My First Progress Picture 


A little nervous to post my progress pics but I really want to be real and transparent with my new healthy lifestyle. 

I hope this motivates others to find the answers to the millions of questions regarding health and fitness.

Just a few tips:

  • PLEASE do your research.
  • Find what works for you and be open with people that care and are willing to help with being accountable if you lack motivation.
  • Ask questions, watch YouTube videos, read articles and don’t let anything stop you. 

2 things I do and have researched. I can also give most of my credit to these as well. The 2 things I do are Intermittent Fasting and the Ketogenic lifestyle.

Today is All The Proof I Need 


This post is a little different than most of the other posts, this is both an emotional and physical post. I usually try to keep my relationship life and fitness life separate, but the more I try the harder it is. 

I had a great night last night on vacation with all the girls. It was full of adventure after adventure, sun, laughter and smiles. One stop after another and never lacking excitement. We were attacked by a turtle, took the long way many times, we were followed by a family of baby ducks and found a very nice Nikon waterproof camera (yes we kept it, don’t judge).

We got lost once or twice, fought over dinner and could not come to a mutual dinner idea, to top it off we even had a little accident at the end of the night with the garage door but in all our trip was a total success and I loved every minute we shared together and love to see what the future continually brings. 

This morning my heart is full and I feel my heart has met it’s match. I truly can’t in words explain the dynamic of what the 6 of us have. With all that said, here’s how my amazing night feels at the moment. 

Today I have one of the worst hangovers I have ever had. My head is killing me and I feel sick to my stomach. I am struggling to even drink water Let alone think, but here I am walking and writing.

At this point I bet you are thinking “what a looser for getting drunk on vacation with his children”. Here is my point, I didn’t have one drink at all. Not one sip of alcohol, but I did completely let go of my diet and the war on sugar for one day. 

Not only did I eat an average meal of carbs I had ice cream. I had a burger (with bun) fries and normal snacks throughout the day. A typical “American diet” and daily foods. The hangover I feel today is proof sugar is as poisonous as Alcohol. 

So as much as my heart is full of love for all the girls in my life my body hates me today for what I did yesterday. I feel off, not in keto at all and can see how easy it would be to let go of my diet and have that “hair of the dog” and let carbs take my bad feelings away. 

Life is such a strange journey full of so many overlapping dynamics, emotion, health, fitness and love are all equally as important as the other. If you allow any of them to be unbalanced the others may suffer; Yin and yang, ebb and flow.

My desire in life is to balance all areas of my life and overcome the natural temptation to focus on the easy things and let the hard tasks go. 

Take Time to Feel The Sun and Smell The Air


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Does driving by a sun covered cornfield make you smile a little inside; does the smell of someone mowing the lawn bring joy to your life? Or do you fail to even notice the corn or the fresh cut grass?

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy,
if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you,
if the simple things in nature have a message you understand,
Rejoice, for your soul is alive”.
– Eleanora Duse

So much of life is a rush, a race to the next thing, to the next appointment, the next event for your children or are you chasing after something, money, a career, that new car or the new house. I have lost focus many times in my life and I always enjoy returning to peace. For me that is what spring and summer here in Michigan do for me, it shows me to appreciate the sun not curse it, to treasure the feeling of rain from time to time not complain for being wet, and to let the rumble of thunder calm me not create anxiety.

I feel its time again to slow down a little in life, take the back roads, set cruse and relax a little while driving and resist the temptation to race from one thing to the next. Life is much more enjoyable when you take time to notice the beauty around.

It’s amazing what you can feel when you take time to look and slow down enough to smell the air.

 “Those who find beauty in all of nature will find themselves at one with the secrets of life itself”. – L. Wolfe Gilbert

I know my natural tendency is to drift back and forth from relaxing and enjoying the calm times to rushing from one meeting to the next, from enjoying cooking and eating to insisting we hurry and eat dinner to get the next thing.

Part of me is screaming “I have to plan, I need to make sure everything has been covered” and the other part is calmly whispering “enjoy your time and your little girls”. One day they will be busy and struggling to balance the time in their lives and may not have the time to spend with us like they do now.

That is one of my biggest fears in life; that one day my girls will have to schedule time with me. What if one day I’m not high enough on their list of priorities to see as much as I would like? To me that is the reason its so important to build a deep and loving relationship with my children while they are young and not rush to get them independent. I’m seeing that time will come soon enough without any help.

Tomorrow we are planning to take the girls on a trip to upper Michigan and spend some time together in nature. I am so excited to see such a truly beautiful place with the girls, and its always nice to get away from the big city life once in a while. It is a favorite place of mine, and if you have never been to Northern Michigan I highly recommend seeing it once in your life. It is a place like no other and has the ability to move me emotionally.

Its times we spend together like these that cannot be replaced and will create the depth of our relationships.

Update On The Keto Egg Fast


Day 1 on the keto egg fast.

Started out just like a regular day. I kept my Intermittent fasting schedule as well as incorporated the Keto Egg Fast.

Last meal was 6pm Sunday night, I slept so so. It may have been the anticipation of starting the keto egg fast.

I went to the gym on lunch as usual and did about 20 min of moderate cardio and weighted stretching for about 30 min.

Broke my fast with 4 eggs at 1pm today (Monday) and had another 4 eggs at 4pm and another 2 at dinner tonight at 6pm ending my eating window of 12pm – 6pm.

It’s now about 10pm and I really don’t feel great. I’m very full, not much desire to eat other than the craving for something more.

I’m really feeling the carb withdraw at the moment. So I’m going to post this update and head to bed and hope I feel better tomorrow.

Day two, here we go..

Nothing but Eggs You Say.. 


 

I have recently stumbled onto this funny sounding fasting program called the Keto Egg Fast.

Well, I love eggs, eat a keto diet already so you have my attention.

I went to YouTube to start my research about a week ago and had some great conversation with a couple other bloggers I follow.

I am preparing to begin the egg fast until Thursday (4 days). I feel unless I try it I really don’t have an opinion on it, as for most areas of my life; I have to give it a try.

Beginning Monday (July 24th) until Thursday (July 27th) I will eat nothing but eggs in hopes to get some real life results and see what happens.

Eggs are technically the perfect macro for Keto, high fat, moderate Protein and no Carbs.

(Google)

“Basically on an egg fast you are consuming eggs, butter (or other pure and healthy fat like olive oil or coconut oil), and cheese, with a few exceptions for low carb condiments like hot sauce, mustard, etc. The egg fast ratio is to eat 1 Tbsp fat for each egg consumed and up to 1 oz cheese for each egg consumed”.

I will document my progress, weight and how I feel along the way.

Let the eggs sizzle!!

The Question That Keeps Coming Up


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Wow, our first year flew by like a breeze, the second was just as fast. I’m sorry everyone, no big plans to announce other than we are cherishing our times together and letting the future come naturally. Its hard to express the power of falling in love with your best friend other than to say it is definitely the right way to love.

I’m so full of gratitude, appreciation and a gentle love for how the last two years have gone. This year reality set in and a deeper level of respect and appreciation for what I have found, how have I found such a perfect soul.

“You can not find happiness by chasing after it. Happiness comes from doing what you love to do, and from being who you truly are”. – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I wasn’t looking for happiness in someone else, I wasn’t trying to find something that was missing or repairing a broken part of my life. I found happiness in myself and a best friend along the way. Falling in love just came natural to us, apparently others noticed our relationship too. Today there is a running joke that seems to pop up every time we take a trip, go on vacation or even a day trip to somewhere beautiful “will this be the time he asks the question“?

The only answer to that is, absolutely she is perfect, worthy of everything, her soul matches mine and she is a great balance to my life; I can’t plan the future, we can’t plan the future so for today we are choosing to love one another without a label, without reservation or expectations, taking things as they come and naturally let things flow together.

“One has to find a balance between what people need from you and what you need for yourself”. – Jessye Norman

So the suspense for that moment continues, who knows maybe one day the announcement will be public. For today, I’m not looking for a storybook romance or a burning passion, I’m looking for something natural, for the right reasons and that speaks to my heart not what everyone else thinks should be.

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I love you Jennifer, happy two year anniversary.

How I Feel on The Inside is Reflected Outward


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The War on Sugar has taken a much more personal attack in my life and the more I study the short and long-term affects of sugar consumption is clearly proving that America is out of control. it can be linked to Obesity, Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Cancer. It is truly not as harmless as we wish it was.  Fully knowing the addictive properties of sugar the food industry is becoming great at hiding it in tons of other names. Due to some recent changes in my family it is being mostly removed from our homes.

Fitness and a healthy lifestyle has always been a priority in my life and as I get older it only reinforces my desire to live better. We only get one body, one shot at living and one of my biggest fears is to be bed ridden or not mobile enough to get around and enjoy the outdoors. I want to live for as long as I can, not in fear of death but fear of not living.

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort”. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Joy is a choice of perspective and having something to look forward to is very important. Setting up small goals to achieve has fueled my determination to reach for more. Not out of discontentment or never being satisfied; out of the desire to continually reach areas that were unobtainable a month ago, or a year ago.

I love this quote; I have been called so many things in my life regarding fitness, from crazy, narcissistic, obsessed to letting it consume my life.

“Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise,
risking more than others think is safe,
dreaming more than others think is practical,
and expecting more than others think is possible”.
– Anonymous

Well, here I am gathering my goals like gemstones on the beach while others sit and watch goal after goal sink away out of sight. So who is the crazy one?

Where am I today?

I am still doing intermittent fasting and have drifted into a more consistent 18/6 (fasting/eating) and also fell in love with the Ketogenic lifestyle. It fits how I like to eat and I have adapted well to it. I am holding at 180 lbs. (81 kg.) and feeling great, I am also losing body fat consistently. I haven’t posted any updated pictures of my progress in a while and thanks to another blogger that I follow (gingerkaratekid) here are a couple of updates.

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I am getting more and more comfortable with my body and to me that is important. I do not like the feeling of being shirtless at the beach out of self-consciousness about my belly fat and how I let myself go.

In my mind the outward body is a representation of how we feel inside, when I’m depressed I show it on the outside by shrinking, and not standing tall, and that is only the beginning. It ripples into my eating habits and my fitness becomes non-existent.

How I feel on the inside is directly linked to how I look, and today I feel amazing on the inside and really desire spreading this to the people around me and my loved ones.

I am choosing to take action now, and offering anyone that would like help to just ask. I’m not going to force my lifestyle more than my blog posts, it is a choice you must make in your life.

If you’re not prepared to be successful you’re allowing yourself room to fail


Well, the test results are in. 

About 2 weeks ago I started a test to see how my body responds to things like carbs, fats and sugar (also carbs). 

4 weeks ago I began to lower my carb intake to about 30g a day, into what’s called a ketogenic diet (moderate Protien, high fats and very low carbs)

My body loved it!!

I had more energy, less lethargic morning feeling (even without coffee) most importantly it is how I like to eat. 

At the end of 3 weeks I hit a Plateau with my weight loss so I did a little more research to see what others did in that situation.

A 48 hour water fast was recommended so from 8pm Sunday until 8pm on Tuesday I water fasted. (Nothing but water, coffee and tea for 48 hours)

The results were amazing

I dropped water weight and belly fat very quickly and reached the 170s. 

I also felt amazing, with one exception; my body needed food. Everything I have read said “most importantly, listen to your body“. 

Mentality, I could have went another 24 hours, but my muscles were hungry. 

The last 3 days I have went back to a healthy diet (without monitoring my carb intake whatsoever) and I’m back up to 186 lbs (83 kg) so I’m shocking my body with a quick 24 hour fast and incorporating the ketogenic diet back into my life. 

So far I have learned that I eat too many carbs for the amount of activity I do. 

A proud moment yesterday 

Yesterday Jen and I spent the day in South Haven and for the first time in quite a few years I didn’t feel insecure with my shirt off. To me that is one of the reasons I want to continue this journey with fitness. Sure call it vanity, but are you secure in your skin and in a bathing suit? 

If not, you are the only one that can change that. 

As for me, I want a long healthy life. No nothing I do will guarantee I won’t end up with cancer or any of the other life threatening diseases out there. However if and when I do, I want the strength and mental ability to fight like I have been fighting for my fitness.