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All About the Reboot

Do any of you remember this show from the 90’s?

I loved this show as a kid, I now need to waste a day and rewatch this show.  The adventures inside of a computer as programs worked to mend and defend the city aka “mainframe”  from Megabyte and Hexadecimal, two viruses bent on infecting the world.

The concept of Reboot can become applicable to our own lives. The “mainframe” is our lives, we are Guardian Bob with an array of quirky sprites to assist us and we have viruses like Megabyte and Hexadecimal to thwart our desires and goals. That is the place I am at right now. It is time to reboot again, to start over on the journey to weight loss central.  To fend off the viruses of despair and lack of motivation, to change out my weapons to better combat my enemies.

Occasionally we all need to do a reboot of our lives, or even just certain areas of our lives. When we do though, the good news is that we get to keep all the EXP learned and just have to reapply our points as we start again on a different leg of the journey.  We retain all that we learned, what worked and what didn’t, and where we failed.  Then we can take all this information and use it to try again.

Equip Yourself

I know there are many times in RPGs that I will stop in a town or safe zone and assess my equipment.  I will take stock of what I have, equip better equipment or improve my current equipment before continuing the journey.  We can read dozens of success stories and become so inspired to go about things the way they did and then get even more discouraged when their success doesn’t translate to our success.

However, what they did may not exactly work for you or me.  We have to find the equipment, the regime, or appropriate lifestyle changes that will work for us individually.  Just like in an RPG party you can’t have all Warriors; you need the Mages, Healers, Ranged, and Tanks to create a balanced and effective party.  In the very same vein, the same strategy of weight loss, eating right etc isn’t going to work for every person.

We have to tailor the weight loss to each of us individually, find what you like to do physically and do that, and then when that is easy find ways to level it up to increase the difficulty.  Experiment with different lifestyle changes for food to find the one that works for you.

If you struggle with losing weight and you have tried different diets, then maybe a good option to try is a food allergy test. See maybe what foods are you eating that you are actually allergic to that are prohibiting you from losing weight.  I know for my own mother that is what really kicked her weight loss and health to a new gear when she found out what all she was actually allergic to and yet still consuming.  It is amazing how much better you feel as a whole when you are no longer putting things into your body that are essentially poison to you.

So today, decide if it is time to reboot, restart, or respawn your life or just a certain area of your life.  I know I have had several things happen that brought about this thought to reboot my life.  This post worked out great to begin a series of post next week.  I will talk about that more in next weeks post.

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You know Nothing, Jon Snow!

Ah Ygrette, sarcastic, sassy Wildling.  And she speaks what I am feeling right now.  When it comes to knowing how to lose weight and eat right there are innumerable resources at my fingertips and yet no matter how much I read, I have no idea where to start.  Lately when it comes to thinking about how to get back on track to losing weight, what workouts to do, and what lifestyle change to make, my brain turns to fog.  I have so much information that I have consumed, watched, read etc that it is an overwhelming mass of noise that I don’t even know how to sift through it all.

It has been almost a year since I have posted a blog, last fall I was extremely busy with flying out of Colorado every week as a private contractor.  Our meals during the events were catered and it was very difficult to eat right when you had no choice in what to eat; we were working 16 hour days and when meals hit, you ate whatever they served just to get energy and food back into your system.  It was hard to try and lose, or even maintain any weight loss during those 4 months of travel even though I was putting in 30K+ steps daily.

Now that I am going to post again, I need to get my life back on track.  There are certain things that are coming up within the next 6 months to a year and I need to get down to my goal weight.  I need to buckle down and focus on weight loss, eating right, and working out.  I know that a large portion of why I continue to fail is what I eat on a regular basis. Food is so yummy and I honestly do not watch what I eat.  Okay I do, I watch it go into my mouth and then regret my decision after my meal.

I think the first step I am going to take is to go gluten and dairy free, well at least as much as I possibly can.  My house is already gluten free since my mother has a gluten allergy, among other things as well.  Because I already have inherited her allergy to eggs, it is probably safe to say that I may inherit her allergy to gluten as well.  Although the chances are small, I shouldn’t take the risk.

And I know I need to make my meals for the week instead of eating out for lunch at work every day.  I think it will also help my financial matters as well instead of paying $10-15 every day for food by eating out.  Along with going Gluten and Dairy free this leads into going Paleo. I know I have stated in the past that I was going Paleo, or wanted to go Paleo; but I failed, over and over again.  However, that is okay and there is no time like the present to get on the right path and do what I said I was going to do.  It is going to take some planning and dedication to eliminate the necessary things from my diet and stop chasing my fork and make a permanent lifestyle change. And I need to remember to give myself grace and that it is all about Slow Slicing Success to achieve anything and nothing is efficiently accomplished in giant hacks. So here we go, starting again, again, again, and again.

Let me know how your lifestyle changes, weightloss, eating habits etc are going.  Would love to know what has or hasn’t worked for you all.

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Does this make me look fat?!

The “Big 8” and no I am not talking about basketball (although that is called the final 8, but you get my point). The 8 to which I am referring is the most common allergies. According to the Mayo clinic they are:

Milk
Eggs
Peanuts
Tree nuts aka: walnuts, almonds Etc
Fish
Shellfish
Soy
Wheat

Those may be the most common allergies, but while picking up some books on reserve from the Library I noticed something, the growing number of books dedicated to eating without dairy, gluten and peanuts. I had a revelation during this observation, I think our bodies are trying to tell us something in regards to what we should no longer be consuming .

Maybe I am reaching or stretching but you cannot deny the fact that more and more books, workouts, websites are discussing and suggesting eating Primal, Paleo or Caveman. Whatever the name it still reads the same, cutting out dairy, gluten and peanuts along with legumes.

Do a search for Paleo on Google and it returns 14.6 million search results.  The words Gluten Free garner 118 Million results.  I don’t think it is mere coincidence that our culture is becoming gluten and dairy intolerant.  We weren’t meant to consume milk past infancy.  Not to mention that we have injected our dairy and gluten products with so much crap that it practically has become addictive.  Trust me for the longest time I had about 6 gallons of milk myself a month and it hasn’t been until recently that I pretty much stopped drinking it altogether. There are so many hormones processed within the milk and the cows it comes from that I am surprised that more men haven’t started growing mammary glands (kidding, mostly).  Honestly, besides our genetics telling us we weren’t designed to process so much gluten and the fact we have played off the “health benefits” of carbs (bread, pasta etc) we have made our society increasingly gluten intolerant.

Another realization while reading The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain, I noticed that we promote certain diets that give a quick fix in weight loss, but not a long term maintaining weight loss.  The diets that the FDA or even our Government advertise are actually keeping people unhealthy thus continuing their reliance upon our Governmental Health care system.  It then gives people numerous drugs and pills with side effects that keeps the person in a continual cycle of health system dependence continuing to put money in the systems pockets and shortening our life spans and increasing our risk of heart disease, cancer and other illnesses.   Really for all the facts, pick up the aforementioned book, it really is full of interesting facts, studies and information that is easy to process and read.

The biggest thing I think needs to happen is going back to our roots, people are more aware of how unhealthy most of the food purchased at grocery stores really is for us and switching to free range chicken, grass-fed beef and pesticide free fruits and vegetables.  Yes the prices for such items is expensive currently, however the more people realize and desire to purchase the items the cheaper they will become.  Supply and Demand, the more the demand for organic, free range and grass fed will push the price to go lower.  It is just a matter of time and persistence before Paleo will grow beyond 14.6 million search results and stores will be promoting the Paleo Lifestyle and more restaurants will accommodate their menus to reflect this need and hunger (no pun intended…okay actually it was) for going back to the eating habits of our ancestors.

Go out and do your own research before taking my word, read what I am writing with a grain of salt (this should also be eliminated from your foods) and take a look at Paleo diet books, websites and come to the conclusion for yourself before taking the leap.

Go out and Feel the Burn today Nerds 🙂

Cameleon Circuit Recalibration

Here begins (again) my motivation to change my lifestyle, my physical image and ultimately my life and health.  Several weeks ago a friend posted a link from a website called Nerd Fitness, run and managed by a Nerd named Steve Kamb, about choosing your profession via RPG style (This is all posted on our healthy living group).

For those of you that don’t know me, I have been overweight obese most of my life.  It wasn’t until several years ago (2011 to be exact) that I hit 310 pounds and I had had enough.  I love food, I mean who doesn’t? Bacon, french fries, Chick-fil-a, sweet tea, cake, cookies, chips and salsa etc etc etc…I could name some of my favorites for days!  Then you look at yourself in the mirror everyday and you are so dissatisfied with what you see, you look at these celebrities and wish to look like them, then maybe you can get that girl you have had your eye on or finally Look Good Naked 😉 (#8 is what I am referencing).  You even see how fit some of your friends are and become jealous.  But here is the thing, you can look just like the celebrities, okay maybe you can’t actually look like Ryan Reynolds, or Gerard Butler (somebody give me a slice of their genes haha).  However you can pick yourself up off the couch and motivate yourself to workout and lose weight so you can have the type of physique that you always wish you had.

For reference this is what I look like as of today (5/27/2013):

overweightside overweightfront

 Currently 265 lbs, need to lose 80 lbs to reach goal weight of 175 lbs. Want a body fat percentage of 7-10%, which would get me to the image below…ish…

My Goal is to look like this:

Not to be Zac Efron but to build my body into a physique similar to his…hopefully.  But we shall see when I get down to my goal weight what my build and body will actually look like when I tone out!  Now since Thursday of last week I have been mostly sticking to the Paleo diet, about 80/20, my “cheat” day was Sunday because it was my cousins birthday and I just couldn’t pass up a sliver a cake (it was a sliver, I behaved), I could have passed up the cake but I didn’t want too!  I haven’t had any dressing on my salads and extremely minimized my carb and dairy intake to almost nothing.  I have noticed a difference in the way I feel without either and I will continue to make the most of not consuming them.  Dropping the amount I eat of carbs/dairy/legumes/gluten/sugar etc to only about 10% of the time and sticking mainly to meat/vegetables/fruit/nuts/seafood and healthy oils.

I worked out today after I arrived home from work, for the first time in over a month, and working out using my body weight is going to kill me.  However, it is going to be an excellent kind of killing (is there even such a thing?) and I look forward to digging out the toned man that has been buried under all this weight for 27 years.  Today, Wednesday and Friday are my bodyweight circuit days and then Tuesday and Thursday are my cardio days.  Wish me luck and I will see you all on the other side of a Healthy Lifestyle!

Go out and Feel the Burn today Nerds!

I appreciate all the work that Steve Kamb has put into NerdFitness and all credit for the articles i have linked goes to him.  I have read about 70 of the articles on that website…I love to read what can I say 🙂