I must say, I have been kind of down lately about the whole situation. How can I inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle of good food choices and days full of exercise if I don’t even feel inspired myself these days? Without running I have felt kind of lost.
As I have stated in previous blogs, one of the things I like to do to keep myself on track is to read inspirational articles. I subscribe to several email sites like Hungry Girl that send daily messages, and every month I get my Weight Watcher and Woman’s Day magazines. This week I read a great article on ways to keep your diet on track. Their #1 “Diet Derailer” was boredom.
This got me thinking that maybe my three weeks off of running wasn’t such a bad thing. While running is definitely my favorite form of exercise, maybe I need to really explore some different forms of exercise in addition to running. Maybe the variety will not only keep me from getting bored…it may actually keep me from getting injured. I have been doing some biking and swimming, but maybe I need to try something more exotic like Zumba.
And if I need more variety in exercise, maybe my diet could use a little shaking up as well. I have my go to meals like steel-cut oatmeal with bananas, but I have decided I need to broaden my horizons in the meal department as well. I have been collecting new recipes over the last few weeks that I need to try. Yesterday I even went to the grocery store and picked up some veggies and fruits that I don’t normally purchase. Hopefully these too will keep me from getting bored.
So I think the message of this week’s blog is twofold. First, keep things in perspective. Three weeks off of running is so small in the scheme of things. Be happy with your small steps forward, no matter how small they are, but don’t sweat the small stuff. Secondly, in order to stay on my journey to flabulous I need to add variety to my weekly routine. I will try new ways to keep my body moving, make new recipes, and buy new foods or even new spices to keep things fresh. Finally, be thankful for all the support you get from family and friends. While variety is the spice of life, it is our tried and true friends that keep us going when times are tough. Remember to thank those around you that keep you going in the right direction.
In memory of my football loving, organic gardening, semi-pro chef friend...we will miss your charming smile and sense of humor. You will truly be missed!