The week six challenge over at Simplify Your LIfe is all about goal-setting and priorities. So while I do have a few areas that I want to focus on in my life right now...my priority these days is my health.
Eleven months ago, my former husband and I separated and I moved into my own apartment. I saw it as a good opportunity to make some positive changes in my life. One of the things I did was give up fast food. This was pretty huge for me at the time. Most workday mornings I was hitting a drive-thru for a breakfast sandwich. I was also grabbing fast food lunch or dinner at least three times a week as well. So if I were to be honest with myself, I was probably eating fast food about 8 - 10 times a week.
Not surprising that I started to lose weight shortly after giving it up. I didn't automatically shift into super healthy eating either. I found a frozen breakfast sandwich that I liked. That way if I was running late in the morning, I could grab one out of the freezer and microwave it once I got to work. I also got a lot better at bringing my lunch to work. Every little bit helps and while as a rule I don't eat fast food anymore I still find myself going thru a drive-thru window once every week or two. And my body hates me for hours afterwords. A clear sign that eating better is good for my body.
Near the beginning of this year, I stopped drinking as much soda as I had been. Usually 2-4 Cokes per day during the work week. Now I will have one, sometimes two, sodas per week. It's more of a treat now than a habit and a way of life.
All told, these simple changes have led to me losing 25 pounds over the past year. There's good and bad to that. Hooray, I'm feeling better than I have in a long time. My chronic knee problems are not quite as bad as they were. My digestion has improved and anyone who has had their gallbladder removed probably knows what I meant about that. (I'm too squeamish to go into details here.)
So if I'm already improving, why focus on health as my main goal right now? Well, there are some other areas that I've been lax at. I have not focused on my health as a significant issue in quite some time. I take my relatively good health for granted and have not had a physical in quite some time. I did have a well woman check up last week and all went well so that's good.
So here are my health goals for now:
1. Schedule mammogram
2. Schedule minor procedure (sorry internet, you don't get to know all the details)
3. Buy new contacts and glasses (have prescription, just need to order them)
4. Cook at least one meal every week. - This is huge for me as I usally eat out quite a bit or rely on cereal or frozen dinners.
5. Get more exercise.
In the past 12 months, I've probably gone walking on the treadmill maybe 6 times? So I need to increase that obviously. Motivation seems to be a key factor. Perhaps I will try for every other week and gradually increase? A very squishy goal but hopefully I'll be able to revise it to something more concrete in the future.