As of this morning, I'll be on Day 6 of kickstarting my habits back into those that would fall into the Healthy category.
As you may recall, there was a period of my life where I pretty much only existed in that column. (That was after 25 years of smoking and before 6 months of cultivated inertia.)
Wouldn't you know it, on Day 2 of kicking the shit to the curb, I came down with a monster cold and was all, "Well that's just GREAT! Thanks a lot, Universe!"
When I'm sick I want nothing more than copious amounts of saltines. And cheese. And grape juice. And Sprite. And french fries.
In short, I toughed it out and actually ate real food.
I know. The horror!
My goal for 2014 is to live healthier and make better choices. Yes, I hope to drop a little chub around the middle. That would be a nice side effect.
I hope to get back into running. And swimming. And just embracing moving more as a fact of life, not as a burden or a curiosity.
Because when I was doing it with regularity everything seemed to work better. Better sleep. Less weird aches and pains. Clearer thought processes. More confidence.
Turns out they ain't lying: being active actually makes you feel better on multiple levels.
I'm up to 10 minutes of running right now. My foot is feeling better all the time. My physical therapist, Joe, tells me to add 5% a week, and I'm listening to him. Rather than go all gung-ho, I'm working to be a smarter athlete this time around. He's even going to film me on the treadmill later this month to tell me everything I'm doing wrong from a mechanical and efficiency standpoint.
I have no illusions that this will be easy.
I know there are people out there for whom good, clean living might just be automatic and easy. Granted, I don't actually know any of those people, but if they're out there, good for them.
This is my life and my body and my unique experience.
And on Day 6, my attitude is positive and as I sometimes like to say when things are going relatively well, "Tits up!"
Registration is still open for the live version of the Move More, Eat Well Jumpstart. If January's just not your time, this class will become a self-paced workshop beginning in February. Registration closes on January 8. You can still join today and treat it as Day 1 of the 31 days.
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