My little experience with gout this week has been a sobering wake-up call. I've watched my mom, who is diabetic, suffer with gout for years. I had no idea it could be so painful.
But at 47 here I am experiencing what I know are all the classic danger signs not only of diabetes but also of sleep apnea, heart disease and, I don't know, maybe even fallen arches.
So it is time for me to make the change -- the big lifestyle change. It is time I realize I'm not 19 anymore.
Back then I had an iron gut. I could lose weight without thinking about it. But these days I spend a lot of time in front of a computer and eating has morphed into a lot of bad habits -- not eating breakfast, munching while at my desk, eating out for convenience, etc.
That all has to change. I need to drop at least 100 pounds. I love just about anything about food -- except eating it right. I know this all needs to change and it has started this week.
I won't waste my time weighing myself. That's an exercise in futility and a false indicator of how you're doing, in my book. I've never believed in weight guides anyway. I man of my height, they say, should weigh about 160 pounds. I haven't weighed that much since 6th grade. I have a broad build, very wide features overall and I'll never be that guy (unless I want to look like I'm undergoing cancer treatment).
I will know it when I wear my clothes, when I can get a full night's sleep, when I can tie my shoes without losing my breath, when I can see my feet, when I have to move the seat up in my car and when I play with my kids.
Well, we're likely going back on the "Clean Eating" plan as advanced by Tosca Reno.
Nothing fancy about it. Simple foods, mostly whole variety -- but no big deal if you cheat now and then with a piece of birthday cake. Just sensible portions, balanced eating routines, and diligent refrains from refined sugar and preservatives.
We have tried other diets. But this one not only works well for me but also leaves me feeling good and not like I've been missing something.
My goal here is to be healthy. I'm not really looking to impress with my looks and climb Everest.
let us know how you're getting on jeff, we'd be interested to know.
i too need to make changes to my lifestyle, i think i'm invisible because i'm only 26, but i'm a mother now and i need to be healthy for my daughter. i worry about my fiance as he barely exercises and eats alot of crap when out and about with his job. we also started our change this week, nothing fancy, just basic stuff like no skipping breakfast, making wise food choices and making sure we move more. of course treats are a must, just not every day anymore.
and we all know that over christmas the rules bend slightly so we have that to look forward to
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