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The New Blog

Catch me on my new, updated blog – http://drdreadlift.wordpress.com – starting June 1, 2013. Lots of fun, science-y ramblings on strength training, nutrition, and child health. The archives will still be here, and I may recycle or revamp some old posts.

The Two Types of Paleos

Fresh off a glorious extended food porn weekend in New Orleans (take home message – Commander’s Palace is worth every penny), the last thing I want to see is another scoop of gelato, slice of pizza, or Hurricane. I’m ready for a week of clean lifting and clean eating. Recently, I’ve been reading some articles … Continue reading

Potatoes from Heaven

Where have the posts gone? It’s been a month! Simple explanation. Most of my experimental blog posts are fueled by frustration. Lack of improvement in body composition, strength, conditioning, or all three. But I think I’ve (finally!) found a balance of what to do and when to do it, with very little stress or fuss. … Continue reading

The Low Carb Purge: 8 Pounds in 10 Days

Yup, in full penance mode for an overindulgent Thanksgiving, and in pre-penance mode for my holiday party, I spent 10 days cutting out the carbs (under 30g a day) and mostly sticking to a Primal diet (occasional grass-fed butter and cheese). The results? Better than they look. My waist is down 1.5″, my weight dropped … Continue reading

Paleo and Asthma, Round Two

Two big notes from the first week of my abbreviated two-week clean-eating trial. I haven’t played completely by Paleo rules (adding some splashes of heavy cream to coffee, and cooking veggies in butter), but other than that, I’ve been good and grain-/dairy-free. 1. The asthma response works again!¬†Interesting that I’ve seen such a dramatic difference … Continue reading

The Post Thanksgiving Purge

I survived. Thanksgiving was a crazy, exciting, whirlwind, mostly meat-free*, sugar-bomb of a weekend with my strict vegetarian family. My sister and I made jalapeno poppers and tacos for the kids, with fried chili tofu and grilled veggies aside from the usual beans/cheese/salsa. There was much pie and brownie action. And on my one night … Continue reading

Operation 200

Yup, it happened. I hit the big 200-pound mark on the scale at work this morning, after what I swear will be my last chunk of pre-Thanksgiving carbs: some post-workout rice, a big bowl of tortellini, and some (highly-recommended) Ben & Jerry’s Mud Pie Ice Cream. But I woke up in the morning feeling a … Continue reading

Mr. Clean

So it’s been three weeks with Carb Backloading, and it’s time to take stock of my results. I have another two solid weeks before I head to my ancestral home in New Jersey for Thanksgiving Piemageddon, after which I’m going to reload and attempt a full 7-10 day no-carb buy-in period. But anyway: 1. Body … Continue reading

Fat Overdose

Week 2 of Carb-Backloading is complete, and while putting my clothes on this morning, I noticed two things. One, my shoulders are HUGE. My dress shirt, which fit perfectly a few weeks ago, is now pinching my shoulders in and threatening to tear every time I bend down to tie my shoes. Not the worst … Continue reading

One Week on CBL

I’m already seeing results! Not yet with my strength (and then again, it’s only been a week), but my dress pants are noticeably looser around the waist (measuring, I’m doing 1/2 inch at the most). My shoulders and chest look slightly more defined. If my crude body fat measurements are true, I dropped a pound … Continue reading