Paleo – 120(ish) days and counting!

If you are reading this there is little doubt that you already know that on November 1st, 2016, I started on a 21 day Paleo program.  Well I found great success and decided to keep going and this is a summary of my diet and my successes at the 120 day mark.

So what do you eat?

  • Organic and / or locally sourced Meat (Pork, beef, lamp, bison, whatever)
  • Wild and line caught fish (mainly salmon, shrimp and tuna, but I’ll try it all)
  • Organic free range eggs
  • Organic and / or locally sourced Vegetables (lots of broccoli, cauliflower, squash, cabbage, again I’ll eat it all, and with my wife being vegan / Paleo’ish I eat a lot of vegetables)
  • Organic Fruit (it’s off season on the east coast so we get what we can)
  • Raw unsalted nuts & seeds (roasted, turned to nut butter, turned to “cheese” raw / as is, any and all ways!)
  • No Rice, no pre-packaged foods (other then Paleo approved snack items), no Gluten (so no breads, no pasta, no flour), no oats, no potatoes (except sweet potatoes), no dairy, no beans / legumes, no sugar (unless it’s honey or maple syrup) etc.

Does eating only 6 groups of things get boring?

I don’t think so at all.  We cook a lot, and if you take a look, for example, at my Instagram you will see pictures of what I eat regularly and how varied it really is.  You also have to get creative, you need to plan, get some great cook books for ideas and inspiration.  This weekend for example I got to grill ribs (3 racks) for the family and at first I was like, well I could do Texas style (just salt and pepper) but then thought my in-laws might find that boring (even though I really like that style).  Instead I did some google research and found a great Paleo Rub Recipe as well as a Paleo Cincinnati style BBQ sauce recipe.  3 hours of cooking later we had amazing grilled Pork ribs.

Kurobuta Paleo spare ribs

So what have your success been?

3 key areas to talk about

Fitness / Health

  • It should be noted that I am doing an ultra marathon training program that started in early December for a 51 mile race in May
  • I run 3 days a week (no wasted runs) and cross train two (maybe 3 days) a week and typically run between 30 and 40 miles a week
  • In October 2016, my runs averaged a length of 4.12 miles with an average pace of  9:08 per mile.  This month (February, 2017), my average run is 10.18 miles with an average pace of 8:23 per mile
  • I use to get cold induced Asthma in the winter on runs and for years if it was under 45 degrees I had to cover my mouth when I ran, no more
  • I also have not had a migrain since I moved to Paleo and use to get them at least monthly

Weight

  • On November 1st when I started I weighed myself.  176.4 lbs
  • February 20th, 2017 I weighed myself 154.8 lbs (22 lbs lost)

Once I got to 155 lbs (took about 2 months) I switched my volume of food up to bring in more calories, I do not want to lose any more weight and want to just get stronger and healthier.

Body Shape

This is where I’m been shocked by the results.  I have had a 32″ pant size and a 42″ suit jacket size since I can remember, so more than 20 years.  Well not any more.  I now wear a 38″ jacket and a 31″ pant.  I measured myself first on November 14th, so already two weeks in and at that point had already lost 6 lbs.  The new sizes are from this past weekend.

  • Chest – 41″ now is 37″
  • Belly (at belly button) – 38″ now 33.25″
  • Waist – 37.5″ now is 32.5″

I feel amazing and can’t believe at the age of 42, I’m the lightest I’ve ever been as an adult and am walking around with visible abs under my shirt (and I don’t do ab work, I do core work in my cross training, but no ab work).  I do have to say one thing, this works for me, it might not work for everyone and I might have to adjust it later down the road (I know people that bring beans / legumes back in, or gluten free oats) but for now it works, I feel great, everything about my fitness and health has improved so it will continue!

Until next time, Bobby

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