Sponsor Me in the MDA Muscle Walk

tl;dr Pledge to the MDA at my fundraising page.

On March 23, 2013, my family and I will be participating in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s “Phoenix Muscle Walk”. We became involved with MDA when we found out that my son, CJ, has inherited the gene for Charcot Marie Tooth disease (CMT), a neurological disease that causes damage to the peripheral nerves, which carry signals from the brain and spinal cord to the muscles, and relay sensations, such as pain and touch, to the brain and spinal cord from the rest of the body.

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Nicotine Free

Image “The Smoke” by lucaszoltowski

Today I’m nicotine-free for a year and a half. That’s an amazing thing to be able to say. I struggled for so many years to quit, and failed so many times, that I seriously doubted I’d ever be at this point.

Having struggled with nicotine for so many years and finally feeling confident that I’ve kicked the habit for good, I’d love for this post to be a “Here’s-how-I-did-it-and-here’s-how-you-can-too” type of post. I know I searched for enough of that type of guidance over the years that I tried to quit. There are certainly some resources like that out there… but I think we all know how likely they are to really help you quit. Unfortunately the best that I can do is to cover the “Here’s-how-I-did-it” part, and hope that it leads you to your own “you-can-too”.

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From Vegetarian to…

Towards the end of 2011, I decided that in 2012 I’d go vegetarian. My plan was to give it the full year, and see how I felt about it. Towards the end of the year, I’d adjust the plan as needed for 2013. I’d either move back towards meats, or possibly towards vegan or eating raw, or something in-between like going pescatarian. I’ve cut that evaluation period short, as I’ve decided that being a vegetarian isn’t quite working out for me. As far as which direction I plan to move in now, I’m strongly considering the paleo diet.

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What a Difference Six Years Makes

The other night I was going thru the Google Image results for a search on my name. It wasn’t as much of a vanity thing as it sounds… a friend happened to point out to me some surprising results in her search, so I got curious and ran mine.

While I didn’t find anything particularly surprising, I did find one disturbing image. It was an image of me taken back in July of 2006, almost exactly 6 years ago. While I’ve blogged pretty extensively about my lifestyle changes and getting (and staying) healthy after a Master Cleanse, it’s not often that I come across an old photo of myself and see the difference over the course of the years. The changes are obviously not something you see day-to-day, so it can be a bit jarring to look at before-and-after pictures.

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The Master Cleanse – A Followup

Back in March of 2009, I discussed a 30 day Master Cleanse that I had just completed. It was one of my more popular blog entries, and generated quite a few comments, some of them a bit heated.

It’s been three years since that entry. While there are no shortage of blog entries or general postings about the Master Cleanse and its immediate results, I feel that a followup on that post is long past due. What’s gone on over the past 3 years, and where am I now?

To summarize, I was around 215 lbs when I started that cleanse, and ended up around 185. Today, I’m hovering right around 200 lbs. Most will be quick to say, “Ha! You’ve gained most of the weight back!” And while it’s true that I’m 15 lbs heavier than I was after finishing the cleanse 3 years ago, I’m still 15 lbs lighter than I was when I started that cleanse. One notable difference is that I was at about 33% body fat back then. Today I’m at 23%. So the weight comparison is really not apples-to-apples.

So 3+ years later, still down 15 lbs, am I still a fan of the Master Cleanse? In a word… no.

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Post-Master Cleanse Update (Updated with Photos)

Not surprisingly, my previous post on my Master Cleanse experience garnered reactions that ran the gamut from curious to supportive to “that’s a load of woo”. Most posts that I’ve seen on the subject garner the same widespread reaction.

What I’ve not seen much of is any sort of consistent follow-up posts by people who have done the cleanse. I’ve seen mostly positive reviews by those who have tried it (a few “I just couldn’t do it” too), usually with a good amount of “success”. Of course, “success” in these cases can be somewhat of a subjective term. If a person loses 30lbs in 30 days, can that be considered a success if they gain it all back over the next 30? And why is it that so few are willing to post those ongoing entries?

Not sure this will become a “regular thing”, but I do want to take the time to address my first 3 weeks post-cleanse, and talk about whether or not I still consider my cleanse a “success”.

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30 Days of the Master Cleanse

Today wraps up day 30 of a master cleanse. I dropped a total of 29.1 lbs, and plan to go another day (or maybe two).

Over the past year or so, I’ve been way too sedentary. More so than usual. I’d sit in front of the computer at work all day, come home, and sit in front of the computer all night working on a side job. I wouldn’t say I was obese (altho my Wii Fit would disagree), but I was definitely as heavy as I’d ever been, and I wasn’t happy about it.

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