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 I really hate taking a class that makes it hard for me to see the use, teaches me outdated and obviously useless things or otherwise wastes my time.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.