Wednesday, January 02, 2013
1. Be more social.
a. Start by reconnecting with friends. Call and chat, send emails/texts or even get back on facebook.
b. Clean the house so I can have friends over for dinner without feeling the need to apologize or delay it.
c. Get on Spark teams at least 4 days a week. I get a lot of strength from friends working towards similar goals and can give support as well. Also think about culling a couple of teams because of time constrictions. I can’t be on Sparks for hours a day.
2. Walk a minimum of 7,000 steps a day for 60 days in a row… starting today!
3. Exercise for a minimum of 5 days a week when not doing a challenge that requires more.
4. Get at least 1200 fitness minutes this year logged into Spark People
5. Eat less processed foods… and eliminate gluten for 60 days in a row to see if it helps with the arthritis.
Track food most days of the week… minimum 5.
6. Lose at least 10 lbs, which will take me back to where I was 2 years ago. (I KNOW THIS WILL HELP THE ARTHRITIS)
I will do this by following the above plan
I didn’t accomplish any of my goals. Life threw me several curves at the beginning of the year and I never really recovered from it. So I got down on myself and let myself eat less healthfully (comfort foods). I didn’t exercise as much as I’d have liked and know this probably had an impact on everything else. Enough said. I pretty much just “phoned in” last year.
This year will be different. I am/was disappointed in myself but have decided I’m not perfect and one year does not make or break a way of life. My husband and I are committed to more activity this year. We are going to renew at least one of the two memberships we’ve let drop in t he past 2 years while saving to cruise. It has made a HUGE impact in our lives and health… especially the energy and the way we feel on a daily basis.
First we are looking at getting another yearly Disney pass. Yes, they are expensive, especially if we get the version with no black out dates. But I got in more steps when we had them. We were happier and more active. It is HIS suggestion that we start getting the passes again, so it’s more likely to happen. Not that he doesn’t take what I want seriously, it’s just easier when he wants it too.
Second we are looking at renewing our rock climbing gym membership. Again, not inexpensive, but they do groupon deals once a quarter which will make it more affordable. Again, with a yearly pass we won’t worry that only being there for an hour (or less at first) is a waste of money. This will help me build muscle. It will also motivate me to do more strength training exercises than I do and probably also help with balance.
This year I WILL make it to the top level of the pedometer/walking based program from work and get the $250.00 that comes with making that level. Last year I only made $75.00. Not bad for a first year’s effort where I had months at a time where I was barely functioning. In order to do that I need to get walking… hence the 60-day challenge of 7,000 steps minimum a day… I’d like to make it more, but that will come later, after I start getting back into the rhythm and routine of exercise again. I feel better than I have for a very long time. I feel better about life and me in general. I feel more positive and excited by the New Year.
This year I am COMMITTED to making the changes I need to make myself healthier and stronger. Of course the first day of the year has come and gone. Did I do any of these things to get off to a good start? Well, I did do one… I got out of the house and socialized for several hours with friends I hadn’t seen in several years. I’ve missed them. I only now have realized just how much. Some of them are looking fantastic in the New Year! I ate too many things not on a healthy living plan this past week. Cookies, cake & peanut brittle to name a few. I didn’t track and I didn’t really care, so this morning it shows on the scale. I also feel like crap. My stomach hurts, like with cramps. My heart was racing until about 4AM this morning, so I didn’t get much sleep. It didn’t help that I finished off an open package of cookies in the wee hours of the morning because I was awake.
I did however get up and walk with Leslie Sansone for 2 + miles this morning, regardless of the fact I didn’t sleep and felt like total crap. I felt like I was going to throw up through most of it, but I DID it. I kept moving and got in over 4,000 steps before work. I “should” be able to complete the 7,000 steps today even with feeling like this.
One thing I am looking at starting this year is a gluten free diet. Several of my friends (whom I spent yesterday with) have started to go gluten free and feel much better for it, as it helps lessen inflammation. Now, I know it doesn’t work for everyone. But looking at how they looked it’s something I’m going to explore for 60 days. Not starting today or even tomorrow as it will take time to eat the already purchased foods that have breading on them. It will also mean changing the way I cook and a lot of what I eat. But, my friends are willing to help me find the better brands (through their trial and error) and answer questions. So for the first several weeks of January I will be researching the diet and what it really entails to change our lifestyle this drastically. My husband is willing to try it too for at least a month or two. That always helps me to stick to something.
My best friend said that if we decide to try the gluten free diet to let her know. We often have dinner with her once a week or so, with trading off cooking duties. She has said that on the days we eat with her she will find recipes to try that are gluten free. Having the support of good friends helps lighten the load. Why do I always forget that when I’m feeling blah, down, blue (whatever you want to call it) and go into hibernation mode.
OK, another long blog done. If you’ve read all the way to here… HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Quick update ... (even before posting, go figure)
Groupon had a deal for two people to attend a 3-hour cooking class. We bought two! One we are redeeming for a knife usage class. Something I have wanted to take for a couple of years now. The second class is one on sushi making. Another class we’ve both wanted to take for years. Ever since my husband decided he liked sushi, really. So this will be a fantastic start to the New Year for eating healthier.