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September 2013

How much healthier can I get in 2 weeks?

Trust the process bob harper
Thank you, Pinterest, for already having this picture so I don't have to make one myself.

Eek -- my doctor's office basically hunted me down and made me make an appointment for my yearly physical.

Don't worry -- I'm not really that tardy. I had a check-up last June so I'm only a couple months late.

But why do I dilly-dally on making the appointment? Because I wanted to be "there" and I'm not "there" yet.

But I am closer, so there's that.

I made the appointment for two Mondays from today, which leaves me 2 weeks to lose 35 pounds.


No, instead of my old "what quick-fix miracle diet should I try" way of thinking, I'm going to keep doing what I'm already doing but I'm going to do it better.

And what is that? Ain't nobody's program but my own.

And right now, what is working is:

  • Around 1,600 calories
  • No wheat
  • Work out every other day
  • More fruits and vegetables
  • At least 7 hours of sleep

Simple as that.

Doing my program better means sticking to those guidelines. I have to trust that it's going to work because it's my plan and nobody else's. Because I am unlike anyone else, and so are you. And if any of my tips and ideas spark you to follow your own plan, then cool.

I'm in uncharted territory, weight-wise. I haven't been this weight since the mid-1990s and it's going to take extra sticktoitiveness to move beyond it.

I'm not working to be "skinny," just the healthiest, fittest version of myself.

And with that, I've got some pavement pounding to do!


Don't disturb this groove

Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on this:

This is massive. This is a weight I haven't seen since well before my son was born -- probably 1996 or so.

And that weight is actually from Wednesday, not today.

I didn't want any high-sodium food or even a completely normal weight fluctuation to disturb this number. 

I want to keep the snowball rolling downhill, and to do that I need to make some changes.

Since cutting wheat out of my diet (and making my heartburn virtually disappear along with its associated stomach aches), I think I've been losing a lot of "carb bloat." But I've also been snacking too often so that's going to get pared down.

Less me, less food -- the unforgiving rule of thermodynamics.

I've been upping my fresh produce while cutting back on things like little cheese wedges and protein bars. I'm also making sure that My Fitness Pal shows more of a "Zone-like" carb-fat-protein ratio at the end of the day, because I've noticed that I feel fuller and lose more weight that way. 

I've busted through this plateau and I'm not going to disturb this groove.

So for your dancing enjoyment, here's a slow-jam favorite:

I'm going to be one of 'those people' with wheat

No cookies for gail
I successfully avoided wheat products over the weekend and I've been feeling fantastic. No heartburn no matter what I consume. Coffee is cool (whew!) and Mexican is fine, so I may break out the bottle of Cholula to celebrate.

Best side effect is that my midsection seems to be flattening out -- all without doing one sit-up.

That said, I'm not running to the store for gluten-free cookies and pizza. Instead, I'm just seeking out naturally GF foods, which abound.

Carla doesn't know it, but I look to her as my "spirit guide" -- MizFit has been eating this way for decades and doesn't make a big deal about it at all, so that's what I'm going to do.

(If you give a Gail a cookie, she'll just say "no thanks" and not go into a whole spiel about gut flora.)

I thought I had an appointment with a gastroenterologist this morning, but I read the appointment e-mail wrong -- it's next month. (I thought it was strange that the office would be open on Labor Day ... duh.)

So I've got a month to see how my wheat avoidance makes me feel, so I can drive the poor doctor crazy with a billion questions.