Thursday, July 31, 2014
Back in 2013, I wrote my one and only Popular Blog Post. The blog took on the phrase "on the wagon" and concluded that, because a true lifestyle change is permanent and on-going, "there is no wagon." It is all part of the same continuum -- just a series of days that make up our lives, no stops, no starts, just life.
I still believe that but I have the distinct feeling of "starting over" at the moment. And I can't say that's a bad thing. This healthy lifestyle is just like riding a bike. I eat fruits and vegetables! I walk! I work out! It's easy!
And on some level, it is that easy. But am I starting over? Or just finally treating my body the way it deserves to be treated? Do I need a grand "starting over" narrative? Or is it enough to "just do it"?
Narratives are tempting. I like stories with structure, a beginning, middle and end. But the problem with the starting over narrative is that it gives a concrete "beginning" to your healthy journey. Generally, things that begin will one day end. That's not what we want for our healthy lifestyle.
So, I'm not starting over. Instead, I'll say this: I've struggled with my weight my whole life. I accept and embrace the fact that the struggle will always be there. Health, fitness and nutrition will always be primary concerns for me. That isn't the case for everyone -- but it will always be the case for me. Today, I'm putting my health first. Today, I'm doing what needs to be done. Tomorrow, I will do the same.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
I took 19,475 steps yesterday! The best part is that I didn't do anything extraordinary -- just back to my old routine! I took a short walk on my lunch break (plan to do the same today). In the evening, I walked to my ShimmyPop class, danced my heart out and I walked back! That was it!
When I was living in the East Bay last year, THAT WAS JUST A NORMAL DAY. I knew that I was being less active when I was living in Mountain View, but I couldn't easily quantify it because I never used an activity tracker before I moved there. Now, I can easily see my East Bay life is 2-3x more active ON A DAILY BASIS then my South Bay life was. Again, I knew I was getting less activity, being more sedentary but I didn't realize how HUGE the difference was. Actually, on some level I realized it but I didn't know how to fix it.
My goal is recreate a seamlessly active life. I had that in Berkeley -- walking to work, walking to my classes, walking to the store, etc. I easily racked up 5+ miles just getting through my day. All the formal workouts were just hot fudge on my active life sundae!!
Now that I'm living in Oakland, with everything I need in walking distance, it should be easy for me to recreate this lifestyle!
I will say one thing though -- at the end of yesterday, I was tired and sore!! I feel fine today, but it is obvious that my level of fitness has dropped in the last year. I aim to fix that!!
Walking is a major aspect of my life. I love it, I need it -- it's a non-negotiable. When I walk, I clear my mind, get my heart rate up, click through my to-do list. It is my "me time!!" And I was so sad without it. I will never attempt to to do "car culture" again.
Regarding my weight loss goal, all I want right now is to remove the regain. I will consider other goals when I have successfully done so! And if yesterday is any indication, I'm already on my way!!
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
I've spent today ruminating on my goals for the month of August. Here is what I have come up with so far:
1) No processed foods or alcohol with the exception of the following predesignated events: (8/2, 8/7, 8/8, 8/9, 8/10 -- 3 of those are the Outside Lands Music Festival!)
2) At least 3 Hipline classes per week (back to my old dance studio -- I can't wait!)
3) Walk/run/bike at least 10 miles per week (walking or running the lake, walking as transportation, biking to the harbor, etc.)
Now, I may be sent to Raleigh for a few weeks for work. If so, I'll have to come up with a new plan. But there will be a plan! I'm determined to let August be the time for me to reclaim my success.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
I'm so, so happy this week! We finally moved into our new home this weekend. We're homeowners! We love the condo, it is gorgeous and has so much space. But what's better -- way, way better! -- is the neighborhood! Yes, we are lakeside, with beautiful views, tons of fun shops and restaurants and plenty of gently rolling hills to burn a few calories on. My goal is going to be to get in at least a little walking time every day. I may go for a miles goal, or a steps goal -- I haven't decided yet. But I will be easily, wonderfully, seamlessly active yet again! My active, happy-go-lucky self is returning!
Sure, the commute from my new place to my job is long (45 minutes to an hour) but that seems a small price to pay in exchange for truly being some place that makes me happy to wake-up in the morning and happy to come home at night!!!
Feeling happy motivates me to get my health in order. Depression is not motivating, self-loathing is not motivating. On the contrary, I've spent the past year feeling like a lump, with nothing to do but stare at the television and dream of another life. Well, that life is here!!!! And I can't wait to head outside, walk the lake, get back to my cardio dance classes, join up with my CSA, etc.
Life is good -- and getting better by the day!!!
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