Civilian Male Military Spouse, Taurus James shares about his bouts with Holiday Depression and Loneliness, and how he won.
Fellow male military spouse, Billy McFarland, started a new Facebook page about healthy eating and healthy living for men. According to Billy, he started this while stuck at home during his wife's time in the field, deployments and training. He plans to cover everything from what to eat and how to cook.
A note from Billy:
So why do I care? Many people close to me know that I have lost a lot of weight in the last 3 years. I have more energy than I did at 18 and more importantly, I can keep up with my kids.
I started exercising back in August of 2011 after realizing that I was spending almost every spare moment of my day sitting on the couch, watching TV and snacking on chips or candy. My total cholesterol was over 400. I could not walk up a flight of stairs without feeling like I was dying. In fact, I was dying, quickly.
So after the exercise started, I lost about 30 lbs than hit a plateau. On top of my weight loss stopping, I injured my knee and had to stop running. I moved my exercise to a gym setting and lost another 10-15 lbs, but quickly hit another plateau and began to lose motivation.
Around January or February of 2013 a friend introduced me to a Facebook page called "Just East Real Food" and something called the Paleo Lifestyle. I was frustrated with the fact that I was no longer losing weight and my injuries were preventing me from exercising very much (not that it was helping), so I decided to try it.
I began experimenting with many new foods and getting rid of all processed foods in my diet. I stopped drinking all sodas, sports drinks or sugar loaded drinks. My appetite actually decreased and my energy level increased. It seemed to be working.
Several months went by where I did NO exercise. On a trip to the doc with one of my kids, I decided to step on the scale. I had somehow lost another 10-15lbs without doing anything besides eating. No portion control. No calorie counting. No shakes. No pills. All I did was eat tons of delicious food.
In a nutshell, that is the goal of this page. I'd love to teach men to live healthy lifestyles by just eating real healthy (but tasty) food.