My health goals for 2013 are more of a continuation of my overall wellness journey.
From previous posts, you may have figured out that I run for fitness. I can’t explain why I chose running. I guess it just works for me. I’ve settled into a winter fitness schedule that I am actually happy with for now. I run about 8 miles per week. Surprisingly, I haven’t let the cold weather interfere too much. I suppose I would like to add a stationary bike ride during the week or some abdominal work/weight training for my arms, but I don’t feel any pressure to add to my current routine.
For this year, I would like to continue running. I would like to run in another 10k. I would like to do more trail running. Unfortunately, my ankle hasn’t been up for the trail runs for the past couple of months. I guess I need to put some ankle strengthening exercises on my agenda.
I have a confession to make. I do not eat enough fruits or vegetables each day. The other day I realized that I often don’t have any fruits or vegetables until dinner. Now, before you start getting on me for this confession, I want to let you know a couple of things.
1. My kids do not have the same issue. Our fridge is stocked with produce (when I actually get it together and make a list and go to the store). Fruit is readily available for breakfast. I make sure that they get fruits and veggies packed in their lunch. Snacktime and dessert time around here is usually a piece of fruit.
2. I don’t fill in my fruits/vegetable gap with junk food. A few years ago, we started looking at what we eat and buy. I used to buy soda, chips and cookies regularly. We still have those occasionally but when I bought them on a regular basis, we consumed them within a day. Seriously, we have no self-control (referring to Billy and myself). When we have junk food around here, it is gone in a day. If I make a sweet dessert for us, I try to only make it on the weekend, and I usually cut the recipe in half. We are that bad.
Knowing that I need to add more produce to my daily consumption, I have been searching the internet to figure out exactly how much I should be eating. I’m a bit behind. For this year, I am going to try my best to upgrade my diet. I expect that there will be days when I lag behind on the fruits and veggies, but that is ok.
Because I am also trying to create simplicity, I don’t want to make this an impossible goal. I decided to follow what I already provide for the girls. A fruit at breakfast, veggies with my lunch, a fruit for a snack or dessert and veggies with dinner. Sometimes I throw in veggies in a main dish for dinner (in addition to a side dish), but I’m not sure what that equals in the overall total. I think maybe doing some prepacking will make it easy for me to follow through. Hopefully this will get me to my 4 ½ cups of fruits/veggies per day. Did you know that adults should be eating that much? I didn’t. Perhaps you eat more than that. Good for you.
Fitness and diet are the obvious go-tos when we think of health. We can’t overlook our mental health though. Sanity is important.
At the end of the week, I often feel completely drained from my job. Ok, if I am going to be completely honest, I often feel completely drained at the end of each day. Renewal is incredibly important, especially in social work. I know that I can’t help others if I haven’t created an opportunity of renewal for myself.
What works for me? Fitness and diet go a long way. Running in particular is a great stress reliever for me.
While activity is important, doing nothing can often be as important. I enjoy reading and getting lost in another world. I like crafting and how that engages my brain without any real thought. And sometimes, I enjoy mindlessness-tv, movies or simply staring into space.
Since I am already doing some of these activities, health may not seem like a true goal for 2013. But I think that health is one of those things that we always have to work on.
And it is work. When I went running today, the temperature was 7 degrees. It would have been easy to stay inside in my pajamas. But I knew that I would feel better if I went running. So I did. And then I took a hot shower and got into fresh pajamas.
This post is part of my focus for 2013 to be awake.