I know there are things I need to do. A bucket list of improvements, if you will. I need to lose weight, quit smoking, increase my income, increase my energy levels, banish the migraines, get this house in some semblance of neat order, prune dead wood… you get the picture.
Now we are down to one car, I have been taking the bus. Mostly just after work. The nearest stop to our place is roughly 10 blocks away (on the other side of the river). My legs are feeling the burn. The walk will either help me lose weight and get in shape, or it will kill me.
The last time I was at the doctor’s office, her scale had me at 235 lbs…. about 90 pounds too heavy. I just got on the scale in the basement. It has me at 219. That’s a 14 pound difference in about 3 months. I won’t complain about it.
I am trying to eat healthier… which is expensive, but not as hard as it could be, since I can’t eat most pre-prepped foods without triggering one of my migraines. I am not into fad diets. Most of them, to me, don’t even resemble healthy, balanced nutrition. I am human; my body has evolved to be omnivorous. Fruits, veg, grains, AND meat. I just wish they’d stop adding chemicals to every damn thing you find in the average grocery store. Example: Coca~Cola has new flavors for their diet soda. Mom and I tried them. I really liked the taste…. but ended up with a miserable migraine within the hour. When I checked the can…aspartame and acesulfame potassium. Aspartame and I have NEVER been friends. Acesulfame potassium, or Ace-K, I hadn’t really heard of, so I looked. It’s formed by the transformation of an organic intermediate, acetoacetic acid, and its combination with the naturally occurring mineral, potassium. Acetoacetic acid. Yeah, although all the studies show this is a safe and stable zero-calorie sweetener, I think I will pass. It can occur ‘normally’ in the human body, but I am thinking that isn’t a good thing.
As far as the smoking: yeah, I am clinging to that vice. It beats the Jekyll and Hyde episodes that happen when a strong craving hits. And it might be all in my head, but I am calmer and can focus more on some things when I am smoking.
I know, I know…. I quit smoking, I retain more income. Catch-22.
And then there’s the house. We have a new toilet, thanks to Al and Mary. New sub-floor under it, too. No option not doing that. I stayed out of the way, and let them get to it. She has the engineering degree, he has the experience, and they work well together.
Well, so I will start with the 219 weight, keep track of what I am eating/drinking, and find my pedometer so I can figure out how many steps a day I am walking. We’ll see what happens.