I would really like to sign up for this year’s Taji 100, which starts February 1st, but I’m concerned that I won’t be able to get anywhere near 100 miles in 28 days with how the weather is affecting my back and hip.
I’ve got my elliptical about halfway set up, but I’ve been having a lot of back pain and other health issues this week.
I’m down 6 lbs, which is great considering I haven’t been able to be nearly as active as I want to be. I see losing a pound in the past week as proof that my new way of eating is at least helping, especially when I’m not able to exercise much.
My new elliptical didn’t arrive until Tuesday, and I was too busy during the week to set it up, but I’m hoping to get it set up either today or tomorrow.
One aspect of Fitness that I don’t talk about much here is my eating. However, I’ve read several books about eating and health, specifically the microbiome and how what we eat affects it and then affects our whole body and brain. I made a decision that after my Birthday, I was quitting sugar and processed foods, including fast food. Partly because I’m Pre-Diabetic, partly because I wanted to see if it would affect my weight, but primarily because of what I’ve been reading regarding the connection between the microbiome and mental health. I figured that it couldn’t hurt me, and even if all I did was improve my overall physical health, I would be better off regardless of any benefit to my mental health.
One stipulation to my new way of eating is that I’m allowed a fast-food burger and fries once a month, a little dark chocolate once a month, and a treat on special occasions (there’s no way I’m not having a slice of the 1886 cake I make for the Boyfriend’s Birthday!).
So far, I’ve lost 5 lbs in 2 weeks, and I have more energy and generally feel better. It’s obviously not a cure for mental illness, but it does seem to help, and as I said, it’s not hurting me. It’s also saving me money and the food I’m eating tastes better. I don’t feel deprived. I will say, though, that this has been a fairly easy transition for me since I already wasn’t eating/drinking a lot of things that I knew weren’t good for me (soda being the big one), and I got to this point by taking small steps and making little changes here and there instead of trying to overhaul everything overnight. Will I continue to lose weight? I don’t know. Will my A1C be lower when I get my labs done again? I don’t know. The important thing for me right now is how I feel right now, and having more energy and feeling even a little bit better on average without costing me money is a win in my book.
Welcome to my first check-in of 2023! I’m switching things up this year and posting check-ins on Sundays instead of Saturdays.
My big goal for 2023 is to walk 900 miles. I still haven’t decided on a big reward yet, but my weekly goal of 17.26 miles will earn me $5 towards something on my wishlist, and my monthly goal of 75 miles will earn me a trip to the bookstore.
I finally bought a piece of home gym equipment – an elliptical! It’s supposed to arrive tomorrow, and once I get it set up, I’ll be using it to get some cardio on days when the weather isn’t cooperating (and that seems to be more days than not).
I’ve got less than 2 miles to reach my 800-mile goal for the year! I will be walking those miles today 🙂
This is my last check-in of 2022. Even though I usually only report on Friday through Thursday of the previous week, I’ve included yesterday’s numbers as well.
My big goal for 2023 will be to walk 900 miles. I haven’t decided on a big reward yet, but my weekly goal of 17.26 miles will earn me $5 towards something on my wishlist, and my monthly goal of 75 miles will earn me a trip to the bookstore.
I’ve got less than 60 miles to walk to reach my 800-mile goal for the year!
I had my final physical therapy appointment this week and met all the goals we agreed on during my initial appointment. I’ll never be pain-free, but my average day-to-day pain is low enough now that I can mostly ignore it, and I have a TENS unit for when I can’t.