Sunday, August 19, 2012

Background Check

For those who have only known me for the past 3 years or so, this might come as a bit of a surprise. I used to be about 25 pounds heavier than I am now. Yep. I think that my max weight was around 185 pounds, back around 1999 or so. Heck, it was 1999, so I really had NO choice but to party, right?

I didn’t really party much, but I did EAT. I loved to eat, and I would eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, and as much as I wanted. For example, you know those logs of frozen ‘beef’ patties? I always had one on hand, and would fire up the grill when I got home from work. Then I would go inside, change my clothes, and get burger fixins. By then, the grill was hot, and I’d toss on 3-4 patties. YUM!

Then, when my (then) wife would get home in an hour or so, we’d have dinner. And of course some sort of dessert. The cafeteria where I worked cooked some really good food. I made friends with one of the chefs, andIMAG0353 always got a larger than normal serving when I went through the line. And snacks? OH, YEA, BABY! I loved snacks…

Every once in a while I would ride my mountain bike on the trails near our house, but there weren’t any real hills, and I would just cruise along, looking around, not really working hard. Just being outside…

Then some bad choices that I made turned my life on its head. During one part of this process, I stopped eating. I think the longest I went was a week. Nearly passing out during a class was the thing that made me realized that perhaps I should eat again. I started with some Ensure, and then 4 days later was able to tolerate real food. Some days, when I feel that things are getting out of control, I’ll ‘crave’ a can of Ensure…

In the past three years, though, I have been more diligent and attentive about what I shove into my pie hole. I still eat as much as I want, when I want, etc. Now, however, these things are more along the lines of apples, yogurt, granola, etc. Calorically, I don’t think that my consumption is much higher than it used to be, but the QUALITY of my current calories is far greater. It makes a big difference.

I’ve also changed what I use for energy when I need a pick me up that will get me through the day or through a workout. Let’s face it: at 43, I’m no spring chicken. By mid afternoon, I am so ready for a siesta that some days I actually take a 10 minute nap on the tile floor in my office. On days when I can’t, or especially when I know that I’ll need some sustained energy, IMAG0381I turn to GenerationUCAN. Honestly. Shown here is my favourite flavour, Lemon. Although it mixes very well in water (or soy milk, as I prefer), I do also mix it with yogurt, and sometimes in a blender with some other things. Chocolate goes well with some Peanut Butter mixed in!

One of the best things about GENUCAN is that it doesn’t upset my stomach. No cramping, no crash. Check out their website for more information. Great people over there, too. In the mean time, click this link right here to watch one of their videos.

I get nothing if you try them and like them. I like GenerationUCAN for many reasons, and just want to share.

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2 comments:

  1. Eating right always makes me feel better! If I start pigging out and eating things I KNOW aren't good for me, it makes me feel sick.

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