Last week I started a weekly feature here about my journey toward better health. I affectionately called it Status of the Fat Ass. I offered up a cookie to someone who could give it a better name and I'm going to go with Carinn's suggestion of Wellness Wednesday. Carinn, what's your poison? Chocolate chip? Oatmeal raisin?
I mentioned last week that I was certain I had come down with the stomach virus my son was just getting over. Turns out I was right, and today is my first normal food day in a week. I haven't had an illness like that in 25 years and I really hope that doesn't happen again any time soon.
I still managed to walk on three separate days (once twice). I also spent Saturday and Sunday running around my house for various cleaning projects. A smarter woman probably would have rested, but unless I'm dying, I generally don't give in to illness. I'm stubborn that way.
The upside of this virus is that I am down 5 pounds. Sure I lost them in the most unhealthy way possible and I certainly don't advocate not eating for a week as a way to lose weight, but if I had to get a virus, losing a little bloat was a nice perk.
The downside of this virus is that I'm still feeling dehydrated. I'm not great about drinking water, so when my stomach rejects everything I put into it, even the little bit I did manage to drink, um, evacuated promptly. Monday night my eyes were feeling particularly dry, something I battle even on the best of days, and in trying to remove my contact it actually stuck to my eye and ripped in half. So I'm *trying* to drink more water now.
I had casually set a goal of walking/running 100 miles in 2013, but I had only really mentioned it to a few friends. I decided to go public with it here. After today's 2 miler, my total to date is 57.03 miles. I think I'm still on track to make it to 100 miles, so I'm pleased with that.
I'm not setting a weight loss goal other than to eventually get to a healthy weight. My thinking here is that if I set better eating goals and goals for exercise, I will lose weight by default. Also, I know losing 1-2 pounds per week is healthy and the thought of not hitting a healthy weight for almost a year is a bit overwhelming. I'm going to focus on healthy habits and let the weight take care of itself.
Part of having a healthy lifestyle is to have a healthy mind. I'm trying not to go overboard, trying not to get discouraged by the long road ahead of me, and trying not to think about about the fact that the changes I need to make are forever changes, not short-term. There will be setbacks, slip ups, days where I make poor choices, and many other obstacles. My hope is that I treat them as obstacles and not complete blocks. I'd like to learn from them and make better choices in the future.
This past week hasn't been a good indicator of how I'm doing. That's life, I guess. Hopefully this week will give me more opportunities to practice some healthy habits.
Have you made little changes that have added up in big ways? Share them with the class!