There is reality in the illusion of a tough journey to physical fitness.
A friend said to me that she does not do New Year Resolutions. Neither do I. Each and every single day I work to be just a bit better than I was yesterday. However, I know I have been spending too much time on mental and spiritual fitness, and not enough effort on my physical fitness. Therefore, starting right now I am on a new diet, exercise regime, a better way of living…
Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. ~ John F. Kennedy
Booze, No alcohol whatsoever, and sobriety is not as easy as you may think. Instead drink water, lots of water, some with lemon juice and some with apple cider vinegar, some as coffee and some as green tea. Doctors say that we should be drinking about 4 pints of fluid a day, (is that Imperial or US pints?).
Carbohydrates are bad for me. Cut out refined carbohydrates. While it’s going to be difficult to avoid all carbohydrates, I am utterly determined to reduce refined carbohydrate to a minimum. And, do you know what? Here in England not eating wheat, being gluten free, cutting carbohydrates, is becoming commonplace for healthier women and men.
Coffee. On the other hand, I am not giving up coffee ~ (black), coffee is good for you, (probably). Nor am I giving up butter, olive oil, or red meat. I am adding more of the so-called superfoods; lemon, green tea, avocado, walnuts, apples, shallots, broccoli, cabbage and garlic to my diet In my spice rack, cumin, turmeric, paprika, thyme, sage and ginger, (curries are back on my menu) .
Calories. Reduce my calorie intake to some 2,200 a day. I’m about 7 pounds overweight for my height and build. The caffeine in the coffee I am going to continue to drink will help the weight loss thing.
Sleep. Get more sleep, my body is telling me that I should be getting 7 or 8 hours restful sleep every night. Most medical studies say the same thing. Currently, I’m only sleeping for 5 or so hours, less than that on a bad night.
Exercise. Walk don’t run. Do more Stair Laps. There are 56 steps between the lobby and my garret. Currently I am walking up and down these in sets of 5 at a time ~ I want to work up to 5 x 5 a day, which works out at 1400 steps ~ add in my normal trips to the ground floor and that’s a climb of just about 1,000 feet a day. Not a bad cardiovascular workout.
Definitely looking overweight in this picture.