My new elliptical didn’t arrive until Tuesday, and I was too busy during the week to set it up, but I’m hoping to get it set up either today or tomorrow.
One aspect of Fitness that I don’t talk about much here is my eating. However, I’ve read several books about eating and health, specifically the microbiome and how what we eat affects it and then affects our whole body and brain. I made a decision that after my Birthday, I was quitting sugar and processed foods, including fast food. Partly because I’m Pre-Diabetic, partly because I wanted to see if it would affect my weight, but primarily because of what I’ve been reading regarding the connection between the microbiome and mental health. I figured that it couldn’t hurt me, and even if all I did was improve my overall physical health, I would be better off regardless of any benefit to my mental health.
One stipulation to my new way of eating is that I’m allowed a fast-food burger and fries once a month, a little dark chocolate once a month, and a treat on special occasions (there’s no way I’m not having a slice of the 1886 cake I make for the Boyfriend’s Birthday!).
So far, I’ve lost 5 lbs in 2 weeks, and I have more energy and generally feel better. It’s obviously not a cure for mental illness, but it does seem to help, and as I said, it’s not hurting me. It’s also saving me money and the food I’m eating tastes better. I don’t feel deprived. I will say, though, that this has been a fairly easy transition for me since I already wasn’t eating/drinking a lot of things that I knew weren’t good for me (soda being the big one), and I got to this point by taking small steps and making little changes here and there instead of trying to overhaul everything overnight. Will I continue to lose weight? I don’t know. Will my A1C be lower when I get my labs done again? I don’t know. The important thing for me right now is how I feel right now, and having more energy and feeling even a little bit better on average without costing me money is a win in my book.