The Friday Blog
I promised that I was going to keep everyone updated about the state of my and Lena’s efforts to become healthy. I haven’t written recently… because I kinda forgot to… but I thought I’d do so here, and also chat about some of the unintended consequences of our reformed lifestyle.
We began on the 3rd of January, when we went to the store and bought a new digital scale that would measure as much as I weigh. (In itself a challenge.) We started eating whole foods… veggies, grains, salads, (making all our own dressings) fish, organic chicken, and lots of fiber. No dairy, no processed foods, no fast food, and no sugar. We get on the elliptical every morning (I’ve been gradually dialing up the tension) and take the dog for a brisk walk, and then try to take another walk later in the day. (That second walk isn’t a habit yet, but we just started doing it.) We enforce a bedtime and get up when the alarm goes off… for the most part. So far Lena has lost eighteen pounds and I have lost twenty eight. We are already feeling much better physically and emotionally, and are more energetic and productive throughout the day.
Both of us were loud snorers, and dealt with sleep apnea. This appears to have vanished. We were also aware of our reactions to sugary foods… both of us became irritable and much more prone to fighting in the hours after or even the next day after eating a sugary dessert. That is totally gone as well. We are saving an enormous amount of money on groceries. I’ve been shopping at Costco and utilizing my freezer more than ever. I spend more time in the kitchen cooking, but I feel like all the money we aren’t spending at the grocery store is like getting paid for it. Finally, the most unexpected thing… something which makes complete sense, it’s just nothing I had ever thought about… is the trash. I take about a third of the normal house trash out of my home now that I did before January 3rd. A third. If I miss a week, or even two weeks of getting the trash out to the street, it’s not a big deal. It used to be very important that I get it out every week or there would be bags accumulating everywhere… but no more.
The more Lena and I continue down this path, the more excited about it I become. We are losing weight, which helps our self esteem, but we are also seeing improvements in our health and in our work. We have more money and we’re even living greener… reducing our carbon footprint along with our literal ones.
Ain’t that a thing.