Baby steps to good health — Furman's way

When Furman showed me this receipt for a dinner he ordered while at a work training in Florida, I knew it was time to give him a big shoutout.

This is no joke. Fish tacos, kale salad, beet salad and grilled vegetables. Do I know this man? Well I didn’t need to worry because the next day he stopped at Chick-fil-A for lunch for a spicy chicken sandwich and potato chips, and that would be fried chicken sandwich. :) Turns out Chick-fil-A was right next-door to his training program. What kind of luck is that? 

When we first met over 7 years ago Furman talked of his baby steps approach to life. Baby steps? What is up with that? I had never heard that expression before. In short order my UPS driver was referring to baby steps too. Is this a guy thing? and frankly it translates to the “snail’s pace” approach for the most part. I find it maddening because in my mind baby steps can be like pulling a bandaid off slowly. I am more inclined to the “just do it” approach especially when your health is declining. But that is just me.

But to his credit, Furman knows Furman and after seven years he has gone from being a man who proudly proclaimed that he didn’t eat green things to a man that orders kale salads. How great is that? And I haven’t even told you about the green smoothies. A month ago Furman said to me that if I made green smoothies for him every day that he would drink them. I have been making them 4-5 times a week and he has been drinking them without complaint. And the other day he said it would be really great if he could have a smoothie when he got home from work at 1am in the morning rather than trying to eat a meal. For real. 

This is not to say that there aren’t jalapeño potato chips and ice cream in our house most of the time, which could be dinner at 2am if you get my drift, but this is enormous progress. I am very proud of Furman. Who knew baby steps could work. Oh yeah, Furman did. :)