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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Apocalypse now

(En español más abajo)
 
CanadaNote: It’s hard for me to come over here and try to be funny while we’re going through so much grief, but I guess that what my beloved sister-in-law Florencia would have wanted is for us to keep going and pull through. It’s hard –so very hard – but we will do it. For her, for her family, for my brother and for that beautiful niece I have. I have this and a couple more posts that were written a few days ago and should come up in the next few days. Please understand my internet absence.
 
I’m very well known –unfortunately- for my bad eating habits. Since I was a kid, I haven’t been exactly best friends with fruits, to the point that I can only eat bananas and occasionally, some berries. The same happens with vegetables: while I like the starchy ones and I love legumes, I just despise everything that goes in a salad, beginning with the –to me- horribly smelling Ranch dressing. Ew!
 
I went on to say (jokingly) that I only recognize two main food groups:
  1. Food you chase
  2. Food you fry

Unfortunately, that’s not too far from the truth; still, in the spirit of getting in a better shape (and also due to some recent health issues I have been having), I decided not too long ago to start taking better care of myself and try to eat healthier. What an incredibly difficult task is proving to be!

The results, however, are amazing. I have lost a little over 10 lb in the last couple of months, and I feel much better overall. My blood sugar, that was really high a few weeks ago, is now well between normal values. The only pending assignment is exercising, but I will tackle on that as well.

Now the problem is that I never told the kids I was going to do this. So imagine their faces when they saw me having half a peach, for example. Or when they found out that I had had a berries and grape smoothie… or when they saw me eating –and loving- a spinach tortilla last night.

I could see it in their faces. This is it. Dad is eating fruit. The Mayans were right!”
 
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Nota: Es difícil venir aquí y tratar de ser gracioso cuando estamos pasando por tanto dolor, pero creo que es lo que mi muy querida cuñada Florencia hubiese querido; ella desearía que nos recuperáramos y saliéramos adelante. Es muy difícil –muchísimo- pero lo haremos. Por ella, por su familia, por mi hermano y por esa hermosa sobrinita que tengo. Está este post y un par más que escribí hace unos días y que deberían salir mañana y pasado. Por favor entiendan mi ausencia actual.
 
Siempre he sido reconocido –lamentablemente- por mis pobres hábitos alimenticios. De chiquito, ya no era muy amigo que digamos de las frutas, al punto de que sólo como bananas y muy de vez en cuando, frambuesas o cosas así. Lo mismo pasa con las verduras: si bien me gustan las papas y amo las legumbres, no me pongan cerca de nada que vaya en una ensalada, comenzando por el –para mí- pestilente aderezo del tipo Ranch. Puaj.
 
He dicho (en tono de broma) que yo sólo reconocía dos grupos principales de comida:
  1. Comida que hay que perseguir
  2. Comida que hay que freír

Desafortunadamente, eso no está muy alejado de mi realidad; sin embargo, y con el objetivo de ponerme mejor (y también debido a problemas de salud que he tenido), decidí no hace mucho cuidarme un poco mejor y comer más sanamente. Qué difícil que ha resultado ser!

Los resultados son incuestionables. He bajado más de 5 kg en los últimos dos meses, y me siento mucho mejor. Los niveles de azúcar en mi sangre, que estaban muy elevados hace unas semanas, ahora están bien entre los valores normales. Lo único pendiente que tengo es el ejercicio, pero ya me voy a ocupar de eso también.

El problema es que nunca le conté a los chicos que iba a hacer esto. Imagínense sus caras cuando me vieron comiendo medio durazno, por ejemplo. O cuando se enteraron de que me había tomado un licuado de uva y frutilla… O cuando me vieron comer –con mucho gusto- una tortilla de espinaca anoche.

Les pude leer las caras. “Sonamos. Papá está comiendo fruta. Los mayas tenían razón!”

4 comments:

  1. Lol. Good for you!
    I have been trying eat better as well, but like you, I am not real keen on veggies or fruit. It has been a real challenge for me.
    My blood sugars are ok, but the excercise thing..It's on my list too :)

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  2. I am also trying to take better care of myself. Especially at my age. I am doing a lot better. But it really is not easy. Just think. If the Mayans are right we are doing all this suffering for nothing.Time for a brownie.LOL

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  3. Well, food you chase is exercise, right? ;-) Congrats on the 10lbs, that's a lot!

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  4. That's too funny. Congrats on the steps you're taking and losing the first 10 pounds. It's amazing how even 10 pounds can make you feel so much better. Especially that your blood pressure has come down. That's awesome.!

    Praying for you and your family as you deal with the loss of your dear sister-in-law.

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