Sunday, August 31, 2014

back from vacations - diet results....

I'll again cut to the chase - here is the email I recived from Fitbit after I synched when back in Warsaw

Yes - I managed to lose additional KGs even though I was 2 weeks in a clay hut.
Overall during the 2 weeks I lost 3 kgs and the overall diet got me 15 kgs less so far.

Of course we did not behave.. :)

Beer almost everyday :) (sometimes - Cherry Soplica) and a looot of fishes from grill.

However - we did not break the main rules - No bread, No flour, No fat. Juices and salads as 90% of daily intake.

We ate Lot's of veggies - Thank you Tesco Lesko! Not to mention I shared the hut with a multiple Iron man -  

Jacek Machata who took me for a few runs (for him more like walks) 

When I came back I jumped on the withighs scale and was positively surprised.
I got the lowest I had been since 6 years.

I am more than half way to my ideal weight with 1 week of diet to go! All of this in 5 weeks with more than a bit of add-ons :)

That means - that as long as I maintain off of the really bad stuff - everything will be allright.

And boy, oh boy - how I enjoyed those grilled fishes :)

The plan is to get to 70% of the goal weight in this week and later continue eating healthy, introducing fishes and veggie proteins fully. 

Thanks for keeping your fingers crossed!

Back from vacations!

and we are back from vacations!

I had used my paternity leave (2 weeks!) and we went with family and friends to the polish mountain side called Bieszczady.

We have rented a house made of clay in a small town called Baligród.

The place was AWESOME! 
Here is how it greeted us:

The full set of pictures that shows you how beautiful Bieszczady are can be found on my Google Plus.

We have done a massive amount of walking and sight-seeing. 
I mean massive! and both our Kids have been with us all the time. I am sooo proud of Kinga - who at the age of 3.5 y has managed to walk even 14+ kilometers a day on mountain ranges going up 300+ meters and walking it down.  That's my girl!

This is the first time I was there so I dug up a reading list about the location to learn more about it's history before we started exploring. And it is quite grim but interesting. 

The place has been "cleared" by UPA (Ukrainians) during the IIWW. more than 120K people have been brutally killed inc. kids and whole villages. Reading about this genocide really made me appriciate that I live in XXI century 70 years after the war. 

The genocide caused this whole area to get as empty as it gets. Forests and vegetation have taken over villages and most of the areas we visited look empty and not touched by humans. Amazing sights:

Overall - this was one of greatest trips I have had in a while - great sights, a lot of excercise and wonderfull time with family!

Ping me if you want to learn more about the places we have seen.

Monday, August 11, 2014

we have a new home in Dublin!

well.. At least for initial months :)

We have decided to move right into the city center, 2 minutes walk from Google offices. I feel like I am going back in time to my first home @ my parents - where I had 2 mins walk to school. This time only kept growing, with each new school / uni / job.

The apartment building called Skyline Alliance South Dock is located very close to the center of the city. It's got 2 bedrooms, so we can accommodate the full family.

This is only temporary though. We will look for a location outside of the center, some nice house with garden and max 30 min DART/bike commuting distance.

For starters - it will be great! 

Now off to searching for the car. Thanks to some contacts from my first school  - Tomasz Waliwander (did I mention I am going back in time..) and other people kind enough to offer me Ireland car guide in a nutshell, I know where and what to look for. 

Tomek actually suggest I get a nice used luxury gasoline car.. Like this Lexus.
I thought about Ford S-max 7 seater.

I think we will go really dirt cheap and practical with initial car, not knowing what to expect. I'll get this started right after the move. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Progress update on 30 day challenge - the diet!

It's been almost 2 weeks now that I started a fasting diet based on fresh and cooked vegetables (the list is like 15 positions, but mostly green salat variations as well as coli-flour, carrots, tomatoes as well as cucumbers) and yes - Pumpkin.

There are also very limited fruits (apples, grapefruit and lemon or limes permitted as well) - just in time for #eatapples campaign :) 

I'll cut to the chase: 12 days in I am 5 kg less! Belt is 2 holes tighter and I overall feel great! My withings scale says most of this is coming from Fat reduction. Hurrrayy!

This stuff works and I hardly feel hungry. I was very skeptical at the beginning but sometimes you just have to try when somebody you trust is recommending something vs. over-thinking it. 

This diet is based on self-healing abilities of our own bodies. The detailed how to is described by Polish Doctor Dąbrowska in her two books (Przywracac zdrowie żywieniem and Cialo i Ducha ratować żywieniem) but from what I can tell it is very close to the China Study. I just got the book and will compare it to Dr. Dąbrowskas veggie diet. - thanks to Ola Hallmann for recommendation!

The point is to give body enough nutrition and micro-elements/vitamins to be healthy but force it to go into fasting mode. In that mode it starts using all of the old deposits of fat, protein and other elements that you are not supplying with food and starts a self-healing process at the same time - shedding old skin, old layers of internal digestion systems, etc. 

I really was skeptical guys. I am an educated person that hardly believes in anything that does not have science behind it. But this to me makes sense. 

As a species - we used to be fasting (forcefully sometimes) in our human history and our bodies adopted to it via coping mechanisms that use up old stuff accumulated in our system. This is why many religions suggest fasting as well as eating moderately on certain days in a week. It just works.

In similar way that exercise makes you feel really good about yourself - this makes your body feel great. 

There are of course tradeoffs:

1) I literally do not have free time anymore due to the amount of food 
processing and preparation work that goes with it. I can estimate this takes at least 2 hrs daily.

1.1) The amount of stuff you have to buy to cook a meal is heeaavyy. It takes a full shopping cart and it is gone in 2 days :). We both eat through 10 kgs of apples and carrots each 2-3 days. See one below with my lovely Kinia helping me out. 

2) For 1 day - I had a massive headache (expected based on the book) 

3) I started feeling cold most of the time (expected) 

4) I had much less power in my muscles. I noticed this when biking to work - I cannot do 15 minutes anymore. I need 20. I still beat the crap of people in squash though using 800-100 kcal a match (basically more than I eat in a day) 

5) I sometimes crave for meat and some milk products. 

6) I had to give up ALL of the following (Wine, Beer, Whiskey, Coca-Cola Zero, Coffee, Earl-Grey Tea and basically anything that is not water). This has a positive effect on finances though :)

and... that would be it! There are much more pros even in elements I had not planned for:

1) We cook together with Monia. I learned how to chop fast (well fast-er) 
2) We really drink cool,tasty, fresh squeezed juices that are super ass kicking good.
3) I feel full most of the time
4) I started looking better and feeling much better. Much more energized and positive
5) I do not need coffee to wake me up. I just wake up. 
6) Sleep quality improved as well. BY a factor at least looking at the data from FitBit. I used to wake-up and move around 20-25 times a night. I do 1,2 now. 

Summing up

The diet is scheduled for 6 weeks. We are third of the way in and I plan to stick rigorously through it for the full 6 weeks and they introduce good quality meat and diary products slowly and well.. remain eating green stuff allowing occasional beer here and there. 

Thanks for the support (both in the office and virtual)!

Now .. How do I go through 2 weeks of vacations now in a hut in polish mountains still on this diet? We will see :)

Keep those fingers crossed.