So similar story to Barefoot - my LDL cholesterol is high. Not that surprising considering how I eat normally. Not always bad but I also don’t shy away from snacks/junk, Taco Bell, etc.
I think I mentioned in here that I was doing intermittent fasting, as well as 45 minutes of elliptical during lunch breaks at work (3x’s/week average). But that alone only had me maintain my weight, and I wasn’t changing my diet at all. I was doing it as an experiment in weight loss, and the elliptical for general heart health. It had nothing to do with the cholesterol issue.
Yesterday I read more about the cholesterol issue and what to do to fix it and got pissed at myself and decided it’s time for serious changes again, not half-assed short-term attempts like I’ve been doing.
I’m going all in.
Changing my diet, increasing regular exercise, and dropping excess weight are my permanent goals going forward.
Cutting saturated & trans fats to the best of my ability. That means cutting out dairy, chips, cookies, cakes, less red meat, etc...
Increasing my fiber intake. While fasting I was skipping breakfast. Now I’m back, with an even higher fiber cereal mix, with almond milk. Tasted good this morning, so no complaints there!
Cutting out the snacking. If I can’t eat junk food, what’s the point?
Instead lf elliptical during lunch I’m hitting the weights again, and now using the expensive elliptical I bought myself years ago again, after the kids go to bed. Had to dust it off and lube it up, but it still works great. I do it for the length of whatever show I’m watching on Netflix that my wife has no interest in watching with me anyway (currently it’s GLOW, based on the 80s female wrestling league
). Take a quick shower after then go downstairs to watch something with her (Altered Carbon
I also busted out my Fitbit again. Going for 10K steps/day again, to keep me serious and motivated.
Yesterday morning I was 231 and change.
This morning 229 and change.
Doing this because I want to take care of myself, but even more importantly in an effort to be around for my kids as long as possible.
I have no “weight goal”. I’m not stopping when I hit a certain number. This time it’s meant to be a permanent change.
That’s not to say I won’t ever eat a slice of pizza again. But this change and these habits have to be the priority more often than not.
Dropping LBs alone wasn’t enough motivation to keep going with prior changes. This time I’m doing it for my actual wellbeing and my family.