So I recently got some bad news from my doctor: I have high cholesterol. While disappointing, this isn’t the end of the world because I’m still young and can do something about it. In this post, I will detail some of the steps I’m taking to improve my health in general.

Step 1: Reducing Soda

This is a biggie for me. I drink lots of soda. Probably about the equivalent of a 2-liter a day. This is such a big issue for me that I don’t plan to cut out soda entirely. Instead, I will be reducing the amount of soda I drink to once a week (Saturdays). I will be replacing soda with (black) coffee. This will hopefully be enough, although I don’t discount completely eliminating soda entirely in the future.

I’m currently two days into quitting soda and, while I don’t have any significant cravings yet, I expect them to hit eventually. I’ve quit soda in the past (in college), but I eventually relapsed, which is why I’m giving myself a cheat day. Hopefully one day a week will be enough to satisfy any significant cravings.

Step 2: Exercise

This is a biggie for me as well. The last time I really had an exercise regiment was in college. In fact, I used to be something of a meathead. However, since then, I’ve been slacking in this area. My plan is to start by using the stairs in my apartment building. Since I’m on the fifth floor, going up and down the stairs will hopefully be enough of a workout for me (at least initially).

Step 3: Emotional Preparation

I don’t expect these steps to be easy. That’s why I’m preparing myself emotionally for what could be a roller coaster ride of a month. I expect the lack of soda will make me irritable for at least a few weeks, so I’m giving myself some wiggle room when it comes to emotional irritability. I also expect the combination of lack of soda and increase in exercise to affect my hunger levels, so I’ve prepared some frozen veggies to snack on throughout the day.

And that’s it. Hopefully this post was informative and maybe you’ll use it as an excuse to get in shape yourself.

See you next time!