Getting fit after 50 – Is it Even Possible?
75 days of Hashi Mashi, whew, I cannot believe, or maybe, yes, I can believe that I have made it this far.
75 days of pretty successfully avoiding processed foods as much as possible.
Along the way, I have added in exercise as well. Back when I started in June, I was over 250 pounds, close to 30% body fat, and a BMI (body mass index) of 29 something which is quite close to official obesity.
Food-wise, my main courses have been:
For breakfast, a dish that I and others call “Hashi Mashi”, a dish I made up to give me some more calories and fuel since I was no longer going to have bread.
Hashi Mashi is sauteed vegetables in olive oil, 4 egg whites, or sometimes a yolk or two, with Humus (ground chickpeas) and avocado.
It has become quite popular as people in my neighborhood started noticing that my belly was disappearing.
Fruits, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, strawberries, and sunflower seeds or almonds or walnuts for a snack.
For lunch, if I am hungry, a large tossed salad with chicken or a greek yogurt which is pretty high in protein. Sometimes throw a sweet potato in there when hungry.
Again, if I am feeling I need more fuel, I will have some more berries or nuts.
Dinner is something like sauteed vegetables, salad, and wild Atlantic salmon.
And at night for a snack, I might have a small box of raisins and some nuts or yogurt, sometimes not.
And drink a lot of water or have some seltzer, perrier, Poland springs.
So that is a pretty typical day, and the main changes that I have noticed are:
Weight loss of 36lbs, currently 194lbs.
The fat percentage has dropped from 27% to 22%.
Water percentage has gone up from 53% to 56%
BMI has dropped from 29 to 25.1
Pants size has dropped from 42 to 34″ waist
Maximum pushups have gone up from 5 to 40 over the last 11 weeks.
Maximum consecutive laps at the YMCA has gone up from 2 to 72 (1 mile).
And now over the last few weeks, many others have noticed as well. They tell me that I look healthier and more fit than before. I will post pictures up in the near future.
I am waiting another 2 weeks at least for when I hit 90 days. The reason for that is I want to check how my biomarkers like cholesterol look now with a 30+ pound weight loss, as much real food as possible ( for example, I will usually have an entire box of blueberries for a snack, I think it is a pint) and pretty consistent exercise, usually 6 days a week:
- Sunday: Strength like pushups, weights
- Monday: Swimming
- Tuesday: Strength
- Wednesday: Biking
- Thursday: Strength
- Friday: Cardio, or just a fun sport to play, walk, run, tennis, whatever it is.
- Saturday: Rest
I will give you more specifics on workout routines if you are interested, but I really want to see how my blood test results taken in 2 weeks from now will look compared to those of 4 months ago when my cholesterol was about 260 with terrible HDL, LDL, and triglycerides.
Once I see that there has been a positive change for those biomarkers, I will also put up pictures for comparison.
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