Late 2015 brought me a lot of great news about my health, which I am so thankful for. Having recently turned 53, I don't take my health for granted. Prepping for that colonoscopy was certainly no picnic, but receiving the positive results afterwards and knowing I don't have to do that again for another ten years is awesome. My blood work is all very good - no cholesterol issues, no diabetes,
just beautiful scarlet red corpuscles.
My biggest health challenge is my weight. I definitely inherited the Doolittle women's size and shape. If I look back at photos of my great grandmother, my grandmother, and my mother, it's quite obvious where I came from. And they were all beautiful women, inside and out, so it's a legacy and genetics I'm proud to own.
I know, though, that to be truly well I need to lose weight. So, I'm not going on a diet. That sounds so funny to me, but I've dieted so many times, only to wind up back where I started or worse, heavier than when I started the diet. This time around, it's a whole paradigm change. Baby steps.
Simple things like making healthier food choices - cutting out processed foods and sugars, snacking on fruits and veggies, choosing oatmeal. Paying attention to what I eat rather than giving in to mindless eating. But that doesn't mean deprivation. A book I read several years ago, French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano had many good suggestions, but the one I remember the best is saving dessert for the weekend. I think I'll go back and read her book again for some inspiration on this part of my journey.
And speaking of baby steps: I need to get moving again. When I went back to work full-time last year (to a job I really love - yay!) I let my walking routine get away from me - just as I was really hitting my stride, if you'll pardon the pun. I'm committed now to getting that back into my routine. I can't walk for 40 minutes in my neighborhood these dark mornings, but I can get on my treadmill and get my miles in before work. As the days get longer, I can move my walk back outside. It's totally doable. I've fine-tuned my work routine, now is the time to add this part of my wellness back into my day. I'm really excited about it. And, since I'm adding desserts to my weekends, I'll just walk more miles on Saturday and Sunday! Brilliant!!
I feel so differently about my approach to managing my weight right now. I am confident that I know everything I need to know to get healthy in that regard - it's all common sense, right? Fuel my body with health-full foods and move it! As my beautiful sister would say (who did not inherit the Doolittle frame btw): Boom.