Before I go any further, nothing I'm going to discuss pertains to an immediate death or anything along those lines. Of course, I can't say that it's impossible because medical problems arise from nowhere all the time, but nothing the doctor and I covered concerned the presentation of immediate issues for me. However, at 34 years old the standards of my visits are also changing. I remember 20 years ago when the most pressing question was whether it was an appointment that required dropping trough and turning my head to cough. Now I'm only a few years away from bending over the table on a semi regular basis so the doctor can use his digits to check my colon health. While I'm not quite at that level yet, there are certainly more conversations revolving around my diet and exercise patterns. There have been more discussions regarding regular blood work and physical testing. There are potential neurological exams in my future (result of repeated head trauma, not age necessarily). Gone are the days when, "it's OK now but if you don't make changes it won't be" because that future has arrived and according to the awesome lady I met with the other day, not changing now means I'll be starting the medication train soon, likely within a year.
|Funny until it's not.|
Fortunately, there is good news. Nothing thus far is irreversible. My blood pressure is generally good, coming in at 120/80 90% of the time. (It was off the other day but as I mentioned, I was on the verge of this illness hitting full bore). I'm active and getting more so as my head and the weather have improved. My knowledge of things fitness and nutrition is advancing daily. I've fully acknowledged that I can't continue to walk around at 300 plus pounds without repercussions for much longer (more to come on THIS topic later) and I'm going to have to make serious changes if I want to be around for the long haul. I've also acknowledged that I do NOT have a good relationship with food and perhaps never will and it's going to be necessary for me to find ways to insure that I'm eating more for health than pleasure. Following the 80/20 rule is probably a good place to start for me. What's the 80/20 rule? It's the idea if one eats healthy 80% of the time while allowing for some indulgences 20% of the time, weight will not only be lost but maintained once the desired loss results are achieved. Of course, I'm planning to be stricter than that but having some leeway if you go out to dinner or a birthday party, things along those lines, will mentally provide me with the necessary mindset to continue working towards my goals without building frustrations. Essentially, I'm trying to set myself up for as much success as possible while reducing the chance of mental fatigue. As mentioned in the previous post I'm also planning to continue studying and incorporating more fasting into daily life because it makes me feel good. There are also a lot of foods I'll be looking at eliminating because it's become apparent how they affect not just my health, but my daily energy and mind function.
|I got really hungry searching for this picture..|
|One meal, One day, One month, One year at a time, we improve.|
Please feel free to comment with your weight or health journey, no matter where you are on it. I'm hoping to revisit this post a year from now to see where myself, and perhaps others are in the process.