Time to Change – The Big Change

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These posts have been gone for a while.

There have been a lot of things going on in my life and there are still some things that are unresolved.  I will do my best to deal with them as they come, but first let’s deal with the reality on this particular topic.

Earlier this week I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.  I have wandered along the edge of this for a decade or more.  As my body gets older things change.  The diagnosis was and is scary.  At the same time, I have gotten wonderful support from my physician, family, and friends.  I know what I have to do, and it is supremely do-able.

First, we are back on to the “gotta lose weight” treadmill.  That hasn’t been working real well for me so far.  I’m hoping that this diagnosis will help me stay focused on what I can and can’t do, can and can’t eat.  The outline for my eating plan will be the “South Beach Diet”.  My doctor approves, I’ve done it before, and it worked.  So I will reduce the number of carbs, focus on complex carbs and eat mindfully.  Meaning I will pay attention to what goes into my mouth.  To do this I use My Fitness Pal.  Great tracker app.  Check it out HERE

Second, the exercise thing has gotten a boost as well.  Before, it was “if I can”.  Now, it’s “it has to be done”.  I’ve gotten a minimum of 30 minutes exercise every day this week since the diagnoses.  Rather than focusing on distance or speed, I will be focusing on 150 minutes a week.  I track my steps through my Fitbit (I have an old school Fitbit One) and my bike rides through MapMyRide.

The great thing about these apps is that they can all communicate with each other.

Finally, I’ve got a new weapon to use.  Metformin is a generic drug that has been a great help to Type 2 folks for many years.  I have always had reservations about taking drugs (and I still try to take as few as possible) but this one has a good track record.  Plus it’s not necessarily a permanent thing.  If I’m good with diet and exercise, there can come a time when I don’t need it.  for the moment I do.

Onward.

My resolution remains:

This guy – 2009

I want to am going to be The Guy again.  The Guy weighed 175 pounds and looked good and felt good.  And his blood pressure was good and his blood tests were good. (New photo of The Guy)

Watch my activity at my Fitbit page

The next milestone is getting back below 200.  I will get there and go on.

Official Weigh In Weight

204.1 pounds

Weight Change this week: 0.0 pounds

Total Weight Loss To Date: -0.0 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/25

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Time to Change – So This Plan Thing Seems To Work?

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I’m not sure how this plan thing is supposed to work.  It feels like there should be more planning, stuff in writing, signatures appended.  Whatever.

Instead the plan has been – watch what you eat and try to exercise more.  That second part involved the bicycle.  Which blew a tire on the first ride.  Then I was off on a mission trip (incredibly hot, lots of junk food, great work and lots of fun).  So the bike still needs a new tube, which it will get this week.

But I’m back to my “office job” level of walking again.

And my pants felt tight all week.

The eating part has been good.  Smaller portions, smarter choices.  Added more fruit and veggies.

It’s a good start but hardly earth-shattering.  So explain that number down below.

On second thought, who cares?  It’s a great win and puts me within striking distance of the next milestone.  The other that’s been eluding me.

So I think I’ll stick with the plan.

Whatever it is.

It’s a start.

Onward.

My resolution remains:

This guy – 2009

I want to am going to be The Guy again.  The Guy weighed 175 pounds and looked good and felt good.  And his blood pressure was good and his blood tests were good. (New photo of The Guy)

Watch my activity at my Fitbit page  Step total this week 31,009, average 5,119.  The goal is 70,000/10,000.

The next milestone is getting back below 200.  I will get there and go on.

Official Weigh In Weight

201.8 pounds

Weight Change this week: -3.8 pounds

Total Weight Loss To Date: -3.8 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/25

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Time to Change – A Plan, A Bicycle

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A note about the upcoming week.  I will be on a service project trip with my youth group next week.  I will not get back until mid-day on Saturday, so next week’s post will be late.  Just so you know.

So I’m trying to be better organized about this whole thing.  You know, a plan.  Part of that is getting better with exercise.  As noted here before, I dislike exercise generally.  The one form of it that I do enjoy is biking.  Unfortunately, for the last several years my home has been a third floor walk-up apartment.  With no place on the ground level for the bike to live.  Carrying it up and down the stairs was a pain in the butt.  Which means I only rarely got it rolling.

That has been solved by moving to a new address, where access to my wheels is much simpler.  So I dusted off the bike and did a couple shake down rides.   The first thing I noticed was that my legs had lost their riding conditioning.  Even mild hills were a challenge.  That didn’t worry me because I knew it would come back relatively quickly.  The machine itself seemed to be in good shape.  So I was excited to get going.

There was one thing that concerned me.  In my old riding neighborhoods, there was usually some runoff area in case of emergency (cars going by too closely, animals suddenly appearing in front of you, potholes etc).  In Virginia, there is no run off at all generally.  No berm and usually a ditch at the side of the road.  That made me a little nervous.  After the first ride, it became obvious that drivers will usually give you the room you need and that the SOBs are in no greater percentage than in WNY.

On my second ride, I decided to do a little exploring.  I found some great side roads with some good shade (summer time is a lot warmer down here).  None of the hills were beyond my abilities and it felt good.  Then, about a mile from home…

Phhhttttt.

As the question “What the heck is that?” popped into my head the far more identifiable sound took over…

Whble, whble, whble.

Great.  A flat.  Something I almost never have.  No one at home to come rescue me either.  So I slowly walked the wounded machine back home.

With the service trip coming up, I don’t have time to get a new tube and install it (and maybe tuck a second one into my seat bag, just in case).  So after two rides, I’m done for the moment.  I did discover some good things about me, the bike and the local riding opportunities.  When I get back, we will get on the road again, ASAP.

It’s a start.

Onward.

My resolution remains:

This guy – 2009

I want to am going to be The Guy again.  The Guy weighed 175 pounds and looked good and felt good.  And his blood pressure was good and his blood tests were good. (New photo of The Guy)

Watch my activity at my Fitbit page  Step total this week 31,009, average 5,119.  The goal is 70,000/10,000.

The next milestone is getting back below 200.  I will get there and go on.

Official Weigh In Weight

205.6 pounds

Weight Change this week: 0.0 pounds

Total Weight Loss To Date: -0.0 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/25

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Time to Change – The Man With The Plan

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Two weeks ago I talked about realizing that I was trying to do this without a plan.  Making it up as I go along.  Ad lib.

How was that working for me?  Not so much.

So it was time to drop back and figure out a plan.  That’s when I ran into the next challenge.

Planning forces you to look at what you’re doing.  And what I was doing was bad.  Plus I was frosting all that bad with a thick layer of denial.

Eating – bad.  Exercise – basically non-existent.  Result?  Ping-ponging in a five pound range.

Useless.

So here’s what the planning revealed:

  • Portion control was awful.
  • Exercise is going to be a challenge because of the weather.
  • Not having a clear weekly menu means I eat poorly.

It also forced me to realize that at almost 60 (yikes!) I need to take a serious look at where my body is.  We’re starting to creak a little.  Walking is definitely going to be part of my routine but the running thing is probably over.  Which is fine with me.  Never enjoyed it.

The weather issue is this – I’m a northern boy in the south.  I need to deal with the fact that mid-summer, middle of the day exercise (especially biking) is very different from the last decade.  When the temps are in the high 80s and the humidity is about the same, exercise can put me in a bad place if I’m not ready.  Which means making time during cooler hours to exercise.  New schedule.

A menu makes a huge difference.  Making sure that I have everything available and ready helps too.  Far too many times I’d have a recipe ready to go but forget to pull the protein out of the freezer.  Suddenly we’re ordering pizza and the weight loss thing isn’t working again.

So this week I’ve made sure I had my Fitbit on me.  I’ve averaged over 10k steps per day for the week.  The bike comes out next week and we’ll be looking at local riding opportunities.

Smaller portions.  More fruits and vegetables.

It’s not a complete plan yet, but we’re headed that way.

Onward.

My resolution remains:

This guy – 2009

I want to am going to be The Guy again.  The Guy weighed 175 pounds and looked good and felt good.  And his blood pressure was good and his blood tests were good. (New photo of The Guy)

Watch my activity at my Fitbit page  Step total this week 31,009, average 5,119.  The goal is 70,000/10,000.

The next milestone is getting back below 200.  I will get there and go on.

Official Weigh In Weight

205.4 pounds

Weight Change this week: 0.2 pounds

Total Weight Loss To Date: -0.2 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/25

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Telling Our Stories

I am going back through some posts from a blog  I no longer maintain.  These are posts that I think are worth sharing again.

Been a busy couple of weeks with one thing or another. I was thinking about histories and personal journals the other day. I’ve kept my appointment books for the last decade or so because I didn’t want to lose that part of my personal history. I’m not one of those people who can rattle off at a moment’s notice when this happened or the date of that. I’m lucky if I remember everyone’s birthday from year to year. But the growing pile of these outdated calendars was really bugging my lady wife and being the good hubby I vowed to take care of it.
My solution was to copy all important dates/events/stories out into one of my larger journals. It’s been a wonderful exercise re-living my life. Notes on unusual weather events, cryptic notes about trips that no one seems to remember, wonderful moments like discovering the very first time we had to “ground” my daughter (she was 2!). Milestones that had slipped my mind are now safely recorded in the journal and the little books have been sent to the dump.
In the course of the exercise, it suddenly dawned on me. I don’t do this anymore. I’ve left behind the paper date book for a PDA. I no longer can quickly jot down the little events that take place. The graffiti mode is still not second nature to me and I’m too often away from my desk to type them in and synch them up. Besides it lacks a certain spontaneity a certain organic je ne sais quoi. I think I’ve lost something in the process.
Our lives today seem so forward focused that we forget we have a past. My life is not a free floating mote of energy unconnected to the universe around me. I am part of a continuum of Phillippis that stretches back in this part of the world to before the Revolutionary War. I am connected with Francis who came to this land as an 18-year-old orphan, dispatched by his uncle to scout out the new world for the family as they prepared to leave France. There are generations of dirt farmers between him and me but they are all there. I have strong bonds with a lawyer in Texas and a script reader in California, and a little old lady moving into her new house in Pennsylvania. Plus folks spread out across the country. They are part of my past but it is my past that makes up my present. This person typing, with a space heater blowing on his legs (cause it’s COLD today!) in WNY, didn’t spring spontaneously into existence. I come from somewhere, some of you who read this blog are part of who I am because you are part of who I was and what I did and where I came from. We must never forget that.
I need to find some way to continue to share this history so that perhaps one day a grandchild or great grandchild will come across the words and say “Hey, I’m related to this person and see what he did and what he thought!”

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Time to Change – Plan?

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I have always maintained that sometimes you need to hit me with a two by four between the eyes to get my attention.

I’ve chronicled my struggles here.  To be honest, there are days when it’s just embarrassing to post that I’ve gained the weight back again.  The two hundred pound barrier might as well be a thousand feet high and built out of steel.  I just can’t seem to breach it.  It makes me feel foolish, and a failure.

I hate those feelings.

So credit to a young woman (22 years old) named Miche (I listened to a video and it appears she pronounces that “Meesh”) at the blog Vegan Miche. I don’t think I’ll be going vegan anytime soon but when I popped over to her blog (after she had visited mine) I saw a single word that took me between the eyes.

Plan.

Miche has a plan.  A plan that has been working for her.  A plan that helps her stay on track and gives her goals to focus on through it all.

Do I have a plan?

Ummmmm………

When I lost all the weight the first time, I had a plan.  Not a vague “Eat less, exercise more” kind of a plan.  I knew what I was going to eat, how I was adjusting portion size and specific kinds of exercise.  You know “The Guy” I keep talking about?  He was the product of “The Plan”.

For some reason, I had completely overlooked that step.  Like I said, sometimes it takes a two by four.

So now I’m putting together my new plan.

In the meantime, do me a favor and ramp up Miche’s blog traffic for a while.  She’s a smart young lady.

One with a plan.

 

Onward.

My resolution remains:

This guy – 2009

I want to am going to be The Guy again.  The Guy weighed 175 pounds and looked good and felt good.  And his blood pressure was good and his blood tests were good. (New photo of The Guy)

Watch my activity at my Fitbit page  Step total this week 31,009, average 5,119.  The goal is 70,000/10,000.

The next milestone is getting back below 200.  I will get there and go on.

Official Weigh In Weight

205.6 pounds

Weight Change this week: 0.0 pounds

Total Weight Loss To Date: -0.0 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/25

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Time to Change – Still Here…Somewhere

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No, I haven’t quit.

Nor have I died.

I moved.

This creates a variety of challenges for the whole weight loss process, but it created HUGE issues for the weight loss blogger.

Like ten days without internet access.

Like not having any idea which box the scale is in.

So NEXT week this series of posts will return to its usual weird version of “normal”.  Warm weather means more exercise options.  I’m hoping for good things.

Onward.

My resolution remains:

This guy – 2009

I want to am going to be The Guy again.  The Guy weighed 175 pounds and looked good and felt good.  And his blood pressure was good and his blood tests were good. (New photo of The Guy)

Watch my activity at my Fitbit page  Step total this week 31,009, average 5,119.  The goal is 70,000/10,000.

The next milestone is getting back below 200.  I will get there and go on.

Official Weigh In Weight

203.2 pounds

Weight Change this week: -1.2 pounds

Total Weight Loss To Date: -2.2 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/25

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