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Been a year and a half and now I have decided to dust off this blog and write about the incredible journey I have been on mentally, physically and spiritually. I began doing Paleo back in February 2013. I estimate I was about 290-300 lbs at the time. Simply doing Paleo and walking 5 miles day I got down to 215 lbs by November. Before I moved to India in February 2014 I got back up to 220. I was good at maintaining my weight but I also had only been doing diet over that year so I was skinny fat. I had no definition or tone.

Being in India I was maintaining the weight. I had started a personal Yoga program. I was not eating Paleo though. I went back to the States in August for a month and while I was there gained 20lbs. Came back and over the next 6 months gained another 20lbs getting myself back up to 250. Still a few pants sizes down from where I used to be a few years ago but not good.

So as of a week and a half ago I started back on Paleo but have also started doing weight training, yoga and swimming to help create definition and assist in the diet. So far my weight has not dropped but I am seeing results in the mirror and how I feel.

Thanks for reading.

The month leading up to my trip to India had me slip a bit in my healthy eating ways. I was consuming not only things that weren’t paleo but also my portions were a little more than they should have been. If I learned anything over the last year in regards to being healthier it was that portion control contributed to not being fat. Yeah on paleo you can eat a lot because it is healthy stuff but at the end of the day it is still caloric intake and activity burning those calories. Needless to say that I gained about 10lbs to 15lbs back from what I had lost.

I knew coming to India I would be able to focus on my health a good bit more and so part of that would start with eating healthy. The good part about India is they have some healthy food. Not all of it is paleo but it is easy enough to navigate around the rice and bread and beans. Even with that I maintain my 100% paleo 80% of the time rule.

Since I have been in india my breakfast has been fresh fruit, egg and cheese omelot and a couple of pieces of bacon. I usually have a fruit smoothie to go with it. Oh and of course some Masala tea.

Lunch I have just been having a lara bar cashew  bar but I am running out of those so I will probably start getting lunch but keep an eye on portions. My first day at work I did get lunch and it was some nan bread, palak paneer and a lassi. So fricking good. Of course I also have chai through out the day but the portions are like a third of a tall Starbucks so no where near as bad as the two venti chais I used to have a day at 320 calories a pop.

Dinner for me usually is usually some protein like fish, beef or chicken, some diary like paneer, and lots of vegetables. Usually I have a glass of fresh squeezed pineapple juice too. It has been really filling and not bad on the calories. I haven’t been able to get on a scale here but I can already tell I have worked on cutting back down the weight.

Now some pictures of what I have been eating for dinner.

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The how and why I am in India is a story for another day. Suffice it to say for now it is because I’m awesome. This tale is of the trip that had me land in my new home.

I was to begin my journey at 5am on Saturday February 1st. I went to bed the previous evening at 9pm trying to catch what little sleep I could on my air mattress. At 11:30 pm I was awoken to the sound of someone in my apartment.With lightning quick reflexes and the agility to fight off ninjas I groggily shouted Hello three times in English in my half awaken state. Finally I was greeted in return by “Sorry, I thought you were gone.” and the door shutting, There may have been more to that exchange but I kind of figured out it was my landlady coming to see the apartment and thinking I had left already. Of course it took me another couple of hours to fall back asleep. The real lesson here is when faced with home invasion my instinct is to shout Hello.

Once falling back asleep I got up again at around 3 to start doing my final prep. Got my two carry on bags and check-in bag ready. Was just waiting on my friend to come give me a ride to the airport. It is around 430 am that I am alerted by another friend who is at the airport for his own trip that my first flight to Chicago has been cancelled. This alert came via a Facebook post on my timeline with a picture of the departure screen. I call the airline immediately. They help me book a new flight at 5pm out of Quebec to Newark and then a direct flight from Newark to Mumbai.

After hanging up I take a look at my new itinerary and notice I have an hour and ten minutes to connect flights. Anyone who has flown knows connections are tricky at times. Now add in going through customs in the US for coming from Canada, picking up your checked bag, rechecking in your bag, going through TSA again and then getting to your gate. I think this may be a challenge.

However at this point my friend shows up to give me my ride to the airport. I explain my situation, give her the remainder of the stuff I had to give away and thank her for her help. Now I get back on the phone with the airline. I try to get an earlier flight to Newark since my original itinerary had me sitting in airports all day I was prepared for that. They tell me that are no other flights I can get on but not to worry an hour and ten minutes would be plenty of time. I still doubt this but there isnt much I can do,

Lack of sleep has hit me pretty hard at this point. I look around and my apartment is completely empty. I had just given my friend my air mattress. I look at the floor and the heater I look at my baggage and I pull out a pillow case with dirty laundry and use it as a pillow as I sleep on the wooden floor next to the heater like a hobo. This only works for so long before I give up on trying to sleep and go get breakfast.

Upon returning from breakfast I discover my internet had stopped working which isnt surprising since I told them to turn it off that day. I had not assumed my flight would be cancelled and I would need it any longer. Worried that I might have my next flight cancelled or something else I headed to a place I knew would have internet, warmth and comfyish chairs, the airport.

With a backpack, a carry-on suitcase and a duffel bag in tow I locked my apartment for the last time and walked through the snow towards someplace with a taxis. I found one not too far off and hopped in,

Once at the airport I see that there is an earlier flight to Newark and also a really long line at the check in counter, I get in line with hope of scoring a spot on this plane. Once I get to the counter and explain my situation I am told that flight is full. I accept my fate and check-in the duffel bag.

I get up to security and make a few rookie mistakes which is unlike me since I travel all the time. I left my change in my pocket and I forgot to take out my Xbox from my bag. Both of these things had me get a little bit of a hassle from security but as I was 7 hours early for my flight I was OK.

A spot with an outlet is secured and I go back to browsing the web while I wait. I run into a couple people I know while I wait and chat, wish them well on their travels and go back to waiting. I get hungry and grab a burger and my last poutine before leaving Quebec. Questionable choice before getting on a flight but I was feeling adventurous.

4 something and boarding time should be approaching. I walk over to the gate and the rest of the passengers are gathered waiting to get on the plane. However there is another plane using the same entry area so they need to board first. They even wait for some late passengers which was very nice of them. Of course this means my plane is leaving 20 minutes late giving me now 50 minutes to catch my connection and flight to my new home.

We board the plane, we take off and we land (flights to Newark arent that exciting). I get off the plane but have to wait for one of my carry-ons  because the plane was too small to take it on. I had not planned for this so it takes away from my precious time to connect. I have about 35 minutes to connect.

Customs is pretty fast though the agent was shocked that I was moving to India. This  becomes a theme for this journey, as many people act surprised anyone would move there. I leave there with 30 minutes. I get to the luggage area for my duffel and wait a little. Bag drops I grab it and head to check it back in at which point I am told I have 20 minutes so I drop the bag off and head to TSA. TSA I remember the change which at this point I have none, remember the Xbox, and make it through with not problems. I repack my bag, put on my belt and grab my shoes about to put them on when I hear the last call for boarding to Mumbai. I get my orientation of where my gate should be assuming they haven’t moved the gate on my ticket and I start hauling ass through the airport with shoes in hand. I swore a long time ago I would never be that guy but it just goes to show under the right circumstances we are willing to do just about anything.

Eventually I stop running and walk briskly to the gate almost having given up. I get to the gate and tell them my name. They tell me they don’t have my duffel. I tell them its OK I am moving there it will get to me eventually. They say at least I made it and you know as stressful as it was in the moment at least I did make it.

I get on the plane, shoes still in hand and find my seat. The next 15 hours is sleep, screaming babies, watching Bollywood movies, chatting with the couple living in Louisville, KY but going home to India and some delicious airplane food. We land and I am home.



Hello readers. With the New Year came some new changes. The Year of the Grinning Tiger has taken me to a new job and a new country. I have just this week moved to Mumbai, India. What does this mean?

Well what it means is I will be still trying to live a healthy and clean life. I am going to be doing my best to eat Paleo/Primal. However it also means I will be using this space to document more than just my health changes. That was the focus of last year and this was a great space for it and it will continue to be but changes will be coming. So in addition to me writing about my health I will be documenting my life here in India as a expat.

Expect the content here to be a bit inconsistent at first as I work out my schedule and life. You may see a flurry of posts and then a lack of them. In all honesty that is pretty consistent with how I have been posting here so yiu are probably used to it if you are reading this.


Its a New Year and it has ben a while since I posted. This year the blog will see a slight shift. I will still be posting about my health and fitness but I will also be posting about my life a little more too.

A tradition of mine is to name my year. Last Year was that Her of the Golden Butterfly, I didn’t really know what I was going to get out of my year but I knew it would be grand. It was definitely a change for me. A transformation. I lost 60lbs. I learned better life skills and ways to take care of myself. I found happiness. I smiled more. I proved I could do things I never tried before.

2014 will be the Year of the Grinning Tiger, A year inspired by strength and happiness. I will seek strength in  a great many forms and happiness as well. So far this year I have maintained my weight of 220 but I am determined to drop that. I will be doing more strength training. I will be adapting my diet a little. Staying close to Paleo but perhaps more primal. There are still a grate many things I am glad I have removed from my life and will continue. However I realize that I understand my body and diet better over the last year and know when I can indulge a little in something’s but in moderation.

So keep an eye out for more updates and changes. Thanks for reading,


This morning I weighed in at exactly 220lbs. Since I started I have lost 60lbs. Since I have started weighing myself with my Fitbit scale I have lost 20lbs towards my goal. My current goal is 210lbs which I feel is very attainable though perhaps not by my birthday. I had a few weeks of staying steady at 225 and that kind of put me off target. I cut back this week on my caloric intake which I was apprehensive about at first but I found to be easier than I thought. I switched up my breakfast to be a little bit lighter as well as lunch and dinner and cut out a chai latte and reduced the size.

Once I hit my goal weight I may aim for another 10lbs lower but I will pretty happy at 210. Like I have said before I am lighter than I have ever been in my adult life and most likely thinking back probably mid-high school.

As it gets colder here getting in my walks outside have been switched to walking in circles in my apartment. Not that exciting but I have my tv going while I do it and so I am able to catch up on shows as I walk. I still try to get in some strength training with pushups, planks, mountain climbers and crunches but they are not that exciting.


As I have lost a bunch of weight over the last few months with just diet and some walking, I have decided I need to add some weight training in to my regime. I probably should add some cardio too but baby steps. For the last 15 days I have been doing two different 30 day challenges. An arm and an Ab one. They have been really good and I can see the changes which are nice. I will probably keep going, or at least change them up once I am done with them.

Sadly I have stalled on my weight loss. Which means I either need to up my activity or lower my caloric intake. I know a couple places I could lower caloric intake (Chai, I am looking at you) but really I am pretty happy with the amount I am taking in so I will try and focus on upping my activity level. That means either more walking or some cardio or a mixture of both.

It is getting cold here faster than I would like which may mean I need to find a lot more indoor activities I like for keeping this going or invest in some snow shoes.

Anyway still going, toning up and working towards my goal but it is now not targeting for my birthday. Without doing anything drastic I may just have to live with that and be happy I am still seeing physical changes that are positive beyond weight.


My apologies to anyone who actually reads this. I totally have been traveling every other week and then not posting. Here is a post though. I have been working hard at my current goal post being obese. That goal has a date attached to it which is my Birthday in November. As of today I am Halfway to my goal from when I set it which was 15lbs ago. I am actually 16lbs down but lets just call it half. So the goal is 210 by my birthday. I feel pretty good about it. Definitely think I will make it.

Fit bit is still my favorite tool for keeping me on course. My scale gives me three fun numbers to play with. My weight, body fat percentage and my BMI. Sure people say BMI is bullshit and it might very well be but you know what is cool watching all these numbers go down. I will take it.

Of course as I lose weight my fitbit page adjusts my calorie intake to reflect how much I should eat to meet my goal. That number also keeps going down which means I need to make some sacrifices in my eating or kick up my activity level. First compromise which has worked well is switching from my beloved Venti Chai Latte to a Tall (or Mezzo as they call it here). That little move shaves off 120 calories each drink and since I am an addict I have 2 a day and that saves me 240 calories. That is awesome. Means I can eat like half a sausage or something stupid.

My daily meals routine is roughly the same.

Breakfast: 2 pieces of Bacon and 1 egg

Morning Snack: Banana and a tall chai latte

Lunch: 2 sausage and some peppers. onions and mushrooms with tomato sauce

Afternoon Snack: tall chai latte

Dinner: Beef stew with carrots, mushrooms and onions

Desert: Maybe another Banana

Activity for me is on average 10k steps. Though I am working hard to get more than that in a day to help offset the ever decreasing calories I am able to have with my lower weight. More activity means more food and I like this reward.

Also with Winter looming ahead I need to find an activity that will replace some of the walking that will not be happening in the snow. Walking was easy and getting myself to walk more wasnt much of a challenge. But what to do when walking isnt an option. Considering more Yoga, some of those 30 day challenges or maybe even P90X.

I am hoping my all or nothing behavior will kick in for one of these and I will ride the train to awesome fitness. We will see.

Till next time stay groovy.


Today I hit one of my big goals for myself. I weighed in this morning at 233lbs and my BMI worked out to be less than 30 putting me no longer in the obese category but in the overweight bracket. So I am no longer obese, I’m just fat. I have a long ways to go to not being fat but it is great to get myself out of that extremely unhealthy level of obese which I have been in since I was a kid. Seriously, I am pretty sure I have been obese since I was 12. So it only took 23 years to get here but it feels good.

My next goal is weight based and I am targeting my birthday. When I hit it I will announce it but I like making my goals more private until I make them and then celebrate them.

This week is Dragon Con and I will be there from Wednesday till Tuesday. I was good about not killing my diet and weight last weekend when I was in Atlanta so I think I can make it through this weekend and not tank out my recent accomplishments. Even if I do I know I can readjust and get back to where I am no problem.


So life has been good. Today I earned my 15lbs lost badge on Fitbit. This based on from having my Aria scale for about a month now so the amount lost is from my highest weight I hit while having it 153 and I am now 137. Which is great and an all time low for my adult life. I keep repeating this because seriously I have been obese all of my adult life. That is kind of crazy to think about but it is true. The reality is I was obese all of my teenage years and a good portion of my youth. So now at 35 I am making the right changes to make that not the case. I am well on target for a personal goal I want to achieve before the end of this month. Then I have another for my birthday in November.

I was gaining weight or really maintaining weight and not really understanding why. I was doing lots of stairs, doing my 10k of steps and 5 miles a day. I thought I was tracking my calories correctly (no reason to lie to myself about what I was eating). I cut out fruit, I briefly cut out my Chai Lattes and still just standing still or losing then gaining.

So I looked at my intake and realized I was missing some important information. Liquid Calories that were not being recorded. I drink a lot of water but I also drink Almond milk because it is way tastier than water. I was drinking a lot of it. Since it is 80 Calories a cup and I was pounding down more and more a day I was not tracking it well enough to realize I was blowing through extra calories. So I cut out the Almond milk, increased my water, had a chai or two and looked at my portions as a whole and BAM back to a steady weight decrease.

For food I have cut down my breakfast portions slightly. I was doing 2 eggs and 3-4 pieces of bacon for breakfast and then a bunch of fruit for a snack in the morning. I now moved to one egg, 2 pieces of bacon and a banana for breakfast. No more fruit. Lunch is still baby spinach salad and I add raw mushrooms and some grilled chicken strips. Dinner this week has been a small pork chop and some Brussels sprouts and carrots. Keeping the portions reasonable and recorded. I might now be over estimating my calories vs before where I was underestimating but that is ok.

I still try to do 9 flights a stairs at a time but if not I at least do bursts of 4-5 at a time. I am averaging about 40-50 flights of stairs a day. I am steadily doing 10k steps a day with the occasional rest day. Like Saturday I did 500 steps total which was me moving from my bed, to kitchen to couch to bathroom etc. It was a blissful rest day. I watched a lot of episodes of the Vampire Diaries. This week I have been working on going to bed earlier and waking up earlier to fit in some Yoga in the morning. So far it has gone well and have done it 3 days in a row. I started some Yoga in the evening as well right before Bed. We will see if that one lasts but I do like that I am able to add some more healthy habits as I go along. I may get back to Dance Central as a periodic cardio thing to break up the other stuff or as an addition but for now I feel I have made great strides from being sedentary to being more active.

Every day is a change for the better. Any step backwards I analyze and improve upon. I will be the perfect me.