It's easy to get all the salt and carbs you could want in a pinch. There are plenty of opportunities at every street corner, never mind your own cupboard. I face every one of those temptations too and it is a battle. I am happy to say that today, six weeks in my battle is a little less strenuous, thanks to a regular daily approach to fixing my health.
So how did I get started? The answer is that I got started over a long period of time. Months. Let me explain; I have known for years that i was massively overweight. I have seen what this kind of weight can do to a person in the stroke that one friend had that left him with only half of his body functions. Another who died and yet another whose speech is a mess for life. I also have kids whom I wish to see grow up and enjoy them and their children with. So theres the motivation. But even with all of that I still wouldn't get started with real change in my life.
I had to reach the bottom. feelings of things inside my body that were not right. Tiredness that was taking over me and rendering me to every couch and chair I could relax on. And the worst for me was the program after program that seems to hit us about how to loose weight. 30 day, 60 day, 90 day, 100 day programs…drink mixes from a can, meal packages prescribed by someone who has never even seen me, and worst of all was my doctor who is a good forty pounds over weight herself telling me how to loose weight.
I gave up.
Then I saw a program about juicing. The aim was not to loose weight but rather to simply get healthy again. Cleanse out all the garbage in my system and start from the basics. It made sense to me. It clicked, as they say. That same night I ordered my Breville stainless steel juicer (because stainless steel is easy to clean and that makes it all easier). Then wit the handbook that comes with the Breville Juicer, I was off to my local grocer to stock up on leafy greens, roots and seeds and that was the beginning.
The key, for me, was to go cold turkey, deal with my demons head on. I couldn't survive with a inch in method, it had to be all or nothing. And it wasn't about weight loss, it was from the beginning about getting healthy and seeing marked measurable changes that I could reliably count on as fact.
Within a week I began to see the pounds dropping off at a rate of approx a pound a day. That was pretty motivating all by itself but even mores was the energy and clarity I was enjoying, and still am.
The way to get started is to get started. Simply put. The running and exercise began after my third week, when I was sure the food aspect was taking hold and for real, then I could ramp up the process by getting active. That was by beginning walking a kilometre a day, then two and now I am into a full kilometre walk, then a full kilometre run at 145 beats per minute and the last kilometre cool down.
I have not felt so good in twenty years.
I never set out to tell anyone how to do this. It's not my goal. Everyone is different and everyone should consult a health professional before starting and during. I share because I hope someone is inspired to get started. To seek in their own body a real and marked
Dying, one bite at a time.
What can two weeks of juicing do for you? Let me tell you. I have never felt so energetic. You'd be wrong to think I'm having a dark java each morning, that was my old routine. Since I decided to change the course of my body and what I consume I have been more energized than ever before. I grant you that the first three days of cold turkey no caffeine was pretty rough. Headaches, listlessness, pretty sloppy feeling. Then those feelings began to leave me with every trip to the washroom! The fruits and greens I was now doing as a pure cleanse absolutely flushed every trace of caffeine from my system.
Last Sunday I was on a three hour drive to deliver paintings. I stopped in one of those highway stops, you know the ones with the massive coffee place that rhymes with Jimmies. At first I wondered how I would do, you know, thinking I could just run in and do my washroom stop and leave. But what about the smell? The aroma rather. Coffee!!! Actually, nothing happened. in fact when I was done with the boys room and walking past the coffee place all I could smell was the scent of donuts fried in cooking oil. It made me feel sick. It had been over two weeks since I last smelled it and it used to be the magnet that made me indulge day after day, like everyone else, currently standing in that line up, waiting for their fix.
No. Nothing happened. In stead I just felt liberated and walked right on by. Right on past the other old weakness in my gastronomic past: the place with the little girl dressed in a red bonnet and dress who makes burgers. You know the place. I swear, my honest to goodness feeling was really sad. I looked at that long line up and felt like everyone of those people are who I was and they are killing themselves, one bite at a time. Look at all those bot bellies, those spare tires! Just like mine.
Speaking of that spare tire/potbelly thing, I still have one but in this two weeks mine has lost 20% of it's mass. And speaking of Mass, my BMI (Body Mass Index) has been steadily improving as well.
I have said from the outset that I'm not in this to loose weight. I am in this because I am sick of being tired and one bite away from death every single day. Never knowing which day would take me away from my wife and kids. That, my friends is motivation. I can't live like that anymore. I am more resolved now than ever to reach and maintain a healthy consumption.
Oh, by the way, I began walking yesterday. More on that in a later post.
Are you killing yourself one bite at a time? Have you given up? Stay with me friends. I'm the kind of guy who likes to tackle my problems head on and with passion. Stay with this blog, I pray it will help you to be encouraged to do the same. There is hope! You DON'T have to join a program or some get your money Multi Level Marketing scheme. Nope. You just have to use common sense. If you think you need some help there let me help you. Here's what you do:
get in front of the ones you love. Stare them in the eyes. Ask yourself if you are ready to take the most precious thing away from them without notice at any time of day or night? If your answer is heck no? Then you are already on the right track to making your change.
Stay with me here. Let my experience be yours. Make that change.
Talk to me about it with a reply here and lets chat.
The Artists Journey
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This sketch above became this finished painting below
The Pine Tree Painter.
How did I become known as the Pine Tree Painter? You could say I paint a lot of Pine Trees, that would be true. I paint a lot of other things too, but Pine Trees, Spruce Trees, Birch and others seem to be a continuous string in what i do. I just like the way they stand there like a custodian of the land. or a greeter to nature. So, I continue down the path with the Pine Tree Painter name on my head, It's ok.