Being on this ship is all about avoiding temptation.  There are candy, cakes, cream puffs, ice cream, chips, delicious little bowls of ramen noodles (the good kind most folks will only find at an Asian market)…. you name it, we got it.  Yet amazingly I have so much more willpower than if, say, I was home and my wife had bought me a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.  I think it’s because we only see each other  on this ship every few months, so changes in peoples appearance are very noticeable.  A lot of these guys knew me when I was at 260 pounds (118 kilos) and they always comment on how amazed they are that I not only lost 70 lbs, but have kept it off for so long.  Others I know have lost, but promptly gained it back and more.  That is the magic of a paleo lifestyle.  It is a long term, livable solution to weight troubles.  I don’t ever preach to anyone here, but some have tried to kick the carbs after seeing my results.  And maybe it’s the fact that I’ve always kind of been on the fringes that gives me just a little pleasure in being an individual – the one guy quietly snacking on some olives with balsamic vinegar while everyone else dives into the pastries.  Brushing my teeth next to a guy who looks like I did a couple years back is a powerful reminder of how far I’ve come, and how important it is to stay the course.

I’m working nights, so my meals are kind or reversed – leftover dinner for breakfast, breakfast before bed. Yesterday went like this:

  • Black coffee – 3 cups (at least)
  • 10:30 pm – Workout A from the Gym Junkies blog
  • 11:30 pm – 12 meatballs (no pasta) with 2 slices of provolone melted on top
  • 2:00 am – 6 oz. wild salmon, 6 Spanish olives, 2-3 tbsp olive oil (didn’t measure, just poured)
  • 5:30 am – 1/2 cup scrambled eggs, 3 oz. spiral cut ham, 2 slices bacon with about 2 tbsp ketchup

I only ended up sleeping about seven hours, but I was very rested.  I got up and went to the outside deck to catch a couple hours of sunlight (yay vitamin D!).  After the sun set I headed inside for a quick circuit of 30 pushups, 20 bodyweight squats, 20 pushups, 15 squats, 1 minute front plank, and side planks of 30 seconds each.  Breakfast was a big bowl of fajita chicken with bell peppers smothered in about 1/3 cup of Wholly Guacamole (the only kind I will eat if my wife doesn’t make it fresh) and 2 tbsp salsa.  No coffee this morning, only green tea.

Until next time!

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Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, things have been busy!

Last week I ended up fasting for 5 straight days!  Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday I could barely eat as it was – only had a small bowl of chicken soup in the evening.  Thursday I felt a lot better, so it was ribeye steak with cauliflower and carrots for dinner.  Friday was another all-day fast with a nice piece of salmon.  Saturday I spent the afternoon snacking on whatever I could get my hands on, then Outback for an Ahi tuna steak with a baked potato (I know..).  Sunday was eggs for breakfast and tri-tip roast and pork chops for dinner.  I must admit that giving up dairy just isn’t happening.  I can live without the other stuff, but nothing beats a hunk of cheese when I’m hungry.  One day I may be able to purge it from my diet, but today is not that day.

I am currently out at sea for my job.  Given the nature of the comms out here I may be lucky to post once a week.  If I can do more I will.  I’m looking forward to doing some long fasts while I’m out here.  I’ll be lifting weights every other day, eating clean, and (here’s the best part) getting a lot more sleep.  This should give me some good results by the time I get home!

It’s now been a week since i started the Lent Challenge. I must admit that the week did NOT go all that well. I started strong, ate crap on Sunday, and spent Monday and Tuesday in bed sick (coincidence?). I did lose a pound, though. I’m fasting today and will hit the weights as well. This week will be better, dang it!

No, I’m not talking about scraping moldy bread for penicillin,  I’m talking good old-fashioned chicken soup.

The whole family is sick, and to be honest, I didn’t want to eat anything at all yesterday.  Unfortunately I am one of those poor souls cursed with a wife so beautiful that it is impossible to deny her anything, so when she asked in her sickliest voice, “Could you please make your chicken soup?”, I had no choice but to drag myself to the store for a whole chicken and some celery.

This recipe is made in a pressure cooker and is really easy.  The hardest part is not eating all the chicken as you shred it!  Here we go:

Ingredients:

1 Whole Chicken, 4-5 lbs, quartered (I had the butcher at the market quarter it for me)

Filtered water

2 tbsp kosher salt (I use Hawaiian sea salt)

2 cups celery, chopped

1-2 cups carrots, chopped

1 large onion, chopped

*Optional –

minced celery leaves, parsley sprigs, bay leaf, store-bought chicken broth

Directions:

(I’m not going to tell you how to use your cooker, as they can vary)

Place quarterd chicken in cooker (giblets and all).

Add salt and filtered water up to the max-fill line on your cooker.  Add bay leaf now.

Seal and bring cooker up to pressure (15 pounds).

Once pressure is reached, turn heat down to maintain pressure and set timer for 50 minutes.

Reduce pressure and pour chicken and broth through a strainer or colander.  Put broth back in pressure cooker.

Add veggies to broth, and top water back up to max-fill line (I had a carton of broth in the cupboard so I used that as well).  Seal and cook for 10 minutes (after pressure reached).

While veggies cook, debone the chicken.  It will be hot!  I give the dog all the skin and organs, though i suppose you could puree the organs in some broth and add it back if you like.  Shred it up as fine as you like, I tear into it with my hands.

After veggies are done, add chicken back in and simmer for a few minutes to reheat the chicken.

There you go! Fast and easy, and canned soup will never be good enough again!  I add a little bit of habenero sauce to my bowl for a serious sinus flush!

Got any good sick-day recipes? Link them in the comments!

The sore throat, sinus infections, and fevers that have been going around my son’s school have finally made it to our house.  So we are ALL home today doing our best to tend to one another.  Haven’t eaten anything today yet, which is just as well since we had a birthday party yesterday.  I didn’t want to hurt feelings by not eating, so I had some pizza, cake, and ice cream.  I know, I know, but it won’t happen again!  I won’t be doing any weight lifting today, though I may do some bodyweight stuff if I feel better later.  I’m going to go brew up some green tea for my throat, then on to the couch for some Mario Kart with the sick boy.  Maybe I’ll let him win 😉

Im on a Diet, but I Cant Seem to Lose Weight!

“I’m on a Diet, But I Can’t Seem to Lose any Weight!”

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I read an article Thursday from the L.A. Times:

Study of diets shows what truly counts: calories

Researchers took 811 overweight people and put them on one of four diets: low-fat, average-protein; low-fat, high-protein; high-fat, average-protein; and high-fat, high-protein.  After 2 years they determined that all the diets performed the same, about 9 pounds lost.  Let’s roll up our sleeves and dig into this pile of manure!

Closer scrutiny of the study itself –

Diets That Reduce Calories Lead to Weight Loss, Regardless of Carbohydrate, Protein or Fat Content

-Shows that NONE of the diets were low in carbohydrates, in fact, the lowest percentage of calories from carbs was 35%!  Not only that, but the ones who were only supposed to eat 35% averaged an actual intake of  43%!  That’s a far cry from the 10% or less consumed by real low-carbers, yet the researchers had the audacity to give the following quote:

“There isn’t any one way. That is the nice thing about none of these diets in particular winning,” said Christopher Gardner, a nutrition researcher at Stanford University’s Prevention Research Center. “We don’t have any right to push low-fat or low-carb or high-protein. If one of these approaches is more satiating, where you will not be hungry and have cravings, that is the one that will work for you.”

Seriously?  Worst of all, they admitted that the participants had a very low rate of compliance – “It’s just too hard” – and most ended up eating very similar diets, yet this article still got published.

Here’s a better title:

Study Shows That if you Aren’t Going to Stick to Your Diet,  it Doesn’t Matter Which one you Quit.

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So yesterday started dark & early for me, as I had to be at work by 4:00 AM.  I can’t even entertain the thought of food at that time, so despite my “hunger of habit” the night before I had no appetite for several hours (save for some much needed coffee).  I am lucky to have some weights at work, so I took a break around 8:00 and squeezed in Workout A from Phase 1 of the Muscle Building Workout at Gym Junkies.  I was done (& done!) in about 15 minutes.  After the workout, I ate 2 cans of tuna with about 10 Spanish olives, salt, and pepper.  I got a little hungry again around 1:00 PM, and had 10 more olives with some EVOO and pepper, and a couple cups of green tea.

After a long 12-hour workday I arrived home to the heavenly aroma of Roast Beast simmering in the Crock-Pot.  I could have wept for joy!  And when it was ready I piled my plate high, savored every bite, and went back for more.  I was so full and satisfied that I didn’t miss the cheese at all later, nor did I eat anything else that evening.

I went to bed before 10:00 PM and woke up this morning already 12 hours into today’s fast.  I had some coffee and hit Workout B this morning, pretty well killing my appetite.  I’m not sure what’s on the menu tonight, but since my wife is allergic to fish it will probably be egg salad again.  That is totally fine by me – in 12 years of marriage I have yet to taste a meal she made that wasn’t delicious!