AD's Primal Paleo Journey

Discussion in 'Survival of the Fittest' started by AD1, Jan 10, 2016.

  1. AD1

    AD1 Monkey+++

    Well after years in a executive position, several hundered thousand air miles logged, and enough stress to drop an elephant, I have decided to change a few things.

    I am 6 foot tall and 61 years old. My normal fighting weight when I am working out regularly is around 200 lbs.

    Out of high school into college I weighed ~150 lbs and started running and weight lifting, playing tennis, rock climbing, 10Ks and 26.2's, snow skiing/instructor/Ski Patrol, President of the Kayak club..... I leveled out around 200 lbs being well rounded in all my activities and had ~10-12 % body fat(dunk tank)

    Then I start working after college as a mechanical engineer in both the medical industry and aerospace specializing in advanced composite materials, armor systems and mine blast attenuating seats(for IED protection)

    Quickly moved up the ranks into management with more responsability, travel and longer hours.

    My 40&50's were made up of 50-70 hours a week, hundereds of thousands of miles in flights all over the world, high stress and little "me time". Lots of client dinners and wine/beer/whiskey and no exercise.

    In the last 10 years my weight has gone from 205-245/250 and toss in high blood pressure, high cholesterol and a case of increasing psoriasis . Add in the mortally equation considering there is more time behind me than in front..... I Had to make a change.

    I made a promise to myself that as of Jan 4(after the weekend) I would stop drinking (liver needs a break) and live Paleo/Primal life style and do something physical 5 days a week, even just a short 3 mile walk.

    I have all of Marks Primal books including cook books( thanks to the Monkies for the intro). We have probably 50+ Paleo cookbooks cuz my wife has been follow that lifestyle( gluten free, sugar free and dairy free) due to illness for the last 8 years.

    Weight on 1/4/2016 was 245.9 lbs and this morning Sunday 1/10/2106 I am at 239.2 BP(Before Poop) and I ate and was not hungry at all.

    So 6.7 lbs BP.....not to bad for the start.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2016
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  2. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    I think it is a great start and I love your post. Sounds like you are in the right frame of mind to go caveman!
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  3. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    watching ;)
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  4. TXKajun

    TXKajun Monkey+++

    Great start! Of course you do realize that now you've put this out for the entire monkey community, so we'll be keeping an eye on you!! Best of luck.

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  5. AD1

    AD1 Monkey+++

    Yep. My wife is doing a good job, but I need all the help I can get.
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  6. hot diggity

    hot diggity Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++

    Sounds like you have the right attitude, discipline and desire. The fact that your spouse is already living Paleo will make things easier. I'd highly recommend big doses of fun wherever you can find it. For me this started as my weekly beach runs, but is now almost anything physical. Once the weight comes off, just about everything is more fun. Even clothes shopping. :)

    I'll be watching your progress. Good luck.
  7. AD1

    AD1 Monkey+++

    Thanks Hot. Not many beaches in AZ but we have plenty of mountains in the desert that we hike when we can.
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  8. Buggzilla

    Buggzilla Monkey

    Wow. You sound like a clone of me. The only difference is I'm in my mid-fifties, but everything else is nearly identical. Successful ME manager, 100K+ per year flight miles, 60+ hours per week of work, very high stress job, same weight, height, etc. I'm currently at 225# and should be 180#. Good luck! (We both need it!)
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  9. AD1

    AD1 Monkey+++

    Update: it will be 2 weeks tomorrow and this morning the scale said 236 lbs even BP. So a full 10 lbs(5 per week) so far.
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  10. Buggzilla

    Buggzilla Monkey

    That's awesome!
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  11. AD1

    AD1 Monkey+++

    Offically 235.9 BP* this morning two weeks after the start.

    Missing my wine, but the psoriasis is looking like its calming down. So I can live with the cravings.

    Here is the physical activity for the last 2 weeks.

    The calander says running but it was walking. Running is the closest acvitity.

    I am running a Polar RCX3 heart rate monitor with GPS unit to track my progress.

    10 days out of 14 walking a min of ~3 miles
    11 total hours
    5000 calories burned
    29.3 miles total distance

    Last edited: Jan 18, 2016
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  12. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey

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  13. AD1

    AD1 Monkey+++

    I bet you would find ads on their website and magazine for all of the top 10

    Yea now if Jenny or Nutrasystem had, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Dairy Free and totally organic, I might consider it [sarc2][lolol]
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2016
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  14. AD1

    AD1 Monkey+++

    5.3 mile hike yesterday combined with Geocaching.
    13 total sessions
    16.2 total hours
    7081 calories burned
    40.8 miles covered

    Today 234.9 lbs. BP*

    *before poop

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  15. Buggzilla

    Buggzilla Monkey

    Keep up the great progress!
  16. AD1

    AD1 Monkey+++


    As of Sunday morning I am down to 230.0 lbs. In excess of 16 lbs(in just under 1 month) down another 30 to go.

    The last week and a half has been a slow slog below 235lb. I guess the easy fat is gone ohno

    Now the hard work.

    Did a 15 mile bike ride on Sunday combined with geocaching. Burned 1750 calories during that time.
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2016
  17. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    Well done AD1 [chopper]
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  18. AD1

    AD1 Monkey+++

    New milestone this AM, 129.8. Broke the 230 mark YEAAAAAAAAA!

    Must have been the new paleo muffins I had last night. Yall should try them

    229.8 lbs
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2016
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  19. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Indeed, by 100 lbs!! :lol:
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  20. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    @AD1 Great Primal journey, I enjoy reading it and cheered when you broke 230 also. You are doing great.
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