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Day 2 Recap

Yesterday went well.  I walked to and from work and it felt great.  I was worried my feet or knees might hurt  a lot last night but they were fine.

Food-wise it was pretty similar to day one.  The only difference was a big salad for lunch.  I was able to eat that outside at one of the picnic tables and enjoy the awesome weather.

This morning provided some temptation.  One of the committees is throwing a community get-together with bagels and pastries.  I went down, talked to some people, and got a cup of coffee.  The bagels looked really good but I feel good about passing on them.


Day 1 Recap

Yesterday went well but the first day of any new program is a gimme.  I made two great meals (chili and roast chicken) that will provide food for the next few days eliminating some excuses.  Now for dinner all I need to do is reheat some leftovers and cook some veggies and I’m set.

To get an idea of how much I’m eating I put everything in Fitday for a breakdown.  I used the Sparkpeople recipe calculator to figure out the information for the chili recipe and guessed at the number of servings it provides.  Here are the numbers:



Today’s breakfast was the same as yesterday and for lunch I packed a large salad with leftover chicken, avocado, and a balsamic vinaigrette I made last night.

I also walked to work this morning for the first time in a very long time.  I plan to do this at least 3 times a week and hopefully every day.  I’ll have to see how I feel this evening.  If my feet or knees hurt I’ll drive in tomorrow and ease into it a bit.



A Clean Start

I’ve been telling myself for months that I need to lose weight and get in shape.  I did well early this year but fell off the wagon.  I saw some pictures a few weeks ago that renewed that sense of urgency.  For a few days.

Yesterday was another kick in the pants and I’m ready to make changes and do this.  My employer sponsors a wellness fair where we can earn money for a basic health screening (weight, cholesterol, etc.) and participating in other activities and classes.  I had my screening yesterday and my numbers are far from ideal.

Of particular concern to me is that the combination of factors puts me a pretty high risk of metabolic syndrome which is a precursor to diabetes.  This is something I definitely want to avoid.  The good news is that all of my risk factors are within my control.  By losing weight and exercising I can reverse them all.

Tonight and tomorrow I am going to spend time planning how I want to approach my wellness.  I have ideas but I want to get concrete items down in writing.  I will post them here along with starting numbers later tomorrow or Sunday.

The stats don’t look good right now but knowing it is all in my control makes me feel good.