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The goal has been set!

So the goal has been set, next August Mambo and I are hoping to hike the Long Trail. This is a trail that is the length of Vermont and is around 273 miles. We are currently in pretty poor shape but getting better everyday. I am currently 323lbs and hoping to get down to about 220 for the hike. Which means we have lots and lots of work to do.

In order to accomplish that goal we have hired a personal trainer, we see him every Monday that I am home. It has been very beneficial. He has given me 3 sets of exercises to do when I am at the hotel gyms. I have also spent a lot of time hiking and I have also spent a fair amount of time at on a recumbent bicycle. One of the other things I did for the first time last week was to hike the skyline trail at the Middlesex Fells. It is an amazing place just north of Boston very close to 93. 

I took the day off Friday and went hiking with a coworker. As you can see the red line is 93 so the park is very close to 93. The good thing about this trail is if you look at the bottom of the page it is constantly up and down. It is great exercise and good practice, I only brought my day bag because I don’t have an overnight bag. I did load it down with tons of camera equipment that I almost never use but it adds a lot of weight and I want to make sure I am hiking with a full backpack in my practice because hiking without a full bag and with a full bag are completely different things.

I have been terrible about wearing my Fitbit but I am sure this burns a massive amount of calories and the nature is just stunning. The best part about the Skyline trail is that because it goes up the steepest hills most of the people stick to other trails. You can see amazing animals if you stay quiet and go close to sunset. I saw this owl right before sunset on Tuesday. 

As for food I want to give Mambo a big shout out she is crushing it. We have turned to egg muffins with onions mushrooms and peppers and a spinach and berry smoothie for breakfast. I have an iced coffee, I am working on skipping this but coming into summer I don’t see this happening soon. Grilled chicken salad for lunch, no cheese all vegetables (except for chicken or pork tendloin) and Greek yogurt ranch dressing, then grilled lean meat a green vegetable and a sweet potato for dinner. We have a yogurt and a protein bar for snacks if dinner is running late or after dinner snack because I haven’t been able to give that up. I have joined a weight management program and they gave me appetite suppressants that have really helped. Trying to drink 5 water bottles of water a day or 100oz. This is probably been the biggest change and having Mambo on board has been fantastic. 

So we are back on the right path. Monday morning we have another weigh in. I am going to try to start posting often about our adventures in preparation. We are hoping to go on some overnight backpacking trips this summer and I will keep posting our adventures about all of the hikes around the Boston area hopefully to get others out there and moving!

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316.6 So this is why you shouldn’t weigh yourself every day

So I have been doing better about logging my food, toward the end of the day I really trail off, working on getting up to speed. has really been a god send, I am trying to use it a little differently, I am trying to plan three days ahead and go shopping twice a week with one cheat day.  I am going to try to keep it do dinner Saturday night and then Brunch on Sunday.  I think the gorging that I have been doing on Sunday has resulted in me feeling really crappy Monday morning which has also has resulted in the weight fluctuations that I have experienced.

I have also not gone to the gym in a long time, Wednesday morning Jacob are going to the gym, this will be the first time we are going solo to the gym, I am hoping that we will be able to make this a habit, I always have enjoyed going to the gym first thing in the morning.  It is very nice to have a win first thing in the day, the only thing I have found with this is it makes me so hungry through the course of the day.

Made more grilled pizzas and I figured out the calories for the pizza and it is 650ish which is for a whole personal sized pizza which seems to be enough for one person.  10 days in a row of logging into myfitnesspal… I will take that as a win!




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Super Bowl BBQing

BBQing for Super Bowl Sunday, a photo journey.

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Its a Paleo World out there

Alright so I am turning to the latest fitness fad.  I have been doing Crossfit for a while in between traveling and snow storms.  It is going quite well, I am constantly exhausted and sore, but that is to be expected.  The 6am classes are really pretty rough with the snow but we have to maintain vigilance.  That said I have completely fallen off the rails as far as controlling my consumption.  I think exercise has made me generally more hungry and I have done quite a bit of stress eating.

On 07 Mar 2015 I will be climbing up to the top of the John Hancock building which is 61 stories.  In the face of that I need to lose as much weight as possible to make that as easy as possible.  In order to do that I am going Paleo, it is the current dieting fad.  It makes some sense to me, I am basically going to focus on limiting my consumption to Eggs, Lean Meats, Vegetables, and Fruits.  So that means a few things, no diary, no sugar, no flour, no cheese.  There are a lot of people that use coconut flour and things like that, I don’t really think that coconut flour is going to be any better for you that wheat flour.  So I am going to make giant batches of spiced meat and various vegetables.  I bought a thing called a Veggetti basically it cuts zucchinis into spaghetti sized strips.  veggetti I have used it before and it works really well, one of the best things about this little gizmo is that the noodles take about 2-3 minutes to cook in a hot pan.  I like to add a little salt, pepper, garlic powder and red chili flakes.  It makes a fantastic side dish, and gives the feeling of pasta.  I mean don’t get me wrong it isn’t the same but it is something you can twirl around your fork!

In the past I had done the Atkins diet and was very successful.  I lost quite a bit of weight.  It really makes you focus on eating for fuel and not shoveling sweets into your face for pleasure.  I think that is definitely a lesson that I could stand to learn.

One of my big problems since I met my ex girlfriend forever ago, was that she introduced me to having a sweet in the evening.  I never really had much of a sweet tooth before I met her.  I have struggled with it all the same.  That is part of the reason I am doing the Paleo diet.  If I can cut down the sweets to once a week or something like that I hope that I can get that under control.  I am going to stay on this until my trip to Denver on 27 May 2015.  That is 104 days to see how much weight I can lose.  I have a three pronged approach.  One is eating Paleo, one is going Crossfit at least three days a week, the last is going to be staying as active in my personal life as possible.  Not just coming home and sitting on my butt.  Anyway I am off to the grocery store to buy my first round of food.  Wish me luck!

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First shot at Pastrami!!!!!

So over the past weekend I took my first shot at Pastrami!  I have always loved pastrami, last year over mothers day weekend I dragged my mother and my grandmother and my sister to Katz’s Deli in New York City, NY.  It was magnificent the pastrami was incredibly tender and a perfect smoke balance.  As I was sure to mention this was the fist time that I made pastrami and I forgot one important point.  You start with corned beef, some people cure their own corned beef but I haven’t had time but will be trying that soon.  So when you normally boil corned beef that helps remove some of the salt, if you don’t boil it and in fact add salt to it, it will become very very salty.  So the recipe said that you should soak the corned beef for 8 hours before starting all of this.  By the time I read this piece of information it was a little too late to do anything about it.  So I pressed ahead.

First I looked online for a Pastrami Rub recipe.  I found this one Pastrami Rub Recipe, it said it was close to Katz and looked like it made sense so that’s what I used.  I changed up the recipe below a little bit, I didn’t have any brown sugar at the house, but I did have maple sugar so I substituted.

Pastrami Rub Recipe

4 tablespoons fresh coarsely ground black pepper
2 tablespoons coriander powder
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder



Add all of the ingredients from the recipe, I go in a row so I don’t forget any of them.  I always like to make these in a seal-able container so that I can shake it to mix the spices.  I have found that is the best way to get an even mix.


After I have mixed everything, one thing to keep in mind is that the pepper is much more coarse than all of the other spices so it was natually move to the top as you are applying the rub.


I have two corned beefs, I always make too much food, and especially for a first run I should have just made one, but my logic is always “If I am going to fire up the smoker I might as well get as much out of it as I can.


After applying the rub this is what the pastrami’s look like (after applying the rub it magically goes from corned beef to pastrami)  I use the foil on the bottom of the pan to help make sure we get all of the rub on the meat.


After 6 hours on the smoker and then a few more hours in the oven to get the temperature up to 185 degrees after that I pulled them out of the oven and let them cool for a few hours before slicing into them.  I have a deli slicer but I think a sharp knife works better because briskets can be hard to slice on a deli slicer, it is important that you slice against the grain to get the most tender product.


Who doesn’t love a big pile of meat.  After slicing it was a little salty due to a lack of soaking.  I will make sure to fix this next time I make pastrami and report back.  Luckily I have some great friends that brought all of the ingredients to make Reubens.


Don’t you just love my pink camping plates?  Luckily once we added the bread sauerkraut and Swiss it really cut the saltiness of the meat.  I have a panani press and it really shines with the Reubens or any traditionally toasted sandwich.  Apply a lot of butter and you have a super delicious sandwich.  Anyone that has access to a smoker needs to try to make this at some point.  Just plan ahead a little better than me and make sure to soak your meat before smoking.  I haven’t tried this but I do believe it will make a better product.  I will post back with the results when I take another crack at this.  It won’t be too long.  Now I have to decide what to make for the SuperBowl!

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