It has been a full year since I started this diet and workout routine and each has progressed at different levels until I found what worked best for me. I am not one to take selfies but understanding the influence of seeing yourself in a picture has over the make further progress I caved in and took quite a few pictures. Many pictures I did take completely naked and I certainly would not post them in a blog, but I did save all of these pictures in a folder and labeled it with a date. The benefit of the nude shots is that it allows me to observe exactly where I need progress. I can see those patches of fat in certain parts of my body and will work my routine to help to burn that fat. I would estimate that I am still at the range of around 19% body fat and my goal is to get that down to around 13% in the next year. I can see much muscle growth in my arms, chest and abdominal region and this makes me very happy as it is pretty attractive for a man of 54. Still I have much work to do and look forward to doing another photo shoot in 6 months. I am setting it up to be at the same time as my 6 month medical review as to not forget to do it. I see that somewhere in the future these photo’s will be a great benefit as I can look back at where I was. I just wish I had done this when I started this mission, but hey, you gotta start somewhere.
I just recieved the results of my last blood test and my A1C is at 5.4 which is a little higher than 6 months ago at a 5.2, but still it is in a perfect range. I was really interested in how the Paleo diet would effect my cholesterol and I am pleased to announce that everything is in a better range. My LDL which is the bad cholesterol dropped from 157 to 115, HDL which is good cholesterol went up from 59.0 to 84.0, and my Triglycerides which are also bad dropped from 179 to 69. My overall cholesterol also dropped from 216 down to 199.
Over 1 year my body weight has also dropped from 197 to 163 which is a total of 34 lbs, but taking into account that I probably gained around 15 lbs. in muscle I feel as though I dropped a total of around 50 lbs.
This all proves to me that the Paleo way of life which includes a good workout routine and intermittent fasting works for Type II Diabetes.