I’ve written several times about the use of periodic fasting days to counteract our periodic feast days as well as health benefits of fasting from the perspective of supposed cancer fighting and potentially longevity. I’ve also mentioned fasting as a means of accomplishing weight loss too. Now that I’m a couple months into that practice, I figured I’d show what that actually looks like.
The 2011 documentary Forks Over Knives had lots of testimonials. Has anyone done any follow ups to see where they are years later?
I’m not a professional blogger. I’m just a guy that had been doing quantitative self (QS) type stuff, has an interest in overall health and longevity (albeit not with as much discipline in the follow through as I would like), and decided to write this in a blog format rather than just use a personal journal. My thought that maybe someone could find this information was a bonus. It turns out that I’m the one who is finding this information useful several times recently.
Phase 1 of 2017’s Goal Accountability project was a disaster, as I chronicled here. Phase 1 ended weak, really non-existent adherence, which rolled into Phase 2 beginning equally weak; but I got my butt in gear one week in and finished it strong!
When I wrote about kicking off 2017 (link) with a new push for goal accountability I specifically stated that it wasn’t a new years resolution and that those don’t work for me anyway. If my performance in the first phase isn’t a pointed tail of that I don’t know what is. Continue reading 2017 Phase 1 Goal Accountability: A Dud
Yesterday I had a tongue in cheek conversation with a friend about our resolutions. He asked me what my resolutions were for this year. I stated: “To not exercise, eat continuously, and try to add thirty pounds of fat…I’m trying the reverse psychology thing.” Knowing my penchant for trying new things it isn’t totally ridiculous that he took me literally, but I quickly corrected that notion before I got a call from one of my family members asking what the hell I was thinking about. I used to do resolutions, but I don’t, that doesn’t mean that the roll over of the calendar isn’t a good occasion for me to double down on trying to dial it in.
October 16, 2016, when I got back from my honeymoon, I said I was going to be emphasizing a fitness focus by looking at using a goal accountability report card. Really this is getting the tempo for doing these things more into 2017 and beyond. Work and life took my eye off the ball but it didn’t stop me from actually keeping the report card. What’s the point of an accountability exercise if you only do it when you know you are going to score well? That’s like only going to the doctor when you are healthy. The sobering reality is that right now I’m failing on my five goals, but I didn’t need a report card to actually tell me that.
Tomorrow is the Space Coast Marathon. The Space Coast Marathon was the first, and at present only, marathon I’ve ever run; way back in 2012. About a year ago I decided to try to run it again in an attempt to run it three times and get a bonus medal. That was a scaled back version of the original “plan” to run it every year and get all seven medals as part of a series. After a solid start for a few weeks then half assing it a few more the whole plan crumbled. After countless weeks of not doing any exercise at all I decided to do some light yoga and go for a couple mile walk yesterday and today I’m feeling tightness everywhere and an irritated knee. The day before I was supposed to run 26.2 miles I can’t even do a workout routine that most people in their end years can do or walk (not run) even a tenth that distance. I’m not pissed, I’m just over it.
It’s not that being able to run a marathon makes you fit. There are marathon runners that die of heart attacks, have major joint problems, et cetera. Of course *not* being able to run a marathon doesn’t mean you are fit either. But at this point I couldn’t even run a 5K or a 10K. My strength, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, and so on are back in the toilet. Something in the 2011/2012 time frame really had me going strong with running and for the first time in my life actually enjoying exercising. Every year after that has been at best doing fitness in fits and starts, and it shows.
I don’t need to be in marathon training shape, but I do need to be at some level of fitness in excess of where I am now. As I have probably lamented before, this is the age where it is most important for me to keep up on body maintenance. While it’s important to do so throughout ones life, this is the beginning of the declining years. The body is resilient and can make up for a lot of bad behaviors, but every year after your 30s it gets harder and harder to build back up. Every time I try to get back into working out, albeit briefly, I’m quickly reminded directly of this fact. If I don’t get my shit together I may be able to live into my 100s but it’d be as a part-bionic pharmaceutical held together miserable mess. That’s not what I had in mind for my objective.
Years ago I remember reading a blog article on this family that generated almost no trash. I was picturing some very granola hippy family in a house with soft lighted wooden rooms and homemade furniture; sort of a hunting log cabin meets Swiss Family Robinson. I ran across this video of the family and their actual lifestyle is not even remotely like that. Instead this family lives a very normal urban lifestyle. She doesn’t spend her time accommodating her zero waste lifestyle, it actually saves her time. It doesn’t cost a fortune to do things this way her spending is down 40% from where it was originally. As a person that generates far more waste than the average consumer and spends way too much on too much crap that I don’t need I like the idea of exploring her methodologies as a way to reduce that and maybe move towards the principles of Voluntary Simplicity that I found so intriguing years ago but that I have in recent years totally divested myself of.
With a wedding and honeymoon now out of the way it’s time to get back to being serious about my fitness levels again. Yes, I was able to not go totally off the rails over the last few months but I had a bit of a fitness deficit to work out of to begin with. All of the excuses, legitimate or otherwise, are now gone. No, I’m not going to do an experiment. No, I’m not going to be targeting some specific weight loss, muscle increase, or performance goals. I’m instead taking the tools that I’ve applied to those sorts of expeditions and applying that to a more general concept.