Today is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day. Because I have one of those, I want to honor her today. Her name is Kristen Norton from Well Balanced Nutrition and I know I’ve talked to about her on this blog before. She has been working with me, making me healthier and has been my health rock, just after The BCPF, of course. But, she’s not scary and doesn’t make you “give up” all your favorite foods. She just helps you make smart choices. She’s awesome, really. She and her/our friend Eleanor Russell have their own podcast, too. It’s called The Health Geeks Book Club podcast and is produced by Yours Truly. It’s a good one. Thank you for everything Kristen!
Until tomorrow, same blog channel… Scorp out!
— “As Registered Dietitian Nutritionists with years of experience in the field and personal experience overcoming nutrition challenges, we’ve got the skills and smarts to help you CHANGE YOUR LIFE through nutrition.” – Well Balanced Nutrition
I come to you tonight, Dear Reader, with some incredible news. I also come to you with tired feet, legs, back and a slight bit of chaffing. Today, specifically this morning, I got up after not walking at all (with intent, that is) yesterday, and also to make up for the burger and fries I had the night before (I was on The Man Who Ate the Town duty), I decided I was going to do a little extra walking. I walked to Ma ‘Rents’ place (which is about 200 yards mostly uphill), around the upper- to lower- driveways and zigzagged my way back down the hill toward my house. When I got to my driveway, I walked the circle an extra five to six times until I reached .6 of a mile, which is .1 more than usual. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but every bit counts.
I came in and immediately took a shower. I had a client to publish a podcast for and a session for another coming at 9a. So, I got my Podcast Recording Gear together and went on to the studio. I was there about 810a. I set everything up and decided to myself, heck, I feel good, let me get some steps in. The parking lot at my studio is pretty large so I just walked the perimeter until I felt I had “done enough.” I checked my watch and it said I was at 1.4 miles so I said let’s go for two miles. I hit two miles at 856a. I felt really good about his. The kicker was, my session at 9a was Kristen Norton of Well Balanced Nutrition. I shared that with her, she was excited, as was her session partner, Eleanor Russell, a health advisor with Shaklee. We did their podcasts (three) with a stand-and-stretch session between them. After I walked them outside, I was like wow! It feels great out here today, let’s get some steps in!
My daily goal, as set by my watch, is 6000 steps. I haven’t hit that since I started this (and really haven’t hit that goal in a really long time). Well, waiting on the cleaning crew to come do my office, I went until I hit 6000 steps. I hit that at around 1127a. So, a text went out to The BCPF, Kristen, Eleanor, ma Mère and ma Père. Excitement abounds.
I started on my annual “Big Project” with DTWS Partnership and decided I was going to do something different with the videos this year. I was going to get real footage. So, I went to one of the winners, which happened to be in the same area as three of the other winners and shot actual video footage with my camcorder. I walked many a step, up steps, down steps, on hilly terrain, back-and-forth, and man… those steps wracked up.
Think back a few years, Dear Reader. Those of you who have been with me for a while know that in addition to The Man Who Ate the Town, I also did The Man Who Walked the Town and had a 10k (steps) by 10a (10am) goal on Saturdays. That was crazy but I did it. Since I got a new phone and smart watch my step count has gone down to 6000 steps which is still a lot. Well, after a long day of walking, filming, podcasting, walking, and walking… I decided I needed to grab some food and since I’m eating healthier, I went to Yamas Mediterranean Street Food because, well, they’re Yamas. Also, they have lots of good complex carbs like grains and lots of veggies. I purposely parked down the street and walked up to Yamas. Once I got inside the door, I looked at my watch. I was over 10k steps!!! I felt good!
In the session, Kristen asked me how I felt about walking this morning. I told her I felt f*****g phenomenal! I feel alive! I still did. I actually have a thing I do when I hit a walking goal that dates back to TMWWTT days and I do my Rocky Balboa pose (arms raised in a “Y”). I did that at 9a, 1130a and now at 615p hitting that goal. I am sore. I will feel it tonight and tomorrow, especially. But, I did it. Yo, The BCPF, I did it! (bad Sylvester Stallone imitation).
Until tomorrow, I’m going to bed… Scorp out!
— “My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the hell she is.” – Ellen DeGeneres
Well, Dear Reader, today was the doctor’s appointment. The one I have obsessed over this week, on this blog. I braced myself for the diagnosis of pre-diabetes. And, what I said earlier this week was true: there are other factors and I’m no doctor and all that. It turns out that my glucose reading could have been something I had eaten or drunk the day or even days before my bloodwork was done. They weren’t at all concerned with that. My A1Cs were perfectly fine and that’s what counts toward diabetes. So, whew! on that, right?
But, I’m not out of the woods, just yet. There were two factors that we had to talk about. My triglycerides are at 238. The standard range is 0-149. So, I’m well over that. The other thing is my weight. I am the heaviest I’ve ever been right now. I weighed in at 321. Three. Hundred. Twenty. One. Pounds. Jeez o’Pete. So, these are the focus, now. I don’t think my regiment will change.
When I told my doctor of the plan that Kristen Norton of Well Balanced Nutrition and I had agreed upon, the same schedule I talked about earlier this week, here, he was very excited and happy with it. A couple of things specifically. He loved the idea of limiting the majority of the simple carbs (the white bread, pizza crust, french fries, etc.) and introducing more complex carbs (brown rice, potatoes with skins, beans, etc.) and a cupped handful of veggies. He was also very high on the 12-hour fast and increasing it over time. I have been able to work with that this week. It’s not bad at all. Pretty easy. Yesterday alone I was over 14 hours, which I broke the fast with a small cobb salad and a cup of chili (with black beans!). Dinner last night had seafood, corn and potatoes with skins. Sure, I stole a couple of bites of The BCPF’s lobster tater tots but it wasn’t a whole meal.
The last thing the doc was happy about was how much I’ve walked already this week. Not necessarily the distance but the intensity and frequency. I promised him and the nurse that I was going to be under 300lbs the next time I stepped on that scale. So, I need to promise myself that too and somehow work in a streak. Streaks somehow keep me accountable and I guess that’s what I will have to do.
So, there you have it, Dear Reader. I just wanted to update you on how relieved I was to not be diabetic but also that I’m not out of the woods and I am working to a healthier me. Oh! And I was up at 645a and went for my walk before I did anything else. My watch didn’t record jack so I don’t know how many steps I got, but the graph shows me more than the day before. It was cold, y’all.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel… Scorp out!
— “From a health standpoint, I have metabolic syndrome, I have high triglycerides, low HDL, body fat centrally located, high blood pressure. Running really helps control my weight and that problem a lot. So if I am not running three days a week, I really miss it.” – Drew Pinsky
So, I had my meeting with my friend Kristen Norton today. Kristen, as I told you yesterday, is with Well Balanced Nutrition and from my health things that I either am reading too much into, not enough into, or just because I need to, I think we have a plan that I can live with! Below is what we came up with for me, and remember this is just for me, what I can do (mentally/work-related) and what I’m willing to take up. Here we go:
1. Include veggies with my meals 3-4 times a week. Doable. As I’ve grown older, I have found a love, or at least a tolerance, for things I wouldn’t eat as a kid, even into young adulthood.
2. Minimize poor quality carbs (white bread, white rice, french fries, crackers, pizza crust, etc) when possible. Again, doable. I don’t care if I have white bread (I can get other buns for my burgers), fries, crackers, etc. The pizza crust will be harder. But, it’s up to me to adapt. I won’t do cauliflower crusts and stuff like that. I don’t want imitation food, even when made from other food.
3. Choose a cupped handful (or 2) of fiber-rich carbohydrates like potatoes w/ skin, beans, corn, peas, or whole grains. Now we’re talking. I like potatoes with skin. We had baked potatoes last week, twice, and I eat it all, skins and everything. Another long ramp to where I started, I now like beans. I will find beans. I never thought I’d say that. I like corn and peas and I love whole grain things.
4. Start small cause you’ll eat it all. On the Hunger Scale: aim to stop eating when you still feel a bit neutral 5-6, so you end up at a 6-7. I’m not going to share what all the numbers mean because that’s Kristen’s thing. But, let’s just say that I stop before I’m miserable. I have to allow my body to adjust to just eating. I can’t do much about how fast I eat, but I can stop and let my brain catch up with my stomach. In the past, it’s always been “all I see” and not “all I need.” Just because it’s in front of me, just because I paid for it, doesn’t mean I have to eat all of it. If possible, I will get a to go container, although that’s a whole other phobia I have to work on internally.
5. Consider at least a 12-hour fast overnight and see if you can stretch it to 13, 14 then 15… Going gradual can ensure you don’t get so hungry you want to overeat for your first meal. I am pretty okay with this one. I mean, some nights, according to my work load/schedule, I may not get to eat until 8p. That’s not great because your metabolism slows down once the sun goes down. But, sometimes it can’t be helped. So, if I don’t get to eat until 8p, then I don’t eat until after 8a. That’s okay, though, I don’t usually eat before 1030a or so, so at 12 hours, that’s easy. I am not a big midnight snack person, other than peanut butter. I will eat that, so I have to train not to have that spoonful at midnight. That’s okay, though. I can do it.
That’s my “plan.” Kristen is amazing and had a lot of questions and listened to my excuses and reasons why I can’t. Which, not that I think about it, I didn’t have a lot of reasons as to “can’t.” I had more why I “hadn’ts” if that’s a word. I am totally into being here and doing what I can to make it better. I am into addition, not subtraction. It’s not what I have to do without, it’s about what I can add. She was awesome walking me through that. She wasn’t scary. She didn’t take my favorite things away. She tried to steer me to better choices. So far, I’m okay with all of that. Thank you, Kristen!
If you’d like your own consultation with Kristen, or just want to know more about what she and her company, Well Balanced Nutrition are about, visit this page. Tell her that The Podfather sent you!
Oh, and I walked good bit today. I walked over to my mother’s house which is about a ¼ mile and then back, so ½ mile. Then, I walked in my circular driveway until I was well over 2000 steps. I ended up around 4700 or so for the day. I was proud of it. I have to work my way up.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel… Scorp out!
— “Even if you do understand nutrition, knowing what to eat is only part of the equation.” – Well Balanced Nutrition
I haven’t ever made any bones about the fact that I’m slightly overweight. I’ll pause while you all laugh your tails off. I can totally take the “slightly” off that. I am overweight. Not only that, I’m obese. Morbidly so. I’m 6″-6’1″ or so and at about 315 lbs. I say about because I haven’t weighed myself in the last bit because… why, really?
Last week, I had my blood work done for my semi-yearly doctor’s appointment. I got my results back almost immediately. I looked through the results and everything looked mostly good but I noticed my glucose levels were above 99. Anything above 99 is in the range of “pre diabetes.” That kind of scared me. I will tell you, I sit at 105 on the levels. It’s still low on the range but also, still over 99. Now, the caveat here, I haven’t talked with my doctor, yet. I have an appointment on Thursday afternoon.
I have not been diagnosed as pre-diabetic. I know that I am not a doctor and me reading these results is dangerous for self-diagnosis. There are probably other factors that come into play. But, I also know that where I sit, overall, it won’t hurt to fix some of these things regardless of the outcome or contingency of diagnosis.
I can’t afford, neither in my job nor in mental capacity, to go on a restrictive diet. What I need is direction and support. So, I have an appointment tomorrow with my very own licensed nutritionist and wellness coach, Kristen Norton with Well Balanced Nutrition. I’m hoping she can work me through my fears about eating healthy and get me moving in the right direction.
This past Saturday, the BCPF and I walked a lap around our compound. This morning, I walked it by myself. I walked it briskly and other than making sure I wasn’t going to pass out, I didn’t really stop until I completed that lap. That lap equals about a half-mile. It was rough but it’s a start. Again, I’m ~315 and more than that to start with would be silly anyway.
So, I’ll let you know what Kristen and I talk about when that happens and I’ll keep you informed on my progress. But, I want to be here and this isn’t a “resolution.” This has to be a choice. I have to convince myself that this is my idea and I’m not being forced into it. Wish me luck, and I apologize up front for the “health” updates.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel… Scorp out!
— “A healthy outside starts from the inside.” – Robert Urich