Pre and post heart attack

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Warrior87 wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 6:16 pm I assume type 2? I am Type 1 and my endocrinologist would love it if my A1C could stay around 7.

Middle age has started to catch up with me. It's time to get healthier and by the same notion hopefully drop some excess weight. What do you guys eat? I know my diet of fast food for lunch is terrible and correcting that would help tremendously, but I am kind of at a loss what to do for food in the day. What works for you?
Type 2 would be correct.

Well, I cut all sugar and sodas out. Well, not all, I'll drink Sprite 0 and an occasional diet coke, but that's it. Once in a while I'll reward myself with a sugar treat.

In regards to food, I eat a lot of turkey and chicken, but still eat red meat as well. It's not fast food. Chipotle is as close as I come to that, and it's always a burrito bowl with brown rice, beans, extra chicken, tomato salsa, corn salsa, and lettuce...on cheat days I'll add on the sour cream and cheese.

Largely I avoid breads unless it's multigrain. I substitute mustard in for mayonnaise, and if I eat chips, it's SunChips.

Last night I had chicken, asparagus, and some artichoke hearts, all grilled.

To drink, I largely stick with water. Gatorade is acceptable, but only G2 or G0.

I work out twice a week with a trainer, and I ride a bike and hike a lot these days. That also helps with the sugar levels, and definitely with the weight.

For me, the key has been avoiding sugars and sodas (it's to the point now that I can feel caffeine messing with my heart if I drink something caffeinated), going for wraps instead of sandwiches or switching to multigrain, and eating more chicken and turkey...as well as the exercise. The exercise was the biggest deal for me.
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Update:

Down to 169 lbs now. Down to my fourth belt loop. Going to need a new belt...and I just bought this one a month or two ago! A friend of mine has informed me that we will be going shopping in August, a month ahead of my reunion. She isn't really taking no for an answer on that...might be because, without a belt, I can pull my jeans off without unzipping or unbuttoning them. She said I look like I'm wearing clown pants.

I told my sister that story, and she agreed. I argued that the pants are in great shape, just baggy. She said the only thing good about those jeans on me is that they are in great shape for Goodwill.
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Man it's hard to keep weight down as you get older. Good for you for staying fit and healthy.
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angryhampster wrote: Sat Jul 30, 2022 1:26 am Man it's hard to keep weight down as you get older. Good for you for staying fit and healthy.
Brother, even a minor heart attack is majorly motivating.
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