Easy Does It

by Dean
(Mt Juliet TN)

After retiring, one hobby I took up was taking better care of myself. I'm 63, 5'8" tall and weigh 160 pounds.

After 1 1/2 years I have taken off 23 pounds and feeling better than I ever did while working. The first thing I did was start eating healthier.

I know diets don't work very well because there is a mentality than once you accomplish your goal you can celebrate by going back to what got you in trouble in the first place. So, I knew I needed to permmanently change my eating habits.

I started gradually by taking smaller portions of everything. I never skip a meal.

For breakfast I have 1 egg and 1 piece of low fat sausage and for lunch I have a can of low fat Vienna sausages. I know it sounds boring but for me it works because I don't have to decide what to eat, it's always there for me. Dinner is always a well balanced meal of a small portion of meat along with 2 or 3 vegetables. I snack on fruits and nuts between meals.

I still have goodies like baked goods and pasta but in reasonably sized portions.

My wife and I enjoy going for walks and we have a lot of nice places in our area to go walking such as parks, natural areas and historic civil war battlefields.

For my exercise routine I work out on a weght machine where I do 15 reps of 7 different upper body exercises, alternating with 15 reps of leg exercises.

After that I walk on the treadmill for 10 mintes at 3.5 miles per hour at an incline of 5. I used to do 30 minutes on the treadmill but reduced it after finding out that I have an aneurism.

The doctor told me to keep exercising but not to push it too hard. That was 6 months ago. December 10 I go for a secound cat scan to see if I'll need surgery.

I was curious to find out if my diet would cause any problems but at each doctor appointment they do a complete blood workup and my doctor says everything looks great and to keep doing what I'm doing.

Since the discovery of the aneurism, I have gone on prescription meds for the first time in my life. I am taking 2 blood pressure medicines, cholesterol medicine and a beta blocker.
I also take a low dose aspirin daily.

I am hoping the aneurism doesn't get any larger so I won't need surgery. Doctor says I may never need surgery. Saying my prayers!

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Angel on your Shoulder
by: Sharyn~~~CANADA

Read your article with interest, your daily routine & regimental diet seem to be just what the doctor ordered. Good for u. I was saddened to read about the health problem though!

I know u will keep up with your meds, what choice do u have, there is no alternative. U did not mention where the clot is? Would it make a difference if u could have surgery to remove the clot, depending where it is situated?

Did u get answers for these questions, did u ask?
Maybe u wouldn't have to take meds if surgery were in order!

NO, l am not a professional, l am just a concerned citizen, just wondering..

Anyhow, good luck to u and may u have a long & happy & healthy life.

I never skip a meal...
by: Wendy

Dean --

I was surprised to read this, "I never skip a meal", as your advice to others.

I've been retired 3.5 years and I often didn't eat much at all until dinner. I gained weight -- though not eating. What happened?

I started to use www.myfitnesspal.com to record what I was eating. It's really cook because if you enter "fried chicken", you can pick from all different fried chickens: home made, Kentucky Fried Chicken, etc.

Anyways, it told me, daily, that I ate under 1200 calories and needed to eat at least 1200 calories. I was shocked. I ate too little?

Apparently I was putting my body into "starvation mode" where it doesn't know when the next meal will be eaten, so it begins to store the food in fat for future times. Really?

Just wanted to say KUDOS for that one tiny sentence and for taking care of your bod.

Our health is all we really have!

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