My Progress

I'm going to give you a brief update on your host's progress. Since my last photo update in September, you'll certainly be happy to know that I'm chugging along.

It was quite some time ago when I was reading some stuff by Clarence Bass (make sure you see his photo at 70-years-old), where he said, "Lose fat slowly." I'm not even certain of his reasoning, but I tend to defer to guys that old (like Art), so credible in appearance. So, I've never worried about it. I typically drop ten pounds or so, hang out for 2-3 months, up & down, with every weight peak just a bit lower than the last, and then it kicks off again.

You see, with paleo / EvFit / Primal, you just never ought to have a worry. You're are applying sound, logical, 4-million-year-tested principles to your very own life. The source of my passion and what drives this blog: it has been well over a year since I even had a shadow of a doubt that this worked: unequivocally. And I'm not just talking weight; I'm talking fat loss, muscle gain, hugely increased energy, better blood markers: the whole enchilada to employ a bad metaphor. It works, and it works for everyone, every time, across the board.

It's how you were designed to eat. But, you're always welcome to eat inferior.

So, since that last update, at around 190, I went from there to 195, to 187 at the lowest, and bounced back-&-forth continuously, all the time getting stronger and stronger in the gym. I'm really impressed with the amount of muscle I've gained in my legs, and am now up to typically doing 3 sets of 10 inclined leg presses each at about 450, followed by a burn off at around 300, 15-20 reps. Where I could not do a single dead hang pull-up a year ago, I can now do 4-5 before I have to start kipping it up to the bar, then I can do lots more.

So, I hit my lowest weight since around 1994 the other day: 183.

I'm headed to Puerto Vallarta on Saturday. Believe it or not, I plan to lose fat during my vacation. Hunger for me, now, is almost non-existent. You saw that photo melange from the camping trip. I lost weight there, too.

I'll see if I can get out some pics of me en vacanceses. With tan in hand.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More


  1. Mark on February 12, 2009 at 21:17

    I've been having some very similar thoughts recently. I started paleo last September and 30 pounds came off in relatively short order. I had a plateau for a few weeks and then 5 more pounds came off, then another plateau. But the interesting thing for me is that, unlike pre-paleo, I just don't care so much. I know that I'm not going to gain any appreciable weight on this lifestyle, and that takes all of the worry away. I know the weight is going to come off slowly, or in fits and starts, and that is just fine.

  2. Marc Feel Good Eating on February 13, 2009 at 04:38

    What a great common sense post.
    I linked to it on my blog, I want people to understand how simpe it can be and how not to drive themselves nuts. Thank you for making it very clear for everyone.
    In regards to Art and Clarence, I'm in full agreement.

    Have a wonderful and relaxing vacation.


  3. Keith Norris on February 13, 2009 at 08:03

    Take the opportunity, while in Puerto Vallarta, to hit some beach sprints. You'll be glad you did 🙂

  4. Richard Nikoley on February 13, 2009 at 11:16

    Damn good idea. I'll take my Vibram's along.

  5. Richard Nikoley on February 13, 2009 at 11:33

    Thanks for the kind comments, Marc. Amazing food porn you do over there.

  6. Selwyn on February 17, 2009 at 11:49

    Clarence Bass!! The guy is just amazing….I was in Albuquerque in June 2007 and he was pointed out to me by a friend as Bass vigorously strolled along a fitness path in one of the parks. I could hardly believe what they were telling me about him and am sorry I didn't approach him to say hello. The picture of him at 70 is astounding and yes, he looks really fit, especially in person, for someone in his 70s – let's face it, he looks fit for anyone at any age. He espouses a natural approach to weightlifting and it shows….and in his writings you can see an eager mind and a changing perspective over time as he gets more data. A great role model.

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