What the Doctor said

So I visited with the Doctor yesterday, as part of my preparation for this HMR diet which starts the 9th of January. My blood work came back normal for the most part, slightly elevated blood sugar, but normal cholesterol levels. The one point of concern was that I have high blood pressure, hopefully that straightens itself out over the next couple of months as I lose weight. This was really the final preparation that needed to be made in order for me to start this new journey. So now that I am in the starting gate I am anxiously awaiting the green light, I can’t wait to see how this goes! Stay tuned for all of the latest.

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New Kicks

I made another investment over the weekend, I bought my first pair of quality running shoes, in fact I nearly croaked when I saw the price tag. I am used to paying $35-40 for the shoes I normally where. So when the price tag said $125 I nearly passed out. The shoes are amazing and well worth the money that I paid for them, they feel amazing on my feet, along with a couple of great tips for starting a running workout. It was a great experience, here’s to many miles in my new shoes!

A Love Hate relationship

Sorry I didn’t post anything over the weekend, I had several christmas parties I attended, plus normal church activities. Anyway I wanted to talk a little bit about the biggest “Love, Hate” relationship that I have in my life. I think, no I know, that relationship is with food, always has been.

Part of me feels like I am making a good-bye tour of all my favorite foods over the next few weeks, I feel this overwhelming desire to eat all that I can. Knowing that the HMR diet is on the horizon I find myself thinking “what do I want to eat before I can’t eat it anymore.” I know this is a totally unhealthy relationship with food, these last weeks or so have really made me look at how much food really does control my life. So a part of me really does look at this diet as rehab for my food addiction. The first 90 days will obviously be the hardest part of kicking this habit, after that it will be all about relearning some things about food. Like first of all what does a healthy relationship with food look like.

I have been fortunate enough in my life that I have not had to deal with any major addictions, bad habits, sure, but nothing on the level of requiring rehab to fix. To some extent I feel envious of people who have an addiction where they can live there lives, and rearrange them in such a way where they never have to be around that thing again. They can live a life with out that thing, it’s just a matter of learing how to lean on something else. That alone is a tough, daily struggle for them. With food though you can’t just walk away, or arrange your life in such a way where you never have to be around it. We need it in our lives and avoiding it is not an option. So the million dollar question is how do you kick an addiction, while still using the thing your addicted to? That is what will occupy my mind for the better part of this journey!

Let’s call it a successful start

Just a really quick post to say I completed my goal from my previous post!! I walked a 5K, now granted it took me 1:02:49, but outside of a half a dozen :30 stops I walked the whole thing. I can’t tell you how good it felt to finish it. I’m sure I will be a little sore in the morning, but I’m definitely under way.
Watch out I’m coming for that $100!!!

The Conversation that started it all

Anytime any one of us set out on a major life change where the results are plainly obvious to everyone you meet they always wants to know what made you decide that you needed to make a change. It is hard for me to pin down one thing in particular that tipped the scales, but there is one conversation that stands out to me. A couple of weeks ago we were talking here in the office about how our secretary had just completed a marathon, and all of the preparation, pay off, and pain that she experienced. My boss made the comment that he thought I could run a 5k if I worked at it, he then proceeded to up the stakes. He told me that if I completed the task by Thanksgiving 2012 he would pay me $100, $200 if I managed to complete a 10K.

So that was it, call it a moment of “don’t tell me I can’t” or maybe it was just plain greed, but at that moment I decided I was going to at least try. So now that I have three friends willing to act as coaches for this journey, as well as another dose of incentives added to the pot. I believe this is the most motivated and serious I have ever been to change my lifestyle.

Tonight the journey to run a 5K begins, it’s a cool crisp evening and I have no plans tonight, so I am going to see how far I can walk. To tell you the truth I don’t even know if I can walk a 5K, 3.1 miles, so I will let you know how it goes. I have to go and get a good pair of walking/running shoes, and then set off on my 5K quest.

I don’t want to do this anymore.

I have a list, we all have lists, maybe they are to do lists, shopping lists, mailing lists, or priority lists, but the simple fact is that we all live by them. I like everyone else live by them, so I wanted to take some time and share with you my list of “Things I don’t want to do anymore”

* I don’t want to shop by size first. I want to be able to go into a store and get what I like not what they have for big and tall people.

* I don’t want to worry about booth size at a restaurant anymore. I always sit at tables, regardless of where I go, there are even a few “booth” only restaurants I won’t go to.

* I don’t want to have to sit in the bleachers. I am like the next guy I like a chairback seat with arms on it, however I can’t comfortably fit in them. I can’t tell you the last time I actually sat right next to some one at a movie or sporting event.

* I don’t want to turn sideways to fit through some doors. My bathroom door is a perfect example of this.

* I don’t want to pass up physical activities cause I’m to big and out of shape to participate.

Well there is my list, inconclusive I am sure, but it is a start none the less. I’ll keep you up to date I hopefully try and cross these off my list.

Duane Finds Water

water glass

So when I visited with the nurse the other day she told me that I needed to cut way back on the amount of diet soda that I have been drinking, for the record I usually drink two or three 44 oz diet soda’s a day plus a couple cans, you do the math. So I am adding water back to my routine. The nurse told me they recommend you to drink half your body weight in ounces every day (451/2 = 225) that is almost two gallons of water. So bright and early this morning I started on my daily water intake quest, wish me luck and hope I don’t float away.