Progress Report on My Resolution

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For those of you wondering what I mean, it’s this resolution, begun later than intended. Tomorrow is the six–week marker, so I indulged my curiosity this morning and checked some stats.

So far, I have lost seven pounds, which puts me right on target for my goal (assuming the weight goal remains a wise one—more on that in a bit). What has become more important to me is the distribution and quality of the weight I carry: I want to lose fat around my midsection and gain useful muscle mass. I think I’m accomplishing the latter, but have no objective way to assess that; regarding the former, I have shed (snakes are good at that activity) 2.5 inches so far around my waist, and about 0.5 inches from my hips. I think (and hope) I’ve gained some muscle mass in the latter area; we’ve been doing a lot of work on kicks in the dojo lately, and they require a good deal of hip strength. My form has improved, and the kicks aren’t as painful and exhausting as they used to be, so I do think there’s some added muscle mass there.

I’m quite pleased with my progress, but even more pleased that it’s been relatively easy to accomplish. I don’t feel deprived of any foods that I like, and I certainly don’t spend much of the day hungry and grouchy. It has taken some adjustment to get to this point, though; it’s difficult to go from essentially mindless eating to mindful eating—not only of what, but how much and why. That last is particularly important for me, as I have been an emotional eater for some time; and I recently realized I have a tendency to overeat on training days (out of fear of passing out in the dojo due to not eating enough). Things seem to be coming together pretty nicely in all areas, at least for now.

I’d set out on this course with a specific weight goal and timeline in mind; but fairly soon in, I recognized that it would be much healthier for me to focus on a healthy form than one that weighs a certain amount. As I continue this slo–mo shed, I intend to re-evaluate my goal weight. If it turns out that I am nicely fit well before reaching it, then I’ll stop and try to maintain my weight there. It does appear that I’ve gained some muscle mass, mostly in my upper arms and throughout my legs. This is encouraging, especially since I’m trying to increase my upper body strength.

All in all, I’m quite happy about these changes, and highly motivated to continue them. I’ve noticed an improvement in my endurance at karate of late, and am sure that is mostly due to the pounds that have been burned off.

So Awesome

I'm ecstatic for you! When I come over here, I don't usually comment (because you're usually writing about stuff I couldn't possibly hope to participate in discussion over without tripping on my tongue about 30 times per sentence). This, though... This, I can comment on.

I'm about 5'7", and am built athletically (not the typical Barbie build... I couldn't get that waist if I were totally anorexic). My IDEAL weight, without adding muscle toning on top of it, is about 130 lbs. I look AWESOME at 135-140 if I'm training.

So when I stepped on the scale last March and weighed in at 170 lbs, I nearly choked. I had NO IDEA I'd gained that much weight. I'd stopped running, stopped exercising at all, stopped caring really. I don't even know what it was that started me down that path. Idleness maybe? Depression over school? I don't know.

Obviously, though, it had to stop. I quit with the white flour in particular, and that REALLY balanced things out. I'm down to 139 today. I'm not where I want to be muscle-wise, so I still really have about 10 lbs of *fat* to lose, and a couple of pounds of muscle to gain. I'm not interested in "looking hot" to anybody in particular (although, I'd find it tolerable if Iorek tried to rip my clothes off every time he saw me). It's more to feel like I look the way I WANT to look. Or that I am capable of doing things that I feel like I ought to be able to do (pull a 50 lb bow string and hold it, for example).

So the moral to my comment is that I am over here cheering you on. Your progress is awesome, to say the least. I'm very proud of you!!

Thank you!; and funny that you mention it ...

I quit with the white flour in particular ...

I’ve done that too—all grains are out for me now, actually, and so is white sugar. Can you believe that? The Caramel Snake is no more! (The only regular exception is chocolate, at 70% or higher cocoa content.) But it’s made an enormous difference to how I feel, as well as how easily the weight is burning off. Your story sounds so similar to mine, it’s almost scary, by the way. And congratulations to you on your weight loss accomplishment, too—I thought you looked thinner in the recent pictures you posted than the previous shots.

It's more to feel like I look the way I WANT to look. Or that I am capable of doing things that I feel like I ought to be able to do (pull a 50 lb bow string and hold it, for example).

I hear you. To that end, I’ve started doing some work at home, in addition to thrice a week training at the dojo, in order to build my endurance and muscles. As long as my lungs are working, I do have more endurance in the dojo. And I’m getting lats and biceps! :-D Given your build, I bet you can get some muscles built up in no time.

When I come over here, I don't usually comment (because you're usually writing about stuff I couldn't possibly hope to participate in discussion over without tripping on my tongue about 30 times per sentence).

You may feel that way, Sister Wolf, but I doubt it would truly turn out like that. It’s grand having you here.

Well.. Hmm..

You may feel that way, Sister Wolf, but I doubt it would truly turn out like that. It’s grand having you here.



Well... Maybe I'll try then. I'm not as well read as you and your conspirators, but it wouldn't hurt me to learn a thing or two.


PS - are you aware that it won't allow me (and maybe others) to post using "full html" anymore? If I don't click the "filtered html" (which doesn't allow blockquote usage), it just reverts to "preview comment" when I click "post comment".


Never mind. It was a snafu with a piece of software I use. I shut the software down and it worked perfeclty. Duh.

Graiiinnss, Graaaiiinnnss

=) That's the punchline of my favorite joke: What do vegetarian zombies eat?

So, no steel cut oats, no barley, no quinoa (although technically a seed), no brown rice? How is that going? How is it making you feel? I'm super curious. I don't eat a ton of grains, but sure do enjoy them.

Going fairly well

Haha, lewlew—I like your joke.

So, no steel cut oats, no barley, no quinoa (although technically a seed), no brown rice? How is that going? How is it making you feel?

No corn, either, as it is a seed also. And that’s the most challenging for me, as I adore tortillas and tostadas and popcorn. Giving up oatmeal for breakfast was easier than I expected. I am not inflexibly rigid on this—we went to a Thai restaurant the other evening and I had a small amount of white rice—with the exception of wheat. Given that, I’d say it’s going pretty well; I don’t have a lot of cravings, and certainly don’t feel deprived. I feel pretty good, too. That definitely helps my motivation to continue eating in a way that’s more healthful for me.

Oh man, didn't think about corn

That would be a tough one for me, too. My sweet indulgence: home made chicken nachos with guacamole.

Do you sub in bean flours to do any baking, or are you askewing, for the most part, all baked goods?

Blech.

When I was new to GF baking, I tried subbing in bean flours and assorted thickeners, but rarely obtained an edible result. I then focused on rice flour as a substitute, as well as naturally GF items. That worked fairly well. Nowadays, I’m mostly not baking, with few exceptions. Coconut flour meets my criteria, so I’ve done a bit of experimenting with it, as you know—but not nearly enough to consider myself good with it. It is an extremely dry flour ... but also very nutritious.

The trick with bean flours is to not use them exclusively...

...I've found. Otherwise the bean flavor and glueyiness overtakes the baking experience. I wonder how a mixture which includes bean and coconut flour would work?

I really like a little bread every now and again. I've found a flat bread recipe I really like, that's quick and nutritious. AND it tastes good! But it does use grain flours in it.

Have you gone...(gulp)...Paleo?

First thing I thought, when I saw this post. Seems all the cool libertarians are doing some variation of it these days. :-) Including yours truly. I do allow myself a cheat day every week, but even then I don't do sugar.

This was my first thought

But would paleo include coconut?

Oh yes!

Coconut is the holy grail to some paleos! The medium-chain fatty acids are very good for us (if one isn’t sensitive to coconut, that is), and coconut has antibacterial properties as well. Coconut oil has been my sole moisturizer for years now.

Yes (I guess).

I didn’t realize I was part of a trend. I just got tired of being flabby on top of the muscles I’m developing at the dojo, and started researching healthier ways of eating. In doing some research, a paleo approach seemed both logical and likely to produce results.

I am not strictly following any specific diet, to the best of my knowledge; I consume dairy, sometimes consume nuts, and eat corn on occasion and rice even more rarely. I have chocolate regularly—most days it’s 85% cocoa, but sometimes I’ll get something a little sweeter (50% cocoa is my limit). So far I feel pretty good. Best of all, though, is the fat melting away.

What’s your cheat, H.C.?

My cheat

My cheat is wheat beer. Specifically, an Aventinus. When I was younger, I used to get kidney stones. After an operation to remove a particularly large one (between 1/2 and 3/5 inches in diameter), my doctor in Germany told me that I should drink a wheat beer per day and that I wouldn't get any more stones. Of course, drinking one a day is a recipe for weight gain, so I've cut back to one/week and upped my water consumption.

Other weekly cheats? Either risotto, pasta, or spätzle.

Yummy cheats!

And you have a medical reason for the beer—I’m almost envious!

I thought pasta would be hard to go without, but I honestly haven’t missed it one bit. When the snolfs make spaghetti sauce for dinner, I’ll either eat it plain, or sauté some finely sliced cabbage to substitute for the pasta. That works amazingly well.

Cauliflower as rice

Mark Sisson runs his cauliflower through a food processer to make cauliflower 'rice.' Example, here. I usually roast mine in florets until they are somewhat soft, then mash them and add parmesan and a little milk/cream/garlic. More yumminess.

A Hitchhiker on the Same Road

I'm a hitchhiker on the same road as you two. (Good job to both of you!) A typical pattern for me is to drop pounds and add fitness during the summer and add pounds and hibernate all winter. A year and a half ago when I trained a bit to run a 5K, my weight never dropped below 233; now, before the weather even breaks really, I'm hovering around 230 and dropping. The only activity I've engaged in recently, besides one hike, is pulling up my pants all the time.

My diet has changed a bit and slowly. First, I don't drink nearly as much since O__ was born. Mostly because we stay in more, but even at home I rarely have more than one beer or whisky, and then only one or two days a week. This may also change as I get outside to do lawn work and whatever else I can to get my hands dirty. I haven't cut out white flour, but I don't purchase bread anymore. Any bread I consume was made by my own hand, which has reduced the amount I eat as I don't always have time to make it. Mostly, I'd say portioning has been my biggest benefactor. I just don't eat as much or as often.

Anyway, last summer was an anomaly because the wife was preggers and we had ice cream around a lot, plus were limited in our outdoor activities by that adorable little belly. This year looks to go back to normal with an added incentive to live a healthier lifestyle. I want to be around to see the little guy grow up.

PoS

Murphy's Bye-Laws

Good luck with your journey

It’s a challenging road, but well worth it. I deeply appreciate being able to actually play with the snolfs and to help with heavy lifting around the house. Sounds like you just need some exercise now that you have your portions under control ... you could take Mr. O for a walk every day. All three of you would benefit from that.

Progress

Good work, O Snakey One! You're an inspiration to us all. :)

For myself, I've been working to cut out egg yolks and cream -- no more homemade ice cream for me! I haven't gone totally grain-free yet, though...

Why?

For myself, I've been working to cut out egg yolks and cream -- no more homemade ice cream for me!

Hey, Saint, good to hear from you, as always! Why are you eliminating egg yolks and cream from your diet? In my researches, both (within reasonable limits) are good for one.

Moderation

Well I went a little overboard with that ice cream maker I got last year. :)

Everything in moderation and all that...

Warning, Heinlein quote

“Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks.”

H.C. beat me to what I wanted to say

So I’ll observe that, rather than cut back on protein, ease up on the sugar. :-)

Honesty compels me to follow up

I fell off my preferred diet Friday. A last–minute invitation to visit a friend left me scrambling for a quick dinner; I opted for pizza for the snolfs and hoped to find something suitable for myself. I didn’t, and ate too much pizza ... and then had popcorn on Saturday. My face is now all puffy and I’m afraid to even think about stepping on the scale this Friday.

I’m trying hard not to be too tough on myself for this ... but that’s a challenge, too.