Archive for September, 2015

Sixty Eve
September 30, 2015

Tomorrow is a big one. I’ve had a lot, but not this big. Tomorrow, I turn 60.
Crazy, not sure how I got here. My goal was to be in my best shape ever at 60, better than I was at 50.
My blood work says I’ve done what I wanted to accomplish. Also, I wanted to be at 260 or below by October first, and as of today, I am exactly 260.0! Considering in March I was 279, and in June I was 277, I’m happy.
This walking has really gotten into my blood. I can’t wait for the walks, and although I prefer with Bonnie, I have no issue walking solo.
Sixty is weird. And I’m totally cool with it. I’m liking getting older, I’m liking how I feel, I’m liking how I look, and after 30 years, I’m still loving who I married. I’ve been married half my life. I don’t remember life without her. I don’t think I had a life before her.
The walking works. Maintaining a discipline of just being careful, but not giving up anything. I can still eat sweets, I can still eat pasta (real pasta, not the brown kind), I can drink a Coke, eat mashed potatoes, anything, but all of it in moderation.
That’s the key to everything, isn’t it? Moderation. I can overdo anything. Well, anything I like: food, games, football, anything. So, eventually, the light clicked on, and here I am. I am confident I will never see 270 again, if I keep doing what I’m doing. I can’t wait to say that about 260, but it will happen. Looking forward to 199.
Sorry, I can’t do the diet thing. I’m Italian. That diet stuff just goes against everything I’ve learned. Mangiare bere e divertirsi, which is “Eat, drink, and be merry” in Italian.
I figure I’m 2/3 done with life. My plan is 90. Hey, Ben doesn’t have kids yet and I have to make sure all my kids are raising my grandbabies right. God willing, I’m dancing at my grandkids weddings.
So on this Sixty Eve, I march on. Under the strength of Christ, the love of my wife, the encouragement from my kids, and the prayers of you, I will carry on. I want to encourage all who read this, that we need to embrace this life. No fear and no regrets.
Like Red Skelton said, (You youngsters can look him up), “Don’t take life too serious. You’ll never get out of it alive anyhow”.
Let’s do this.

I Think I Got This (Again)
September 22, 2015

Well, it’s been awhile since I blogged on “Walking to 199”.  I had gone off the wonderful diet I was on, because I realized I could never live on it. As my cousin John says, “All diets work……if you stay on them”.

I did the “Fast Metabolism Diet” and it was remarkable. However, I couldn’t afford the expense of some of the foods they wanted you to buy. Also, I can’t live the rest of my life that way. I bought a book by a fat preacher (TD Jakes) who is fat again, to see how he lost 100 pounds. He had a personal chef and trainer. Not realistic.

I still belong to Planet Fitness, and that’s cool as a backup. But I’ve found out what works for me. It’s amazing. It’s called diet and exercise. And by “diet”, I don’t mean I “drink” a meal, eat only veggies, count carbs and/or calories, or eat rice cakes and air puffs. That’s cool if people can do that, but I can’t imagine me doing that the rest of my life. I don’t want to lose weight, but I do want to change my lifestyle.

When I went to the doctor in March of 2015, I had ballooned back up to 279. I found out that my cholesterol was over 300 and the A1C test was over 300.  I knew that I would be in much danger health wise if this continued.

Bonnie and I began walking in Buhl Park. We started in June (I was 277 on June 1). We walk about 4-5 times a week, and we’ve fallen in love with it, and the beautiful Park. We’ve gotten to know a lot of other walkers, all ages, shapes , and sizes, and their dogs.

I’ve cut down on sweets (refuse to eliminate them) and increased our walking from 2 miles a day to 4 miles a day. As of yesterday, after about 16 weeks, I’ve lost 16 pounds. My A1C went from 310 to 169, my cholesterol 360 to 180. My doctor tells me this is the best way to lose weight and keep doing what I’m doing.

The weather is cooling off, fall is here, and we’ve gotten attire to change with the weather. Planet Fitness is our backup if things get nasty outside.

So for me, diet and exercise is the answer. Again, not crazy fad diet, but watching the food intake. Smart snacking (nuts and fruits are wonderful), and truly, I am walking to 199.

So that’s it in a nutshell (not a chocolate covered nutshell, although I permit myself to enjoy those. I will keep you posted. Thanks for tagging along, send ideas, encouragement, suggestions, whatever.