It is a journey we started in the middle of December because it was time for a change.
We did not want to start this journey at the start of a new year because that would have meant waiting. Waiting to go get a life change that we have needed. Waiting to get our hustle on when it was time to immediately get our life on.
It was time because I could not spend another sleepless night because of indigestion. It was time because masking my symptoms with a pill was not keeping me healthy. It was time because I was struggling to walk up a snowy ten yard hill to help my children go sledding. It was time because running back and forth on a cross country coach to encourage my athletes had become a chore.
So we have embarked on a journey to get healthy.
These are the steps we are taking to get our life back from destructive habits we had allowed to take us captive.
Both Michelle and I have eliminated gluten from our diet. We no longer order soda when we go out to eat or purchase it to drink at home. We are drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day and trying to get to half of our body weight in ounces. And most importantly, we have each taken up a regular exercise routine.
The elimination of gluten has probably been the most significant change as we are avoiding all foods containing wheat flour. We do not know if either one of us had an allergy, but we do know that our favorite foods that contributed to our weight gain and energy loss are now no longer an option. For me, it meant no more cheez-its or crackers of any kind. Salty snacks have always done me in. If the children leave out a package of ritz crackers it was no problem for me to eat half of the package before finally deciding to put the last five away so I am not guilt for eating the whole package. And, what it has meant for us is our meals consist of a protein and vegetables. Foods that we already liked, without the pasta and bread that filled us up and left us feeling bloated.
By intentionally drinking so much water, it became easy to say no to soda, both regular and diet. I have some friends who we used to joke with that we were choosing brain cancer by drinking diet soda or diabetes by choosing regular soda. I apologize to my midwest and Oregon readers who are confused by the word soda. I grew up in California so I drank soda while you drink pop. If you are in the south drinking coke, you just confuse me anyway, because Dr. Pepper was my soda/pop/coke of choice. A side effect of no soda is how much money we are saving when we eat out. Seriously $2.50 for 12 ounces of liquid. I’ll have the water please.
The other side effect has been regular trips to the… excuse me for a moment.
…Okay I am back.
I have written recently that I have started running again. It has been glorious. I fell in love with running while on my high school cross country team and most of my adult life I have been around the sport/activity to some extent. But I had not really been a runner here in Indiana. I am thankful for the trails in Bloomington and the cross country course we have at Eastern Greene High School as i have places to go run. It is not like the easy access I had to the trail system in Vacaville, but I am making it happen at least three days a week. I am looking forward to the speed coming back (at least a little).
The grand result out of all of this has been an increased amount of energy. So far I have lost ten pounds and my clothes are starting to fit right again, maybe even a little loose. I want to thank Carlos Whittaker and his LosFit facebook group and Jon Acuff and his inspiration to get our hustle on. And of course my high school teammates and the SPP for getting us out on the roads and trails again.
I am feeling like I am really alive again. And that is the most important journey.
When have you decided it was time for a change? Are you interested in starting a journey of your own?