Why is fitness/health/weightloss important to me?

This post is in response to the “My Weigh To Lose Challenge” event.

I want to live a healthier life, and I want to do it right now.  Fortunately, scientific research has been conducted on the role of diet, exercise, and fitness on health and longevity.  So it is just a matter of being motivated to change my lifestyle.  I want to live in good health for as long as I can, so I set out on this journey to lose weight, lower my blood cholesterol, and reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and other diseases.  That, in a nutshell, is why health, fitness, and weight loss are important to me.

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Describe What Types of Food I Like

This post is in response to the “My Weigh to Lose Challenge” event.

I enjoy preparing and cooking all of my meals.  My meals are very healthy and tasty, and I truly enjoy them.  Since I follow the Mediterranean diet, my meals are mostly plant-based.

For breakfast, I usually enjoy oatmeal with nuts, fresh or frozen (thawed) fruit, and soy milk.  Every now and then I cook another whole grain like buckwheat or quinoa instead of oatmeal.

I enjoy a handful of nuts for a mid-morning snack.

Lunch is usually broccoli or cooked spinach topped with a tomato sauce that I cook using extra virgin olive oil, tomato puree, onions, celery, and dried herbs and spices.  I include some salmon or poultry and a slice or two of whole wheat bread.  I follow this with yogurt topped with fresh fruit or raisins for dessert.

My afternoon snack is always a couple squares of dark chocolate with some green tea.  Very relaxing.

Then dinner is usually a whole grain pilaf (like brown rice, millet, barley, or bulgur) made with extra virgin olive oil and a variety of spices.  I add beans and two other vegetables, like sweet potatoes and green beans.  I always have fresh fruit for dessert.

There is a lot of variety in my diet.  I always have at least 3 types of nuts handy, plus I sometimes have chia seeds at breakfast.  I buy a variety of fresh and frozen fruit, and I also prepare many types of whole grains.  I also use many types of spice combinations.  I must say though that I look forward to dessert after lunch when I have yogurt with cinnamon and raisins.  That is the treat that I enjoy the most, and it is probably because the raisins are so sweet.

Describe My Level of Fitness Activity

This post is in response to the “My Weigh to Lose Challenge” event.

Currently I sit a lot.  I’m either sitting at a desk or relaxing on my sofa.  I do make time to walk 45 minutes a day, five days a week.  My walks are divided into a warm-up (15 minutes), a moderate activity level walk at 3 miles per hour (25 minutes), and a cool down period (5 minutes). The total distance I walk is about 2 miles a day.  I also do very light strength training exercises, averaging about 10 minutes a day, three days a week.

Why Would I Like to Achieve These Goals?

This post is in response to the “My Weigh To Lose Challenge” event.

I would like to achieve my fitness/health/weight loss goals because my risk for cardiovascular disease will be reduced.  Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the U.S.  I would also feel better about myself, and I would be adding years to my life and life to my years.

What are my fitness/health/weightloss goals?

This post is written in response to the “My Weigh To Lose Challenge” event.

These are my goals for the next year:

  • I weigh 198 pounds.  I want to lose 22 pounds.
  • My total cholesterol is 147.  I want it to be below 140.
  • My LDL cholesterol is 90.  I want it to be below 80.
  • My HDL cholesterol is 44.  I want it to be at least 50.
  • My waist is 36 inches.  I want it to be 34 inches.
  • I want to double my strength training activity from 30 minutes/week to 60 minutes/week.

I do not have 10 goals, but these are very important to me.