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Getting Healthy In 13 Weeks

An experiment in breaking cyclical and recurring sickness.

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Sarah Hoyt

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January 18, 2014 - 8:00 am
Charlie Martin and I are working on taming the work monster, but my monsters have friends: the diet monster, the exercise monster, the "don't feel guilty for just having fun" monster.

Charlie Martin and I are working on taming the work monster, but my monsters have friends: the diet monster, the exercise monster, the “don’t feel guilty for just having fun” monster.

Since I’ve been sick much more often in this house, taming the workmonster is part of the problem, definitely.

But I think there are other problems.  For instance, since the election – for obvious reasons – I’ve let my exercise program slip.  I used to walk four miles a day rain or shine, but it’s become a “I don’t have time” or “I don’t feel like it” more often than not.

As a consequence of that, as well as a consequence of my being somewhat – I think – depressed over the elections and eating a little more, my portion size has crept up.

Three years ago, I went on low carb and an exercise program, and I lost 45lbs.  I still wasn’t svelte, mind, and should have lost another 30, but instead there was an hormonal disturbance (whichever one of you just said “in the Force” should think shame on himself) and the medication made me gain 15 pounds.  (At about a pound a week.)  This compounded with the election-depression to make me gain another ten pounds over the last year. Which in turn made it harder for me to go for walks and… you’re seeing the point, right?

So, the last year, I’ve slept really badly more often than not, and that in turn, coupled with the workmonster, has made me more prone to getting sick. At least this is my hypothesis.

I don’t like being sick.  I have too much to do as is, and when I get sick, I then have to recoup on work and I get even more overworked, and I get into a vicious – and stupid – cycle.  I have books to read, and articles and books to write.  I also have a family I’d like to spend some time with before the young men leave the house.  And I have a bunch of cleaning and remodeling waiting my feeling well enough to do it.

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Don't mean to be persnickity, but if you're eating low carb and reducing meat and dairy ... um ... what is it you DO eat? Doesn't sound like much scope there.
27 weeks ago
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About a year ago on PJM someone had a great column on a couch to 5K running program. I was not in that bad of shape but I always hated running. Still, however, I tried it and lo and behold I was soon running 5K and enjoying it.

So I sort of like running a little bit now. There are other things I like better though, so I have backslide on it.

I went two miles this morning though.
27 weeks ago
27 weeks ago Link To Comment
I did walk four miles a day this week,and lost 3 lbs. It's not wonderful, but given how bad my week was otherwise, I'm feeling a little proud.
27 weeks ago
27 weeks ago Link To Comment
That's great!

Frankly, I think walking is as good as running for basic health. Maybe even better since you are less likely to get hurt.
27 weeks ago
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Well, I blew out my knee... eighteen years ago, so running is iffy. Sometimes the knee just "goes rubber" under me and I go to the ground. Which is a pity. I used to enjoy long-distance running. BUT as I've just (barely) passed fifty one, it's all for the best, I suppose.
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