Month: September 2014

Fat vs. Skinny: Healthy?

iam not fat

I have lost 64 pounds since I saw my doctor in January of this year. For me that’s no real surprise, since I have been doing this, gaining and losing weight, most of my adult life. What bothered me, just a tiny bit, the comments I have been getting range from good too bad to meh.

Most of the comments are, “I look too skinny”, “you are too skinny”, “you look sick”, you need to eat more”, considering I now weigh 195 pounds. One person inferred that I am fat shaming, announcing my weight lost on sites like Facebook and Twitter. Heck, I tell just about every person I meet. However, it’s not about, for me, shaming, it’s about my, and the key word is, “MY” health.

I, for one, can tell you, I eat a lot. I have cut out the cakes and donuts and a whole lot of other sweet junk foods. I am not saying all sweets, though. Every now and then, I might buy a six-pack of donuts or muffins, but they are few and far between. I have even cut down on beer. On the average, I consume about 2300 calories a day with an average of burning 700 to 800 calories per day. Plus, I have been a vegetarian for the last three and a half years.imagesY201ADZH

I started out as a vegetarian 34 years ago. When I got married in 1980, I weighed 155 pounds. A few years into my marriage, I started to eat fish and chicken. One of the things I noticed, in any of my relationships, over the last 40 years, I would always gain weight. When I was married, I reached 278 pounds. When I exited the relationship, I lost weight.

When I got divorced, 10 years later, I hit the gym and stayed around 190 pounds for most of the 90s. This is about the time I really got in to running and my goal was to run a marathon. I stayed in the gym every day, and played a lot of sports, I stayed active. And I stayed away from long termed relations.

The company I was working for decided to build a gym for its employees and I just happen to work in the building, when it was finished. By 2000, I weigh in between 220 and 225. However, I was lifting weights then and I mean heavy lifting. I totally loved the way I looked, as one would say, sculpted. At the end of 2001, I got into another long termed relationship and I packed on the pounds.

Prior to all of the above, I had great blood pressure, very low cholesterol, and a 48 beat resting heart rate. I was in super shape. I had also fasted for those 34 years four times a year for at least a week at a time. However, I had stopped because of my depressing relationship I was in but broke up in 2004. In 2005, I was diagnosed with terrible disease and had to have surgery in 2006. Plus I retired that same year.

The next six years I stayed between 255 to 264 pounds. In January of 2012, my doctor decided to put me on Blood pressure pills, but as far as I was concerned, my blood pressure was still high with the pills. It would go as high as 155/80 and as low as 119/73, it varied from day to day. So I decided was going to get out and walk every day. My son, bless his heart, brought me a bicycle in June, a comfort Hybrid bike and I rode as much as I could. I stayed around 230 pounds until…Thanksgiving and the rest of the holidays. I gained most of that weight back.

In 2013 I again started my walking regiment and I tried to run, but was having trouble breathing. So, I would only run a half mile during my 2 mile walks. For whatever reason I felt, I couldn’t run so I walked and biked just about every day. I still was on those BP pills, and as far as I was concerned, they were not working the way they should, I thought.

In 2014, my doctor wanted to put me on another drug and said he was concerned about my heart and wanted me to take a stress test and a whole bunch of other test. At that point, I just nodded my head and decided I had it with the drugs and everything else and I stopped taking those pills. In February, I said to myself, I am going to run every day as much as I can.

In March, I purchased some running shoes. As of today, I have run, walked, ridden my bike, hiked and Kayaked 1098 miles (1938 miles since 2012). I recorded everything I ate, with an app, I found online, and stayed away from junk food… and of course the drugs, well accept Motrin. My blood pressure has kind of stabilized. Last week it was 118/73, but it was up for a few days, 138/78. My last reading was 127/73, considering the new guidelines for persons aged 60 years or older is a BP goal of less than 150/90 mm Hg. Not perfect, but I should be able to get another 30 years out of this old body of mine, I hope.

I’m not shaming overweight people, this is now my lifestyle and I hope to stick to it. If I look too skinny to you, so be it. I am happy with myself. I am doing this for my health, no more, no less. Everyone’s health is different. I mean, look at football players, and other athletes, some could truly be considered obese. In fact, according to the latest data, me, at 195, is still considered obese, go figure.

I probably will slow down when I reach 190, though. But, I will continue to work out as I have done most of my adult life. The only things I have to worry about now are lead poisoning, meteor strikes, CME, Gamma rays… Oh yeah, Thanksgiving and the coming holidays.