Chucks Primal Adventure
This is going to be a sparse journal. I would like to post progress reports on intervals of about 15 days or so. Any sooner and there is so much noise in the measures as to confuse. Secondly, I need a place to record progress should my computer die! Windoze does that!
The following entry is clipped from a mail note I sent a friend this morning and it contains all the elements of me going primal on June 19th until today, my 16th day on the program. My alarming Doc's visit was June 22nd and just served to reinforce my willingness to continue.
The oblique reference to low cost health care in the following paragraphs is a reference to Medicare and the fact I just went on it. It is non existent for all intents and purposes and so any choice to avoid intersections with the health care community can only be viewed as cost savings. Doctors are not accepting new patients with Medicare Insurance. Hence my alarm with my BP and other markers for an early death!
Here tis, enjoy:
Today is my 16th day on my quest for cheap health care. By that I infer I am losing weight and exercising to avoid disease and infirmity. My initial readings at the Doctors office on the 22nd of June 2010 were:
Weight 264 lbs
Waist girth 50....all markers for atherosclerosis and an early death.
My new "normal" regimen is low carbs and generally a diet of protein, fats and less than 150 grams of carbohydrates per day. This from fruits and vegetables mostly. Absolutely no salt save that from food.
Additionally I am walking .8 miles each morning and I am being anal about all of this. Yesterday it was raining and I felt cheated until I could get my walk in.
No grains, sugars or legumes/tubers or the like.
Today's readings were:
Weight 253 lbs
Heart Rate 83
I don't know my girth but it is certainly smaller. My flab quotient is certainly smaller!
I keep wanting to move the sticks and extend my walking distance but have refrained from that. As long as I can feel a soreness or tension in my back muscles from holding myself erect while walking I wont push it. After my back becomes accustomed to erect walking again I will move the sticks out to perhaps 2 miles a morning. That should have a decided effect on fitness levels and help adjust my resting heart rate lower. I would like to get it to 70 or lower.
With my BP measures I am resting for 30 minutes following each morning walk and then taking the readings . I take three readings and use the middle reading for my spreadsheet. This morning's reading quoted above is my middle reading.
The wonderful thing about this change is that I am not hungry at all. I have very few cravings (once I wanted salt on something and one day I lusted after a piece of toast and jam but I refrained each time). Energy levels are constant all day long and walking is a breeze save the back muscle issue I have mentioned.
I will of course, take stock after 30 days and re evaluate any changes I need to make. 20 years ago I went running every day and weekly accumulated about 30 miles/week over the course of perhaps 1.5 years. During that time I dropped to about 193 or so and could manage no further weight loss. Then I suffered a stress fracture so I stopped. The rest is history. During my running I did not change my diet. That is key here. I would like to get to 160 or so and be fit enough to walk many miles. I cant say if I will make it but I will try as hard as I can.
Cyndi(wife) is participating along with me. She is not walking but she is supportive of the eating plan. I took her BP the other day and I asked her if she was alive! BP: 106/65///sheesh!
We are learning to poach salmon and steel head once per week-something we never did in the past. Im taking some supplements like omega 3, vitamin c etc.So far so good.
And that's it. So far so good. I am encouraged by all of this. Today is 4th of July and we are having lots of BBQ brisket with fresh fruit and eggs. I hope everyone enjoys the holiday. Best, Chas
Last edited by chasbuddy; 07-04-2010 at 07:35 AM.
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