This post is sponsored by Metabolic Mindset. All content and opinions are my own.
“So often, we pretend we’ve made a decision, when what we’ve really done is signed up to try until it gets too uncomfortable” — Jen Sincero, You are a Badass
Decisions have a way of creeping up on you.
As 2018 was ending I had my regular mammogram and my annual doctor’s visit. In December I got a call to go to the hospital for another mammogram and an ultrasound. The radiologist wanted to take another look at a cyst that had abnormalities. While things were OK, I would need to go back in 4 months for another set of tests.
At my yearly checkup, I asked the doctor to order blood work just to make sure there weren’t any hormonal reasons for my weight gain. My mom had issues with her thyroid, so in a way, I was hoping that I could blame my situation on that, even though I knew it wasn’t so. The blood work came back with a higher level of “bad cholesterol”. Not a huge amount, but enough. All the signs were pointing to the need to make changes.
The first decision I made was to cut back on alcohol, but only after Jan 2. Having a glass of wine (or two) each day had become part of the nightly routine, and I wasn’t ready to change that yet. As it turned out, I started on that plan a little early when I ended up with the flu on Boxing Day. It was days without eating or drinking much of anything. I had little appetite after and most meals were something that I suddenly craved, and went out to buy.
I had originally decided to go 100 days without wine, but I didn’t. It’s not that the decision became uncomfortable, but I hadn’t been fully committed.
Into all of this entered Geoff Vacon, my new friend and health adviser. I told him I would eat whatever he put on my meal plan. He wasn’t having any of that. He wanted me to be able to enjoy food, and that would make things easier to change and to maintain. It was a foreign concept to me. I had been so used to just eating what was on the meal plan, and not questioning why that I honestly forgot what I liked to eat.
Finding the right plan
We also talked about the different ways of eating and the benefits of each. I had been reluctant to try the keto diet in the past. In my mind, it was a restrictive plan, which is funny coming from someone who had been on EXTREMELY restricted “meal plans” in the past. Ray and I trust Geoff and love his way of really working with us to create a plan, so we decided to start on keto on Feb 1, and we will continue it for 10-12 weeks.
So, I gave you all that background to get to the point where I can tell you about my first week. Switching to high fat, low carb diet wasn’t a big deal for me. I enjoy eating eggs and bacon for breakfast, and Geoff showed me how to make a great tasting avocado pudding that has already become a staple food.
It was a great week, right up to the time where I stepped on the scale, and the numbers hadn’t gone down. I made another decision, that I would not be using the scale to monitor my progress.
Back to the gym
Ray and I joined 24/7 Fitness club where Geoff trains and he went with us for a couple of workouts. That helped us to get back into the gym and gave Geoff the opportunity to check where we were at. It is a tough mental challenge accepting my fitness level now compared to when I was training for competition. It’s hard for me to look in the mirror, and I was frustrated during our leg workout when I couldn’t do the hack squats. Geoff challenged me by asking if I had ever used the machine before, and I said no. So, I had no history of doing anything on that machine, and everything was new. Well, yes, but… Yup, he called me out on that.
I am still struggling with so many of the emotional and mindset changes that I need to make. Deciding to live differently is easy, it is the day to day work of living it that is challenging. Especially for someone like me who lives so much in the mind. I couldn’t imagine doing this without Ray by my side. And of course, I am grateful for Geoff’s guidance and encouragement along the way. If you would like to work with Geoff to achieve your own health goals, you can contact him here.
Next week I will give a rundown of our first week back at the gym on our own.