Paleo Day 9

Paleo day 9: Breakfast

Breakfast

  • 3 egg omlet with green bell pepper, onion, tomato
  • Sweet potato with onion and green pepper

Lunch

  • Ground Lamb
  • Indian style Slaw

Afternoon Snack

  • Almonds
  • Mexican Coke (yup, not paleo)

Paleo day 9: Dinner

Dinner

  • Tilapia
  • Swiss Chard
  • Cauliflower
  • Sweet potato

Exercize

  • 2 hours of light gardening

Morning Weight: 223.8 lbs

Paleo Day 8

Paleo day 8: Breakfast
Breakfast

  • Saussage
  • Egg

Lunch

  • Ground Lamb
  • Salad Greens
  • Almonds

Afternoon Snack

  • Trail Mix

Dinner

  • 8 oz Filet Mignon
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Malbec (1 glass)

Exercize

  • 2 hours of chopping wood

Morning Weight: 224.4 lbs

Paleo Day 7

Paleo Day 7: Breakfast

Breakfast

  • Canned Chicken
  • Apple

Mix it together into that awesomeness.

Lunch

  • Pork Loin leftovers

Afternoon Snack

  • Almonds

Paleo day 6: Dinner

Dinner

  • Halibut
  • Asparagus

Exercize

  • 30 Minutes running
  • Pushups, squats, bicycle crunches

Morning Weight: 225.6 lbs

Paleo Day 6

Paleo day 6: Breakfast

Breakfast

  • Irish Sausage
  • 1 egg
  • Spinach

Lunch

  • Salad Greens
  • Hamburger patty

Afternoon Snack

  • Beef Jerky
  • Mixed Nuts

Paleo day 7: dinner

Dinner

  • Pork Loin
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Cauliflower
  • Zuchinni

Exercize

None

Morning Weight: 226.4 lbs

Paleo Day 5

Paleo day 5: breakfast
Breakfast

  • Ham steak
  • 2 eggs
  • Strawberries

Lunch

  • Salad Greens
  • Beef stir fry (onions, bell peppers)

Afternoon Snack

  • Almonds

Dinner

  • Ground Beef
  • Spaggetti Squash
  • Tomato sauce

Exercize

None

Morning Weight: 227.6 lbs

Paleo Day 4

Paleo day 4: breakfast

Breakfast

  • Ham steak
  • 2 eggs
  • Strawberries

(The ham steak is HEAVY. Could only finish 2/3 of it. Will eat the rest for breakfast tomorrow)

Paleo day 4: lunch

Lunch (at Fireworks in Arlington)

  • Chicken & Spinach Salad

Afternoon Snack

  • Almonds
  • Dark Chocolate Almond Milk

Paleo day 4: dinner

Dinner

  • Salad Greens
  • Beef stir fry (onions, bell peppers)

Exercize

None

Morning Weight: 228.4 lbs

Paleo Day 3

Got a major headache and sugar cravings in the afternoon.

Breakfast

  • 1/2 Avacado
  • 1/4 Dark meat chicken
  • Home made salsa (canned last year)

Paleo day 3: lunch

Lunch

  • Can of Tuna
  • Cabbage
  • Lemon Pepper Oil
  • Handful of Almonds

Afternoon Snack

  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Almond Butter

Paleo day 3: dinner

Dinner

  • Pork tenderloin slow cooker style
  • Cauliflower
  • Zuchinni
  • Tomatoes
  • Basil

Exercize

None

Morning Weight: 227.8 lbs

Paleo Day 2

A huge day gardening today (4.5 hours), so I’m still a little hungry as I go to bed, and craving chocolate badly, but I must resist! The scale showed a 2.5 lb drop overnight, which I’ll chalk up to water weight or the scale just being wonky. But that’s what it said, so that’s what’s recorded.

Breakfast

  • Salmon (~4oz)
  • Walnuts (handful)

Paleo day 2: lunch

Lunch (at Lyon Hall)

  • Orange Juice
  • Coffee (no cream)
  • 10oz Hangar Steak
  • 3 Eggs over medium
  • Arugula
  • Mixed green salad with carrots

Paleo day 2: dinner

Dinner

  • 1/4 white meat chicken
  • Broccoli
  • Almonds

Exercize

  • Gardening (soaked my shirt twice over)

Morning Weight: 226.6 lbs (what’s going on scale?)

Paleo Day 1

So I’m tracking what I eat with Livestrong’s app so I have a better record of what is going on, even when I’m on the road. Day 1 started at Lunch, even though breakfast was effectively Paleo (save for the Mexican Coke and a stop at Buzz Bakery).?

Breakfast

  • 3 Eggs, scrambled
  • Mexican Coke

Snack (Buzz Bakery)

  • Iced Skim Vanilla Late
  • Gluten Free Farmhouse Brownie

Paleo day 1: lunch

Lunch

  • Hamburger Patty (1/4#) w/ Egg and carrot mixed in
  • Mixed Greens
  • Radishes (from the balcony garden)
  • A handful of almonds

Paleo day 1: dinner

Dinner

  • Grilled Salmon (~6 oz)
  • Green beans
  • Mixed Greens

Exercize

  • 30 minutes elliptical trainer
  • 20 minutes of weights, pushups, squats, etc.

Morning weight: 229.0 lbs

Going Paleo Full Bore

Paleo day 1: lunch

I’ve been battling with getting back to a normal/healthy weight for a long time. I hide it well, but at 6’3", I’m constantly dancing between 225 and 230 lbs. Exercize has helped a lot. Last August I was able to get down to 214 lbs for the wedding, but that was an extreme amount of cardio to get there.

We were eating relatively well on the Four Hour Body diet (based on Tim Ferris’ book of the same name) and that did help a lot, but it’s easy to snack and to go for the sugary snacks, especially when they’re constantly around.

In trying the Four Hour Body diet (FHB diet), I discovered that I’m more than just Gluten intolerant. This isn’t a suprise as my brother is a full-blown Celiac and other family members also have issues with gluten. I saw the adverse effects magnified after being gluten-free for a week or two, and then having donuts or something on “binge day,” which is the one day a week you can go wild on the FHB diet.

It manifests itself in a few different ways for me:

  • Physical weakness and fatigure
  • Anxiety (and in some cases, borderline panic attacks)
  • Weakened immune system (especially with regards to upper respiratory infections)
  • Grumpy attitude and demeanor

To counter this I would drink obscene amounts of caffeine. This had it’s own effects and I had cut this to almost nothing after suffering optical anomolies (inability to focus on things, etc).

So, even though I’ve been working out (3x a week crossfit with a trainer and co-workers) and my strength is way up, my weight has sat steadily between 225# and 230#. My percent body fat has not changed dramatically, nor as the donut around my midsection decreased. My shoulders getting broader has helped hide that fact.

Enter the diet

I finally read Robb Woff’s The Paleo Solution on my trip to Austin for RailsConf and was intrigued. I also ate not-so-healthy while on the road (including gluten with an enzyme), and came down with a nice combo upper respiratory strep infection and double ear infection (with a 101 fever) while in Texas.

Enough was enough.

Starting today, the wife and I are going full on Paleo, based on Robb’s menu that he has in The Paleo Solution. We’re going full tilt bore for about 30 days (we have another trip at the end of May) and I expect a combination of feeling better (which I’ve already seen in previous no-gluten bouts), better portion control, and more options in our meals.

So far, the only downside is cost. Buying one week of the menu exactly came out to around $250 at Harris Teeter. Certainly cheaper than eating out, but not exactly budget cooking.

This price pain will be helped by our summer subscription to Bull Run Mountain Farm’s CSA as well as my own gardening efforts on the back porch/balcony and out at the old garden beds at Oatlands Mill and Carter’s Mill Farm with our friends, the Sheltons (who are huge Paleo proponets).

I’m going to track it here as a sort of motivation and also public oversight. Anything to help me stick to it. I’ll do a daily post about what I ate, what exercize I accomplished, where my weight stands, and if we have some receipes, maybe those as well.

Onward.

Virginia Decoded Launches

The Virginia Decoded site launched this week, as the first part of Waldo Jaquith’s State Decoded project. I did the design work and will be helping out with future design/css work.

The project is to create a human-readable and easily accessible version of the Virginia State Code. Waldo’s fought against horrible SGML and other nightmares to get this up and running, and it’s pretty damn awesome.

Remaindered Links for 03 Feb 2011

JavaScript Console Without The Browser
It’s been difficult to test JavaScript code in the past as one would need to fire up a browser and work within it. Now you can work with JavaScript in your console (at least on a Mac). Here’s the setup and how to do it.

Why Is America’s Transportation System Stuck in the 1950s?
We still focus most of our transportation expenditures on the automobile, the interstate system, and it’s related cash-sinks. Public transportation, even walking, keep getting pushed out of budgets and initiatives. With a country growing more obese every year, we could probably solve a lot of health issues by encouraging more pedestrian or cycle traffic over sitting in a car all the time. But that’s a major initiative that would require the complete rebuilding of our urban and especially our suburban fabric.

iPhone Generates More Revenue Than All of Microsoft
One division of Apple does more than Microsoft entirely. Blame high profit margins or whatever, but Apple’s kicking ass and taking names and is one of the best companies out there right now from a financial perspective (with nearly $100B in the bank).

Convert HTML links to Soundcloud’s HTML5 widget
For those of you who use Soundcloud, here’s how to use jQuery to get links to your audio on Soundcloud to turn into their HTML5 player

box-sizing: border-box Cures What Ailes You
The box model is one of the more frustrating things about web development. Each browser handles it a little bit differently and padding vs width computations break many a page in development and sometimes in production. This sets the width to lock to the border, not the inside of the padding. Not sure why this hasn’t been the default since 2000, but it’s an option now, so start using it.

Remaindered Links for 27 Jan 2011

Understanding the bin, sbin, usr/bin , usr/sbin split
For anyone who works on a unix system trying to remember which binary lives an be hairy (unless you just throw all of these into your env chain, and then woohoo!). But why did they create so many directories in the first place? Turns out it was all about running out of disc space on a PDP-11 in 1970 when they built the first version of Unix.

Why are software estimations off by a factor of 2 or 3?
Michael Wolfe gives a great explanation of why standard models of estimating software often fail by using something more tangible to most: going on a hike.

Rails 3.2 and 3.2.1 out
Upgraded to these and things seem fine. 3.2.1 fixes a bug that exists as 3.2 was compiled with Ruby 1.9 and would throw all sorts of fun errors like

Invalid gemspec in [/var/www/railsapps/meticulous_admin/shared/bundle/ruby/1.8/specifications/activeresource-3.2.0.gemspec]: Illformed requirement [“# 3.2.0”]

Not good.

George Soros on the Coming US Class War
The Man who Broke the Bank of England and liberal financier George Soros does not have a rosy outlook for our current economic woes: “We are facing now a general retrenchment in the developed world, which threatens to put us in a decade of more stagnation, or worse. The best-case scenario is a deflationary environment. The worst-case scenario is a collapse of the financial system.”

Apple Cash Reserves near $100B USD
For a company that almost died in the mid 90s, they now have one of the largest war chests out there. It’s bigger than the GDP of many small countries. It’s also one of the few tech companies whose valuation is remotely in line with it’s actual holdings and worth.