Thursday, May 15, 2014

My road to a Healthier life

Before I get into the meat of the topic, let me summarize the back story.  At the end of April, I went in for my yearly check up, and my blood work came back with some less than desireable results.  I have been trying to motivate myself to live a healthier lifestyle, and this was the kick in the nuts I needed.  My Dr. told me I have a fatty liver, and my cholesteral has skyrocketed.  Now, my Dr. is a pretty laid back guy.  I am used to his usual speech: "you're still young, and while you're a bit over weight, it's not terrible." He'd give me some suggestions to change my health for the better, and say that whether I do them is my business.  This time, not so much.
 He said the usual, but then said that I am at that point where if I don't start making changes, things are going to get worse, and it will be harder to reverse. He told me that I HAVE TO start making changes, it's really no longer an option if I don't want serious problems to develop.

so here I am a few weeks-ish later.  I have lowered my carb intake quite a bit, though I still have a sandwich from time to time.  I have cut back a lot on candy, though I still have some now and then.  I eat a crap load of veggies like bell peppers, onions, and broccoli; along with more leafy greens.  I have also started eating more fish (mostly Tuna, and some Salmon).  I haven't change a whole lot regarding exercise, going for a run here and there, and a lot of stretching while I'm at work. 

time for the drum roll...

I have dropped 2 inches from my waist (a pant size), and have lost 16 lbs.  I am almost the lightest I have been in over 2 years (since a roll-over accident fractured my spine and threatened to end my running for good).  I anticipate that in another couple weeks, when I update my blog again regarding my health efforts, I will be the lightest I have been in 10 years.  And running regularly again.  Last September I struggled through a Tough Mudder, and now I have a goal to be able to race a 10k by the end of the year, and do another Tough Mudder next year, and actually have fun doing it! De Kalb IL Corn Classic 10K

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