Quick Update

I’ll post a full one tomorrow, but just wanted to provide a quick update.

You can see that I’ve added a MyFitnessPal widget on the right hand side of the page. This will keep a running tally of my weight loss based on what I’m entering daily. It’s a great app for tracking calorie intake for iOS and Android. Almost everything is in there and it does a great job of tracking more than just calories.

Six pounds down at the moment, but that fluctuates daily. I generally only count the one weigh-in on Monday morning. Tends to be a more accurate look at my weight loss. Not a bad start, but I honestly thought it would go a little faster based on how restrictive I was being.

Maybe I’m not restricting my intake enough or maybe it’s the topic of my next post… cheating!

An entire post about Brussels Sprouts

They're good. Honest.

Brussels. With an “s” at the end.

While I haven’t quite worked my way into Phase 2 yet (eating healthier), I’m still trying to eat things that aren’t completely horrible for me. Some days I succeed, other days I fail miserably (it’s hot out and ice cream sandwiches are the best). I’m limited to roughly 600 calories on my fast days, and UNLIMITED (exaggeration) calories on my feed days, but I still want to balance what I eat on both days and make sure it’s something good for me, not just calories.I mentioned to the wife that I wanted to have some brussels sprouts again, so she picked some up for dinner this week! Today is brussels sprouts day.

Brussels sprouts is one of those foods that has some weird stigma attached to it. For some reason most kids are raised to hate brussel sprouts and I’m not sure why. When I was a child if you had suggested eating them I would have given you a weird look, laughed, then walked away. I was kind of a jerk. I’m not sure, but I think this problem is created through parents that have no idea what to do with brussels sprouts (ummm… steam them?) and the media that needs to depict some food to give the dog under a table during episodes of  Step by Step (did they even have a dog?). As a parent now, I think it’s important to introduce these good foods as early as you can and not treat them differently than the other foods you eat. The key, of course, is making them taste good, but we’ll get to that later. [Read more...]

Week 1: Good news, bad news

This tree tastes AMAZING.

The first week of the Alternate Day Fasting has come to a close. I’m proud to say that I made it….. six days before screwing up. Why? Holidays, birthdays, zoo days! None of that shit is accounted for, nor is there a built in way to adjust based on events that may fall on your fast day (but I’m working on that). One of those days was Sunday.

The first slip up came courtesy of The Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. It didn’t actually happen at the zoo, so I suppose it really wasn’t the zoo’s fault, but I need someone to blame (Oh, myself? Who asked you?). Let’s blame the stupid hot weather. [Read more...]

No one ever tells you to EAT responsibly on holidays!

Try not to eat all of it...

Try not to eat all of it…

Happy 4th of July! This is just your friendly reminder that you don’t need to eat EVERYTHING you see today! By the time your realize you’re full, it’s too late!

Just stick to one of everything instead of the usual two.

Eat and drink responsibly, then blow some stuff up.

Fasting and Furious

2 Fast 2 Furious

Greatest sequel title ever?

Well that went better than expected.

After my initial bout of FEED ME, I calmed down, ate a few puffs, chewed a piece of gum and was fine. I sit here at 10:35pm feeling pretty normal. I do have a slight headache, which I expected, but the rest of me feels fine. Energy levels aren’t out of whack and I have no grand desire to kill and eat anything. Mostly I’m thinking about The Rock and Vin Diesel. Which isn’t as unusual as you would think…

I did want to share a link before I head off to dream of hotdogs and hamburgers (tomorrow is the 4th of July after all). It’s on the Alternate Day Fasting page in the menu bar, but I wanted to link to the full study that came out of UIC. I don’t want anyone thinking that I went into this blindly without doing some research! This was the big impetus to go for it. [Read more...]

Day 3: SO HUNGRY

That'll do, pig. That'll do.

That’ll do, pig. That’ll do.

Must… maintain… dignity.

Did you know that McDonald’s Grilled Sweet Chili Chicken Premium McWrap (that’s a lot of name) is only 360 calories? Pretty filling… for a bit… then four o’clock comes and everything is telling you to EAT SOMETHING.

So to distract myself I’m writing this! And I ate a Coke Zero… drank. I drank. I wish I could have eaten it.

I have about 50 calories left to spare for the day. I’m going to eat some of my daughter’s organic puff snack things because I can.

The How, Part 1: Alternate Day Fasting

NEW DIET!Alternate Day Fasting is a type of intermittent fasting. It’s fairly simple to describe: One day you eat like you normally would, the next you limit your calorie intake. Problem solved, goodnight!

Okay, there’s more. The specific program I’m working on is one popularized by a BBC program on Intermittent Fasting and Krista Varaday, assistant professor of kinesiology and nutrition (it’s a thing) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). If I can find a link for the BBC doc, I’ll share, but I recommend you read this interview with Krista. Here are some highlights that sum up the program:

“You reduce calories by about 25 percent. That works for a little while,” she said. “The problem is that you probably can’t stick to it more than two months. You’re hungry and uncomfortable throughout the day.”

Fasting every other day works better, she said. “You have a day in between where you can feel totally normal again,” Varady said.

With alternate-day fasting, dieters have a fast day followed by a feed day. They consume a good-sized lunch — 400 to 500 calories for women and 500 to 600 calories for men — between noon and 2 p.m. on the fast day.

Pretty simple, right? Eat what I want one day, keep it to 500-600 calories the next! But what’s keeping you from going crazy and binging on the non-fast days? [Read more...]

What it’s all about: The Why.

exercise-motivation-requiredEveryone wants to lose weight! Skinny people, fat people, small people, tall people, all people, mall people, Saul Peoples (my barber), but let’s not get all Seuss about it. This is really about me, not everyone else. But it’s also about you, soooo that might kind of negate that…

The thing of it is I’ve been trying for a long time. The only time where I consistently lost weight was when I wasn’t trying. I was a merchandiser (the guy who builds those big displays) for Coke and it kept me on my feet for 10 hours a day lifting and moving and sweating. As far as exercise routines go, it was great and I got paid to do it. It was so great that I got promoted into the sales team and… did you know that restaurants like to give you free things when you’re their sales person? By things I mean food. Free food. 5 days a week! And I lived by some of these places, so, on occasion, 7 days a week I ate breakfast or lunch or dinner for free. Goodbye weight loss, hello delicious Sabatino’s pizza and gnocchi (though not together, but now that I think about it…).

That broke me. Not just figuratively or spiritually, but physically. [Read more...]