Hello, my friends! Welcome back to another exciting edition of “Kurtis’ Journey Into the Phase 2 Blogosphere.” That’s the title I’m going with for this week. As always, if you have a suggestion for what I should title my blog then please leave a comment.
I slowly began the transition into Phase 2 of the HMR program with Sarah Bush Lincoln about a month ago and yesterday I had my FINAL weekly meeting with Dr. Ranchero. I’ll probably still meet with him once a month, but this is where the real work begins. I’ll start the Phase 2 classes next week and am re-introducing “regular” foods into my diet. So the “real work” begins with me maintaining a healthy weight. It’s a whole new batch of challenges that await me.
Of course, I always somehow find ways to make those challenges just a little more challenging than they need to be. I swear I don’t do it on purpose! It just seems to happen that way. For example, a couple of weeks ago I was out doing my run and getting in the physical activity that is so important to the HMR program. I’m not sure if I didn’t have enough fluids in me or if I didn’t stretch enough (both are important), but I got a little cramp in my leg. So I bent over to stretch it out and that’s when disaster struck – I managed to strain a muscle in my abdomen.
And that strain is actually a little tear. And that little tear caused me to scream & say words that would frighten little old ladies. How do I know my painful yelps would frighten little old ladies? Because while I was doubled-over yelling words that would embarrass my mother, two little old ladies happened to be walking by walking their dogs! I tried to apologize, but every time I attempted to explain what was happening all I did was sorta groan like a zombie on “The Walking Dead.”
The end-result of that debacle is that I can’t do too much physical activity until the muscle heals and now two little old ladies think there’s some crazy foul-mouthed dude that runs around the neighborhood yelling.
Maybe I can make some HMR pancakes or HMR chili mac for those ladies as a peace-offering and proper apology? In the meantime, I’m using what I’ve learned from Phase 1 to ensure I don’t put pounds back on. I’m being smart about my food choices, doing as much walking as I can and trying to heal up.
I know there will be challenges every day and I know I won’t be flawless on this weight loss journey. I’m human and nobody goes undefeated, right? Maybe Rocky Marciano and the 1972 Miami Dolphins, but otherwise everybody loses a game here & there. The key for anybody on a weight loss journey is to remember that after a bad day, you get to try to win the next day. And the day after that. And the day after that. “Win” as many days in a row as you can. Put together a winning streak! And before you know it, that winning streak turns into healthy habits that are a part of your everyday life.