Are you a Zoo Animal?

I am re-reading the The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health Paperback by John Durant. In the book, Durant argues for an evolutionary approach to health and fitness. Here is his key point: All animals, human or otherwise, thrive when they mimic key elements of life in their natural habitat. The corollary, and maybe obvious point, is when animals and humans deviate from their natural habitat they often suffer degraded health…

Reasons are Bullshit

I had every reason to fail this week. And by some measures, I did fail. At last week’s Weight Watchers weigh-in, I was up 0.5 pounds. I bailed mid-day (Tuesday) on a fasting day (no food allowed … water, black coffee and unsweetened ice tea only). On Thursday, I nearly tripled my Weight Watchers PointsPlus allotment. My right knee was very sore on Sunday. I skipped my mid-week run. I…

Cheerleaders and Vampires

Outside of my immediate family, I don’t talk much about my health and fitness goals, that is, unless I am asked about them. Two situations generally prompt questions: I fast at least one day per week. This means no food, only water, coffee (black) and tea for the day. Life doesn’t stop on these days. Other people go to lunch, so I either need to pass or go and not eat anything….

Training for My First 5K … from the Treadmill to the Street

Hooray! Today, I just completed 183 days in a row of walking 10,000 steps a day. I am halfway done with my most important goal. I will supply a report out in a future post. If you are new to this blog, for context … I’ve been focused on my most important goal, walking 10,000 steps a day every day for 1-year. I track my steps with my Fitbit One, reporting my progress…

Training for My First 5K Race

I’ve discussed my health and fitness goals at length. In fact, I’ve been obsessively focused on my most important goal, walking 10,000 steps a day every day for 1-year. I track my steps with my Fitbit One, reporting my progress daily on Twitter. Today, I just completed 176 days in a row of 10,000 steps a day (yes … every day). I credit my success to what I learned from The…

Happy Valentine’s Day to My Wife

Happy Valentine’s Day to my Love, my Wife. Please know that the boys and I love you very much. And even though we don’t show it enough, know that we appreciate everything you do. You are detailed orientated and probably want to know specifics. Here are 14 things we appreciate about you. You are a great Wife. You are my best Friend. You are a great Mom. You are cute…

Fat Guy Personal Best

I am very introverted, and generally will not discuss my health and fitness goals with people. That is .. unless I am asked and the person asking seems genuinely interested or I feel that he/ she can offer some useful information. When I discuss my routine, I find it awkward and funny to talk about new highs or lows (number of steps, running distance, weight lifted, body weight, etc.). For…

Aren’t you starving? Fasting Fridays

Last year, I started fasting on Fridays. I tried it after re-reading Antifragile by Nassim Taleb. I fasted on Fridays for a good portion of the year (2015), but dropped the habit over the Holidays. In my 2016 goals, I recommitted to fasting every Friday. Why? I used to have chronic headaches. The headaches would start on the right side of my head, above my ear. Within an hour, the pain would…

My Weight Watchers Experience

In a recent post about becoming overweight, I mentioned that I joined Weight Watchers about four years ago, at age 39. I received a number of emails on the post asking for details about Weight Watchers, what I thought about the program, etc. I hope this post addresses them. If not, please leave your questions and comments below. Or send me a note. I will try to address them. Thank…

The Good Plan: How I Ran 1.5 Miles & Deadlifted 225 Pounds Last Weekend

When it comes to health and fitness, one of the benefits of being so out of shape is that quick progress is possible. The results feel good, feeding your desire to do more. This has been true for me. Running In early December 2015, I ran 0.2 miles at 6 MPH. I was winded and felt horrible after. I’ve been running 2 to 3 times per week since then. I’ve been…