Life Update

WOW

Is all I can say after reading a bunch of posts on here.  It completely blows my mind the person I have become from 10 years ago.  I am the “same” person in a sense, but have yet changed so so much.  And I believe for the better.

I finally figured out how to import all these old posts into wordpress and am extremely glad to still have these posts to be able to reflect on the person I was, am currently, and am striving to be.

Now onto my current life.  I am a stay at home dad and extremely glad I am fortunate enough to be able to spend time with my little boy, Tristan.  He turned 5 months old yesterday!  It seems as if the time has just flown by.  I am approaching 5 years of marital bliss.  I know I have an incredible marriage, and am able to do things and experience freedom most married men can only dream about.  My wife has stood by me through all my extreme changes too; I truly believe I would not be the person I am today without her support.  I have several rental houses and will continue to buy more.  They hold the key to my financial future, and I have not had a traditional job in 5 years or so.  With the birth of my son, I have tackled some of the major “issues” that had been affecting my life, for his sake.  I have made a huge improvement in my anger issues and hope it will continue to improve until I have complete emotional mastery.  I have also pretty much quit all video games, I really do not have the strong desire to play like I used to, although I’m sure I will play in extreme moderation with Tristan as he grows up.  I have also lost all the weight I had “recently” gained in the last year.  I think I blew up to 160 but am now only a few pounds shy of my high school weight of 135.

I feel I have greatly matured too, after reading a lot of my older posts.  I guess that’s just me getting old! Don’t get me wrong, I still know how to party and have actually become heavily involved in the rave scene.

I recently read an amazing book called The Slight Edge.  I feel I have been practicing its techniques all these years, which has helped culminate into my current life.  After reading so many personal development books over the years, it’s amazing to me that I can still get a lot out of a book when they often say the things I already know, they just say them in a way that I can relate to better.

Anyway, life is going extremely well for me currently, and very soon I want to be able to give back to other people.  I want to help others reach their greatest potential and find their bliss.  I’m not entirely sure how I will do this whether through a blog or coaching type thing, etc, but I do know I want to help other people.  Everyone deserves to be happy in their own way, and I really want to help people find what will make them truly happy.

Anyway that’s all for now.  I am so glad I was able to import all my old posts on here and hope to be able to update on here personal updates at least semi-regularly.

Here’s to taking the steps to become the people we truly want to be.

I finally got my own domain name!

I have been procrastinating for quite awhile but I finally got a domain I can call my own.  I hope to post things related to health, finance, real estate, personal development, life hacking, and other various topics.  I’ll probably still post here as a personal blog, but I am trying to post relevant things there that add value to people’s lives.  Most of my rants on here are just to get my thoughts written out. silly

If you want to check it out the site is http://www.kylefromkansas.com.  Hope you get some value from my experiences and insight!  Enjoy! happy

Day 30: Last day of my 3-part 30 Day Trial

The trial is over!  I am definitely excited to be able to eat anything and everything I want!  My “continuation plan” is to continue eating a mostly paleo diet, but will definitely splurge from time to time.  I also am planning on continuing the fasting as well as the exercise.

I ended up weighing in at 129, 10 pounds less than day 1.  I basically lost the 10 pounds during the first week and thankfully it leveled off and I am remaining at a healthy weight.  I am much stronger than before and well on my way to doing 100 pushups in a row.  

Basically, my new philosophy on health is just 4 words: eat less, move more.  The reason I like the intermittent fasting is because it makes it a lot easier to restrict your calorie intake, yet still eat a big, satisfying dinner.  Sure, you could eat 6 small meals a day, but are you ever truly satisfied?  Also the six “small” meals tend to start becoming not so small, at least in my experience, not to mention how your day basically revolves around eating!  I have experienced much more time freedom through the fasting.  I don’t eat breakfast or lunch, so I am able to focus my time on more important things.  If you can restrict your caloric intake through six small meals a day, more power to you, the main point is to eat less, and I see DIF as an easy and liberating solution.

DIF: 22 hours

Paleo:

Training:

I have some after photos of me, but I really haven’t seen that much of a change in physique.  I am starting to see my “four-pack” that I had in high school and early college, so hopefully in another month or so it will become more pronounced and, ultimately my goal, a six-pack!

Day 29: 3-part 30 Day Trial

Just one day left!  Can’t wait to be able to eat whatever I want!

DIF: 18 hours

Paleo:

  • 4:30pm: banana with almond butter, handful of almonds
  • 7pm: pot roast, fresh fruit salad, carrots, onions
  • 10pm: 2 eggs, turkey bacon, banana with almond butter, handful of almonds

Training:

http://www.bodyrock.tv/2010/11/22/burpees-are-forever-workout/

4 min tabata jump rope before and after

 

Day 28: 3-part 30 Day Trial

“Kyle, why do you do this to yourself?”  “Kyle, you are crazy/nuts/insane!”  “Kyle, just give up already.” I hear these phrases quite frequently, especially when I am attempting a lifestyle change. And even more when it’s a drastic lifestyle change. Here’s a great article on how to deal with naysayers.

Why am I doing this?

Besides the benefits of being healthier, stronger, and looking better naked (get that picture out of your heads you sickos!) I hope to inspire people along the way. Get them motivated to change their lives for the better.

I basically have never been overweight in my life. I could eat all kinds of junk food, fast food, fried food, stuff you probably shouldn’t even call food, exercise moderately, and probably maintain a reasonable weight well into middle age. And yet here I am. “Starving” myself for around 20 hours each day, every day, indefinitely. Abstaining from eating unhealthy foods. Exercising even when I really don’t feel like it. Exercising while hungry.

To show it can be done.

It can be done by someone who doesn’t even have to do it. Somehow, somewhere, deep inside you, you must find the motivation to change yourself for the better.

I can’t make you. Your partner can’t make you. Your parents can’t make you.

Only you can decide to change yourself. Whether that be physically, spiritually, mentally, or emotionally – the motivation and desire must come from within. You must truly want the end result. Which is, ultimately, a better you. Don’t you want to be the best person you can be?

I am still here to help hold you accountable, just let me know. We all need help and guidance at times, but you ultimately must decide that you want to be the best person you can be. Be that person.

 

DIF: 19.5 hours

Paleo:

  • 5pm: green smoothie – banana, spinach, romaine
  • 6:30pm: amazing chicken stir-fry – mostly vegetables! grapes
  • 7pm: banana and almond butter
  • 10:30pm: another banana with almond butter, handful of almonds

Training:

http://www.bodyrock.tv/2010/04/01/abs-assassin-workout/

also did http://hundredpushups.com/week3.html Day 3, third column, 22, 30, 20, 20 and maxed out at 70  

 

Day 27: 3-part 30 Day Trial

Getting close to the end of this trial.  I am starting to see the outline of a 4-pack!  Good stuff.  I know I won’t see a huge difference in physique when I take the after photos, but I hope to keep up this lifestyle, and maybe in a few months I will start seeing even bigger results.

DIF: 23 hours

Paleo:

  • 5:30pm: large salad with romaine lettuce, spinach, carrots, green bell pepper, mushrooms; orange
  • 7pm: a few m & m’s – I know, cheating again! Can you tell I’m ready for this to be over? :p
  • 9pm: left over spaghetti squash and sauce
  • 9:30pm: spinach and mushroom omelette…yum!

Training:

http://www.bodyrock.tv/2010/06/05/rockn-no-rolls-workout/

 

Day 26: 3-part 30 Day Trial

Next time I am in Manhattan I am going to verify my form is correct in doing these pushups.  I know a captain in the army and he judges people on their fitness tests.  When I am able to do 100, I’ll probably post a youtube video as proof!

DIF: 21 hours

Paleo:

6pm: spaghetti squash with a bean-less chili – hamburger, tomatoes, garlic, onion, green bell pepper, mushrooms, jalapeno

6:30pm: steak and eggs, grapes, apple, banana with almond butter, a few bites of brownie – I know, I’m a cheater!

Training:

http://www.bodyrock.tv/2010/06/02/hot-to-trot-workout/

Added http://hundredpushups.com/week3.html Day 2 column three, maxed out at 73 pushups!  I may get to 100 in a matter of weeks!

Day 25: 3-part 30 Day Trial

I am looking to start a blog that has its own domain.  I would like just kylewalters.com but some actor has it already!  I’m now thinking about going with kylefromkansas.com or something similar.  I want to keep it open so I can write about anything instead of a topic specific domain name.  I know that has nothing to do with diet, but thought I’d post anyway :p

DIF: 20 hours

Paleo:

  • 6:30pm: spaghetti squash with a bean-less chili – hamburger, tomatoes, garlic, onion, green bell pepper, mushrooms, jalapeno
  • 9pm: grapes, apple, banana with almond butter

Training:

http://www.bodyrock.tv/2010/06/02/hot-to-trot-workout/

pushup routine

 

Day 24: 3-part 30 Day Trial

Today was a major cheat day! I ate a brownie and didn’t do a “real” workout. Funny thing is immediately after eating the brownie my stomach started hurting. It is even hurting as I type this. Not sure if it is all in my head or if being completely off sugar and processed carbs has caused some changes in my body’s reaction to certain foods. As I eat foods not normally on the diet, it will be interesting to see how my body reacts.

DIF: 24 hours

Paleo:

  • 6:30pm: stir-fry with chicken, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, green bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, jalapeno, garlic
  • 7:30pm: blueberries, grapes, banana with almond butter
  • 9pm: apple
  • 10:30pm: brownie – even I give into weakness when the whole house smells like brownies!

Training:

http://hundredpushups.com/week3.html

Day 2, third column, some ab work is all

 

Day 23: 3-part 30 Day Trial

Did I say the cravings were gone?  Ok, maybe I should have said they are only gone when I’m not surrounded by delicious sugary desserts and other processed food!  I think the key to any change in diet is to not have the unhealthy food anywhere near you!  I don’t feel the need to eat it when it’s not around, but if it’s right in my face, I am very tempted.  Only a week left and I’m really looking forward to being able to eat whatever I want.  I will stick mostly to this diet, but I definitely will not restrict myself…..at all!

DIF: 21.5 hours

Paleo:

  • 6:30pm: steak and breakfast scramble with eggs, green bell pepper, mushroom, onion, tomatoes

Training:

http://www.bodyrock.tv/2010/11/22/burpees-are-forever-workout/

Also added a pushup regiment