Success of the month!

If the red-white-and-blue certificate did not authenticate and validate my four months of denial, Enhanced Wellness’ Facebook announcement did: Mizrizbaboo officially became Success of the Month! Applause, Applause — & Thank You Very Much. They said it’s because I shed 11 pounds and four percent body fat in two months; actually that would be one month.

Hooray for me! In retrospect, the dietary detox did not do me in. Good thing. Nurse One says another awaits about every 20 pounds down. OK. I can do that. Getting rid of toxins can be so liberating and exhilarating!

The numbers are good, including body mass index (down), fat free mass (up), total body water (up), intracellular water (down a teeny bit), and extracellular water (increased). For me for now, pounds down — that’s the important number.

But for Nurse One — and actually also for me, especially for the long haul — the other numbers indicate improved health status. And it shows! Even the dental hygienist noticed. Yes, my oral health watch-keeper, Miss Wendy, told me Tuesday my gums have never been healthier, tighter, happily pink. She specifically sought the “pocket” that bothered us both back in February; it’s gone!

Do I feel better? Well, yes. Breathing’s much improved. Reflection in mirror not horrific. Skin clearer, hair of better texture, nails a nice natural color. Old clothes begin to fit again. Sandals unworn for two years got an outing last Sunday. Fattest clothes begin to stack in the trash pile. Yes!

This is the first time in many moons that Mizrizbaboo has achieved this type success. The only other time occurred 25 years ago — maybe that’s my natural cyclical magic number. But back then, the process was anything but healthy. Reasons for even trying to get slim were all wrong and involved actual nutritional denial — I’d bought in to one of those pre-packaged foods programs. Nurse Two said, “Oh, you were eating dead food.” Well, yes.

Now the diet includes fresh tomatoes, onions, garlic, peppers, squash, eggplant, beans, almond milk, cherries, peaches, cantaloupe, almond butter, a couple protein shakes, and ounces of water equal to half my old body weight. No wheat or corn, bananas, pineapple, chocolate. No processed food. No pork — mostly skinless, boneless poultry and fish or shrimp with occasional lean beef, lamb, or buffalo. Wine for special events — book club gatherings, for example.

And the week includes exercise — I still don’t love it, but tai chi once a week and deep water aerobics twice a week can help build muscle and provide much-needed oxygen to the brain. Brain health is improving and will continue. Without being too specific about very personal stuff, I’m a work in progress. Who knew?

Many thanks for your encouragement and for the time you gave me in reading this. The journey continues.