Sick

3/20/16

Preparing for my annual physical later this week. If I lose another 2 lbs this week, I will go in weighing 20 lbs less than when I went for my previous physical a year and a half ago. The good news about that is, rather than being a short-term sprint, this will represent a slow, steady progress. Imagine if I were to lose 20 pounds year over year. Soon I wouldn't need to, but if I did so until at a healthy weight and healthy lifestyle, this would be a more consistent approach and I imagine it would be much longer lasting. 

To get there this week, I need to re-introduce the fresh vegetables and beans that I've been without the past several weeks as I've been through quite a bit of sickness and haven't been wanting to eat much. I've noticed a difference in not feeling strength and energy needed for many of life's demands, and I think that restoring fresh produce and beans will help tremendously, especially since I've been feeling a bit better recently in terms of recovering from the sickness I've had for the past several weeks. 





Derailed Momentarily

Well, I've got good and bad news. I caught pneumonia and have just really been out of it the past two weeks. The good news is I lost a few pounds in the process. The bad news is I haven't kept up my entries on this site nor have I paid near as much attention to what I'm eating. I haven't been able to prepare nutritious food choices, go to the store, or really anything other than sit/lay down. I'm glad that I'm ending this pneumonia (starting to feel better today) on the lower end of the weight scale but realize there are several risks at play here. As my appetite returns, I run the risk of eating anything I want and having it start to add the pounds right back on. And since I've been out of the habit of recording food eaten on my app, haven't been reading nutritional information to stay motivated, haven't been getting exercise and haven't been doing regular blog entries, I am not in the best position moving forward unless I make immediate adjustments.

Getting sick right after the Europe trip was really a bummer as I was ready to get back into the patterns that were working for me before the trip, but then abandoned them when I got sick. The sad thing is, I would probably have gotten over this illness much more quickly if I had taken tons of antioxidants into my system like I would have had I kept up the high-quality eating.

In any case, one thing I have learned through this experience so far this year is that the past doesn't matter as much as what I do today. I've known people, myself included, who have lost 50 lbs or even 100 lbs through a combination of restrained eating, better food choices and exercise, but then they feel like they've accomplished something so major that they can celebrate by eating more leniently. And the pounds start to come back on, 5 lbs at a time. I've done that so many times.

I've also done the opposite, where I feel like since I'm doing so poorly in recent times, I might as well continue the streak of eating poorly...thinking "what's the use?" In both cases, thinking of the past is harmful, as opposed to thinking of today. I am learning to start to focus just on today...how can I make the best choices in the context I am in today? And I think 100 todays will add together to make a successful tomorrow.





12/30/15

Woke up feeling much better today as far as energy and congestion.  And, surpringly, my blood pressure was a respectable 120/86....best it has been in a long time. I am taking two blood pressure medicines, true, but even with the two of them I have struggled lately to get my readings out of the red zone (above 140/90)   So, good progress so far after a few days of clean eating.

Heading out to AZ today and going with Spencer and his girlfriend, Stef, to Red Lobster tonight. So, a day of choices ahead for airports, airplanes, travel and restaurants. I think it will take some good planning to avoid the traps that await. 





12/29/15

Felt great after a morning breakfast of Shakeology mixed with walnuts, berries, spinach, kale, dates, and water, topped with flax seed and toasted oats. Went to Costco after that and wasn't tempted by the junk there. Started feeling sick (been getting a cold) while at Costco and came home and crashed a bit. Bought some good produce.

I had a salad tonight from Kneaders, with greens, avocado, kidney beans, hummus (all green), and a little bit of boiled shredded chicken (yellow). For dressing, I used apple cider vinegar (green) and some olive oil (yellow). Had some bean soup from the restaurant as well (high sodium, so only a small amount).