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Health Alert, 2016 Edition

Y’all.

I’m 32. 

Really, my half birthday was October 7, so I’m now closer to 33. 

And the ol’ gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be.

Once upon a time, I had a metabolism that could burn through steel and space. It was ten feet tall and strong as an ox. Now it’s chilling on the recliner drinking a beer and watching football with Doritos on its shirt.

(Which is, coincidentally, what I’ve been doing as well, which is probably why I’m currently writing this post)

Anywhoodle. All of that to say that it’s finally started taking a toll on my health and the way I look feel. For the first time in a while, I can feel the drag on my body. I feel tired and run-down and puffier than I need to be. Making the switch over to a meatless existence has helped some, but it isn’t going to solve all of my issues.

But a series of three changes might.

Munchies. Movement. Mind. 

Munchies 

I have some wonky blood sugar (bordering on hypoglycemia), and I don’t always treat my body well. I snuck a cookie from the Great American Cookie Company at the Promenade a few weeks ago, and I could immediately feel it rattling around and making me feel shitty.

I’ve been meat-free now for a few months (late June, I think), and that has helped me think about what I’m putting in my body, but here’s the thing – if you replace chicken with cheese, you won’t feel any better. I didn’t become a vegetarian because I wanted to lose weight, though if that was a byproduct, I wouldn’t mind. I stopped eating meat for a multitude of reasons – environmental concerns, health concerns, compassion concerns. At some point, I may talk about it, but now’s not the time. Now that I’m thinking intentionally about what I’m tossing down the hatch, I really need to assess what I decide to eat. 

What you don’t eat is just as important as what you do eat, so I’ve decided to go full-fledged vegan for a few weeks. I’ve done it before and I felt brighter-eyed and bushier-tailed within a matter of days. Northwest Arkansas isn’t exactly known for its plethora of alternative eating spots 🙂 so there’ll be a bunch of cooking coming up soon. The best thing about veganism (in terms of the food) is that you can get away without the processed crap. Plant, bean, grain, repeat. 

I’m loosely basing my few weeks off this plan, but I’m also allowing myself some vegan dishes that I know I like (hellooooo, vegan chili). I’m actually pretty excited about it. 

Movement

Walmart has an incredible gym for associates that costs less than $20/month, and I can count the number of times I’ve been there on one hand. ONE. 

It’s pretty pitiful.

They have yoga and pilates and barre and treadmills and tennis courts and pools and bicycles. And nutritionists and trainers.

I’m really dropping the ball here.

The point is that I need to move more than I do now, which will be easy since I don’t do anything. I’m not shooting for the moon right now and deciding I want to run another marathon. I simply want to start by going to the gym 2-3 days a week. 

Mind 

Woof. The hard one. 

It’s easy for me, in all my lazy glory, to come home after work and lay on the couch and watch six episodes of Beat Bobby Flay. Trust me, I do it well. in the corner, I have a stack of books I haven’t read, a bag of cross-stitching that isn’t finished, and at least five other things I could be doing that isn’t so incredibly mind-numbing. 

Yoga, Health

Not too terrible, right?

Like I said, it’s about baby steps. I don’t need to become a six-packed, zen-filled, book-clutching raw foodie by 2017. I simply need to make small changes in these areas. It’s time to focus on my health and stop pretending that I’m not getting older (gulp). 

What are some of y’alls favorite ways to get moving/eat well/de-stress?

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  1. Lisette wrote:

    I’ve started BBG 6 weeks ago and it’s been the best thing ever. Add using MyFitness Pal to that (because I was actually not consuming enough calories!) and using my polar watch…i’m starting to see my waistline returning.

    Yay for 32 and life changes 🙂

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