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BMyers 03-26-2020 12:58 PM

Getting Fit for Forty Using Cast Iron
I'd like to be in better shape by the time I turn 40 this August. Time is ticking away and I need to improve my overall general health so that I can better keep up with my 3 and 5 year old boys.

Having recently acquired 3 vintage Erie cast iron skillets, I thought it would be an interesting challenge to incorporate cast iron to meet my goals.

The plan
I will follow a lower carb higher protein diet which shouldn't be an issue for the cast iron. Not every meal will be cooked, like salads etc, but I will use cast iron every chance I get. I have an enameled Lodge cast iron dutch oven in addition to the three skillets and I plan to incorporate them all. I don't have a cast iron recipe book but I will use the recipes on this site along with what I find online - tweaking the recipes as needed to ensure they are lower carb. I will post my progress periodically along with photos of the meals I prepared using cast iron over that time period.

The goals
My weight loss goal is to drop 25 pounds and my exercise goals are to lift weights 3x week and to build up my cardio enough to run in 1 organized footrace. Gyms are closed due to covid19 so I will be doing mostly cardio until the gym reopens. I plan to achieve these goals by my birthday in mid-August.

I'm starting today.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions.

Kyle S. 03-26-2020 01:30 PM

Re: Getting Fit for Forty Using Cast Iron
Sounds Amazing B. Go for it!

BMyers 04-05-2020 10:59 PM

Re: Getting Fit for Forty Using Cast Iron

I've lost two pounds and I've walked about 12.5 miles to date. No running yet. Cutting down on sugar has been the toughest part so far. Its addictive and in nearly everything.
It's also been a challenge to shop for recipes due to covid19 so I do the best with what I got.

I've used CI for several meals. One was for egg and bacon breakfast burritos in low carb tortillas and another meal was chicken and artichoke heart in olive oil. Those are pretty straight forward and maybe not so interesting so I won't write more bout them.

I did find a recipe that I found appealing, my highlight recipe, which was Cabbage and Noodles. I posted the recipe in the recipe section. I found it appealing not only for its simplicity but also its long history. Cabbage stores well so back in the day it was one of the few items that could be eaten year round in eastern European countries with poor agriculture. I recommend googling it for some more background and recipe variants. I think it's better known as Haluski.

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