Friday, May 10, 2013
The new 5% Challenge is about to start and I'm reflecting on where I am. So far this year, I've focused on creating balance and health while managing the changes of my new job, and all the changes that brings - schedule, skills, people. I'm doing well sometimes, but struggling to keep up with things at home, and getting the rest I need to stay healthy. The past few weeks have been challenging with not feeling well physically, working on some financial challenges left over from being laid off for a year, and managing depression symptoms that are triggered by all that. I am making good progress in spite of that, and reminding myself that the challenges are temporary, and making good choices each day and week.
I will use this 8 week challenge to keep focused on the basics of exercise and diet, staying connected and accountable, and enjoying the season. I'll be starting with new health insurance in June, and am working on sorting that out this month, with plans to get caught up on some health maintenance needs, while working with my family members who need my regular help with their health needs, too.
I continue to walk at least 20 minutes most days, on my work lunch and enjoy the mild spring weather as the earth slowly wakens. The creek along the walking path is slowly swelling with mountain snow melt, while trees are beginning to show leaf buds. The ducks are pairing up and enjoying the season too.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
I'm glad to be part of the Starfish team, and working at contributing as we go along. I've been making it quick though, as the last month has involved starting a new job after being laid off a full year. I'm focusing on getting in a good rhythm with a different schedule, and working 6 days some weeks. I've mapped out a walking route at a park near work where I can get a 20 minute walk on my lunch break most days, and climb 2 sets of stairs 2-3 times each workday also. It is a sedentary job, so I really need to move on breaks! I also am taking healthy lunch and snacks to work, and eating small meals throughout the day, along with water and tea. I'm taking my supplements daily, and working on getting more sleep which has been a challenge for a long time. I tend to get 6-6.5 hours, then wake up, even though I need 7-8. I'm hoping the exercise and regular routine will help me get there. I'm tired most of the time, so sometimes I don't make it to log and blog as much as I would like to, but I'm always thinking of all my Spark friends and love reading your blogs too. My blog from the Fall challenge is still relevant for me also, so I reread things to remind myself.
Monday, October 01, 2012
Why do I want to lose weight?
For me, this is about healthy lifestyle and quality of life as it affects my ability to do everything.
At 52, I am dealing with a combination of chronic health concerns that are often challenging to me, and I want to do all I can to prevent other conditions from occurring. Weight plays a role in all of these concerns.
Having read and researched each of my conditions, along with nutrition and exercise information through Sparkpeople, books, magazines, internet, and conversations with doctors, I still find it challenging to apply and take action on the many things I know about. Self motivation and consistency are my biggest challenges. With the right activities consistently performed, the benefits should occur naturally.
For this challenge, I am challenging myself to participate daily on the team logging, and do some sort of movement activity every day, developing a habit of physical activity, even on bad days (stiffness & pain). Sometimes, that may be only range of motion exercises, but also, strength training and aerobics 3-5 times per week. I want to get to that point where not doing it feels worse than doing it, so I'll be motivated based on that. I hope that this will gradually increase my energy level, improve length of sleep, and give me the momentum to pick back up with exercise when set backs occur.
My current exercise forms include Tai Chi, yoga, stretching, walking, stretch band exercises, other SP exercises. Now that the weather is cooler, my goal is to walk at least 3 times per week. My usual route is about 2 miles. I may need to modify that for days when I don't feel well. Shifting from doing the full route to a shorter route needs to be an option, instead of an all or nothing mindset.
Loosing weight is recommended for me by doctors, and beneficial to all conditions I am concerned about, from arthritis to blood pressure management, from depression to diabetes prevention.
I like to follow a diet based on SP guidelines, DASH diet, Mediterranean diet, and Anti-inflammatory diet, as these all have similar aspects and seem doable most of the time. I have to watch my portion sizes, and carb cravings that come up from hormone fluctuations, as well as a tendency to eat to distract from pain.
I plan to use huddles, spark goodies, visiting team member's pages, leaving comments, and an occasional blog of my own to support the team, along with consistent logging of exercise and LTGL challenge points.
Thanks Starfish Team!
Friday, March 16, 2012
So I haven't been much of a blogger so far, but I wanted to share this blog I just saw with all of you as I thought it was great, and I also wanted to link to it so I can review it myself over and over:
It is already listed as a "Popular Blog Post" so you may have already seen it, but if not, I highly recommend it . The title is "Setting and Keeping Small Goals" and it is by an experienced SP member, and very encouraging. It is a video blog that goes about 15 minutes so do it when you have that much time available.
Thanks everyone for your ongoing support and friendship!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Well, I did not make it to take my walking shoes to work today as planned. I got up late, and was running late, and didn't have time to think about it. I didn't get to take a lunch break anyway, and worked late too. Even so, when I got home, I just really wanted to go out and walk, so I threw all my stuff on the bed, put on my walking shoes and ipod, and went out for my two mile walk, racing the sunset. I completed the route I was doing last Spring and Summer while unemployed. It felt really good. I've been having a difficult time getting back to the exercise while working at my new job, so this was a great opportunity to show myself I can do it. I may not do it everyday, but will keep the momentum going with the challenges and Starfish team goals in mind. Before the winter weather set in, I had a 1 mile route around my workplace neighborhood that I can do on 30 minute lunch breaks, so I'll try to fit that in sometimes too.
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