Saturday, 21 April 2012

just Health...



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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 do this for me. I do this to be a good role model. And I do this to show that I am not always available to drop everything for others. Sounds funny but I want my family to respect that some things are important to me. And I deserve time to pursue my dreams and goals.

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


just Martha

10 comments:

  1. I don’t even know the way I finished up right here, however I assumed this publish was great. I do not realize who you are but definitely you are going to a well-known blogger in case you are not already. Cheers!

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  2. Wow, that's some great stats there, Martha. You should be so proud of yourself. It's like a whole new you!

    x

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  3. I love your reasons for doing what you are doing, very inspiring and when I get to my mid 40's I hope I am making the same time for myself with the same ideas. Take care and thanks for visiting and meeting my little bundle of love.
    xK

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  4. Fantastic! Yes, getting more sleep has been a big priority for me too. Yesterday I told my husband I want to prepare more Japanese food - fish, rice, vegetables. Congrats on your triathlon! Already a follower, but popping by via Post Of The Month Club. Have a great week! XOLaura

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  5. Wowee - I'm VERY impressed!

    I love the quote that you've popped at the start of the post, something I really need to lock in.

    A sparkly gold star for being the first to post in April's "Post Of The Month" club too.
    xx

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  6. i love this post Martha! I've been on a bit of fitness regime too and i've noticed the extra energy, the clearer mind and even sleeping better (and waking happier)...I love how you described your approach as "something you still see yourself doing a year from now" i think that is the best type of fitness advice i've heard!

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  7. Good for you, for making self-care a priority. I don't think it's selfish at all, since we are most able to give when we have the resources within ourselves int he first place. And taking care of ourselves goes hand in hand with living mindfully-- which is always good.
    Kudos to you!
    (I am hear via Post of the Month Club.)

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  8. This is awesome! Great going!

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