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Whole30 Progress

Tonight for dinner I made cod, with just a little salt and pepper, I really love cod. It was perfect. Add to that boiled tiny red potatoes and steamed zucchini and let me tell you… yummeh!

We’re doing pretty well I think. The thing that was the biggest initial hurdle was getting over the no dairy. That was tough because espresso which I love, without the steamed milk… is rough. Even as an Americano, it’s not my normal thing. I have discovered that you can steam (Silk brand unsweetened) coconut milk and once heated to 160deg added to a double shot, yeah ok I can dig it. Not perfect, but close enough that I can deal. Also, regular drip coffee, if you are like me and use half and half, canned coconut milk, the full fat stuff, we don’t mess around with any of that low or reduced fat pretend stuff. Yeah now we’re talking, close enough to creamer that its’ very drinkable. I’ve been doing black coffee which isn’t horrible but I like my coffee strong, umm strong if I have creamer! So I’ve been experimenting with the Aero Press at work and reduced the amount of grinds I use and how long I let it brew before pushing it through and yeah I can work with this.

I slept like a baby last night which is an improvement. I was in a really good mood today too which is crazy, I couldn’t really account for why but I was and it was nice. I’ve been snacking on baby carrots and radishes with ranch made from canned coconut milk and it’s quite good. One thing Jen pointed out after the first couple days was she thought we weren’t getting enough fat, I would agree since after eliminating dairy I struggled initially to find good sources of it.

So far so good tho! I feel good, like the rest of he month is going to blow by. Oh, I have also discovered that Granny Smith apples with almond butter are quite tasty snacks too.

Whole30

Ok I’m going to do the Whole30 program. Just wanted to toss this out there. Since December of last year we’ve been eating Paleo, and learning as we go, we’re a lot better at it now than we were in the beginning. We did the 21day Sugar Cleanse not once but twice to see if we saw improvements the second time through.

I’ve lost nearly 60lbs since then, I don’t take a pill, I don’t workout every free moment that I’m not sleeping or working. There is no secret or magic solution, or is there? I guess the secret is stop eating like crap. I’m about to head off topic here so I’m going to end this as I’m on my lunch break eating totally unprocessed curried chicken salad that we made last night with whole food. It’s awesome just in case you were wondering lol.

I’m going to do the Whole30 because I’m worth it. I want to see where it will take me and how much better I can feel. We plan to start in August and I am going to do my best to post daily the whole month to share the experience.

Take care of yourself, you’re the only you You have.

Hello out there!

Just a quick note, I’m still alive! I’m taking a summer class “useless things technically torture and writing or something” Actually Technical Writing but the first title is more accurate. I really hate taking a class that makes it hard for me to see the use, teaches me outdated and obviously useless things or otherwise wastes my time. Currently I’m working on a research paper that compares two mobile computing devices, meh. Also and this is the best part, I have a group project with 3 other people. 1 is a no-show, 2 has only complained about how little time we have and wanting to do the paper on a very personal and equally useless topic and the 3rd person has made an effort to get started but we’re having an impossible time actually collaborating! GAH, so frustrating.

Ok so on to more fun stuff. I made caramelized butternut squash and shrimp scampi for dinner… let me just say… DAAAAMN! I have been meaning to make a long post about my eating and dietary changes since December of last year. I’m down almost 60lbs. Yup you heard me, 60lbs. No I’m not on the all donuts diet, or cabbage soup diet, or name some other totally useless doomed to fail diet out there.

I have 1 word for you, Paleo. Google it, read about it, discover for yourself what it means to be free from the garbage that “The Man” tries to push on us as “healthy food” most of which is so full of chemicals and other processed crap that you can barely call it food.

I’ve been working on this post in my head for a long time, it may lead to a whole series but I will give some background. I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life. I’m certain that as an adult many of the physical problems I have are related to my weight. My knees, and my feet in particular hurt on a daily basis. In 2002 I weighed in at 365lbs and that was the point where I said what the hell is going on with this picture?! I talked with my doctor and he advocated the Atkins diet.

I researched it, and endorsed by my doc? How can I fail? I lost 125lbs over the next two years. I was elated, but what I didn’t realize at the time was I hadn’t really learned how to eat. I denied myself the stuff I loved, ate protein and fat because that’s what you can eat I’ve never been a fan of veggies, but I included a few that I can tolerate for good measure and I worked out like a fiend, 5-6 days a week 1-2hrs at a pop and the weight came off. Then I moved to Ohio where my support system was gone, the foods I had come to rely on were not available or stupid expensive and over the last 8 years the weight crept back on. I managed to eat better and work out and get back into my old routine from time to time and the weight would come back off but it was so hard sticking with it, and I struggled.

Then back in December a miracle happened. My wife said “hey I found this thing, we’re going to try it,” which was when she sprung the 21 Day Sugar Cleanse on me. I was angry, terrified, excited (only a little) but the thing I had been missing before now was she was interested in doing this WITH ME! That is the key ladies and gentlemen, it is impossible for one person to walk the walk and cook for themselves and then cook different stuff for someone else, that won’t last long eventually the person trying to do good will lose the fight and succumb and take the easy way out. I can only be strong for 2 people when the other person is trying to be strong with me.

So, go do some homework, read about Paleo a little, I will post again here soon I hope when I have some real time, I may even start posting regular stuff about eating and just things that I’ve learned along the way.

Be healthy, be happy, and be good to each other.

Well it’s my birthday, it’s my birthday! lol I’m older and stuff, I went to work like any other. The day started off pretty horrid, lousy traffic, couple annoying emails, I figured yay, perfect way to spend my birthday I should have stayed home.
Well… several of my friends got together and made me some goodies, and a bunch of my co-workers remembered it was my birthday, thank you to all my friends, both near and far for making this not just another day, but for putting a smile on my face and making me feel loved.
The above card was from my wife… what do you think she’s trying to say?! LOL
Hope everyone out there had a fantastic day. I’m winding mine down now that I’m home, dinner in front of me, making a post listening to my new and quite fantastic turntable, spinning Sonny Rollins, Saxophone Colossus. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t get any better than this. 
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Well it’s my birthday, it’s my birthday! lol I’m older and stuff, I went to work like any other. The day started off pretty horrid, lousy traffic, couple annoying emails, I figured yay, perfect way to spend my birthday I should have stayed home.
Well… several of my friends got together and made me some goodies, and a bunch of my co-workers remembered it was my birthday, thank you to all my friends, both near and far for making this not just another day, but for putting a smile on my face and making me feel loved.
The above card was from my wife… what do you think she’s trying to say?! LOL
Hope everyone out there had a fantastic day. I’m winding mine down now that I’m home, dinner in front of me, making a post listening to my new and quite fantastic turntable, spinning Sonny Rollins, Saxophone Colossus. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t get any better than this. 
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Well it’s my birthday, it’s my birthday! lol I’m older and stuff, I went to work like any other. The day started off pretty horrid, lousy traffic, couple annoying emails, I figured yay, perfect way to spend my birthday I should have stayed home.

Well… several of my friends got together and made me some goodies, and a bunch of my co-workers remembered it was my birthday, thank you to all my friends, both near and far for making this not just another day, but for putting a smile on my face and making me feel loved.

The above card was from my wife… what do you think she’s trying to say?! LOL

Hope everyone out there had a fantastic day. I’m winding mine down now that I’m home, dinner in front of me, making a post listening to my new and quite fantastic turntable, spinning Sonny Rollins, Saxophone Colossus. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t get any better than this. 

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