Friday, August 10, 2012


We started, or I should say I started, the whole diet change about a month ago. Weight loss wasn't my primary reason for looking into Paleo, but it is a nice side benefit given that I had a few extra pounds to spare. I will also mention, for those of you who are interested, that my diet is not what a purist would consider Paleo. I've added gluten-free bread in the mornings and occasionally other forms of carbohydrates scattered throughout the day. My average carb intake is 150-175 rather than 125-150.

So here we go:

My weight one month ago: 130
Waist: 28"
Hips: 34.25"
Leg: 22"
Arm: 11"

My weight now: 128.2
Waist: 28.25"
Hips: 34.5"
Leg: 21.75"
Arm: 11.25"

What's interesting is that even though the measurements went up slightly in the waist and hip area my clothes are getting looser. Maybe I was measuring wrong? Anyway, even though weight isn't the best thing to track weight loss (sounds funny, doesn't it, but it's true) I was thrilled to get below 130 pounds. And my biceps are bigger! I was hoping for some sort of increase given that I can do pullups now (one at a time, but still, I can do pullups!)

Damm has also experienced success. He's down to 183 from somewhere in the 190s. He lost a lot of that by going to training this summer but he's kept it off this time rather than gaining it back once he returned to a more normal setting.

You might remember that we did Insanity a couple years ago. It was another time of pretty cool transformation. At the end of it I weight 130, waist was 29.5" and hips 34.5". This time I got there through diet alone, and I must say, it's been an easier journey. No burnout at the end:)

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Workout Overload

It's been an interesting week (and it's only Wednesday ...). Sunday we went for a 4-mile hike up in the mountains. It was hard, my legs were shaking and I loved every minute. Monday, however, stuff started hurting. I had done some lifting Saturday but didn't finish so Sunday morning, not really thinking about our upcoming hike, I finished the workout I meant to do. After the hike everything was fine, maybe a little sore, but definitely manageable.

Then the fatigue set in. I'm not used to fatigue; since switching to low-carb/primal/gluten-free I've felt awesome. Tired at the end of the day but my job is physically taxing. I expect it. But Monday, wow, I felt like I was falling asleep standing up. Damm took mercy on me and told me to go to bed early, he had the kids. I got a full eight hours of sleep and felt fine Tuesday. I debated working out that night but ultimately decided against it. My muscles were still a bit achy and my left elbow hurt a bit. To make matters worse I've felt a bit depressed this week and I had a bad reaction to cucumbers so I also was in a bit of pain.

So ... maybe I've been pushing too hard? I don't feel like I have. I workout maybe four days a week in addition to my job, which is eight hours of constant movement with a fair bit of moving heavy things around. This is tame compared to previous eras in my life. Maybe I'm getting older (almost at that thirty mark:), except that reason won't fly in my family. My mom can keep up with and even surpass me in our athletic endeavors.

So I'm thinking of taking it easy this week. I don't want to; I'm still excited about finally being able to do pullups and I want to increase the number I can do. I want to work on my pushups. I want to try new leg exercises since I'm limited in the amount of weight I can lift (don't own a barbell at the moment). Years of injuring myself have made me a bit wiser, though, so I will be hitting the yoga mat instead of pullups and my foam roller instead of pushups. Bah humbug.

Have a happy Wednesday. And go lift some weights.