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A Day in the Life of My New, Healthy Self

I started in a whole health journaling challenge on April 1. Unfortunately, due to fatigue and depressed moods setting in this week, I’ve not been able to do much of it. I finished the third journaling exercise, which has me envisioning a day as my new, healthy self. It was quite inspiring. Here is what I wrote.

I get up in the morning at 7 or 8AM. I shower, get dressed and have a healthy breakfast of yoghurt with muesli or a breakfast smoothie. I take my medication and brush my teeth. I may go to day activities to do snoezelen, swimming or go for a walk. Day activities will help me find companionship. I go on the elliptical trainer in the morning while listening to upbeat music.

For lunch, I have some bread. I may have another smoothie or some fruit. In the afternoon, I journal and go on the Internet for blogging and reading blogs and Facebook. When I live with my husband or if I have WiFi while in the institution, I watch some old TV online. I may go for a walk. Most importantly, I don’t sleep in the afternoon.

I meditate or pray in the afternoon too and read my Bible. I do some yoga in the afternoon as well. Either this will be the sun salutation I learned from my activity staff or I will hopefully learn some new series of poses.</P

In the evening, I eat a healthy meal. While still in the institution, I try to eat a bit of everything served. (I obviusly do the same when my husband cooks, but he usually cooks meals I like.)

I don’t sleep in the evening either. Instead, I go online, read a magazine or book. I go to bed at 10PM. I brush my teeth again before bedtime.

As you can see, I’m not 100% sure whether I’ll achieve this new, healthy state of mine while still in the institution or once I live with my husband. INitially, after writing this entry, I was completely motivated to start right then and there. I wrote my entry in the afternoon, so I decided to try a bit of everything served for supper that day. I have been doing well in this department – the only thing I skipped this week were mashed potatoes. I also did well in having healthy breakfasts each day. I also went on the elliptical a few times, though not in the mornings.

However, I’ve not been doing well in the sleeping department. I slept during the day almost each day and some nights have been pretty much sleepless. I also still need to get into the habit of brushing my teeth twice a day. My spiritual self-care is a mixed bag: I did yoga and meditation a few times but didn’t read the Bible or pray.

My biggest hurdle so far is to get into a healthy circadian rhythm. I think getting myself out of bed may give me energy rather than the other way around, but I’m not 100% convinced. I need to try this at least.

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Making Myself Try New Foods

One of the January prompts from The SITS Girls is about getting your kids to try new foods. Now I for one don’t have kids and don’t have to make anyone try new foods, except for myself. You see, as much as I overeat, I am still a very picky eater.

I am oversensitive in many ways, but taste is an exception. I can’t stand bland foods and can handle much more hot and spicey food than most people I know. I also crave foods with some bite to them. The Dutch are known for their mashed foods. I can’t stand those.

In the institution, we commonly get quite bland foods. Even Asian foods are hardly spiced up and we get mashed potatoes at east three times a week. As a result, I don’t eat my dinner almost half the time. That is, occasionally I try to make myself eat some mash, and I usually do eat the vegetables even if they’re too overcooked for my taste.

I do try new foods every now and again though. I mean, as a child I hated spicey food and when I first learned to cook, I often overcooked my vegetables. A few weeks ago, when my husband and I were eating out, he had me try a bit from his smoked sausage. I actually liked it, though I had tried some of the institution’s smoked sausage a few weeks prior and couldn’t make myself like it at all.

I also used to be, and probably still am extremely picky wen it comes to my likes or dislikes for certain brands of food. I remember when I was about five ad in the hospital, my parents brought their supermarket’s brand of peanut butter because I wouldn’t eat the premium brand. I have now grown to like this brand of peanut butter and put it on my bread a few times a week.

When my husband cooks something unfamiliar to me, I always make myself try it. This sometiems leads to awkward situations when my husband believes he’s cooked something I’d love, and I turn out to dislike it. I am not one to be able to pretend I like a food that I really don’t. For example, though I loved the rest of my husband’s Christmas dinner last year, it was probably obvious I didn’t like the potato gratin. This was actually disappointing to me, because I had expected to like it.

I usually end up making the final dinner decision when my husband and I are together. This may change when we go live together. After all, we can’t eat pasta or noodles all week (althugh I wouldn’t mind) and pizza, fries or pancakes aren’t very healthy. I guess I’ll need to make myself eat mash. Then again, I don’t want to disappoint my husband by showing my dislike for it.

Fitness: Goal Setting and Getting Started #MDFitClub

Over at Mums’ Days, Hannah has launched the #MDFitClub. She writes all about motherhood and how it affects your health and fitness, but I believe I can join in too. After all, I have some health goals to work on too.

Back in January, I resolved to lose five to ten kilograms in 2015. That doesn’t seem to be a clear enough goal, because I keep thinking I could lose it all “later”. Though I’ve lost about two kilograms, that’s not nearly enough given how far along we are in 2015. My BMI is still over 30. Since the #MDFitClub runs for two months, I am resolving to get my BMI under 30 within these two months. That means losing about three kilograms.

Early this month, my fitness goal was to practise yoga at least three times a week. I have changed that to working out on the elliptical trainer or stationary bike, because these are more effective. I also started physical therapy last week, which is mainly for improving my physical condition. I did some working out there too, but I still agreed with the therapist to work out three times a week.

In the eating department, I’m doing relatively okay already. I have not completely eliminated binge eating, but have gotten it down to at most once a week. I do snack a lot though. I believe I shouldn’t be stressing out over the binges, since stress will make them worse. Then again, I do believe I need to stop snacking regularly. Otherwise, I won’t be losing any weight.

My purpose – my reason for wanting to achieve these goals – is my overall health. Though there is debate as to whether a BMI between 25 and 30 is unhealthy, everyone agrees that a BMI over 30 is. Besides, if I allow myself to have this BMI, there’s no clear-cut limit to weight gain. I really ultimately need to get my BMI under 25 (which means losing another twelve kilograms), but I know that’s not realistic within two months.

As a means of accountability, I will be writing regularly on how I’m doing with my goals. I am glad there’s a community of people participating in this challenge too. But I shouldn’t just talk, I should do the thing too. Now I’m therefore going to get onto that elliptical trainer. 🙂