Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Day N3 - Saturday July 26th


I knew it was bound to happen. I wasn't fully prepared with food, mentality etc to hop right back into another year. I crashed. We were at a friends wedding (which I kinda forgot we were going to) food, a few adult bevvies, a cupcake or two...you get the idea. It hasn't been an all out cheatfest but I still had a sandwich or two I wanted to experience before I said goodbye again for another year.

Anyways time for a reset. I am going no excuses Monday Aug 4th. Why wait till then? Plain and simple preparation. I need to get the right foods in my house again and get items pre cooked and ready to go. I don't want to start again and then just make a silly choice.

There is a lesson to be learned here though which I already new, but guess I just needed a reminder of; When you stumble, learn from your mistakes and come back stronger!

I'll see you all next week with a better grasp on this!

Day N2 - Friday July 25th

Info:Of course going in to the weekend I would get behind on the updates. After the hand rip yesterday I took today as a rest day and just walked.

Food Log:

Breakfast: Steak, green beans and black olives

Lunch: Steak, green beans and hot sauce

Dinner: Giant chicken salad with some shredded feta on it, hot sauce

Snack:  Frozen yogurt (cheat meal alert)

Daily Totals: 2057 cals, 103g fat, 167g carb, 23g fiber, 61g sugar, 119g Protein


Details: Just walked a nice leisurely walk around the neighborhood. Was pretty uneventful until the mosquito horde figured out where I was.

Results: Walked 2.5miles and gained about 15 mosquito bites. Note: Use bug spray next time!

It wasn't this bad, but it sure felt like it!


Friday, July 25, 2014

Day N1 - Thursday July 24th

Info: So begins the Next360 - Follow along as I focus on fitness and activity while maintaining a good clean diet. Here's to some drastic changes over the next year!

I am also going to be monitoring my meals a little closer so I can make calculated adjustments if I need to. So you will see a cumulative report of Calories, carbs etc following the food logs.

Day 1 of the Next360: 24% BF, 193.4 lbs
Food Log:

Breakfast: Steak, mushrooms and onions sauteed in coconut oil

Lunch: I ate breakfast really late so I was not hungry for lunch.

Dinner: Steak, mushrooms and onions sauteed in coconut oil with a cup of broccoli added in.

Snack:  1 cup of leftover broccoli and 1oz of Almonds

Daily Totals: 1166 Calories, 60g Fat, 42g Carbohydrates, 9g Fiber, 16g Sugar, 117g Protein

The Hammer

25 x 16lb sledge hammer swings on my giant tractor tire. 1 rep = 2 swings (1 right handed, 1 left handed)
Time is 15 minutes to complete as many reps as possible.

My goal was to get my 25 swings in unbroken and then rest for a minute between sets. This should get me through at least 5 sets with a 1 minute rest in between.

Results: I made it through 4 sets complete with about 15 seconds to spare. The rests were more like 2 minutes in between towards the 3rd and 4th sets. Made it through the sets unbroken on my swings but by the 2nd set I was starting to gas and really slow down. By the 3rd and 4th sets I was a turtle. Then on the 3rd or 4th swing in the 4th set I ripped my palm open which slowed be down some more. Good starting workout though, I will repeat as well as use it as a finishing workout later on.

It's a small injury but man does it hurt!


Whole360 Results

I took a few days off, ate like a pig made myself feel sick and got that out of my system! Now I have a list of the results for you, at least everything I could track and have on hand. I recently had blood work done too and it came back nearly perfect. I didn't have blood work done before I started the Whole360, but I can almost guarantee it was not OK.

So here are the numbers that I measured and what I am at at the end of the Whole360:

Bodyfat Percentage:

Start: 36% (estimate off pictures) Now: 24% - loss of 12%


Start: 235.6lbs, Now: 190.3lbs - loss of 45.3lbs

The Reflection:

I am not ashamed of these numbers and the changes I have made. But I would have liked better results. I have no excuses for that and no one to blame but myself. A year ago when I started this I envisioned a solid 6 pack - not one just creeping out, more muscle tone and a little more weight loss. Yes I made some big changes but the exercise and activity level just wasn't where it should have been. Some of it was from back issues, I have battled those all the way through this, but a lot of it was just because I wasn't focused on fitness and activity. That is going to change!

Whats Next:
I am starting the Next360! Over the next year I am going to focus on what I missed over the first year - activity and fitness. This will be much like the Whole360 except I already have the habit of a great diet burned in so I don't need to focus on that as much. My focus will be daily activities, fitness, getting stronger and leaner! There will be a few different rules I am going to follow this time;

Whole360 Meal planning: - I am keeping with the Whole360 meal theme - but 2 with cheat MEALS allowed in a months time. So what does that mean? It means I can have a piece of cheese or an adult beverage during 2 occurrences per month. Notice I didn't say cheat days, but MEALS. I still want a firm handle on what I put in to my body, but I am going slightly less strict this time through!

Activity: - I pledge to be active daily for the next year. With 5 days of the week being dedicated to actual workouts. By workouts I mean a structured planned event (CrossFit, gym, sprints, etc). By daily activity I mean at least a decent walk of 2-3 miles if not more. Off days shouldn't mean sit on the couch and veg out, they just mean you are off from "rigorous" exercise. Exceptions being sick, injured so badly I can't move, or I'm dead. Other than those qualifying items I am not letting myself off the hook!

Stay tuned, the Next360 starts........NOW!!!

And as always here are a few pictures of what I looked like at the start of the Whole360 (far right) and what I look like today (left)

Front Shots

Rear shots

Side View

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Day 365 - Monday July 21st

Info: Well this was it! I made it year! Stayed strong on my last day....and then had a celebratory beer at 1am in my garage LOL! What a journey, I've changed my life around with this way of life for the better. I'm going to take one day off, and then I will be right back at it! I can't waste what I've accomplished so far! Stayed tuned for the Next360 starting Wednesday July 23rd!

Food Log:

Breakfast: Canino's sausage, carrot sticks and some black olives

Lunch: Found some Paleo compliant pork rinds so I had a few of those, it was way too hot to be hungry!

Dinner: Canned tunda, chopped up Clausen pickle and mustard mixed together, kind of like a makeshift tuna salad but I was out of OOM so I had to wing it!

Snack:  none
Exercise: none

Day 364 - Sunday July 20th

Info: Didn't eat all that much throughout the day so I pounded some good food for dinner! A littel too much but it was really good! And at least it was all Paleo!

Did you or did you not eat more than you should? Why yes Paleo cop I did....but it was all Paleo approved!
Food Log:

Breakfast: apple, carrot sticks and almond butter

Lunch: Canino's sausage, carrot sticks, organic apple chips

Dinner: Steak, turkey, sausages, chicken and a pile of broccoli and cabbage. When I say a pile I mean a mountain of veggies. Literally.

Snack:  none
Exercise: none


Monday, July 21, 2014

Day 363 - Saturday July 19th

Info: It's getting close and I'm actually nervous! I want to say thanks to all of you that have offered me support and that have stopped by to read this blog. Seriously without knowing you guys are out there I would not have been able to complete this!

The "getting my food right" portion of the Wole360 is coming to a close, but stay tuned, I have decided to challenge myself over another Whole360 and really focus on the fitness. Back issues, straight up being lazy has limited my results though this Whole360, but that's all about to change! I will lay out what I am going to do over the next few days and need your help sticking to it!

Food Log:

Breakfast: Wasn't all that hungry ate a few carrot sticks and some almond butter

Lunch: Big chicken salad with extra chicken slathered in hot sauce

Dinner: Canino's sausages with spicy gluten/sugar free mustard, carrot sticks and an apple

Snack:  none
Exercise: none