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03/07/2017 - Turning Over New Leaves



For those who may have not read the monolith of text that made up my first post, I have turned over a few leaves lately.  I'd like to give a quick rundown of those before I get started with the meat of this post.

  • Today marks an entire month of being smoke free.

This is the first time since I started smoking that I've been cigarette/nicotine free for more than two days.  My doctor prescribed Welbutrin XL to assist in quitting but I would say the assistance from the medication has been marginal at best.  It's really hard to say honestly.  I'm not sure if knowing that I can't have the Gastric Sleeve surgery if I'm a smokier is what is helping me quit, or if it is the medicine.  For the first three and a half weeks I craved cigarettes constantly and I was so miserable I'd come straight home from work, eat and go to bed.  I figured I couldn't crave them if I'm sleeping.  Now, a month out, and I barely even notice it anymore.  I've stopped taking my Welbutrin and for the first day I noticed the cravings did come back a little, but now, three days gone, I feel absolutely fine.  I went outside and talked with my smoker friends for 15 minutes earlier and it did not affect me at all.  So I'm officially labeling myself a non-smoker.  :)

  • I have nearly stopped drinking all forms of soda.

This was another difficult one for me.  I quit drinking full-fat Coke a few years ago but I still drank Diet Coke like it was water.  As a matter of fact, I probably hadn't drank any actual tap/bottled water since I was in high school.  I just drank Diet Coke, solely, for years.  Now I will have usually one with my lunch every other day, but for the most part it's water or crystal lite.  Another big accomplishment for me.  I never thought I'd quit Coke!

  • I have started walking every weekday.

I have two daily breaks at work and one lunch break.  I'm currently writing this on my lunch break, but I intend to go walk for atleast half of it.  I usually eat while I work and then walk on my break.  At any rate, I went from zero activity at ALL to walking a mile on my 15 minute breaks and as close to two miles as I can get on my 30.  I'm just walking right now, but once my weight falls off I'm SO looking forward to my knees not hurting so I can jog.  As I stated on my original post, one of my goals is to join the Cincinnati Adult Hockey League.  I want to learn to play hockey so bad.  It's been a dream of mine since I was a kid.  I have already purchased skates, some pads, a stick and a helmet.  I'm ready to learn.  I'm also interested in learning to play goalie, but I figure, baby steps.

  • I'm being mindful about what I eat.

Again, this is something I never did before.  Now I'm keeping an electronic and a paper log of my meals, water and activities.  I've purchased a Galaxy Fit2 watch and have been using my Samsung phone's S Health App to help me keep track of my water, meals  and activities.  I transpose to paper so I can turn these in as required by my weight management center.  I've been doing a really great job, here.  I follow the 'Portioned Plate' guidelines that my first diet trial requires.  They say not to worry about portion sizes right now, but I'm trying to stick by what the book says.  I'm having one protein, two non-starchy vegetables and either a grain, fat, fruit or starchy vegetable at all meals.  I have three snacks a day and I try to make all of my snacks either protein, fruit, dairy or a mixture thereof.  My wife and I are making weekly menus which as helped a lot, and we are going into the store and trying to stay at the perimeter when buying.  So far, so good! 


Today has been a good day.  This morning I woke up and my wife had cooked two eggs over easy with boiled spinach and two pieces of toasted whole wheat bread.  I'm slowly explaining the portioned plate ideas and what my weight management appointments have taught me.  My wife also intends to have gastric surgery in the future, so watching me go through this is giving her an idea of what she'll have to look forward to.  She wants to start now, but we made the decision to have our next child prior to her having surgery.  I promised her that I would go through all stages of this with her again once the time comes for her to start this journey.  Including the liquid diets that she'll have to follow after surgery, and whatever diets she has to do prior.  She has been such a great wife and partner since we met and she's pulled me out of some very difficult situations.  I owe it to her to go through this with her.  I told her that I would wait for her but she insisted I do this now.

At any rate, I ate my breakfast except for one slice of whole wheat bread.  I had a cup of coffee on my way out the door and took my daughter to daycare.  I got to work and took care of some things.  I'm currently managing a clerical team.  I've never done management before and this is a detail job.  I like it but it is very stressful and the employees are very immature.  But I'm making it through.

Before I started the diet, my wife and I had started cooking Wildtree Meals.  We pre-made about two weeks worth of dinners, so we are currently finishing those off.  Don't want to waste the money and they aren't THAT unhealthy.  For instance, I'm eating leftovers from last night for lunch: Grilled Chicken Orzo w/ spinach, cucumber, squash and feta cheese.  I'm not sure what the portions are, nor the calories, so I measured the entire meal according to the size of my fist.  It's about half grilled chicken and half orzo w/ veggies and a single serving of feta cheese.  See, before, I wouldn't have given a *&^% how much it was or what it was.  Big steps, to me!

I believe tonight we are having Wildtree Spaghetti and Meatballs, but we subbed regular spaghetti for whole wheat spaghetti.  This won't be the most 'high protein, low carb' meal I've eaten since starting the diet, but I understand this is an oddity and that I should enjoy it because it won't happen often.  Please let me know if you think this is a cop-out.  Part of me feels like it is and part of me doesn't. 

At any rate, I'm so looking forward to reading comments and suggestions and support from you guys.  Even if I don't get much or any I'll still try to update a couple of times a week, if anything to give someone else something to read who may be going through the same issues either now or in the future.  And it'll be cool for Future-Me to read this.  Hi Future-Me!  How is hockey treating you?!

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Hi there, welcome! You sound like a really kind, thoughtful, generous human being, and it also sounds like you're taking solid steps towards your goals—really looking forward to following your writing here.

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