Que Sera, Sera, Whatever Will Be, Will Be Part III
Recently I took a survey of my property with the intention of making a list of all the unfinished projects I have to do. We moved to this property in 1986 and some of the projects date clear back to the time we moved in. I had a heart attack in January 2004 and have not really worked since then, but my list of unfinished jobs has continued to multiply. It has become clear to me that one thing I am good at is procrastination. However procrastination can be overcome with focused effort.
I finally accomplished a goal I had for a number of years, but that is all a matter of perspective. In 2003 I decided I needed to lose one hundred and thirty pounds. It went fine till January 2004 when I had the big one. I had lost ninety pounds. I was forty pounds short of my goal, having gone from three hundred fifty pounds down to two hundred sixty which is when I stopped dieting till, Easter of 2018. At that point I had found all the weight I had lost and was back at three hundred fifty. Pretty sad situation if you think about it. However because of a series of health crisis in my life over that long period of time I decided I needed to continue to my original goal, even if for different reasons.
The original reason I was losing weight was that I wanted to start skydiving again. It was something I did when I was in the Army and I was a licensed instructor. The reason for the specific amount of weight was because of limitations on the equipment. You can weight more than that jumping on your own and with the proper equipment. The equipment for most instruction centers however was based on a weight limit of the student, instructor and equipment. The total weight was determined with the goal and size canopy to slow you to a safe landing speed.
Since starting my new diet at Easter of 2018 I have lost fifty pounds. With the ninety pounds I lost before my heart attack, I have lost a total of one hundred and forty pounds. That is ten pounds more than my original goal, but still eighty pounds short of my original goal thanks to all the weight I gained back. My purpose has changed though. Now I am doing it purely for the health benefit. I may still jump if I feel in proper condition when I get to the desired weight, but jumping is no longer the goal. Being a Type II diabetic, and Agent Orange recipient and Heart Attack survivor who was technically dead twice. Just staying alive is my goal now.
When I was losing weight the first time I was an over the road truck driver. I did all my own unloading, walked forty minutes every day and very carefully monitored my diet. Yet I had a heart attack. It is with a little bit of trepidation that I approach my original low weight of two hundred and sixty pounds. The condition I am in I could die before I get out of this chair, but I believe the health benefits are worth it. A year ago walking in and of itself was a challenge. There are five steps up to the porch to get into my house. A year ago getting up them left me winded and totally out of energy.
Once a month I carry in three five gallon bottles of water and four forty pound bags of salt for the water conditioner. A year ago I carried a bottle from my van to the porch, stop and get my breath, carry it to the kitchen, stop and get my breath then finally to where we store them in the back room. After that I would have to take a ten minute break and go through the same cycle till I managed to get it all in the house. At this point in time I can make two can complete trips without stopping three times to catch my breath on each trip. I could probably do all of them without stopping. I may as time goes on be able too, but I am more into enjoying the improvement in the quality of my life. My diabetes doctor told me if I lose another twenty pounds or so, she may be able to take me off of the insulin I take for my diabetes. Not bad for a seventy-two year old who takes care of his twin six year old great-grand-daughters, eleven hours a day, five days of a week.
Yesterday my fifty-eight year old brother-in-law passed away from a bad lung infection. I was fifty-seven when I had my heart attack, so it reminded me I am not going to live forever and I need to add these few pieces of diet advice that I have accumulated over the years that helped me and might help someone else.
My youngest daughter, Glenda, who taught me “The Way Down Diet” taught me a few other pieces of trivia that might help others. When you get in a serious diet mode you will plan your meals and done right it can really make dieting almost fun as you try new recipes and foods that you might not normally eat. On Pinterest I have a board with healthy meals. Pinterest is a very good place to find some fascinating and different meals. Just type in what you are interested in eating or preparing and hundreds of menus will come up. Some are very simple and some are very complex. You get to choose the one you like and put it on your board, or create a board for the things you like.
Glenda taught me what she called glycemic dieting. It is based on eating foods that have a very low glycemic number and are usually ones that have a lot of fiber. The good thing about these foods is that they require more calories from your body to digest them than they put in your body to start with. A few examples are cabbage, lettuce, carrots, onions, asparagus, broccoli and peanuts. Putting some of these in almost every meal helps lose weight by forcing your body to provide the calories to digest them.
As I said in one of my earlier posts, it is not a matter of calories in and calories out. All calories are not the same. I think the most important thing is not so much what you eat but how much you eat. As I slowly adapt to the diet and cutting down on the portion sizes. Your meal size slowly shrinks, and so do you. It is funny the first time you go to one of the old fashion carry in dinners and find out you are full and can’t even sample all the wonderful food. Over time your stomach’s capacity shrinks.
Once I discovered I could lose the weight, I realized losing weight was not the only problem. I know I have a heart condition. A big part of it is from eating foods that are not really good for you. Foods that clog your arteries by creating plaque can be eliminated from our diets. I discovered that over time a lot of the damage we do can be reversed or at least slowed down. There is a link that lists fifteen heart healthy foods. Adding these foods to your diet and even planning your diet around them can really make a difference in the way you feel and what you can physically do.
One of my favorite diet advice blogs is on YouTube and the title is “Butter Makes Your Pants Fall Off.”