Got the results of my first cholesterol test since big diet and exercise changes six months ago. Total cholesterol is down by 40. My doctor reduced my statin by half. We’ll look at eliminating altogether in six more months, at my next annual.
I finished week five of my 5K training program this morning. Twenty minutes nonstop, longest I’ve been able to run since high school. And in 25F weather. Didn’t feel great but solidly possible and rewarding.
Today I reached my weight loss goal. The last time I was at this healthy weight was sixteen years ago. I am not done, rather I get to close this chapter and begin another, for the rest of my life, continuing and adding to the healthy habits I’ve worked hard to establish.
One more because I had been looking forward to wearing this shirt I bought over ten years ago again. The fit was always ambitiously slim from the day I bought it. I guess I should have tried it on sooner.
I bought this shirt the weekend I interviewed the crew at ESB, a few years ago. It was always a bit tight. 2 lbs from my goal, now it fits nicely. Actually may even be a touch too big.
I am trying to focus on routines and practices that will help me get through today starting this morning with day 10 of my 5k training app which was brutal both for the cold and the increase in difficulty.
The weather is gray yet surprisingly comfortable on the deck, especially after a brisk walk with the dogs and a hearty breakfast of savory, steel cut oats. Not a bad way to start the day and the week.
Two months ago when I went full vegan for health reasons and dedicated myself to exercising every day, I committed to reaching a healthy weight. I started at almost 210 pounds with a goal of 170. I have not weighed less than 190 in over a decade. Today I weighed in at my lowest so far, 179.7lbs. I am excited by my progress and being able to see my goal from here.
I had to order new pants for fit for the first time in decades. Usually I buy pants when the old ones wear out. This is what a month of dedicated exercise and a whole food, plant based diet with no added oil has wrought. Well on track to be in the best shape of my life by fifty (by 2023.)