Succes, Challenges, The Primal Blueprint and More

Well, it’s been a while, but I can’t think of a better time to start the Two Big Fat Guys blog back up.  Both John and I have had some successes… and some failures.  I was down to 189 before the holidays began!  But now I’m back up to 196.   It’s just too easy to let things slide around this time of year. 

I’m still convinced that diet is most of the equation (189!).  The Primal Blueprint makes a pretty convincing case that our ancestors had it right, but for those of you who need a little more convincing, I’d suggest Gary Taubes’s Good Calories, Bad Calories.  I haven’t kept my reading habits a secret from you, and even for a voracious reader like me it was tough.  It took me months to finish. It’s a deeply scientific book.  The good news for those of you who are worried about having science class flashbacks is that Taubes has a more reader friendly book coming out, Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

One of the things that I learned from Good Calories, Bad Calories is that it’s not that we lose weight because we exercise, it’s that we exercise because we’re losing weight.  Once you start metabolizing your own fat instead of burning the carbs you’re eating, you’ll have more energy to exercise.  So forget about everything you’ve been told.  You can’t really rely on the “calories in/calories out” crap that they push on The Biggest Loser to lose weight.  

I do have a lot of extra energy, but I’m still not exercising like I should be.  I mean, I’m doing the most important thing, and that’s moving around a lot at low intensity.  Mark talks a lot about it in The Primal Blueprint, and you can get some more great tips in Move a Little, Lose a Lot.  I still use my Omron HJ-303 pedometer to get my minimum of ten thousand steps a day, but that’s about it. 

I was doing okay with Combat Fitness.  Then, back around March, my wife and I started doing CrossFit (http://www.crossfit.com/).  It’s pretty intense.  If you want to “forge elite fitness,” there probably isn’t a better way to go.  If you’re interested in checking it out, I’d recommend checking out a local CrossFit gym.  Ours is great:  http://www.crossfitatlanta.com/ and I’d check out their website even if you aren’t in the Atlanta area, if only for their advice on finding a good CrossFit gym. 

I started a new job in May, and getting to class got harder and harder for me.  Especially because the job can be fairly physically demanding, and a tough WOD at 6AM would leave me shot by midday at work.  My wife’s job allows her to be a little less physically functional during the day, so she stuck with it, and she’s doing great. 

My wife’s new level of fitness has her feeling stronger than ever (she eats a lot more like I do now too), and much more… adventurous.  That’s why we signed up for The Warrior Dash (http://www.warriordash.com/).  And that leads me to tell you what my current problem is.  Beyond moving around a lot, my training regimen has been… well, let’s call it sporadic.  Bordering on non-existent. 

I’m already far more likely to finish that race (alive) than I was a year ago, but I’d like to make a better showing than I can right now.  I’d rather not have people see me vomit as I try to make it over the wall.  I’d rather they didn’t see me crying as I dangle upside-down from a cargo net.  I’d rather they didn’t smell my flesh burning because I passed out just in time to slide into the fire that I’m supposed to be jumping over. 

How am I going to pull this off?  That’s where the good news comes in.  You know how much I love buying books, but I’ve recently read one that I didn’t even have to buy, and you can get it for free too.  All you have to do is go over to http://www.marksdailyapple.com/ and subscribe to the newsletter. Don’t worry, he won’t flood you with email, but he will give you a code to download The Primal Blueprint Fitness eBook, and that’s what I’ll be following for the next five months to prepare for The Warrior Dash. 

But wait!  There’s more!  You’ll also get a copy of The Primal Blueprint Reader Generated Cookbook, and whoever submitted the recipe that starts on page 29 must surely be very handsome and intelligent! 

Be sure to let Mark know that Allbeef Patty sent you.  The last time he sent me a T-shirt I was moving from 2XL to XL, and now I’m between a large and a medium, so I could use a new one. 

John is losing some weight too.  I guess I was wrong about his Fit for Life, timed juicing, high fiber, food combining, nine meal a day plan.  Oh wait!  I wasn’t wrong!  He started having success when he switched over to my side!  Well… he did for the most part.  He’s still got a ways to go, but I’ll let him tell you all about that. 

Sorry about the long post, but, like I said, it’s been a while.

-Pat

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