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Losing Rules.

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

When I got back from vacation on July 8th, I weighed myself and rung in at a hearty 270lbs.  I’m was out of shape, on high blood pressure medication, and generally had the energy and motivation of a sloth on Ambien.  Then a little voice in my head said it was time to change that.  I decided to take on the “keto” lifestyle and as a result, 1 month later I’m 250lbs.  I still have a ways to go but so far I’m thoroughly enjoying the results.

My energy levels are way up, my motivation to do… anything has drastically increased.  My blood pressure is stabilizing, my cholesterol is down, and the digestive issues that have plagued me my entire life are nearly a distant memory.  What is “keto?”  A very low carb, high fat and protein diet.  You cut carbs to the point your body is forced to burn stored fat as fuel.  That’s the TL;DR version.  I’m not entirely sure how far it is off of Atkins, but I know the last time I attempted any low-carb diet I went from 260lbs to 220lbs pretty damned quick.  It took me a good 6 years to get back up to my lounging weight.

Anyhow, cutting carbs hasn’t been a huge deal for me.  My sweet tooth is all but non-existent.  I don’t miss bread, pasta, even pizza (I’ll get to that later).  If I have breakfast, it’s usually bacon and eggs made in bacon grease.  Lunch?  Double bacon cheeseburger in a lettuce wrap.  Dinner?  Chicken, Pork, or Steak that I usually incorporate bacon into (especially the leaner pork/chicken in order to drive the saturated fat content up).  I don’t get hungry a lot – if I do, usually a handful of salted almonds does the trick.

Pizza?  I still have it but I make it myself.  Either the Fathead variety (crust composed of almond flour and cheese) – or my preference the Chicken Crust variety.  A crust entirely made of shredded chicken with garlic, basil, oregano, parmesan, and an egg.  Top it with cheese and bacon – it’s heavenly and supremely satisfying (and very low carb).  If I do get a craving for something sweet, I’ve gotten into making these little chocolate cheesecake bites with bakers chocolate, cream cheese, and erythritol sweetener… again very low carb, but completely satisfying.

So right now I’m basically a month and a week in, down 20lbs, and if my current weight loss rate continues I’ll be at or below 200lbs by Christmas while eating things I already enjoyed all the while cutting the crap that kept me fluffy.  I’m gonna miss my gut…not. 🙂

How I lose weight, in 2 easy steps…without exercise…or sacrifice.

Friday, August 2nd, 2013
  1. Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day.
  2. When you are hungry, drink.  If the hunger persists, eat something.

The last time I did this, I dropped from 260lbs to 220lbs over the course of a few months.  In the time since I stopped drinking as much water, my weight rose back to the 240lb area and I’ve been there for quite some time.  There are several other things you can do to accomplish weight loss, but the two basic things I do when starting out is simply drink more and as a result of drinking more – I eat less.

There’s actually science to back this up – your liver isn’t just there to keep you from being perpetually drunk, it actually does an amazing job at breaking down excess body fat.  The problem is that most people simply don’t drink enough, or they drink too much of the wrong things.  Avoid excess sugar and more importantly excess SODIUM.  You don’t want to hold on to water, you want that stuff getting in and out on a regular schedule so your body can do what it does best and flush itself of all the crap that’s keeping you fat.  Sure coffee might taste better sweet, but try it without for a few days and it’ll be rare that you go back.  Soft drinks like soda?  Go ahead, just don’t drink 64 ounces of soda per day and complain that you’re gaining weight.  That stuff, whether its regular or diet, has an obscene amount of sodium in it.  Your body needs sodium, sodium is a good thing, but don’t push it.

A side effect of this method – is that you can pretty much eat whatever you want.  With the diminished hunger resulting from proper hydration, you’ll eat less.  Factor in a calorie deficit to this, and you won’t feel bad for eating that burger, or having some real fried chicken if that’s your thing.

Something to keep in mind when deciding what to eat… saturated fats are your friends.  Whenever I do this, I make a point to eat things with a saturated fat content that’d make most ‘healthy’ people faint from the horror.  The fact here is that when you eat things with saturated fat, your appetite is satisfied quicker.  In effect your brain says “HOLY SHIT, REAL FOOD!” and instead of gorging yourself, you eat and shortly after your brains says “Damn… that was good…” and flips the switch OFF for your hunger.  So go ahead and eat that healthy, low-fat, low-calorie meal and convince yourself that you’re doing a good thing… or have a bacon cheeseburger with a side of fries and ACTUALLY FEEL GOOD.

Something else to consider, take a multi-vitamin.  Sure you’ll probably piss out most of whats in that pill, but if your body needs something – it’ll take what it needs on its way through.

Last but not least – if you really want to kick it into overdrive, get off your ass and go for a walk once and a while.  I’m guilty as charged when it comes to not exercising, but hey – baby steps.

I’ve been back on this for a week now, and have gone from 239.6lbs to 234.6lbs in a week.  Don’t forget – weigh yourself first thing in the morning, right after you pee… that’s the best way to find out your actual weight.  I’ve lost 5lbs and eaten nothing but burritos, pizza, buffalo wings, beer, and of course – plenty of good old dihydrogen monoxide AKA *water*.  It all starts with proper hydration folks, that’s the key.

Workout Plan

Friday, May 1st, 2009

I’m keeping track of my workouts here.  Figure my blog is the only thing I can generally access from anywhere.  I basically have a list of 10-12 workouts that I will do at the gym.  Some days I do 5, some days I do 10.  Either way, I rotate them around to keep my body guessing when I can.  If anyone knows a good iphone app or WordPress plugin that already does this – drop me a line!

5/1/2009

  1. BePr – 165×10 – 185×10 – 205×10
  2. ShPr – 190×10 – 200×10 – 210×10
  3. BiCu – 60×10 – 70×10 – 80×10
  4. BaEx – 240×20 – 260×15 – 280×10
  5. LaRa – 40×10 – 50×10 – 60×10
  6. SeRo – 130×10 – 150×10 – 170×10
  7. PeFl – 200×10 – 220×10 – 240×10
  8. DeEx – 120×10 – 140×10 – 160×10
  9. TrEx – 120×10 – 140×10 – 150×10
  10. LaPu – 130×10 – 150×10 – 170×10

Note:

  • BePr = Bench Press
  • ShPr = Shoulder Press
  • BiCu = Bicep Curl
  • BaEx = Back Extension
  • LaRa = Lateral Raise
  • SeRo = Seated Row
  • PeFl = Pec Fly / Butterfly
  • DeEx = Delt Extension
  • LaPu = Lateral Pull