Archive for ‘Goals’

09-Oct-2012

Week 2 Review

Week two was over on Sunday and I’m pretty happy with the results.  They weren’t as dramatic as week one but I knew that I couldn’t keep up that pace for long.  Here are the numbers and then some thoughts on the week.

  • Weight: 267.8 (-1.8 for the week, 10.6 overall)
  • Neck: 18.25 (-.25, -.5)
  • Chest: 50.75 (-.25, -1.25)
  • Waist: 49.75 (-1.0, -2.5)
  • Hips: 45 (0, -1.0)

The week didn’t get started on the right foot.  I had a major cheat on Sunday evening.  It didn’t bother me physically but I felt guilty and the scale reflected the cheat with 2.4 pound jump Monday morning.  The rest of the week went well food-wise with me cooking all my meals at home except for Friday.  Those meals out fell within the guidelines and were a nice treat.

I didn’t get in as much exercise as I would have liked.  The weather wasn’t very good and I drove to work a few days.  I do considerably less walking on those days.  I’m adding in some bodyweight workouts this week as well as getting back to walking more.

I’m feeling really good following the Paleo plan and am enjoying the extra energy and mental focus it has given me.  I’ve been more productive at work and at home.  Aside from the extra planning and cooking needed to keep on track I haven’t noticed any downsides.

I’ll try to check in more regularly but won’t make any promises.  I figure staying on track is more important than blogging about it.

Advertisements
23-Sep-2012

The Plan and Starting Numbers

I have decided to jump in and follow a strict paleo diet for the next 30 days.  I’m going to follow the plan laid out by Robb Wolf in the The Paleo Solution.  This plan is a bit stricter than the previous primal plan I’ve had success with in that it also excludes dairy.  I don’t each much dairy but it does mean giving up butter.

I know this won’t be easy, especially after the initial excitement and energy wear off.  To help I’m going to keep in mind a quote from the book:

If you want to get the full power of this program, you need to actually give it a shot. Worst-case scenario: You spend a month without some of the foods you like. Best-case scenario: You discover you are able to live healthier and better than you ever thought possible. If you cannot suck it up for a month to discover that, well, Buttercup, you might be beyond help. And let’s be honest, most of your arguments have nothing to do with science – you are likely addicted to these foods. (p. 96)

The bold is mine.  One of the things I like about the book is Robb’s humor and sarcasm but he does have a point.  If I can’t stick to this for 30 days I have serious problems and despite how much I’ve let myself go I don’t believe I’m beyond help.

Now that I know what I’m going to do I am now going to lay out from where I’m starting.  Below are my current weight, body measurements, and blood work numbers.

  • Weight: 278.4
  • Neck: 18.75″
  • Chest: 52″
  • Waist: 52.25″
  • Hips: 46″
  • Blood Pressure: 118/80
  • Total Cholesterol: 260 mg/dL
  • HDL: 34 mg/dL
  • LDL: 170 mg/dL
  • Triglycerides: 275
  • Glucose (fasting): 92 mg/dL

The only good numbers are my blood pressure and glucose.  Everything else, except HDL, I want to go down.  HDL will hopefully go up a bit.

I have ideas for weight goals and other things but for right now my goal and focus is strictly following the paleo plan for 30 days.  I’m going to be tracking and posting updates of my weight and measurements but they aren’t going to be my primary focus.  I know that if I follow the plan the numbers will go where I want.

And as further proof that I’m all in this time here are some before pictures taken this morning.  I apologize in advance.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.