So, starting the Paleo diet tomorrow. Thought it might be interesting to some if I chronicle, somewhat, how it goes for me. I'll try to chronicle once a week on weight lost, how I feel, etc. Certainly won't be anywhere near daily, as I'm just not that committed to chronicling!
A few starting thoughts:
Why Paleo? Good question Doug! Well, I read the book (The Paleo Diet, Loren Cordain) over the weekend and it seems to make a lot of sense. While I'm not a fan of "this is the only way to eat!" diets, I am a fan of science, and there's plenty behind this particular diet. Also, it's actually pretty close to how I normally eat when I'm eating 'healthy,' so it should be fairly easy for me to do. Biggest changes for me: no dairy (I love cheese and hot chocolate!), but lots of fruit, which I hadn't been eating. So I'm not only feeling pretty good about sticking to it, I'm actually pretty psyched.
Why diet? Well, I've been in a nutrition funk for quite some time now. Well over a year. Haven't exercised much at all, and have been eating about as bad as I ever have. It has impacted my physiological and psychological well being significantly. It's also impacted my backpacking significantly. I weigh 200 pounds (I'm only 5'8"), which makes me obese, especially since a good 100 pounds of that is all gut ;-) A year or so ago I weighed about 175. When I stepped on my scale Saturday and saw 200, which I have never weighed in my life, I knew it was well past time.
Just diet? Heck no. I need to get my fat butt off the couch/chair and start exercising again. I'm going to start slow so I don't injure myself: I'm doing a program called The 10-Minute Trainer by Tony Horton to start. Within a couple of weeks I'll incorporate some kettlebell workouts as well.
Goals? My immediate goal is to lose 10 pounds by Dec. 31. Easily doable. Longer term goal is to lose 30-40 pounds by mid-August.
Miscellaneous: Below are a couple of pics (not of me, that would ruin your appetite! Hey, money making idea! The pics of Doug diet! Feeling hungry, look at pics of me in my skivvies! Instant loss of hunger! Only $19.95!) of the recyclables left over from cleaning out my fridge/cupboard, and the food I gave away that I should no longer eat. I spent approximately $225 this weekend to get food for this diet, what I bought should last perhaps a week and a half (I only shop at organic markets, so that's a high number, you could do it for much less, I'm sure, at regular supermarkets).
This thread is pretty narcissistic, isn't it? Yeah, perhaps. But I thought someone considering the diet might find it interesting. If not, perhaps it can become one of those cool, fun, trashy-novel-type chaff threads.
What I gave away
The recycle bin was pretty much empty before I started.