Taking Health and Fitness Up Another Notch

I posted on May 17 that I had gained a bit of weight (17 lbs) after my bike crash. I had not been weighing myself nor tracking my food intake for a few weeks, instead trying to eat healthily and intuitively. And there was the unfortunate combination of that and not being able to keep up my normal level of physical activity during that period. Since then, I’ve bumped up my average activity level as well as being more careful with my eating, which has led to losing 10 of the 17 pounds. My original weight before this started had been 175 lbs, which is a reasonably healthy “fallback position” that I am comfortably able to maintain. But it is actually 10 pounds heavier than the 75 Kg/165 lb weight that I consider my ideal weight.

Now I’m recovered enough from this year’s mishaps to train as hard as I’d like, including my first hike with friends since the mishap coming up next saturday, in a beautiful wildlife refuge I’ve nerve been to.

So I’ve decided to go after that ideal target. But I want to do it the right way by being more careful about healthy eating. In early 2017, which was leading into my heart valve surgery, I was able to lose 15 pounds at a time when I could not exercise too intensely or for very long periods. This was by stricter adherence to healthy eating, following a whole food plant based diet and, especially, avoiding overly processed foods. That also happened to lead to superb bloodwork, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar all very healthy. It’s time to get back to that stricter way of eating longer term.

I still am convinced of the concept of intuitive eating and putting health first, and weight will take care of itself in the long run. But from my experiences in early 2017 and earlier this year, I am convinced being successful with intuitive eating means being very strict about not eating junk.

So here goes. I’m going to try to follow this strictly for the next 8 weeks and will post updates along the way. After that I’ll work on keeping up the good habits long term.

7 thoughts on “Taking Health and Fitness Up Another Notch

  1. I had the same thing happen but it was 15 pounds or so. Mostly recovered. I did a few things since that weight gain:
    Start calorie counting again (very simple for my situation)
    Add beans to my meals (black beans, no salt)
    Removed whole wheat bread and replaced with whole wheat pasta.
    Add 1 ounce of walnuts daily (average)

    I think the beans help a lot to keep hungry under control during a few hundred calories of deficit. Even without beans, it wouldn’t be overly hard losing weight like on the standard American diet was. That was way worse. I love your article, thanks.

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