Every year I focus on a little bit of 'me' to determine my health. Mammograms, 'girly bits' (this typed up as guilty bits first time around, how funny!), you get the picture.
Now I have been on a super-doper health kick for a while now. Not a fad type of kick but a 'do now what you can see yourself doing a year from now' sort of approach. I have always been healthy but am determined to be happy with 'me' before the dreaded decline in hormones. I think my mum went thought menopause in her late forties. Not sure. So at 45 I am ever mindful of the road ahead and although the path is well lit, I don't want it to be rockier than it need be.
I have mostly given up alcohol if you don't count the bottle of Verve champagne I shared with my sister (I am trying to be healthy people, not a saint), I don't smoke, I shun processed food and I have done boot camp after boot camp. This boot camp finishes in 1 week so I have my assessment next Saturday. (I am a bit injured this time as I fell off my bike a-g-a-i-n doing a mini-triatholon. Got me out of swimming though Yay!) I have been able to continue along this path to health for 9 months now. To date this is what I have achieved:
- 13 kg weight loss
- Lower cholesterol
- High HDL cholesterol (that's good)
- No surprises in my other blood tests
- More energy than before
- Nails are growing
- Clearer skin
- Sleep better
- More relaxed with less +++ anxiety
- Run 2.5 kms in 13 mins( Meh! It was 17 minutes! )
- Bit anaemic but nothing a little constipating iron won't fix. Great!
- Tiny bit of a tan from being outdoors despite the sunscreen
- New fitness friends
I couldn't have done this when the kiddies were smaller but it is nice to know that there comes a time when they get a little more sense and responsibility and I get a little more me-time.
So, I will continue to run down my chosen path, set myself goals and understand myself better. What about you? How do you approach your path in life? Do you put yourself last or are you mindful of taking time to do what is important to you?
Think about it and let me know
Ciao for now