Training, sort of.

The goal this week was to lift something heavy and to get a couple of walks in. On Tuesday it was son’s birthday, and we drove up deviating to a beach where we had a walk. At half way I picked up a rock — heavy enough — and then did one arm overhead presses on the way back. Main issue for me was getting mobility going.

On Friday I walked 5 km, mainly downhill, but with a steep uphill rise. I thought that waiting for public transport and then queuing to get things would take about the same length of time, and I was correct. However, this morning got up with total body pain and stepping on the scales I was up a couple of pounds.

Inflammation thy name is body weight exercise, Unfortunately, it is needed. Us old guys need to adapt. Ton is using kettleballs and tyres and similar stuff, as his lungs are poked. Including diet: he fasts for 12 hours. Which kind of works for me — skipping breakfast is easy, and I don’t generally get hungry until mid morning. His schedule is that of an ex strongman, but note it is not in the gym.

I still prefer to train outdoors. I have a metal carport to train under these days. Can run fans there when its insanely hot, might enclose it for the winter. I train barefoot which has been good for my knees and feet, Med ball throws and farmers walk are always out in the weather. And I always wear shoes for those. Most weeks I am doing 4-6 rounds vs 8. I never do more then 8. Tired it, was very hard to recover from

Dialing this in has been a huge quality of life improvement. I walk around at about 230 these days. Down about 57 pounds from when I cracked 900 in the squat and 365 in the push press. Still keeping that same 14’ish % body fat because any lower and I get weak and sickly. I still have that werid power lifter belly but I can turn my head in the full range of motion,

So this week was better than last, but the scales do not show it.

The aim is that we stop using cars: not as much for the mileage — though at petrol sitting at $1.80 a litre being able to fill the tank once a fortnight instead of once a week would help — but because we now have a cycle path that winds the 12 odd Km to work. We might as well use it, and it means that a short lunchtime walk and cycling takes care of the aerobic work. Bikes were on order, but it looks like the shipment won’t arrive until late Jan, so we were upsold to something UK/German. We will need to see how this works out.

We are heading into the silly season, when every workplace has Christmas parties, and at those various foods will be eaten. Which will turn around and bite you. This week we have had two such events: at one I ate jalapeno pizza and suffered for two days, at the other Kea ate a tomato based source and was miserable for a day. Your body gets better at telling you what hurts as you eat better.

Mark Sisson describes the syndrome and the cure.

Non-Primal foods were consumed – perhaps many of them or just a few in larger than planned quantities. Non-Primal and sub-Primal drinks were imbibed beyond the point of intention. And now the consequences are playing out. You’re stuck in a bloated, sloth-like, catatonic state. You’re nursing a major headache with every shade shut and the covers over your head wishing in a rather non-seasonal mindset that your children would take the noise to some distant corner of the neighborhood. Maybe you’ve taken up residence in the bathroom.

In a less dramatic scenario, perhaps you’re just pushing yourself through the day because you notice your energy is off, your digestion not up to full speed, your mood not quite as equanimous as usual. Whether you feel it was worth it or not, who wouldn’t want to reverse the course of misery itself after the fact?

Think of it this way: with health comes sensitivity to what’s unhealthy.

I’ll admit I don’t really get into cleanses or detoxes. That said, I do think we can help our bodies in their own miraculous processes get back on track – or at least get out of their way while they undo the damage. With a little time and care, we can recover and move on not too much worse for the wear. The healthier we eat and live on a daily basis, the better condition we’re in to weather these upsets. Unfortunately, however, the cleaner we eat the other 364 days of the year, the more we might feel a significant detour in our diet. That heaping plate of mashed potatoes with processed gravy product might have barely registered pre-Primal. Today it can leave you with indigestion and noxious gas for a good 36 hours.

If you’re looking to feel better after a big day (or season) of non-Primal eating, consider these modest proposals for what ails you.

Commit to a morning fast.

Conventional wisdom says eat normally after a holiday binge, but the body says differently. (Guess which one I’m inclined to heed.) Maybe the digestive fallout makes fasting a given, but even if you’re able to eat, give your body a break until early or even mid-afternoon. CW thinks if you go for a few hours without eating you’re sure to throw yourself head on into a major binge. That’s not the case for most Primal folks. Give your body the time it needs to take care of the residuals from the day before.

Drink some tea.

Lay off the food for a while, but go ahead and hydrate. Resist, however, Grandma’s suggestion to down a shot of hard booze. (Hands for how many times folks have heard this from family or friends?) Research has shown alcohol actually slows gastric emptying.1 One study that compared the effects of tea, wine and schnapps on gastric emptying showed that tea won hands down.2 Although the tea in the study was simple black tea, consider something without caffeine.

Do not get between me and my coffee. But drink a glass of water for every cup of coffee. But don’t belt yourself up too much. Get back onto what works for you.

What I do is fairly simple. Simple is good. This is supposed to be a fast before we feast at Christmas. What we should do is eat as well as we can, as long as we can, and accept that some days things just don’t work out.

But it is not what you do that matters. It is what you do habitually that does.

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10 months ago

Not beating myself up seems to be the best strategy. Recognizing that I will have to do a little extra work later also helps. Right now I’m up 5 (lbs, not kgs) and looking forward I see that I have three weeks before the next difficult season. That should be doable.