Measurements After Hiatus

Noooooooooooooooo

Well, this is painful. After leaving the diet for several months, I have gained over ten pounds since last May. But this is why we get back on the horse, isn’t it? These will be my new base measurements.

Age: 22
Weight: 135.4 Up 11lbs
Height: 5’1″
Body Fat: 30.62% Up 4.15%
BMI: 25.6 Up 2.1
Neck: 12.75″ Up 1″
Right Bicep: 11.25
Waist: 30.25 Up 2.25″
Around Belly Button: 36.4″ Up 3.65″
Hips: 37.23″ Up .1.88″
Left Quad: 17.5″

Okay, so that’s a lot of red. It’s pretty painful to write this out, to see how much I’ve let myself go. Health needs to be a centerpiece of my life, and these measurements bring me back to reality. Back on the wagon.

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Just a quick before/after

I need to get myself re-motivated after a month-long hiatus (too much vacation time? I think so). School starts again tomorrow and I have to avoid all that naughty junk food. THUS: PICS!

Before!

After!

Okay so I’m not looking as nice as my lower picture atm. I need motivation to get back to exercising and eating healthily. I might start food blogging and calorie counting again. /sigh I wish it were just easy to ignore all the yummy pastas and easy prepackaged foods while on vacation.

I’m starting back up again tomorrow. I’m promising myself that! Words of motivation would be super, super appreciated yall!

Is it Possible to be Strong and Feminine?

Gina is the editor of “The First Fifteen Pounds,” a blog documenting her introduction into the paleo lifestyle and her progress in Taekwondo. She is a former roommate of mine, a close friend, and has been a fantastic blogger since 2008. 

Grr!

Ah, the age old question of the feminist movement. But here we aren’t talking about psychologically, financially, or societally, we’re talking about physically. It is possible to build muscle strength and still fit into whatever your definition of feminine is?

Since this is something that has been on my mind a bit lately, I decided to keep my eyes open for information about the issue.

There is an excellent post on one of my favorite blogs, Everyday Paleo, about this very question. The guest poster, Jason Seib of Primitive Stimulus, details the capabilities of one of his female clients, who can pump a ridiculous amount of iron but still looks pretty standard-fare feminine (and beautiful!). In the interest of keeping this woman’s picture at least somewhat under her control, I suggest you look at the post to see her before and after pictures. Pretty awesome!

Additionally, a simple Google image search of women who do cross fit shows a lot of really feminine-looking women. Here are a few for examples: Continue reading

Acupressure, NAET, and The Most Delicious Primal Omelet Ever

While doing NAET, I’m expecting to do a little of at-home therapy. While the treatment is (hopefully) working, just doing the small amount of acupressure tires me out. I plan to go to bed at 10 tonight, which is unusually early for me.

Today I tried to keep my polarity normal. Polarity treatments are based on the concept of people having a natural energy field that needs to be balanced. I balance my polarity through a spray.

No kidding.

While I’m not sure how 15 sprays of this sucker 3x a day will help me, I can only have good faith.

In addition to righting my polarity, I have to do about a half-hour of acupressure daily. I push on the 13 defined points for 30 seconds a piece, and then rest for 15 minutes. While I do this, I hold a vial of extract that I am trying to treat; this week, the vial has latex.

The vial and the front-facing pressure points

The rest period after acupressure is peaceful. In the future, I plan to do the acupressure right before bed… it is certainly calming.

Food today was good, though I didn’t get a picture of all of it. Most notably, I made the most delicious Primal omelet ever. The recipe follows:
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Beginning NAET Treatments

Allergies suck.

Allergies suck.

Today, I continued to amble further down the nontraditional lifestyle and medical path. I started NAET, or Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Treatment.

I have always had allergies. Some less severe, some very severe. The list that I am treating is at the bottom of this post.

While the list is extensive, I realize (and pray) that this treatment could change my life. No more eczema. No more hives. No more fear of eating at buffets, visiting a latex-using doctor, or biting into a chocolate bar. This could really change my life, forever.

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Okay So, It’s Been A Few Weeks (and Cow Tongue Too)

Vacation, doing a bit of work, and general laziness have all deterred me from updating this blog. Never fear, dear readers, I’m back!

I went out and bought three books on Paleo and Primal eating. Currently I’m reading The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson over at Mark’s Daily Apple. His blog is fantastic; I highly recommend checking it out! I also purchased The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf and The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain. All of these books are “classics” in the online paleo community, so if you haven’t read them, definitely check them out.

I’ve also decided that I am done counting days that I am on this diet/lifestyle/whatever, because unlike 4HB, I’m really enjoying the food that I am eating. I want this change to be permanent. Nevertheless, I plan to update every day with new recipes, thoughts, insights, and maybe a bit of food journaling.

The first recipe I bring you is: delicious cow tongue. Continue reading

The End of 4 Hour Body

Well folks, I did 100 days on this diet, and I’m finding it time to call it quits.

Lately I have been feeling sick, and there is nothing to blame but the diet. I think that weeks of reducing my meals to eggs, stir fry, taco salad, and chicken thighs have ultimately been unhealthy for me. I started taking a women’s dietary supplement a month in to address some of these problems, but it’s not the same as getting the nutrients non-synthetically.

Furthermore, my rate of weight-loss has slowly been decreasing. That is in part because my dedication to the diet has been wavering; I have had about one additional cheat meal a week. However, I also believe that the shock of going onto a low carb diet is wearing off. If you look at Tim’s study in the back of the book, his main study only lasted a month. From there, he only lists extreme cases of people doing well on the diet–like his father. It makes me wonder if in the long term, this diet is only meant for certain metabolisms. Furthermore, I wonder why he didn’t list any long-term women… and studied women far less than he studied men. From what I’ve seen in active 4HB communities, women do far poorer on the 4-Hour Body diet than men. I doubt that this is a coincidence. Thus, I believe that 4HB is great for shocking the system into losing weight quickly for about 4 weeks, but nothing longer than that.

Right now I am at 124.4 pounds, right where I was last week. The following week is my period–my weight will go up, and then likely drop back to 124.4 no matter what I do. After that, I graduate. I’ve decided that I’m going to take these last few weeks of college and focus on enjoying time with my friends instead of regulating my diet so intensely that I decline beers mid-week because I’m afraid of the effects of cheating. Sometimes, I feel like 4HB is a regulated eating disorder, full on with scare tactics, incredibly strict rules, and numeric obsession. Once again, it’s time for me to end.

SO, now that I quit, where do I go from here?

The Post 4HB Diet

There have been many important educational experiences from 4HB that I intend to stick with beyond the diet.

1. Eat a big breakfast with a ton of protein.
In general, this has had  a positive impact on the way that I eat, even if I’m binging. Eating a big breakfast has made me less hungry throughout the day and definitely wakes me up in the morning. I fully intend on keeping with my eggs/turkey bacon/veggies/beans routine in the morning.

2. Emphasize lean meats and vegetables.
I haven’t missed eating fatty meat at all, and I find that I am most ready to exercise after I’ve had an animal-flesh intensive meal. I do miss fruit on occasion, but I agree with Tim that we don’t need to emphasize it as much as the government tells us to. For the most part, fruit is pure sugar.

3. Continue exercising.
This one is a no-brainer. I lose more weight the weeks that I climb more frequently, plus I feel better. Though Tim doesn’t emphasize exercise in his diet plan, he should.

4. Continue avoiding white carbs.
This is going to continue to be difficult for me. I have missed pasta, rice, and bread. However, I do believe that it is what has made me chubby in the past. Thus, I should continue avoiding it.

5. Continue avoiding processed foods.
For the same reasons as above.

6. Continue drinking enough water.
I’m pretty sure that my personal policy of drinking 8-10C of water a day is what led me to getting rid of all my acne and feeling great throughout the day.

Concluding Thoughts

For those who are familiar,  my new diet sounds a lot like primal/paleo. Tim’s diet is based off these concepts, so that shouldn’t be too surprising. However, I’m going to need to toy and tinker to find the right diet for me, not some prescribed diet that’s supposed to fit everyone. I don’t think it works that way.

I intend to keep this blog running to meditate on changes to my diet and keep me honest; this blog has been the best thing for me in my 100-day run on 4HB. There has not been a lot documented about going off 4HB–what to do about the supplements, should I do squats after every meal, should I drink grapefruit juice regularly–so I hope to begin answering some of those questions. I will be happy if I lose more weight but not disappointed if I don’t.

It’s been a good run, folks.
– Suzie