This week begins Week 2 of C25K. Go, me! Last week I had a hard time because the track I normally use was being used…by a stray dog. I thought it best to let him have the track, so I ran at another local track. Also conveniently located next to a police station. Y’all know how I have this crazy fear of passing out and no one being around to save me… Anyway, I got a little bit of support from Chris, the guy who created the Indie Christian C25K podcast that I use when I run. So cool… Almost like hearing from a celebrity. One of the problems I’ve been dealing with is soreness and Chris suggested drinking 1/2 a cup of water before my run to combat it. I’ll let everyone know how that goes. I also need to do a bit more stretching but I get so pumped that I’ve just been using my walk up to the track as my stretch. I should know better, I did spend 4 years in the Army.
I was able to avoid the baked pita chip trap that sucked me in last week. This week it was trail mix. I promise, it’s not me. I am totally blaming these cravings on my twin sister and her pregnancy. She and I are close ~ I’m the more sympathetic of the two of us and tend to absorb whatever she is feeling (I even knew she was pregnant with her second child before she did and he was born 2 days after I said he’d be born ~ the doctors were off by almost a month). Yeah, we’re weird. We know this, we accept it.
On a semi~related note, I’ve gotten my children addicted to smoothies. Initially, when I made them, I’d only use frozen fruit and cranberry juice, now I’ve found that smoothies actually taste better using fresh fruits and veggies. So I’ve started chopping up strawberries, bananas, blackberries and blueberries for the smoothies. I toss in a handful of spinach, a couple of squirts of honey, a bit of orange juice (or whatever juice I have on hand) and soy milk… YUM! If you haven’t tried making smoothies using fresh fruits and veggies, I highly recommend it. And if you follow the guide here, you can ensure that you’re getting the right amounts of fruits and veggies for your gender, age and activity level.
My biggest challenge last week was getting enough sleep. I think this is just a by product of not being employed full~time, so I stay up late watching TV and playing on the interwebs. I think I’m averaging about 4 to 6 hours of sleep a night. Totally not healthy, I know, but I really don’t see that changing any time soon.
My healthy commitment for this week is to focus on the physical, spiritual and emotional connection to healthy living. I firmly believe that being healthy requires an equal balance between the three but I think I’ve been so focused on the physical side that I’ve neglected the other two parts of my being. It’s pointless to be physically healthy if I’m an emotional wreck and my spirit is empty.