Hello, readers; my name is Milo Kane, what some would consider just the average Joe. I walk the earth the same as most, but at the same time, I do my best to be different than most. I’m a 39-year-old married man to a wonderful woman, and she is what I like to consider my better half. Along with the luxury of finding my partner in life, I am a father of 3 smart, intelligent, equally different children, and let me not forget, two loving dogs. So now, knowing a little about myself, let me dive into the title of “My Healthy Life Style.”
The year is 2021, and the world has been plagued with the Novel Coronavirus. The noise around the world is loud at all moments of the day; one could barely hear their own thoughts. “Stay inside, keep 6 feet distance, wash and sanitize hands, no travel”, is what the media would say. The drama of the situation was like that of two cheer teams wanting the same seating at a restaurant. Now don’t get me wrong, the virus is real a serious matter at that, but the media channels were the engineers in charge of a fear train with no breaks. Let me not get over consumed with that; let me stay on topic. So here I am, a 5’9” male around the weight of 220 pounds. Now, if you know height and weight, my two combined equal obesity. Some might try to spice it up to feel good and call it the modern term “dad bod.” I’m okay in my skin; I just looked at it as being overweight. I love eating sugars, cakes, and candy way more than working out and doing any extra exercise above the daily movements. One day sitting at the kitchen table, I was having an issue with my right hand getting a tingly feeling when resting at table height. Not a nervous Nelly, I went on with my daily routine and didn’t put much stock into the situation. Over a few weeks, the situation seemed to grow more noticeable. I started to seek a chiropractor thinking my issue was from a tweaking in my aging vessel but quickly realized I had a different problem. “My Healthy Life Style” wasn’t so healthy, and it was taking its toll on me. To my surprise, my long-time chiropractor had spoken to me as if he was coming to a self-realization while looking in a mirror. The facts of the matter were I needed a “New Life Style,” a “New Thought Process” all in all, I needed “My Healthy Life Style.” Minutes, hours, and days have passed, and now it was myself who was having a self-realization that I needed a change and that change needed to start yesterday.
So here we are, June 2021, with every ounce of self ready for a healthy lifestyle change. The first thing out the door would have to be the bad eating habits. No more fried food, sugar, cakes, or candy. No more cooking with butter and oil. No more unknown portion amounts or consumption of soda and alcoholic beverages.
Last but not least, no more carbs and dairy. It sounds like a recipe for disaster, but in all actuality, it was the formula for the greatness that was about to awake the inner beast within. The plan started to take shape, and the wheels began to turn. The goal was to eat two meals a day, lunch and dinner, and consume 100 plus ounces of water daily. Water became my best friend and also showed me how important staying hydrated really was. My two meals would consist of 4 oz of each; protein, vegetables, and fruit for both servings. If I was really hungry, I would add a naked side salad (that’s a salad with no dressing); sounds delightful, said no one ever. The protein, vegetables, and fruit varied, but the portions stayed the same. Six weeks of what some would consider torture turned into a 30-pound weight loss success. Clothing fit like days of the past. Normal activities like tying shoes didn’t seem like a daunting task. I felt new in a way, but after a few months of stagnant movement, I realized there were areas that still needed attention. With the eating habits moving in the correct direction, I needed to work on adding extra exercise into my daily routine. The end of 2021 is near closing, and I’ve started small with walking and running on the treadmill. If the weather is nice, I’ll do my best to get outside, but winters in New Jersey are as predictable as a hormonal teenager. As of January 1st, 2022, the new goal is to continue the responsible eating pattern along with running or walking 1 mile a day for the whole year. Nineteen days into the year of 2022, the eating continues, and I have completed over 65 miles of activity (running, walking, hiking) on the path to “My Healthy Life Style.”