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Jordan Rapp quote sums it up!

This Jordan Rapp quote sums it up.
"It's about the process. It doesn't matter what you do tomorrow and it doesn't matter what you did yesterday. It's about today, and making today count. That's especially true in training, but it's the same mentality that I carry into racing. Focus on the task at hand, not on the finish line, or the next part of the race, but what it is that is right there in front of you in the moment."

Thursday, April 15, 2010

More About My Paleo Diet-We hit the Big Time!

 I was recently talking about diet with the guys in the FAPs (Fat Ass Pylons Running Club) and one of them asked what motivated me to lose weight in the first place, and then stick to this crazy diet that doesn't allow pasta,bread,potatoes or rice. I told him I really don't remember. I switched to eating paleo almost a year and half (and 25 lbs) ago.
 Seventeen years ago I  peaked at 216lbs. but then slowly lost 30lbs. on a conventional low fat diet. I then plateaued at 185lbs. for years, despite being an active distance runner.
  Maybe it was being a middle of the pack finisher no matter what race I was in. Maybe it was sore knees, ankles and feet from running while carrying the extra weight. Maybe it was my 50th birthday. Maybe it's because I wanted an active retirement, and less weight means less stress on the joints. I really don't remember.Weird,huh?
  I'm just happy I somehow (luck?) stumbled upon some very informative blogs about low carb, high fat eating.
  So what a surprise this morning to check an update on one of my favourite blogs, Jimmy Moore's Livin' La Vida Low Carb, and seeing a link to my blog! We're # 29! I know lots of people are finally cluing in that conventional wisdom for weight loss (low fat, whole grains,60% carbs ) does not work, now hopefully a few more will find this blog.
  Jimmy's recommendation made me realize I have been concentrating on posts about my running. Since the "Paleo Diet" is so easy to follow, I am more or less on cruise control with it, by which I mean I really don't have to think about what I'm eating that much any more. I love that I can vary the diet ratios depending on how active I'm being. Right now, I'm training hard for endurance (52k trail race coming up on Saturday), so I have upped my carbs a bit (gels and beer,mostly). In the winter, after race season, I will cut right back on the carbs and lose a few more lbs.
  Here's what I've eaten so far today, you can see how I've adapted the diet to my running lifestyle.I wasn't hungry this morning, so for breakfast, I just had coffee with heavy(18%) cream.Here's lunch.
I would say this beats the heck out of a whole wheat bagel with lite cream cheese and a Fresca! That is a nice, large piece of pork roast with plenty of fat,smothered in Frank's hot sauce, along with my beverage of choice.
Total caloric breakdown;
Calories-720 (approx)
Fat-30 grams (maybe a bit more,lots of fat in this roast)
Protein-50 grams
Carbs-13 grams from the beer (but worth it)
So for snacking today, I'll have an avocado or some walnuts,almonds and maybe some full fat cottage cheese. That will get my fat up to 50-60% or so. Lunch is also often Salmon or sardines and some vegetables, usually fried in organic coconut oil.
 Dinner tonight is BBQ'd chicken(with the skin on) an avocado and a tomato.Here's a photo of dinner

  A lot of times, I'll just have what the family is having, but skip the pasta,bread,potatoes and rice.
 My average weight is now 160, if I put on a pound or two, I just cut back on the carbs for a bit, and Voila. It's Gone!


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