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.
... 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.