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90 day Natural Fitness Challenge: days 9 & 10 This is hard sometimes!

So I’m 10 days into my 90 straight days of exercise and it’s been pretty damn hard the last couple days to stay motivated…

WORK


I realized today that like most people my work is physically draining and exhausting and feels like…yup…EXERCISE!

But you know what?  It ISN’T!  It’s just physically demanding and sometimes horrible and a physical & mental drain.  But is IS NOT in anyway shape or form exercise.

So when I get home “I’m beat” and hungry and I feel like I did more than my fair share of physical activity for the day…sound familiar?

And if someone eats poorly work is even worse and more of a drain/stress load on you…but that only means we need real genuine sustained exercise even MORE!

HABIT


That’s why it has to become habit–it has to just be the way you live your life.  Several people have said they don’t like the idea of having to do exercise every single day-that we all deserve at least one day a week to do absolutely nothing.  I get that.

But…most of the people reading this blog and thinking about challenging themselves physically and making dietary changes need to completely OVERHAUL this aspect of their life.

That’s why even on my “rest day”, which we definitely need to allow our muscles to repair and to not overstress our immune systems; I still get out and do something physical. A casual bike ride, a long walk through the neighborhood…I want my mind and body to understand that this is who I am now..an active person.  Do I seriously need a day every week where I don’t move at all?  Am I convalescing?

TWO INVENTIVE DAYS

Yesterday I had to go on a midnight 45 minute balls-out bike ride in the pitch dark after I got out off from the bar in order to fit in my days exercise.  It was a blast!  I forgot how much I miss mountain biking and the thrill of making perfectly timed gear shifts and rapid decisions about where to point my bike!  With only a thin stream of light shining off my little handlebar light it was a crazy and swervy ride through the night that I gaspingly enjoyed and want to do again soon!

Today was my “rest” day and I took a long walk through a neighborhood I hadn’t explored on the south end of Palm Springs.  The Jetson inspired architecture was bitchin and the day was beyond spectacular–72 degrees and a clarity that just POPPED!

Each day I am attending film screenings for the film festival and I realized a couple things…

  1. It’s way more time-consuming than I originally thought!
  2. There are SO MANY movies!
  3. People love to beat people’s brains in in movies–like EVERY movie I’ve seen.

So the festival is taking up my time for one more week and it’s very difficult to fit in exercise and blogging but I wanted you all to know that no matter what I’m doing this!  If you have joined me in the challenge (or your thinking about it) please know that I am there every step of the way with you and will soon be back with more detailed posts!

Cheers!

-Ken

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Raw Food Thanksgiving: In just 30 days I’ve gone from zero to MY hero.

Today I want to thank myself for seriously committing to change.

My 3oth straight day raw was actually yesterday, but it’s timely to post my first set of before & after pictures today; a day we all pull our heads out of our asses and attempt to give thanks for the bounty that is existence.

 

What I’m thankful for today

I am thankful for my body’s insane resiliency; its capacity to bounce back and regenerate itself is incredible.

One month ago today I was sitting here at this same spot (my kitchen table) drinking continuous triple measured gin gimlets and eating massive quantities of nutrient deficient, fat laden, coma inducing food.  How the hell do I remember what I was doing a month ago?  That’s what I did every day.

The almost manic levels of energy I am experiencing (after getting past a couple difficult weeks) is making me want to explore so many things.  I have way less time than energy now–the INVERSE of  my life just one short month ago–where time lagged and I didn’t give a shit about anything.  I certainly had never blogged before, let alone about raw foods!  Now I have this daily-growing list of topics I want to explore, people I want to meet, stuff I want to try, recipes I cant wait to make, and places I’m dying to travel to…

 

A real load off

Weighed myself Tuesday and am proud to announce that I lost exactly 20 lbs in less than 30 days–eating only 100% raw food (raw fruits/uncooked veggies/raw nuts &eeds/raw honey & agave).

It takes a lot to post pics like these.  It’s weird to have strangers inspect your face and gut.  When I look at the picture from one month ago I’m disgusted.  How could I let myself get to that place? And while I am partly referring to the physical, please understand I am mostly referring to my mental/emotional state.

 

Here goes:

One month ago -- 254 big ones!

TODAY! 30 DAYS RAW! 234 LBS!

When I look at the “after” picture, I feel excited.  This is just the start.

It took 30 days just to figure out WTF was going on, get used to not drinking myself into a stupor, and find my way back into my own skin.

If you are considering making a change like this, please try to be compassionate with yourself and don’t expect too much at once. It’s a lot to just commit to a new way of eating.  The first month I kind of went into hiding, this blog my one connector to the outside world.

 

Exercise

I really didn’t exercise the first month.  But now I have too much energy NOT too! Isn’t that a nice problem to have?

Tuesday I dug out some of those funny 1980’s style resistance bands that I bought and never used and did a crude upper body workout.  Go ahead and laugh, these bands actually work. I used them in an EMS academy years ago that was taught boot camp style.  We all (guys and girls) got ripped and experienced massive strength gains using only the bands and calisthenics during our three month academy.

Yesterday I pumped up the sadly flat tires on my neglected fixed gear and took her for a long ride.  I ride my other bike to work each day, but it’s less than 2 miles and not a work out. Nothing like only having one steep gear to reanimate my long dormant legs and ass!

Just how she should be...Simple & Hot!

Struggling up a small hill, completely anaerobic, it was tough for me to believe I used to ride my bike over 50 miles a day as a bike messenger in NYC!

 

Climbing Mountains

Today just before dusk I rode over to the base of a popular—extremely steep—hiking trail.  Locked my bike to the trail sign and headed straight up for about 45 minutes.  The view is staggering. Other than the big hunk of cross-sectioned moon, alone on the mountain, it REALLY hit me:  I’m doing this.  I remember this feeling. I feel incredible…


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60 day raw food log: day 15 This is really working! Lost 13 lbs in only 2 weeks!

So I’m now 241 lbs. I may post before & after pics soon, or I might just do it at the 30 days milestone?  My face looks way thinner already and I feel much lighter in general. And that’s with virtually NO…

EXERCISE:

So far. I am feeling the urge to get back to Bikram yoga.

When I do my quick little bike commute to the restaurant where I tend bar, I remember how amazing it was when I used to go on long mountain bike rides on the Central Coast of California or take a spring Sunday to ride from Brooklyn into the city and lazily circumnavigate Manhattan (the reward was always a stop @ the Whole Food’s at Columbus Circle for picnic supplies to be gorged on in Central Park followed closely by a nap on the grass).

FOOD CRAVINGS:

I still battle with intermittent yet powerful cooked food cravings.  Last night I was dying every time I took a pizza or garlic bread to a customer…

But you know what?  I feel tremendous. And how crazy is it to lose so much weight, so healthily, and so fast?  Thirteen pounds in just two weeks!?!


THIS IS NOT A DIET:

I really need to drive home an important point for anyone reading this wondering if they are capable of going raw–I AM NOT STARVING MYSELF.  I AM NOT EVEN DIETING. Seriously.  I eat as much and as often as I want.

Eating raw is qualitative not quantitative. That’s a funny expression I coined so that I would sound like I really know what I’m talking about.  It just means that eating and thinking this way (raw), has ZIP to do with dieting. Zero calorie watching.  Zero hesitation if you want seconds or thirds. Your free to focus instead only on what you are eating.

FREE TO THINK & CREATE:

And you know what? After the initial misery while cleansing (for me it was terrible headaches and anger), and after the evangelical weird high most new raw-fooders go through where they get sorta preachy & annoying (while still being extremely lovable by virtue of their infectious radiant charisma) , you are all freed-up to think and plan and enjoy exploring areas of life other than food.

For me that’s been learning what a blog (noun) is, and how to blog (verb).

I also dug up the grave that some screenplays I started but never finished were buried in. I had to re-introduce myself to a dormant creative ghost who shared in secret with me (don’t worry ghosts don’t read blogs, they read blaaahhhgggs) that it still wants to be fueled by alcohol and occasional cocaine parties.

But that would be a different kind of blog…

What I ate so far today:

  • Watermelon Juice from Nature’s Cafe (they are on Twitter now!)sweet livin walnuts
  • “Sweet Livin’ Walnuts” from Aimee’salso bought these at Nature’s Cafe. Sweet & salty…sorta like almond praline meets cinnamon toast crunch cereal? For me the Stevia leaves an aftertaste…that’s my one complaint..I really prefer raw honey as a sweetener.
  • Big Salad w/ avocado, sprouts, tomato, kalamatas, olive oil, lemon juice…
  • My first self-prepared “gourmet” raw meal: I made cashew “mayonnaise” in the blender, bought a surprisingly good raw dehydrated rye “bread”, and topped it with a thick layer of the mayo, olives, and half an avo, so that I had this ridiculously flavorful open faced sandwich that had deli overtures.
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sorry the pic is fuzzy, the sandwich moved!


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60 Days Raw Log: Only day 6 but feels like a year

Day 6

Alright, so it’s been tough sticking to this thing called raw.  When I was in SF at least I was in good company with all the hippies.  Here in Palm Springs the few people I’ve told that I’m trying to eat at least one month “raw” look at me like I’m wacked.

Tonight at work my stomach was growling while everyone else was chowing down on pizzas oozing with mozzarella and the other bartender had the cooks make her a quesadilla loaded with spicy chorizo.  “Want a piece?”  I thought I was going to die.

But I was good tonight (which btw, that kinda thinking screws with your head, because what am I, a monk?) and came home and made an extra heavy-dense-cabbage salad with loads of almond butter and a whole avocado.

At this point I don’t feel like I could do this 100% of the time for very long. It alienates you socially and so far, while I do feel a lot better, its just not that fun.  I keep imagining that I will reach a point where I eat mostly raw but enjoy a few healthy cooked dinners each week.  Who knows?  I’m going to reserve judgment for now and just ride this wave out.

What I ate today:

  • Spirulina smoothie with almond butter, maca powder, cacao nibs, honey, coconut oil
  • Figs
  • Giant cabbage salad with avocado, almond butter, tamari, olive oil, carrots, onion (very creamy!)
  • Blackberries

Notes:  I didn’t have fruit juice today and I felt the difference.  Not as hydrated and not as “light” feeling.  I noticed today for the first time that I started feeling at one with my bicycle again–my ride to and from work felt amazing and I think very soon I will be out riding for fun.