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TAICHIDANCER
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Now comes the test...

Thursday, September 26, 2013

I've made a lot of changes since May, only some of which you, my dear SparkFriends and readers, know about. I switched to a standing desk at home and switched to drinking my coffee black at about the same time (I gave up sugar in java years ago, but oh how I clung to the sweet taste of half and half!). This summer I started walking 20,000 steps or more a day (something I am still continuing) and while I was in India I also was climbing 40 floors of stairs a day and swimming for an hour every other day. I now have a standing desk in the office, too, and either walk to work and/or use the treadmill desk in my lab that I got for my research.

On the food side of things I switched to a diet that is vegetarian about 95% of the time (the occasional bit of chicken or fish sneaks in, but I go weeks at a time without touching either). And after a month of reading the science behind intermittent fasting, I decided at the beginning of September that I would experiment on myself for six months with the 5:2 fasting regimen and see how it works for me (just finishing my first month this week).

Lastly, after months away from SparkPeople last winter and spring (during which time I watched the scale creep back up, destroying my previous hard work), I came back to SparkPeople in force and resolved that I am here to stay. I use the trackers and I participate in the community as much as time allows.

And it has been working. There have been many scale and non-scale victories. I dropped 35 pounds since the beginning of the summer, tightened my belt by five notches and discovered that I now fit into almost all the clothes that I had squirreled away in my closet waiting for thinner days. And people who haven't seen me in a while regularly comment on my weight loss.

But I'm in this for one real reason: to get and stay healthy. Better fitting clothes, looking good in photos, having more room in airplane seats ... these are all great perks, but I really just want to be healthy and live a long and active life with my lovely wife.

SOOOOOOOOOOOOO ...................

... tomorrow is a big day. I'm scheduled to get my fasting blood glucose measured as well as the other standard metabolic markers (triglycerides, cholesterol, etc.). Then at the end of next week I have an appointment with my doctor to get the results. This is the first blood work that I've had done since starting the "big push" back in May.

I'm hoping for good news, but whatever the results, I know that I still have a long way to go. For example, I still have 31 pounds to go until I'm no longer obese, 66 pounds until I'm no longer overweight, and 70 pounds until my goal weight.

But fortunately, all those goals are simply a matter of time while I keep on keepin' on. As I made the changes this summer, I made very sure that I was clear in my mind which were temporary and which were permanent life changes. 40 floors of steps a day / 20k steps a day: temporary. Increased activity including at least 10,000 steps a day: permanent. 5:2 intermittent fasting: a trial, maybe permanent if it works out well. A "mostly" vegetarian diet in moderate portions: permanent. You get the idea.

So I'll let you know how it goes and what the doctor says. In the meantime, I wanted to let you know that my wife and I have decided on the spur of the moment to slip away to Niagara Falls for the weekend. So I might be out of touch for a few days.

There goes my perfect attendance award! Oh well, there's always next month.

- TaiChiDancer
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  • MARKATSPARK
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    156 days ago
  • KAYOTIC
    Lots of great changes you have made, I can't think that your tests won't come back with stellar results! And if not, you have the information to go forward!

    Have a great trip with your wife!
    1163 days ago
  • TAICHIDANCER
    Okay, the blood has been drawn. Seven days until I meet with the doctor. Now, I'm off to the falls. Keep Sparkin' y'all.
    1163 days ago
  • CHOCOHIPPO
    Have a beautiful weekend with your wife. And I hope you get great results on your bloodwork.
    1163 days ago
  • ANDYLIN90
    Slipping away sounds very romantic.
    1163 days ago
  • 68ANNE
    Enjoy the falls
    1163 days ago
  • BRENJET
    Your doc will be wowed by your progress! We are all wowed by your progress. Thank you for sharing your journey and helping us all as we travel our own.

    Have a fabulous weekend!!

    1163 days ago
  • DYNAMICDEB53
    You have made changes great and small and it is all working to help you get healthier. WTG.
    Love that your getting away have a nice time.

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    Deb
    1163 days ago
  • JANESLOSS
    Steve,
    Congratulations on all the progress to a healthier lifestyle. You have really made some significant changes in your life. Best of luck with the blood work tomorrow!!

    Have a wonderful weekend with your wife. Niagara Falls has always been a place I would love to see someday. Traveling to the East coast is something hubby and I would love to do someday (I live in California).

    Keep us posted!

    Jane
    1164 days ago
  • GARDENQE2
    It sounds like you have a great plan in place! emoticon
    My son, who just turned forty, began alternate-day-fasting December 26 last year. He has lost 112 pounds. I was visiting him when his doctor called with his blood test results...I've forgotten most of them, but his total Chol had gone down 100 points also! His wife is doing the 5/2 plan, and has lost 83 lbs. They both work full-time and have lately become runners.

    After being on a seemingly endless plateau, I began ADF on July 8, and have lost 12 pounds since then. My plan has sort of evolved into a Mon-Wed-Fri fast because of my social whirl emoticon I find it impossible to go to a nice restaurant or party and NOT EAT! My biggest complaint is that time hangs heavy on my hands during a fasting day. I feel better when I wash windows, vacuum, or go shopping and don't spend any time thinking of food.

    I hope you have a wonderful time at Niagara emoticon
    and best wishes as you fast!
    1164 days ago
  • ARCHIMEDESII
    With all the walking you've been doing combined with the healthier eating habits, I'll bet you're going to see a big improvement in your blood work. I'm sure your going to see improvements across the board. Your doctor will be thrilled.

    Oh and I'll say this, airplane seats aren't comfortable. period. I'm considered to be at a healthy weight and I don't seem to have enough room to move around. LOL !!!

    Enjoy your trip to Niagra Falls !!




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    1164 days ago
  • MADEIT3
    If you have a Smart Phone and an app for Spark, you can log on and keep your perfect attendance. I've had to do it while away on business.

    And congratulations to you for all your research and hard work. Setting goals with limits has been something I've learned through much trial and many errors!! You exemplify how it's done. I'm inspired!!

    Have a great, fun trip away.
    1164 days ago
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