Walking the Walk
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Lately I have not been as focused on my exercise and activity as I feel I should be. Yes, there is a lot going on in my life but then that is just “life” and is no excuse. Basically my heart has not been in any of the activity I have been doing and I am feeling a sense of unbalance.
Right now a dear friend and co-work and his family are dealing with a great tragedy with one of their children. A very precious gift may have been taken away from them and a great miracle is needed. Many, many family, friends and community members have come together to support and pray for them but still we are all helpless to undo what has been done. As a parent this is especially heart-wrenching.
I began to think about this precious gift that may be taken away and impact it will have. I also thought about my own precious gift of life and what I do with it and in that moment I realized something. I am not “living” I am only existing to breathe another day. I am not appreciating and caring for this gift as I should and I am not using my gift to give to the community nor my fellow man, this MUST change!
This was a pivotal inspiration point to me. I started searching the Spark People network of awe-inspiring people that had conquered, overcome and defeated hardships, setbacks and obstacles and I tell you there was no shortage of them and some were outright MIRICLES!
People over 50 who have gone from being diabetic with high blood pressure, ulcers and chronic joint paint to healthy robust tri-athletes, people that were 375+ pounds that now run 5Ks 10Ks half marathons and full marathons. It seemed that some of these events were for charities, cancer research, autism and wounded warriors. There was one for colon cancer and in particular children’s hospital charities. My heart went ablaze and I knew I had found my motivation!
This is my purpose, when I looked at those runners smiling with gratification and a sense of fulfillment I know this is how I want to give my life purpose. But where do I begin to make changes in my life to achieve these goals? I have already done years of research, reading and trial and error when it comes to dieting vs eating a healthy died and even the raw food revelation has intrigued me. Right now I follow a combination of Organic whole foods and a raw food diet. I have not completely cut meat out but eat very little choosing instead to use raw seeds and nuts in my diet. The occasional bit of cheese and an egg or egg whites here and there too. No milk or yogurt for the most part because it does not agree with my stomach at all. I do love Greek yogurt but I pay for eating it. Portion control is my nemesis but I have measuring devices everywhere to assist me with that.
I do fall off the “Good Eats Band Wagon” on occasion like vacations of the occasional weekend binge but I pay for it, boy do I pay. As I age my digestive track becomes more and more sensitive which almost forces me to eat better, but old habits you know.
Exercise and activity: This is where I am lacking terribly. I just don’t know where to begin or what is the right course to achieve my goals. I had gotten down to 188 before but when I quit smoking I went back up to 257. I have since whittled my way back down to 220 but I am ready to do this once and for all. My will power to eat the proper portions is on my shoulders but what I really would like some assistance with is making an exercise plan that I can stick to. I have a weight bench, a recumbent bike, an elliptical machine and I do Vinyasa Flow Yoga, and I use all of this but not on any regular schedule. I have become so overwhelmed with all the different information that I am not sure what to do so I truly end up with some hodge-podge of exercise that is not satisfactory in my mind. This is what I need to sort out and get a routine nailed down that I know is going to ensure success in reaching my goal. If anyone would like to suggest a routine I would welcome the input.
Reviewed the couch to 5K plan and I think this would be a great jumping off point. So, off the couch I go.