Friday, June 06, 2014
Holy crow, medical care in our country is expensive!
It's the first thing that comes to mind when I hear complaints about how healthy food is more expensive than the cheaper alternatives. Healthcare spending was $2.6 trillion in 2010 and is expected to skyrocket to $4.8 trillion by 2021, a not insignificant thing when considering how much we're really saving when we choose a less healthy food because it's cheaper. As to how much of those medical costs are preventable, I haven't been able to determine (accidents vs. high cholesterol/diabetes/etc.) but when I think about how expensive it is per pill for blood pressure or cholesterol medicine, suddenly that extra $0.75 on kale doesn't hurt quite as much.
Of course, that's not to mention the fact that your quality of life is significantly better when you prevent disease with nutrition. When I consider the kidney disease that runs rampant through my family and how it keeps relatives chained to dialysis machines three days a week, it makes replacing a burger with a healthy, nutrient-dense salad a lot easier.
I have more thoughts on this, but I'm only just trying to get back into the habit of blogging again. It's been a really long time since I've sat down to put thoughts into words and I'm finding myself a bit rusty.
Friday, April 18, 2014
I'm not sure if any of my old pals are around anymore, but life has undergone a lot of changes lately. They've been really great changes! But alas, it did mean that I haven't been putting fitness as a priority.
So, living in a new state with a new job, I've in a lovely position to make a fresh start with my fitness as well.
I'm doing the Fayetteville Color Run at the end of May, and I've been doing a Couch to 5K program semi-regularly to get my legs become accustom to the hills here. The great thing about my new job is that it's near quite a few fitness centers and I'm really looking forward to getting back into things again. Anyone out there have experience with Anytime Fitness? I'm looking at the one in Cary, NC (it's on the way to my job in the morning).
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Yesterday I started the Hobbit Walk Challenge ( www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2012/07/23/
walking/ ) . The idea is to track your miles in walking/running/elliptical-ing and get to Mt. Doom and back. Before you think this is a walk in the park (or Middle Earth, as the case may be), a one-way trip to Mt. Doom is 1779 miles, which will take me a year and a half if I keep my current pace (about 3.3 miles a day, or 100 miles a month). Once there, I'm going to reward myself with some kind of ring (it's only appropriate, after all), and then make the journey back.
The creators of the challenge have the journey broken down by leg (Shire to Rivendell, Rivendell to Lothlorien, etc), and have details from the book in each section (5 miles to Tookland, 98 miles to Tom Bombadil's house, etc). It's really cool because I can keep track of where I'm at in the books, and when I'm straggling on my daily miles I can tell myself that it's only a couple more til my next milestone.
Yesterday I logged 3.47 miles, which puts me a only a mile and a half away from Tookland, my first milestone. I completed most of it on the treadmill at work and finished up the last mile on my elliptical -- which is a lot more work than the treadmill. When I got home I didn't really want to work out but the idea that I'd be behind my daily hobbit travel goals motivated me to go with it anyway. I'm glad I did.
So here's to a fun (albeit a little nerdy) new challenge!
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
I'm doing much better since my last post. I've identified the problem and am working toward a better place. Thank you all for your support!
In lighter news, I had a last-minute event I needed to dress up a bit for and in a hurry. Not having time to go to the dressing room, I went to the racks of a brand I wear pretty regularly and snagged a button-down collared shirt, camisole, belt, etc. in my normal size. When I got to the venue and changed in the bathroom, everything was too big! So while I looked like a little kid wearing her mother's clothing, it wasn't a bad price to pay for the amazing realization that while the scale is taking it's time to show my progress, it shows elsewhere.
Seriously, I've never been so happy to have wasted money. Since I can't return them (strict store, plus I wore them for the whole event and it'd be weird to return them) I'm going to hit up youtube and see if I can find some tutorials for tailoring your own clothing. I'm going home in August and my mom has a sewing machine that's been gathering dust for several years now. Time to put those old home economics skills to work!
Keep moving forward! It may be a slow trek, but you'll get there!
Monday, March 25, 2013
I'm still here!
Sometimes it feels like that's my tagline to life, especially in this last year or so. I've been struggling with a deep, unshakable depression that I keep telling myself is situational, but I think that once you start keeping track in terms of years it's hard to convince yourself that it isn't "real" depression.
I'm really trying. Some days are worse than others, and some weeks are generally remembered as a thick grey haze while I'm stumped as to where the time went. I notice that I tend to feel a little better after an hour or so of cardio, but when you feel like nothing is important it's hard to convince yourself to workout.
I'm still trying. I'm still getting on the treadmill even if I don't want to. I'm still telling myself that I need to eat, loading up with vegetables and fruit despite not really tasting anything. I'm still here. I feel like I'm just going through the motions in a giant, meaningless puppet show of life, but I'm still here.
I'm still here.
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