I’ve posted about my health before. My pattern is to get excited about making positive changes, then fall off the wagon in a week or two or three, and then finally feel silly for being so enthusiastic and then so undisciplined, which tends to make me hesitant to blog about my health.
My health has never been any better than fair the entire time I’ve been blogging, and a lot of the time it’s been poor. 2009 was “a lot of the time,” and the start of 2010 finds me in the worst shape of my life, and by a fairly wide margin. I weighed in at 297 lbs. yesterday. So I was one single particularly undisciplined weekend from 300 lbs. Holy shit.
Now I don’t have any illusions about my body image. I’ve been way past “chunky” or “stout” or (insert your euphemism here) for quite some time. If you don’t know me, and you’re pointing me out in a group of people, you’re going to call me “the fat guy.”
But damn, am I going to get comfortable with weighing 300 lbs.? I just don’t think I am.
I’m giving pescetarianism a go for January. That’s a vegetarian diet plus seafood, so basically no mammals or birds. (I’m keeping eggs and dairy, neither of which are a particular problem for me, though I do need to watch cheese carefully.) It should do me a lot of good to drop the red meat, which I do have a hard time saying no to. And I threw poultry in because most of the ways I like it are bad for me too, and hey, I can do anything for 30 days, right? Heh.
I’ll evaluate at the end of the month. I know from past experience that I’ll miss the red meat less than I think once I adjust a bit. I’ll see how I do with chicken and turkey, which are, after all, just fine if prepared properly.
But for now, I’m embracing the novelty of it, and enjoying the exploration of things that fit. Campbell’s has a killer Healthy Request clam chowder, at 220 calories for the can. I had a delicious vegetarian Hoppin’ John with a few drops of Blair’s Sudden Death for lunch, which was a fair trough of flavorful and nutritious food for only 470 calories. I’m saying hello to some old friends, like low sodium V8 and bananas.
The smoking demon feels vanquished, though I’ll be on guard for flare-ups. All I’m going to do about exercise for the time being is carry my pedometer again, and get steps where I can. I’ll also see how that’s working for me at the end of the month.
I decided to blog about this again, essentially, for anyone who might be where I am (starting to try to do the right thing again after many failures). You’re not alone. And when you do finally succeed, it’s going to have to start with an effort like this, right?
I’ll check in with you on this topic again this time next month and let you know how it’s going.