A Healthier Mike - Week 2


When you don't think about it, it's easy.  I stopped stressing about things, stopped worrying about a lot of things, and I'm rolling along alright.  I have my staple food items in stock, have plenty of ice water, and I'm going to attempt to get to bed earlier.  I'm less hungry overall, since cutting portions and eating on within a window of time.  For week 3, I'm starting to take the stairs again and I plan to incorporate some additional cardio which means braving the little gym at the apartment complex due to high heat advisories outside.

Some of my main reasons for wanting to drop the weight and get healthier: (I'm going to try to share new ones weekly)

  • I want to fit into my puffy Patagonia vest
  • I want my clothes to fit better, so I don't have to buy new ones
  • I want to be out of fat pants - I'm at the largest waist size I've ever been
  • I want to be able to fit into outdoor stuff
  • I want to feel confident joining group outdoor stuff
  • I want to try stand up paddle boarding
  • I want to climb mountains

WEEK 2 - July 9-22

Had a training on Wednesday, and ate out... I couldn't accurately calculate my breakfast but I'm hoping it was close enough.  I ate very little the rest of the day to keep it in check, just in case.  It seems that at some point, on each day, someone tried to get me to indulge in a habit I'm trying to change.  Without fail, every day, someone has tried to get me to eat or drink something I am trying to avoid in order to form new habits and it is taking all of my strength not to give in to their persuasion.  It's easy to say "to hell with it" and give in, but it is more fulfilling to stand my ground.  I may become less social, because most social situations involve food, but I am trying my best to pre-eat or wait to eat and order club soda vs. high calorie mixed drinks.

  • I'm intermittent fasting - I eat between 11a-7p only
  • I'm low carb, usually around 20g net carbs/day
  • I'm low calorie, around 1750-1800
  • I'm no sugar, ain't got time for sugar
  • I avoid artificial sweeteners, mostly - I've had the occasional piece of gum or diet coke
  • I still enjoy food (EVERY DAMN DAY--see weekly favorites below)
  • I drink a lot of water


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  • SALADS - When you make a good salad, it's so satisfying
  • Making chicken in the instant pot, shredding it, using it for everything
  • Using red wine/apple cider vinegar for my salad dressing (or lemon juice)
  • Hard cheese - aged, extra sharp cheddar to be exact
  • Tangerine La Croix
  • In & Out Protein Style Double-Double post hiking

Non-Scale Victories

I successfully avoided cake and sweets at work - ALL WEEK.  The struggle is always very real at work because of vendors coming in with treats.  Someday, maybe, I'll enjoy treats responsibly.  Confession time:  I used to go to the break room where the treats were, say cookies, and eat a cookie there, bring two back to my desk, and possibly go back for another.  Yeah, I did that.  Four cookies is a bit much for one sitting, eh?  This is part of my process, getting out of the mindset that to enjoy something I need it in excess, and is something I'm conscious of and working on going adjusting.

My abdomen is less bloated, so that's making me happy.  Bloating is such a big part of eating like crap and it's nice when you're not full of gas and puffy.  I feel less heavy, in terms of where I am mentally about this whole thing, and that is something to celebrate.


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I've been thinking about my upcoming trip to Utah in August and how I'll manage my eating.  When driving around, I tend to eat more out of boredom so it'll be a self-control game more than anything.  I do plan to break the "low carb" life because we will find a brewery and a new restaurant to try.  I'm not going to let people bring me down for a "cheat day" or allow myself to go overboard, it'll have to be a balance.  I'm going to mind my caloric goals, make sure I hike (exercise) enough to help, and just enjoy the weekend.  I have a few weeks before I go, so I'm just starting the mental prep now.