This is What 44 and Paleo Looks Like…

Posted on 10. Nov, 2008 by in Methods, Navel Gazing

… no “diet down” preparation, no tan, no air brushing or Photoshop, no professional lighting, photography or staging.  Just me, a cluttered bathroom, a mirror, a camera — and the results of my brand of a Paleo/EvFit lifestyle.

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I’m no different than most folks.  I work eight to nine hours Monday through Friday, and sometimes a few hours on the weekends.  Add to that a two hour commute each day.  My work is mostly computer (writing related) and sedentary.

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Workout wise, I can usually squeeze in three sessions during the workweek, and maybe one over the weekend.  During the week, I rarely have more than 40 minutes to get whatever I want in — that’s everything included — warm-up, cooldown, any post-workout stretching — everything.  Needless to say, I’ve had to learn to be efficient in the weightroom and on the field.

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And efficient in the kitchen, as well.  I might eat out once every two weeks or so.   That means careful planning, efficient use of leftovers (and no aversion to eating leftovers), and toting my own meals into work on a daily basis.  And when I do eat out, I special order and ask for substitutions (extra veggies in lieu of carbs, etc.); I’ve long gotten past feeling like a prima donna when doing so.  Hey, I’m looking after my health now, so as not to be a drain on society later.  It’s a public service, of sorts.  Plus, I’m a very conscientious tipper.  Time as a waiter taught me to really appreciate those now waiting on me.

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I don’t put these pictures here to self-promote.  Although I am very proud of how I’ve been able to maintain my health, and how I’ve advanced (and lived) what I consider to be true physical culture, I am more interested in advancing the idea that you can achieve my results, too

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I’m not here to sell you anything, or shill the latest and greatest in the wide world of diet and fitness hype-fest.  Nor will I lie and say that it can be done free of substantial effort.  I am here, though, to say that it can be done, if you so desire and if you’re willing to pay some dues in the form of some extended physical and mental willpower. 

 

In Health,

Keith

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22 Responses to “This is What 44 and Paleo Looks Like…”

  1. Chris

    10. Nov, 2008

    Looking good Keith – Like Art Devany but with muscles ;-)

    I’m 40 so you are giving me something to aim for for my 44th!

    All the best

    Chris

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  2. Jeff

    10. Nov, 2008

    Impressive and inspiring to say the least. I am 38 and doing pretty good, but I want to be like you when I “grow up”.

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  3. AT22

    10. Nov, 2008

    Definitely inspiring. I expected you looking good – but you look great and much more muscular than I expected. Thanks for being a great role model on the Paleo path!

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  4. theorytopractice

    10. Nov, 2008

    Thanks for the kudos, guys :)

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  5. Marc Feel Good Eating

    10. Nov, 2008

    Keith,
    Awesome!

    Question;
    Were you into sports when you were young?
    marc

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  6. Patrik

    10. Nov, 2008

    Great pics, couple questions for you:

    1) You seem to have as much mass as a bodybuilder — do you do bodybuilding-like movements?

    2) Like Marc, what sports did you play as a youth?

    3) How long does it take to achieve this level of fitness/strength?

    Thanks,
    Patrik

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  7. Patrik

    10. Nov, 2008

    Also, any thoughts on CrossFit?

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  8. Brad

    10. Nov, 2008

    Keith, Wow! Pictures speak a thousand words. I’m 49 and I’ll probably never reach what you’ve done, but I’ll certainly read every word of your blog with new admiration.

    Thanks so much for a great blog. What do you most attribute abdominal development–diet, exercise? I guess what I’m driving at is there must have been a point where you thought “dang, I’m getting good abs” and I’m curious as to the key to getting them. Was it just a very gradual thing or was there something you did that tipped the scale to great looking abs (not to take anything away from the rest of your accomplishments) Thanks. Brad

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  9. Marc Feel Good Eating

    10. Nov, 2008

    Keith,
    Gave you a quick shout out on my blog.
    Thanks again for your great info and inspiration.
    Marc

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  10. theorytopractice

    11. Nov, 2008

    Thanks for the comments, guys ~

    Marc — I grew up in Texas and played the only sport recognized in the state at that time — (American) football :) I also ran track (sprints 60,100 and 200 meters). I played college ball at what’s now known as Texas State (it was known as Southwest Texas State back in my day).

    Patrik — If you check out my workouts, you’ll find that the vast majority of my lifting movements are multi-joint in nature. I do very, very little of what would be considered “bodybuilding” type isolation stuff. But, every now and then…
    I hate to give you a cop-out answer on results response time, but the truth is this: everyone responds at a different rate. Even if it were possible to somehow standardize the “input” effort, the results would still be all over the map. What I can say is this: you will be a better YOU in a very short period of time. Your body fat levels will be determined by diet (workout types/levels have negligible direct effects on this), and in those few who I have seen stick to a Paleo-like diet, the fat loss has been amazingly fast. The ability to put on muscle is much more individualized, in my experience. It’s analogous to sprinting ability. Some people are phenomenal sprinters naturally, some with all the best training in the world would not even make a small college cut. But all, with dedicated and proper training, would get faster than they are today. The key is to look to others for proper inspiration, but to compete and compare against your (old) self.
    I love the CrossFit philosophy, but I tweak that philosophy to fit my own needs and goals. More specifically, I like to concentrate on improving my power generation, however that power is expressed (sprints, a particular lift, etc.) in the 0-10 seconds time frame. CrossFit tends to include much more of what I would consider “endurance” work, which, for the community they’re geared to is perfectly reasonable. The key here is to know your goals and adjust accordingly. I will, every now and again, jump on one of their WODs and bust it out. It really is good stuff.

    Brad — If you look back through my posted workouts, you’ll find very little in the way of direct ab work. This is the one thing, though, that, if I had more time, I’d probably do a little more of. My abs, though, are more a product of sprints, weighted pullups and multi-joint, explosive weightlifting movements. The biggest contributor toward nice abs, though, is proper diet. You’ve got to get your body fat level down for that muscle to be readily visible. By the way, I’ve always been fairly lean due to my workout regimen and athletic past, but I never really had well-defined abs until I made the all-out shift to a Paleo-like diet.

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  11. Joe

    11. Nov, 2008

    Dude, you look great… but clean the bathroom…

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  12. Jay

    11. Nov, 2008

    Keith;

    Nice work, solid blog.

    Jay

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  13. theorytopractice

    11. Nov, 2008

    “Dude, you look great… but clean the bathroom…” :)

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  14. Patrik

    12. Nov, 2008

    Excellent. BTW what is your BF %?

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  15. theorytopractice

    12. Nov, 2008

    Patrik,
    I really have no clue what my BF% is, other than “low”. I’ve never been curious enough to go out of my way to have it checked.

    I did do a study at the ECU Sports Med. clinic back about 10 years ago, and as part of the study, my %BF was measured via the water submersion method. At that point, I measured 11%. I can tell you that I am at a much lower percentage now, as that was well before my Paleo conversion. If I had to guess, I’d say I’m in the 7-ish range.

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  16. kamal

    14. Feb, 2009

    Very impressive. After I met Arthur DeVany, it changed my whole mindset on aging. One only gets better as they get older. It’s up to us, really.

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  17. Monica Hughes

    08. Apr, 2009

    This is an old post — I don’t expect you to respond, but quick question if you have time:

    You’ve basically been athletic for most of your life, but how long have you been eating “paleo” ish?

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    • theorytopractice

      08. Apr, 2009

      Monica,
      I’ve been full-on Paleo for 2 years, now. Prior to that, I ate what could be considered a normal, “athletic-leaning”, i.e., high protein, high carb, low fat diet.

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  18. Monica Hughes

    08. Apr, 2009

    Wow, only two years… that’s incredible.

    I’ve had slow progress on a paleo-ish diet for about 9 months now. I feel tons better than I ever did. No longer get afternoon sleepiness, etc. I’ve lost roughly 17 pounds. I think I have another 20 to lose.

    In the meantime, I’ve cut out dairy to see if I can get faster progress. I admit I am pretty lazy and not very athletic. I’ve been adding some sprints, etc. a few times a week. I’ve been pretty amazed, though, how much you can lose simply with diet alone. And this diet is not at all limiting. When I’m hungry I eat, except on fast days.

    I used to be on the swim team, even set a record, but always had a sort of “puffy” appearance… a relatively thick layer of subQ fat. In just 9 months, I’m starting to see more defined abs than I used to have even as a teenager. I have a long way to go yet, but it’s pretty amazing what good food can do for body comp. I think if I modify my non-eating lifestyle a bit more, I could easily have a better body comp by next year than I’ve ever had, even as a teen. And I’m 34.

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    • theorytopractice

      08. Apr, 2009

      Monica,
      FWIW, I think that consumption of (and the resultant effects of) raw dairy is a very individual thing. Not only do I not suffer any ill effects from its consumption, I seem to thrive on it (athletically speaking). What seems to effect my body comp and subQ fat the most, though, is a higher than normal fruit consumption and/or a prolonged period of even moderate alcohol consumption.

      And also FWIW, I think that if you were to up your fast twitch muscle fiber amount/percentages via intense weight room work, you’d notice a quicker subQ reduction. 2#s a month, though, w/o serious training — and especially given that you don’t have much to lose to begin with — is a testament to just how well this protocol works.

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  19. Monica

    08. Apr, 2009

    It’s interesting you should say this, because I’ve heard of really athletic Type I diabetics doing fine on raw dairy as well. Interesting. Maybe I won’t be so strict about it and will just kefir it. I suspect that lowers the sugar content tremendously though I can’t find hard nutritional data. It does have some alcohol, though…

    My fruit intake is pretty low. Maybe 1/2 cup a couple times a week. Alcohol could be an issue, thanks for mentioning that. I had a bit more than usual last week but am back to my one glass of wine weekly now (and might even cut that out for months since my wedding is 3 mos. away.)

    I think my biggest problem is that I just need to get off my lazy arse a bit more. :) Thanks for the weight training advice. Even though I was never ripped when younger, I do buff up pretty quickly if I put my mind to it.

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  20. billnad

    08. Jun, 2009

    I am 43 and agree that the sky is the limit. I used to train like some maniac over na hour 5 days a week when I was in my 20s and was always overtained but now 30 or 45 minutes is all that I need to get good results.

    Dude, you look phenomenal for any age!

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