At 7 weeks progress continues to be made as I have now dipped down to 181 lbs. from the original 196 when I started. I am finally back into my 34″ waist pants. I am feeling fantastic as this Whole Food Plant Based way of eating provides me with so much energy each day to fuel both my workouts and my daily life.
I am slowly increasing my daily walking as before I was shooting for 2 miles 3 days per week. I am now walking 5 days per week and hitting the weights on the weekends. The weight lifting seems to be the hardest part as my body is adapting. Yea, there is some pain involved, but this too shall pass.
The short term goal here is to get my cholesterol back into a healthy range, but long term I will be tackling also reducing my blood sugar numbers. The blood sugar reduction takes time, but as I continue to burn off stored up fat I will see those numbers come down even more quickly than they are now. I can also picture myself at a weight of around 165 lbs. but that too takes time.
I am breaking everything down to just one day at a time. The question I ask myself at the end of the day is, “Did I do all the things today that I needed to do to become more healthy?” If not then I change the things that not so healthy.
Right now one of the things I anticipate changing is the making a few adjustments in my diet. While I am eating a WFPB diet I eat too many staples like rice, potatoes and beans. While these foods are certainly healthy they should not be 90% of my meals. The initial change from eating meat, dairy and added oils to WFPB is not easy and being that the staples are an easy fix to cross over, I will have to slowly start adding more green and colorful vegetables to my plate while reducing the rice, potatoes and beans to form a more balanced approach.
People ask my why I am doing all of this. My answer is pretty clear. I don’t like hospitals, I don’t like medications and as I am heading into my retirement years I want to be able to live an active life. Many people say that it is extreme, but extreme to me is getting your chest cracked open to perform open heart surgery.
The evidence has been around for a long time now. Eating this way prevents and cures most major diseases. This includes the big killers like heart disease and cancer but also includes many of the chronic ones that people deal with each day.