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Slip sliding along

I’ve been very bust this week with work and school and blogging completely fell by the wayside.

English: the forests in new hampshire in autumn

Last week wasn’t perfect but I’m happy to report that I did lose a couple of pounds and a little more size.  Here are the numbers:

  • Weight: 265.8 (-2 for the week, -12.60 total)
  • Neck: 18.25 (0, -.5)
  • Chest: 50.5 (-.25, -1.5)
  • Waist: 49.5 (-.25, -2.75)
  • Hips: 45 (0, -1)

This week hasn’t been going too well and I have no good excuse.  I’ve let work and school stress get to me and I haven’t been preparing as I should.  My daily weight has been bouncing up and down reflecting my choices.  I’m also more tired than I have been the past couple of weeks.  That alone is reason to get back on track.

Today is going well though and when I get home I’m going to get things ready for tomorrow so I can eliminate any excuses.  I’ve been feeling too good and making progress to let it slip away now.  I’m stronger than that.


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.


Week 1 is Done

I haven’t had much to blog about which is why I haven’t posted in a few days.  It doesn’t seem to make sense to post the same thing every day.

That being said I wanted to check in today because it is the start of my second week on the plan and now is a good time to review last week.  Overall, I did well although I had a couple of small cheats.  I already mentioned having some rice.  Yesterday I wound up having some dairy.  I spent the afternoon with my kids playing outside and had a great time.  For dinner we went to Outback and, as always, we order the cheese fries and they were awesome.

The rest of the meal was paleo, however.  I skipped the bread and ordered a steak with a side salad and steamed green beans.  For dessert I took the kids to Sweet Frog.  I was a really tempted to get myself some frozen yogurt as well but stuck to my plan and skipped it.  I did almost get a cup of some of the fruit put out for toppings but decided I was full enough.

Some of the positives from week one: my right knee feels better than it has in a while although it was stiff last night after all that playing, I’ve lost weight and size (see below for more info), I have a lot more energy, and I haven’t had any hypoglycemic episodes.  The biggest negative is the extra time required to prepare food.  I like to cook but cleaning up is not fun at all.  A little extra time is well worth all of the benefits.

Here are the numbers from this morning:

  • Weight – 269.6 (-8.8 lbs)
  • Neck – 18.5 (-.25″)
  • Chest – 51 (-1″)
  • Waist – 50.75 (-1.5″)
  • Hips – 45 (-1″)

I am very happy with these numbers. I know I won’t make that much progress every week but what a way to start.

I also took pictures this morning but I haven’t had time to process them.  I’ll try to get to that this week.


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.

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