Posts Tagged ‘health’


Health & Paleo Update: New Year

January 7, 2013

I was just in a meeting and we got off track, this happens quite a lot around here but today it got me thinking a bit more about my health. We were discussing the Paleo diet and some of the dogma around it, “blah blah cavemen ate this way, blah blah blah” and you know really none of that junk matters to me. I could care less about the dogma around anything really, I just care if it works and this way of eating is working for me. A lot of my previous health issues were related, it seems, almost 100% to diet. I can no longer look back at my previous attitude of “this won’t make too much of a difference, I’ll just  look better and feel better about my blood-work numbers but not actually feel better” and be smug about it.  That way of thinking is dead and gone for me. It may sound obvious and it may sound cliched but you are what you eat and I do actually feel better, not just a little here and there but really a lot better.

Completely changing my eating habits and diet have revealed issues I didn’t even know I really had. Things that I just figured were happening because I was getting older or because I was sick in other ways, my brain could not relate them to eating but, turns out, they were. In fact the only one of my general problems that I never thought was related to eating that hasn’t been fixed by this change is my terrible sleep habits but I’m now convinced that I can change those too without much ill effect. We shall see.

Anyway this was just a general, random update as those thoughts came to me during a meeting and now back to work.




Little Did I Know….

January 1, 2013

It’s New Year’s Day and little did I know that one year after I promised myself I would get “healthy” that I would be so well on my way. I’m nearly 200 pounds lighter, no blood sugar control problems and my immune system disorder is in check (if the blood work is to be believed anyway). All in all I would say that 2012 was a pretty good year, health-wise anyway and as I reflect on it now one year on there are just a litany of lessons that I would like to share but really don’t want to be “preachy.” If preachiness bothers you though then tune out now. 🙂 Here we go…


Little did I know that losing weight could be relatively “easy.”  Before this year I would’ve told you that “I’m just a big guy” or “my whole family is big, there is little hope for me,”  I realize now those were all just convenient excuses to avoid doing something I didn’t want to do in the first place. I’m really glad I did it though.

Little did I know that after losing all that weight I would have to buy new clothes. Okay that one isn’t fair, I knew that but I didn’t realize how quickly I would have to do that.

Little did I know that fixing my diet would have so many different effects on me. The primary one (outside of general health) being that I can think a lot more clearly and am far less unfocused than I was in 2011. This is a good thing.

Little did I know that I would suddenly be more interested in physical activities. I always hated working out and viewed only a “necessary” evil that I did sparingly. I’ve come to enjoy parts of it a lot more and am doing more biking (well not now because we have like two feet of snow) but will do more in the spring. Its the same with running, it is something I’m getting more and more interested in and will try to learn a lot more about it before I really do it, a goal for this year is to try to run at least a 1/2 marathon, we’ll see.

Little did I know and loosely related to the one above, did you know it was possible for your feet to shrink? I sure didn’t. I went from a size 12, sometimes 13 to a size 9.5 sometimes 10. This was a really weird one for me because as a lot of people will tell you, I love shoes. It was sort of a mixed blessing, I had to get rid of my shoes I liked but had to buy more.

Little did I now (and this is a big one) that so many people viewed me as “fat.” I guess I knew they did but it really comes out when you lose a lot of weight. Everyone is so “proud” and so “happy” for me, was I that terrible of a big guy? I guess so. Anyway, this was a big one for me because it really did change how I perceived myself before this and how I perceive myself now. Self-altering events are always big.

The biggest lesson I learned though was that losing weight and getting healthier is not an insurmountable undertaking, it can be done. That is the biggest thing I learned that I did not know before. I thought it would take years if it ever happened and it just hasn’t. Eating affects everything you do, how you feel as well as how you look. Try just eating a little better this year (add a salad to every meal) and see if you feel better. I sure do.