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Current struggles

I’ve been slowly gaining weight. There are a couple reasons.

The first is beer. After going off of the strict paleo and goint 80/20 and adding wine, I didn’t gain any weight. Felt fine.

Beer however, is killing me. It’s very much a social thing: I don’t drink beer at home, and its a comfort.

The second is that I’m not getting enough sleep.

My friend, and doctor, Jon Emens pointed me to a study that individuals who got less than 6 hours of sleep a night could be induced to have type 2 diabetes.

Today I went to CrossFit for the 4th time since the end of July. We did five rounds of:

200 meters + 25 lbs;
30 situps
20 pushups
and 10 burpee pullups.

I modified it to 5 burpees and 5 modified pullups.

finished in 36:16 minutes.

Nick, a fireman, and I chatted for a couple minutes. He’s a fireman. He saves lives. And he had lost 40 lbs in 4 months. He looked amazing. He’d gone 99%. I was impressed.

I’m taking up my buddy Matt’s suggestion: drink only on school days. Even on Thursday (which is not a school night for me), I restricted myself to one glass. I’ll continue doing that.

On wednesday, however, I broke lots of rules. A parishioner bought me one of my old favorite sandwiches: an italian combo. I ate a little more than half. I couldn’t eat the entire thing. Then later I had a delicious home-cooked dinner after a funeral. Spaghetti in clam sauce. Homemade foccacia.

I still feel sick.

Loved it while it was happening. The sauce had plenty of olive oil, and I covered it with Parmesan Cheese.

But the next day, I needed Tums and felt bloated. I’m only now recovering.

Matt’s starting a 99% paleo trip on August 22nd. I’m starting on Sept 1st, but I’ve already started prepping myself, eliminating all grains, cheeses, sugars and beans as of tomorrow. Tonight was simply a chicken cauliflower sweet potato soup, some sopressata, and four glasses of wine. Not completely paleo, but aside from the neurotoxin, alright.

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  1. August 23, 2010 at 4:49 am

    It’s fortunate I stopped by. I know it’s unconscious but, you wrote, “drink only on school days.” LOL. Yes, folks, I ONLY drink when I’m working. Well. “Never on a school night” is the actual rule. Gawain, this seems like good news. I cheated on Saturday night for the first time since coming back from Oregon in early August. Ice cream, and night eating (lots of Marcone almonds). I felt awful. Lately I’ve really been enjoying feeling good from getting sleep and from eating in a tighter “window” (10-12 hours) during the day (from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm only). Not to mention much stricter paleo eating. It feels good.

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