After 5 years of tugging my foreskin, I am not yet done. I would have been, and I thought I was done, but I lost 45 pounds since early last year.
The weight loss resulted in a reduction of my fat pad on my abdomen. That means my penis sticks out further. About 1 inch further. With a longer penis, my foreskin cannot cover it the same as before my weight loss. My coverage index went from full flaccid coverage with a bit of overhang, about CI-7 or CI-8, to not quite full flaccid coverage, about a CI-5. With continued tugging, I am back to about CI-6. I have full flaccid coverage most of the time, but my restored foreskin still occasionally spontaneously retracts. More length will fix that. I know because it used to be long enough to not spontaneously retract. Read more . . .
I am running late with reporting my foreskin restoration progress. I had intended to write a 4 year progress report. Yep, four years. I started restoring in August 2008.
My initial progress was fast. Within 18 months my penis was unrecognizable because I had restored so much of my foreskin. I had full flaccid coverage most of the time. With full flaccid coverage I no longer had that irritation of my penis rubbing against my shorts. I had restored the full luster of my glans and inner foreskin remnant such that the mucous membranes were shiny and pink. I also had the gliding motion of the foreskin. The gliding action was a new experience for me and turned out to be the best part of restoring.
My progress slowed after that, mostly on purpose. With full flaccid coverage I had reached a major milestone. I reduced my tugging sessions from one to two hours a day to about 10 to 15 minutes most days. I was happy with my restored foreskin and I was less motivated to get more. Read more . . .
For those that wonder what I have been doing to lose weight, I owe a lot to the Primal Blueprint at Mark's Daily Apple. Mark Sisson offers a free program on his website and he has a book (shown on the right). I just read his blog and downloaded his free materials. Either way, he offers a lot for those looking to learn a better way to eat and live.
After reading a lot of his material, the first thing I did was start doing his "lift heavy things" exercises. These exercises are simple, but effective. They use bodyweight for a whole body workout. The exercises are pushups, pull-ups, squats, overhead press, and the plank. I do them in my office after workhours. Two sets of the five exercises takes me about 30 minutes.
I thought I was in halfway decent shape. I was wrong. A person in shape should be able to do 50 pushups. I could not even do 20 without stopping. I knew I would have trouble with pull-ups. I never could do them well.
Squats I thought would be easy. I love doing squats in the weight room. But these squats were different. An in-shape person should do 50 squats without a bar, just body weight. Deep squats. After 30 squats my legs were burning. After 40 squats my legs were on fire and I was panting. After doing 50 body weight squats I was breathing like a freight train going up a mountain.
When I started, I was pathetic at the 5 exercises. But I do them faithfully and I am progressing. Read more . . .
Everyone knows that losing weight is healthy and good for you. Right?
Seven years ago I started my own business. I was a little overweight at that time, and the stress of running my own business and the lack of time to exercise and play ensured that I stayed overweight. I even gained a couple pounds a year over the last five years. I was not satisfied with my sedentary lifestyle and my slowly increasing body girth.
This spring I found Mark's Daily Apple, a website that promotes primal living. I always liked eating low carb and high fat food. I felt full and satisfied eating that way, not at all like when I ate a low fat diet and was always hungry. I first started eating low carb, high fat about 13 years ago when I was on the Atkins Diet. I followed it for a couple years, but I grew lax about following the program. The pounds returned as my eating habits leaned more toward high carb and processed foods.
Reading Mark's Daily Apple inspired me to watch what I ate and to start exercising in earnest. I became better at strictly keeping my carbs low. Controlling my eating habits helped me lose weight and the exercise has made me feel more alive. I have been losing about 1 to 2 pounds a week for several months. Read more . . .
Last week I wrote about realizing that I am overweight. So I started working out regularly, again. I worked out three times last week. I worked out twice so far this week and I am going to the gym this evening. I still have not been eating right, but I am doing a bit better than I had been. BUT I AM STILL FAT!
Seriously, I should be skinny by now. Isn't there a pill that works for this? Read more . . .
I was at the gym Sunday. As I worked out on the elliptical trainer, I looked around. The aerobic room was almost empty. The mirror beside me showed some overweight guy on a machine. OMG. It was me!
Sigh. I knew I was getting bigger. But, seeing myself in the mirror really brought home how much bigger I had gotten.
I wear athletic cut shirts. My chest has always been larger than my waist and the tapered shirts fit me well. Standard shirts tend to look puffy on me with all that extra fabric around the waist. But, lately, my tapered shirts were getting tight. It is getting to be dangerous to stand in front of me. The buttons near my waist are nearing the pop-off limit. I am sure that it would hurt to be struck by a button flying off my shirt. Read more . . .
Restoring Tally is just an ordinary guy who had to confront his prostate and circumcision problems. This site chronicles his journey in dealing with these issues. He has had prostate surgery and he is restoring his foreskin.