Okay, I am going to try and keep on blogging while I am on a tough diet. I donâ€™t intend to post all low-calorie, low-fat meal alternativesâ€¦that is just too boring. I donâ€™t see this as a permanent lifestyle change, more like temporary torture. While I fully understand the need to just eat less and exercise more, the reality is I do have to go into some self-deprivation mode to achieve the desired results. But I have about a 60 day period within which to get back in shape. And there is a reason for the 60 day deadline, details coming up very soonâ€¦
My starting weight is 190 pounds. I am trying to get that down to 175 pounds by the end of October or thereabouts â€“ the ideal recommended weight for my height and age according to my doctor. To do that, I am pursuing a modified lower carbohydrate diet. To give you a flavor of what I am going to eat (but not necessarily write about) â€“ think fruit smoothies with all the fiber and no added sugar, low-fat milkshakes with whey, lots of green salads, dark green vegetables, lean meat sandwiches on whole grain bread, brown instead of white rice, no desserts after today, no chocolate, little or no alcohol, lots of water, lots of fish, lots of steaming rather than frying, my homemade granola, lots of eggs, nuts, legumes and vegetablesâ€¦ In the photo above is another Marketman experiment. A Blackberry and Whey smoothie. In a blender add some ice cubes, thawed frozen blackberries, low fat milk, whey powder, and blitz until done. If you are picky about the seeds, strain this and you will get the most intensely purple and seedless smoothie!
On the exercise front, I will try to work out at least twice a week, go for a brisk walk twice a week and if really driven, play one or two hours of real singles tennis. An occasional swim, once a week 8-10 kilometer bike ride and I should do okay, no? I often find that my exercise plans are waylaid by other commitments, so I just have to set my own priorities more firmly nowâ€¦ I am posting my plans so that the knowledge that all of you know them will make me more motivated to actually do them. I would take a photo of my mid-section before and after but frankly, I think that would be bordering on gross and a real appetite suppressant for readers… Wish me luck and if all goes well, you may even be able to see if I actually achieved my goal!