So. It’s been awhile. And you could take that to mean my blog and you’d be absolutely correct. I know a lot of things happened between the first day of school for my kids and today, but none of it was recorded here. I was overwhelmed at work and dealing with one bout of illness after another and I couldn’t muster up the motivation to blog about anything. Facebook made it so easy to post quick snippets and Instagram let me share photos, and the blog collected dust.
But I’m not just referring to my blog. I’m referring to my once-fairly-active life. My life used to hold near-daily yoga sessions, running (especially during peak training periods for the Bluenose), and other physical efforts like HIIT workouts and Pilates.
I think it was caused by the same inertia that led to my lack of blog updates. Being overwhelmed at work drained me. By the time I came home, my brain really just wanted my body to curl up on the couch. The times that I pushed myself to exercise made me remember that it feels better to move, but that couch and my brain conspired against me and too often I gave in. While my illnesses were never anything huge, they were just constant and annoying enough to make it that much harder to convince myself that I felt like working out.
Now 2014 is drawing to a close. My work life is changing and is leading me back to a steadier, more familiar, less stressful position. My hope is that I will find myself back in the world of wanting to exercise just from that alone. Also, I have declared 2015 to be The Year I Take Back My Health.
How do you take back your health? Everyone’s journey will be different, but here’s what I did/am doing:
- After suffering from vertigo and passing out one early morning mid-December, I got bloodwork done. I was tested for a variety of things but the big ones included iron deficiency anemia, B12 deficiency anemia, diabetes, thryoid issues, and kidney functionality. All the tests came back totally clear (which surprised me because I was sure the iron would be a key player).
- When the vertigo didn’t go away I went back to see my doctor and he checked my ears. It is his strong belief that I had a viral infection affecting my inner ear fluid and that it will go away as the virus fades away. Based on my progress I think he’s right. In the meantime though, he has prescribed anti-vertigo medication which is rocking my socks, and has referred me to an ENT. He’s an awesome doctor.
- I got some Vitamin D and am looking at a couple of Probiotic options to be added to my daily roster as well.
- Although I’m not doing so well during the busy holiday season, overall I am getting much more sleep. I went from being the person who was up until midnight during the week to being the person who is reading in bed by 9:30 or 10 pm and then turning out the lights half an hour later.
- I got myself a FitBit Flex with a gift card that I had sitting in my wallet. I am in love with it. I find it helps to nudge me to walk more anyway but the best part is the group challenges you can do with friends and friends of friends. Every time I open the app it tells me if someone is catching up to me or if I’ve just blown past someone else and it motivates me to move, move, move!
Once I get back into a regular groove (I’m still dizzy somewhat regularly, although the medication I’m taking really does make a difference!) I will start ramping it up again, breaking out my yoga mat, my Pilates videos, and my workout routines. Also, we’re almost in January which means it’s just about time for me to start lacing up my Nike running shoes so that I can start getting into shape for Bluenose weekend. Right now I don’t know if I want to go back to the 10K or try the half marathon again, but I won’t be running either race if I don’t get my feet out there, pounding the pavement.
The other thing that has been sliding more recently is my meditation practice. I used to meditate every morning on the bus with a guided mediation app (I use Insight Timer, free app!). Awhile back I also started doing silent meditation for 5-10 minutes before bed, after reading the very excellent book 10% Happier. Over the holiday period though, I’ve been getting lifts into work which negates the need to meditate on my commute, and then at night it’s been busy with family and friends. It’s all wonderful of course, I have no complaints over not having to take the bus or spending time with people I care about, but I’m not getting my meditation in. A lack of yoga AND meditation is a bad idea for me.
So I’m slowly but surely working my way back to who I used to be. Fundamentally, I am a lazy person who would love to lie about as much as possible but it’s a vicious cycle. The less I move the less energy I have, and the less energy I have, the more I want to continue on this path of not moving. Getting back in the game isn’t always easy, especially if you’re not feeling 100% (or in my case, not feeling 100% because my head is spinning!), but it’s worth it and I know it will improve things for me dramatically.
What health goals do you have for 2015?