#NourishWhatCounts ~ Since starting the Quaker Heart Health Challenge, earlier this month, I have lost 10 pounds by simply changing my diet and being more aware of my portion sizes and of what I am putting into my mouth. It sounds simple but it does take a little thought and preparation.
I have also started riding the recumbent bike several times a week. I can always feel a difference when I workout. I like to do it in the morning. It always helps me to start the day with a clear head and a little extra energy. Plus, when I get up and work out, I go through my day feeling like I accomplished something. It always makes me feel more self-confident to be proactive. Getting up and moving doesn’t have to be getting up anf running a marathon, it just needs to be doing something active, preferably fun.
Unfortunately, I have been really ill with walking pneumonia for the past week and have not been able to work out. I miss the endorphin rush but I know that being this ill, if I tried to ride the recumbent bike I’d probably pass out and most likely need a breathing treatment of some sort afterwards.
I’m human and I need to be able to have these setbacks and then resume my routine when I am healthy enough to do so. I think many of us get so focused on the end goal that we sometimes keep going when what we really need is a break. In the long run, it’s better for me to sit out a few days and get well than to make myself even more ill, resulting in an even greater loss of time.
I’ve learned that to be truly healthy, it is not just about exercising or nourishing your body, you have to exercise your mind and nourish your soul, as well. By simply being aware of this fact, it has made the entire challenge more fulfilling.
If you want to get healthy, why not join me in the MapMyFitness Quaker Challenge. You deserve it.
February is National Heart Health month. Even if it’s only 5 more minutes a day, what extra step will you take to stay fit?
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