That rare moment when something you’re trying to achieve suddenly works – really well.
My name is Dolan Ingraham.
I’m a self-optimization and improvement addict who has:
- Taught myself from scratch how to profitably invest (earning an annualized return of 24%), and released a course on the subject
- Learned how to travel the country, staying in amazing hotels, on a shoestring budget
- Figured out how to enjoyably lose 10 pounds of fat in 30 days
From $70 round-trip flights to cities I’ve always wanted to visit (staying in beautiful hotels that I paid ~$100 total for), to aggressive yet calculated stock investments, to adventures in fasting and green tea, I’m constantly learning, experimenting, and self optimizing to have the best life possible – and I may just be able to help you make your life a little more adventurous too.
The thing is, recently I’ve been struggling with weight loss. Fat loss, to be more precise.
While working a hotel job that involved a lot of unhealthy free food and night shifts, I put on more weight than I’ve ever had in my life.
A little background – I’d recently learned how to put on muscle mass (something I thought would be impossible). I had always had this dream of being able to actually gain visible muscle, which I was NEVER able to do. No matter how much I went to the gym (4 times a week, religiously), I couldn’t change how my body looked. Long story short – maybe I’ll tell you more another time – I finally cracked the code and was able to put on some quality muscle mass with a totally different approach. It involved eating a lot.
BUT THEN along came this job.
This stressful, night-shift, fast-paced, food-abundant, nutritionally-questionable, hospitality job.
And without realizing it, slowly, over time, I put on more weight than I ever have in my life.
I went from being decently proud of my physical health, and the muscles I had finally gained to looking at the mirror at a rounded face and belly. What. The. Fuck.
When I actually stepped on a scale (at my brother’s urging), the number shook me a little more than I’d like to admit.
My cholesterol was too high. Total cholesterol was at 223. My doctor made a point of talking to me about it.
Eventually, I realized….I wanted to lose weight. (And not the muscle mass that I had worked for.) I wanted to lose fat.
So I started researching it, and doing everything I could to lose weight.
I tried everything. (Ok not EVERYTHING. But a lot. I really experimented with everything I could. And I went pretty hard.)
CrossFit, Paleo, Slow-Carb, Counting Calories, Counting Macros, the “Fast-Metabolism Diet,” even a bit of the Weight Watchers point system.
Here’s the thing: I understand that weight loss is supposed to be a simple formula, (Calories In) minus (Calories Out). (I also understand that some people think that’s bogus, and that you should just focus on eating certain types of foods rather than count calories.)
(I should clarify – that’s not totally fair – there were some benefits to various approaches.)
BUT I DID NOT LOSE SIGNIFICANT WEIGHT.
Occasionally a pound or two from various things, after a ton of effort. It would tend to come back.
I had a basic problem – the fewer calories I ate, the worse I felt.
Even cutting my calories a little bit felt awful. (And I have a lot of willpower when I really want something, too. So it wasn’t like I was just halfheartedly trying, and then just complaining.)
But over the past month or so, I’ve been able to lose 10 pounds in the time-span of about 30 days and actually FEEL GOOD. Really good. (And since losing that first ten pounds and hitting my goal, I’ve actually lost a little more weight…) My total cholesterol has also dropped to 153. My doctor was blown away – she had never seen anything like it.
So since a lot of people seem to be going through similar problems, I thought I’d start here. Maybe, if you have any extra fat you want to lose, I can help you.
Only, this is my first blog post ever, and I’m getting tired of writing, and you’re probably getting tired of reading.
So, perhaps in a future post?