What’s the Worst That Could Happen?
“What’s the worst that could happen? So we take a wrong turn and have to make another run.” Little did we know what would happen in another 10 minutes. Safety nets and backstops, having your back; whatever you call them, it’s good to have preventive measures in place. I consider healthy eating one of my preventive measures.
Since we worked last weekend, Therese and I took Tuesday off to ski. The snow was great and we skied hard, excited to be on the mountain. As we chose which run to take for our last run, I remember saying, “What’s the worst that could happen if we take a wrong turn and have to make another run.” 10 minutes later Therese was lying on the snow with possibly a broken clavicle and multiple broken ribs.
A Glimmer of Hope
While we worked through the X-rays, prodding and questions to get a better understanding of the severity of her injuries, I was excited by a recent study published last Tuesday in JAMA (American Medical Association) and associated article in the New York Times sent to me. Titled “The Key to Weight Loss Is Diet Quality, Not Quantity,” this study reinforced my approach to weight loss.
“The research lends strong support to the notion that diet quality, not quantity, is what helps people lose and manage their weight most easily in the long run. It also suggests that health authorities should shift away from telling the public to obsess over calories and instead encourage Americans to avoid processed foods that are made with refined starches and added sugar, like bagels, white bread, refined flour and sugary snacks and beverages, said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, a cardiologist and dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.”
Food as a Safety Net
Therese and I have chosen to live an active lifestyle. She has a goal to live to at least 100. I want to keep learning, growing and enjoying the outdoors. We both believe that eating a diet (not going on a diet) of real food is an essential safety net to reaching our goals. I’m making progress towards reaching a healthier weight, and we are both amazed at the resilience our bodies have as we enjoy the outdoors, even when things don’t go as planned.
MoJo Update Week 7
Even with all the stress, I managed to eat 19 meals made using real ingredients (TimeChop meals). I only exercised twice and indulged three times. My formula estimates that even with the “overindulgence,” I should still be in a weight loss mode. Low and behold I’m at my lowest weight to date!
2018 Lifestyle Tracker Full
|Week Ending||Whole Food Nutrition (out of 21 possible)||Weekly Exercise||Weekly "Beer"||Formula Result||Actual Result|
|1/6/2018||19||5||6||Weight Loss||Lost 1 lb.|
|1/13/2018||20||5||4||Weight Loss||Lost 1 lb.|
|1/20/2018||19||6||5||Weight Loss||Lost 1 lb.|
|1/27/2018||17||3||5||Weight Gain||Gained 1/2 lb.|
|2/3/2018||19||6||2||Weight Loss||Lost 1/2 lb.|
|2/10/1018||20||4||9||Weight Gain||No scale for weighing|
|2/17/1018||19||4||2||Weight Loss||Potential Loss (assumes gain in prior week)|
|2/24/1018||19||2||3||Weight Loss||Lost 1 1/2 lb.|
Monday Journal (MoJo) Background
I’m on a path of gradual weight loss, a continuation from a surprising 2017 realization about my relationship with food it’s impact on exercise, physical and emotional well-being. If my theory holds, I’ll see positive improvements in all categories and an overall improvement in my work performance.
I’m testing out a simple formula to confirm my body’s response to eating meals made with real/whole food ingredients, and to understand the impact of balancing exercise with the consumption of “unhealthy” snacks and drink.
Each week I report my success or failure. I don’t count calories, read labels or have a maniacal exercise plan. I’m hoping to prove that a simple lifestyle change can bring about a healthier life with higher performance, even as we age.