Having made the decision to give this challenge another go, I decided to go through my old posts for motivation. When I started this challenge, my intent was to post every day, and for a while, I did. I made myself do it – even when I didn’t want to. It was great for accountability’s sake, but the posts themselves left a lot to be desired. On a whim, I decided to delete some of the more mundane ones, but, I got a tad bit carried away. It seems I may have inadvertently deleted a few posts that I would have preferred to keep (like my Bod Pod results). C’est la vie.
I can’t go back and recreate those posts, but I figure it might be a good idea to do an update post of sorts, kind of like a Day 1 versus now thing. A lot has changed since I wrote my very first post on this blog last summer:
- I had an ectopic pregnancy that required emergency surgery.
- I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, celiac disease, and lactose intolerance.
- I gained some weight, then lost it again – rinse and repeat a couple of times.
- I attempted and failed to complete this challenge more than once.
- I didn’t complete any of the DietBets I joined.
- I think my Experiments 1 and 2 may have failed.
- I created an Instagram account and a new blog to write specifically about cooking and eating gluten and dairy-free food.
- I quickly got bored with the new blog and abandoned it, but I kept the Instagram account.
- My views on all things health and fitness related shifted – there will definitely be posts about those changes in the future.
- And most importantly, my priorities changed – I care less about losing weight and a lot more about being healthy.
I’m sure those changes will affect the tone and content of this blog a bit (maybe more than a bit), but for today, I’m going to keep it old school and just focus on goals.
In yesterday’s post (which I wrote very late at night, while knocking back some cocktails), I mentioned that I’d had two thoughts while watching the movie Julie & Julia: I can still enjoy food, and I need to refocus on my health.
That right there my friends, those two thoughts, are why I came back to this blog. I want to wholeheartedly commit to doing those two things, but I need help. I need accountability. I’m weak. I stumble. I fail. I make poor decisions. I stay up until 2 am, knowing full well that I need to be up by 6 am for work and I’m going to feel like shit in the morning because I didn’t get enough sleep.
But, I’m also determined, hopeful, stubborn, and unwilling to fold. No matter how many times I stumble and fall down, I eventually get back up (even if it takes a while). Despite falling off the wagon over and over and over again, I’ve continued to climb right back on it. So, now that I’m back on my feet and back on the wagon, I’m ready to try again.
And you know what trying again means, new goals! For this latest attempt at walking 15,000 steps a day, every day, for a year, I want to work on goals inspired by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee’s book, “How to Make Disease Disappear.” If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. I’m pretty much obsessed with it – and the good Dr’s got a great podcast too.
Anywho, the book focuses on what Dr. Chatterjee calls the “four pillars of health” – sleep, food, movement, and relaxation/stress. I could easily spend hours writing about his pillars and all of the great information I read in this book, but that’s a whole other post unto itself. For now, I’m just going to dive straight into the goals:
- First and foremost, I need to walk 15,000 steps each day – it’s the whole point of this blog.
- Secondly, I desperately have to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day – I am severely sleep deprived.
- Third, I need to drink 64 ounces of water daily – I’ve been feeling pretty dehydrated lately.
- Fourth, I want to practice time-restricted eating instead of CICO for all the reasons (to be explained in a future post).
- Fifth, I have to get back in the gym. My little muscles are just ghosts of their former selves at this point.
- Sixth, I seriously need to get back to meditating every day. I never thought I’d be a person who meditates, but I have to tell you, that shit is life-changing.
- And finally, seventh, I need to cut back on the use of electronic devices. Just trust me on this one. for now.
I know it’s a lot. There’s a good change that I may be in way over my head by trying to make so many changes all at once. In fact, I’m still trying to decide if I really want to go there and set myself up for failure, or if I should just focus on one or two of these at a time. Maybe it’d be best if I add a new one each week? I don’t know what I’m going to commit to just yet, but I’m going to make a decision about it tomorrow for sure. I can’t keep putting this off, I need to start now. Anyone want to join me?