Thursday, March 20, 2014

There is NO Finish Line when it comes to your health.

I'm not going to lie.  I have ran minimally since Tecumseh.  I've actually barely worked out since that race.  The combination of feeling burnt out, the relentless furry of Mother Nature this winter, and being preoccupied with moving my office...I just haven't made running or working out a priority.  And now, I'm starting to feel it. 

Not only are my pants a bit snug (let's be honest, they are beyond snug...  I have a permanent indent from my waistband in my stomach) but I'm not myself.  I'm lacking energy, craving bad foods, and worrying too much about little things.  I kept telling myself that once the weather breaks, I'll snap out of it.  Excuse number one.  I figured once we move the office, I'll get back on track.  Excuse number two.  I believed that once the farmer's markets are back up and running, I'll be motivated to eat fresher foods and not crave oil dipped bread...chocolate...mmmm...chocolate.  OK, so that will probably never happen, but it was still an excuse to indulge in things I really shouldn't be as often as I have been. 

So now it's time to lose the excuses and put on my big girl pants, even if they barely fit.  And if you are reading this, and you are relating to what I'm saying, it's time to put yours on too!

It's going to take little steps.  If I attempt to go full force all at once, it's imminent to end in failure or disappointment.  I made a batch of delicious vegan chili two days ago.  I bought fresh organic produce to make awesome salads this week and even made my own dressing.  I've increased my water intake and made myself go to bed earlier so far this week.  It's working.  I plan on running in the morning and getting out to the dunes on Sunday.  Baby steps back to a healthier me and better fitting pants.

I had a patient tell me the other day that it made them feel better knowing that I was going through these feelings this winter just like them.  My purpose in writing this is to admit I'm not 100% healthy 100% of the time.  I'm completely human and I have my ups and downs just like everyone else.  As I've said many times before though, it's not what happens to you that defines you, it's how you react to the situation that truly tells who you are.  This has been a rough winter here in NWI for everyone.  So let's rally together.  Let's make sure we overcome whatever unhealthy damage we have done to ourselves these past few months and not let it consume us.  It's never too late to be a healthier person!  Sit down and write some goals for the next month. I've written mine below as an example.  Keep it simple and keep it attainable. 

Your health has no finish line.  Keep on going, even if you have a set back.  In regards to your health, it really is the journey that is most important, not the destination. 

My goals:
This week:  Run Friday and Sunday   Drink 70 oz water/day  
Week 2:  Run MWFSu  Drink 70 oz water/day  Make 3 homemade soups/dinners 
Week 3: Same as week 2, eat salad for lunch M-F
Week 4:  Same as week 3, do yoga 2 times.

Now it's your turn!  If you want some accountability, go to Bozovich Wellness Facebook page and share your goals under the link to this post!  Don't let this never ending winter beat you and your health goals!