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.
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.
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.)