This is me on June 24th, 2010.
Wowsa. I cringe when I look at what I used to carry around.
|Total Cholesterol/HDL Ratio||9.6||3.8|
I made some pretty good progress in that first year. Again, details can be found in the posts I point to above, but the short and sweet of the changes I made to affect those improvements were:
- Exercise – I started Crossfitting 4-5 days per week. This turned out to be too much for my body to handle and I dropped to three.
- Nutrition – I greatly reduced the amount of grains and refined sugars that I ate.
That’s all cool and wonderful, but with a post title like “The End of the Beginning,” I’m sure you are wondering how things are going now.
In all seriousness, things are going absolutely fantastic. I had a physical today, the 27th of June, 2012, and everything is good. In fact, doc didn’t suggest any changes.
Let’s look at the numbers first.
|Total Cholesterol (<200 is good)||249||171||179|
|LDL (<120 is good, <=100 is ideal)||151||85||109|
|HDL (>40 is good, >=60 is ideal)||25||43||50|
|Triglycerides (<=100 is ideal)||365||170||99|
|Total Cholesterol/HDL Ratio (<=3.5 is ideal)||9.96||3.98||3.58|
|Triglycerides/HDL Ratio (<=2.0 is ideal)||14.6||5.0||2.0|
|HDL/LDL Ration (>=0.3 is desirable)||0.12||0.51||0.46|
|Body Fat % (2010 and 2011 est.)||27||18.1||10.8|
First. Yup, that’s 40+ pounds gone.
Poof. No longer on ma bod. (If by poof we mean gone because of a whole lot of work and a whole lot of change)
Second. Those are some fabulous numbers. What’s more, every other number in my labs was in range, i.e. good. Not bad for a 47 year old. Reminder: Nutrition and exercise, no meds.
The most amazing part is a good chunk of that weight loss since 2011 has occurred over the last 6 weeks or so, with 10 pounds of it coming off in the last month.
I’m going to tell you in just a moment, but first, gratuitous shirtless photo taken on June 24th, 2012. Notice that is exactly 2 years since the first photo in this post.
A bit less of me than before, huh? Wanna see side by side?
Just a tad bit of a difference.
Now to answer the ‘how’ question.
However, I’m not going to leave you hanging since this is about my story, not Mark’s. This is how it happened.
I started Crossfit. I saw progress. I started messing with my nutrition. I saw more progress. In fact, I have made many changes to my nutrition over the last 2 years. All of them, slowly, but surely moving me towards stricter adherence to a paleo/primal diet.
About a month ago, I finally decided that I wanted to see what would happen if I bought in whole hog to eating primarily whole foods, avoiding most grains, and removing dairy and refined sugar from my diet. Yes, even cookies and ice cream although I have snuck in some frozen yogurt a couple times. Second admission, I have some rice now and again. Result? I got even healthier and my Crossfit perfo