This post has nothing to do with creativity, not a thing. Which makes it harder to write, as I’m WAY more comfortable talking about arty goodness than I am about.
Health and fitness.
Somebody shoot me now.
I adore my work, and because I adore my work I do it every single day, I do it early in the morning and late at night, I do it when I need to be resting, goofing off, sleeping, eating, cuddling my fella – and exercising.
So. I shall own up.
I have overdone it, burnt the candle at both ends and treated my body like it’s a robot with a never-ending power supply and self repair mechanism.
Which it isn’t. Obviously.
Lately, my body is rebelling by picking up colds, unsettled digestion, hayfever, crappy skin, general exhaustion and headaches – which is really slowing me down and making me feel about 100 years old.
Also, depression triggered by boredom triggered by not being able to do the things I love, crabbiness, general ennuie….
I’m coming out of the closet, so to speak, as overtired and overworked, and under nourished in every which way at the moment.
I’m coming out of the closet as ‘not perfect, not coping right now, not OK at the moment’.
I’m also totally done feeling like this. Enough says I!
I’ve decided I’m going to actually follow doctor’s standard advice for optimum health – 30 minutes proper exercise 3 times a week, 2 litres of water a day, 5 portions of fruit and veg a day and 8 hours sleep a night.
For at least 8 weeks.
And the best way to stay accountable is to record it for you, dear reader – and perhaps you’ll see something useful for yourself in my journey, who knows?
If you are as not-into-health-blogs as I am, then you can skip the ones in this category, I honestly won’t mind. I’m kind of boring myself, already, with all this talk of sensible living!
So, day three is where I am now.
I started a running programme on Monday – right at the beginning beginners section as it’s been so long since I did any regular exercise. Even the beginner interval training felt stupidly hard. I am too embarassed to say how little running I did, and it was still hard.
As I ran home (for which read: limped, panting and red faced), past our local school, I could hear a PE teacher yelling. It was like some awful high school flashback.
Honestly, I don’t like running much – but it’s simple (no equipment other than shoes which I already have, and I can do it from home at no cost – removing many excuses!). I know it’s best to find an exercise you enjoy, but I really only enjoy dancing and swimming in the sea, and I can’t get to a class three times a week, and I don’t really want to turn dance into an obligation, either. The sea here? It’s cold except for one afternoon a year, sometime in late July. I am not kidding!
So, unless I get my act together for some other form of 30 minute exercise, running it shall be.
I was really pleased there were no people around to see how badly I struggled on my first run. It was quite sunny and I got really hot and just couldn’t get any kind of stride going. It was not a pretty sight, I’m sure.
Run two is tomorrow.
I’m using the ‘5K’ runner app on my iPhone for the runs, so there’s an annoying voice (you can choose between male and female – equally annoying) telling you when to run and when to stop.
Honestly, based on my performance I can’t possibly imagine being able to run 5K in 8 weeks like they say – luckily I’ve done this before and I know it’s possible!
(I trained for the Great South Run years ago with a group of people from work – I still didn’t enjoy running by the time I could do 10 miles, but I did enjoy how good I felt!).
The food and sleep bit was much easier – I drank plenty of water and because I wasn’t working in the evenings, the good night’s sleep was easy for the last two nights.
I worked from home yesterday so eating regularly was simpler, too, although on both days I think I had more fruit than veggies, and I think it’s meant to be one or two pieces of fruit to three or four veggies, so I’ll try for that today – it’s veg box day.
Of course, as is always the case when I change to healthy living, I feel awful today.
Which may mean I’m allergic to running. But probably doesn’t.
I am sharing because I want to remain accountable and I think it may help others to witness a real experience. Please DO give me encouragement and kind wishes. Please DO NOT give me any health, fitness or diet advice, thanks!