Friday, November 19, 2010

Weight Loss journey on the EDGE Revolution

My Weight Loss Journey with the Revolution: Before, During, and Hopefully After

My name is Andy White, I have always been a large guy, I wanted to set out and change that. I have always been honest with myself, and have found within the last few months, I was not. I decided the diets in the past haven’t worked and it was time for a change.
Since I graduated high school I have tried diets and diets galore, South Beach, Weight Watchers, Body for Life, Vegetarianism, Veganism, you name it I looked it up and tried it. I would always lose a little weight and then go back to the way I was, eating whatever I wanted. The weight came back time and time again. Never being an athletic person one day while sitting in a hotel room in Ohio with a piece of Coconut cream pie on my fat gut I realized what I had done to myself. I had made myself gross and fat. I stepped on the scale when I got home and realized I had weighed 235 pounds!! When did this happen; I asked myself? So I decided I was going to run, and try to run I did. I didn’t get very far. I decided to run a 5k race and signed up for one a few months down the line. I did it but still had only lost about 10 pounds. I decided I liked running so much I was going to do a Half Marathon, I would be a fat half-marathoner, and so I did one, and another and another. In one year I ran 3 half marathons, and numerous 5 k and one 5 miler! After an injury and cold weather I stopped running, and stopped dieting and stopped caring again. I gained the weight back and was hovering around 226 for a few months. This is when I got scared into losing weight by someone.
My partner is a nag sometimes, lose weight, go to the gym, you know typical spouse stuff, but this someone else was the one who had never said this to me: My Doctor. I went in for a physical exam so I can adopt a baby, after initial blood work came back she said I was obese, high risk for heart disease, diabetes, and borderline blood pressure and she said something to me that ticked me off, “if you can’t take care of yourself, how are you going to take care of someone else?” It is true, so I did something about I started diet and exercise. In about 6 weeks I lowered my cholesterol and blood pressure and dropped about 18 pounds! I wanted to do more though; I was hitting a plateau and I wanted to be at least at the weight my first license: 175. So I joined the revolution and have seen great results!
Over the past 8 weeks I have been disciplined with my eating, making sure I get my exercise in everyday, even when I am traveling, and I am sleeping better, waking up better and have so much more energy. The nutrition aspect of it is something I will carry with me for maybe the rest of my life. I am so glad I had this journey and I am kind of sad that this revolution is coming to an end, but I can always do it again! So here I am on the last day of a program I was reluctant to start but am glad I finished, I am being told I look HOT, and am being told I don’t even look like the person who started this program. I am glad I am no longer that guy sitting in a hotel room with a slice of sugar filled evil coconut cream pie on my fat gut. I feel better, I look better, and I am performing better! I am glad I had this journey and I am glad I had support along the way!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Food for thought

So I have been on this "Paleo-Diet" for about 8 weeks now, actually 7 since I didn't follow it the first two weeks of the Edge Revolution, and I feel good. I actually feel good, no complaints about not eating enough or not feeling hungry or what not, I feel good. I also have found that it is a good diet to experiment with different recipes. I love creating new recipes with the foods in my fridge (sometimes) and sometimes they come out GREAT and sometimes, well lets just say some hungry pigeons or seagulls somewhere in that great dump are getting a good meal. Anyways, so we have a farm share and during this farm share we get some veggies which are great when we first get them and then we say "what the hell am I going to do with this??" or "Cabbage??? AGAIN???" Or "really what else can we do with radishes besides salad." So I was making baked cabbage one time (which came out awesome) and decided that I wanted to try some kind of warm cabbage slaw or warm cabbage salad. So I did it. I like to do it on nights when I cook for myself since then I have no one to tell me its gross...or I can just dispose of the evidence of my horrible creation. So tonight I did, I made a warm cabbage salad, and it wasn't that bad this is the basic recipe, since by chance I had all the ingredients...By the way, I usually don't have fresh cranberries, I just happen to get them from a good friend who owns a cranberry bog.

Warm Cabbage Salad:
1/2 head of cabbage slice thin
2 carrots (match sticked)
1 whole gala apple (cored and sliced)
1 broccoli stalk (not the floret here)
1 cup of whole fresh cranberries
chicken stock (optional sub. for whatever yummy liquid you have)
apple cider (hard is what I had)
1 TBSP sesame oil
1 TBSP White wine vinegar

mix veggies together in a bowl and toss with sesame oil and vinegar
add cranberries to about a 1/4 cup of stock (they will boil and pop and sizzle) and cover for about 5 min or so then add the veggies and apple.
Cook down for a few min, add the cider and stir and cook and stir and cook until tender.

Drain that sucker (if there is left over liquid) and use the liquid with pork to make a nice little reduction.

I ate this with some yummy pock chops, it is good, the cranberries defiantly add some nice dimension to the taste.