Throughout the months…

Moving forward through the months, my personal journey and growth has been going well. While weight loss hasn’t been extreme, that is not what I wanted. What has happened is a lifestyle change. I may have mentioned this prior, but first things first, diet. Not just I, but we, my family, have changed our eating habits. My wife and I have not had pasta since before the new year. We have, however, enjoyed spaghetti squash. Spaghetti Squash has 1/5 the calories of spaghetti and between 1/3 and 1/7 the carbs of spaghetti. This number seems to be all over the place, but either way, less than spaghetti. Another simple change comes to pizza. I make my food homemade, and that includes pizza dough.

I found a recipe that exchanges pizza dough for a chicken based crust, and it is delicious and filling. It uses 1 can of canned chicken, squeezed as dry as you can, like 1/4-1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese, and egg and whatever seasonings you want. Put parchment paper on the pizza pan, roll it out, cook at 350 for like 20 minutes, turn it over, repeat, then add sauce, cheese and toppings. Cook like any other pizza at this point. Delicious and low carbs. We have been doing a lot like this, which changes lifestyle, not crash dieting.

The other side of the coin is exercise. Almost every morning, I have been hitting the trail, continuously, outside of terrible downpours or, more common, kids home from school sick. Outside of that, being outside, exercising and fresh air is quite enjoyable. Another aspect of exercise that is nice is going to the gym after work every night. There is a gym at my workplace, and I have, for the last few weeks, been going every night I work. This is not only enjoyable, but important for long term goals. I am still working on my goals, and maintaining the long term goal of being in better shape, lower weight, stronger, lower bad cholesterol, still keeping my good blood pressure, and just overall improve myself.

These are some simple things, but while relatively small changes, huge in the grand scheme of things. While yeah, an hour of walking the trails in the morning and 1/2 hour to 45 minutes in the gym at night doesn’t seem like much, that is an hour and a half to an hour and 45 minutes not sitting on my ass. This is doing something. Not only doing something, but doing something positive for yourself. You have to remember that while prepping items is very important, prepping yourself is far more important. What can you do if you are unable to support anything? This is something that really needs to play a role in your preps, especially in the direction our world is heading. Stay safe and stay prepared!

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