Transformation Week 1 update: 1 step forward, 2 steps back

So, checking in on Monday morning after week 1 of my coherent Road to the Fittest ever Fifty with mixed news and slightly heavy heart (no pun intended).

In terms of adherence to the plan, it has been a good week. I have been hitting my calorie and macro targets pretty consistently, with a slight blip for a cheat meal with my girlfriend on Friday evening, and weighed in at 85.9kg (189.4lbs) this morning. So that’s a 0.7kg (1.5lb) loss for the week, which I can live with.

Exercisewise, I have not done quite as much as I would have liked this week due to life commitments: children school trips, work etc, but got my hours in. I went to Crossfit a couple of times, I did some short metcons early morning, I ran, I lifted, I did my burpees. I did more than the minimum required so that’s okay.

On the downside however, this weekend I got a letter from my cardiologist regarding the results from the heart monitor I had to wear for several weeks. The upshot of which is that he wants me to go onto anticoagulants, presumably Warfarin, to reduce stroke risk. There is more even more tedious stuff and I may have to get zapped again, but it is this that is the major blow. The advice while taking Warfarin (which I will be doing permanently) is to avoid foods which are Vitamin K rich. So that would be spinach, kale, broccoli, sprouts,avocado, eggs, oats, grapefruit, Green tea, chard … any leafy green veg basically. Also it mentioned limiting fish oil and glucosamine.
Well, taking those things out of my diet I am probably left with coffee, yogurt and tuna. Really I eat several items from that list every day. That is really most of my diet. Not only that, it’s like a list of the healthy foods we are advised to eat more of on a daily basis. The whole ‘Eat Clean’ list gone in one hit. I am just surprised Chia seeds won’t make be drop dead. Oh, I forgot, pomegranate juice is a nono as well. That’s not too serious a problem as I don’t drink a lot of pomegranate juice. It didn’t mention White Monster Energy.
So, in a nutshell, everything that is good for you is bad for me.
Apparently I can eat bread.
Well, whoopdefuckingdo. That’ll go nicely with my lowcarb diet.

I can’t help but wonder if there is some kind of twisted cosmic joke being enacted here. I started this whole health and fitness kick three years ago after having a mini stroke; I overhauled my diet and lifestyle to be entirely clean, and now I have to give up all those things in case they cause me to have a stroke. Irony level: choking.
Oh yeah, and what better time to start a blog and YouTube Channel on health and fitness.

I have been reading medical papers and reports that say that if one has a diet which contains some Vit K foods then one can continue as long as there are no sudden spikes, but I feel pretty sure they are not talking about the amounts I eat. I get through a large bag of spinach or kale every couple of days. I eat something off that list at pretty much every meal. I take 2000mg of fish oil three times a day. Before I did that my joints were creaky and old. Now they are fine. My mother suffered from osteoporosis and died of Alzheimer’s. I don’t particularly want to run a Vit K deficiency.
I guess all this is stuff I need to discuss with my cardiologist when I manage to get back in to see him.

So, not the greatest start to the week. It feels like weird deja vu… wasn’t it only a week or so ago I was moaning about¬† starting again from a lower level?¬† After all the time I spent umming and aahing and agonising over whether to do this in the first place and now every week all I report is another setback, another barrier between me and that fit buff body. But what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Unless it paralyses us down one side.

Meanwhile onwards and upwards. Keep eating as normal until I’m told otherwise. Keep hammering away at the training until actually ordered to stop. I have several videos and articles to publish, ironically enough on the subject of kale inter alia. Keep posting, keep writing. In fact, I have kind of come to the conclusion that even if it gets to the point that I can’t exercise at all anymore, I am going to keep on with the blog and channel. I can still share the information. If I have to ditch my entire diet and everything that is generally considered clean eating, I will find some new way of healthy eating and share that instead.

as the man said:
” It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”





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