Oz Blog: The Results
Welcome to the penultimate (I love that word) Oz Blog! It was four weeks of doing sometimes grueling Oz Tips. (ed note: is eating chocolate really grueling?) But, I’ve done it! I finished my quest for the Oz Grail. I climbed to the top of Mt. Oz. I vanquished the Wicked Witch of the West… of Oz. I‘m just trying to say that I‘ve finished my promised month of doing almost EVERYTHING Dr. Oz recommends on his show.
I realize the real point of this blog was to figure out if doing everything Oz recommended was practical (here‘s a hint: it‘s not). I’ll answer that question more completely on the final blog tomorrow.
So, while practicality was the number one focus of the Oz Blog, a secondary focus was, of course, health. As discussed in previous blogs, I came into this as the picture of health (if that picture was smudged, torn, soggy, and overweight). But, doing all these tips as regularly as I could resulted in some pretty big positive health changes.
Overall, I dropped about six pounds. I realize that’s not huge. But, I believe with all my working-out, weight-training and protein-eating, I added a lot of muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat… at least I heard someone say that once, and it makes me feel better about my weight-loss, so POOF! It‘s true. However, it’s also reflected in the inches I’ve lost. I took 1 and ¼ inches off my waist, ¾ of an inch off my hips, and ½ an inch off my chest. It may not sound like a lot, but I look lean… at least leaner… less puffy.
I had a blood test and physical about a week into the project. I had the same tests just last weekend. So, even though the sample only spans the final three weeks of the Oz Blog, I saw some big changes. My blood pressure went from 126/94 (in the prehypertension/high blood pressure range) to 118/78 (in the normal range). Simply put, that means my heart doesn’t have to work as hard to, you know, keep me alive.
My heart was a concern for my doctor after my first physical, mainly because of my cholesterol. Overall, it was too high, and my “bad” cholesterol (LDL) was WAY too high. But, thanks to Oz’s tips, I managed to drop my cholesterol 36 points in just three weeks! I dropped my “bad” cholesterol 25 points in those 21 days! My LDL (bad) cholesterol is still too high. But, I’m obviously on the right track.
So, all this stuff might seem a little crazy, but it works! The question remains, though, what works well enough to keep doing and eating? That, I will answer on tomorrow’s special season finale of the Oz Blog! If this is the penultimate blog, then tomorrow’s will be the ULTIMATE OZ BLOG!… I’m overselling it, but come on, you’ve read this many blogs, you can’t stop now… I’d read YOUR blog… maybe. See you tomorrow.
WHAT I WAS TRYING TO DO EVERY DAY:
7:00AM - "Personal business," check color, amount, and shape
7:05AM - Weigh-in
7:10AM - Chant
7:15AM - Five Tibetans workout
7:20AM - Chris Powell’s five minute workout
7:25AM - Five minute metabolism workout
7:30AM - Lift weights
7:35AM - Tony Horton’s 10-minute workout
7:45AM - Drink "Kitchen Sink Smoothie"
8:00AM - Read Tweets
8:30AM - Apply topical vitamin C with sunscreen ($19 for 4 ounces)
2:00PM - Eat dark chocolate
6:00PM - Take fiber supplement
8:00PM - Post on Facebook
10:20PM - Use neti pot (helps snoring) ($12.50 a month, including pot)
11:15PM - Apply witch hazel ($6 for 16 ounces)
11:20PM - Apply nasal strip (helps snoring) ($10 a month)
11:25PM - Do bed yoga
11:30PM - Bedtime
WHAT I WAS CONSUMING EVERY DAY:
- Some onion (treats and prevents various diseases) ($2.50 for a 5lb bag)
- 2oz of papaya juice (increases energy) ($8 a month)
- 1oz of dark chocolate (lowers cholesterol, improves blood pressure, reduces inflammation) ($15 a month)
- 2 cups of white tea (busts fat) ($7.50 a month)
- 2 tbsp of coconut oil (improves metabolism) ($12 a month)
- Half-a-grapefruit (boosts metabolism, prevents stomach cancer) ($13 a month)
- 10 oz of berries (prevents pancreatic cancer) ($27.50 a month)
- ¼ cup of kale (prevents heart disease and lung/breast cancer) ($11 a month)
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (burns fat) ($3 a month)
- Some Greek yogurt (meal expander) ($13 a month)
- One Portobello mushroom (meal expander) ($37 a month)
WHAT I WAS TAKING EVERY DAY:
- 2000mg of glucomannan root (dietary fiber/weight loss) ($13 a month)
- 500mg of turmeric (fights liver damage/Alzheimer’s/some cancers) ($7.50 a month)
- 400mg of astragalus (slows down aging) ($7.50 a month)
- 1 Tbsp of pea protein powder (curbs cravings) ($18 a month)
- 1 Tbsp of brewer’s yeast (increases energy) ($15 a month)
- 1 Daily multivitamin (does a lot of stuff) ($2 a month)
- 1500mg of garcinia cambogia (burns fat) ($13 a month)