I've been on paleo for a month now, and I'm so pleased with the results. I lost 12 pounds in one month while increasing strength. My total weight loss is 31 pounds.
I've dug up a "before" picture from the end of my visit home in the US in February/March. I was eating everything that wasn't nailed down. Toward the end of my stay, I had to get up one morning and get my international driver's license. I was in a foul mood, and this is a black and white scan of the photo in my international license. The real photo actually looks worse, if you can believe it.
When I got back to Austria, I stopped eating like a madman for the rest of March, then joined the gym at the end of march and went on a reduced but not low carb and by no means paleo diet through April and May. At the end of May I went paleo.
This is a photo taken this weekend for comparison. Ihad a head shot taken to compare with the drivers license photo. Next month I'll do a full length photo.
The scan of the license photo is so terrible that you can't really see the difference in my skin, but it is a big difference.
I haven't posted my food in a while. I'll summarize.
Friday: Dinner: Steak with cabbage and bacon.
Saturday: Breakfast: homemade chorizo with scrambled eggs. Lunch: Same as breakfast along with leftover cabbage and bacon. Dinner: steak and salad.
Sunday: Breakfast: homemade chorizo with scrambled eggs. Lunch: We went to Melk for a daytrip, and I had a grilled pork filet with an assortment of mixed salads (but left the potato salad on the plate). Dinner: Roast chicken with zuchini/tomato/onion/basil.
Monday: IFing, so skipped breakfast. Lunch: burger without bun, smoked salmon, 2 hardboiled eggs, salad, and sauted spinach. Dinner: beef bourguignon and a side of sauted baby bok choi. The vegetable didn't really go with the meat but whatever.
Congratulations on the weight loss! You can definitely see a difference in your face. Way to go!
Hey there. Well done. You are headed the right direction and well on your way. Isn't it fun?
Metric is right. You can really see it around the face. I have a friend who jsut recently went paleo and you can already see the puffiness leaving her face. The same thing happened to me too.
Keep at it. It's working. And keep posting the good food porn pics.
Thanks Metric and Paleobird! Yes, it is fun. Another person on my floor at work commented on my weight loss, which is always nice.
I know I've been lazy about the food porn pics. Honestly, a lot of things I've been eating lately haven't looked that great, though they did taste good. The beef bourguignon, for example, kinda looks like poo. Today for lunch I had some of my homemade chorizo with 4 medium boiled eggs mashed up. Really yummy, but not very pretty.
I've been telling my family about primal. I think they think I'm slightly crazy. My sister is a nurse, and she can stand to lose a fair amount of weight. She's been supportive in that she's happy I feel better, but she wanted to know how it is different from Atkins, and what about gout and kidney stones (she heard that people on Atkins get them). So I sent her some links.
With her weight and growing health problems, gout and kidney stones should be the least of her worries. To me, that's like complaining that you might twist your ankle jumping out of the way of a truck headed straight for you. Even though I think that primal won't increase the risk of gout or kidney stones (especially if you stay hydrated), even if it did increase the risk, it is still so worth it for all the benefits.
I ground some grass-fed rump roast last night. I had been getting strip loin, but for a change I got rump, and the rump is way too lean. I even cooked the burgers in bacon grease, but it still wasn't enough fat. So I had two burgers with lettuce wraps and tomato and a little bacon (actually wurzel speck) for dinner last night. I also had some strawberries and coconut cream. Oh, and I had a little bit of a spicy curry vegetable soup that my wife made.
This morning I was really hungry, and my muscles were still a little sore from lifting yesterday. I decided to have breakfast. I'm not going to IF religiously. I'm trying to listen to my body, and if I think I need to eat, then I'll eat. I didn't get eggs like I did last time. I got a breadless sandwich with smoked salmon, 2 hardboiled eggs, lettuce, arugula, tomato, peperoncini, olives, pesto, and a pickle.
[QUOTE=en2ec;883515]This morning I was really hungry, and my muscles were still a little sore from lifting yesterday. I decided to have breakfast. I'm not going to IF religiously. I'm trying to listen to my body, and if I think I need to eat, then I'll eat. [ATTACH]8180[/ATTACH][/QUOTE]
That's my IF philosophy. Listen to your body. Eat when you're hungry, don't eat when you're not. Has been working good so far :D
I had some leftover beef that I ground, which was very lean. Too lean for burgers. I decided to make a meatloaf and was inspired by a recipe from nomnompaleo. I used the basic cooking instructions but used different ingredients and flavors. My spicy chipotle bacon meatloaf was freakin awesome. Ingredients:
1+lb ground beef
1 red onion finely diced
4 cloves garlic
4 mushrooms finely chopped
half a carrot grated
half a zucchini grated
4 chipotle chilis with adobo sauce finely diced
2 T coconut milk
1.5 T coconut flour
Salt and pepper
4 glorious strips of bacon
Pretty simple really. I heated up some coconut oil and sautéed the red onion, then added garlic and habanero, then added the rest of the veggies one at a time. Once they cooked down a bit, I added the chipotle to cook for about a minute so the flavors blend together. I beat the two eggs and let the veggie mix cool a bit. Then I mixed everything together except the bacon, seasoned it, and put into a loaf pan. I put the bacon strips on top and cooked it at about 350 for an hour. I took a photo of the meatloaf itself, but don't have it with me. Below is my dinner with a slice of meatloaf and some broccoli, bok choi and zucchini cooked with kimchi. Yes. I like spicy food.
Looking forward to a repeat for lunch today. Yummy.
On Friday, I had the worst weightlifting session since I started. I had no energy. I completed squats, but I couldn't complete bench press, and I didn't even attempt the new weight on DL -- I droped down 15 kg and then only did 3 reps. So I'm going to start something else. I'm going to try to do P90X at the gym. I did plyometrics yesteray at home just to see if I could do it, and I made it through it.
We went to Bratislava, Slovakia on Saturday, and we found this great restaurant called Carnevalle. It was a paleo paradise. It was all about meat. To start, I had marrow for an appetizer.
Then I had braised beef ribs with baby carrots and parsnips along with some grilled vegetables.
Dinner Saturday was leftover meatload again. Still yummy.
Lunch Sunday was wild boar sausages with sauerkraut. The sausages are made by my neighborhood butcher, and they don't use nitrates or flour. I have leftovers for lunch today (Monday).
For dinner last night, I made some Uruguayan grass-fed beef tenderloin using an adapted Brazilian recipe. It was too hot to fire up the grill, so I seared it in some ghee in an iron skillet, then cooked it in the oven at low heat for about 30 minutes, taking it out every 7 minutes to baste it with a water, sea salt, garlic mixture. It was unbelievably good. I also had some zucchini with mushrooms and some sweet potato mashed with coconut milk.
I saw the documentary "In search of the perfect human diet" over the weekend. I wanted to like it and be able to recommend it to family and friends who don't know anything about paleo.
It has some good information in it, but it is so darn cheesy. The openning sequence reenacting the narrator's heart attack from 1978 was just dreadful. Was that necessary? And the narrator was in it way too much, was really wooden, and was obviously reading off cue cards. It should have been just the interviews with experts rather than the focus on this guy's search. And all of those painfully bad graphics that sorta simulated computer screens (?) that were at the beginning of each segment were just ridiculous, distracting, and had no point whatsoever. The walk through the supermarket and the narrator's questions were pretty cringe-inducing.
OK. That's all superficial stuff, but it comes off as being unprofessional and a little kooky, which undermines the valuable information in it. I also thought that he'd go directly after Ancel Keys, which he doesn't. He alludes to it, but he doesn't tell the whole story. So, I'm torn. Do I recommend it or not?
Yesterday was the official start of P90X for me. My plan for the moment is to go to the gym for the days that use weights or require pullups (I use the gravitron ... the only machine in the whole gym I use, and thank god it is there!). For other days (plyometrics, yoga, etc.), I'll do those at home. It works out to be basically the same schedule as my starting strength weightlifting routine -- MWF in the gym. On T Th I am going to try to swim at lunch and then do the P90X routines for those days at home.
I may find that this is too much. I did plyometrics on Sunday as a test to see if I can do P90X. I had read that plyo was the toughest, so I figured it was a good barometer of my readiness. That was before I looked at the programming, and plyo is up today. Normally, there'd be a week rest before the next plyo session. I'm not sure if my legs have recovered fully, but I'm going to give it a go. When I was training with Uechi Ryu, it was really tough at times. 90 minutes of Uechi Ryu was just as, if not more, intense as P90X plyometrics, and I did Uechi on T Th S. If I feel too tired or have any pains, I'll stop.
In my quest for fitness, I have done a ton of reading ... mostly blogs and many forums. I find it interesting that there are so many different camps when it comes to fitness. If you read starting strength or other strength training (and especially bodybuilding) websites, the general attitude is that you should never, ever do P90X. In fact, you shouldn't do cardio at all. I guess if your one goal is to gain strength (or get big) because you want to be a powerlifter or ... hmm. I was going to say a furniture mover or a strongman competitor, but for both of those there is absolutely the element of endurance and muscle stamina. I can really only think of powerlifting and bodybuilding as goals unto themselves as the only reason for doing strength training exclusively. The same forums also denigrate crossfit for many of the same reasons as P90X. There's even a sort of manifesto on Starting Strength about how terrible crossfit is. Some of the points it makes are probably true, but wildly misguided, in my opinion, for anyone wanting general fitness.
For example, SS argues that you can't make progress without doing the same exercise over and over -- progress is only measurable by seeing the weight go up on a particular lift. According to SS, training in everything a la crossfit is training in nothing because, apparently, you can't measure your performance week in week out because you are always doing something different. I don't understand why they are obsessed with being able to measure performance in this way. What about improvements in your ability to do something completely new and do it well? That seems like a pretty good measure of progress to me. SS also makes the argument that muscle confusion is a bogus principle, that you need consistent stimulation to get muscles to adapt to build strength. I don't know the science, but I think that this boils down to what your goals are. SS is probably right that if your only goal is to gain strength in a handfull of compound weightlifting exercises, the most efficient way to do that is to keep doing them over and over with heavier weight. But, to me, that's a very narrow goal. I like the idea of the daily challenge of tackling something new in crossfit. A crossfitter will never be able to squat as much as a dedicated powerlifter, but a crossfitter will be able to do so many other things that a powerlifter can't do. Like run for more than a block. I don't mean to criticize SS either. I did it for over 2 months and enjoyed it and saw a lot of gains in strength. I started with squats using the bar and no weights! Same with the other exercises. I got up to the following workout weights in pounds (these are not 1 rep max):
bench press: 155
overhead press: 100
Certainly nothing very impressive, but considering where I started, the gains were pretty good in the amount of time I did them.
I now officially think that the SS notion that you only need to lift heavy weight is BS after the P90X "chest and back" workout kicked my butt yesterday. I may have gained strength on SS, but I have precious little stamina, and I'm glad that I've switched over to P90X, at least for the moment. I can also say, feeling my abs and side muscles below my rib cage (OK ... I've never taken an anatomy class) today that squats and deadlifts are not the be all end all ab exercise that SS devotees claim. Sure, they do make your core strong from a stability standpoint when you are lifting a heavy weight, but that doesn't necessarily translate into other uses of your core muscles. Otherwise, I wouldn't be sore today.
I made it through the workout, but it was a struggle, and I even did knee pushups for everything except standard pushups. I also took full advantage of the gravitron at the gym for assisted pullups. I don't think that continued progress with SS would have made much difference in my P90X workout. The fact is, a workout like P90X demands different things of your body than a pure strength training routine like SS. SS has its role to play, but it is limited and should be put into perspective. You'll never have all around fitness by only lifting heavy weights. Anyway, that's my rant for the day.