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Healthfully Yours - And So The Journey Begins!

Besides being super committed to looking after my skin with professional grade at-home skin care (DNA Skin Care, of course!), wearing sunscreen every day/365 days a year, and getting regular facials, I also desire to be healthy, fit, and strong!  For the most part, I have always been an exerciser of sorts, I eat pretty healthfully, and if nothing else, I am aware of how much water I need per day to keep my body hydrated.

For the last few months (maybe a year) I have definitely noticed myself gaining weight.  I don't weigh myself regularly.  I really don't like to.  Something about those numbers.  But I can feel it in my clothes.  I can see it in my clothes.  Hell, I can see it in the mirror!!  So I have decided to take charge of this situation, kick it up a couple of notches, and go all out on this healthy living thing.  And I'm taking you along for the ride because I'm hoping you will hold me accountable and keep me on track!!

Exercise it not a dirty word to me.  I actually really enjoy it.  Especially exercising outside!  I love to walk my dog - 3 miles every day.  I love to run.  Well, maybe not love, but after I have run regularly for some time and have worked my way through gasping for air to breathing at a more normal rate, it's actually enjoyable.  And it's outside, so I love that!!

Weight training is definitely an area where you can see results fast, and I want that.  I do desire to have some definition - maybe a noticeable bicep - and the only way to achieve that is through weight training.  Right now at the gym I am working with a combination of machines and weights.  Still not super heavy, but I will work my way to that.  Rome wasn't built in a day.  And I am working on building good habits that will sustain me over the long haul, so slow and steady wins the race.

Another huge part of my journey is going to be diet!  Yes, that's DIE with a T.  I eat too much.  And I snack at night.  And I'm not talking about one of those little 100-calorie snack packs either.  I am looking for different ways of eating to commit to.  I really want to follow a plan of sorts to help me lose weight.  I have done the Whole30 and have LOVED it.  But this time I am considering intermittent fasting - 16 hours of not eating, 8 hours of eating.  Well, not 8 hours of continual eating.  But you know what I mean.  I've seen several people who have had good success with this method and I think it's do-able for me.  I could eat from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  I don't really care about breakfast, and until 8:00 p.m. gives me a little time for a nighttime snack. 

So I'm not going to share my weight with you at this point.  I don't feel that comfortable with you yet.  But maybe later.  I will check back in the next couple of weeks to tell you what I'm doing and maybe highlight some information that could be helpful to you in your journey.   In the meantime, if you have any topics you would like me to cover, please just email or text them to me!

Healthfully yours, Ira

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