Day 1 — Getting Started

Today was official day 1 of my new health adventure. I started the diet today and start works with my personal trainer on Monday.

Week 1 of the diet is limited to protein shakes with 1/2 cup of berries 3 x per day and two 6 ounce servings of protein. I had grilled ham for dinner and turkey kelbasa for lunch.

The diet will include a lot of protein shakes and I guess after the 18 weeks I will want to keep on juice and shakes so I bought a NutriBullet today. Saw it at Costco for $129 but got one delivered same day from Amazon $69.

Made my first berry/protein shake in it tonight and it was velvety smooth. So pretty impressed so far.

I recently bought an electric bike hoping to ride to work on nice days starting in the spring and go for more rides with the girls. I ended up getting a Trek Verve+. I’ve ridden around the neighborhood a bit but used some spare time today to try out the ride to work. We recently moved from Bellevue to Redmond so the ride is a lot more convenient now. It took about 50 minutes to get there and about 45 minutes to get back.

Chris and the girls are in Palm Desert this weekend for Zoe’s horseback training. So it’s a good week for me to get started on the new diet.

So far, so good. I’m a big evening snacker so I think that will be the hardest part.

A new adventure

We used this blog to document our adventure to China (’06-’09) and building our dream home (’15-’17) and now I have a new adventure to document.

A few months ago a friend from work had a mild heart attack. He came through it fine (or at least as far as I know) but it scared the fuck out of me. I’m getting older. There’s no getting around that, at least not yet. I will be 50 in a little over two years. I have an amazing family, my dream home on 5 acres, I work for a world class company with the best team anyone could ask for. I don’t want to die. I could give you all kinds of selfless reasons, but honestly I’m just scared to die. And I’m having too much fun to miss out.

I’m a futurist at heart. And although Stuart will tell you the world is about to end. I believe that we are at the dawn of the next great renaissance and I want to live to see it. And not just be alive. But be able to fully participate. I believe medical breakthroughs in the next 50 years will be able to eliminate most forms of disease and maybe even reverse a lot of aging. But I need to live long enough to benefits from that. Who knows maybe I will want to retire on Mars with Elon.

So. I’ve signed up for a program called 20/20 Lifestyles. It is a medically based diet, exercise and lifestyle management program. Microsoft offers free gym membership at one of the most amazing facilities I’ve seen. This program is run through that gym and is significantly subsidized by our medical insurance, which is also world class. So it would be stupid to not take advantage of these opportunities.

It is an intensive 16 week program with a 12 week follow up that consists of:

  • 3 sixty minutes work-out sessions per week
  • 1 sixty minute group workshop per week
  • 1 thirty minute dietician appointment per week

I’ve completed the paperwork and my orientation starts tomorrow, diet and workouts start Monday.

A big part of the program is tracking weight, measurements, % of fat, exercise, sleep, activity and food so I bought a new fitness tracker and I will be sharing all of that here.

I currently weight 212 pounds. At my best health I weighed 170 and could play ultimate for hours. My ideal weight is 165 so it will be a long journey. But I’m mentally prepared and have the support of my wife and colleagues.

There you have it. Not pretty but it’s what I have to work with. I hope to write a post everyday with how things are going. And will include everything I’m tracking, including photos, which hopefully will get more flattering soon :(.

My goals are to lose 47 pounds, go from eating for pleasure to eating for health and get back to playing ultimate. I just bought a new bike and will be moving to a closer office so I hope to be able to start biking to work once the weather turns a bit better.

If you’ve done 20/20 or something similar I would love to hear from you.