First Milestone

For the last year or more I have been trying to get into a routine of getting more exercise and watching what I eat to lose weight and be healthier.  I have had limited success.  Last week I signed up for a membership at the South Milwaukee Fitness Center to have a place to workout and for my daughter to practice for baton.  I have found that I much prefer their walking track to my treadmill.  I will still use my treadmill when I can’t get over there or I need some extra steps in a day but I am going to try to get over there for at least an hour of walking each day.  Today marks my seventh day in a row of both walking at least 10k steps and logging my food with MyFitnessPal so that I can watch what I eat.  It’s not a huge deal but it’s a first step in the right direction.

Unintended Consequences

For months I have had occasional issues with being really tired or getting short of breath when I had hardly done anything.  Then last week I went to donate blood and was deferred because my hemoglobin level was too low.  I was anemic.  I had never been deferred  before so that was really weird for me.  I started doing some searching on the Internet and found some articles that suggested that one possible cause of anemia was low stomach acid. I had never heard of this before but it did make sense.  With low stomach acid there issues with absorbing nutrients and that can cause anemia.  I went to the Dr this week and he confirmed that I am indeed mildly anemic.  I had to adjust my stomach meds to a lower dose and start iron supplements.  Not sure how long this will take get my iron levels back to normal but it is nice to have at least a clue on what may have been bothering me for some time.  I still get to see my GI specialist to make sure there is nothing else going on.  Just goes to show you that you need to keep track of your meds and how they affect you because they can cause other issues.

Detox for Healthier Me

Today I started a 7 Day Detox Program to try and up my metabolism and lose some weight.  I am using the NuLean products that I got through my Chiropractor and friend Dan Hyatt.  I have seen plenty of programs that claim they will help you lose weight fast so I was skeptical at first.  Dan was holding a free class about the program Wednesday night so I attended his class and decided to give it a try.  The information that he presented made sense to me and I new that I was not being taken in by a Snake Oil Salesman.  I have known Dan since High School and I know him to be a very honest person so if he says he has used the product himself and uses it with his patients then it is worth my taking a look at it.

I know that it’s not a miracle cure to my overweight issue but it is a first step.  I need to take off some weight and make some diet changes to keep losing weight to avoid many of the health issues that can come with being overweight.  It gets harder as you get older so now is as good a time as any to  make this step.