Presently I am in The Zone.
What is The Zone in my world, you may be asking yourself? Well, it looks like an adult woman who is taking care of business on every level.
I dropped the junk food for the most part last December, right after it turned out that my blood pressure was a little bit jacked. I dropped gluten on January 1. I dropped red wine for the most part, as well. (I may have had a few glasses of a fine Costco Pinot in January.)
Long story short, I’m starting to look at what I’m eating as fuel and not as a reward. I have never, ever thought that way about food. In fact, last week we got takeout as a family (Aidan was home) from Chipotle and I ordered one of their new Paleo Barbacoa salads. And it was fine. I mean, I didn’t feel at all bad about not having a big-assed burrito and an excessive amount of those wonderful tortilla chips.
WHO AM I?
Normally, it’s very hard for me to remain separate from what is going on around me. If people are drinking, I am drinking. If people are eating potato chips, I am eating potato chips. But right now, from my view in The Zone, I just want something that’s good for me. And that feels different.
I am not “dieting.” I am not counting points or calories. I’m eating no processed foods to speak of. Just meats, veggies and healthy fats, along with lots of water for hydration. And I’m getting 30 minutes of exercise a day, usually in the form of an predominately 80s Dance Party that I invented. (Check out my mix here.*)
I personally have seen that here in the middle age of life, what you eat is probably more important than how much you exercise. I like to think that exercise keeps things tuned up and strong, but food is really the critical piece. I needed to start making changes so my health didn’t start to decline. High blood pressure is no joke and because I have no family health history (I was adopted), it’s important that I meet this head on and see if it can be controlled by diet and exercise.
I went to the doctor two weeks ago, told her what I’m doing, and she said, “Great! Keep it up. Your blood pressure looks good.” So I got that going for me.
Yes, I’ve dropped some weight and that feels really good. But I’ve also made a direct impact on my health, and that feels even better.
And yet, there is always an ebb and flow… case in point: all of a sudden out of the clear blue sky, my knee is swelling. Just like that. No injury that I can trace, although I did slip on the ice recently AND I have not been taking any rest days from exercise. That might be the culprit! Still, it feels a bit too tight for my leg, if that makes sense. No pain, but apparently I have to RICE it up (rest, ice, compression, elevation—not just eat rice or cover my leg in rice!), and see what shakes out.
And who knows… next month, everything could fall apart and it could turn into a giant shit show. But whatever happens, I will still show up and do my best. If there is one thing I know to be true it’s that your best can look very different from day to day. And that’s okay.
Thanks for following along.
*Please note: I am breaking the cardinal rule of mix making by having TWO songs by the same artist on a single mix. But there is something about back to back Kelly Clarkson that gets me hyped! And then the Macklemore song? Fuggedaboutit! SO awesome. I love that song. And if you have never watched the video, you owe it to yourself to watch right now!
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