Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Well wouldn't you know that after writing a blog about taking my body for granted, I'd get sick. I've been lax with my water aerobics due to the cold weather and haven't tracked my food as much as I should. Add to that mountains of stress and voila - a weakened body that picks up illness. It just goes to show that you really have to watch what you do and listen to your body carefully.
If you don't think you know how or are out of tune with your body, just start with baby steps. Do one new thing per week. First drinking water and keeping track of it. (Yes, I'm counting that as one thing because if you don't keep track, you won't know the amount of water you've consumed.) Second, exercise at least 10 minutes per day and track it. Third, work on your sleeping habits. Try for 7 hours per night at first and increase it when you can. (Again, try to keep track.) You may have noticed that I didn't start with food. If you don't get the water, exercise and rest in line, the food won't be in line either. As you pay closer attention to what you eat, try to track it on the food tracker. Pay attention to food content. It is key to health.
You may also want to do a personal daily feedback for a month. This is something that I did years ago when I found that I was getting sick all the time. It was suggested by my doctor. Every day for a month, I wrote several times a day on an inexpensive calendar. (You can run one off at SP or online) I included how much I slept, the weather, stress factors, eating habits, exercise, where I was in my menstrual cycle, allergy factors, how I felt physically/mentally etc. After a while a pattern started to emerge. It was like a solar eclipse. When certain factors lined up/happened at the same time, boom! - I got sick. I was delighted when I first joined Spark People and noticed that I can track all of these things, right here! The information really helps me to know what is going on with my body.
So, as I continue to recuperate, let this be a reminder that I shouldn't take my body and my health for granted!