Do you want a constructive project you can do to get your through this cloud of covid hanging over our heads? Well what is something you have been meaning to do for a long time but never felt you had the time or the urgency? How about adjusting your lifestyle to get yourself back to a healthy weight and put more spring into your steps? I've been needing to get more serious about my weight for a while now. I didn't think of myself as being overweight but a combination of other warnings were telling me that it was time to take action. One my doctor has been telling me that I am prediabetic and that he could put me on some medications. I said no, I'll take care of this, and then 5 years goes by and no change to that status. Add to that an I had an Afib event and now my doctor does prescribe a medicine that I know I do not want to be taking for the rest of my life. I know I need to do something. So I spend my first covid summer swimming a mile a day, four days a week, and trying to eat healthier. At the end of the summer, this is me in my swim suit on October 4 2020. I am not impressed. Two other great influencers in my decision to get started towards a healthier future was picking back up a book I bought a few years ago called "Younger Next Year". I really enjoyed the authors philosophy of you can work your way back to being younger. And then my son Loren has been introducing healthier choices through a website called Dr. Greger's Nutritionfacts.org.
On October 5, I signed up for the Kaiser Health Management Program (Kaiser Health Management Program). It is a big commitment, it cost money, and time, and effort, but it seemed to me nothing else was working I wanted help to make this happen. I started a meal replacement program of limit calories on October 12, and started attending weekly 90 minute WebEx classes with my Kaiser facilitator. The program is a 82 week program and I am only into it the first 16 weeks now. I've take the weight off but now I am learning how to keep it off with lifestyle skills of diet and exercise. The batman picture of me was taken on January 12, after losing 42 pounds. I'm very impressed and very happy with my new waist size of 32 instead the old size of 36 inches. I never want to go back so I thought one way to keep it off is to celebrate what I used to weight by carrying it on my back for the first half of a hike and do the remainder of the hike without the weight. Watch my video here and keep an eye out for updates.