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Greenleaves is doing 18 things including…

care well for my body--reach and maintain goal weight, get adequate sleep, spend regular time outdoors

82 cheers


Greenleaves has written 12 entries about this goal

A splurge for health.

A group of young researchers at a nearby university have invented what’s basically a mini foot elliptical which you can pedal while you work seated at a desk. One’s knees don’t come up to bump the underside of the desk or table – it’s engineered to avoid that.

They had a Kickstarter campaign & got a lot of good press. I decided to invest in the contraption, because I will spend a lot of time at desks for the rest of my life, not just editing but also doing all sorts of other projects & keeping in touch with people.

It’s supposed to be ready to ship in January. I’m so excited!

Just used my lunch break to take a walk.

Now that I’m not eating lunch,* & now that the weather is finally warm, it’s the perfect thing to do. My office is near a long asphalt bike- & pedway that’s mostly in tree shade. I’m not sure how long it is, & I didn’t time myself, just enjoyed it.

*As long as I have plenty of protein at breakfast, I do fine with just two meals a day. And I’ve lost a few more pounds.

Good news, yay!

Finally today the doctor called to give me the results of the ultrasound. Gall bladder, liver, pancreas look just fine. What a relief! Also, the pain has been much diminished or altogether gone the past five days or so. I am easing back into eating/drinking the good things I had been denied (nuts, dairy, spicy food, chocolate, alcohol) & am having no or very minimal adverse reactions.

So I’ll continue to take occasional Pepcids before dinner, per the doc’s instructions, & if the pain returns I’ll go to my primary-care doc to see about getting treated for stomach irritation/ulcer. That is much more manageable than gallstones! :-)

loving my body.

I had a massage this morning. I didn’t have any serious muscular issues to address, just normal accumulated tension. As I was enjoying the pressure while groaning (very quietly) occasionally as the therapist landed on a tight spot, I thought about what my body needs in the long term.

These are the things I’m going to work on.

1. Stretching daily. The therapist showed me some areas that need this care. I always stretch after exercise, but she showed me that I need it even more often & more broadly. For example, I need to stretch my hands/fingers/wrists because of all the work I do with them! So this will be a priority in the evening, before supper or before bed, depending on my evening commitments.

2. More regular exercise. I’ve been better with this in recent weeks, but it is now going to the top of my priority list. As I get older I need to be more active rather than less.

3. Bedtimes. I’m going to love my body enough to cease indulging in my favorite brain games (even though they’re fun for my brain) & start getting ready for bed every night around 10:00.

4. Attending to my tummy. This afternoon I saw a doctor about stomach pain that has recently increased. I think it might be a gastric ulcer – we shall see. In the meantime I’ve been told me to avoid dairy, spicy food, & veggies that cause gas – that is, everything that I eat all the time! Not sure that will happen. But I’ll try Pepcid twice a day before meals for a week; if it helps, that tells us something. They took my blood for testing, & I’m to schedule a gall bladder ultrasound soon. My mom had gall bladder surgery when she was about 10 years younger than I am now; I devoutly hope that won’t be necessary. [Edit to add: the doctor called yesterday to say that my blood tests were all fine, yay!]

5. Eating more generally. Less food! I’m not obese, but my reading has told me that losing weight should help me with stomach acid problems. Plus I want to feel comfy in my favorite clothes & return to being my slim self. I’ll need to keep my eye on these prizes day to day.

6. Overall, I want less stress. Getting the debt paid off will contribute greatly to that, but in the intervening months I need to keep to a minimum the stress of working extra to pay off the debt! This means that if the ADA extras for my online curriculum prove to constitute a long list, I will bow out of that commitment. It will be better to take longer to get rid of debt than to struggle under too heavy a load to pay it quickly.

My body makes this wonderful life possible for me. I will cherish it.

Exercised at least once a day

for the past three days! Tons of walking today. I think tomorrow I’ll rest.

I fell, AGAIN.

A week ago, I stepped off a curb without paying attention, during my errands/exercise walk. Fell straight forward, and as usual my left arm took the brunt of the impact.

Let’s see, this is the 5th sidewalk fall I can remember since I moved into the city in 2004. One terrible fall involved ice; one involved rain. One involved an uneven sidewalk. All involved my clumsiness/spaciness. I quit running because of this propensity – but apparently even walking is hazardous for me.

In years past I had two rounds of physical therapy because of these falls. I’m afraid I may have to go back for more. The (slightly torn) rotator cuff doesn’t seem to have been reinjured, but my elbow won’t straighten and spasms easily. I tried doing some low-key arm exercises yesterday, which made the problems worse. The bruising goes the length of my inner forearm and is currently that beautiful combination of yellow and purple.


I think I'm close enough to ideal weight.

It’s not the original target I set, but my BMI is 22.8 or so, which is just fine, and my body fat percentage has been inching down into the “ideal” range according to research I’ve done.

My focus now is getting stronger. As long as fat % is improving, or at least staying level, I’m not going to worry about my weight. Hopefully I’ll tone further so that clothes fit even better.

My new system is working well thus far.

I’m a few pounds down, I’ve exceeded my exercise goal each week, and $50 has been transferred to savings!

Satisfying my inner child

The baby in me – the part that craves pleasure – has been running amok recently. Too many sweets, way too many, and not enough exercise.

This morning I awoke from a dream in which I had been taking care of numerous babies and toddlers – some kind of an orphanage. Upon awaking I wondered what the dream was saying – and I immediately knew it was about my own inner child. Little kids want their way, but they actually also want boundaries in order to feel safe. It’s comforting at a deep level to know that their parents are going to stop them from hurting themselves or others.

So I’ve decided to renew a few basic health practices:
  • avoid sweets 6 days/week
  • exercise at least 150 minutes/week
  • eat within my recommended calorie range for weight loss

And I’m going to reward my inner child by linking these practices to my travel goal. Each Saturday, if I have done them faithfully that week, I’ll transfer $25 to my savings account for future trips! The baby in me really wants to travel, so she’ll be soothed by this – and by watching the travel savings increase and the debt and weight totals decrease. :-)


Last night I was able to sleep long hours (about 9.5, I think!) without waking to an alarm. And this morning, after checking my work e-mail (because I work at home on Wednesdays), I did two different exercise routines, total of over an hour.

I think it helped get my endorphins up again, and I need to recommit myself to going to bed by 10:30-10:45 each weeknight so that I can rise in time to get good exercise every day (except when I choose to give my body a rest).

So I hereby commit myself!

Greenleaves has gotten 82 cheers on this goal.


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