Self inflicted wounds; they are the easiest mistakes to make, and often times the most difficult ones to overcome. We all suffer from these wounds from time to time. My biggest enemy is alcohol. Not in a dependency sort of way, but in a way that it leads me off course. Like any red blooded American I enjoy a cold one after work. But far too often that “cold one” leads to “cold many”, which ultimately leads to more bad choices. The result is skipping workouts and making poor food choices. Ditching a paleo meal for that carb-loaded, gluten laden supper in a sack starts to make more sense after you’ve had a few drinks. I think we all tend to rationalize the decisions we make based on the situations we put ourselves in. So what’s the answer? Don’t put yourself in that situation. Here’s the plan for me, no alcohol whatsoever for 30 days. After that, limit alcohol consumption to legitimate weekday functions and weekends. Break the after work beer habit. 30 days of no alcohol will inherently lead to 30 days of good decisions…Right? Makes sense on paper. I’ll follow up this post in a month to let you know how things went. I’m guessing my jeans will be fit a little better.
It’s a rainy day today so I figured I’d head to the store to add some stock to my paleo fridge. So off to Costco I went. I like to do the majority of my shopping at Costco due to their excellent prices and their equally excellent selection of organic foods. So what did I get for my $100 bucks you ask?
4 New York strip steaks, total weight 3.73 lbs.
Organic Grass Fed 85/15 Ground Beef, total weight 4.02 lbs.
Organic Uncured Bacon, total weight 4lbs.
Wild caught Ahi Tuna (sashimi grade) 8 steaks, total weight 3 lbs.
Wild caught Mahi Mahi 12 filets, total weight 3lbs.
3 dozen Egglands Best eggs.
Organic Kale, 1 big ass bag.
(2) 36oz Organic Blue Agave.
Pretty good haul for $100. Real tough to live the paleo lifestyle huh?
An average active person who lives to the age of 80 will walk roughly 110,000 miles in their lifetime. That’s the equivalent of walking around the world more than two times. Think about that, walking around the world twice, sounds crazy right, but when you break it down inch by inch over the course of time it isn’t all that hard to believe. Now consider your fitness goals. That goal may seem hard to fathom; apply the same logic. Break your goals down to inches, inch by inch, day by day. Life is a game of inches, and the inches you need are all around you. They’re in every decision you make, every food you eat, and every step you take. To reach your goal you must sacrifice for that inch, fight for that inch, claw for that inch, and not let anyone stand in the way of that inch. And at the end of the day when you add up all those inches, that’s going to make the difference between winning and losing, between success and failure. In any fight, the man who is willing to die, is going to win that inch. Look in the mirror and find the person who is willing to go that inch with you. Everyday I continue to fight for that inch.
Well at least that’s how I felt on my 30th birthday. I woke up 2 weeks ago, looked in the mirror and didn’t recognize the man staring back at me. I was tired, overweight, hungover, and coughing up the 2 packs of cigarettes I smoked the night before. Who is this guy, and how the f#ck did I get here? How did I let myself slip this far? See, I wasn’t always this way. Up until about 3 years ago I was a motivated athlete with a strict diet. I used to eat a clean diet and be in the gym 7 days a week. When did it all change? I realized that I had thrown away 3 years of my life and given up everything that I had worked so hard to achieve. I had what alcoholics refer to as a moment of clarity.
I realized was long overdue for a change. I wasn’t going to start my 30’s the way I ended my 20’s. A few years back my best friend introduced me to paleolithic eating. He is an avid cross-fitter, runner, and practitioner of all things paleo. His website is www.fullblownpaleo.com. (Check it out, lot’s of good info over there). Anyways, I was immediately interested and quickly read Robb Wolf’s book, “The Paleo Solution.” I was hooked and quickly took to this new way of eating…..for about 2 weeks. Then before I knew it I was back to my bad habits. Fast forward to 2 weeks ago; I decided to give it another shot, and this time I’m not going to fail. I have now been eating a full blown paleo diet for the past week and a half, and have quit smoking altogether. Only 2 weeks in, and this is easily the best I’ve felt in 3 years.
I have created this website as a means to track my progression, a place to vent and share, as well as a reminder to stay the course. If I can help a few people along the way who are in the same situation as me…that’s cool too. In addition to discussions of paleolithic eating and fitness, I’m sure I’ll post the occasional rant, or anything else for that matter that concerns life, liberty, and the pursuit of paleo.