It’s been about 3 weeks since I started my new exercise (DDPY) and healthy eating routine.
Yesterday morning I jumped on the scale and saw 2 numbers side by side, that I haven’t seen in a while.
As you may recall, I started at 242 lbs and as of yesterday morning, I’m now at 229 lbs.
I’ve been so accustomed to looking at 23? and 24? on the scale over the past year or two, that seeing the 22 made me pretty happy!
I’m feeling good about the exercise routine and getting close to “graduating” from bed exercises to the chair exercises. I’ve completed BedFlex I, BedFlex II and BedFlex III. I’m starting to feel my abdominal muscles work and starting to use them to help me walk.
I feel so much better. My legs are continuing to be less tight and spastic, I don’t have any back pain, my legs are twitching less than they usually would, especially at night.
I don’t ache when I wake up in the morning, and, my belly is shrinking. Not a lot, but enough that my pyjama pants fell down as I was walking up the stairs this morning. 🙂
I have come to actually like food that’s good for me and I’m not missing the “bad” food as much as I thought I would. I’ve started to equate feeling crappy with eating junk food, and it’s just not as appealing as it once was.
When it comes to food, for me it’s all about planning ahead. We haven’t cut anything out entirely like sugar, carbs or gluten, although we are much more aware of what we’re eating.
We plan ahead now so that out of laziness or busyness, we don’t gravitate toward quick meals filled with salt, fat or carbs, and processed foods are pretty rare as well.
Most meals consist of plenty of vegetables, meat and sometimes carbs, like rice or potatoes, but not with every meal.
I know myself enough to realize that if I draw a line in the sand and say I will NEVER eat a potato chip again, or a Big Mac, that it’s unlikely to last. But at the same time, I know that these foods can only make up a very small part of our diet – almost non-existent.
If I go to an event and the choices aren’t healthy, I will still eat what others are eating. I will watch my portion sizes for sure, but I will eat a food that I would otherwise not eat if I had control over the menu.
I know some people reading this will be much more diligent in NEVER choosing a “bad” food ever, but for me, it’s more than just the food. It’s about the social side of eating.
If I go to someone’s house and they have prepared a delicious meal of foods that I wouldn’t normally eat, I’m not going to be that weird guy that brings a Tupperware container with some strange gluten-free bread or Tofu. I believe food should still be enjoyed but in moderation.
To my knowledge, I’m not allergic to anything. I have some intolerances, like eating too much dairy, too much grease or Quinoa will leave me feeling terrible. Too much salt and I can tell that I’m retaining fluid. If I dial back the salt, grease and dairy, I feel great.
Overall I’m happy with my progress and looking at the calendar, if I can lose about 2lbs per week, I should be close to my goal weight in the fall, right around Thanksgiving.
I appreciate all the support that I’ve received so far and am looking forward to continuing as the weeks and months progress.
One thing I can’t promise though…more underwear pictures. The first picture helped to inspire me to move in the right direction and to face reality, but I might be done with the underwear modelling. 🙂