Day 30 – First Month Wrap-Up

Weight:  249 (even)
Workout:  10 minutes elliptical
Breakfast:  Half banana, small hamburger patty
Lunch:  Charlies Chicken 1/4 rotisserie dark, green beans, half banana
Dinner:  Pulled pork, colored peppers fried in coconut oil, carrots

One month ago I started on the journey to lose weight and get back in shape.  In the last 30 days I have lost 21 pounds, shaped up, got my wind, and in the process discovered I have made a major lifestyle change that I hope is sustainable for the rest of my life.  But more importantly, I have learned a great deal about the Great America Diet – and it is not good.  In just 30 days I think I have just scratched the surface.  For me it is more than weight loss and fitness.  At 53, it is also about long term health.  Here is what I have achieved so far:

  • I discovered what toxins and antioxidants are and how they play a role in our health.
  • I discovered much of the meat we eat is stuffed with steroids and hormones because the meat processors and ranchers want more, faster.
  • I discovered whole grains are not as good for you as everyone wants you to think.
  • I discovered regular exercise leads to a sharper mind and may reduce my chances of contracting a brain centered disease like Alzheimer’s or Dementia.
  • I discovered high fructose corn syrup replaced natural sugar in our diets almost overnight in 1975 resulting in an onslaught of lifestyle diseases in America like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and many mental health issues.
  • I discovered common joint pain is caused by cell oxidation and toxins but can be eliminated quickly with proper diet, exercise and antioxidants.
  • My cholesterol is steady at 144.
  • My blood pressure is steady at around 100/60.
  • I feel better about myself.

The health results have been quick and sure.  I think clearer, breath better, am not plagued with seasonal allergies, emotionally more stable, sleep less, have more energy, look better, don’t suffer from joint pain anymore, more focused and eat less while feeling more satisfied.

If this is the first time reading this blog you may be wondering how I accomplished so much in such a short period of time.  It is simple.  I have adopted the paleo/primal diet, I exercise, and I take certain antioxidants.  It is so easy a caveman could do it!

As I continue I am learning more and more thanks to people like my daughter, Mandi, Mark Sisson at Mark’s Daily Apple, the Paleo Plan, Dr. Mercola and many more.  Thank you all for your esteemed wisdom and willingness to share it personally with me.

Finally, to all the super seniors at the Claremore Recreation Center I want to say I appreciate your youthful desire to hit the weights and track to stay healthy.  Yes, I like to highlight some of your moments but as a pre-senior I hope I am as alive as you are when I am your age. Click here to meet the prototypical seniors at the rec center.

Next month my goals are:

  • Lose a minimum of 15 more pounds
  • Tweak my diet to improve my healthy food intake even more
  • Incorporate sprints into my exercise plan

Also, I have enjoyed all the blogs authored by so many.  I appreciate your support, as well, and I look forward to reading about your insights and adventures in March.

God Bless!

End of Day 30!

Day 29 – In the 240’s!


Weight:  249 (-1)
Workout:  2 mile run/lower body weight training
Breakfast:  Half banana, carrot
Lunch:  Zio’s Tomato Florentine soup/small Caesar’s salad
Dinner:  Ham, veggie medley, pear

My warm-up today was a 2 mile run.  My knee has not hurt for about a week so I decided to give it a try on the track today.  It worked out fine except for that stubborn woman who felt like the rules of the track didn’t apply to her.   Seems she felt she could walk in the jogging lane at the rec center.  Ma’am, that is against the rules, which, by the way, are prominently posted every 20 feet along the wall of the track.  Can you not see the HUGE signs that hang above the jogging lane that say, “Joggers Only”?  Certainly you don’t consider what you are doing jogging, do you?  Really?

Aside from texting on the track, there is nothing more annoying than walkers in the jogging lane.  Well, there is something more annoying than that.  For some reason the staff at the rec center has decided to clean the track with a giant rolling cleaning machine during the middle of the day causing the joggers to do this “bob and weave” move out of necessity when the bottle neck happens. As I said earlier, the 3 lane track is upstairs and circles the two basketball courts below it.  Imagine a huge vacuum cleaner going around it while there are people walking and jogging.   Not fun.

Come to think of it, there is one more thing even more annoying than walking in the jogging lane or dodging the big cleaning machine.  I have learned that exercise causes the gastro system to work faster causing the release of certain methane gases while one exercises.  On senior days this can be quite compelling and challenging especially for those of us who jog and breath heavy.  For some reason seniors are not as self conscious about that sort of thing.

After the run I headed for the weights on the circuit machines for a lower body workout.  It turns out I am much stronger in my lower half than I am my upper half.  To do the proper amount of reps on the lower back extension machine I need more than the 300 pounds of weights on the machine.  I can do 27 reps at 300 pounds before I feel the heat.  The same is almost true with the leg extension machine.  On the other hand the hip abductor is the machine from the pit of hell.  With only 40 pounds I felt what women must feel when they give birth.  Why again do I need these muscles?  Another discovery I made was on the glute extension machine.   I learned my left glute is stronger than my right glute. I can’t help but wonder why that is.  What do I do with my left glute that I don’t do with my right glute?  Since they travel as a perfect pair I can’t understand how one is stronger than the other. Is that even possible?  This, of course, is not something I will mention to the guys at the cigar lounge when they ask me how things are going at the gym, but my wife found it quite interesting.

I am now in the 240s and my shape is looking much better.  I am finding I am eating less naturally and I stay fuller longer.  Except for one day, I have been feeling like I have more energy and I feel generally better.  Hopefully, tomorrow will be a significant drop in my weight.

By the way, if you don’t have a Zio’s restaurant in your town – too bad.  The Tomato Florentine soup is magnificent!  Please don’t tell me if it has any high fructose corn syrup in it.  I would appreciate it very much.

End of Day 29

Day 28 – Fat Kids, Fat Parents and The Fatheads Peddling Bad Health


 

 

Unless you are watching what you eat every day – I mean reading the labels and researching the products you buy for your family – you are probably on a high fructose diet.  As a result, you may be exposing yourself and your family to serious health problems including childhood obesity, mental disorders, diabetes, cancer and liver disease. The fact is, fructose is consumed either naturally from fruits and vegetables or through processed foods.  When consumed naturally the average person will consume about 15 grams of fructose. However, when consumed through processed foods the average person will consume over 70 grams a day causing serious insulin spikes that store fat, cause hunger, increase weight and lead to serious health problems, especially diabetes.  What is the conduit for high fructose in processed foods?  Corn syrup!

Corn syrup was invented in Japan in the 1960s and introduced in the US in 1975 as an inexpensive sweetener.  Of course, processed food producers and beverage makers jumped on it and began incorporating it into the American diet.  Since, lifestyle disease like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer have surpassed communicable diseases – including AIDS – in killing people.  The worst part about it?  No one is talking about the dangerous effects corn syrup has on our health.

Please watch this video from medical doctor and health researcher, Dr. Mercola.

Ever wonder why we have a problem with child obesity?  Here is a list of processed foods highest in corn syrup.

Capri-Sun Iced Tea
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Fruit Punch
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Grape
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Lemonade
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Mountain Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Orange
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Pacific Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Red Berry……….. and all the rest of the Capri Sun Drinks
 
Coca-Cola
Pepsi
A&W Root Beer
PowerAde
Sprite
Tropicana Drinks
 
Kellogg’s Corn Flakes®
Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes®
Kellogg’s Smorz®
Kellogg’s Special K® Red Berries
Kellogg’s All-Bran® Bran Buds®
Kellogg’s All-Bran® Extra Fiber
Kellogg’s All-Bran® Original
Kellogg’s Apple Jacks®
Kellogg’s Cinnamon Crunch Crispix
Kellogg’s Cocoa Krispies®
Kellogg’s Complete® Oat Bran Flakes…… and about 20 more!

Post Cereals

Nabsico Chips Ahoy
Nabisco Fig Newtons

Yoplait Yogurts

Wheat Thins

Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Blueberry
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Cherry
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Mixed Berry….. Let’s just say all of em’

And all the Oscar Myer Lunchables

AND MANY, MANY MORE!

For adults, there are a plethora of foods manufactured with high corn syrup including some of the drinks at Starbucks, steak sauces, BBQ sauces, mustard, Pepperidge Farm breads, and so on, and so on.

All of these foods tax our bodies unnaturally and cause imbalances that affect our health in ways beyond just our weight.

I invite you to go to Dr. Mercola’s website and learn more about this food substance that can slowly kill you.

Since my last post I am seem to be stuck on 250 lbs probably because I haven’t worked out much since then.  Today I hit the rec center with a vengeance and did 25 minutes on the recumbent bike and the circuit concentrating on the upper body muscles.  For my meals I have eaten a banana and yogurt (not Yoplait) for breakfast, and pulled pork, carrots, and grapes for lunch.  For dinner I will be enjoying a light hamburger steak and fried veggie medley (in coconut oil) and wash it all down with water.

At this point I am really upset with being duped by companies who do not care about the health of their customers.  I have eaten this stuff all my life and now I cannot be sure what the effects will be on my health as I get older.  It really ticks me off!  Now I am even more determined to stick with a whole food diet and dump the processed foods.  Good riddins!

End of Day 28

Day 24 – Jed and Elroy

Not too many guys will admit they had a lengthy conversation with a naked man about global warming, but I am confident in my own manhood and not threatened by such things.  If you have been keeping up with this blog at all you already know this is not untypical (see This Is Not What I Thought It Would Be and Making Hay posts).  Now, I have lived in nearly half of the states in the US (25 if you are a republican and 28 ½ if you are a democrat), as well as four different countries and I have never seen anything like what I have witnessed at the Claremore Recreation Center in Claremore, OK.

When I arrived in the locker room the other morning I had the pleasure of meeting Jed.  Jed is in his late sixties, about 5’ 7” and weighs in about 300 pounds.  I have recently learned at the rec center that something dramatic happens to the human body with age and a few too many chicken fried steaks.  Jed was the poster child of this phenomenon.  When Jed struck up a conversation with me in the locker room I was caught a little off guard when I turned around to see him naked as a Jaybird.  The impact of his form made me wince a little.  Let me say, Jed is a really nice guy so I don’t mean any disrespect to him but I have never seen so many overlapping rings of flesh stretching so far down on any living thing in my life.  My mind sort of went blank from trying to fit the image into some precept of logic like when my wife leaves a message on my phone that says, “Call me back if you don’t get this message.”

One thing led to another and Jed finally said out of the blue, “There’s something to that global warming thing.”  This also caught me off guard because, as everybody knows, this is the most conservative state in the US and conservatives don’t really buy into global warming. I told him I was on the fence about many of the claims because the recent release of some emails from some leading scientists exposed some overstated statistics and false science.  I also mentioned how John Kerry said ten years ago that the average temperatures would rise eight degrees in the next eight years and how Al Gore said twelve years ago we would have mass starvation in ten years – neither of which came true.  He mentioned something about ice core samples and an ice age in twenty-five years and then suddenly, a cold shiver swept over me as I realized I am having a discussion about global warming with a large, naked man.  Immediately, I reversed my politics and agreed with him about everything so we could end this conversation quickly. He seemed pleased with himself at having converted me and put his swim trunks on.  Of course, that created a whole new problem.  In my own experience with obesity I learned that when men put on more and more weight our butt cracks get much longer.  Jed was no exception.  When he turned to go towards the pool it became painfully obvious his swim trunks fell way short of hiding his.  Good ol’ Jed.  I hope the senior lady’s water aerobics class can keep their attention on their choreography when Jed gets in the pool.  Maybe he is why that class is so big.

When I got to the cardio are I saw Elroy.  I had met Elroy earlier on the track but had never seen him down on the floor where all the cardio machines were but there he was.  Understand, Elroy is also in his late sixties but about half the size of Jed.  When he saw me he smiled to acknowledge me and went on about his business on the stationary bike.  Up to this point this doesn’t sound unusual except that Elroy was working out on the stationary bike with his wife and the two were a sight to see.  Elroy was wearing his Wranglers, western shirt (the kind with the ivory snap buttons), large leather belt, and shoes like the UPS drivers wear – all while pumping away on the bike.  Elroy’s wife, a little younger, short and plump – was wearing knee high black socks with multicolored polka dots, panty hose (black), shorts, and a greenish colored button up shirt.  It was like the Walmart shoppers came to the rec center to work out.  And this is not unusual.  Every day is a new adventure in things I have never seen before when I go to the Claremore Recreation Center.

Aside from the interesting encounters, I did a lower body workout after my warm up a few bikes over from Elroy and his wife.  The knee still hurts a little and my calves are quite sore so I am on the bike until I heal better.  My weight remained at 250 pounds which is interesting since I ate so little yesterday.  Maybe it was the Chianti in lieu of dinner.  I know, not a good idea.  But then again, you didn’t have a conversation with a naked man about global warming or see Elroy and his missus on the stationary bikes.  I did.

End of Day 24

Day 23 – New Low… 250 Pounds!

It is official!  My scale delivered the good news of a new low of 250 pounds. That is 20 pounds lost since I began this journey late last month.  The great thing about this experience is I am never hungry and I feel very healthy although this morning I am extremely sore from my work outs over the last two days. 

What I did not blog about was my 30 minute experience on the elliptical that left my calves craving morphine.  It seems when you get over 50 the muscle pain comes two days after the work out and lasts two days longer than when I was 30.  This morning, after taking Mandi’s advice yesterday, my upper body muscles are competing with my calves to see who can make me grimace the most when I move.   But, no pain – no gain.  Although Mandi’s new work out routine is producing a muscle mutiny I know it won’t last long. 

The visit to the weight doctor was this morning and everyone in the office was very surprised at my progress.  Some of the counselors asked what I was doing so I told them about the Mandi work out routine and the diet based on the Paleo program.  As it turns out, they do not recommend that diet because it interferes with the HCG shots many of their patients use.  Seems the HCG shot is aimed at the body fat so there are fat intake restrictions for those on HCG.  Let me say this without trying to be judgmental or arrogant.  You don’t need HCG!  It is a hormone from pregnant women’s urine.  You just need to eat healthy.  Try the Paleo and watch the weight fall off.  Remember, my mother-in-law was overweight and never worked out.  She lost most of her fat weight simply by giving up bread, pasta and soft drinks.  It is not rocket science.

Tomorrow I will introduce you to Jed and Elroy from the rec center. Now that I have been there a month I have apparently achieved good-ol-boy status with some of the senior regulars and what a hoot they are. My conversation with Jed about global warming was quite insightful and Elroy has brought a whole new meaning to gym fashion. Read about it tomorrow.

End of Day 22

Day 22 – Mandi To the Rescue!

For the past week I have laid off any strenuous work outs because of the injury to my knee from over doing it on the running track (see Day 16 – Dyn-o-mite!).  The injury also coincided with my birthday week so it was awesome to see my weight remain at 253 pounds without gaining.  Wanting to get back to the rec center I called my daughter, Mandi, a very knowledgeable person who takes her health seriously, and asked her advice about how to proceed with working out in order to lose weight.

Keep in mind this is for a 53 year old man with no health problems other than weight.

This was some of her response:

Hey Dad! I did some research and talked to John about your workout plans, and I came up with a list of some suggestions that I think might help/improve your workouts.

  • Weightlifting routines can cater to one of two things: power or endurance. To build power, fewer reps are better. A power routine would be something like doing three sets of 8 or 9 reps for each machine in the circuit. I imagine you’ve already got plenty of power, and if you’re concerned about joint and ligament pain, focus on muscle endurance instead (it will allow your muscles to develop the ability to withstand future workouts without injury). Do three sets of 12-16 reps for each exercise. You should barely be able to finish the last rep. It’s a good idea to take a rest day between weightlifting sessions to allow your muscles to recover (again, preventing injury). A fun way to do this is to work out the upper body one day and the lower body the next (and you can do aerobic work about 5 days a week, but take at least one to two days a week off from that as well).
  • On elliptical machines, treadmills, or running, an alternative to slogging away for half an hour is to cut that time in half and do intervals. For instance, (after a warm-up), go five minutes at a relatively easy pace, then one minute at, say, 90% of your maximum effort. A few intervals of that will get your heart rate pumping harder than a long-slog, which burns more calories more quickly and prevents your knee from enduring at least some repetitive movements, which may help reduce pain. Keeping your body surprised is one of the best ways to lose weight and get fit. Interval training does just that. (Try googling “interval training” to get more information on this. It makes your workout so much more effective and is the foundation for CrossFit, which is considered one of the best current workout trends).
  • Find a running store somewhere and invest in a good foam roller. Some running stores will also offer classes to teach you rolling techniques, which can improve your workout and avoid injury. The one John and I use is called the Rumble Roller (in black, which, with foam rollers, indicates the firmest foam, but be warned, it can really hurt!). Use it before and after work outs (you can watch videos on youtube of people using foam rollers). It’s a good idea to use one regularly, because it helps push lactic acid out of your muscles, which will help prevent soreness, and it helps eliminate trigger points (the places where your myofacial tissue needs to be ironed out…..you’ll know it when/if you have any trigger points when you roll over them….it’ll bring a tear to your eye. When you find sensitive spots, spend 30 seconds or so rolling slowly back and forth over that area. After a few sessions, you’ll feel better). Don’t roll onto or over joints, just in between them. Think of myofacial tissue as a shirt. If it’s wrinkled, it’s not going to lie as nicely when you put it on. If you iron the wrinkles out, the fabric moves more fluidly over your body, fitting more correctly. Your myofacial tissue is the same way. It can get scars, or wrinkles, that prevent your body from moving as effectively as it could otherwise. By using a roller, you can iron out the wrinkles, adding flexibility to the tissue, reducing pain, and improving your workout.
  • Muscle is heavy. It weighs considerably more than fat, so if you lift weights regularly, you will gain a moderate amount of weight in muscle. The benefits of that though are tremendous. The tearing down and building up of muscle caused by weightlifting will have you burning calories during and well after you workout, even as you sleep. Stronger muscles require more energy, which your body will take primarily from your fat stores. Long story short, more muscle leads to less fat, so don’t worry about the weight you’d gain from muscle; it will be way offset by the amount of fat you’ll lose, and it will hasten your weight loss, not hamper it. The most effective weight-loss regimens now focus heavily on weightlifting.
  • Consider seeing someone from Airrosti, or someone who specializes in myofascial tissue work to monitor knee pain. It’s good to start treatments early so you can avoid further or more permanent/long term injury.
  • Ice (don’t heat) the knee for 20 minutes, take a 20 minute break, and then ice for 20 more minutes after exercise. Do not ice before working out.
  • Always start with a 10 or 15 minute warm-up, and cool down after aerobic exercise. Walking for 10 minutes is a nice cool down. It helps prevent injury.
  • Do not “push through pain” when lifting weights or engaging in aerobic activity. Pain means you’re using too much weight or going too far. If there’s pain even when you’re not exercising, rest the knee completely until the pain stops, and then pick back up using lighter weight. If you’re worried someone who is watching you might be judging you for the low weight you’re using, just tell them you’re rehabbing an injury (this is advice John gave me because I was embarrassed that I was lifting so little at the bench press).
  • Don’t obsess over the “weight number”. Keep other numbers in consideration, too. Measure inches lost. If you have access to a machine that measures body fat content, track that number. Track the amount of weight you’re lifting, time on the track, etc. Those numbers more accurately reflect health improvements than the numbers on the scale. Weight can be attributed to various factors (water retention, muscle mass vs. fat content, etc.) while the other numbers are more straightforward as to their cause. Remember that the goal is health and weight is only one factor of the equation.  John is suggestion taking a picture of yourself once a week (one picture flexing, one picture relaxed), and comparing each weeks photo to the last. You will be able to compare your overall improvements each week and see how your body is changing for the better.

You’re doing great Dad! I liked reading about your new cravings (sweet potatoes and peppers). I crave broccoli like crazy when I’m working out and being healthy.  Our bodies are neat, complex things and I’m really glad to hear that you’re taking care of yours so well lately.  I hope these tips and things help!!

Love you!
Mandi

Thanks Mandi, great advice!

The knee felt fine today so I took Mandi’s advice and surprised my body by doing a 20 minute warm-up on the recumbent bike followed by a rather hard weight work out on the circuit.  Today, I did only upper body machines and applied just the right amount of weight on each to as Mandi suggested – 3 sets of 12 to 18 reps resulting in the last rep turning me purple.   Tomorrow I will do lower body machines the same way.  I was at the rec center for just over an hour and feel pleasantly worked out.  For some reason the knee is a little sore but not debilitating like last week.

Breakfast consisted of a banana strawberry yogurt, cup of coffee and a couple of bites of a pear.  This doesn’t sound like much but believe me, it filled me up.  After my work out I had a hamburger patty with a sliced Roma tomato.  Tonight, I will be enjoying a light salad, bean soup, and some left over smoked butt!

Hopefully, tomorrow will mark a new low in my weight.  The other advice about the progress pics – yup, be warned, they are coming.

End of Day 22

Day 21 – Smoking Butt!

No one is ever sure what is going to come out of this blog.  Truth is, several of the posts have been a little off topic and a little personal.  So I’m sure when you saw the title of this one you probably debated whether to brave it or just let it be.  Well, rest easy.  This post is to illustrate the benefits of a whole food diet plan. The “butt” in the title is about the pork butt I smoked yesterday for my family.

Most of us have ventured into some fad diet like the Atkins diet or the South Beach diet only to quit in agony because we felt empty and hungry all the time.  I even tried a tomato and grapefruit diet years ago that made me feel like my brain was caving in.  Some of us have resorted to over the counter diet pills or shakes to help us reduce our hunger only to discover the only thing we lost was money.  Many of these diets can be unhealthy and dangerous especially for Type A personalities like me who want it all and want it now.  Everybody knows deep down inside these diets don’t work in the long term unless you make a lifestyle change.  So when I started getting serious about weight loss I wanted something I could live with for the rest of my life. My criteria were it had to be healthy, it could never leave me hungry, and it couldn’t cost more than my current food bill.

The whole food diet is simple, healthy, and cheap and it never leaves me hungry.  I eat meat, fish, egg, vegetables, fruit and nuts.  I do not eat anything with whole grains including breads, pastas, or anything breaded and fried.  There is no room for processed foods like cheese, hot dogs (although some brats and sausages are OK), or anything that comes in a package.  For breakfast I can have scrambled eggs and ham or a banana or a pear.  For lunch I like to fry up some veggies in coconut oil like peppers and onions with a little chicken mixed in.  And for dinner…

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WOW! Yes life is good!

Yesterday my wife bought an eight pound pork butt to serve for a family dinner.  The pork butt is actually a part of the shoulder of the pig, not his posterior.   It is a wonderfully tasty cut of meat if it is cooked right.  The butt has to be cooked slowly for a long time to be perfect.  This butt was marinated over night in an apple cider marinate made from the recipe below.  The next morning Pam prepped the butt with the spice rub and glue before I loaded it in the smoker.

Ingredients

Marinade:

  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 cup corn oil
  • 1 can pineapple concentrate
  • 1/4 cup salt (non-iodized)
  • 1/8 cup paprika
  • 1/8 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 cup white pepper
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube (dissolved in 2 tablespoons water)

Rub:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup salt (non-iodized)
  • 1/3 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon celery salt
  • 1 tablespoon hickory salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Glue:

  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 pork butt (approximately 8 pounds)

(From Food Network)

I put the butt on the smoker at 9:00 AM at a temperature of 225 – 250 degrees.  The smoker is an indirect style smoker with a separate firebox.  I used Royal Oak charcoal and hickory chunks for the smoke along with an hourly dose of soaked apple wood chips.  After five hours of smoking the butt I removed it from the smoker and tightly wrapped it in Saran Wrap and aluminum foil and placed it in the oven at 275 for another four hours.  This allows the fat to render making the meat extremely moist.  After a 15 minute rest the smoking butt was served to a hungry household.

A knife never touched the smoked butt.  The meat simply fell apart when it was pulled with a fork.  The smoke flavor was outstanding and the texture was perfect.  This butt was one of the best smoked butts I have ever had.  The rest of the meal consisted of a baked sweet potato and green beans.  I ate until I was comfortably full and very satisfied.  A few hours later I went to bed and this morning I weighed in at 253 pounds.  Although I didn’t lose any weight I am completely happy with eating so well and not gaining.

The point of this post should be obvious by now.  My worldview regarding diets and dieting changed dramatically this year.  I once believed dieting meant sacrifice and having to do without.  Now I know I can eat well and still lose weight and be healthy.  In fact, I can eat very well.  I eat anything I want as long as it is meat, fish, fruit, vegetable, egg or nuts (exceptions being some spices and cooking mixtures like the mustard and apple cider for flavor).  When you can eat like this and still lose weight, life is good!

If you are trying all the fad diets give it up.  It would be cruel to think we were created to forever be at war with ourselves over our weight.  We are biological organisms that were never intended to eat what we eat today.  Since we are all natural beings we should eat all natural food.  If done right it can be healthy, satisfying and sometimes downright awesome – like yesterday’s smoking butt!.

End of Day 20