Monthly Archives: March 2013

Just one more day

So tomorrow I’m going in to have my knee operated on, and Thursday I start physical therapy. So the tone of this blog will change a little bit to be about updates on my recovery and my progress towards my thru-hike. I still think I can do this, and I plan to tell my PT that it’s my goal and that I want to work towards that.

But the first step is recovery. Yay. Wish me luck!

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Diets?

So the other day I went in to see a cardiologist because I had a problem with my heart last year. The discussion covered a lot of topics but one of the big ones for me was that he suggested this diet that’s run in the office next to his, by one of his affiliated doctors.

Now, I’m overweight and I totally admit that. But I also am pretty adamant most days that I’m not looking to “lose weight” I’m looking to be healthy and feel well. I know that more than likely in my case that involves losing weight, I’m not stupid. But just simply decreasing the number on the scale is not on my list of things to do except when I’m having a particularly hard day.

One of the things on my list though is to eat more balanced meals and be more nutritious about food in general. I haven’t figured out how to do that on my own, really, so this diet where you actually purchase food and eat what they tell you while meeting regularly with a doctor actually did catch my eye.

But when I started looking into it more, it would go completely counter to what I’ve been planning to do with the rest of my life. Especially with this plan to hike the trail, it just wouldn’t work. Because for the first portion of the diet you’re eating so few calories in order to intentionally send your body into shock that you’re supposedly not allowed to exercise at all.

I’m finally getting my knee problem sorted out, I’m not going to suddenly drop all of my plans and spend a ridiculous amount of money just to drop a couple numbers for some arbitrary thing. I get that losing weight would have other side effects, but one of the things I want to change about myself through this hiking plan is that I feel weak and unable to do things that require any kind of physicality. THAT is my primary goal for wanting to feel well, I want to feel able and accomplished. So I don’t see how this diet could actually help me accomplish that at all.

Which means I’m back to the drawing board on figuring out how to get my eating habits in line and be better about them.

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