I don’t know how all those days went flying by!… I am am still sticking with the program. In fact, I was thinking that its been a long, long time since I did something epic, and maybe with better nutrition and more exercise, I could consider that. In that light, I spoke with Franki and decided that I’d try to run. The plan is to do couch to 5k, get in a few small races, and then try to do a bigger one in June/15. Since I’m walking to work now and again, it’s quite easy to integrate intervals of ‘running’…. Worked quite well for the first few tries, and then suddenly my lower back decided that the world has ended. I’m feeling somewhat better today, but yesterday was a nightmare. Did I wear the wrong shoes? Too much, too fast? Car accident damage haunting me? Probably a combination of all of those things, but I will persevere.
I have this down to a rough plan….
Three weekdays I ride 13km, and walk maybe 1km. One weekday I walk between 5-10km. One weekday I drive, because I have doctor’s appointments and I also have business errands to do. On the weekend, I try to walk, and usually don’t do a whole lot on Sunday besides laundry and housework (aka: knitting). Saturdays can be quite active.
Every day I take a combination of supplements which I’ll talk about another day.
Every day I try to do something to combat stress; mostly listening to Thich Naht Hahn, and/or meditation. There is a Buddist temple near my house, and I believe that this 90 day trial is leading me in that direction. It, like me, is under renovation at the moment. We’ll both be new in 2015.
I have purchased a Teeter Inversion Table in hopes that I can counteract the lower back, neck and shoulder damage that I have been left with after the car accident. One can only hope. It hasn’t arrived as yet; I’m hoping that today might be the day (unfortunately, it has been lost in transit)
I have given up processed sugar, flour, and junk food; also mostly all bad fats. One day I was really craving a hot dog at Costco, so I bought one, had one bite, and threw it away. I call that a win. It was not hard to chuck it, to be honest, I am over the sensation of that kind of food; suddenly the texture was just wrong. One day I ordered take-out from a local restaurant… something that I have regularly done over the years. I buy a certain order that ends up providing meals for approximately 3 days. Well! My heart was pounding so hard that I was scared, and I hardly slept that night! This after one meal; one that I have regularly consumed for decades (the downside of living close by!). That I would have such a strong response so quickly was quite a shock. How fast we can recover!
The biggest trouble I have is planning and executing meals when I’m tired. By the time I get home I’m exhausted and would like to grab something quick. Instead of that, I’ve been buying a big bag of deep greens from Costco and making salads. That gets me through the worst of it, and sometimes buys me time to cook a little protein. I find myself snacking more.. but on fruit. I plan for breakfast. Most often by making chia pudding, overnight oatmeal with berries, or a couple of boiled eggs. I drink more tea, and less coffee. Definitely more water, but still not enough.
I don’t think I have lost an ounce, but this is an experiment after all… we’ll see how things go at the beginning of 2015.
The biggest gain to date is the time I’ve spent on the bike path, enjoying this glorious fall. You miss that in a car. You miss the sounds, the smells… so many magical things that are excluded by being in a vehicle (tho I may change my mind when the snow falls). I am really making an effort to be mindful, to be conscious of my breath and my surroundings. I don’t know how that affects cholesterol, but it certainly is great for the soul.