accountability & intentional living

It takes alot of effort to live intentionally...sometimes more effort than I care to exert!  There are alot of areas that I'm pretty good at being intentional about, but then there's the ole exercise/healthy eating thingy :-0
I do pretty well for a while, but all too soon, I let the stress and chaos of everyday life get to me.  When that happens, I put myself and my needs on the back burner.  And I'm not just talking about the physical need to exercise and be intentional with my eating...I'm talking about the spiritual needs as well.  As a wife and mother, I can sometimes get so overwhelmed with everyone else's needs that I feel there is no time to worry about mine.  

......and when it comes to the food.....It takes alot of time to pick out the healthiest options for food in the grocery store!  Sometimes I think I'll never get out of there!  And then, if you're like me, there are those in your household that don't have the same dietary needs..ughmmmm..or desires for healthy eating.  I'm not calling any names ;) 

Like so many others at the start of a new year, I'm making efforts to get back in shape and eat healthier once again.  Several years ago, I tried Weight Watchers and had good success with that program.  I like the fact that you don't have to deprive yourself of the foods you enjoy.  It's really not like being on a typical diet.  It's just a lifestyle change.  You have to hold yourself accountable for your food choices and of course, you have to exercise.  I purchased the new PointsPlus material  last year and liked it even better than before.  But I eventually let the stress of school work take priority.  But my goal for this new year is to get back on board with the program.  I may not actually write down all of my points, but just use the material to remind me of the healthier options....it helps hold me more accountable.  I've always known that my biggest problem is not so much what or how much I eat (although I can always make wiser choices), but my lack of exercise is what has caught up with me.  So another goal for this year is to exercise regularly once again. 

I don't care to pay the extra expense of gym membership...and I certainly don't have time to go to one, but I can do some things at home to accomplish the same goal.  I love to walk and found this video series YEARS ago where you can walk 1-2 miles in the comfort of your own home!  It's alot of fun and it's also filled with inspirational music.  When the weather warms up, I will try to walk a nearby track again, but for now, I'll use this video to get it done.  It's really a full-body workout the way it's set up and my muscles can definitely fill it!  I also have plans to save up for a good used treadmill and do some Wii dancing :)

I purchased this elliptical last year as well and really like it.  I was surprised that I couldn't just go 30 minutes on it, but I can't.  If I do 8 minutes, I'm doing good! That's sad, isn't it?  We put it upstairs in our bonus room and got Directv up there as well.  I just knew I could watch a 30 minute show while doing the elliptical and get some good exercise in every day.....boy was I surprised!  I'm just too out of shape!

I had my yearly exam and mammogram recently, and I'm pleased to report that I'm doing well.  I had a scare last year with my mammogram and had to go back for two additional visits.  They found some calcification that they kept an eye on for the last year.  This year there was no change....so Praise the Lord for that!  But going to the doctor makes me think about my overall health and reminded me about the low blood sugar issues I seem to have from time to time.  I even thought about the fact that EVERY time I start exercising and eating healthier, I seem to have more issues with my sugar levels.  I'm not diabetic or really have no reason to think I might be one day, but I wonder what my body is trying to tell me about all this?

I did a little research last night and may try to increase my complex carbs throughout small meals during the day.  Complex carbs are high-fiber foods that improve digestion, help stabilize sugar, and satisfy hunger longer.  Sounds like it's good stuff!  At the very least, I think I'll purchase some sort of sport drink with just glucose and sucrose in it...(no fructose) to see if it will help with those "shakes" I get from exercising.  There's so much to learn about how food affects our bodies!  Who can keep up with all that stuff?  See what I mean, it's just one more thing for us to have to worry about.

I'm also hoping that these efforts will help with the many migraines I have.  I see a neurologist and try to avoid foods that I know contribute to these headaches, but I still get them.  I guess I'm one of the chosen ones :-{ 

But overall, I'm a healthy person and I'm so thankful for that.  We only get one body to live this life in and I want to take better care of mine.  Funny how when you reach middle age that you realize just how precious time is.  Me and Miss Lucy have bdays this month....I will be 42 & she will be 4!

Y'all have a great weekend!


Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I hear ya on the eating healthy & making time to exercise thing. We've decided to eat primarily vegan and it's such a different way of eating from what we're used to (even though we're easing ourselves into it). The shopping and prep time is a lot - I feel like I'm always thinking about what we're going, going shopping for what we're going to eat or cooking!

Thanks for stopping by my blog - always nice to meet someone that lives in Georgia!

Lynn said...

I know what you mean! It takes so much time to plan out menus, especially when you have to cook two different ways...one for you and one for your family.

I think the family effort would be alot more fun and help hold me more accountable. Maybe my crew will come on board with me - not that they need to lose weight, but we could all eat healthier.

Have a great week :)