Thursday, June 16, 2011
So a couple of months ago, in early April, I MADE A DECISION. I decided that even though I was unemployed and living on savings, I would prioritize my health: I would pay the enrollment fee and join a gym (with a contract) and start working out. After the day I signed up (on which I did not work out), I didn't go back until Monday.
That's Monday, June 13th. It's been easy for me over the course of my life to make a decision to take action. The harder part for me has always been following through. I've worked out at the gym 3 days in a row now (I actually really like it there). I had no desire to go tonight - I was tired, my contacts were bothering me, etc., etc... but I did it anyway. Not because I made a decision to do it, but because I just put one foot in front of the other until I'd met my goal.
It feels much better to actually *do* the right thing than to "make a decision" to do the right thing. Can anyone relate?
Sunday, June 27, 2010
I saw an incredible movie today called "Disfigured". It is available for streaming on Netflix if you have a subscription there. It is a tiny movie that probably got no attention, but I wish every woman (person?) everywhere could watch it. It stars real women with real bodies and real problems, trying to help each other (sometimes badly) and trying to find self-acceptance. If you do watch it, beware that it may turn you off early on - but it is worth the wait until the last half hour or so when everything comes together. I guarantee it will move you!
Saturday, June 05, 2010
Overall I am enjoying my new work schedule - who knew I was such a morning person? I still have trouble getting to bed early some nights, mostly due to noisy neighbors... sigh, apartment living. But overall, I love rising and sinking (into bed) with the sun.
I have been struggling with workouts, but have managed to get them in 2 days in a row. I've decided for now to set what I think is a very reasonable goal of 20 minutes a day. This will help me build up my heart and lungs which are in terrible shape, and also give me some flexibility - I can easily do two 10-minute walks a day, maybe one in the morning to greet the sun and one at work on a break? Or something. I can't really get up any earlier - I mean I guess I could, but I think 4:45 is probably early enough for me. Workouts after work just aren't happening, although I will continue to try... For now, I'll start with this small goal and see if I can build on it over time.
My eating habits leave a lot to be desired, but in addition to my exercise goal I am trying to quit smoking, and something's gotta give. I am slowly making progress in this area too, by cutting portions a little and making myself think through "impulse" snacks by delaying them 15 minutes. I'm not where I want to be for my calories, but I think it will come, slowly, and I don't want to overwhelm myself right now.
I had a really rough May, did some serious backsliding, so it feels good to feel like I'm starting, however slowly, to move in the right direction. I'm not a model SparkCitizen right now, but I am definitely making progress... and that's good enough for me right now.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
One of the things I need to do to get healthier is get up earlier, which I've blogged about before. Unfortunately I am sort of a "night owl" so my tendency is to stay up later (like tonight). Well, I also need to change my shift at work to accommodate counseling sessions- I currently work Monday through Friday, 9-5 which makes scheduling appointments difficult - so I asked for an earlier shift at work. I was hoping for an 830 or maybe 8am shift but what I ended up with was...
A 6am start! Ouch!!! To get up at 4:30 for work I will need to be asleep at 8:30 at night... in an apartment complex full of people who could not possibly care less. This also runs contrary to my "stay up until the sun's up" natural state. The benefits to the earlier shift are huge - not only can I set a good appt time for counseling, but I can also attend more yoga (and possible other!) classes since I will be off work before 3... Also, in Ayurveda, the belief is that one should go to sleep with, and get up with, the sun for optimum health.
I am nervous about this... I wish I had been clearer in my request! At the same time, I feel like this is a great opportunity for me to embrace change and maybe not be so "enslaved" to my "natural" rhythm of staying up until godawful hours... I guess we will see how it goes! I have a week before my new schedule starts to get accustomed to getting up earlier...
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