It’s only been a few days since my last post, but it feels like a lot has happened. See, I wrapped up the level three Certified Professional Examination on Saturday, and it feels like a weight has fallen from my shoulders. I slept better the past couple of days than I’ve slept in at least a month, well enough that I actually feel disoriented by being well-rested.
Yesterday, I got on the scales for the first time in a month. Literally. I mean, it was October 4 the last time I weighed in. Back then, I was 323 pounds even (based on my scale). Yesterday? 326.3, which you might think would make me upset. But it didn’t. See, I know for a fact that I haven’t been hitting any of my health goals other than walking for the last month. I’ve overeaten to a significant degree, partly from stress and partly from fatigue, so it’s impressive to me that I only gained three pounds over the last month.
But I also know that I’m getting back on track, starting today. And everyone in the family is joining in to help me. For example, I’ve got my son excited about the prospect of staying home and cooking. I told him that once my test was over, we wouldn’t be buying candy and desserts as much, but in exchange we would – every other week – make a dessert at home. And between those times, we’d be eating more fruit. He liked that. I also told him we were going to be eating more vegetables as part of eating at home, and his immediate response was to list off the vegetables he likes to eat: raw carrots and raw broccoli, dipped in ranch dressing. My response was that we’d be eating more than just that, but we’d certainly have those as well (I’m not going to discourage my 7 year old if he wants a vegetable).
He also gets to pick out one meal a week, which we’re doing by going through cookbooks and looking at pictures and talking about the recipes we find. This week, as a result, I’m making a blackberry french toast casserole for dinner some night. It actually looks pretty good, if carb heavy. I’ll need to work out the calorie cost on that one in advance.
It’s not all food, though. I’m getting back to my exercises now as well, since I’ll have my afternoons free again. I get off work at 1:30 most days, after all, and my wife and son don’t get home until nearly 4, so that gives me some time to work out and/or spin my staff. Also, our plan is to go on family walks each night that the weather is good. And if it isn’t good? Well, then we’ll go to the workout room in our complex and hit the treadmill while our son plays on his tablet or tries out the exercise bike.
I am excited about this!