A Get-Healthy Update

Read this blog post (if you missed it) to catch up on my goals for getting back into shape.

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Honestly, picking a specific date as my ‘deadline’ to form healthy habits – and a healthier version of myself – was the best thing I could have done.  Or at least I think so…  I know it’s still early to tell, but it just feels that way!  🙂

The funny thing is that I really haven’t worked out at all since I began this journey.  I started out on a particularly busy week filled with piano tunings, appointments, church volunteering, teaching, and hostessing.  The following week, I came down with a chest cold that’s just now turned into a head cold.

Anyway, I can’t begin working out until my lungs have cleared, so it’s been three weeks of no exercise.  Bleh!

Normally, I’d set a new start day (a Monday, obviously).  But I haven’t had that mindset, since my  ‘end date’ is in August.  (Now obviously, August isn’t really an end date, as I hope to continue the good habits that I obtain over these next few months).  🙂  At the same time, however, I see every single day as a new possibility to achieve the goals I’ve set for myself.  I no longer view my ‘get healthy’ journey as a diet that’s designated by Mondays and weekends.  Instead, it’s going to be seven months of doing better every single day.

It’s more long-term focused instead of being perfect now as I start out.

So although I haven’t been able to work out, I have been taking better care of myself.  I’ve upped my veggie and fruit intake.  I finally switched to unsweetened coffee.  I stocked my house with healthy snacks such as almonds, yogurt, cheese sticks, whole grain crackers, and dried fruit.  And I’ve been drinking a whole lot more water.

I’ve also really focused on taking care of myself when it comes to ‘me time’ and getting more rest.  Normally when I’m sick, I just keep going strong… and I end up exhausting myself.  I’m trying to remember that I matter too!  So I’ve made time for a hot bath every week, and I’ve designated Monday nights as ‘me time’.  On those nights, I usually watch TV or read, while Brady is in bed and Nate is playing a video game.  It’s simple… but it’s time for just me!

And two days ago, when I really didn’t feel well, I asked Nate to watch Brady for me so that I could lie down for a little bit.  I’ve never done that before.

These may be baby steps, but – at the same time – they kind of feel huge.  🙂

 

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6 thoughts on “A Get-Healthy Update”

  1. Sorry you are sick… it is so hard to stay on top of everything while sick. Good for you for making those adjustments. I can totally see how having an end date in mind would be a huge help. I loved reading this update as it makes me want to get motivated and start working towards better health too. Can’t wait to read more!

  2. Hope you are feeling better! It’s so smart to not push too hard when you don’t feel well. I’m always one step forward, two steps back, when I do. Take care of yourself! You’re doing great working on that healthy lifestyle.

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