pant size – 36×32

Semi-Naked Truth after the cut

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1 Year of Primal: A Retrospective

Summer 2010

Summer 2010

Throughout this retrospective, I’ll be linking to pertinent milestones in my path. First, if you haven’t read it lately, get to know me as I started this.

Read More – About Me

I weighed 325lbs at my worst. Wore a 46-48″ pant and 3XL shirts. I had high blood pressure and no energy. I’d tried lots of diets with little to no success or will to stick to it. Sustainability of a diet was nil.

I started this journey the day after Memorial Day of 2012 (May 29, 2012). The weekend of Memorial Day was my friend’s bachelor party. Prior to leaving for it I weighed in at 300lbs even (May 25, 2012). After a solid weekend of drinking and not a lot of eating, I came home and weighed in at 297lbs on May 29th. We were off to the races with the Primal Blueprint. We chose the Primal Blueprint because we’d heard it was the best way to get into a primal lifestyle.

Read More – Life Changes and Moves Forward

3 days of Primal, 8 lbs down!

3 days of Primal, 8 lbs down!

I had a lot of hope with this diet, but I was concerned about sustainability. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to afford it or that the food would be crap or that my wife would give up on all the hard work in the kitchen or that sticking to it at work would be difficult. In the above post I outlined my goals.

  1. I want to be able to get out of the shower, look in the mirror and not go “Yecchhh…”
  2. I want to be able to run for a whole mile.
  3. I want to be able to ride a bike without flattening the tires.
  4. I want to be able to buy clothes at the mall and not from the Fatso catalogs.
  5. I want to be able to keep up with my kid as he gets bigger and faster

Here’s my updates as of today

  1. This is getting better. I’ve still got a lot of loose skin, but my gut is smaller, my tits are smaller, I’m not quite so wide and I can see my penis again. So that’s nice.
  2. On May 25th, 2013 I competed in a ‘miler’ run and finished 2nd overall!
  3. I can do this now. I weigh less now than I did when I bought the bike in 1996.
  4. I am now buying clothes at regular stores without digging through the rack for that lone pair of 40-somethings
  5. I can keep up with my 4 year old now, but he’s still got a ways to go and this will be ever evolving.

I decided very early on that I would blog about this adventure and if I was going to do it right, I needed to be honest with myself and my readers. I didn’t expect a lot of readers, but I figured I’d start with the ‘Semi Naked Truth’ Articles where I would put myself out there on display. Read More – The fat, (semi) naked truth [the post]. I knew there would be a lot of challenges on this adventure, mostly food related. It took the constant repeating of “don’t eat that, don’t eat that” to get past it, but it was working. I wrote a lot in June because everything was so new and interesting. My brain was still part fatso so I had that ability to remember how awful I ate and apply it to what I was eating now. The weight was coming off pretty steadily, to my surprise. I wasn’t really exercising all that much and I’ll admit that even now exercising is still a problem. Read More – Exercise ArticlesAfter just 3 weeks, I was already feeling significantly better. I also started asserting my dietary requirements at work. It didn’t always work, but I found one person at the company who helped me by making sure we’d have salads without grains or dairy when possible and would order appropriate food for me when I was working on special project teams on the weekend. Then it happened… in less than a month I lost 20lbs. Despite all the initial challenges I was making it work!

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A good cheat day.

I’m very lucky to have a wife that works harder at this than I do… because I can’t cook worth a damn. She is the reason this is working for me. It was working fast, too. My clothes were already fitting looser and my ‘summer of weddings’ was upon me. My first wedding was a ‘fat guy in a GIANT coat’ debacle. But it was working, by mid July of last year, with only 6 weeks or so into it, I was 55lbs down from my worst weight and 30lbs down since starting. My goal weight at the time was a lofty 205, my doctor stepped in and said I should be at 247. Little did he know that I would blow by that in short order, and then… a Whole30 for August. No weight charting, uber strict paleo… no cheating… except that we did cheat and it was TOTALLY WORTH IT… and then we tried it again and it really worked. I noticed that my appearance was getting tighter… particularly with my manboobs. Another thing that was happening quickly was that my high blood pressure was disappearing.

The Whole30 ended in a great success. I was nearing 50lbs lost since starting my adventure and almost 75lbs since my worst. I really started to feel it. That 50lb mark came shortly after. I was feeling fantastic, but I was still up over 40″ around my waist. I had bought some “Challenge pants” to push me. To help push me, my wife and I embarked on a Whole52 starting in October and ending at Thanksgiving. We figured we needed to prep our bodies for the onslaught of holiday feeding. 240lbs came shortly after… I was back to my high school weight… and I still had some clothes from High School to demonstrate. We did end up surviving ThanksgivingBy December, I had started posting less on here and moved primarily to facebook for my more ‘microupdates’. I left the blog for big posts like my FIRST 5K! It felt great to be able to complete this, even though I didn’t run it to it’s entirety.

The Happiest Family on Earth

The Happiest Family on Earth

Then the major goal happened. 100lbs down since my worst. I had blown past my 40″ goal pants right into a set of 36s. My wife and I reached our goal weights and part of a contract I had with her was that when she reached her goal weight, we would go to Disney World. We went, and we tried to stay paleo… for a few hours. Eventually we gave in and went full fat-American-Tourist mode to see what would happen to us. Luckily, we only packed on about 8 or 9 lbs in our extended stay (thanks to the Blizzard at home). However, when we got back and went back to a full strict paleo, I lost the weight in a few days and suffered from a fainting spell which claimed my glasses and gashed my skull. To this day we have no real answer as to why this happened. Low blood sugar is still the explanation despite me never HAVING it the entire time.

In April, I declared our Paleo Adventure over. It had become our lifestyle now and was less an adventure. However, now I’m thinking that I need to reinvigorate myself and get back on the wagon. I feel that I’ve been slipping badly and my scale is showing it. This morning I weighed in at 229lbs. That’s up 13lbs since my best weight on this. That’s a LOT. I’ve been cheating more and more. It’s time to get back on the wagon and do it right again. It’s time to go into Year 2. The Primal Empire Strikes Back!

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I ran a 5K?

Wait… what the hell does that title say?

I ran a 5K? A 5K what? RUN!? Who runs? What the hell has happened here? Now, you wait just a god damned minute…

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I was holding out for a clearer photo, but this will suffice. That’s the wife running just ahead of me.

Ok, enough from 325lb Me-circa-2007… The reality here is that yes, I did in fact ‘run’ a 5K. Though defining it as a run would be a bit overzealous. I RAN about a mile of the 3.1… I jogged or otherwise walked quickly the majority of it, finishing in a stellar 38:36. Not bad for my first outing with absolutely zero training. Seriously, I did it. Here’s the results. Keep scrolling… keep scrolling… KEEEEEEEEP SCROLLING… THERE. Finished 409th and 52nd out of 55 for my group (male 30-39). Apparently 30 year olds run this and they run it well. The top finishers were all in this class apparently. My lovely wife ran this with me, competing in her second 5K (which she actually trains for). She was nice enough to not abandon me during our run and finished a second ahead of me. I even mapped my run.

So, how’d it ACTUALLY go? Well, my day started off with what felt like someone draining a snot bag into my chest… good way to start. I got ready with my wife and headed down to the starting area. It was COLD. Maybe just above freezing. Now, in the past, I’ve not faired well in cold weather exertion (unless it was hockey) so I was a little nervous about dying out there. I was also suffering from some butthurt earlier in the week. So, in my infinite wisdom, I had taken some stool softeners the day before. It didn’t occur to me until later in the night that this could have Uta Pippig like consequences during the run. So my goals were pretty much set in stone for this race: finish it, don’t die and most importantly DON’T SHIT YOUR PANTS WHILE RUNNING AT FULL SPEED. I think this should be everyone’s goal when running, don’t you?

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Here we are crossing the finish line

Well, I accomplished those goals. I did not, in fact, shit my pants. I also completed a tertiary goal: finish the race in under 40 minutes. One goal I also surpassed was running for the longest distance non-stop. I completed the first 3/4 of a mile running up with the middle of the pack. At about the 1 mile marker, all that snot that was in my chest lovingly decided to introduce itself to my airways. The remainder of the race was budgeting running with jogging slowly and trying to hock up said snotballs without affecting anyone around me. In fact, for the first mile, I was ahead of my wife… but then I gassed out and she overtook me while slapping me HARD on my sore butthurt ass (without thinking of course). I expected her to just run the race the way she would, but I think another couple just ahead of us had her hanging back with me. This couple was being really supportive and the husband was pushing his wife to keep going and push through it, and I think she wanted to be supportive as well. around the 1.5mile marker I identified a person who I could try to keep pace with: a younger woman with a ‘running club’ shirt on that looked to be in good shape. If I could keep pace with her, I’d be happy. I kept pace with her, my wife kept pace with me and we finished 1 second ahead of each other.

When I crossed the finish line I wasn’t wasted. My legs didn’t hurt (yet), my feet didn’t hurt and I actually felt pretty good. My dad came out to see us start and finish, so it was nice to achieve that accomplishment with him there. I know my mom would have been proud to see me do that too.

I’d like to do another, but I’m going to wait until after it warms up a little. I really don’t want to kill myself slipping on ice and take myself out.

Now, I ran this almost 2 weeks ago, but was holding out for professional photos. Unfortunately, only one ever came up and it was blurry and the composition was shit and it wasn’t… so instead I’m using these taken by my family and friends. I even ruined the ‘post-race group photo’ by blinking STRONGLY. I was half tempted to photoshop googly eyes on myself, but I’m too tired.

Running time weight – 230lbs

Weigh in 12/20/12 – 228lbs (3lbs to go to my major goal weight)

BLINK!

BLINK!

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The long-con.

235 and in a shirt I bought in 1999 that NEVER fit.

I’m feeling pretty good about myself lately. I’ve settled into a solid 235ish pounds and I look a feel a million times better than I did in June. However it’s a bit of a double-edged sword. It’s now come to a head where in order for me to lose more weight I need to shift into high gear and start working out and becoming more strict… however I feel like I’m falling into worse habits and actually maintaining 235lbs. So the problem now is that I feel like I’m convincing myself that 235 is fine… but in reality there’s still a LOT of fat left in my gut that I’d like to get rid of… like a gunny sack of fat.

I blame this on a few things. I’m getting settled into my new diet and I’ve accepted what I can and cannot do. I’m seeing that even while sticking to a strictly regimented program (like Whole30) has it’s benefits in my health, the stress it was causing me wasn’t worth the few extra pounds. I think I could do it again, but I’d have to really prepare for it better. Primal is great, but there are pitfalls in eating dairy… like nearly choking on a piece of cheese yesterday. That was embarrassing. Then there’s the other niggling issues like the dreaded BUTTHURT. I’m still finding it difficult to inject myself with a proper amount of fibre to soak up all the protein. I’m still too meat focused when it comes to meal time. I think I need to start following the rule of hand when it comes to meat: don’t eat more than you can hold in one hand… I either made that up or I’m confusing it with something else. I know there’s something about meat tenderness being equivalent to bits of your hand. The other problem I’m having is that the seasons are changing and I’m lightly affected by the lack of light and the temperature change I’ve always tended to go into a more hibernation mode around this time. The opposite needs to happen. I need to get out there and work out… but I have no idea how people run when it’s this effing cold out… I better get started because I’ve got a 5K in like 3 weeks.

I’m having a hard time finding time to blog and I’m wondering if that has anything to do with my general malaise with the diet. I’ve not plateaued, because I’m not doing everything I COULD be doing. I’m settled into what could LATER be considered a ‘maintenance’ mode of eating, but I need more than that right now.

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