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Adam Israel
Good Health 
4th-Jan-2009 02:33 am
Scarf

Some of you who’ve known me for a while know that I’ve had a struggle with my weight. I peaked at 350 somewhere around 2000 and had pre-diabetes. I got serious about being healthy in 2006 and lost 100 pounds, 10+ inches around my waist and generally felt really good. My blood sugar levels were normal and I had lots of energy. I maintained my weight for a while but I fell off the wagon in late 2007 as life as I knew it was falling apart. 2008 was a good year for many reasons but once again I slipped into old habits and gained back half of my previous loss.

Andrea and I are making a conscious effort to get back into shape. Gone are eating out, late night trips for fast food and the general unawareness of what we’re eating. Tonight, we cleared out all of the high sugar, high fat, low nutrition foods in the house; dumped the perpetual bowl of candy and chocolate into the trash. We stocked up on lots of components vs. prepared foods. From now forward, we’re going to be aware of what and how much we eat.

I’ve been down this road before. It’s time to stop resting and get walking. Eating healthy is only part of the solution. Eating smart – smaller meals spread throughout the day to increase metabolism, getting regular exercise and portion control are keys. It’s time to shed the weight gained and learn how to live a healthy lifestyle.

I’m tired of being tired. I’m tired of being winded after carrying groceries into the house. I remember the feeling of satisfaction when I moved down a notch on my belt (instead of the guilt having to move up a notch). I remember being able to get on the elliptical machine and go for an hour rather than throwing in the towel after ten minutes. I remember clothes in my closet fitting. Memory isn’t enough. It’s time to get healthy.

I want to do things that I simply can’t now. I want to learn how to rock climb. I’d like to learn a martial art. I want to look in the mirror again and see a healthy me. Life is about choice and I choose a healthy one.

[Crossposted from stonetable.org. If you'd like to comment, you can do so either here or there.]

Comments 
4th-Jan-2009 08:44 am (UTC)
Hey, I'll go climbing with you.
4th-Jan-2009 09:29 am (UTC)
Woo! I'll be in shape for it sometime in late 2009 or early 2010.
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4th-Jan-2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
Good luck, man! From what my doctor wife says, "eat less, and eat less junk" is the single biggest step towards weight control.

But I bet you know that, based on your past success.

Kick some butt!

- yeff
5th-Jan-2009 01:51 am (UTC)
I'm right with you on this one, I've similar goals for the year for changing my lifestyle.

Good luck cuz'! You did it before, I know you can do it again!
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