Posts Tagged ‘random’

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Is Fruit Really Bad For You?

August 18, 2013

I have read so many conflicting things about whether or not fruit is really bad for you. Some folks say most fruit passes right through you or digests in 90 minutes or so while other foods take much longer so that’s supposed to be good. Other people say it is nothing but sugar and should be avoided at all costs because sugar is bad. I’m having a hard time fighting the cultural beating-in of the notion that, well, fruit is good food. I’m really looking for some comments here, I certainly feel better when I have some fruit in my diet (bananas and pineapple specifically) but I really don’t want to sacrifice all the weight loss work I’ve done by eating stuff I think is good for me but really isn’t.  Thoughts? Am I just being overly obsessive here? Probably.

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Smoothies In The Morning

July 6, 2013

I’ve been reading a lot lately about the lack of value in liquid calories and I would probably agree when it comes to soda or beer or any of the so-called dirty drinks. A smoothie though? I’m pretty sure a well made smoothie can start your day off right. Here’s what I like in the morning. (Usually on workout days).

This Raw Protein plus this So Delicious Chocolate Coconut Milk plus a few blueberries. Blend them together well. Notice what I didn’t add? That’s right, no juice or sugar. Simple, three ingredient smoothie so if I’m wrong and it’s really not at nutritious, at least it tastes great. 🙂

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Kinda Gross Right?

June 30, 2013

Just saw this gross thing on the twitters. I dunno about becoming vegan but yeah food companies can be evil.

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Weigh-In Day

January 15, 2013

I only weight myself on Tuesdays to try to avoid driving myself crazy with it and weighing myself three or four times a day. This morning I was down another 4 pounds. I’m still not completely satisfied though so I’ve reset my goal a bit lower mainly to make myself happy but I have to admit my fear is that I reach the new goal and am still not completely happy with it. I am trying to avoid that with some positive reinforcement, etc but its tough. I never thought I’d be down this much let alone going under 200 pounds for the first time since middle school so we’ll see how it goes. Just a random thought, how do you know when enough is enough?

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The Funny Things You Think About…And Didn’t Know You Were Thinking

January 11, 2013

I realized this the other day when I was on a clothes shopping trip (which unlike most men, I don’t mind all that much especially as I’m dropping all this weight) and I noticed something weird. I was actually looking at white shirts and red shirts. I used to avoid these colors like the plague because, well, they made me look fat. Mind you I WAS fat but that never really entered into my mind. I still avoid red shirts because they still make me look like a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day float but suddenly I have white shirts and I don’t hate them! I have added some other colors to my wardrobe too so I have way more colors than just blue, black and grey to choose from. I know, I know you’re thinking, “dude the things you find shocking are so not shocking” but they are to me. I lived most of my life as “big” person so now that I’m not so big lots of things are just new and shocking to me.

I just realized that I’ve surpassed 100 posts on this blog so hopefully everyone who reads it finds it at least somewhat useful, if not that’s cool too, it is still just therapy for me. 🙂

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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Feeling Groov….er….COLD

July 20, 2012

The biggest side effect of losing weight that I’ve noticed is that I am cold ALL THE TIME. I’ve read that sometimes this is because of your body going into “conversation mode” and basically slowing down your metabolism. I don’t think this is what is going on because I’m still losing weight at a  pretty good clip.

It’s really getting distracting, it is July 20/almost 21 and we just wrapped up, what I guess from news reports anyway, the worst heat wave ever. Right now it is around 70 degrees fahrenheit and I am wrapped up in a heavy comforter, after spending the day in my office with a space heater on. This sucks!

I’ve had the vents in my office taped up to keep them from blowing on me and almost broke down and wore gloves today while I typed. I am seriously hoping to get over it and adjust soon because honestly I’m simply not used to being cold. When I was bigger, I could walk outside in 20 degree temperatures in shorts and t-shirt and it wouldn’t bother me at all. Now I’m feeling a little chilly when its in the 80s. I guess sometime soon (like August) the wife, who is also cold all the time, will go sweater and winter coat shopping. I might even seriously consider moving someplace warmer just to avoid the cold, I really don’t like it anymore.

 

Signed,

Former Cold Lover Turned Freeze Baby

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Three Pounds & Counting

July 20, 2012

The other day I reported that I had seven more pounds to go before I have officially lost 100 pounds. Believe me I understand what an accomplishment that is and for sure I posted it to mainly keep myself moving in the correct direction after a few days of weakness. I didn’t outright cheat or anything (okay so I might’ve had a little, very little chocolate) but I was feeling the weakness settling in so I posted it. The reaction has been pretty awesome, people congratulating me and everything and honestly I am a little confused.

I didn’t start eating right/healthy/whatever to lose weight, I’ve said it a couple of times that that was not my primary goal. I wanted to both feel better and get my blood sugar under control and that’s the rub. My blood sugar has not been above 95 in about five months and I’ve been eating pretty healthy for about six months. The problem? I’m not really feeling any better. I know that I’ve dropped a lot of weight pretty quickly and I think that really highlights how poorly I was eating before. I say poorly because I never really ate a lot, I just ate badly. A whole plate of carbs basically for breakfast (when I ate it), lunch and dinner with very little balance to it, very poor. Here the basic breakdown.

I was misdiagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, the actually problem I have causes that sort of diagnosis. Without getting too technical or too personal, I basically have a horribly broken immune system. When germs come in, instead of fighting them off, my immune system welcomes them in and helps them set up shop for a while. It is essentially a birth defect, which has haunted me for most of my life and it sucks. I never expected that to get better with eating better or weight loss but I really did expect to at least feel better, not be so tired all the time or at least have a bit more energy. The truth is, I don’t. I do not feel any better now than I did nearly a hundred pounds ago. Headaches all the time, tired all the time and not a normal kind of tired but a “you seriously expect me to open eyes and move this week, I don’t think so” kind of tired. It is fairly annoying and I was really expecting better. Trust me, simply losing weight, even successfully is not enough so here’s my next phase plan.

Hopefully this coming week, my energy level be damned, I will be starting a workout program. I’ve been walking a bit but really haven’t done much working out with this eating plan. I’m going to be really striving to do this 4 or so times a week and will report back here on my progress. Wish me luck and as always and advice or recommendations are appreciated.

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Seven more pounds

July 18, 2012

In seven pounds I will have lost a total of 100 pounds. This will be a big accomplishment for me and then I will only have 50 more to go! Just putting this out there to keep it. The back of my head.

I still miss pizza. 🙂

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BBQ for the Fourth

July 3, 2012

Well it is that time of year again, grills rolling out, charcoal burning and sauce…lots of sauce. Sauce brings with it my sworn enemy, carbs, lots of carbs. I’m experimenting with making my own low carb sauce, we’ll see how it goes. Results to be posted.