A Healthier Mike - Week 1

Introduction

I'm going to start documenting my progress and thoughts surrounding my current personal battle to get healthier because I need public accountability to push me along.  I'm currently adjusting my life to be healthier, happier, and ultimately more forward looking.  I'm eating less, eating fresh, drinking less alcohol to achieve these goals, and changing my mindset about how I consume food.  I'm going to begin training for a 5K, which isn't much for some, but will be a major deal for me if I can run even half of it; I've got 60 days to train.

Some of my main reasons for wanting to drop the weight and get healthier:

  • I want to kayak, and most kayaks have a weight limit of 275-300lbs
  • I want to buy a bike and ride the paths and trails here
  • I want to feel better when outdoors when I'm hiking or adventuring
  • I want to feel better about the way I look - not talking hard body, just less soft
  • I want to run a 5K and possibly get into trail running
  • I want to sit in my car and not feel like I'm ruining my seat

Week 1

I've survived a solid week of eating less and I don't feel deprived of the good stuff.  Once I started tracking my food intake, I realized I was eating enough for a couple of people.  This isn't uncommon for me, and it's been a realization I've had before, but it's always shocking.  So, for the past week I've kept it around 1800 calories with no exercise.  I plan to incorporate the exercise very soon, once I figure out the apartment gym situation.

I have a history of overeating, eating when I'm bored, eating when I'm depressed, eating when I'm excited, and just plain eating when I'm not even hungry for the sake of eating something.  It's safe to say I have an unhealthy relationship with food and this is my honest attempt at rectifying that relationship.  I am working to move to the mindset that food is fuel, but can be enjoyed as such, but isn't necessary to be healthy.

Currently, I'm living the low-carb life and it's fine, but I don't know if it will be sustainable or necessary as I increase exercise, continue a leveled intake of calories, and work to change my mindset to food as fuel.  I sound like a contradiction saying food as fuel and doesn't require enjoyment but I don't want to give up good beer or the occasional dessert, but it's where my head is right now.  As it stand, I haven't earned that good beer or dessert and thus I want to work to a lifestyle of earning it instead of just taking it.  This mentality is sprinkled throughout my life - just doing what I want without thinking if I've earned it.  Travel... have I really saved enough for this experience?  I could go on, but the point has been made.

  • I'm intermittent fasting - I eat between 11-7 (ish) only
  • I'm low carb
  • I'm low calorie
  • I'm no sugar
  • I avoid artificial sweeteners, mostly
  • I still enjoy food
  • I drink a lot of water

Charts & Info

 Caloric Intake for the last 7 days... I did add that I burned calories on Saturday for hiking and swimming.  I'm target for calorie goals, once you subtract the exercise.  Saturday was a struggle because we were out on the lake, but that is something to work on for future outings.

Caloric Intake for the last 7 days... I did add that I burned calories on Saturday for hiking and swimming.  I'm target for calorie goals, once you subtract the exercise.  Saturday was a struggle because we were out on the lake, but that is something to work on for future outings.

 In reality, the bloated week before I was closer to 349... after de-bloating and eating less and cutting most of the sugar out, I'm down to 328.8 today!  I'm not obsessing about my weight, but I'm weighing daily because it motivates me to keep going, even if I stay the same, I'm better than I was before.

In reality, the bloated week before I was closer to 349... after de-bloating and eating less and cutting most of the sugar out, I'm down to 328.8 today!  I'm not obsessing about my weight, but I'm weighing daily because it motivates me to keep going, even if I stay the same, I'm better than I was before.

Weekly Favorites

  • Broccoli
  • Making chicken in the instant pot, shredding it
  • Using red wine/apple cider vinegar for my salad dressing
  • Eggs of any kind
  • Tangerine La Croix

Going Forward

Follow along, or don't, but don't give me shit.  The format for the blog is in development, but I'm working on it.  If you have tricks or tips that worked for you, feel free to share them - I'm open to trying most ideas.  My biggest thing will be to just keep going and to break my lazy cycle of doing nothing but eat and watch TV when I get home from work.

Current Face Photo, 7/17/2018

 Serious, in color

Serious, in color

 Smiling, in B&W

Smiling, in B&W