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!

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Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com 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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