How to Do Paleo [INFOGRAPHIC] #howto #Paelo #infographic


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03-01-15 – Sunday – No Mexican Food, Please.

Clipart Illustration of a Burrito Plate ( Mexican Food )Looking at my meal plan from yesterday you will notice that dinner last night was Mexican. We were invited to a Birthday celebration and it was a nice party. However, as you have already guessed, the menu wasn’t too paleo inviting. It did partake in the grain ridden chips and tortilla’s, but didn’t go overboard. I ate a small amount of rice and beans. The end result this morning was that body weight rose almost 2 lbs, but blood sugar stayed stable at 85. Now I don’t know how high it rose after the meal last night, but a good nights sleep brought it back down to stable. So now I will work hard for the next week burning body fat to get back down to where I was before I ate this meal.

As you know, I am not a scale person. I do use the scale each day as a tool to see where my overall body weight is currently at, but it is other markers that I use frequently to judge the progress I am making. The one is waist size, and feeling how my pants are fitting on any day allows me to make judgements about the progress of fat burning. Yesterday I did notice that my pants were fitting a bit tighter and knew right away that I was either retaining water or increasing the amount of fat on my body. One of the mechanisms the body uses to survive is to convert excess foods into fat, primarily carbohydrates and sugars which are pretty much one in the same. While burning fat the body will get down to lower body percentages of fat and will fight to maintain a certain percentage that it believes it needs to survive. Thus making continue fat burning even harder to achieve. Just a single incident of overeating carbs can cause a dramatic increase in saved body fat. Like, Mexican food for example. On the other hand, with increased muscle work the body craves energy from carbs, and it is during this period that it is so important to avoid those carbs and force the body to use ketones produced from fat for energy.

It is a fine balancing act and difficult to achieve. But through hard work and balanced paleo diet it can be accomplished.

Blood Sugar – 85, Weight – 167.0

Creatine Day #24

Bowflex – LEGS
Squats- 155/155- 15, 15, 15
Calf Raises- 155/155- 15, 15, 15
Situps- 130/130- 3×10, 3×8, 3×6
Leg Raises- 15, 13, 11

Breakfast- Cottage Cheese
Lunch- 2 Eggs, 2 Bacon
Dinner- Pork Roast, Spinach

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02-28-15 – Saturday – Another Debt Paid Off!

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Today marks a day to celebrate as I have made a final payment to Capital One Auto. Yes, all debt is payed off other than the mortgage. This was a loan for a Hyundai Sante Fe we purchased because we really did need a four wheel drive vehicle with all of the off road hiking sites we were visiting. It was set up for 60 months, or 5 years. We managed to pay it off in just 16 months. It was the last debt we needed to pay off to declare our independence from debt other than our mortgage. It was through daily discipline in spending that allowed us to focus totally on paying it off and I couldn’t be any happier.

Many would say, “Hey Billy, you are debt free”. Well not so fast. I still have a long way to go to get the mortgage paid off. Many don’t consider your mortgage to be debt simply because they put place it into the category of living expenses. But truth be told, as long as interest is being paid on any form of loan it is still debt. So on to the next step. The mortgage.

Daily Health Update- Blood sugar is maintaining in the low to mid 80’s range and body weight is staying steady at 165.8. Muscle mass is getting larger overall while body weight is staying steady. This is true evidence that I am still burning fat. I feel good, I look good and I am totally on top of my health.

Blood Sugar – 85, Weight – 165.8

Creatine Day #23

Bowflex – BACK
Pulldown Bar- 130/130- 12, 12, 12
Rows- 130/130- 12, 12, 12
Reverse Fly’s- 35/35- 12, 12, 12

Breakfast- FASTING
Lunch- 2 Eggs, 2 Bacon, 2 Sausage
Dinner- Mexican (Birthday Party)

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The Paleo Diet, Good or Bad?

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How Water Benefits Our Body – Infographic

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I thought this was a good summary and reminder of how much our body needs water.



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02-27-15 – Friday – Walking on Sunshine

reminderI am thinking about my upcoming vacation to Florida and mainly how I am going to maintain my workout routine without the use of my Bowflex machine. I am going to have to use straight up calisthenics to get it done. I should actually start working on putting together a routine now to prepare for the 10 days away. I know that I will be doing a lot of walking, which I am desperately in need of. The weather will be nice and it will be an excellent opportunity to walk while getting some Vitamin D. I will be walking on Sunshine. Oh Yea!

I will also have to try to prepare myself for the nightmare of trying to find food that I can actually eat. This actually more of a problem for me as I very rarely eat out. Most of the meals I eat are prepared by yours truly or Sharon. We only eat the cleanest foods we can find. We know exactly what to buy and where to buy it. Being in an unfamiliar place is always difficult as the rest of the world does not eat the same way I do. I suppose that as a last resort I could live on salad, but I will have to find a good source of protein like eggs.

Anyway, the vacation is still 7 days away and for right now I am simply kicking ass. My early morning glucose readings have been on a steady course of lower than normal numbers and hopefully will form the new normal. My sets on the bow-flex have been getting longer and I have slowly been increasing the weight on many of the exercises. I have stopped the habit of looking at my numbers from the last time I did the same routine and simply doing each set to the absolute breaking point in that last rep. There is nothing positive about having the pressure of reaching a certain goal each time you are throwing up weight. It is all about simply concentrating of the muscles that are being worked and giving it your all to reach that final rep.

Blood Sugar – 81, Weight – 165.8

Creatine Day #22

Bowflex – CHEST
Bench Press- 155/155- 19, 19, 19
Incline Press- 155/155- 14, 14, 12
Decline Press- 155/155- 14, 14, 12
Fly’s- 80/80- 14, 13, 12
situps- 155/155- 15, 15
Leg Raises- 15, 15

Breakfast- 3 Eggs
Lunch- Hamburger, Salad
Dinner- Lamb Chops, Spinach

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So what’s the deal with rice?

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Rice has been a big no no, for paleo dieters. Coming from a hispanic family rice was always on the table, and tons of it. When I began my research into paleo dietetics I assumed rice would not be part of the diet simply because of its high carb content. In most diet plans that your goal is to lose weight your carbohydrate intake should be monitored carefully.

Some paleo enthusiast say that rice should be avoided simply because cavemen didn’t eat it. When I got into paleo, what interested me into it was its simplicity and the fact that it takes you away from processed foods. My goal was not to recreate a historical diet, but to eat healthier. I began to dig deeper into the topic of rice and found some great information so that I can make up my own mind.

So here’s what you need to know

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02-26-25 – Thursday – Drunk in the Garden

Oh, when am I going to learn? I have been doing pretty good most of the week as far as avoiding beer, except for last night. Yea, it flowed like water. I sucked down 5 whole brewskies before it was all said and done. I did work very hard in the garden by adding organic soil and compost and then turning over each garden bed to blend it all together. When I finished my head was just about spinning and suddenly I realized, “I am drunk in the Garden”. This was not good. I drank as much water as I possibly could to try to sober up and avoid a hangover and just fell fast asleep.

The only good thing about this episode is the fact that the gardens are done and ready for planting. The bad thing is that once again I put additional sugar into my blood stream and hopefully my pancreas was able to create enough insulin to process it all. Based on my glucose test this morning is looks like it all worked out, but I believe that the additional hard work on my muscles had more to do with keeping things in balance.

Without the beer this would have been a good day with a touch workout in the morning and additional hard work later in the day. I may take away a lesson from this day after all. Maybe I can schedule in a mini workout each evening. Nothing major, maybe just one set of a particular exercise or maybe a 30 minute walk. I think that the benefits might be incredible.

Blood Sugar – 84, Weight – 165.8

Creatine Day #21

Bowflex – ARMS
Tricep Pulldowns- 70/70- 18, 15, 14
Dips- 155/155- 27, 25, 27
Curls- 75/75- 14, 17, 15
Hammer Curls- 50/50- 16, 15, 15

Breakfast- 2 Eggs, 2 Bacon
Lunch- Chicken Soup
Dinner- Steak, Peppers

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02-25-15 – Wednesday – Breaking Points

It appears that my body has selected a balanced weight once again. I have settled at 165 lbs. and it has been in this range for almost a month now. This happens every several months where suddenly I will continue to lose several lbs. for about two weeks and then it will stop. I call these “Breaking Points”. The last time I was stuck at 173 lbs. Periods like these are natural where for survival reason the body holds on to body fat because burning to much fat too quickly sets off alarms of danger. The key to getting past these times is to simply continue with your routine until your body feels safe in your current weight and decides that it is safe once again to start burning additional fat. It always happens and will continue to happen until you finally reach your perfect healthy weight.

The funny thing about the breaking point is that with continued muscle growth your weight may even increase some. As long as you are staying true to your diet and exercise routine, don’t worry about the scale. As you continue to increase your demand for energy by taking your workout routine to the next level, eventually you will start seeing loses until your body reaches it’s next breaking point. I believe my next one will be at around 160 lbs and I may not see this happen for several months.

Blood Sugar – 75, Weight – 165.0

Creatine Day #20

Bowflex – LEGS
Squats- 155/155- 18, 15, 13
Calf Raises- 155/155-  18, 15, 13
Situps- 140/140- 25, 23, 20
Leg Lifts- 15, 14, 13

Breakfast- 2 Eggs, 2 Bacon
Lunch- Beef Stew
Dinner- Chicken Soup

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20 Benefits of Walking – Infographic

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I couldn’t be a bigger fan of walking. I consider walking to be the Cinderella of the exercise world. Maybe the Rodney Dangerfield would be more accurate. Nobody gives it very much respect. Yet it benefits us in so many ways.


Although Number six said it is a low impact exercise, it is nonetheless a weight bearing exercise which we all need for strong bones.

Please don’t stop here. I have a Page dedicated to the benefits of walking – Why You Should Walk More. There are lots more ways that your body, brain and mind can benefit.


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