I’ve no intention of this becoming a health & fitness blog but this is about accountability – to myself, mostly. Over the last few years, I’ve slowly changed lots of habits in order to be healthier. Soda was the first thing to go – poof – gone. I don’t regret it one bit. Then it was about whole grains, cooking as much of my food as I could, buying organic when possible, avoiding high fructose corn syrup altogether, lowering sodium intake, etc. Whole milk became skim milk which became soy or almond milk. I learned how to make soy milk and tofu from the bean and started sprouting seeds. Hydroponic lettuce is now my new ‘decorative’ kitchen plant. Dehydrated foods and living/raw foods became more important to me and drive-throughs became a thing of the past. There was a time when I knew the Wendy’s drive-through guy by name (Hi Steve!) and he knew my order before I finished it. That, my friends, is some tragic shit.
The most recent change has been to an ovo-lacto vegetarian lifetsyle.
I’m a big girl, but the dietary changes netted measurable results. Stress test? Clear. Cholesterol? Fine. Blood Pressure? Lowered – no meds needed. Doctors were actually shocked when they read my results. I’m pleased with the ways I’ve improved my health. This car is getting older, but I own it outright, and she gets me where I need to go. Ah, but she needs to run for another 40 or 50 year and there are few long road trips I’d like her to make.
I can do more.
Exercise is the biggest sticking point for me. I hate doing it, it hurts sometimes, and it takes precious time that I don’t really have to spare… but I’ve done it before and I love how my body works when I do make it a priority. Because of some health issues, I need to modify some exercises and I absolutely avoid impact – which means cardio+weight training works best for me. Since I need motivation but HATE chirpy exercise gurus (I need someone with a bit of balls but minus the insanity), I’ve turned back to an “old friend”
This morning, I pulled the DVD’s out, dusted off my weights and hit the mat in the basement at 8am.
This is Chalene Johnson
This is Chalene Johnson Kicking my Fucking Ass
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