- Age: 40
- Height: 6’0″
- Weight: 206; Healthy Range = 147 – 184lbs. (Weight Watchers)
- BMI: 27.9 (BMI Calculator)
- Habits: Smoking (18 Years, 1pack/day), Drinking (Beer, Gin and Wine; avg 2/day)
There are my basic stats. By the numbers, I don’t seem to be too far off; my target weight is actually somewhere around 167lbs, but I am sooo flabby, I have very little energy to do anything, I’m hoping a good diet will help me be a little more mentally agile and I have aches and pains. I don’t always get enough sleep. I’m constantly ‘clearing my throat’ – sound familiar, smokers? Sometimes my heart doesn’t feel so good, and my Dad had a heart attack not too long ago, that has certainly contributed to my desire to stop abusing my body.
On the plus side, I commute to/from work everyday (5 days/wk) on my bike, and even though it’s only 3.5 miles, every little bit helps. Very recently, I’ve begun to bike more on the weekends – looking for ‘something to do’ has led me to one of the local farmer’s markets with a really gorgeous ride to get there and I’m also discovering other bike-shops to umm, fix things (persistent flats, new pedals, etc.).
Also, on the plus side; I’m an employee of the university here. This affords me some really awesome benefits – $10/paycheck for University recreation center, free access to a personal fitness trainer, free access to a nutritionist and a ‘smoking cessation’ program.
I’m in a good spot.
Now for some questions:
- One of my Facebook friends suggested a “Juicer Cleansing/Diet” based off of “Fat, sick and Nearly Dead“. The movie was good, I thought, and fair. And while ‘juicing’ does look interesting (I’ve had it before and was impressed), the costs of getting a good juicer is prohibitive – especially when there may be alternatives that would do the same thing (cleanse me out) that are a lot cheaper. What do you think? Have you ever juiced? Would you recommend I bite the bullet and get a juicer – “Go for it!”? What alternatives would you suggest?
- Another suggestion was Sisson, “Primal Blueprint”. I got the book on my kindle, but I gotta say, being a skeptic anyway, I cringe every time he says “reprogram your genes”. That phrase in particular strikes me as a big red flag: “Hey, this book is full of quackery.. we don’t even understand basic genetics!”. Am I being too skeptical here? Anyone have experience with ‘going Primal’? And also, while I’m being a negative-nancy, the average life-span of our distant ancestors was believed to be somewhere around 25 years old; thus, encouraging someone to match the diet of our early evolutionary ancestors to ‘prolong’ life and ‘promote’ health, seems rather counter-intuitive.. or, another way of saying it, just plain stupid. Ok ok.. I’m going to read the book, but your thoughts are welcome.
- Do you have any quit-smoking stories/advice to share? Would love to hear from you.
- Anyone wanna join me? Accountability partners? Team-mates?
See you on the next round:)