A Healthier Mike - Week 3

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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 trail run
  • I want to continue this path of feeling good
  • I want to get to a point where I don't need the junk
  • I want to be able to go on a group adventure without all of this anxiety that I'm not good enough and this process is part of the bigger process of reducing my anxiety
  • I want to feel confident in my physical abilities
  • I want to take the stairs, without getting so winded

WEEK 3 - JULY 23-29

I'm slowing down on my cheese intake - because I can shovel it in like no other.  I was missing avocado last week, so the ones I bought finally ripened enough for this week.  I've reduced my intake of cashews, almonds, and other mixed nuts because I was a little too heavy into them on a daily basis.  More greens, more broccoli, and more tomato!  I'm toying with the idea of reintroducing bullet proof coffee into my mornings, but we'll see... I've ready you can do it without really interfering with intermittent fasting, but it doesn't feel logical.  Maybe intermittent fasting needs to go, so long as I set an end time for eating to continue to prevent endless night snacking.

  • I'm intermittent fasting - I eat between 11a-7p only (but thinking this will change as I need a little more of an energy boost in the AM)
  • 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
  • Avocados - I missed you last week
  • Grapefruit and Lime Bubbly brand sparkling water
  • Salami roll-ups
  • Bringing 40 oz of coffee to work every day in my HydroFlask
  • Extremely dark chocolate in moderation, usually best with some hazelnuts or pecans
  • Avocados + Salsa + Sour Cream whipped together w/ lime juice (over chicken or with greens too)


  • I was out in the field for work this week and I successfully avoided eating everything I brought along in the truck for lunch before lunch.  I didn't sit and eat the nuts and trail mix all in one shot like I have in the past.  Victory was mine.
  • I finished Couch 2 5K week one - hell yes.  As someone who was getting winded at long walks because I let myself go so long, I am impressed with myself for not giving up.  It wasn't AS difficult as I had imagined, but it was NOT easy.  Maybe, just maybe, I'll run regularly.
  • Going with the flow at a restaurant that really wasn't designed for my current program - I wasn't too worried and found something that worked without much internal panic.  It was a Mexican restaurant and I didn't eat a single chip, that's self control, because old Mike would have had a whole bowl to himself.


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.

I've lived my life eating and drinking whatever (and however much) I wanted without thinking of the consequences.  I would eat too many helpings, I would drink too many empty calories, I'd eat the wrong foods too often, and I didn't even think about it.  I gained weight and lost physical ability and peace of mind.  I am not sitting here beating myself up for these choices, I'm just working to change the mindset I have towards the choices going forward. I'm essentially working towards finding the balance.  As simple as it may be to see, when I'm in the moment I often can't see the balance of what I need to do.  By working on the mindset around being healthy, being very real with myself, and completely changing what it is I want out of life I am working to find the balance between being super healthy and practical.  These two things can be the same thing, I see it all over.  Here's to balance.

I'm done worrying about my upcoming trip to Utah in about three weeks.  I was getting very deep within my brain about making smart eating choices and worried about completely derailing any train I was on - but I'm done.  This week proved I can avoid snacks, make any restaurant work, and that I'll be okay.  Yeah, I'll probably indulge a bit, but we'll be hiking and the moment I get home I can get right back to regularly scheduled programming.

Week 4 includes the second week of Couch 2 5K training and I'm kind of looking forward to it.  I may not be saying that after I'm done, but we'll see.  The main thing is that it didn't get easier, but I never felt overwhelmed - it's the perfect training for someone not into training.