Gluten-free served me well, and two years later I am back on gluten but eating vegan. BIG lifestyle change. More weight loss, which is good. Still about 15 pounds to go to my goal.
Emotional wellness is soaring, for the most part. Life has its ups and downs, but I’m overall quite happy AND quite healthy!
Finally, even the physical activity part of my goal to get healthy is coming together, which I’m very excited about. I credit a lot of that to a new gadget. This is the end of week 2 with a “fitbit” (fitbit.com for more info)—little electronic pedometer that is also an altimeter, so I get credit for climbing hills and stairs. It tracks steps and miles, and even sleep activity. LOVE it. I challenge myself to do more, take more stairs, park farther from my destination, and step outside to take a walk much more often than without it. Whatever works! Yay!
Wow. Three years!
Last May, I tried eating gluten-free, just to see if it would improve my GI system. And it did! I also lost 20 lbs (gained 5 back since January, though). I’m recommitted to my goal of losing another 10% of my body weight, but that’s only one aspect of the “get healthy” goal, as I see it.
Another aspect is increasing physical activity. Three years ago, I was attending water aerobics classes fairly regularly. Not so anymore. But I am living with our 5-month old grandson, which means I’m on a progressively-increasing weight-lifting program, which also works out my lower body with the energetic dancing/bouncing that it takes to get him to sleep at times! Yea!
Our home is much healthier, too, now. Much more open, much less clutter, much more sunlight. Still working on the clutter, but much progress is being made!
Also—healthier emotionally now. Not fixated on why someone doesn’t love me the way I believe I deserve to be loved; I am who I am, and I can’t make someone appreciate or love me. There are plenty of people in the world who already do, deeply, and that is more than good enough for me!
The water aerobics classes include some weight training, which seems to be playing a bit of havoc with my joints. Or at least that’s what I thought was the problem. I had a therapeutic massage Friday, and found out that I need to drink more water to loosen up the connective tissues in my shoulders. The massage really seemed to help, and I’ve been mindfully drinking much more water. That can’t hurt on the weight-loss goal, either!
I have the opportunity to be coached free for 3 sessions, on a topic of my choice. I chose this one! My goal for this week (with an estimated 75% probability of 100% success) was to attend all 3 water aerobics classes at the JCC, on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Well, I missed Monday’s class because I was putting up new drapes (yea!) and didn’t pay attention to the time. :-(
On the other hand, I did spend time in the pool yesterday … not a rigorous workout, but better than sitting at home in front of the television with microwaved marshmallows and Dove candy! :-)
Reading old entries for this goal makes me feel good in a way: my elbow is almost 100% better now! Turns out the wrist wasn’t as bad as the chiropractor made it feel … it was him, not me! And we’ve joined a health club, so being more physically active is getting easier and easier. I love swimming and “water walking” in the chlorine-free pool. It doesn’t feel like work, which is the key to making it a regular part of my life. That, and not over-doing it. If I hurt myself, I know it will put an end to it all, so I’m being very careful. And loving it!
Okay … I’ve been going for several weeks now to physical therapy for tendinitis in my elbow, AND severely limiting my time on the computer at home (which is probably one of the major contributors … along with discovering and overly-zealous use of Mr. Clean Magic Eraser cleaning pads), so my elbow is feeling better. I’m mousing with my left hand, too, which helps my right elbow, but has played havoc with my left shoulder and neck! So yesterday, I went to the chiropractor, trying to get back into balance. Man, that hurt, especially in the WRIST. I didn’t even KNOW that was a problem spot! But I’m proud of myself for taking action.
The weather is getting nice … time to start walking FOR PLEASURE!
Thus far, I’ve logged 4115 steps today. It’s not 10,000 … by far … but it’s better than some days that have been about 1250! Again, I’ve found that parking at the farthest lot at work, running a few errands, going up and down stairs to do laundry … it all adds up.
For four days now, I’ve been using a pedometer to count the approximate number of steps I take in a day. They’ve ranged from over 2200 to almost 4500. The goal for a healthy level of activity is 10,000 per day.
I found that just adding very small things … parking at the farthest lot on campus, getting up and walking around outside the building where I work when it was a sunny day … is an easy way to double what I would normally do in a day.
A couple more little things like that per day, and I’ll reach that goal!