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Take Me to the River

I went to see the cardiologist who plans dietary changes for people who are obese, have high cholesterol, and high blood sugar. That would be me these days. I affectionately call it Fat Camp.

How did it happen?

It's a good question. Regardless of the reasons, it needs to end. When I started MFP in June February 2011, I was 297. When I got serious about it is in June 2011, I was 276.

Thanks to the Framingham Heart Center ICU for the quick 20 pounds.

I worked really hard to hit my lowest weight of 195 since I crossed the 200-pound mark at age 41. Since then it has really been a battle. I worked hard and I even earned a certificate in diet and another one as a trainer.

Knowledge without application is well, knowledge.

I got really in to trying to understand the science behind diets and read lots of studies. It was fascinating. When I wrote my first book, I had a PhD dietician and an MBA nurse practitioner from the hospital weight loss center fighting over the key principals of weight loss.

After a few years of study, I finally determined the only real way to lose weight was to eat let less.

There were a couple of other things, too. Dump the junk food, jettison the fast food, lower the carbs, bring up the quality of the protein, and be consist ant about exercise.

Those were the keys for me to lose nearly 100 pounds.

Why am I in fat camp? Because I eat too much and don't exercise enough. Sure, I have health issues and take weight-gaining medications by the fistful, but I still haven't been doing it right.

My weight and blood work is not "fit."

I admit it, I am really angry about this. So, what is the fat camp plan? It is vegan!! No meat, fish, poultry, dairy, or eggs. I am surprised they even let us have oxygen. 

Since last Friday, all I have eaten is French fries.

The caloric intake is 1300 calories per day. The doc wants me signed up for yoga. Get this, I am not allowed to do any distance running. WTAF? Just 35-45 minutes 3 times a week. That is all.

This is just going too far.

I have six weeks to show weight loss and an improvement in my cholesterol and blood sugar. I am coming off the two worst offending drugs as they have been no help for my chronic headache.

I honestly don't care if I ever eat again.

The running thing bugs the hell out of me. It is my antidepressant. I am fine with yoga now that I have the use of my left arm since surgery. But running? How am I going to get through this one!

This may be the first time I have failed since skipping my calculus exam in high school.

I know there are lots of happy vegans. I am just not sure I will be one of them. And holy crap, all those carbs? I can feel my belly growing just thinking about it.

I do have an out - I am waiting to schedule neurosurgery and hopefully get some relief from this damn headache.

Yesterday I took my boat for a short cruise. I live on a river about 6 miles from the Chesapeake Bay. Out there on the ocean, I did NOT care at all about this stuff. Who needs yoga when you can be on the river.

Thanks for the votes, comments and friend requests.

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8 comments:

johnwhitent wrote 26 months ago:
I went whole food, plant based for nine months (not currently, for reasons I won't go into here). I lost weight even though I didn't need to. No worries about carbs, eat all you want, as long as they qualify as whole food plant based. I have no doubt that WFPB is the healthiest, most beneficial diet a human can eat. And it can be very tasty and filling. Check out the cookbook "THe Engine 2 Cookbook" by Rip Esselstyn for some recipes that appeal to men and offer a lot of flexibility. Btw, vegan is an ethical choice, and not necessarily healthy (Oreos are vegan). Whole Food Plant Based is what you want for health, though you can and will likely use many vegan recipes.
dsjohndrow wrote 26 months ago:
Thanks, John.
kendallvon wrote 26 months ago:
I love your articles! Best of luck to you. Find what works best for you, and try to stick with it. That last part is the hard part. I've been doing this since October 2009, and I've been as high as 350+ and as low as 185. I'm struggling to take my last weight gain off with a keto/paleo approach. Works for *me*.
goodasgoldilox165 wrote 26 months ago:
why have they cut your running? It does seem odd! I'm glad that the boat helps. We live by the sea here and know its soothing effects well.
dsjohndrow wrote 26 months ago:
I cardiologist said too much running is bad for you.
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