Hello Spring. Oh how I wish you would arrive here in Latvia. Mother Nature played a cruel joke Monday morning and dumped about 4+ inches of snow on us. I was totally bummed. In March I developed a slight fondness for running on the treadmill and I was looking forward to possibly trying to take this new activity outside. Obviously she had other plans...
So, those of you who are visiting from Cathy's Move More Eat Well 2.0 Workshop over at Big Picture Classes, how is it going for you? Staying on track? My April numbers are starting off better than my March numbers did. Here's what's going on:
I'm down 1.2 pounds since the beginning of last month. It's not much, but I'll take it! My March started off really strong. The meds the doctor gave me while in Ramstein worked wonders for my back and I was a gym rat and yoga junkie during the first half of the month. During the later half of the month, I was down below 150! I would like to give diet and exercise the credit for that loss, but unfortunately it was due to the flu. It knocked me out for a good 7-8 days. I was able to keep some of it off while I was on the mend, but a roadtrip with friends over the weekend helped to put some of it back on. Again, I am down from last month and even have lost an inch or two, so I really can't complain too much!
As far as diet goes, I'm still enjoying "Meatless Mondays" and cooking with super fresh ingredients. Nothing really processed. What I mean by that is I am making nothing that is coming from a can or a box. Sure I use boxed pasta, rice and other grains, but I'm making sauces, soups and side dishes all from scratch. And I love it. If I had to pick a "problem" with my eating habits this month, I would say I've been eating a bit too many carbs. I need to balance my diet out with a little more protein. I will concentrate on that during April!
Although there is still snow on the ground, there are signs around Riga that spring is around the corner. Gardeners in the park around the corner from us have already trimmed the shrubs back and there are piles of woodchips just waiting to be placed in the flower beds. Another sure sign of spring around here are the "tents" that spring up in the various beer gardens around Old Town. We noticed about a week ago that preparations were under way in getting at one of our favorite beer gardens in town ready for the upcoming spring and summer seasons. This is all well and good for a fun social life, it can cause a major crash and burn on the road to a healthy lifestyle. I just have to keep reminding myself to look at my Advantage and Response Cards (see this post) before I go out, have a plan and stick to it!
Wellness isn't easy. It's hard. I'm finding that the older I get the more difficult it is! And as hard as it is, it is important. I am finding that my reasons for staying fit and healthy are not just "to look good." I have come to realize that working at staying healthy is a responsibility to myself, my family and to society. As Chris is getting ready to retire from the Marine Corps in a few months, we will be faced with many decisions that go along with transitioning to civilian life. Healthcare is one of those issues. So before I close this post, I thought I would share a little quote that my sister, Kerry, shared on her Facebook page a few weeks ago. It's thought-provoking and I made it into a little 3x4 printable card for you to download and print. Think about it the next time you question whether or not to buy those organic and slightly more expensive salad greens or pay to attend a new fitness class at the local gym...
Thanks for reading! Have a healthy month!