The joys of being active!

Earlier this month, I did something I would never have done when heavier (see 1st photo).  I took a trip with National Geographic Expeditions, to Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.  We biked in Hue Vietnam and Siem Reap Cambodia; kayaked in Halong Bay, Vietnam, and hiked in Luang Prabang in Laos.  The 7 mile hike was a challenge over some hilly and sometimes wet terrain.

The trip organizers had recommended 30 min of exercise 3-4 a week to prepare; fortunately, this was already part of my routine.  The weight training that I’ve done for my legs was particularly helpful when climbing the temples in Angkor Wat in Cambodia- what a sight!

The trip gave me a real feeling of accomplishment!  Even if I get sick (GI) and came home a few pounds lighter.  The near 100 degree heat may have contributed to the weight loss, as well.  However, I’m no longer trying to lose weight – I’m 202 lbs, down from a high of 337 lbs about 5 years ago.  And since I’ve been home, I’ve actually stepped up my cardio performance in doing intervals on the treadmill.

Oh, and I don’t think I’d have been riding an elephant before!



Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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