My New Normal
Friday, August 17, 2012
I just made a delicious pina colada style shake for breakfast:
1 cup almond milk = 30 calories
1 cup Vita Coco coconut water with pineapple = 60 calories
2 scoops Body by Vi shake mix = 90 calories
1 packet Visalus Shape Up Health Flavor mix-in (for Vi shakes) Banana Energy Charge = 10 calories
70 grams frozen pineapple chunks = 35 calories
Toss all into the blender, add ice as needed to reach the desired consistency
Total calories = 225
Total YUMMINESS = off the charts!!!!!
This was such a great breakfast! It satisfied my sweet tooth & filled my tummy. Now I feel ready to tackle my day!
I can't believe I *used* to be the kind of person who would drink a diet Mountain Dew and eat a package of M&Ms to give me a boost of energy. Wow! For someone as smart as I supposedly am (according to my professors), I sure was stupid. I can't even say I was "just uneducated," because I *did* have knowledge & information -- I knew what good nutrition was, yet I chose to ignore it. Now that I know what good nutrition FEELS like, I know I won't ever go back. This is amazing.
There is a commercial I see on the TV at work where Jamie Lee Curtis is touting the benefits of a certain kind of yoghurt that is supposed to "promote digestive health." She talks to people who have tried it and they say "I used to think that irregularity (a nice way of saying constipation and stomach ache) was normal" and she tells them "it doesn't have to be that way! With this brand of yoghurt, you can develop a new normal!"
I am surrounded by people (at work, at home, and at school) who complain about feeling run down, tired, achy...all the things I used to accept as normal. After I reached 40, especially, I just said "I must be getting older, this is normal for people my age." But it doesn't have to be! I wish I could convince my friends and family that we don't have to feel like that all the time! It may be their "normal" right now, but they *can* make a "new normal" for themselves!
It takes some time, yeah...I've been slowly changing for years, with a marked change in the past 8 months. It doesn't happen overnight. But it can happen...one day you wake up and realize that your "normal" is light years away from where it used to be. Or you see someone doing something you *used* to do, and realize "that's not part of my life any more...it used to be, but now I've created the kind of life where that old habit isn't a part of it."
My new normal -- which has been a long time in planning and implementing -- is so different from what I thought it would be. All the little changes I've been implementing along the way: slowly working more fruits & vegetables into my diet, slowly cutting down on sugar & sodapop, slowly working exercise into my daily routine, etc...it's all normal to me now. And it's actually easy! For the first time, I can say "this is natural."
OK, to be honest, there is one thing about my new life that isn't easy for me: Exercise. It's not always easy to go to the gym or do other exercises (do a video workout, walk, ride my bike, jump rope) -- especially on the days when I have no car, or it's over 100 degrees outside, or family/school/work obligations stretch me too far -- but even though some days it's hard for me to get *started* with my exercise, once I complete it I feel SO MUCH BETTER. Seriously, every time I drag my feet about starting, when I'm finished I think "what was I thinking? If I know how good I feel afterwards, why was I procrastinating in the first place??"
But even with that challenge, I still integrate so much more movement into my normal daily routine: I park further away from the door, I walk up & down the corridors at work just for the sake of walking, I often stand when I could sit, I often take the stairs instead of the elevator...all little things that started off as conscious decisions, but now have become so natural to me that I don't even think about them much any more. I just do them.
Fueling my body with nutritious food and using it for movement -- the way it was designed to be used -- have become my new normal. Feeling good has become normal to me. I love my new normal!