In my previous post, I talked about how I’ve been feeling weird lately, just groggy, and lethargic and not myself at all. It made me realize just how much I disregard my health and my well-being. I don’t remember the last time I scheduled a routine check up, or a physical, just to make sure everything is in order. I’m pleased that I’ve come to this realization, because it’s given me the initiative to take better care of myself. I have one body, and I need to learn the importance of treating it well.
The most important thing, I think, is watching what & when I eat. I need to make healthier meal choices. & make a habit of sitting down and having meals, instead of just grabbing a handful of chips and a Slim Jim when I’m on my way out the door. I also need to stop eating at odd hours of the night. 2am is not the ideal time to have a full course meal. So this week I started having breakfast: fresh fruits, eggs, granola or toast. I also want to cook more meals, & eat at least 2 meals everyday, with light snacks in between to hold me over. I know it’s small, but this will be a huge step for me, in just the few days of having breakfast every morning, I’m feeling less tired, more alert, and not as irritable.
Hand in hand with eating better meals, is my supplement intake. I know eating healthier will help with this tremendously, but I’ve also decided to start taking daily multivitamins, and iron supplements. I’m going to make an effort to drink more water and keep myself hydrated, because that not only promotes overall health, but it will lead to healthy hair, nails, skin, which in turn will lead to an overall happiness.
Other than eating better, and taking in the proper nutrients, I want to put myself on a sleep schedule. This will be a bit difficult given that my work schedule is so sporadic, but I think everyone can benefit from getting an adequate amount of sleep. I want to sleep between 6 and 8 hours every night. I’ve got to pull myself out of the habit of going days without any sleep and then crashing for 20 hours. Or sleeping for so long that I wake up even more exhausted (that a real thing, y’know). I also need to stop taking 5 hours naps in the middle of the day. I’m a sleepy person. I love to sleep, I love it so much that I can fall asleep on queue. & I am admitting this in the hopes that it will force me to recognize it as an issue, and then make the necessary changes.
And last, but certainly not least, I want to start working out. I am most excited about this, because I have been on a roll with this commitment thing lately. I usually don’t stick to workouts, I try it, I get bored of it, & then I quit. My excuse has always been “Well I don’t really need to lose weight, so whatevs.” & that holds true, I do not need to lose weight, but I do need to get in shape. I live on the third floor of my apartment building, and after being here for a year, those stairs still kick my ass most days.
So last night I was skimming through fitness apps on my phone, & I came across 8fit: A personal trainer in your pocket. & then I accidentally bought 3 months of pro membership, so best believe I will be using this app for the next 3 months to get my money’s worth. I did my first routine from the app this morning. It was a strength training, it lasted 7 min. I was given a series of exercises, and I had to do as many reps as I could in one minute, and then record how many reps I was able to do. This way the app gets a sense of where I’m starting out at, and can tailor the routines to fit my needs. I will be doing the next routine, endurance, tomorrow. So I’m excited about seeing how things go with this.
So this is the outline of my “health plan,” my intention here isn’t to count calories and carbs, or step on the scale every other day. I just want to acknowledge the fact that I deserve to feel better, my body deserves to be taken care of, & I want to do that. & as always, I want to invite you all to embark on this health journey with me, and see where it takes us.