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    DeadLiftDan's Journal on food, fatherhood & picking stuff up

    A forever addiction to carbs and sugar ended for me in April of 2012. It had taken its toll. 330 pounds on a 5'10" frame, huge energy swings, constant guilt about my food choices and the very real prospect of not being the type of dad I wanted to be to my three young boys (4 yr old twins & a 2 yr old).

    I have lost hundreds of pounds over the course of my life through force of will and exercise. But it always came back when the cravings for processed carbs and sugars pushed me back into a less vigilant eating routine. Having a measured amount of bread, pasta, or fries just left me hungry for more. Lots more.

    Over the last few years I have been a very avid powerlifter. If I was always going to be heavy, I reasoned, I might be able to change the composition of my physique by getting much stronger. But because I used lifting big as an excuse to eat big, the composition of my body didn't change that much. Plus, all the body fat I had been carrying around created challenges for me in the weight room (i.e. proper squat depth, racking a power clean).

    In March of 2012 we took the boys for a very modest hike at a state park. I had been away from the gym for a few weeks and felt miserable. I knew that I would soon be unable to keep up with my kids in an outdoor setting. It was the wakeup call I needed to start dieting again and being more vigilant about getting to the gym.

    At first my diet was just what it had always been. Cutting out the junk (soda, candy) and getting into the gym several days a week to lift and do cardio. I even hit Subway for lunch -- hey it worked for Jarrod --, consumed meal replacement shakes and used a phone-based calorie counter.

    I enjoyed some modest success when, seeking some inspiration, I came across Mark's Daily Apple on the web. I devoured the content like a super-sized order of french fries and it clicked for me. Over the next week or so, I transitioned into Paleo eating, using my calorie counter to track my micro nutrients and get myself under 100 grams of carbs everyday.

    It took some real refinement. The 'healthy' tropical fruit Visalus breakfast shakes and the FootLong, low fat Subway Club had to go. Two bananas a day gave way to just a couple per week before a workout. I turned to jerky and pumpkin seeds as my on-the-go snacks rather than chips and candy.

    Within a couple weeks I made a successful transition and found myself free of carb cravings for the first time in my life. I could order a salad off the menu without feeling deprived and pass on the free rolls and french fries.

    I knew I made it when, a couple of months into my journey, I was at a McDonald's with my boys -- it is a rare visit that includes white milk, apple slices and plenty of time in the play land -- and ordered myself a salad.

    Four months later, I am down 40 pounds. And while I have not tested my body fat, I know I am losing the right kind of weight while maintaining and maybe even adding to my lean muscle mass -- my squat has climbed over 100 pounds and my deadlift has improved as the numbers on the scale have gone down.

    My clothes are the best indicator of progress. Shirts and pants from the back of the closet or basement that were too small fit comfortably or even loosely today. I was "swimming" in my old wardrobe and moved what used to be my everyday apparel into storage in the basement. Soon, I'll give the stuff away.

    Gaining the understanding that my genetics / metabolism are not carb-adapted has provided me with remarkable clarity in terms of my food choices and lifestyle. I now know that a 300 pound (or more) body weight and all that goes with it is the only possible outcome when carbohydrates are my primary fuel source.

    I have conditioned my body to once again utilize fat as its primary fuel source. I can skip a meal before a workout, manage a 24-hour fast, and sit at a table without devouring the basket of bread within my reach. I rarely count calories or worry about an occasional indulgence like a ice cream with my kids or popcorn at the movies.

    It is not a diet for me. It is an intuitive and informed lifestyle that I intend to stick with for my family and for me.
    April 2012, SW 330 / CW 266 / GW Able to do 10 pull ups
    Personal best lifts: Squat - 315, Deadlift - 435, Bench - 275, Press - 165 Strong enough? Not yet!

    Father of 3 young boys who has gone Paleo to kick a 40-year addiction to carbs. An aspiring powerlifter who wants to be the strongest (and now fittest) dad on the playground.

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    The Reach Shirt and the Scale

    I know I should avoid daily check-ins on the scale. Actual weight is, after all, just one very minor indication of the progress I am making in terms of my body composition and health. But seeing the numbers go down is such a rush that it is hard not hoping on the scale on an almost daily basis.

    And therein lies the frustration. I'm losing about 2 pounds a week on average and in the long run. But the actual change comes in fits and starts. I've gone a week without dropping a single pound. And I've gone through stretches where I've lost 4 pounds in 48 hours. By and large it seems to be two steps forward and one step back. Overtime that will get me where I'm going.

    Nevertheless, watching the scale for good news would be mind numbing if I did not use other indicators to track my progress.

    I keep a "reach" shirt in the front of my closet. It is too small for me but gets closer and closer to fitting on a steady basis -- I try it on about once per week. Once I am able to wear it, I'll get another goal shirt and start measuring my progress against that garment.
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    April 2012, SW 330 / CW 266 / GW Able to do 10 pull ups
    Personal best lifts: Squat - 315, Deadlift - 435, Bench - 275, Press - 165 Strong enough? Not yet!

    Father of 3 young boys who has gone Paleo to kick a 40-year addiction to carbs. An aspiring powerlifter who wants to be the strongest (and now fittest) dad on the playground.

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    Half a foot of denim

    Rainy, dreary Thursday in the Pine Tree State today (Maine for those not up on state mottos). Decided to wear jeans for the first time in a couple months. I'm usually in shorts on days when I don't have meetings and business casual wear when I have to meet with clients. Suits when meeting with perspective clients. Funny how that works.

    Back to the jeans. As I was leaving my nanny said the jeans looked really bad on me. Far too big to be flattering. They were staying up thanks to an aggressive tightening of the belt, but barely.

    So I stopped by JC Pennys after a breakfast of steak and eggs to shop for a smaller pair of jeans. I ended up buying a pair that was six inches smaller than what I wore out of the house. I took the tags off and wore them right out of the store.

    They were a little tight to be sure -- I figure I won't wear them much until the end of short season. But they fit all the same. Best of all, they weren't in the Big and Tall section of the store.

    I still have a long way to go, but the effortless progress continues.
    April 2012, SW 330 / CW 266 / GW Able to do 10 pull ups
    Personal best lifts: Squat - 315, Deadlift - 435, Bench - 275, Press - 165 Strong enough? Not yet!

    Father of 3 young boys who has gone Paleo to kick a 40-year addiction to carbs. An aspiring powerlifter who wants to be the strongest (and now fittest) dad on the playground.

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    Interesting read, I will try to follow you... Feel like I'm in a relatively similar boat. I like the idea of the reach shirt... I will be stealing that idea. All the best!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadliftdan View Post
    I keep a "reach" shirt in the front of my closet. It is too small for me but gets closer and closer to fitting on a steady basis -- I try it on about once per week. Once I am able to wear it, I'll get another goal shirt and start measuring my progress against that garment.
    Clothes don't lie. I have the skinny trews and the very skinny trews...sounds like you're doing really well.
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    Basketball and a Barrier

    Weighed in the 270s this morning for the first time in more than 10 years. Even though I do not let myself get overly fixated on the numbers on the scale, it is nice breaking through a barrier to achieve a new weight loss milestone.

    Other bigs happenings this week included my first game of full court basketball in at least a decade. My shot was rusty but I didn't have any trouble running the floor or staying with my man. I'm much stronger than I was when I last played in my 20s so I was particularly good at fighting through picks and clearing lots of space under the boards for rebounds.

    I also wore my "reach shirt" out of the house. For a couple of months i have been measuring my progress in terms of body composition with this shirt. It has gone from being too small to button fully to too tight to wear to comfortable over the last 8 weeks or so. A far better measure of my actual progress I think.

    Now I'll have to get another reach shirt. . .
    April 2012, SW 330 / CW 266 / GW Able to do 10 pull ups
    Personal best lifts: Squat - 315, Deadlift - 435, Bench - 275, Press - 165 Strong enough? Not yet!

    Father of 3 young boys who has gone Paleo to kick a 40-year addiction to carbs. An aspiring powerlifter who wants to be the strongest (and now fittest) dad on the playground.

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    Punching Bag Rehab. . .

    Throughout my primal journal I have been struggling with a shoulder injury. As I was transitioning to primal I dug too deep on a bench press set and felt something let go in my shoulder -- thank god for a spotter or a sore shoulder would have been the least of my problems.

    I laid off the shoulder and pressing exercises for a couple weeks, then saw a sports therapist for a deep tissue massage. Ouch but helped lossen thing up. Then a referral to an OA and a diagnosis of a muscle imbalance. 6 weeks of meek therapy didn't produce much but I switched up therapists and I'm doing much better.

    I'm pain free in all everyday activities and mostly pain free when I bench or press -- I am taking it easy.

    One of the suggestions that I really liked from my new physical therapist was to work with a heavy punching bag as a way to strengthen the stabilizing muscles in the upper back and shoulders. So off to Dick's Sporting goods I went for a new EverLast 70 lb bag.

    I've enjoyed the workouts -- I have had three sessions so far in my garage at home. But my hands have been bothering me -- bloody and bruised knuckles. I picked up some MMA sparring gloves and some wraps. I suspect between the equipment and the bodies general ability to adapt, I should be pounding away on the bag without any ill effects before long.
    April 2012, SW 330 / CW 266 / GW Able to do 10 pull ups
    Personal best lifts: Squat - 315, Deadlift - 435, Bench - 275, Press - 165 Strong enough? Not yet!

    Father of 3 young boys who has gone Paleo to kick a 40-year addiction to carbs. An aspiring powerlifter who wants to be the strongest (and now fittest) dad on the playground.

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    More Primal Progress

    When I tell people about the primal lifestyle I get some looks of disbelief. People seem to think it is like living an episode of Survivor without the tribal council. And the idea of living without bread seems to really shock people. But when I explain that I essentially live my life on the outside walls of the grocery store, it seems easier for people to understand. Lots of veggies, some fruit and plenty of protein.

    One thing that's really been working for me is the big lunch-time meal. I've been going to Ruby Tuesdays, loading up on a giant salad and then a primal entree. Salmon Florentine with a veggie has been my choice the last three visits. It has a creamy spinach sauce that may not be primal, but I get filled up and get lots of nutrition. And the rest of the day I just graze primally. Little cottage cheese, small piece of steak, some nuts, jerky and berries when (or if) I am hungry for something.

    And I'm down a few more pounds since my last post. 54 pounds all together since the end of April.

    As a lifter, I have thick shoulders, chest and back. But at over 300 pounds, my waist was always bigger around than my chest / back. Now the circumference of my waist is less than my chest / back and it makes for a much more impressive physique I think.

    Still not ready to surf shirtless with Mark in Malibu, but starting to look thick and powerful in a t-shirt.
    April 2012, SW 330 / CW 266 / GW Able to do 10 pull ups
    Personal best lifts: Squat - 315, Deadlift - 435, Bench - 275, Press - 165 Strong enough? Not yet!

    Father of 3 young boys who has gone Paleo to kick a 40-year addiction to carbs. An aspiring powerlifter who wants to be the strongest (and now fittest) dad on the playground.

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    XXXL to XL -- a transition in photos

    When I started my Primal Journey I wore triple-x clothing. Over the last few weeks, I have been able to purchase and wear XL shirts for the first time in more than a decade. Getting to the point where my chest and shoulders are more prominent than my gut made a huge difference in my physique -- I am starting to develop that thick and strong look of the powerlifter I am training to be.

    I don't feel like I am racing for a finish line. Just taking the journey as it comes and enjoying the progress along the way. The top photo was taken last week at about 270 pounds. The bottom photo was taken in May at close to 330.
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    April 2012, SW 330 / CW 266 / GW Able to do 10 pull ups
    Personal best lifts: Squat - 315, Deadlift - 435, Bench - 275, Press - 165 Strong enough? Not yet!

    Father of 3 young boys who has gone Paleo to kick a 40-year addiction to carbs. An aspiring powerlifter who wants to be the strongest (and now fittest) dad on the playground.

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    WOW, great progress, Dan! You look like a completely different person!

    I've been following your journal for two reasons... I also like to deadlift, and my (wonderful) brother is also a Dan.

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