It’s been almost a year since I wrote on The Kneeslider and I needed the time off. The many years of sitting at my desk had taken a toll on everything from my physical condition to my mental attitude and I needed a break. Yes, I’ve done some work in my garage and around the house, read a lot of books and in some ways relaxed, but I’ve also regrouped and made a tremendous positive change in my physical health and well being which has likewise caused a dramatic increase in my mental energy.
For those of you who may be interested in how I made those changes, it’s not complex, but it takes a commitment. To begin, though my diet was not terrible, it wasn’t ideal, so I adopted a ketogenic diet, very low carbs, no sugar, moderate protein, high fat and I take a range of carefully chosen supplements. At the same time, I’ve been exercising every day for the last 10 months and this isn’t a walk around the block. The best way to describe my routine is modified CrossFit. Heavy weights, Assault Bike, Concept2 Rower, kettle bells, serious work and the results of all of this are nothing short of amazing. From my highest weight, which was some time before I started this, until now, I’ve dropped 50 pounds and my max lifts in the weight room are what I was lifting literally decades ago. If you’re a baby boomer and feel your best years are behind you, I have news for you, you can make dramatic changes in your strength, health and well-being, but you have to do the work. It’s totally up to you. Avoid doctors and prescription drugs like the plague. No alcohol. Take care of yourself and expect to live a long and healthy life. I’ve watched too many people my age who begin to decline who think it’s a natural process and there’s nothing they can do. Nonsense! Be positive, make the change and you can tell me how great you feel next year and ten years after that.
While The Kneeslider was idling, I kept my eye on what was going on and some very interesting things have been happening. I’ll be commenting on them one by one as the days go by, so stay tuned.
There will also be some changes in what I write about and focus on. As to what those changes are, I’ll just let the posts speak for themselves.
I don’t usually get this personal about my own life, but it gives you some insight into the recharge process I’ve been through. I’ve been bouncing off the walls lately and I told my wife how much better I feel and how much energy I have and some of that will spill over here. I hope it has an effect on you, too.
OK, enough about me and my time away. Let’s get this party re-started.