51 year old, formerly very athletic, fallen behind in recent years due to kids and business travel (I know- not a good excuse). Vegetarian in my 20's and quite fit, now about 75lbs over ideal weight - it was a slow slippery slide into blobdom. Mountain bike riding is my passion, but have had a littany of injuries the last few years. I realize they are probably due to weight and poor diet.
Mid January 2012 I started on an adapted Primal-style nutritional and lifestyle plan. My health improved immediately - like the next day digestive upsets disappeared - energy increased, sleep is better and I have lost about 40 pounds.
Sometime around March I noticed my hunger had changed. In the past when I got hungry I was desperate for food - now I was just hungry and could eat, but could also wait to eat. Cravings subsided dramatically.
I started working to learn to listen to the food signals my body was sending and it became clear I didn't need to eat as often. I started Intermittent fasting, not as a protocol, but just by eating when I was hungry, which usually means not until about 11 am and then again at 7 pm. I have two big meals at that's about it.
Since the summer riding season has started, I burn about 1,000 cal. per day on the bike and have noticed I am now hungry between meals and have a snack around 2pm.
Started this journey at 297lbs - goal is to get back to 240 - Done!
3-9-12 - new goal - 220.
I have been forced to change my picture of what's possible. I thought 240 would be skinny, but as I am now +/- 245, I know when I lose 5 more pounds I would still have fat on my body, so 220 - here I come. And really, picking an ideal weight is just a guess - I'll know when I get there.
Mostly primal diet - no grains or processed foods and few legumes. Carbs below 80g/day - almost all from veggies. Eat lots of fat and moderate protein.
In winter, I trail hike with my dog 5 - 6 times/week - lots of elevation changes, so a good workout. Body weight strength train 4x/week and play hockey once a week. In summer I mountain bike ride daily.
Live about an hour outside Toronto, ON, Canada. Grew up on a farm, lived in the big city for about 15 years and back to half way between city and rural living.
My modus operandi seems to be "you don't know how far you can go until you have gone too far"
"You are what you think"
"If you think you can or you think you can't - either way you're right" Henry Ford
The purpose of a goal is not to achieve said goal - the purpose is to create motion in a desire direction.
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