Friday, October 6, 2017

That Post-It Note with “Mark Sisson—Primal Life” Is Still Hanging on My Fridge

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

Growing up I was always very energetic and athletic but had a very high metabolism so weight gain was never an issue. Really didn’t start gaining weight until I moved to Florida 5 months before joining the military. I joined the military in 2007 when I was 21-years-old and at this point had gained some extra weight. For the Air Force I believe the cutoff for a height of 5’10 was 191 lbs, and I remember my recruiter putting me on the fat boy program a month before joining because I was within 10 lbs of that cutoff. That was a very high weight for me, I don’t ever remember being more than 150 lbs before then. I got out of basic training at 21 years old in worse shape by a mile then I am now.

From 2007-2012, I was dating/married to my now ex-wife. During that time I reached a max weight of 205 and dealt with depression strongly. At one point in late 2010 early 2011 I was doing a good job of working out one hour a day during lunch at 5 times per week. These were the typical body part focused 3 set of 8-12 reps with 1 minute rest. Never saw much gain but I did feel better. Well during that time we moved from Texas to Utah and my schedule changed and I quit going to the gym. After a year and a half in Utah I ended up getting divorced. The first month I found out about the divorce I lost 30+ lbs, mostly related to stress but coupled with the gym again. As before, these gym sessions were one body part focused with the same sets/reps but now were anywhere from 90-120 minutes a session, 6x per week, and even occasionally twice a day. It provided my main goal, to have a good looking body. What it also provided was two shoulder surgeries from lifting too heavy. At the peak of this time frame I reached 165 lbs but steady weight was closer to 185 lbs. I had access to some of the best gyms for free and also time from work to make it to the gym which really allowed an ease of fitting fitness into my schedule.

June 2014 rolls around and I am moving on from military life to a regular job. My new job as a mechanic has me on the road quite often, averaging 3-4 days per week away from home. I tried to keep fitness into my routine but started to struggle keeping a steady schedule with it always changing. Eventually I gave up on working out again and promised to eat right and do little things. Well in December of 2016 I weighed in at 195 during my doctor visit. Remember the scene from The Simpsons where Homer is gaining weight on purpose to be able to work from home and he is weighing himself, gets upset because he hasn’t gained any weight then Bart points out his belly on the towel rack? He makes a noise like ooooooh ooohhhhh my, noooo nooooo. I did that when I saw that weight. I have been there before and refuse to go back.

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I made the typical New Years resolution to get back into shape and blah blah blah. I just kept making excuses. I travel and it’s so hard to find time…you’ll find it if you want it. I can’t get a good workout in 30 min…bullcrap.  I’m swamped on time let me just get some Wendy’s…I no longer miss that greasy goodness.

Come to April 26th. At this point I have worked out 2 days in a row and made a promise to myself to continue. What happens next, I believe was the key moment in this transformation. I was getting dinner and having a drink at the Hilton Garden Inn bar. This gentleman sits a few seats down and I’m just in awe.  He’s in great shape and has on his companies shirt so I safely assume he is also a road warrior. I asked him how the hell he stays in such great shape. Long story short, that post-it note with Mark Sisson Primal Life is still hanging on my fridge.

I read the 21-Day Challenge and I took it. No carbs, the “correct” food pyramid, the slow steady walks, and the quick but heavy workouts. I thought you know what this might work let’s do this. Within one week I dropped 6 lbs, the second week an additional 5 lbs, and at the end of the third week I lost a total of 17 lbs. I was amazed.

The quick results were amazing! The longer effects seem to be better.  When travelling I always select the highest floor of the hotel and never touch the elevator. At the airport I will walk around and listen to music before I sit, the flight is for sitting. I eat to my heart’s content but only meat, fruits, veggies, and water. I carry one 50 lb cable with me when travelling to make sure I can always get a workout in. And I haven’t worked out for more than 45 minutes in one day since I started this. But I think the thing that affected me the most and for the best was spending 15 minutes a day outside and 15 minutes having fun. Traveling allows you to quickly hole yourself up in a room and not want to come out and that was being passed onto my personal life.

Not everyday is easy, some workouts are better than others, and you tried your best but you couldn’t do it. Those are my excuses now. I feel better now then I ever had. I’ve been happy with my physical look in the past but still battled depression. I am complete now. I feel great physically and mentally and that has been a tremendous positive in not only my life but my son’s also. He is almost 3 and has repeated “daddy is happy” so many times in the last two months, and nobody taught him that. I am able to thank you for setting these ground rules for this lifestyle, I hope the gentleman from Hilton Garden Inn in Tifton, GA, reads this and knows that I also thank him for introducing me the Primal life!

Will Wareham

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Cake And A Dog On An iPad

The cake that keeps on giving! We decided to freeze half for our anniversary next year and had some of it with Mazen as a special treat our first night home.

Passionfruit, raspberries and vanilla custard! (We also had a chocolate layer!) Delish!

So what’s been going on in normal life?

^^Little red riding dog <3

Breakfast Sandwiches

Thomas got me into breakfast sandwiches! He often makes them on the weekends and will make one for me too. I like the English muffin-style, with jam, eggs, and cheese – the best! (He doesn’t put jam on his, though! Haha.)

Online Design

As much as I like decorating, I sometimes lack the confidence to make bigger decisions. I flip flop between minimalism and the perfect styled look that you see in magazines. You know, the coffee table that is covered but the items still look neat? I have very little art on my walls because it makes me feel cluttered. Sometimes I think I just need a decorator! But, I don’t want to spend more than a few hundred dollars on design because I don’t have lots of dollars that are sitting around. Sometimes I just want to get an expert’s suggestion on one thing, not a whole room. I read an article in Better Homes & Gardens about some online design services, like Laurel and Wolf and Havenly, and am considering doing one of their smaller design packages. I’m curious if any of you have used an online design service before?

Hey Siri, Set Timer for 8 Minutes

I often experience a Goldilocks effect with tea: I either try to drink it too soon and burn my tongue or I forget about it while it cools and then I have to drink it cold. Thomas and I make tea (Sleepytime!) almost every night, and we have a new system: a timer for 8 minutes. At the 8-minute mark we can pick it up and sip it ’till it’s gone, no burnt tongues around. Try it!

White Rice

I usually buy brown rice for the added nutrition, but I bought jasmine rice for a recipe and loved it! It has such a light flavor and great texture. I like short grain brown rice for things like stir-frys or soups, but I enjoy white as a side. The coconut rice we made at the beach last month was excellent! I need to make that again.

Dry Farm Wines

My friend Emily sent me an article about Dry Farm Wines, which is an organic, all-natural wine club. This is what they promise:

I am relaxed about the wines I drink, and I’m not going to quibble over sugar content or carbs. However, Dry Farm Wines promises HANGOVER-FREE wine. That is something I was excited to read! In reality, I wanted to prove them wrong and drink so much that I got a hangover :mrgreen: because hangovers are caused by dehydration, right? Emily and I inquired about ordering a bottle or two to try, but they only offer it by the case. (Luckily they were nice enough to send me a bottle to try in exchange for a mention here!)

We liked the wine a lot. It was dry, with touches of leathery red fruit, and guess what – no hangovers! However, to be fair, we had to SHARE the bottle, so we didn’t do a fair experiment to test our tolerances! 🙂 The wines are a bit too expensive for me to buy regularly, but I totally appreciate that they are organic, low in sulfites, and lab tested for high standards of purity. They’d make a great gift for a health nut!

Best Fiends

Now even Gus is hooked.

Yup.

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Double Birthday Celebration + Why I’m Drinking Tea

Hi, guys! Happy FRIDAY to you!

We had quite the fun day yesterday. It actually ended up being a double celebration since we had my sister’s and mom’s birthday to celebrate!

My morning began bright and early at 5:01 AM. I sort of panicked when I woke up because I was in such a deep sleep and had no idea what was happening, but I knew I needed to shut off my alarm immediately, so I didn’t wake up Quinn. See, I’m a hot mess at all times of the day! Ha!

Once I was semi-awake, I headed downstairs for tea. I know… you’re probably thinking what the hell? And, truthfully, I can’t blame ya. I’m not much of a tea drinker (except Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride in the winter), but I definitely overdid it with caffeine last week. I’m not sure if it was travel, time zone changes, or having Blue Bottle so close, but my body literally started to reject coffee to the point where it was making me feel ill and my skin started to break out. It’s like my body was telling me something, so I decided to lay off for a bit – well, for now. I’m sure I’ll be back to iced coffee soon (decaf, of course)! Anyway, this Harvest Blend from Trader Joe’s is awesome!

After that, I heated up some overnight oats and then got to work.

Behind my laptop: Presents for the birthday girls! 🙂

Qman slept until almost 7:00 AM, so I got almost 2 hours of work in before he woke up. Not too shabby! Once he was awake, I fed him breakfast and got us ready for the gym. Before we left the house, he wanted to give Murphy a “hug kiss” and then told me that I had to do it too. So cute.

On the way out the door, I made sure to grab a bunch of DTFN flyers for the owners at Salt Shack CrossFit since they’re our #5 affiliate! Related: If you want DTFN at your gym, please drop me an email!

The class was fun – we started with some core work.

And then moved onto the WOD, which was short and sweet. Well, not sweet. It was really hard. I mean, heavy front squats + 24″ box jumps = legs on fire!

After class, Qman and I headed home. I quickly showered and then made a protein shake.

Shortly after that, Cousin Matthew arrived! As well as Grandma, Aunt Steph, and Cousin Karli. (Quinn is OBSESSED with Cousin Matthew and talks about him ALL the time, so he was especially excited for his visit!)

I found a pair of Sticky Wall Climbing Men at Target, and they were a HUGE hit with the kids!

My gosh, they had a great time with them and played with them forever!

When I texted my mom and sister to see what they wanted for their birthday lunch, my mom replied first with “apps and pizza.” My sister then said “sounds good,” so lunch was planned simple as that!

After lunch, we relaxed a little while the kiddos played together.

Then, it was time for presents. Of course, Murphy though everything was for him!

Grandma did buy him some dog treats!

Instead of a traditional birthday cake, I opted for some incredible-looking (the photo below does not do them justice) pecan sticky buns to celebrate. We sang “Happy Birthday” to my sister and mom, and the boys blew out the candles… a few different times!

I also served some adorable chocolate mousse pumpkins! 🙂

My family hung out for a little while longer, but we could tell nap time was upon us. We said goodbye and they hit the road home. It was so nice to see them – I wish we lived closer!

Question of the Day

Coffee or tea? Iced coffee or iced? 

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