High Risk of a Heart Attack

As I close in on my fourth decade on this earth, I realize it’s time to start getting serious about my health. I’ve made some incremental improvements to my health after getting my first kidney stone 5 years ago.

However, most of those changes focused on my diet, which went from horrific to embarrassing. As I approached my late thirties, I certainly wasn’t eating like a teenager anymore, but I also wasn’t eating like a responsible adult. Far too much sugar (my one and only vice) and far too few fruits and vegetables. My sedentary life and unhealthy diet began to show up on my scale and on my waistline.

Time to Visit the Doctor

I also hadn’t had a yearly physical for close to 2 decades. Continue reading →

Intermittent Fasting Conclusion

This is the final post recounting my first experience with Intermittent Fasting which I undertook back in February of this year. Read on for the exciting conclution to my month long attempt at intermittent fasting.

Intermittent Fasting – The Wrap Up

My month of intermittent fasting has reached an end. All in all it was a worthy experiment. I can’t say I enjoyed it, but I did learn a great deal from it. In this final post in the intermittent fasting series I wanted to share what I liked, what I didn’t like and what if anything I’ll continue.

Before getting into the summary, I think it only fair that I grade myself on how successful I was in sticking to the objective. If you didn’t read my initial post on intermittent fasting my general goal was to fast for 15-17 hours before giving myself a 7-9 hour window of eating.

In week one I had the most success, both in adherence and in benefit. I was motivated; continuing to immerse myself in intermittent fasting information was helpful in keeping me going throughout the first week.

I remained adherent in week two, but the benefits weren’t as evident. I even began having some adverse effects. So, I made some adjustments to mitigate the struggles I was experiencing in week two.

The Wheels Come Off

Week three was a perfect example of giving an inch and taking a mile. Continue reading →

It’s Thanksgiving Every Day at My House

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

A few months ago Mr. 1500 was kind enough to allow me to guest post as part of his Gratitude series. I took the opportunity to write about how I’m helping my boys (and myself) practice appreciation each and every day.

If you missed it or if you just want to read it again, please head on over to 1500days and check it out.

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!

Intermittent Fasting – An Update

Just a reminder that this Intermittent Fasting Journey was originally undertaken back in February of this year. I’m currently on my second attempt at Intermittent Fasting and am having a slightly different experience. I’ll write a follow-up post when this current series is complete. 

I hadn’t intended to write about my intermittent fast again until I completed my month-long commitment. However, now that I’m halfway through I recognize the need to change things up.

Throughout the first week of my intermittent fasting exercise, I did struggle with being hungry throughout my morning, but I felt myself getting healthier in the process. Not only was I losing weight at a decent clip, but I generally felt better.

This was likely the combination of introducing more vegetables into my diet while at the same time essentially eliminating the “unhealthy” sugars I had been eating. While I still eat some sugars they come in the form of a small amount yogurt and salad dressing.

This replaced my previous sugar consumption of donuts, candy bars, and white bread. So after a week of detoxing my body from that garbage and replacing it with more vegetables and protein, I was feeling stronger and healthier. Not to mention leaner.

The Problem

The problem I’ve experienced over the last week is that my success through the first week caused me to be more stringent with my calories and food intake. Having only a smaller salad at lunchtime and no protein at all until dinnertime.

This has left me hungrier than I was during the first week and feeling much weaker. The icing on the cake is that I haven’t really lost any weight this week. While that isn’t my goal, it was a nice bonus to this experiment.

My wife suggested that the lack of protein is causing my body to shut down its metabolism and store the fat it has left. After a little research, I think she could be right.

The Change

So a change is in order. At lunchtime-after my salad, I’m going to also eat something with a decent amount of protein in it. I had been eating nuts (almonds or pistachios) as part of my lunchtime routine during the first week and I may return to that. But will also likely introduce eggs as a way to add variety.

I’ll continue to try to avoid carbohydrates (and of course sugars). But I may also move back my dinnertime to later and then try to avoid the snack before bed. Week three will be a bit of an experimental week to see what works and what doesn’t.

Once it is fine tuned, I’ll finish with a consistent routing in my final week and write up a summary of my findings. Based on this week I likely won’t continue this eating style, but if I feel better with these adjustments, I may reconsider that conclusion.

Probiotics – Gold or Pyrite

Sickness – Children’s Unwelcomed Companion

There are many wonderful things that come into your life when you have kids. However, along with those wonderful things, a few unpleasant stowaways weasel their way into your life.

One of those undesired stowaway’s…illness. When you have kids, no one tells you that you should expect to be sick six months out of the year.

Our first-born was a summer birthday, which meant my wife’s maternity leave ended just as winter was beginning. After an exhaustive search, we placed him in the best day care with the most reasonable price.

Over the next six months, he brought home sickness after sickness with him. He seemed to have a baseline cold that lasted the entire winter. As an added bonus he branched out to an ear infection, strep throat, and pink eye. He of course was kind enough to share his ailments with my wife and I.Continue reading →