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Alaska Cruise results.....down a pound and a half!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Well, well, well Sparkfriends, hard to believe it has almost been 2 weeks since my last blog. But it has been an incredibly busy, incredibly relaxing, and incredibly surprising 2 weeks. I was all over the continental United States the first 2 weeks of the month, then this past week, we ventured out of the lower 48 for an Alaska cruise adventure.

It was just what we (I) needed, especially since the weather was freaking amazing (cool, dry, 60 degree temps, clear skies...icebergs in summer....WOW!)

(Day 2 morning view from our balcony)


(ice in the Tracy Arm fjord)


(woke up to this first thing in the morning in Skagway, AL)

And here's the amazing part....I ate like some medieval knight in a banquet hall....every single day....

....yet this morning, I weighed in 1.5 lbs less than when we embarked on the high seas!

Sheer madness I tell you....how can this be!?!?! Every morning I had 3 eggs, 8-10 slices of bacon, 3-4 sausage links, and smoked salmon with cream cheese. Lunches, dinners, snacks....I told myself I was on vacation dammit, no food logging, no worries, eat like the other 2000+ slobs on board. Eat everything, except....

CARBS!

No breads, no sugars, no pastries, no ice cream, no pizza, no desserts (well there was that one night I had a cup of chocolate, peanut butter pudding), but to everything else, a big YES!

And I felt great, certainly quite a bit fitter than 99% of my fellow passengers. As a matter of damn fact, I really enjoyed walking through the ship and seeing my rather flat belly and wide shoulders in those plentiful mirrors. When #2 son and I explored all the pools on the Lido deck, I felt wonderfully conscious of being a fairly fit 52-year old dad.....especially when I saw how so many of my younger (and older) peers lugged around some very uncomfortable looking bellies.

SWMBO was still recovering from her recent surgery, so we didn't take many adventurous treks (I wanted to fly a helicopter on to the glacier and go swimming in a glacial pool), so we made due with some canned tours and a whale watching boat ride (where we saw a dozen or so humpbacks doing what they called "bubble net feeding")


But mostly we just relaxed....my bodymedia fit armband tells me I slept a solid 8 hours a night, I read a bunch of books on the balcony as we cruised along the Tongass National Forest (I am surprisingly enjoying the "Game of Thrones" series), SWMBO & I went on a few dates to the campy shows and movies they had on board (we thought the "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" was pretty funny though), and I hit their gym 5 days out of 7, even managing to get in 3 spin classes....which is pretty sporty when you're spinning a 30-lb flywheel as the floor beneath you lists 5-10 degrees in any given direction.

Today I'm off (we got home after midnight yesterday), tomorrow back to the office, where, from the e-mails on the berry, I can tell we've got a busy week coming up.

It did feel pretty good being totally unplugged from the net for a few days at a time.

Have a great night Spark friends!

  
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KANOE10 8/3/2012 8:36AM

    Great job on losing weight while on a cruise! Your pictures are beautiful.

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BERGBA7 8/1/2012 8:35PM

    Very nice pictures! It makes me want to see Alaska too, but maybe not on a cruse. I would not be strong enough to avoid the desert buffet like you did!
Awesome job on the diet and weight progress! Fabulous. Did you eat some whale??
Have a good week with the new boss.
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HEALTHIERKEN 8/1/2012 11:58AM

    OK. I'm *almost* convinced to go Primal! It's amazing that you lost weight while on a cruise : )

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SHERYL_B 7/31/2012 10:57PM

    Congrats on the weight loss and staying unplugged during your trip.

I'm glad you are back!

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FANGFACEKITTY 7/31/2012 10:02PM

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Maybe that's what I need to get into spinning, a tilting floor to make it more of an adventure.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 7/31/2012 9:52PM

    Fab pictures! And "good on you" (where I have I heard that before?)

I can feel your pride and accomplishment in every word....you deserve it!

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SAFARIBABE 7/31/2012 8:57PM

    I understand wanting to eat low carb....but oh great guru of the green smoothie....lox and cream cheese were put on this earth to sit atop a bagel! Alaska is one thing but try to pull that no bagel under lox stuff here in NYC and they'll make you clean out the subways with your toothbrush!!!! LOL

Glad you had a great time and were able to unplug a bit!! But seriously...work survived without you for a week. I'm sure they could have lasted 12 more hours without torching the place or having the cops called for unruly behaviour and loud drunken parties! You're as bad as I am if not worse!! Hope SWMBO has fully recovered and that y'all were able to get some well deserved downtime. We want more pics!!

Welcome Home!!

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BEARCLAW6 7/31/2012 12:21PM

    Right on!

I have to admit, that one of my best "before' pictures comes from when I was on an Alaska cruise. I knew I was moving away from Seattle and decided to do it before it go very far away. And....I am certain that I was one of those other people who was gaining weight the whole time! I will definitely keep this in mind the next time I am on a cruise.

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EGALITAIRE 7/31/2012 12:11PM

    Doesn't eating bacon still feel a little like when your Mom caught you with your hand in the cookie jar? On the other hand, I find it very liberating to know what foods add weight and what foods don't.

Congrats on avoiding the carbs.

Stay Strong

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VHALKYRIE 7/31/2012 12:02PM

    That looks like a really awesome trip!! I wish we had done an Alaskan cruise when we still lived in the PacNW! Those pics look nice and cool - ahhh 60 degrees sounds really refreshing when we've been hitting the high 90s here!

Yay on your King Arthur diet!! You did better than I did avoiding the carby treats while at AYCE, and it shows!

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It's Go Time.....this week Vegas, Seattle, Alaska!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Alright folks, it's GO TIME!

This is the week our family has been revving up towards for a while. Here's the plan;

- Monday I fly to Vegas for some early morning meetings on Tuesday

- Tuesday afternoon, I fly back to FL, getting back around midnight.

- Wednesday, full up workday (and hopefully some ST Wed night)

- Thursday, early morning meetings here in FL, fly back to Vegas in the PM

- Friday, full day of meeting in Vegas (meanwhile SWMBO and #2 son fly to Seattle...more below)

- Saturday, I fly to Seattle, hook-up with SWMBO and #2 son

- Sunday, depart Seattle for a 7-day Alaska cruise!

We were all set to start our vacation together on Friday, I had booked tickets months ago, then my boss called and said, "Yeah, sorry dude, but you really need to be here in Vegas on the 20th"

Curses! I broke the news to SWMBO, she said, "Just go, we can handle it. Just make sure to give me the name & address of our hotel, and we're good to go!"

I love her!

Luckily Delta was sympathetic and didn't gouge me on the airfare as I changed my flight (it helps being a Diamond member!)

So today we're doing a family packing session, laying out the major things we think we'll need for the cruise; I'm going to be too tight on time and won't have much time to mess around with this, plus I have to pack business clothes for Thurs/Fri and take these on the cruise with me....that's what pisses me off most!

But we persevere and conquer!

I'm hoping I can work out on this cruise too....it's the Star Princess, and what I can gauge from the website and some personal testimony (my secretary was on this same ship 2 months ago) they have a pretty decent gym layout, although as with most resorts, it's skimpy on the free weights and heavy on treadmills & cardio)

Nonetheless, we sail the high Alaska seas for enjoyment, so I give myself plenty of leeway (I think that's a nautical term too) to adjust my schedule. The only thing I'm torn about is the food!

Tom Naughton (of Fathead, the movie fame) blogged recently about doing a Low Carb cruise in the Caribbean.....he seemed to thoroughly enjoy it and didn't feel deprived at all (eg, eating double cheeseburgers at midnight), yet didn't gain a pound the whole time. Yes he did avoid the dessert bars & buffets, but sated himself quite nicely as a Low Carber (even enjoying a drunken karaoke session one night!)

So more to follow....I'll try to stay connected and post a couple of blogs from our trip as we gorge on King Salmon and Alaskan Crab every night!

Oh and I almost forgot the coolest part

SWMBO (though she will never admit that it was my influence) has expressed an interest in cutting down her sugar intake. She started reading this book called "Cut Sugar Addiction Now!' and began hinting that she may try to cut out at least this one offending variant of carbohydrate.

Of course, THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ME CUTTING DOWN MY CARBS (at least nothing she will admit to, the insolent wench!), but that's OK, at least we have a point of mutual and intersecting interest that will provide for many a leisurely conversation as we sit outside our stateroom balcony, admiring the glacier-filled landscapes of Canada and Alaska!

Have a great day Spark friends!

  
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GLC2009 7/23/2012 11:44PM

    hope your cruise is great. we did this cruise starting in vancouver, bc a few year ago. i think you may have a moist one like we did. we live on the coast in bc, so, everything about the landscape and weather was just like home..........BUT, you're on a cruise! so great!.............enjoy, enjoy, enjoy....... emoticon emoticon

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 7/18/2012 11:48AM

    I hope that you have a fantastic cruise. And what a work week you have! Even scheduling all of that work must entail exercise!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 7/17/2012 4:43PM

    Busy week with a BIG reward at the end! emoticon

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SKFEREBEE 7/16/2012 10:22PM

    Wow! An Alaskan cruise sounds heavenly this time of year. So jealous!!! Have fun :o)

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FANGFACEKITTY 7/16/2012 5:29PM

    Hey, if anyone can manage low carb on a cruise, you can! I'm trying to figure out how to manage that in France where every other item is a pastry or bread of some sort or another. Enjoy your cruise!

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BERGBA7 7/16/2012 8:26AM

    Safe travels and lots of fun, fat and proteins!
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YOUNGNSMYLIE 7/15/2012 9:30PM

    Oh wow, this sounds like a great vacation! Enjoy! emoticon

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 7/15/2012 9:20PM

    Travel Safe! Relax! Enjoy yourself! Take pictures!

We will be here when you get back....

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BBECKER1955 7/15/2012 7:34PM

    I''m jealous, sounds like a great adventure. Enjoy!
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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 7/15/2012 6:56PM

    My dh and our two sons also went on an Alaskan Cruise in July, several years ago. We have fond memories of that trip. ENJOY!!!

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LIVELAUFLUV 7/15/2012 4:14PM

    Have a great trip! My DD and I are doing the same thing on the Island Princess next month. I can't wait!!!!

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SHERYL_B 7/15/2012 3:27PM

    Have a great trip!

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REBECCATKD 7/15/2012 2:02PM

    Enjoy your week of travel -- especially the latter part!

And, hey, have you considered shipping your business clothes home from Vegas? :)

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CLAIREINPARIS 7/15/2012 1:20PM

    A cruise in Alaska! Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh I am so jealous! You'll have a fantastic time! Please, take some pictures for us! :)


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BILL60 7/15/2012 12:45PM

    Sounds like a super cruise. Enjoy yourself with your gang.

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 7/15/2012 12:03PM

    Sounds like a great trip and you've planned well. Good luck and have a GREAT time! :) My niece is leaving for Alaska on August 3rd to meet her new husband in Fairbanks where he's stationed in the Army so she'll be gone for at least 15 months or so.

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PLATAS0827 7/15/2012 11:25AM

    Have a wonderful time... it sounds like the trip of a lifetime!!

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VHALKYRIE 7/15/2012 11:24AM

    Have a great time on your cruise! I regret not having gone on an Alaska cruise when we lived in the PacNW! Say hello to Seattle for me!

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The Great Low Carb Workout Transition!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Well 3 weeks after my low carb transition, I think my body has finally acclimated to it and I can rev up my workouts as usual!

I was plagued with fatigue my first few workouts. I'd start sweating 30 seconds in to my warmup. Mentally, I had no mojo and I would have to dial down my accustomed intensity a notch or 2. For ST, I had trouble starting with the second rep.

But during yesterday's ST session for legs & back, I set records (30 lbs over my bodyweight!) on the squats, not just on the weight, but in depth, form, sets and effort. Same with the deadlifts....same with the pullups.

What was even better is that this was the first session since I started low carbing where I felt strong for the whole time in the gym....none of the fatigue that plagued me those first few weeks of low carbing.

This afternoon I ducked out for a quick lunchtime spin class. I decided to pull out all the stops and just go for it.

No problemo! Curvilicious instructor just kept upping the cadence, putting in hill climbs, intervals, and speed work. I worked up a great sweat, got the heart rate up past 90% of max, and still felt like I could have ridden for another hour easy.

I think I'm over the transition hump!

Have a great night Spark friends!

  
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ECHAVEZ2 7/15/2012 3:23AM

    Stop by to visit your blog and found myself interested in the first symptoms that one can expect to experience on a low carb diet? HOw long did it last? This has been recommended to me to get past a plateau however I have no clue as to what to expect. Your insight would be helpful.

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GOODGETNBETR 7/13/2012 7:19PM

    emoticon I've heard that waiting for the body to transition from carbs as its main energy source is the hard part.

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Awesome testament!!

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LISAINMS 7/11/2012 3:35PM

    Awesome! Hope you are well past the ick and onto feeling more greatness!

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BILL60 7/11/2012 9:36AM

    Way to go!!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 7/11/2012 1:35AM

    That is awesome to hear that you are adjusting :)

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CATH63 7/11/2012 12:48AM

    That's fabulous! I'm sort of experiencing the same thing. I started noticing more energy and less "Induction Flu" yesterday afternoon and went to the gym and did a slightly less intense workout than usual but it felt great to get back on track.

I went back this morning and did one of my normal intensity routines and it went great and I have felt great all day as well!

YAY US for making it through the withdrawls! (at least I hope we are past them!)

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VHALKYRIE 7/10/2012 9:35PM

    WOW!

You totally rock!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 7/10/2012 9:27PM

    Great job! :) It's always nice when you get into a good groove. :)

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KALI1007 7/10/2012 9:26PM

    Thats awesome! I really think low carbing is great..I just need to get past the transition phase! thats the worst. :) Its great that your workouts are exceling now. Keep it up! emoticon. Any advise on low carbing tips would be awesome.

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Low carb living 3-week assessment

Sunday, July 08, 2012

So in my 30s, I gave up drinking.

In my 40s I gave up smoking.

In my 50s I'm giving up.....carbs?

I don't know. After 3 weeks of keeping carbs below 50gm/day, it's certainly too early to tell what affect its had on me. I don't have many of the Cumbaya sing-song successes that other can point to very soon after going low carb. I've lost about a pound or two on any given day. But my blood pressure has gone from the 140s over the 80s to the 120s over the 70s, which is certainly a good sign.

Subjectively, I "feel thinner" and I have been getting significantly more compliments on weight loss. I took a few measurements with my Myotape this AM, and I am bigger in the chest, biceps, & thigh, and a little thinner in the waist and neck, so I've added some muscle and lost some belly fat. I also "feel looser"; bending & twisting at the waist, neck, and shoulders seems smoother....fewer minor aches.

I also "feel full" at some point in my meal and stop eating. On those occasions I have overeaten, I don't feel bloated. 20-30 minutes after the meal, I feel kind of normal (I have too many memories walking out of restaurants eating the same number of calories and just wanting to curl up and sleep for 20 years). In the TMI category, I am less "gassy".

And I am eating in the most amazing way! As I mentioned in my last blog, I am averaging 2800-3000 calories a day, most of it oils to cook and to put in salads, but still, when I have consistently eaten above 2200 calories in the past, the scales have crept relentlessly upward on me. I'm eating so much because I have worked real hard at ST these past 3 years, so I don't want to lose lean muscle. But I am eating A LOT and not gaining weight either, which is pretty amazing.

It's really not that hard to do either. We've gone out to eat a few times, and when they bring out the bread I can easily decline. I say no to the fries and have them pass me the butter to put on my veggies (or steak!) I make a 3-egg omelet, cooked in butter for breakfast every morning. I spoon coconut oil onto my salads and lick the spoon afterwards because it tastes so good! Today I had an awesome Prime Rib Burger with extra sharp cheddar cheese, no bun.....WOW was it good!

I also don't feel compelled to snack. I feel pretty good between meals, and don't feel the need to eat. (What's interesting though is I THINK about having a snack, but I don't feel hungry so it's much easier to say no......it's kind of like when I stopped smoking....once I was over the craving, I often thought about having a smoke out of habit for weeks and months afterward, but I just told myself, "You're not a smoker anymore")

When I stopped smoking & drinking, it took a while to fully realize the benefits and many, many months before I fully acknowledged that I was a non-smoker and a non-drinker. I don't think it will be any different for this lifestyle change either (I am pissed that everything I read about low carb lifestyle changes has people getting instant gratification though!)

Unlike cigarettes and booze though, carbs aren't as easily identifiable, are fairly ubiquitous, and they are not ALL bad....I don't need to be over 18 or 21 to buy carbs. I don't think I'll ever identify myself as a "non-carber"

Likewise, there isn't any real strong science to tell me definitively either way that carbs are either good or bad for you.....I am trying my case study of N=1 based on a few books I've read, some witness testimony, and my own indicators & family history that tell me I could succumb to Type-2 diabetes in the future....so I'm willing to give it a try, but it's a leap of faith unlike anything I have done in the past. I am trying to calibrate my body to gauge my own tolerance for them.

The good news is I'm starting from a reasonably good baseline. I'm a fairly fit and active 52-year old male and I only want to slim down by about 10-15 lbs, so maybe my progress will just be slower.

The first real test is in 2 weeks when we go to Alaska for a 7-day cruise......it could be a sugary dessert heaven.

In August, I've scheduled another BodPod session, so I hope to get an accurate bodyfat percentage. Then in October, I'll have my annual physical and will have all my indicators measured.....till then, I'm all in keeping carbs low!

The only real problem will be trying to figure out what the hell I'll have to give up in my 60s!

Have a great night Spark friends!

  
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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 7/10/2012 8:28AM

    It sounds as if this might be working well for you. And I wish you very well! I hope that you have a fantastic time on the cruise. Depending on the cruise line, the food might not be all that tempting. And if it is, you can make special orders: order twoprotein dishes and have them hold the starch. emoticon

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PLMITCH 7/9/2012 2:05PM

    The important thing is you've found something that works for you, and that is the key. "One size fits all" doesn't work -- so keep up the good work!

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JACK714 7/9/2012 12:59PM

    If it works, don't fix it. If it works most of the time, fine tune it. Nice blog and sorta scientific.

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BERGBA7 7/9/2012 9:23AM

    Great that you are feeling so well!
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I was a very low protein eater and changed my diet from 40grams of protein a day (more or less 10%) to 90grams a day (around 20%). This puts me in a balance range and I can notice the same effects on my eating that you are reporting. I am less hungry, can not finish my meal sometimes, and do not feel the need to snack as much. I think you are starting to inspire me to eat less carbs and not be afraid of the fat so much.
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SHERYL_B 7/9/2012 8:27AM

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BILL60 7/9/2012 8:26AM

    If it fits, wear it. Hang tough.

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GLC2009 7/9/2012 4:52AM

    i can't believe the gossip of atkins dying of heart attack is still out there. god, i wish the man had lived to keep showing us how well his diet works. he was a fairly fit, slim older man, who, because he WALKED to work everyday had the misfortune to slip on the ice and crack his head open and die. not remotely anything related to his health.
anyway, i love that you're giving this low carb a try getstrongrrr. the blood pressure results are fantastic emoticon
did anyone mention the book wheat belly? there's something more for you to give up...wheat emoticon low carb is very good. no wheat...fabulous!! seriously.

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NAYPOOIE 7/9/2012 1:09AM

    MPLANE37, please take your own advice.

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VHALKYRIE 7/9/2012 12:49AM

    You have very good evidence your body is responding very well. The blood pressure drop shows your heart is working more efficiently!

If you want the pure science behind it all, read Taubes original book "Good Calories, Bad Calories". The sources are all science journals and clinical studies that can be cross checked. However, it is extremely research heavy, and really only for those who enjoy reading science journals for fun. He wrote "Why We Get Fat" so it would be more easily understood to the general public.

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WOUBBIE 7/8/2012 11:41PM

    Atkins died of head trauma.

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MPLANE37 7/8/2012 10:59PM

    What is this, Atkins diet? You know that he died of heart attack right? Your food choices go against everything that I know of. Keep an open mind, and keep reading!

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CATH63 7/8/2012 10:57PM

    I'm with you on all of the above. I continue to be amazed that I can eat so many calories and still lose. That boggles my mind every single day.

How and where did you schedule the bod pod thing? I'd like to have that done; in fact, tomorrow has "call the doctor" on the to-do list.

Also, what is myotape?

On another note - I have a friend who is going on an Alaskan criuse in two weeks. Wonder if y'all will be on the same ship? I don't know any details of his cruise but I can ask him. I think he's leaving here on the 20th but I don't know when the actual cruise begins.



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KICK-SS 7/8/2012 9:37PM

    I do think as we get older and have been on other diets in the course of our life, even low carb ones - our bodies take longer to adjust again. I had read somewhere that one needs to give it 3-4 weeks sometimes for your body to get acclimated to it's new routine. So, I guess what I'm saying is not to give up.

And the fat won't hurt you as long as your not eating a lot of carbs - In fact, one loses weight better with higher fat, moderate protein and lower carbs. I'm trying to maintain fat at 65-75%, proteins 20-25% and carbs 5-10%. Also, keeping calories below 1200 more or less... (averaging 1200 calories) - it's beginning to work for me.....

Try reading Gary Taubes book, "Why We Get Fat and What to do About it" - that should answer your questions on the fat consumption... it's a good read and easy to understand too, not too technical like his other book was..... Good luck!!

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Low carb living at 3000 calories a day!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

So get this; I go into Starbucks this morning for my usual Grande Americano and my favorite barista perks up over the espresso machine and chimes out with a loud, "Hey you are really slimming down!"

I chucked an extra 2 bucks into the tip jar!

But I have been hearing this quite a bit these past 2 weeks even though the scales have barely moved down by 2 lbs. (see blog: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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Could I actually be achieving my low carb lifestyle goal of losing fat and adding muscle? I don't know....I'm not equipped to say....not even my Tanita bodyfat measuring scale is budging from its 24-27% bodyfat reading (never really sure how accurate this bad boy is).

I'm going to jump back in to the Bod Pod in August ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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Last night I was at 128/72....smack in the middle of normal!

Here's the amazing part....I have been averaging about 2800-3000 calories a day!! Now a lot of this is due to the liberal use of olive oil, coconut oil, & butter in cooking and salads. I have kept my carbs below 50 gms every day for about 3 weeks.

But I am eating cheeses, eggs, ribeye steaks, chicken with the skin, spareribs, and salmon. I put heavy cream over blueberries at night. I'm even eating Smucker's natural peanut butter and NOT pouring off the oil like I used to!

Today I did a spin class, the first hard cardio I've done since going low carb and I felt friggin' fantastic (even though one of the "Sister's of Pain was howling in the class ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4827773
). Yesterday I powered through squats & deadlifts (medium weight - 15 reps) and felt not only strong, but more flexible, getting really deep on the squats.

Next week, I'll give a more in-depth assessment of what I think. I'm still reading tons of books on keto-adaptation (just started "Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance" yesterday). I'm not seeing dramatic "lose 5 pounds a week!" type testimonials as many others that have started low carb lifestyles, but I was in pretty decent shape when I started, so I'm at a different point on the performance curve and so may progress slower (obviously this does nothing for my desire for instant gratification, but apparently low carb living can't cure everything....I'm still bald too by the way!)

But seriously, I'm eating almost 3000 calories/day and not gaining weight!!! What the hell is up with that!

I have a theory that I'm researching about how keto-adaptation keeps you from gaining weight, but that if you want to lose weight, you need to restrict calories. Until then, I am eating well and working out as always!

More to follow next time.....I'll try to give a 3-week assessment on Sunday

Have a great night Spark friends!

  
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VHALKYRIE 7/9/2012 8:40PM

    You can't gain weight in keto because there's no insulin to drive fat storage. Therefore, any excess ketones that aren't needed are flushed out through the kidneys!

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BOB240 7/8/2012 3:56AM

    Good analysis..

I'm interested to see what your bodpod does, I too have top of the range Tanita scales - and they clearly don't work for bodyfat! I also have calipers AND an expert in their use to help me - they clearly don't work either (there is NO way I am 5% bodyfat)

Out of interest go here

http://forum.bodybuildi
ng.com/showthread.php?t=1226819
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and use the pictures to put your own number on your bodyfat before the bodpod!

Calories - you're eating a lot of fat calories.. I read somewhere that fat is actually hard for the body to digest so it might not count as much as people think. Slight downside is the Swedish work did show that eating fat wasn;t a problem with causing weight gain but it did higher cholesterol levels..

Looking good


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BERGBA7 7/7/2012 8:27PM

    hm... still feel like "hope he is not going to get a hart attack." guess I have been indoctrinated too much on - don't eat that fat... lol ... Good for you to try it and getting such positive results for yourself!
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BBECKER1955 7/7/2012 3:39PM

    Wow! Eating 3,000 calories and leaning out at the same time sounds good.

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HAKAPES 7/7/2012 3:27AM

    Love the way you experiment with new things.

I also have an Omron blood pressure monitor, works great.

Do you know the book from Get Fit Guy, with the different body shapes, and recommended exercise - nutrition styles? There's a test, and the a recommendation for body type, a chapter for everybody.

Anyway, at the end of your ketoxperimentation, I'd be really interested in a sort of a summary, on what did you like in it, what you didn't, main take away, and any recommendation for the rest of the World.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 7/6/2012 10:03PM

    Keep up the good work!

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SHERYL_B 7/6/2012 4:34PM

    Interesting!!!

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FIT_FOR_THIRTY 7/6/2012 2:30PM

    Glad things are going so well for you! I look forward to reading updates!

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BILL60 7/6/2012 8:32AM

    Sounds like you have it under control. Have you tried fat calipers. I bought some that I can measure myself with. So, every Saturday, since the start of my BFL journey, I measure myself. To me, it's the real test. Hang tough!!

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JECKIE 7/6/2012 7:52AM

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ADVENTURESEEKER 7/6/2012 12:18AM

    Sounds like a great learning experience! Can't wait to hear how you progress :) Keep us posted!

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REBECCATKD 7/5/2012 10:15PM

    3000??? Wow!
I'm intrigued. Can't wait to see the update.

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CHEEKY1000 7/5/2012 10:10PM

    Hi! I'm really interested in this. I've been doing a lot of research on running now that I'm planning on running a 15K in December, and all the research stresses the importance of carbohydrates as fuel. So, naturally I'm confused that you seem to have so much energy. So many contradictions out there (gaaaaaa!). Anyhow, can't wait to hear how things continue to go.

Keep it up!

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WOUBBIE 7/5/2012 9:41PM

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Great, isn't it!

If you want to bump up the weight loss you can drop down to very low carb or zero carb for a a day or so to kickstart things again.

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PROT358 7/5/2012 8:31PM

    I think a big part of the journey is figuring out what nutrition our unique bodies need to run optimally. When you think about quantities, macronutrient ratios, number and timing of meals - there are a lot of variables to consider. At least in my limited experience, my body definitely has set preferences and sheds weight/looks leaner when I follow those preferences. It sounds like you're figuring things out even when they're counterintuitive!

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TERRIPAL1 7/5/2012 8:13PM

    emoticon let us know how it's going !
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LANAHAUTH21 7/5/2012 8:10PM

  Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work.

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 7/5/2012 8:03PM

    Sounds like a great experiment! Keep us posted!

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