Why Tan Pants Diaries?

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.

So why Paleo?  What makes me think this is no different than the others? Good questions and ones I have asked myself.  I have been a Facebook follower of Marks Daily Apple.  I guess seeing a sixty year old with the body of a thirty year old got me interested.  However, I never really looked into it too seriously.  I understood the basics, eat animals and plants, exercise, etc.  But I like my food, wasn’t THAT big and, as I mentioned, kept active.  But then I came across a testimonial that drew my interest.  It was on Marks page and was the story about a young man who was a triathlete and had been suffering from back and hip pain.  In recent months, I was experiencing those same pains as well and it was affecting my activity level.  I heard too much about surgery and the long term effects and that was not going to be an option.  Anyway, the young man discussed how this “diet” was very anti inflammatory and soon after “going primal”, his aches and pains were gone.

Now, obviously, I hear this all the time regarding certain diets and benefits.  But it made me look a little closer at Paleo and I liked what I read.  This didn’t seem like a diet, but rather a lifestyle I could adapt to.  I quickly ordered Marks Primal Blueprint book and could not put it down.  While I continue to revisit the book to better understand (he does get somewhat technical at times), I started applying the program June 26, 2016.

The reason I chose Tan Pants Diaries is all due to a pair of tan pants I own.  I love these pants.  I bought them a few years back from a well known men’s store here in Dallas, knowing they were a bit tight at the time.  But I knew I would lose the weight soon (he said with a bit of sarcasm).  It’s been four years and the pants are still tight.  I continue to wear them, allowing my belly and the front button to fight it out that day, feeling a sense of relief when I finally take them off.

So here I am.  I want those pants to fit.  I need those pants to fit.  And I need my body to feel better.  And so I continue my journey and invite you to follow along.  I will track my progress, share some recipes I found, share some fun ways to exercise and share my thoughts and struggles as we go.  I encourage your input and look forward to a final tan pants pic!


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