Saturday, March 16, 2019

It is all interconnected: this is not just about my food intake

The foot bones connected to the....I just want to sing that song as I wrote and edit this post!!!

Everything in life is interconnected.  I used to only write about food and exercise.  But I slowly started adding other stuff.  While it made my blog much more interesting  (probably) it also was done because I started to see how other aspects of my life were playing a role in my quest for health...it isn’t just a simple thing of food and exercise. 

Our romantic relationships play a part.  

Our work environments play a part.

Our families affect our quest for health.

Sooo many things affect our quest for a healthier lifestyle.

Now you may think I’m a slow learner, but it never before clicked in my head that it’s a two way street.  Those things affect my healthy living.   But did you know that my healthy living (or lack there of)  affects those things also??

I have for MONTHS been struggling with sleep.  I fall asleep just fine.  But come around 2 or 3 in the morning I find myself wide awake and I can’t get back to sleep!  On weekdays it’s annoying because I don’t have to wake up until between 5 and 5:30. (So am waking an average of two hours early). But it is infuriating on the weekends!  When it is 5 or 6 hours before I would probably normally wake up!  I tried it all the tricks in the book.  I had almost just accepted it as the new norm.  (Grudgingly so!). And I rejoiced on the occasional nights where I slept the whole way through!  But then this arthritis knee pain recommenced and the fear sparked me to get my butt moving.  All I have done is add a one or two mile walk or a short 5 mile bike ride.  (On weekdays and whatever comes up on the weekends.). But EVERY night since I have started, I have slept without that struggle.  Oh yeah, I may have had one or two nights where I woke up, but I fell back to sleep.  Even on the weekend...I didn’t awaken for good until 6am!  I count that as a victory!  The only change...exercise!

So the weekend is behind me.  (They go too fast). I actually did very well with my food!   I was careful and chose my foods wisely.   I stopped and made myself sit for a while before getting a second helping.   I really did good.  I am starting to see changes on the scale.  My knees, well they still hurt but it’s not the horrible ache!   Even after a four  plus mile walk on the canal!  Yes my leg was tired and achy but it wasn’t the horrible pain!  

The good news on the walk?  We saw signs of spring!   Frogs were chirping!   Turtles were sunning themselves!   Dare I hope spring is here to stay???



10 comments:

Sarah said...

I sure hope spring is here to stay. I'm so ready! Today is a very nice day and I just came in from an hour of yard work. Raking leaves, picking up stick/limbs that had come down. I had a nice little fire going. And the daffodil bulbs I planted in the fall are starting to peak through!

Lynn said...

It's still really snowy here but it's supposed to get to 59 degrees this week! My friend and I carefully walked on a frozen lake yesterday, maybe for the last time this winter.

MaryFran said...

Yay to the daffodils!!! Signs of spring!!!

MaryFran said...

That snow will be gone soon at 59°! Well maybe not...depending on how deep! Lol

jen said...


yay your spring has sprung. And yay to those scales moving down.

Rachel Smith said...

You're so right about everything being connected! When I get a little exercise, I sleep much better. When I don't, I don't sleep well, but then I don't feel like exercising! It's a vicious cycle.

Sweat and Sparkle! said...

I just planted some bulbs and flowers, so it better stay warm! :)

MaryFran said...

Thanks!!!

MaryFran said...

It really is a vicious cycle! Also my knees...they hurt so I don’t want to walk/exercise. But to get better I NEED to exercise!

MaryFran said...

Yay!!!! I think it’s here to stay!