Slow Carb Evolution

Today’s weigh in was a little underwhelming. I stayed exactly the same. Last Saturday I was 252.2 pounds and this morning I was 252.2 pounds. No loss, but thankfully no gain.

Last week my excercise was a little more consistent. I only missed one day of resistance training. My eating however, was not good. I kept everything in my three to seven P.M. window just fine, but I was still eating the standard American diet. Cheese burgers and fries, with Dr. Pepper to drink, and cake for dessert. Hardly a healthy eating practice. This must change.

Next week my plan is to implement the Slow Carb Diet. I know, it sounds kind of like a typical fad diet name, but it has some solid science behind it. I heard about Slow Carb from listening to the Tim Ferris Show. Please read Tim’s post entitled: How to Lose 100 Pounds on the Slow Carb Diet. Slow Carb works under the same principle as Atkins and Paleo. Basically it restricts carbohydrate intake in order to take advantage of the resulting low insulin levels. Insulin is the hormone that is responsible for telling your body to store fat. Once your glycogen stores are depleted, the insulin levels drop accordingly. The low insulin levels allow your body to start drawing upon the fat reserves for energy.

The rules for Slow Carb are few and simple. They are as follows:

  • Rule #1: Avoid “white” starchy carbohydrates (or those that can be white). This means all bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, and grains. If you have to ask, don’t eat it.
  • Rule #2: Eat the same few meals over and over again, especially for breakfast and lunch. You already do this; you’re just picking new default meals.
  • Rule #3: Don’t drink calories. Exception: 1-2 glasses of dry red wine per night is allowed.
  • Rule #4: Don’t eat fruit. (Fructose –> glycerol phosphate –> more bodyfat, more or less.) Avocado and tomatoes are excepted.
  • Rule #5: Take one day off per week and go nuts. I choose and recommend Saturday.

So, my plan for next week:

  • No more Dr. Peppers! Water only. I think this will be the hardest change for me. I have terrible symptoms when I withdraw from caffeine for a few days. They involve headache and nausea so bad that I have missed work from it before. I have some medicine that counteracts the effects, so I will need to keep that on me all week.
  • No more bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, fruit, catsup, and especially no more cake!
  • I’m going to have to start eating more vegetables, a lot more. ((gag))
  • Eat only once a day, like normal, and get a good workout in while in a fasted state.
  • Do the Wim Hof Method a minimum of twice a day.
  • And (something I have a hard time with) get a minimum of seven hours of sleep a night.

I think that all of these things working synergistically together  will allow me to evolve to the next level. I’m confident that if I can stick to these changes I will see some excellent results come next Saturday.

Podcasts

On an average day I commute about an hour to and from work. That’s five hours a week, two hundred and sixty hours a year. I spend about eleven sold days a year in the car, driving back and forth to work. It’s sickening when I think about it, but at least I have put that time to good use.

Most days I will use my car-time for returning phone calls, chilling to Pandora, or my favorite car-time activity: education via podcasts, audio books, and Youtube videos (listening, not watching). I will get into the audio books and Youtube in another post, but today I want to share with you my current lineup of podcasts that I follow. This list changes periodically. Podcasters are a lot like Youtubers (or Bloggers for that matter). They will start a podcast hard and heavy, but over time they will lose interest and stop making episodes. When that happens I drop them. I will start my list with the staples, the ones that are super consistent and that I listen to regularly, and progress to the more infrequent ones:

jreThe Joe Rogan Experience

You probably know Joe Rogan from Fear Factor or the UFC. Well, he is also an epic podcaster. I’ve been listening to The Joe Rogan Experience longer than any other podcast on my list. He does interviews with a wide range of people, including: MMA fighters, comedians, doctors, scientists, actors, and many other cultural movers and shakers. His podcasts usually last about three hours and he is super consistent. Joe normally does a podcast every other day. He is also a comedian, so the podcast is hilarious at times, but still manages to cut through the cultural bullshit of our time. Highly recommended.

timferrissshowThe Tim Ferriss Show

Tim Ferriss is the author of The Four Hour Work Week, Four Hour Body, and his latest book The Four Hour Chef. He is well known for using himself as a guinea pig to experiment with all sorts of self-enhancement strategies. In his podcast he interviews various “high performers” and attempts to extract the underlying principles that make them who they are. Tim is also a proponent of Stoic Philosophy. In fact, I got into Stoicism from listening to this Podcast. His podcasts are usually over an hour long, and he produces about one per week. Also, highly recommended.

richrollpodcastThe Rich Roll Podcast

Rich Roll was your average overweight American until he adopted a vagan diet, lost the weight, and became one of the most badass ultra-endurance athletes in the world. He is also a great podcaster, and interviews a wide range of (usually) health related movers and shakers. I am not vegan anymore, but I still highly recommend Rich’s podcast. He is very pragmatic and open-minded. He updates usually once per week.

jamesaltucherThe James Altucher Show

James Altucher is an entrepreneur and writer. In his podcast he interviews a wide range of “choose yourself” movers and shakers. He usually produces shows once per week.

 

samharrisWaking Up with Sam Harris

Sam Harris is a neuroscientist, author, and one of The Four Horsemen of New Atheism. He is seen as controversial by a lot of the so-called Regressive Left. If they would put being ‘triggered’ aside long enough to actually listen to him, they may feel differently. Sam is a deep, analytical thinker. His podcasts are usually over an hour and he updates a couple of times a month.

thinkingatheistThe Thinking Atheist

Seth Andrews is a man who was born to be a podcaster. He has the perfect voice for it. Seth is a former Christian broadcaster who “escaped the bonds of superstitious thinking,” to become The Thinking Atheist. He usually interviews guest on the subject of religion, science, and of course atheism. His shows are normally around an hour and he updates about once a week.

fmfFound My Fitness

Dr. Rhonda Patrick is a biochemist and science communicator. In her podcasts she interviews other doctors and scientists in the areas of human health and performance. Her shows can get very technical, but are a treasure trove of useful information. She regularly explores topics like intermittent fasting, various diet plans, and the effects of environmental stressors like cold and heat exposure on the human body. Her podcasts can last from thirty minutes to multiple hours, depending on the subject. She usually posts a couple of times a month.

rewildReWild Yourself Podcast

Daniel Vitalis is a proponent of reclaiming your inner wildness. In his podcast he explores various strategies for enhancing your life by casting away societal and self-imposed domestication. I have gotten some good ideas from this podcast, and it is always entertaining. Daniel’s shows are usually a couple of hours long, and he updates about once per week.

tzmTZM Global Radio

This is the podcast of The Zeitgeist Movement. TZM is a sustainability and educational organization that promotes the use of science and technology for social concern. If you haven’t seen the Zeitgeist films, watch them here: Zeitgeist, Zeitgeist Addendum, and Zeitgeist Moving Forward. The films literally set my life on a new path. The podcast isn’t as active as it used to be, but they still update about every month or so and their shows are around an hour long.

historyonfireHistory on Fire

History on Fire is a podcast by author and university history professor Daniele Bolelli. Whether you like history or not, if you care about bravery, wisdom, passion, larger than life characters and some of the most emotionally intense moments in human experience, then this podcast is for you. I first heard professor Bolelli on Joe Rogan’s podcast. His heavy Italian accent really adds to the uniqueness of his episodes. Highly, Highly recommended. The shows are usually a couple of hours long, and he produces about one per month.

dogmadebateDogma Debate

David Smalley’s Dogma Debate is a podcast where conflicting ideas on religion, atheism, science, and politics meet in a (usually) respectful arena to duke it out. I haven’t been listening to Dogma Debate very long, but is definitely entertaining. The debates usually range from one to two hours, and new episodes come about once a week.

friendlyatheistFriendly Atheist Podcast

Hemant Mehta and Jessica Bluemke are a couple of friendly atheists. In the podcast they interview various people on the subjects of religion, atheism, science, and politics. The shows are very light-hearted and fun to listen to. Episodes usually last from thirty minutes to an hour, and come about once a week.

_podcastTemplateInfant Adoption Guide

I haven’t listened to a lot of episodes of this podcast yet. Denice and I started listening to it a little while ago to do research into the adoption process. We have struggled with infertility since we have been married, and have recently decided to explore adoption as a possible means to expand our family. Episodes are thirty to forty-five minutes long, and seem to come every month or so.

jockoJocko Podcast

And last but certainly not least, The Jocko Willinks Podcast. This podcast is brand new to me, but it is really popular right now. Jocko is a former Navy Seal, and talks on the subjects of discipline, self-improvement, and leadership. He is nothing if not intense. He is also a black belt in JuJitsu, a style of martial arts that I am really interested in. Jocko and his co-host, Echo, produce episodes that usually last a couple of hours and seem to come about once a week.

 

I’m about to go all New Age on you

This morning a little bit of a miracle happened. Denice has been setting her alarm to wake up at 4:30 to take her meds. She just had back surgery, and is doing pretty good by the way. Today the alarm went off and we both woke up. I helped her to the bath room, she took her meds, and then went back to sleep. Normally I would have crashed right beside her to sleep for another few minutes until my alarm went off at 5:15. On a good day I will only snooze the alarm twice and wake up with just enough time to throw my clothes on and run out the door.

I have been listening to an interview that Tim Ferriss did with Tara Brach, the famed meditation guru. This has kind of got me on the meditation/mindfulness bandwagon. I took the extra time I had this morning and did a simple ten minute meditation. It was very basic. I just sat down, relaxed all my muscles and tried to focus on my breathing. It’s amazing how much inner dialog goes on, even when you are scarcely aware of it. It was a little difficult quieting my mind, but I eventually got it mostly settled down. I had a really good morning and day for that matter. I think the meditation helped. I’m going to try it again tomorrow.

On a side note, I also started a private journal. I am doing this as an excessive is self-honesty and personal reflection.

That’s all for now. Till next time, my friends.

A week in the life, because I’m too lazy for DITL

Hi friends.

It’s been a busy week. I haven’t had a lot of down to time to do some relaxing blogging, so I thought I would do a quick recap of the whole week. Hope I don’t bore you to death.

Let’s start with last weekend. We spent almost all day Saturday trying a new business/side hustle idea I found on the Internet. The idea was buying and selling used cell phones. It was pretty straight forward. We browsed Craigslist for several hours Saturday morning until we found what we thought was a good deal on an iPhone 5. The phone was in great shape, was unlocked, and had a clean ESN. So, I met with the owner who was a nice lady. We bought the phone, and then immediately began testing and cleaning it up for the eBay auction that was the end game of our little transaction. To make a long story longer… we lost thirty-five dollars on the deal. I was a little disheartening. But I’m not going to let it get me down. It was our first time and neither of us knew what we were doing. We did learn some things in the process, and plan to give it another whirl soon.

Denice was finally able to get the test she needed to figure out what is going on with her back. She has been having sever pain in her lower back. It’s probably due to a flare-up from the car accident injuries that she suffered several years ago. We won’t get the results until Monday, so for now there isn’t much she can do accept try and hang in there.

I found out Tuesday that Marshall Rosenberg passed away. Marshall was a psychologist who created a method of communication called Nonviolent Communication, or NVC for short. The NVC method has been one of the most helpful tools that I have picked up over the years. I felt truly sad when I heard that he was gone. Marshall was like a Gandalf or Yoda to me, a mentor. He was one of those old and deeply wise persons that you just took solace in knowing that they were out there. He may be gone, but his knowledge and wisdom lives on in me and all of those who learned from him.

Today I rediscovered a podcast that I had forgotten about when my podcast manager crash months ago and I lost all my podcast feeds. I thought I had them all back, but I had forgotten one: The Tim Ferriss Show. Tim is the author of The Four Hour Work Week, a book which I have yet to read. His podcast is loaded with some of the best interviews out there. I’m very happy to have rediscovered it.

Well, that about wraps it up for this WITL. Thanks for reading, and If I don’t post before then… have a happy Valentines day. Make love hard and often, for life is short!