WHAT A WALK!

Do it more! Except the crazy part where you were pushing your defenseless child on a road with no sidewalk/path/shoulder/anything. But the actual walking part felt great!

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A Little Less Talk, a Lot More Action

I know I have a tendency to mull over goals and ideas in my mind, but less so at the actual execution. No more!! I’m DO-ing! “You can’t plow a field by turning it over in your mind.”

Yesterday was a pretty good start! I went to Mommy Boot Camp in the morning and got a good workout. I had oatmeal with cranberries for breakfast, bean dip for lunch (with chips, ahem), and whole wheat spaghetti with beanballs for dinner. Hm, actually now that I look at it, could definitely have used more veggies. But in the early afternoon, when I found a hidden away bag of dark-chocolate covered pretzels, I just had a couple before hiding them away again. Other days I would’ve eaten the whole bag. And around midnight when I was poking around in the kitchen for a snack, I just went to bed instead. Yes! Midnight!

Another good day today. Another trip to boot camp (YAY!). Oatmeal again for breakfast. I tried it with canned pumpkin, but I didn’t care for it much. I just dumped in about a third of a can (so, maybe 5 oz?), with a bit of cinnamon and ground flax seed and wheat germ. Maybe it needed some sweetener or something? I’ll try it again. For lunch, leftover spaghetti and beanballs. Afternoon snack was more bean dip (just fat-free refried beans, salsa, and a little bit of Daiya cheese) and chips. Tonight, vegan tamales (from Tuscon Tamale Company, via foodzie.com) with perhaps a bit too much guacamole. Again, could use some more F&V!

It’s just after midnight again now, so I’m going to bed! Less talk! More action!

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Ugh

I was told today “I didn’t know you were expecting!”

Needless to say, I am not.

I DO NOT WANT TO FEEL LIKE THIS ANYMORE. I DO NOT WANT TO LOOK LIKE THIS ANYMORE.

But my actions are not consistent with my desires. Even after that, I still sat and ate several handfuls of tortilla chips. I can change this! I can match my behavior to my values of health.

It’s midnight, so I’m going to bed. Boot camp at 10 tomorrow.

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Health and Fitness Mini-Goals

And how I plan to reach them…

 

Health and Fitness:

  1. BE FIT BY 35!! (Goal weight of 160, clean diet, feeling good)
  2. GET ENERGY
  3. 100% vegan diet
  4. No more “beige vegetarian” – pile on the F&V, 5 servings a day
  5. EAT 2 LIVE
  6. Smoothie (green?) daily
  7. Homemade dinners 5 days a week at least
  8. Improve Zoodle’s diet with F&V
  9. Make some meals for the freezer
  10. Organize pantry
  11. Walk 30 min day
  12. Do yoga 3 days week
  13. Do strength training 3 days week
  14. Blog?
  15. Go to Roni’s fitness conference?
  16. Go to NBC Health Fair (Jan 16/17) for screenings
  17. Take vitamins regularly (see Dr. Fuhrman)
  18. SLEEP!! BY MIDNIGHT! EVERY NIGHT!
  19. Get eyes checked – reading glasses?
  20. Join Dr. Fuhrman?
  21. Get skin checked (dermatologist)
  22. FIX FEET. Podiatrist, all home remedies for plantar fasciitis

 

OK, so I’ve gotten some of the smaller things out of the way. Now to tackle some of the bigger ones.

Actually, I’m going to separate the first two out, because they’re really RESULTS and the other two are STEPS – #1 is Be Fit by 35. I’ll be 35 in mid-October. 8 months from now. I don’t really care about the getting older thing, but I would love to feel hot and sexy and have ENERGY (#2) by the time I’m 35. Wouldn’t it be awesome to wear a bikini at a fabulous beach vacation for my birthday? YES IT WOULD. Really, many of the other things on this list are direct steps to reach this goal. The other major RESULT is #2, Get Energy. I feel sluggish a lot, I get headaches. I spend far more time thinking about working out and dreading it, than I spend actually working out. I often try to bribe my toddler into napping with me (he gave up naps about a month ago), so I can lay down and rest with him. Yet at night? I’m almost always up until the wee hours of the morning. One of the steps to get there you can see at #18 (Sleep by midnight every night), but other steps aimed at improving my overall health will also help me have more energy (eating well and exercising).

So, what I think I’m going to do is break this down and try a couple of them each week, building on them until I’m doing all of them regularly. NOW, the issue is that I’m about to go away for almost a month to visit family in another country. So the first 4 weeks of things need to be things I can accomplish while out of my home zone. Exercising is pretty much not possible there, and I won’t generally be able to prepare my own food. There will be, however, a TON of fresh fruits and vegetables and very very little processed foods so I can work on my clean eating.

I’ve been talking about my health and fitness goal because I feel that’s the most urgent. Obviously the most important. But because of the travelling aspect, I might pull from some of the other areas for the first few weeks. I’m going to make a chart. A checklist?

Now, I don’t leave for another week. In that time, I will try to do some of the one-off things that will not need to be maintained while I am gone:
#10 – Organize pantry

#19 – Get eyes checked (I think I need reading glasses for computer time)

 

And I’m sure there’s stuff in the other areas that I can get done in a week. I’m also considering applying for graduate school and/or taking a test that may lead to a career in the next week. No problem! Today, though, I have the house to myself and I’m going to try to blow through some laundry, some uncluttering, and some packing. Wish me luck!

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Health and Fitness mini-goals – DONE

Over the past few months, I’ve been working on my big master TO DO list. It started very stream-of-conscious and eventually involved into the six main categories I identified yesterday. Here is the list of smaller tasks under the Health/Fitness heading:

Health and Fitness:

  1. BE FIT BY 35!! (Goal weight of 160, clean diet, feeling good)
  2. GET ENERGY
  3. 100% vegan diet
  4. No more “beige vegetarian” – pile on the F&V, 5 servings a day
  5. EAT 2 LIVE
  6. Smoothie (green?) daily
  7. Homemade dinners 5 days a week at least
  8. Improve Zoodle’s diet with F&V
  9. Make some meals for the freezer
  10. Organize pantry
  11. Walk 30 min day
  12. Do yoga 3 days week
  13. Do strength training 3 days week
  14. Blog?
  15. Go to Roni’s fitness conference?
  16. Go to NBC Health Fair (Jan 16/17) for screenings
  17. Take vitamins regularly (see Dr. Fuhrman)
  18. SLEEP!! BY MIDNIGHT! EVERY NIGHT!
  19. Get eyes checked – reading glasses?
  20. Join Dr. Fuhrman?
  21. Get skin checked (dermatologist)
  22. FIX FEET. Podiatrist, all home remedies for plantar fasciitis

A diverse list. Some small, some big (um, ‘get energy?’ Sure, no prob). Happily! I’m already able to cross a few of these suckers off!

Go to NBC Health Fair (Jan 16/17) for screenings
– I did that! It’s a big health expo put on in DC by one of the local TV stations. A few years ago, not long after my baby was born, I was told I had high cholesterol and really high triglycerides. I was nursing, so couldn’t take anything at the time. Right now, we have pretty crappy health insurance (YAY for being self-employed! /sarcasm), so I haven’t been able to follow up with that and other routine preventative stuff. (FIX HEALTH CARE, CONGRESS!) I also have a family history of diabetes and had some sugar/insulin issues while pregnant, so I wanted to check on that. This free fair was perfect for me. I got my blood pressure, my glucose, and my total cholesterol checked. All normal – YAY! They didn’t do the breakdown of cholesterol there, but my total went down quite a lot, so I’m hopeful my triglycerides are too.

Join Dr. Fuhrman? – Just did this the other night. If you’re not familiar with Dr. Fuhrman, check out his website (www.drfuhrman.com). He wrote the book Eat 2 Live (also seen in #5 of my list up there), which is “nutritarian.” Tons of fruits and veggies. Toooooons. Like a full pound at lunch and a full pound at dinner. It’s a great book, and delivers some seriously impressive stats of preventing and even reversing serious health issues (like heart disease) just through diet. There’s a member part of his website with message boards, menus and recipes, and chats with the doctor, etc. I haven’t done much poking around yet, though.

Get skin checked (dermatologist) – Did that too! I’d never been to the dermatologist before, but making this list finally motivated me to pull out our health insurance plan to check if it was covered. It was, so I made an appt asap! I got a full skin cancer screening, again, my first. I have a lot of moles and freckles, so this is something I should definitely keep up with. Everything looked fine, although she did measure/photograph one on my back to check for changes next time. I have a few annoying skin tags, and a few moles on my back that get irritated by my bra strap and went in there with the idea that I wanted to cut all of them off, but she convinced me that she doesn’t like to cut anything off if she doesn’t HAVE to. I’m going to second think all that.

FIX FEET. Podiatrist, all home remedies for plantar fasciitis – DONE. HALLELUJAH. Seriously, my feet have been hurting for … I seriously don’t even know. At LEAST 18 months. I’ve had plantar fasciitis in my left foot. I’m no expert, but apparently, that’s when the tendon (or ligament? I don’t know) along the bottom of the foot gets stretched out and little microscopic rips in it and gets inflamed where it joins the heel bone, so it hurts to put pressure on the heel. It’s especially painful when you first walk around after sitting for awhile. The mornings were excruciating. I’ve been trying to deal with this at home, including stretching it, wearing slippers with arch support at home instead of going barefoot, wearing Superfeet inserts in my shoes…. But it never got better, and I was starting to feel a lot of pain on the top of my foot. I theorized that was because I’d changed the way I walked to avoid the heel pain. I could barely walk. Certainly couldn’t exercise. So I finally went to a podiatrist. He confirmed that it was plantar fasciitis with an X-ray and ultrasound of the scar tissue, and confirmed that the pain on the top of my foot was “compensatory.” He gave me a little padding thing to try on my arch for a week and it. was. awesome. I could walk again! Based on that, we decided to fit me for custom orthotics (not covered by insurance, boooo). There was a really cool pad thing that I walked across and it measured the pressure put on each part of my feet throughout my gait. That data was then sent to the manufacturer and they made inserts to fit me exactly. They just came in a few days ago and so far, so good, although I might want to have them altered just a little bit.

Oh, and I guess I can scratch off #14 Blog? Self-explanatory, no?

Coming up next, what I still need to work on!

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In the Beginning

I’m  a woman – a mother, a wife – who has a pretty fantastic life. My family is healthy, we have a warm home and plenty to eat. Yet I struggle with finding joy, happiness, gratitude, and peace in my daily life. At the dawn of the new year, like a lot of people, I became introspective and thought of how I would like to change my habits and my outlook to cultivate joy. I made a huge list of goals, big and small. I don’t want to call them resolutions, because that’s cliche, and I also didn’t try to start them right at the stroke of midnight on Jan 1. I wanted to let them sit and percolate a little bit. I’m also not going to tackle them all at once, but little by little throughout the year and beyond. I’m starting this blog to chronicle my journey, hopefully to develop a community of people trying to do the same sort of thing, and to keep my accountable to keeping it up.

There are a few overarching areas I’d like to work on. I’ll go more into depth on these later, along with my specific action plan for tackling them, but here’s a little synopsis:

Like many people, I’m unhappy with my physical health and that leads to mental and emotional struggles as well. I’m not trying to become buff or reach a certain goal weight, but I do want to lead a healthful life. Not just for me, but for my family – especially my awesome little boy, who is watching and learning my bad habits. I recently became a vegan, which I feel SO good about. Nonviolence and compassion are 2 huge guiding principles in my life, and I’m so glad that my diet now reflects them too. But, I’m still sort of a “beige” vegetarian, someone who eats too much of the refined and synthetic crap, and not enough whole foods – fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and whole grains. So, that’s the first thing I need to work on. In terms of exercise, I’m not looking to becoming a gym rat, or running a marathon or anything, but I do want to strengthen my heart, muscles, and bones with a little cardio and strength training everyday.

Another expected one, but I need to focus on money and getting out of debt. I’m a fan of the Dave Ramsey plan and have been working on Step 2 (The Debt Snowball) since last July, although I do want to become more intense with it and really start socking the money away. At the current rate, it’ll take us another 4.5 years to become totally debt free. I’d really like to get it done in half that time, which means we need to cut another grand a month in expenses.

At home, I’d like to work on my home management to streamline household tasks. Cooking/meal planning (ties in to the first issue), cleaning, and especially decluttering. There’s an underlying “green” aspect to all of my resolutions, and nowhere more so than here. I want to explore using natural cleaners and reduce consumption (especially of plastic).

In many ways, I feel satisfied with my parenting, which leans towards the gentle “attachment parenting” style of things. It just fits me, and Zoodle seems to respond to it well. However, I do know that there is room for improvement, mostly when it comes to being more present with him. Saving computer time for when he’s not around. Committing to doing our homeschool lesson, playing outside, and doing a little arts and crafts everyday. Brainstorming ways to teach him about charitable acts and compassion. Firming up bedtime and self-care habits, which we’ve been slacking on. As little TV as possible. That sort of stuff.

While I’m doing all that, I want to feel good about myself. There’s 2 parts to this – the first is focusing on my beauty. This includes things like purging my clothes and learning what my personal style is, and how to dress my body. Wearing a little makeup and a little jewelry and just generally trying to look put-together. I’m normally pretty much a bland pseudo-hippie frump and I think looking a little better will help me feel a little better. More confident. I also want to explore natural/organic/non-animal-testing bath and beauty products.

The second part of feeling good about myself is my own personal development, mental and emotional. Here I’m thinking of things like reading 2 books a month, identifying my life goals, putting more effort into my relationships with family and friends, developing a yoga/meditation schedule, working on my novel, and learning to use my camera.

The last of my 6 main areas that I’d like to work on is not one that I’ll be talking about here. My husband and I will celebrate 10 years together this June. Like many couples who’ve been together that long, there’s some good, and some complacent. So improving our marriage is the last area, but we want to keep that private.

Up next! How I plan to accomplish all this. Actually, that’s a good question. Any ideas?

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