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Interviews / 300
« on: January 16, 2011, 11:33:32 AM »

Research / Just remember: there's no such thing as a corn lobby
« on: January 16, 2011, 07:36:21 AM »

How do you get fired in Iowa? By reminding people that cows naturally eat grass, not corn.

Introductions / Welcome Farkers
« on: October 31, 2010, 02:18:49 PM »
Say hello fellow Total Farkers!

I cracked 150 Lbs!

Research / A vegetarian nutritionist looks at low carb -- video
« on: October 23, 2010, 08:11:46 AM »

Paleo is mentioned explicitly at 52 minutes but the whole video is worth watching. I think he gets paleo a bit wrong because I've certainly broadened what I've been eating since going paleo.

Progress Reports & Photos / Monthly weigh in
« on: October 20, 2010, 06:43:58 AM »
Oct 20
Date         Actual   Diff
April 21      190      N/A         
May 20       182      8
June 20       172      10
July 20       164       8   
Aug 20      157      7 (Started running)
Sep 20      157      0 (Stopped all dairy, began moving into middle-distance running)
Oct 20      153      4 (Began experimenting with intermittent fasting twice weekly, long runs are now 2h)

Height 5'8, weight in uni was 132. Bodyfat measuring machine five reading average is 18.25.

Diet and nutrition / Asian restaurants
« on: October 17, 2010, 03:59:38 PM »
Someone I know always wants to go to Asian restaurants. Needless to say, I don't eat half the meal because of the rice. The thing is, the rest of the food comes covered in potato starch/corn starch sauce. The next day, I am invariably three pounds heavier because of all the water retained.

I do rather like Chinese broccoli, and would eat that happily were it not for the darned sauce. What are your experiences and what are your solutions for the paleo diner in Asian restaurants?

Diet and nutrition / Intermittent fasting
« on: October 15, 2010, 07:45:46 PM »
I've started experimenting with intermittent fasting. This is done twice weekly from lunch to breakfast the next day, on non-exercise days. Has anyone else fiddled with intermittent fasting? If so, what has been your experience?

Diet and nutrition / New set of goals
« on: October 15, 2010, 03:32:14 PM »

I've been on paleo for six months and have lost a lot of weight, so much so that I'm running again. I'm in the process of making my plans for the next six months.

I am five foot nine and started this in April at 190 lbs with a 38 waist. Now I'm 155, albeit with a spare tire, with a less than 32 waist.

DateActual   Diff         Delta
April 21      190          N/A         
May 20       182          08          08
June 20       172          10          18
July 20       164          08          26   
Aug 20      157          07          33   Getting facial and other definition on the back, for example. Spare tire still there.
Sep 20      157          00          00   Leaner forearms, ribs, spare tire still here. Second month of running so doubtless there's more lean tissue.

My weight has been one pound of loss per month for the last two months or so after losing eight to ten pounds a month for several months until I stalled at 157 two months ago. I guess it's a limit of thermodynamics: the fat's pretty much gone. What's left is subcutaneous fat and loose dermis. That extra skin simply works itself off at a much lower speed high speed fast loss and it may take a year or two consume itself.

My university weight was 132 and so I figure I've got a few more lbs to lose but I'm not aiming for a specific target other than a BMI of 21.7 which would put me right in the middle of the 'good' zone and I estimate that would be the low 140s. I've also been experimenting in the last month with intermittent fasting (15 hours, two days a week: no food after lunch until coffee the next day).

  • I've eliminated all dairy but have started to fry with butter again because it tastes so goddamned good, particularly with fish. In fact, I no-longer taste the coconut milk as being coconutty, mind you, I'm mixing it with almond milk so perhaps that's making a difference although it's somewhat sweet.
  • I will also consider eating fruit again as a 'treat'.
  • Another goal is to be a bit less scientific about my diet than I have been (necessarily as there's so much to learn when starting off)  to see if I can't maintain the same waist. For example, I've stopped checking my Ketostix readings.
  • I'll stick with the intermittent fasting as long as I can. It's actually surprizingly easy, particularly on nights when I am out and about. It's when I'm at home that I find myself wandering into the kitchen a lot and cleaning.
  • A just for fun goal is I shall not buy lettuce. If it comes with a meal, I shall eat it, but I shall not purchase it on my own. There are a lot of other veggies -- fennel, bok choi, ocra and others -- and I should probably look into them more than I have in the past. It's just an attempt to widen my horizons and break myself out of a routine. I'm sure most of us wouldn't care if we never saw iceberg lettuce again, actually.
  • Finally, I'd like to run a half marathon again in the spring. My current long run is two hours so I can't see why I couldn't. The trouble is, it's hard to do speed intervals up here in the snow and ice.

Miscellaneous / Why are so many vegetarians, you know, ummm....heavy?
« on: October 15, 2010, 12:56:46 PM »
Seriously. Of all the vegetarians I know, only two are thin and they're avid cyclists and runners. The rest -- and I admit I am right now talking about anecdotal observation and not fact -- as heavy as anyone else.

Feel free to throw stuff at me now.

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