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The secret to feeling good

Friday, April 26, 2013

So, I've re-discovered the secret to feeling good. No, really! These past few days I have been feeling great, emotionally, physically, and even lupus-wise.
The secret?

Walking.
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That's it!!

I made a goal for myself on the Virgin Health Miles Program (through work) to walk 49k steps in 7 days. That means I need an average of 7k steps a day, which doesn't sound too hard, right? Well, think of it this way: in an average work day, where I do no exercise or anything beyond my work duties, home chores, etc, I get anywhere between 2-3,500 steps/day. So I'm at least DOUBLING my normal amount of steps. That means I absolutely must go on a walk, either at home or at the gym. And at the pace I can handle, I have to walk almost 45 extra minutes.

At first, I was like a little kid, whining and stomping my feet, I'll never finish this challenge! Why did I decide to do this to myself? I'm not getting anything out of this...blah blah blah.

But, after just a few days of it, I noticed I had so much more energy yesterday! After work, then my walk at the gym, I went home to lounge. But I ended up not being able to, I had too much to do! So I prepped a smoothie for this morning, got my lunch together, figured out what to wear, did a load of laundry, the dishes, cleaned up the kitchen counters, fed the birds a treat (some shredded carrot and a strawberry, they love it!), played with the dog, and wandered around the house like a crazy person. Hubby was super late, he was a witness to an accident after helping a friend after work, so I was alone most of the night, which also accounts for some of the boredom. But normally, I would have watched TV or curled up with a book and passed the hours (yes, hours!!) that way.

So now that I know the secret, why do I keep letting it slip away from me? I continually rediscover this, and continually lose it. I'm still not sure how to hold on to this for dear life, and not let anything side track me, but I have some ideas. I've been super inspired lately, and that always helps. Some inspirations:

Smoothies. Oh yeah! A good green smoothie is so good for you, so I had one this morning. It was great! I didn't taste the spinach at all, and I really enjoyed it. I can include some flax or chia seeds, which is great for my inflammatory issues. Endless things to add to make it healthier, I am discovering.
A good book. This goes a long way to keeping me exercising longer. I have a book on tape, I just need to load it on my phone this weekend, so I'll have that as well.
Eat, Pray, Love. This book is so inspirational to me. Regardless your religious beliefs, I think it's worth a read. I'm halfway through, before I took a break from it a few months ago, and just remembered it at the bottom of my gym bag. Perfect gym book, in my eyes.
Ohsheglows.com and other vegan/glutenfree/vegetarian/he
alth-conscious websites to keep me inspired in the kitchen. Now that I have all this extra energy from working out, I'm going to try to eat the way I really want to. Not just better, but really the way I want, with focus on anti-inflammatory and vegetarian foods.
Lucky for you, I plan to post the recipes I try that are successful, and include pictures when I can. emoticon

So there you go. That's the secret to feeling good, both emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Take my word for it, it's worth rediscovering this over and over again until you find a way to make it stick. (For some reason, as I typed that sentence, I though of spaghetti sticking to a wall. You know, al-dente. No idea where that came from, but there you go.)
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MAGNOLIA416 4/29/2013 10:30AM

    I actually joined a smoothie challenge for the month of May...I'm going to make a smoothie every day.

Walking's great! I'm always in a better mood when I arrive somewhere if I've walked instead of taken a crowded subway or streetcar!

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BWCAGRL 4/26/2013 8:54PM

    Yay! So happy for you!
That's a lot of changes all at once, but you can keep up the walking which will keep helping with the energy levels. I'm so glad you are doing the smoothies too...it's such an easy thing to do! And you just got me hooked on ohsheglows!
Keep up the great work and remember that even if you get sidetracked for a day or don't feel well at some point, you ARE able to put many days of healthy living together...so you will be able to do it again because you've already done it.
I love your attitude and even though I've had an 'off' day I re-inspired to get back at it tomorrow!
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STRONG_SARAH 4/26/2013 4:54PM

    Makes me want to go for a walk tomorrow! Good for you on discovering (rediscovering) this!

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GIANTMICROBE 4/26/2013 12:21PM

    Awesome to hear! I made a green smoothie once... but I convinced myself I could taste the spinach (probably couldn't) and never made another. Which is dumb because I actually love spinach. It's one of my favorite vegetables. I make no sense.

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