Friday, February 24, 2012

Lent and My Fitness Challenge

                                                                    Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest

Alright, so I'm a lapsed Catholic, sorta. I haven't been to Mass in about two years, and while I miss the sense of community and the rites, it's not enough to make me wake up early Sunday morning. That I haven't been able to find a church in this vicinity is a close second. After we moved (late 2008) from our home, it wasn't feasible to drive over an hour to make Mass at my old church. Geez, I loved that place! But anyhow, even though I'm not a strict adherent, I'd still like to give a little something up for Lent. What I'm giving up?

It's a little something called couch time.

So, last year my neighbor and I went on a fitness streak last year. We were walking 4, sometimes up to 8 miles a day. I'd never felt better, my mind was thinking more clearly, and my joint pain was gone. I did have some back pain, but mostly that came about from using those insane off balance walking shoes. Since last November, I haven't walked/run with any regularity. As a result: I'm sleepy all the time, my arthritis is kicking, I'm depressed, anxious, and of course, my appetite is out of freaking control.

What I noticed that walking does for me: it's a natural stress reliever, there's a fluidity in my joints that I only experience during those times I'm exercising, I'm not hungry all the time, my mind is going at a million hours per second, I'm more creative, and generally, I'm just a better person to be around. And a better mother.

The first of January saw me making all sorts of promises about things I needed to be doing more of: writing, blogging, reading, cleaning, getting some sort of structure going, and getting fit. The fact is, I've made progress with ALL of them, except fitness.

So, for Lent, it's on. No excuses, no second guessing. 3 miles a day, minimum. I'm hoping that exercise will only add to my productivity levels and act as a natural curb to my anxiety levels.
Check in will be every Monday.

The good people of Little, Brown and Company have been kind enough to send me a copy of Dr. Mark Hyman's The Blood Sugar Solution, and I'm ready to get going. If any of you read his UltraMetabolism, you'll know that the methods and ways of eating he propounds really work. It's a lifestyle change, but I have this nasty little habit of being all or nothing. My solution: take it one damned day at a time. Forgive myself for every unwise decision. Not self-loathing allowed. Yeah, it's easier than it sounds, but trying is better than not trying.

I'll let you know how it goes, and and if any of you book bloggers are interested, the title is available on Netgalley until February 28th, when it's released.

Wish me luck, y'all.