PAULDODO   22,976
20,000-24,999 SparkPoints
PAULDODO's Recent Blog Entries

Warriors and worriers

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I started a Warrior diet this week. Google it if you want details, but basically it entails eating until you're full with good, healthy foods, after your active period is complete- so yes, at night. The following day you undereat, snacking lightly on healthy things and drinking lots of water- or that's my understanding of it! A side point is that you also eat with your fingers more, something I probably do more than most anyway.
I already read enough to write the definitive feature on this so please, no 'worried about my health' replies!

I've eased myself into this, knowing that if I shock my system too much I'll fail. I've been 'generous' with my daytime snacks and drink white tea (Malawi Salima Peony, thanks for askin') more than water, but am tailing these off as the diet kicks in proper. I'm experimenting with my 'breakfast' times, alternating Kefir and fruit smoothies with Kombucha and fruit cordials. I lunch on a little fruit or salad, I boost my system with the same before I do activities such as yoga, the gym workout or walking.

So far, the daytime hunger has diminished as I adapt to the regime. I have not felt weak, tired or dizzy so I think it's working for me. Hunger only rears its ugly head when I'm sat at the computer, so I've banished treats and processed stuff from the apartment and try to keep busy.

People who meet me often wonder why I talk of 'dieting' and 'making myself slimmer', but I know what I need to do to feel good in this body, because this body doesn't feel good to be in right now, compared to how it used to feel. I'm 5' 10" on a good day, weigh 162lb and have a paunch.... yes, a middle aged paunch, ladies and gentlemen, the result of letting myself go and of my body refusing to burn it all off as it used to. And moobs, but there may be people eating so I won't continue that line....

What do I want? To feel fitter, to be around 150-154lb, to be toned and more supple and to be rich! Well, apart from the last one, I know what to do to achieve these aims. I am back at the gym, I do yoga, I'm walking everywhere again, and I started a diet that makes me face up to what and how I eat.

Apparently I need around 2000 cals to maintain this lifestyle and lose a pound a week. I have no idea what calories I'm taking in- until now, that's seemed too much effort!

So, I jotted down what I just ate for my 'overeating' meal and need to check what the calorific value of the meal is. I feel full, which is a good thing. I need to explore the protein side of my diet, as I'm vegetarian and am weaning myself off Soya products due to the high estrogen content in them- another contributor to my belly and moobs and lethargy I read.....

Oh, you're still here? Good! A few days ago I asked if anyone was following the Warrior diet through my status- nobody replied, apart from 'wossat', so am I alone? Know anyone that tried it properly?

What have you?


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MILLIE5522 4/29/2012 12:21PM

    Since it has been over 18months how did the Warrior diet go?

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUPERBIEN 8/10/2011 4:29PM

    Good job weaning off of the soy-based products, that's especially important for men b/c it is a proto-estrogen (as you obviously already know).

I suspect that if we had a society that did anything in moderation it'd be less of an issue, but we seem to think "hey soy is good!" [and cheap] and then throw it into everything. And nothing is good in too great of amounts.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PAULDODO 7/29/2010 4:15PM

    Well, the theory is that we're built to use the stored fat first, if I read it right- so, undereating during your periods of activity helps your body concentrate on this task, but if we eat during this period, then our bodies have to deal with those contents, changing the chemical balance and stuff. I feel so much freer, knowing I don't have to find a breakfast or a lunch, too. I do still have cravings, but my higher self is now able to kick in and provide a 'worthy' alternative, as long as one is immediately available!

I am hoping to follow up this blog with updates, but I said that about my ukulele progress, too..... Yes, I do still play, btw!


Report Inappropriate Comment
OPHELIA105 7/29/2010 4:06PM


it sounds interesting - I would be interested to know if the calorie intake of this diet would balance out at a number which would support weight loss.

For example I need to eat 1500 cals a day to have a deficit of *counts on fingers* 3500 and therefore lose 1 lb according to the inafallible law of weight loss.

So if on the undereat phase I eat about 500 cals then my over eat phase would be 1000 as that is about much as much I could feasibly eat in one sitting (of healthy food - if it were pizza I am sure I could manage twice as many cals..)

So the timing controls the calorie intake so much as triggering any biological process...

I am going to watch your progress with interest. My 1500 cals a day is generally split into 350:350:800 as it is - I prefer to have my heavier meal in the evening. I think part of this is psychological at wanting to *treat* myself at the end of the day.

Or could it be I am a warrior after all?


Report Inappropriate Comment

Coombe Abbey July 2010- pics!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

..and a good time was had by all!

Quick and dirty edit of a choice few images- no names, no pack drill!


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KERANCE 7/29/2010 4:59PM

    These are great....lovely!


Comment edited on: 7/29/2010 5:07:54 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
CATMAN124 7/26/2010 1:37AM

    Great pics of a great day, up to your usual standard Paul. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CAMILLE-LEON 7/25/2010 10:22PM

    the last one is so presh!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHEILA2BFITTER 7/25/2010 10:05PM

    Great photos Paul especially of the dogs.


Report Inappropriate Comment
PAULDODO 7/25/2010 6:43PM

    For Chris-


Report Inappropriate Comment
OPHELIA105 7/25/2010 2:42PM

    Never did get the silent q in rhubarb thing....

Fabulous photos - as always


Report Inappropriate Comment
SHREKWARD 7/25/2010 9:31AM

    Superb! The only critism is to get rid of the fat bloke with the horns on his head!
Thanks for sharing with us all Paul, well done!
P.S. James (black coloured soul singer from the 70's-80's and no, not the silent Q in Rhubarb!)

Report Inappropriate Comment
SANDYSLAND 7/25/2010 8:29AM

    Made me smile!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WORKTHEGOAL 7/25/2010 7:19AM

    Love these pics, especially the black and white ones!! Wish I had an occasion to hire you!

Mandy x

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARINAK3 7/25/2010 6:19AM

    This was fun! Thanks for sharing!


Report Inappropriate Comment

Requests, I've had a few.... the granola story.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

So, I found this great, slightly weird book in a local charity shop, (apparently a prize for Home Economics, presented by the Thomas More RC school to Teresa Stockley in 1982/3 by W.P. Hartley, the headmaster), and bought it, then stuck it on the shelf with all of the other recipe books and proceeded to forget about it....

'Recipes For Living' by Dave Scott and Alan Roberts (Wildwood House, London, 1979) has an air of self publishing about it, with chapters on Wholeness, Life Force, Life Force and Nutrition, Diet, An Analysis of Foods, Chemistry of Foods, The Anatomy of Nutrition and Excercise, followed by sections on basic recipes and Japanese cooking. I think that covers everything...... :)

Anyhow, I recently took it down to look through it and discovered this recipe for granola, a breakfast meal I've been buying a lot of since I returned from a trip to the US a few years ago. The problem was that I didn't really enjoy the commercial versions and wanted one of my own. I looked thro the vast selection on the Spark recipes site and nothing grabbed me.

So, I'm making this after a week searching for the more elusive ingredients. It seems to be a recipe to feed a whole family for a year, but I'm sure I'll get through it, eventually!

Here are the ingredients, in their words:

Scant 10 fl. oz (275ml) vegetable oil
8 oz (225g) honey
Scant 10 fl. oz (275ml) hot water
8 oz (225g) coconut
1lb (450g) wholewheat flour
1lb (450g) rolled oats
4 oz (100g) soy flour
8 oz (225g) wheat germ
8 oz (225g) sesame seeds
1 tablespoon salt

Mix the liquids, dry mix the rest, mix all together then spread over a large baking tray and bake for 2 hours on 250 degrees F (gas mark 2)for two hours, stirring occasionally. Split and store in airtight containers.

OK, I added dried mixed fruit and ground hemp seeds, too, as well as some maple syrup, and I had to use three big trays to bake it in!

A sneaky taste of the mix tells me it's nothing like the commercial stuff! I'll update when it's baked and cooled, but it smells amazing.

I'll eat it, as usual, with sliced banana, and any fresh berries I can get my hands on- oh, and all mixed together with a healthy portion of kefir yoghurt.

But for now, I'll have to wait- the gym calls me!

Have a great Bank Holiday weekend, friends!


Edited to add photos!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

M77355 9/15/2011 8:56AM

    Mmm-mmm-mmm looks Great!
Your photography makes it look even better - cooking magazine worthy!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUCCESS68 8/5/2011 9:34AM

    Great idea. Time to bake. Thanks!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ARKANANGEL 1/18/2011 1:57AM

    Did this ever get posted in SparkRecipes? I believe it could. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PAULDODO 12/14/2010 4:23PM

    Thank you, all- it was lovely, but I'd caution against adding the wheatgerm, unless it's very soft wheatgerm- it really does crack your teeth if it's the hard stuff I added.... emoticon


Report Inappropriate Comment
SARAHNICOLE__17 12/14/2010 2:59PM

    I have been searching for a good granola recipe! Thank you!!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CAMILLE-LEON 5/16/2010 2:30PM

    that looks delish!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIFESABREEZE 5/3/2010 6:33PM


Beautiful photos, makes it look all the more delicious...homemade is so much tastier than store bought! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WORKTHEGOAL 5/2/2010 6:36AM

    Golly there's plenty there to keep you happy! It looks wonderful.

Would you mind if I pinch the recipe and give it a go too? I'll have to use my roast baking tin trays!

Nice one Paul

M x

Report Inappropriate Comment
ARKANANGEL 5/1/2010 2:29PM

    scrumptious, I'm sure! I love granola in my yogurt.. I must look into keifer sometime. Everything's better with granola on it! Is it better tasting than the storebought stuff??

Report Inappropriate Comment
PAULDODO 5/1/2010 12:09PM

    Calories? I have no idea! I guess you could work it out if you wanted to.... emoticon


Report Inappropriate Comment
JANETX62 5/1/2010 12:06PM

    That looks lovely, thanks for sharing the recipe.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LORNJOHN 5/1/2010 11:57AM

    Looks yummy, how many calories?

Report Inappropriate Comment

Making a spectacle....

Saturday, March 20, 2010

So I've got glasses. Two pairs. actually, just for driving. Apparently I'm a little short sighted and I'm close to the limits they set for driving, so it seemed sensible to get them now.

I get them Tuesday....

I found another grey hair today.

I'll be 49 in two weeks....


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GLADGAD 3/30/2010 4:56PM

    Paul - I like the new glasses. Makes you look very distinguished. Regarding the age - I just turned 50 recently and I am running faster than I ever have!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JANETX62 3/22/2010 4:23AM

    I went for a eye test a couple of months ago, and found I was slightly short sighted, so I had a pair for reading in the evening,( I dont drive) other wise I'm fine, they really help me though, I was suprised how good they looked on, the staff suggested ones to try on, and picked a red rimmed pair, which I would never have chosen myself, I nearly didnt try them on, I have red hair and my mum always drilled into me red doesnt suit me, but they looked great. I was 48 in February, and have some white hairs coming through, I quite like them, I keep telling myself one day I will be a natural platinum blonde LOL.
Best Wishes for your Birthday.

Report Inappropriate Comment

  If you get the right glasses they can make you look very attractive. Think of them not just as a necessity but as a fashion accessory!

Age is nothing. Bet you dont feel any different when you get to 49 than you do now. loljavascript: void(0);

Report Inappropriate Comment
RANJINI4 3/20/2010 6:08PM

    You are so young!Think happy Paul!Glasses are nothing!I have been wearing glasses since I was 9 and now wear trifocals and my dear,life gives us character and a lot of gray hair! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

Sparkmidlands, UK, meeting- Birmingham Feb 28 2010- pics

Monday, March 01, 2010

Here's a few I took- black and whited cos of the crappy light.... Apologies in advance....


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MISSYLEE7 3/2/2010 5:54PM

    Some very nice portraits Paul. Nice to get a good look at who I keep talking to!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PAULDODO 3/2/2010 11:39AM

    Cheers all! I binned a lot of the ones I took due to shakiness- It was very dark and you were all so animated!

I'll send you my daily rates, Jude! emoticon emoticon emoticon


Report Inappropriate Comment
WORKTHEGOAL 3/2/2010 7:54AM

    You did a brilliant job Paul, I think they're lovely. I always did love the b&w pictures though, brought back some nice memories of my Dad in his dark room, he only ever did b&w!

Thank you for the memories in pictures

M x

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHREKWARD 3/2/2010 6:11AM

    Cool pics, so good to put more faces to names!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JULIAOAK 3/2/2010 5:43AM

    great pics!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BRANDI1809 3/2/2010 5:40AM

    Love the photos Paul, but surely you took more than that!!!! Can we use you as the official photographer for the UK 'Party in the Park' in July? lol.
I'm glad you enjoyed the day out & hope we can all get together over your side of the Midlands soon.

Report Inappropriate Comment
RINNY9 3/2/2010 5:34AM

    how cool!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JESSUK 3/2/2010 1:41AM

    really nice! I never had b/w pics of myself. thanks for posting these!

Report Inappropriate Comment

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Last Page