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


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Day 362 - Friday July 18th

Info: Going forward with what I'm planning for the next year - I've got the diet and eating down to pretty much an exact science at this point. Next up is fitness and building a solid habit with that. So I will be continuing this blog (with some cool coming changes) but my focus is going to be much more on the fitness side of things than the diet and tweaking that. I'll still be posting recipes and all that good stuff, so if you enjoyed that stay tuned, also I will be posting a lot more transformation pictures because I want to document how my body changes when I add in regular workouts/activities to what I am already doing.  I will also be using more supplements in the next 360, I have been kind of experimenting here and there with them now and I can say I have found what I will be using throughout my journey from now on! So stay tuned for the next 360!

Great Place to Start!

Food Log:

Breakfast: Paleo slaw topped with ground beef

Lunch: Canino's sausage. Wasn't really hungry so ate a sausage and that held me over to dinner.

Dinner: Scallop ceviche with jalapeno, onion, radish, cilantro and lime juice.

Snack:  none
Exercise: none


Friday, July 18, 2014

Day 361 -Thursday July 17th

Info: I had the worst craving for burritos, but know I can't have them, so I fell back on some of my heritage and made something similar to a burrito, but totally Paleo complaint...Golobkis! For those of you that don't know what that is, they also go by "Pigs in a blanket", "cabbage rolls", and "golumpkis". Generally its sausage and ground beef with rice wrapped in a cabbage leaf and roasted in the oven. Obviously I had some work to do to Paleo it, but what i ended up with was glorious! I mixed ground beef, pork and some spices and then made cauliflower rice to sub in for the regular rice. Wrapped them all up and put them in a roasting pan. What happened next will is MIND BLOWING... (sorry had to, seems everything on the internet these days will blow your mind) I made a Paleo enchilada sauce and baked the Golobkis in that instead of the traditional tomato sauce. I hate tomatoes anyways so this was a mega win for me! these turned out great, and I know know that I can make a Paleo enchilada sauce that rivals regular enchilada sauce!

The only thing was making these from scratch took a lot of dishes......I DESTROYED my kitchen!

What have I done???
Food Log:
I made awesome, that's what I've done!

Breakfast: 3 egg scramble and some carrot stick

Lunch: 2 Golobkis with sauce

Dinner: 3 Golobkis with sauce

Snack:  none
Exercise: none


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Day 360 -Wednesday July 16th

Info: Been doing a lot of thinking on what I want to achieve and whats to come over the next year. I've decided one of the things I want to make sure I do is not fall back in to my old ways. So the next year of the Whole360 project I will be following almost the same type of diet, but I will allow 1-2 "cheat" meals in a month if I am craving a particular something. Possibly not even cheat meals, but something like "Oh a piece of cheese on my burger sounds great" type thing. Oh yeah and I will be adding Sriracha back in to to my diet. I know it has sugar, but I LOVE Sriracha. And by love sriracha I mean I can tell you the first time I ever saw it, what I ate it on, and how long it was until I got some more...ready? Here it goes!

I was 13 and was at Pheasant Camp (That's what we called weekends during pheasant season in Michigan when I was growing up) and my dad had made eggs for breakfast in his Scotty camper (This is what we stayed in during Pheasant camp, on my grandma's property) someone had bought him this little bottle of hot sauce with a green cap and a rooster on it. I happened to give it a try and was instantly hooked! Problem was in Michigan at the time NO ONE sold it. I still don't know where that bottle had came from but it would be several years before I would see it again. Fast forward 6 years....I am living in Long Beach, CA and I walk in to a cheap Chinese restaurant and it was like an angel had landed on all the tables...giant bottles of the green capped rooster hot sauce everywhere!!!! I promptly stole a bottle since I wasn't sure if I would ever see it again! Later on I contacted the factory and bought a 24 bottle case that lasted a while....now its everywhere and I couldn't be happier!

 I have found a couple of sugar free versions I may try, but nothing compares to Huy Fong's Sriracha!

You may be red and green, but you are an Angel for my mouth!!!

Food Log:

Breakfast: Leftover pork tenderloin scrambled with an egg

Lunch: Caninio's sausage and Paleo slaw

Dinner: Same as lunch, sausage and slaw

Snack:  none
Exercise: none

Day 359 -Tuesday July 15th

Info: Getting so close to the end, been thinking about my future goals and what I want to do now that I have the food portion of my life under control. I have set some hard but attainable goals for myself that I will share a little later on in a future post. Until then, happy Paleo!

Food Log:

Breakfast: Leftover pork tenderloin scrambled with an egg

Lunch: Caninio's sausage and Paleo slaw

Dinner: Same as lunch, sausage and slaw

Snack:  none
Exercise: none


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Day 358 - Monday July 14th

Info: Got a good amount of food cooked up today so I have a stockpile of easy meals. Have been going meal by meal which is fine but takes a lot of extra work! Sugar/gluten free sausages and Paleo Slaw a plenty!

Food Log:

Breakfast: 4 eggs scrambled with pork tenderloin and hot sauce

Lunch: Canino's sausage and Paleo Slaw.

Dinner: Canino's sausage with Paleo slaw and I got crazy and put hot sauce on it!

Snack:  handful of almonds
Exercise: none


Monday, July 14, 2014

Day 357 - Sunday July 13th

Info: Took the little ones to the pool today, got my vitamin D on in a big way. I can't remember being this tan...ever. I used to hide inside with my shirt firmly attached to me. By no means am I skinny, but its nice to have your shirt off, or even go to the pool for that matter with your kids and not be embarrassed by it. It's been a long road but it has been a lot of fun, and well worth it. Can't wait to start on year 2!!!

Thought this was funny, popped it out of the container and it stayed a square!

Food Log:

Breakfast: Pork tenderloin and broccoli

Lunch: Almond butter, cantaloupe and carrot sticks.

Dinner: Pork tenderloin salad with iceberg lettuce and OOM/Dill dressing

Snack:  none
Exercise: swimming at the pool for ~4hrs

Day 356 - Saturday July 12th

Info: Got a FitBit to help track how much walking and stuff I've been doing and it was pretty surprising! Today I wore it on the range during my USPSA match and I walked/ran 8.96 miles! Pretty crazy, no wonder I'm tired after a day on the range! The FitBit is pretty cool its very low maintenance, clip it on my pockey and go the for day. Now I can see what I'm doing on a daily basis!

It's following me!! Oh wait, it is following me!

Food Log:

Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs and a sausage

Lunch: Pork tenderloin and broccoli. 2 TBS of almond butter

Dinner: Pork tenderloin and broccoli

Snack:  2 hard boiled eggs and a sausage
Exercise: Walked ran 8.96 miles

Day 355 - Friday July 11th

Info: Match day again tomorrow, gonna be a fun one with a sore butt muscle but we will see how it goes! At least it seems to be getting a little better every day, can't complain about that I guess.

Pretty simple day, sorry no pics today.

Food Log:

Breakfast: 3 egg scramble with pork and broccoli

Lunch:Pork tenderloin and pineapple. Was a little short on the veggies for lunch

Dinner: Pork tenderloin and broccoli

Snack:  none

Exercise: none


Friday, July 11, 2014

Day 354 - Thursday July 10th

Info: Ahhh so sleeping with my NEMS machine cranked makes my muscle pull bearable and I can sleep!!! It reduced the pain by at least 50%! it's still there but I think I am on the road to at least healing faster. That's all I can ask since I'm ancient. What is that rule of recovery? Add 6....years to your recovery time once you hit 30? Something like that!

I made some more slow cooker pork, and this time I subbed in pure cocoa powder to make it like a mole sauce. It's pretty decent with just the slightest hint of coca in it. I'm glad cause I was kind of winging it and I made 5lbs!

Holy Molé!

Food Log:

Breakfast: Stomach wasn't feeling so hot, so didn't eat.

Lunch: Big chicken salad with plenty of habanero hot sauce

Dinner: Slow cooked pork molé on a big salad with Dill/onion OOM dressing

Snack:  none

Exercise: none


Thursday, July 10, 2014

New Recipe Alert!

I saw a version of these on the interwebs the other day and I HAD to make them. I'm glad I did, they are frickin' awesome! I Paleo'd them of course but they are still pretty close to the original!

Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

As always you can click the link above, click the pic, or check out the sidebar under "proteins" for this and other delicious recipes!


Day 353 - Wednesday July 9th

Info: Today God gave me a gift. That gift was wrapped in bacon and one of the most wonderful things I have jammed in my mouth in a long long time (knock it off pervs) Today I made the glorious, delicious, wonderful bacon wrapped onion rings, and MAN are they awesome! (Look for the recipe here!)

If you don't eat these ASAP, you may never experience what life is really about! (true story!)

Food Log:

Breakfast: Coconut marinated grilled chicken breast topped with bacon-onion rings and spicy chili sauce

Lunch: Coconut marinated grilled chicken breast topped with bacon-onion rings and spicy chili sauce

Dinner: Good old chicken and broccoli with some organic apple chips on the side

Snack:  none

Exercise: none

Day 352 - Tuesday July 8th

Info: More ice packs and sitting around, it is starting to feel "slightly" better and I use that word loosely. Keep forgetting to put the NEMS machine on...yeah I know I know I'm a quick one eh? Got back to eating complete meals today with protein, fat, carbs (from veggies) so that's a plus at least!

The B.O.S.S. (Big Ol stinkin salad!)

Food Log:

Breakfast: Chicken salad with OOM/salsa dressing

Lunch: Chicken salad with OOM dressing, olives and hot sauce

Dinner: Salad with smoked oysters and chicken with OOM/salsa dressing

Snack:  none

Exercise: none

Day 351 - Monday July 7th

Info: Sat around most of the day with stabbing pains from my lovely pulled muscle. I try to keep this blog PG-13 at least, but this shit is getting old. I can't go to the gym, I can barely stretch without wanting to stick an ice pick in my eyeball.... Going to give it a few days and fire up that NEMS machine as much as possible and see if it helps at all. If not I am going to have to go to the doctor.

Anyone else rip open the can and wolf these down? They look odd but they make a great on the go protein and fat source

Food Log:

Breakfast: 2 leftover Canino's sausages, tried to eat some veggies etc, but just wasn't hungry

Lunch: I made dip out of Olive oil mayo, dill and dried onion and then feasted on carrots and celery sticks
Dinner: Few cans of smoked oysters in olive oil applesauce and more carrots and celery. I am going to get some fresh oysters and smoke them myself, heard they are great that way. (I hate raw oysters, they gotta be smoked!)

Snack:  none

Exercise: none


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Day 350 - Sunday July 6th

Info: Well the old "butt" is nice and sore today, can't wait for the next few days! Sleeping with and ice pack and lots of TENS machine in my future. Got out and shot a USPSA match today, wasn't focused but did have a few shining moments..shot a 2nd overall on 1 stage and a grand master score on the classifier stage! Oh yeah but then I pulled 1 shot which ruined my GM score.. dang it!!!! Ahh well that's why the sport is so addicting!

Food Log:

Breakfast: Scarfed a couple Canino's sausages on the way to the range

Lunch: Ground beef taco salad with hot sauce/OOM dressing

Dinner: Ground beef taco salad with jumbo olives and hot sauce for dressing

Snack:  none

Exercise: running around on the range all day.

Day 349 - Saturday July 5th

Info: Went out to a lake to swim and fish and have a little fun.... yeah it stormed and poured. Then we got together with some friends for a 4th of July party on the day after, ended up playing volleyball and on a crazy backwards twisty trying to save the ball move pulled that sore muscle I have again. yay I get to go through all this again!

Damn, it rained on our fun.....



Food Log:

Breakfast: Taco salad with ground beef, iceberg and salsa for dressing

Lunch: Organic apple chips. Yeah pretty lame lunch

Dinner: 2 Canino's sausages, pheasant breast (yes that's right pheasant breast! It's been like 16 years! And it was glorious!) carrot and celery sticks

Snack:  none

Exercise: Several hours of volleyball


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Day 348 - Friday July 4th

Info: Happy Birthday 'Merica! Hope you all were safe and had fun celebrating! This is the first year in memory that i didn't celebrate with my former friend Al Cohol. While we always had fun, it just didn't fit in to my plans this year!

Food Log:

Breakfast: Leftover mix - Canino's sausage, ground beef, and broccoli

Lunch: Canino's sausage, carrot and celery sticks dipped in almond butter

Dinner: Big taco salad with ground beef, iceberg, black olives and a ton of hot sauce

Snack:  none

Exercise: none


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Day 347 - Thursday July 3rd

Info: Busy weekend again, no excuse for getting behind again other than I suck at updating these when I get tired! 

The bombelette taketh many shapes...this shape happened to be delicious!

Food Log:

Breakfast: Another bomelette, with 3 eggs. mushrooms, onions and ground beef. Topped with ample hot sauce

Lunch: Taco salad with romaine and ground beef. 2 TBS of almond butter, with some almonds mixed in for some extra crunch

Dinner: Canino's sausage and stir fried broccoli drizzled with coconut aminos

Snack:  none

Exercise: none


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Day 346 - Wednesday July 2nd

Info: had to go to the lovely DMV today to register our truck, went fast thank god but those trips are always a drag! on to less mundane stuff....I have been going fishing at night with a buddy, kind of scouting out places and just to get out and get some hiking/walking in. I have been skunked 3 nights in a row.....Enter my daughter Raegan. I took her last night with me because buddy couldn't go, and this lake by our house is familiar enough now I felt safe to bring her. We are shore fishing and casting away and my line gets an odd tangle at one of the eyelets on my pole. So as I'm fixing it Raegan is still casting away having a good old time when I hear her squeal "Daddy I think i have something!" I was thinking its probably a snag or something, but when I turned around her rod was zipping all over the place as she was hauling a nice sized bass on the shore! I almost killed myself running over to her across the rocks! Needless to say, it was a solid 12-14" fish! I have never seen her so excited, it was awesome! So this post is dedicated to that, Raegan's first fish, it was a dandy!!!

Sorry its blurry she was jumping up and down LOL

Her mom told her if you catch a fish you have to kiss it on the lips like my dad made me - it's a tradition!

Food Log:

Breakfast: Something I call a pan bake (watch for recipe) - 4 eggs, mushrooms, ground beef, and red onion.

Lunch: Canino's sausage, carrot and celery sticks dipped in guacamole

Dinner: Stir fry of steak, mushrooms and broccoli all cooked in home made clarified butter

Snack:  none

Exercise: ~2 miles worth of walking

Day 345 - Tuesday July 1st

Info: Ended up down in Colorado Springs for the day so decided to do some exploring! First we hit up Garden of the Gods for some easy hiking. Checked out Siamese Twins and Balancing rock, the usual stuff. After that it was off to check out some other attractions, we tried to go to Seven Falls but it is closed for renovations.....whatever that means. Didn't realize waterfalls needed renovations! We ended up going to Helen Hunt falls instead which is pretty cool, the most fun was when we went down stream and played in the water for a while! The kids loved it, and that cold water was refreshing! After we got back to the Denver area a buddy of mine decided to go do some night fishing! Didn't catch anything but it was still a lot of fun.

Siamese twin rock formation at Garden of the gods - Pikes Peak in the background

Helen Hunt Falls - if you didn't already know I am infatuated with water so this was awesome!

Food Log:

Breakfast: Sf Canino's sausage, carrots and celery dipped in almond butter and strawberries

Lunch: Jumbo olives, carrot and celery sticks with almond butter, sweet potato chips, and organic apple chips (it was what was left in the cooler at the end of the trip lol)

Dinner: Caninos hot sausage, sweet potato chips, organic apple chips and handful of almonds (this was what as leftover from packing for the trip lol) Not my best meals, but they were Paleo and easy!

Snack:  none

Exercise: ~4 miles worth of hiking


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Day 344 - Monday June 30th

Info: Today I took it easy for the most part. Sat around listened to some music, watched my daughters and their friend run through the sprinkler, took them to get Slurpees, got some more sun, you know the lazy whatever goes kind of day. It was awesome!

Who knew they could grow facial hair that young??

Food Log:

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs and strawberries

Lunch: Ground beef taco salad with iceberg and black olives, carrot and celery sticks and a handful of almonds

Dinner: Another taco salad (can you tell i really like these?) with hot sauce. Also had a hot italian sausage (sugar and gluten free)

Snack:  pistachios

Exercise: ~2 mile walk

Day 343 - Sunday June 29th

Info: Back to the Bay today for some pool and water slide fun! Also got a nice big dose of vitamin D today!

Vitamin D feels so good!

Food Log:

Breakfast: Freeze dried strawberries and bananas, steak and some sweet potato chips cooked in coconut oil. Total hodgepodge breakfast

Lunch: smoked oysters, carrots, celery, almond butter and sweet potato chips

Dinner: Taco salad with seasoned ground beef, iceberg, hot sauce and black olives

Snack:  none

Exercise: swimming and stretching