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Re: CaveManJim's Workout Journal
« Reply #30 on: May 10, 2011, 08:05:45 AM »
Starting the 7th week!
http://youtu.be/OpP76ODVGGM

I'm able to do 2-5miles of walking daily with no problems at all. This past weekend I got my treadmill cleaned up and working and am able to do short sprints with it. I am really starting to feel the need to push myself harder now.

The weight is just melting off fast now, at least half a pound a day on average.

I still have yet to pick up the exercise mat and weights, but will by next month. My arms are starting to feel stronger as well, so I'm wanting to lift more things, which is great!

The blood pressure is coming down naturally, but very slowly. I'll see what this doctor I'm going to see will want to do. I would like to see if I can continue to bring it down myself without meds, but if I'[m risk of more heart damage then I'll do the meds until I'm much thinner and in better condition.

I can already envision a time where I can just decide to something crazy like a long hike, long bike ride, play volleyball, or any other active sport without even thinking about it.
JIM

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Re: CaveManJim's Workout Journal
« Reply #31 on: May 16, 2011, 10:21:14 AM »
End of week 7
http://youtu.be/l0oaSsPvA5c

Lazy weekend, sat around and watched movies, cold, rainy and just good day to relax.

Doctors visit went well all things considered. I figured I'd get grief over the unconventional diet, but he was more than pleased that I was on a ketogenic type diet. Just got my first blood work done, but won't know any results until the next appointment in a month.

Until then, it's back to walking, intermittent sprints on the treadmill, and gradually working in the pushups and other upper body exercises. I really do feel that sensation of my muscles wanting to work harder now. I can now see why so many of the more fit people in this lifestyle want to get ripped, it's a feeling you just get naturally.

Been looking at picking up a set of kettle bells, now that I know what the hell they are. I thought of just going with free weights and and use dumb bells, but I kind of like what you can do with the kettle bells.

At the end of the week I have my first huge order of grass fed meat to pick up, $300 worth! That should keep me well stocked for a month. I also picked up some great high quality olive oil, DAMN! that stuff is strong. It will take a while for me to adapt to the taste. Also went to the local farmers market and picked up in season veggies, only Asparagus for now, but next week the Strawberries start!
JIM


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Re: CaveManJim's Workout Journal
« Reply #32 on: May 18, 2011, 09:34:52 AM »
Beginning week 8
http://youtu.be/ZYqxLObjIXc

I have a weeks vacation coming up, and no money, so it's going to be an exercise week! I am planning am ambitious 100 miles in 10 days goal of walking and hiking. 

I have been noticing the amount of food I can eat and feel full keeps going down. I still get enough calories, but just the amount is going down. This is a good thing. I eat primarily 2 times a day with maybe a snack of some sort in the middle of the day. I am finding that I can go long periods without eating and not feel tired, hungry or any cravings at all.

I have also lost my taste for the things I used to enjoy, like cheeseburgers and pizza. They just don't taste right and are not satisfying anymore. This is great, because those were the last things I used to crave, now for some reason I crave liver and eggs!

In two days I'll be picking up my mother load of grass fed beef. This should be enough to keep me fed for a month and a half, I think I bought too much!

Another one of the side effects of my diet is that it seems my bald spot I've had for 10 years is now growing hair! It might be from all the Coconut Oil I drink, 2-3 tablespoons with each meal. Whatever it is, lots of things are improving. I can't wait to start some upper body workouts, once I get the all clear from the doctor on the condition of my blood pressure and heart.
JIM

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Re: CaveManJim's Workout Journal
« Reply #33 on: May 18, 2011, 12:43:35 PM »
Great progress so far Jim! 

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Re: CaveManJim's Workout Journal
« Reply #34 on: May 18, 2011, 03:16:43 PM »
Jim-

I am so proud and impressed by you! I'm less then half your age and weight, but I am also embracing a healthy new lifestyle!

To make the changes you as a middle aged man inspires me. I wish my parents would do the same. I happy that you will be around much longer due to your new lifestyle!

AMAZING PROGRESS!!


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Re: CaveManJim's Workout Journal
« Reply #35 on: May 28, 2011, 07:30:35 AM »
Week 9
http://youtu.be/SfjsvmsfoWA

The vacation has been going good. I have been getting out every day, and also getting plenty of needed sleep! I only had one good warm day to swim, first time in 15 years! I am not a strong swimmer, so this is something I shall work on during the summer.

The heart medication is in full effect now, and I can really feel it. I am really fatigued all the time now, and even going for long walks is hard. The doctor wants to put me on more medication, just as I had predicted. They seem to only have one path of treatment for people with heart problems, with no original thought or designer to step out side the comfort zone. I guess I can't blame him too much. With law suits and malpractice insurance, the safe way is the traditional way. Seeing that I will probably have a heart attack and die without some medicine, I'll just bide my time, stick with the paleo program and come off the medication as my vitals improve.

So, in addition to regular long walks, I'll start swimming every day once the temperature gets above 80.

On the first of next month I do another weigh in, I am hoping to have dropped another 15 pounds, we'll see!
JIM

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Re: CaveManJim's Workout Journal
« Reply #36 on: June 03, 2011, 08:42:37 AM »
End of month 2, 42 pounds lighter!
http://youtu.be/B1_R8dCzGr0

I seemed to have settled into a fairly good routine of daily walks and weekly workouts, and it's paid off! My goal for next month is 10 more pounds. I am still really heavy at 280 pounds, but feel lighter on my feet each week. Still not light enough to go charging into any sort of extreme exercising, but by next year I will be.

I have also established my eating schedule, which is only twice a day, no more than 100 grams of carbs, 60% or more of my calories from healthy fats and as much protein as I feel I can eat. I never feel hungry, and I can feel my metabolism working faster now.

Over the coming weeks I'll start intermittent fasting one meal per week, then next month I'll do a random day of fasting once a week, this should help with the weight loss and allow my body time to repair my heart damage and replace muscle tissue.
JIM

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Re: CaveManJim's Workout Journal
« Reply #37 on: June 12, 2011, 10:38:22 AM »
Middle of month number three.
http://youtu.be/oBAmimYLDH0

Cutting back a little on the intensity of my walks, but still getting at least 5 miles a day in, just at a more leisurely pace. Been price shopping for kettle bells and will really start doing the strength training when I'm at about 250 pounds.

Further refined my diet to include mostly seafood, red meat and chicken, eggs, and liver. All wild caught fish and pastured beef and chicken. I'll add in a vegetable now and again, but not more than 100 grams per day. I've been intermittent fasting, skipping random meals most every other day, and only eating two meals a day when I do eat. My calorie intake is really down, but I'm not hungry or craving at all, and I actually feel better when I skip meals, although I do still eat when I get really hungry.

I'm down another 7 pounds so far. The goal is 10 pounds by the end of the month ,so I should be able to pass this with no more effort than I'm doing. Like I mentioned, once I hit 250, I'll start strength exercise three times a week, and this should help keep my weight loss continuing at it's current pace.

I can't wait to finally be thin again!
JIM

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Re: CaveManJim's Workout Journal
« Reply #38 on: June 23, 2011, 08:27:25 AM »
Near the end of June
http://youtu.be/9CJFqk5lXhc

I have now lost enough weight I feel comfortable getting out in the kayak! This is the first time I have ever kayaked, and nearly 15 years since canoeing back in the day. It felt good to get some upper body movement and exercise. I can tailor the load easily by paddling softly or hard. I spent about 2 hours on the water, circumnavigating the perimeter of the small lake here in town. Next week I'll head out to larger lakes for longer trips.

I can really feel it in my arms and chest. I can also see that you use you abdominal muscles a lot as well, this will be great for getting my core body strength up. I figure I'll be able to kayak at least two hours each morning, most mornings, then some in the afternoon. This coupled with my daily 2-5 mile walks should keep me on the fast track for losing more weight, it has been working good so far, I feel better than ever.

I am still holding off from any strenuous exercise. I still figure I'll wait until I'm about 200 pounds, then start that as I continue to get stronger and fitter. Next year I should finally be close to where I want, and be able to tackle most any activity I have wanted to do.
JIM

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Re: CaveManJim's Workout Journal
« Reply #39 on: June 24, 2011, 12:33:49 PM »
Awesome progress... keep us posted.

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Re: CaveManJim's Workout Journal
« Reply #40 on: July 06, 2011, 07:11:47 AM »
End of Month 3 update
http://youtu.be/vavEuJSQaHQ

Down to 255, lost 67 pounds to date!

Walking every morning, kayaking every evening, and swimming too.

The diet itself is on auto pilot, so there nothing changed with that. For this next month I'll be doing one fasting day a week, and a resting day at the same time, it's not good to fast and exercise at the same time.

I feel I am progressing quite nicely without doing any static exercise. I really dislike normal exercise, and would always much prefer to get out and do stuff as opposed to repetitions of some sort of routine weight training, not that there is anything wrong with it at all, I just don't prefer that. For more intensity I'll just scale up my activities. Next month I'll be moving closer to work, and will add 6 miles of biking to my routine.

At the rate I'm going I should be able to hit my target of 160 pounds with a 34 inch waist by next spring.
JIM

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Re: CaveManJim's Workout Journal
« Reply #41 on: August 04, 2011, 05:53:24 AM »
End of month 4 update
http://youtu.be/rUEJMiZA9kg

The diet is going well. I had a couple cheat days at the county fair, and they really hit me hard, who knew elephant ears could kill a diet! But I knew what I was doing, I really wanted to just have fun and grab some real junk food at the fair.

I just picked up a cheap bike, and will start riding to work which is a 6 mile trip each way. I don't plan on racing my bike, I only ride at conversational speed, and make sure I power up the hills for the intermittent workout. So with this, I am now walking, hiking, biking, kayaking and swimming on a daily basis. For me, this is exactly what I want to be able to do at this time. Once winter hits, I'll get a crossfit club membership, and a YMCA membership that has an indoor track for walking.

Food wise, I am still going for the ketogenic sweet spot. I have less than 50 grams of carbs a day, by my totally rough estimation, I measure nothing, nor count calories at all. I eat eggs, bacon and a couple spoon fulls of coconut oil in the morning, have full fat yougurt and piece of fruit and almonds for lunch, and dinner is either wild caught fish, organic chicken, grass fed beef, and a paleo friendly veggie. All my meals are just variations of this. About the only variance I have made from pure paleo is the yogurt, and some grass fed butter. I really find that since I added the dairy my digestion problems (constipation) disappeared over night, so I really thrive on dairy.

I only lost 8 pounds for the month, would have been more if not for the two cheat days, but it was worth it for fun with friends. I am at 248 as of the last weigh in, I do know that I am getting better muscle tone, and I'm probably putting on some muscle mass with all the activity I'm doing. The waist line continues to shrink, I'm at 36 inches right now. The ultimate goal is still 155-160 by next April, so things are going very well for that.
JIM
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Re: CaveManJim's Workout Journal
« Reply #42 on: August 05, 2011, 11:40:14 AM »
I've just taken the time to read through all your posts, Jim, and it's great to see how well you're doing! Truly inspirational!

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Re: CaveManJim's Workout Journal
« Reply #43 on: August 05, 2011, 12:46:24 PM »
Glad to hear things are going well Jim.

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Re: CaveManJim's Workout Journal
« Reply #44 on: August 07, 2011, 11:19:48 PM »
Hi Jim,

I was following your journal for some time before I joined up, and you've been a tremendous inspiration for me.

The way you're doing things, and your whole philosophy is so akin to mine that your continuing success proved to me that I could do it to.

Thank you. And please post often, if you can. I'm sure there must be many others following your progress from afar, as I used to do, and maybe they'll one day have the courage to start on their own journey to health too. It only takes one shining example like you to change a dream to reality :)

CF