Health-wise, since about 4 weeks ago, I was feeling really ill and not myself, that over several months time, got gradually worse, hence why I haven’t been posting much here for a while.
As it turns out after a visit to my doctor at the time, not surprisingly the underlying root of my ailments were due to being overweight. I mean EXTREMELY overweight in relation to my height. We’re talking here about adding me to America’s Obese statistics list, I kid you not. Ack!!!!
Obviously that’s not a good thing, causing dangerously high blood pressure, sore joints ‘n muscles, and an overall feeling of tiredness, amongst other symptoms that could potentially lead to more serious health problems if not addressed.
A lifestyle change – or what we’re calling here “Revolution 2012: Going Green” – is definitely in order, which for me means getting more sleep, cutting down on alcohol and most important of all, DIET and EXERCISE (in itself a green initiative); the latter of which I had been particularly negligent. I mean, zero-zip-nadda as far as getting any reasonable amount of cardio in my daily schedule.
Which is really unacceptable, as throughout my teens, twenties and early thirties I had been a total health and fitness fanatic, even coming in second place in a body building competition. Then, like many of us who become busy with work and/or domestic duties, I gradually led more and more of a sedentary lifestyle.
Now approaching my mid-40’s, this is a critical time to restore my metabolism and overall health to the best it can be, to which I’m VERY SERIOUS about taking this bull by its horn. I was reluctant to share this, but I think I need to in order to put the pressure on myself.
I’ve since went on a mostly vegetarian (green) diet, eliminating meat (land animals and poultry), although I still eat seafood (all types), dairy and eggs, but keep those last three protein-rich, albeit fattier items at the top of my food pyramid (least amount eaten). I loosely call this an “Ovo-Lacto-Fish-O-Vegetarian” diet. lol
A key factor in this very green “health improvement project” is the integration of Japanese Green Tea into my hydration regimen, drinking at minimum three 12 oz. cups per day. Green Tea is known for many health benefits, including for folks trying to control weight, as it contains an antioxidant polyphenol called epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG, which is said to “maximize thermogenic action to oxidize and burn fat and increase energy expenditure”. Seeing how a great majority of people in asian countries who drink green tea are in good shape (thanks to their diet as well), I’m a believer, so I’m giving green tea (ocha) a try. Read this article, it’s really interesting.
For exercise, I now go walking on my lunch break, as well as walking and jogging on the beach for about an hour-and-a-half after work. I’ve also got a set of 10 lb. dumbbells that I use in my living room to do cardio (high repetition) weight training with. Instead of sitting on my okole watching YouTube, I now weight train while watching YouTube. Woo-ha!
When I weighed in at the doctor’s office back on May 5th (5.05.12), I tipped the scale over at 207 lbs.. At my 5’9″ height, my BMI score (body mass index) was 30.6 which is considered obese. Damned it! That still upsets me, however I only have myself to blame.
Well, I’m happy to report that, after entirely overhauling my lifestyle for the sake of good health, I just weighed myself in today (5.27.12) and clocked in at 195.8 lbs.. YAY! Now that’s MUCH better! That’s 11 lbs. in weight loss over a 4 week span, which is a healthy rate. You don’t want to lose too much too quickly or it could cause other problems (just like money lol). My BMI score is now 28.9, which is still considered overweight, yet out of the “big O” territory. At least I know what I’m doing is effective and I’m on the right track.
I found out my primary care physician (who I obviously don’t see as often as I should!) reads my blog, which when I told him I was the author of The Tasty Island, he was kinda’ shocked. Anyhow, Dr. Tt, if you read this post, you said you’d shake my hand if I came back to your office weighing just 1 pound lighter. Well, I think now with 11 gone, you owe me a hug! lol
I tell you, at “just” a mere 11 pounds lighter, I feel a MILLION times better now than I did only four weeks ago, thanks to more sleep, a totally overhauled diet, plenty of exercise, and lots ‘n lots of green tea.
I’m 1000% determined to reach my proper BMI score in weight, where at my ultimate 155 lbs. target, super-lean weight for my 5 ft. 9 inch height, I know I can do. At least near it. I’m gonna’ have to, now that I told everyone who reads this blog about it. The pressure is ON! Game on!
Have a great rest of your long Memorial Day weekend. :-)