Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Primal Life is a GOOD Life.

Just a little comparison shot.
The first picture was after the Turkey Leg 5k on Thanksgiving day last year- about 6 months ago. The second was taken May 19th of this year. We have been Primal for almost 5 months and I cannot express what a joyous relief it is to be the me I knew was under all that fluff!!! I'm down 20 lbs, down 18% body fat, my skin is clear, my body is strong and healthy. That first picture was after struggling through a slow 5k (3.1 miles), not having run for 5 months. The second was after rocking out 2 legs of a relay, totaling 8.65 miles for the day at a 7000ft elevation. I don't feel like exercise has been the key to my transformation. I feel like properly fueling my body gave me the energy to be more active and I just wanted to move more! I haven't been busting my behind for an hour a day. I've been running a few miles a time or two a week (if that), lifting body weight (sometimes yoga) and heavy things a couple times a week (for maybe 10 or 15 minutes), and playing with my family. And it all feels like play. I love this!!!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

My Friend Cholesterol

I have a minor obsession with the ins and outs of cholesterol and heart disease lately. It started with the movie Fat Head. Then continued in reading "Good Calories Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes. I just find it so fascinating! It's so simple and yet so complex, but the real question is how the heck did we get it all so WRONG over the years?! We're left wondering why seemingly healthy young athletes are dropping like flies right on the field from heart attacks and strokes. "The fact is, half of all first time heart attack sufferers have a perfectly “normal” cholesterol profile. What does this tell you? There must be some other piece here behind the “other half” and, I would solidly argue, behind the first half. Cholesterol is a red herring." Don't quite understand it yet? Read this. I love this quote, "And all this time the cholesterol was just trying to be the good guy! Blaming cholesterol for all this is like blaming a cut finger on all the band-aids you have lying around your house."