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Sorta Random Sunday: My Quest to Be Healthier

As a reminder, here at The Prudent Plastic Surgeon, I’m going to be doing something new. Every week, I’m going to make a post called Sorta Off Topic Sunday. This week, it’s about my quest to get healthier.

Here we go!

A couple of months ago, I had my yearly primary care appointment. It was the first one since I moved from NYC to Buffalo. 

Most things were ok. But I did find out that I weighed by far the heaviest that I ever had. After labs, I also had modestly high cholesterol.

This was a bit of a wakeup call. But I wasn’t surprised in the least

I’ve never had a hugely healthy diet. And while I’m active, I’m not a huge fan of exercise. I love sports but there are more limited opportunities now as an adult.

If you want to see a hilarious video, check out this trick shot video from when I was in medical school below.

As a kid, I got away with this because I was also active and has a high baseline metabolism. Even in residency, I got away with it because my crazy schedule limited when I would eat. I also lived in NYC and walked all over the place, serving as exercise.

Anyway, after that appointment, I made a decision and started my quest to get healthier

I didn’t set a goal of losing a certain amount of weight. While I wanted to lose weight, my goal was beyond that. This is a lifestyle change that I want to keep indefinitely. 

A weight loss goal is not a good goal. Once you reach it, you are very much as risk of going back to old habits. A weight loss goal will also encourage you to seek your goal as quickly as possible. But this is a marathon not a sprint. Hence my goal.

So I set about to meet this goal by creating simple and sustainable habits that can build up to massive results (Not that different from my financial strategy).

Here is what I have done:

healthier quest
  • Drink more water
  • Eat one bowl of Mini Wheats for breakfast and then nothing until lunch
  • Limit myself to only healthy snacks between lunch and dinner (fruits or vegetables)
  • Eat a protein bar for lunch when at the hospital instead of fried cafeteria food
  • Eat a handful of chocolate chips after dinner to satisfy my sweet tooth rather than ice cream or desserts
  • Walk up and down stairs at the hospital instead of using the elevator
  • Do a Peloton class 1-2 each week

So far, I’ve lost 11 pounds and feel much better. I love simple habits.

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