Update on the Lifestyle Changes

Some day I hope to look this good!!
Greetings!  It’s been a busy few weeks while doing some upgrades on the van.  That’s mostly all I’ve written about lately.  It is usually this blog’s primary focus.  I haven’t posted much about the fitness journey but thought it might be a good topic – it gave me the motivation for today’s upcoming van trip. The wellness program and van camping efforts are intertwined and complement each other, keeping progress occurring regularly.
Why do they put this IN the gym so
a person cannot strip all the way?
First of all, the fitness program is going well even though the weight is stuck on 299 lbs (down 41.5).  There is no concern at all about hitting a plateau – I often forget to stand on the scale for days and days!  It’s just not relevant right now.
The most important thing – the diabetes – is improving by leaps and bounds.  I’m completely off the fast acting insulin and with the doctor’s blessing, should be able to discontinue the slow acting insulin this year.  Lately, the blood sugar has been TOO low.  The darn blood pressure is too low, as well!
Here is the best part.  The clothes are getting baggy and people have been coming up and saying “You HAVE lost weight!”  That feels good and is a big motivator.  To heck with the scale anyway.  I’m convinced that all scales are possessed by the devil or Jenny Craig or both.  (just kidding)
Even though the fitness activities have been on a sort of “auto pilot” lately, that’s a good thing.  If you do something without thinking about it, it’s a new way of life.  I make healthy choices every day now, often unconsciously.  Even the exercise feels natural – it’s becoming easier and even more fun.
Today’s cardio workout was another milestone along the way.  I ran a little bit on the treadmill.  It was not far, not fast, but was still a little bit of running.  At one point I hit a 9 minute per mile pace  (crash! crash! crash! accompanied by the belt going “screech!  screech! screech!).  Running a small amount brought back memories because I had run ten marathons close to twenty years ago.  Pleasant feelings came flooding back and brought a lot of joy and hope.  Life is good and it’s fun, too!  It gets better every day.
The plan is to take a little camping trip for the next couple of days.  More pics will be coming soon. 
Have a fun day!  Make it a good one!
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One more note…  If you’re a lurker (I think “enthusiast” or “observer” is so much more complimentary), I’m really glad you stopped by.  In the Cheap RV living forum there are so many new people that are contemplating sleeping in a vehicle and simplifying their lives.  I started out that way and am enjoying the freedom this type of existence offers.  If I can give you one piece of advice, when you have those “But, what if ….  ?” questions rephrase them to “I can by…. ” answers and then go make it happen!  Everyone has those questions.  Few people stop to address them – they just stop! 
Take care!

About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"
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One Response to Update on the Lifestyle Changes

  1. Anonymous says:

    Brad, Congratulations on the weight loss! I am one of the “lurkers”. LOL Living in a van is what I want to do, and being able to boondock with solar is a plus! Just have to get my house sold first. Meanwhile, I’m enjoying reading your blog and other “vanners” too. Linda