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A Hopeful Loser

A few minutes ago during my daily walk…

…some guy at a bus stop asked me how far I’m walking and if I wanted him to walk with me. I said “far” and “no thank you.”

Yesterday during my daily walk an old guy drove past me at a speed that was considerably under the speed limit… I turned to see what the deal was and he just stared at me. He then turned around and drove past me again and then once more. I went indoors and watched him drive by again.

So, now I’m left wondering what I can do to protect myself. My simple walk around the block has become very complicated. I feel like I have to carry a weapon or learn some self-defense skills. Am I exaggerating or do I have a real problem on my hands?

I’m starting to sprint a little during my walks…

Things I dislike about sprinting:

-The extreme jiggling
-Having to pull/hold up my shorts
-Being out of breath for a little while
-The idea that someone might be watching

Things I like about sprinting:

-The awakened feeling in my legs
-The feeling of accomplishment
-The need for more
-The possibilities

I know you've mentioned walking and biking, but do you do anything other than cardio like strength training or yoga?

Anonymous

I don’t currently, but I plan on taking some YouTube lessons on weight training. We own a small set of weights so I’m gonna start with that and figure out how to dead lift properly. I plan on getting ripped up!

Visited Mexico over the weekend and ate exactly zero tortillas. #eatingtacoswithafork 
#5dmkii #keto

Visited Mexico over the weekend and ate exactly zero tortillas. #eatingtacoswithafork
#5dmkii #keto

I had to double check to confirm that the 1st picture was in fact taken in 2013. The change is so drastic that even I couldn’t believe it’s only been a year. One freaking year.
It’s super weird to look back at my tagged photos or the rest of the photo albums on my Facebook because they’re filled with photos of the old version of myself. It’s a gold-mine of “befores” 😎

I had to double check to confirm that the 1st picture was in fact taken in 2013. The change is so drastic that even I couldn’t believe it’s only been a year. One freaking year.

It’s super weird to look back at my tagged photos or the rest of the photo albums on my Facebook because they’re filled with photos of the old version of myself. It’s a gold-mine of “befores” 😎

Hello, can you help me? I've tried to do a whole 30 for months but can't get it going. I am a 34 year old guy who cannot cook and I need to plan some easy paleo meals. How did you get started?

Anonymous

Hey there! 

I’ve said it a bunch of times and I’ll say it a bunch more: CROCK POT it!

My crock pot has been my savior! It’s a fool proof way to make amazing meals. I do this every week… just before bed, I’ll load up my crock pot and set the thing for 8 hours… by the time I wake up my food is ready to be packed and eaten at my lunch time.

Living a paleo/primal lifestyle means cooking at home 90% of the time and I agree that cooking every day can be a challenge, but if you use your crock pot, the work load is alleviated considerably.  

Crockpots = Less effort and yield savory food

Also, there are a plethora of easy crock pot paleo recipes online. I use my favorite cook book but I’ve also found great recipes here here and here.

Thank you for asking!

[Edit] To answer your last question: 

I started by ridding my house of non-paleo stuff. Then I tried my hand at cooking… thankfully I have the support of my husband in all aspects of life.. together we learned to love our time in the kitchen. We found out what real food tastes like and how much joy there is in creating it. Before this, the extent of our cooking skills was popping a frozen pizza into the oven or swinging by a McDonalds… every day… Looking back on that, I can see how it might seem difficult to just stop eating junk after 25 years of consumption… I think the progress I saw in photos and on the scale are what kept me going. Seeing that my new lifestyle is effective at not just weight loss, but confidence and energy boosting, it’s addictive and I want more. 

I'm glad that you're learning to accept compliments. I'm actually losing weight now that I'm working on loving myself more; I'm slowly easing away from eating because of my emotions. I wish you all the best on your journey!

Thank you, likewise! 

I think that valuing yourself is a key part of getting anything done, especially weight loss / fitness goals. Once you accept that you’re more than worth the effort, things just fall into place. 

Thanks for the message!

I received a bunch of compliments from different people yesterday regarding my looks. Compliments are nice. I’m getting better at saying “Why, thank you” as I back away from the conversation.

Yesterday my favorite neighbor told me that I’m looking great and that he’s amazed at how quickly the changes have occurred. He said he’s never seen anything like it and asked if I’ve been working out a lot. I told him that all I do is walk and that it’s most likely my food that should take the credit for my success.

I’ve also started to compliment myself more. I’m my own cheerleader, after all. I push myself to do all that I can do but I also congratulate myself. I feel like a superhero sometimes. This is going to sound dumb, but I take great pleasure in jumping onto things and jogging for short lengths. I enjoy being a sweaty mess and seeing the number of steps on my fitbit climb up and up.

I don’t avoid the mirror anymore. I used to sneak past them because seeing myself would upset me. The amount of selfies I take has skyrocketed.

I’ve been wearing my spanx less and less. I am looking forward to the day when my body makes my spanx obsolete. Someday, someday.

[I forgot about this post in my drafts. It’s kinda outdated but, whateves.]  My husband and I cooked up a storm. I made sweet potato chips and garlic lime dip (after making paleo mayo from scratch) while he cooked up some ground bison with onion, garlic, red pepper and misc spices. Oh, and fresh guac.

[I forgot about this post in my drafts. It’s kinda outdated but, whateves.]

My husband and I cooked up a storm. I made sweet potato chips and garlic lime dip (after making paleo mayo from scratch) while he cooked up some ground bison with onion, garlic, red pepper and misc spices. Oh, and fresh guac.

thepaleojourney it totally will be the comfiest thing to lounge in as soon as it stops being 100 degrees outside. Texas winters take forever to arrive and they leave all too quickly. But soon, sooooon!

detoxjourney Nuh uh, we just cut the raw bacon into bits and sprinkle them over the sprouts after we’ve buttered them. We season them with salt and pepper and bake the whole thing at 450 for 15-20 minutes until they’re crisp. 😍

quietexperiencesofaloudmind oh, it was delicious!

lunaloses Yes! It’s super easy to make, just takes a few minutes to prep. I loosely follow this recipe.

My absolute favorite snacks!
Sweet potato fries, brussels sprouts & bacon w/ parmesan cheese.

My absolute favorite snacks!
Sweet potato fries, brussels sprouts & bacon w/ parmesan cheese.

ahopefulloser
beingfateatingfat:

ahopefulloser:

If I can do it, anyone can.

Don’t believe this lie.  Anyone can’t do it.  You did it because you are remarkable.

My heart jumped when I started reading this cause I thought I was getting my first “hate”, but then I finished reading..!
:)
I have to disagree because I am certainly not remarkable. I’m persistent, that’s all.

beingfateatingfat:

ahopefulloser:

If I can do it, anyone can.

Don’t believe this lie.  Anyone can’t do it.  You did it because you are remarkable.

My heart jumped when I started reading this cause I thought I was getting my first “hate”, but then I finished reading..!

:)

I have to disagree because I am certainly not remarkable. I’m persistent, that’s all.

Question for you! Did you do any type of medical exam/ physical prior to your weightloss? Just wondering how your primal diet has effected things like cholesterol, blood sugar, or any other things they use to determine "health".

I’m so happy you asked!! As a matter of fact, I had my blood drawn five months ago in April. I used www.wellnessfx.com which I highly recommend.

I had already dropped 124 lbs at that point, but my results indicated that there was still room for improvement, though I am 100% certain that if I had tested before my weight loss each category would have been in red. WellnessFX color codes the results to make them easier to understand.

Most of my markers were in green like my HDL “good cholesterol” was at 67 ((Total HDL ratio 2.8)) and my Triglycerides (38) while my CRP was in the “moderate” category at 2.07 (>3 is high risk) and my Apo B (the “bad” protein in LDL) was at 88 (>80 is high risk) but as I mentioned, that was 5 months ago. Hopefully those numbers will improve when I re-test in the near future.

My blood sugar was at 71 and my A1c level was 4.9 which is awesome.

I really wish I had tested before my weight loss while I was at my least healthy state. I wasn’t concerned with my health at that time, unfortunately.

Either way I think those numbers are pretty damn good considering that I follow a diet dominated by butter, eggs and bacon!

Thanks for asking, thepaleojourney !!!

Jeez, looking at photos of myself from a mere year ago and seeing how drastically I’ve changed in that small amount of time makes me want to preach the gospel of paleo/primal living… !

Whoa.

I wore my old black “Texas” shirt a few days ago despite it being too big on me because I’m running low on clothes that fit properly.

Anyway, this reminded me of some photos that were taken of me last year when I discovered that this same shirt finally fit me again (because I had previously outgrown it.) I remember being super proud of the fact that it fit again and I insisted that my husband take my picture to mark the occasion. The resulting image did not please me so I hid it safely away in my computer files only to be dug up again today.

So! Here we have past and present me. September 5th 2013 and September 4th 2014! Almost exactly one year apart.

I wore my old black “Texas” shirt a few days ago despite it being too big on me because I’m running low on clothes that fit properly.

Anyway, this reminded me of some photos that were taken of me last year when I discovered that this same shirt finally fit me again (because I had previously outgrown it.) I remember being super proud of the fact that it fit again and I insisted that my husband take my picture to mark the occasion. The resulting image did not please me so I hid it safely away in my computer files only to be dug up again today.

So! Here we have past and present me. September 5th 2013 and September 4th 2014! Almost exactly one year apart.