This seems to happen with each of the diet phases, at least the first two. Like most people that change up their lifestyle we settle into a routine. Once we are in a routine the goings on of a given day are actually quite boring. While I could sit here and type out each day that I ate eggs (or a shake) for breakfast, had sushi (or a Chipotle Paleo Bowl) for lunch and had a huge salad (or one of other three options) for dinner, I really don’t see the point. I have a food journal for that. Some days may be interesting and worth blogging about. Maybe I’ll try a new recipe. Maybe I’ll have some training event that is especially noteworthy. Other than that though it’s all starting to sound rather repetitive. I’m therefore going to drop back to only blogging on days that really stand out to me and leave the rest to summary reports at the weekly and/or monthly level.
With Hurricane Arthur right off the coast our previously oppressively hot and muggy weather has turned almost spring like. What better way to enjoy the weather than with some running and then watching Fourth of July fireworks with friends.
Regardless of how much energy I felt I had the day before, I knew that not getting anywhere enough sleep the day before was going to hit me eventually, and so it did today.
While I have been dutifully writing up my daily updates on the Paleo phase of my experiment, I haven’t had the chance to get them posted to the blog over the past few days. Rather than just dump all of them at once, I’m rolling them out two at a time. I’ll keep blogging about my days but add them to the back of the queue, so in essence I will be publishing two daily updates a day for awhile. Everything should be caught up to real time by Saturday, if I’m doing my math right (I hope).
As I said at the end of Day 13, I was going to seriously buckle down and get back to some good whole foods clean eating. That is exactly what I did and I threw in some exercise (finally!) to boot.
After a month of eating cleanly and getting some exercise, but not as much as I would like, my measurements have snapped back to the way they were before the end of year binge. Depending on the measurement they have gone back even as far as before my October holiday binge as well. I knew I had dropped a bunch of weight on this Virgin Diet. That isn’t completely intentional. Since I put on three pounds of excess weight during the holidays, I wanted to shed it over the first three months of the year. It seems that I’ve done that in the first month plus a little more. I hope that levels off some, but unless I’m eating a ton of excess nuts, nut butters or oil it is really hard to bump up the calories enough to avoid more than a nominal calorie deficit eating this way. I was glad to see that what little yoga and calisthenics I did do, which will hopefully ramp up in the next couple of weeks, already showed some gains on my arms. It is amazing how fast things improve when you start from doing nothing at all :-).
|1 Neck (in)||16.25||15.75|
|2 Shoulders (in)||51.1||51.4|
|3 Chest (in)||43||42.75|
|4 Left Bicep (in)||13.25||13.5|
|5 Left Forearm(in)||11.5||11.5|
|6 Right Bicep (in)||13.25||13.5|
|7 Right Forearm (in)||11.6.25||11.625|
|8 Torso (in)||35.1||35|
|9 Waist (in)||36.25||36|
|10 Hip (in)||35.75||35.5|
|11 Left Thigh (in)||23||23.75|
|12 Left Calf (in)||16||16|
|13 Right Thigh (in)||23.375||22.75|
|14 Right Calf (in)||16.375||16.5|
|Skin Fold (mm)||13||11.5|
|Body Fat Percentage||17||16.|
As the diet experiment drags on it’s clear that the novelty quickly wears off, and therefore so does the need to have literally daily updates. Sure, it is interesting when I’m first getting the hang of a diet. There will always be times when I have a new recipe I tried, or something along those lines as well. However after a while this whole thing becomes rote, and the daily update is really just overkill. I will still track all my foods and moods daily, but I think unless an interesting thing happens on a given day, I’ll be reverting back to once a week updates for this phase.
After the day of dealing with snow, today was a rather bland day. I’m kind of sore from yesterday, and even woke up in the middle of the night with my right lower back sort of spazzing out. It settled down eventually though. Tomorrow night is the night of my next set of pushups, so I still have one day to recover. Food wise everything was incredibly ordinary. The usual shake started the day and kept me full until lunch. Lunch was a not so big salad. I originally was intending to get some Chicken Tikki, but for some reason all the were making were sandwiches today. That obviously wasn’t going to fly, but I wasn’t in the mood for a giant salad. It was just the usual. Dinner was just some bacon wrapped chicken breasts with a baked potato followed by some almond butter fudge and a bowl of grapes. As I said, nothing too dramatic or interesting.
With several friends in from out of town I decided for once to bring myself down into the city to enjoy some sites and tastes and spend some time with friends. The inertia against going out in the city versus out in the suburbs, especially after a week of work, often overcomes any desire to go. That becomes less so every year as more local good restaurants open up and our own social circles out here get solidified. Every time I do get downtown though, like this day, I am reminded that I need to do it more frequently.
With one week of the elimination diet now behind me I wanted to do a summary of how things are going so far. I think as the diets unfold it’s good to look at the state of the nutrition, how I was feeling, if there were any problems et cetera. So while this is important, I also think it’s good practice for the real deal.