A Healthier Mike - Week 9

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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 feel less heavy

  • I really want to exercise without dying

  • I don't want to spill over my seat on a plane

  • I want to fit into the jeans I have in the closet

  • I just want to be able to purchase pants from a normal place for normal purposes

  • I REALLY want to get a kayak for next summer in Minnesota and Michigan (and all year in Texas)


This week was wrecked. It started with being on vacation, though I did exercise by mowing a lawn, but I didn't stop eating the crap. By Thursday, I was feeling it. I felt bad. I felt heavy. I felt sluggish. Thursday started with good intentions - the idea of less sugar and refined carbs - and quickly ended with pizza and wine. Friday came and went, with more hope. I went shopping for good foods on Friday and made a bunch of chicken in the InstaPot for the weekend/week ahead.

My weight is high and I'm bloated. I do this. With money, with food... I get bloated with stuff or calories. I go through phases of being a complete idiot about food and I'm already paying for it. My body is becoming less forgiving these days, and I can't live this way forever. So, I'm in correction mode. Over the weekend I meal prepped for work lunches. I plan to get back to Couch 2 5K by going back and redoing week 4, during the next week.

I wasn't sure how to approach this week in review nor was I sure I was going to be fully honest. In truth, I slacked off and gained weight and I feel it which is punishment in and of itself. It's not about the scale, though seeing it go up instead of down really motivates me to be less stupid and more active. You'll see I logged nothing for week 9, and my weight went up.

What I do, when being good:

  • I'm intermittent fasting - when scheduling allows, it can be difficult with travel and work

  • I sometimes have bulletproof coffee on my commute in to work (coffee + butter + MCT oil)

  • 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 - but I've become kind of lazy on this

  • I still enjoy food (EVERY DAMN DAY--see weekly favorites below)

  • I drink a lot of water

  • I am doing Couch 2 5K (C25K app)


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  • Cold Brew

  • MIO orange

  • Crushcraft Thai food

  • Supportive people


  • Realizing I felt like crap, which isn't a victory really but more of a wake up


  • Meal prep for the work week, salads for days

  • Brainstorming how to get through two weeks on the road - getting more creative with my food on the road, taking a big cooler, etc.

  • Running again - starting over on week 4 of C25K, knowing that running isn't my jam but it feels good to do something.

  • Researching the machines in the gym to start resistance training

  • Eating less, eating better (going to work to stay low carb, but we shall see)


Still feelin' this look, so there is that.