One Month Progress Report – And a Pitbull Sighting!

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So one month in and I am starting to actually FEEL some differences.  Obviously I could see the scale and tape and know there was very good process.  But one of the main reasons I wanted a lifestyle change (choosing not to use the word diet) was to feel better.  Mainly, I was very tired during the day and I have some back pain I am attributing to sciatica and have heard that the low carb approach helps with inflammation.

While the first few weeks I did not notice that instant burst of energy all day long or back pain vanishing, I definitely am now noticing I am not as tired during the day as well as (and I wasn’t expecting this) my appetite has gone way done.  I realized there were times I was eating just because I wanted to or out of habit and not because I was hungry.  So I decided to skip a couple meals to test myself and was actually pretty surprised how easy it was.  One morning I skipped my early breakfast, went to the gym with my wife and ended up having my first meal at 11 AM (scrambled eggs and chicken sausage) and not having another meal until dinner (Taco stuffed sweet potato). I did have some fruit in between but there was ZERO craving. I am beginning to understand that sometimes I eat becasue I like the taste and pleasure of the food and not for fuel.  Liking this! read more

Can I Really Fly a 747?

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One thing I read a hear a lot is that losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise.  And while that makes perfect sense, I still feel like I am losing the game if I am missing a workout or not burning enough calories.  In other words, in my mind, it’s the workouts that will get me results.  And the more I eat just means I work out a little harder or run a little further. But why do I believe that?  Why am I, and many others I see, so focused on getting to the gym or taking that run, instead of putting more effort into our eating habits.  If I can get a good, one hour workout in anytime, why is it so hard to stay away from that ice cream!  But the 80/20 rule is absolutely correct.  How do I know that?  Is it because I did it and I am living proof?  No.  It’s because I have read it and heard it from just about every expert in the field and from people who have done it. So I asked myself, if that’s the case, what percent of eating correctly is mental and what percent is just doing it.  Is it that easy?  Can we really just change what we eat and do a little exercise and look better?  Than why aren’t we?  Because it friggin’ hard! read more

Cuban Picadillo – Oh My!

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How have I never heard of Picadillo or tried it?  I came across this Monday and decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did!  The only thing I could not find was alcaparrado olives so I used green olives stuffed with pimiento and it was fine.

For dinner, I served in lettuce wraps and with the leftovers, I mixed them with eggs the next morning.  This is one of my favorites and SO easy to make.  Definitely will be making again very soon.

You can get the recipe here!

7 Easy Tips for Drinking Alcohol without Ruining Your Paleo Diet or Getting a Hangover

Good info, although not sure about the red wine analysis.  I had always heard it was OK.  One of the things I have to admit I have not given up (and currently don’t intend to) is drinking alcohol. Not that I’m an alcoholic, but I love my vodka, whiskey or tequila after a long day of work!  I stay away from mixers, as suggested, and try not to have a drink too close to bed time (although that sometimes changes on the weekend!).

Post Workout Frozen Bananas

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I have found these to be fantastic pre or post workout snacks.  They are simple to make and great for a quick snack. Here is the recipe I used to make these:

INGREDIENTS

    • 2 ripe but firm bananas
    • 6 ounces dark chocolate, chopped, or semisweet chocolate chips
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

PREPARATION

    1.  Line a baking sheet with nonstick foil or parchment paper.
    2.  Cut the bananas in half and insert a Popsicle stick into each half, as shown. Place them on the baking sheet and freeze for 15 minutes.
    3.  Meanwhile, melt the chocolate with the oil in a Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave (check it every 30 seconds) or in a half-full pan of simmering water (about 2 minutes). Stir until smooth.
    4.  Roll each banana half in the chocolate.
    5. Freeze until the chocolate sets, 30 minutes. Serve or freeze in an airtight container for up to a week.
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  • Two Weeks In!

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    So here we are!  I decided to wait two weeks to check my results for a couple reasons.  Mainly, I know after one week you can sometimes see very limited results and get discouraged.  Also, I wanted to learn a little more about what I should be doing and eating and adjust accordingly.  So here’s what happened!

    Measurement – First thing I did when I woke up was to measure my belly.  This was the same time of day I initially measured so I figured there would be no factors to take in such as breakfast or a workout.  I could tell my pants did feel somewhat looser but I was surprised to see I had lost an inch and a quarter!  I measured twice, just to be sure, and my first measurement was confirmed. read more

    Why Tan Pants Diaries?

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    I started this blog to track my progress while starting the Paleo lifestyle.  Throughout my 54 years, I have always been involved in sports.  I grew up playing football and baseball and most of my free time growing up involved many other pick up games.  Today, I still visit the gym at least three times a week, spent a year doing an outdoor boot camp, play slow pitch softball and mountain bike occasionally.  I have also tried various eating programs such as Body For Life and did have some success.  But nothing really stuck.  I would be back to my old ways soon after losing a decent amount of weight. read more