Sunday, September 16, 2018

Falling into Fall!

I am continuing to chart out a healthy lifestyle.  I have exercised for the past 158 days for at least 30 minutes,  a record I am able to keep track of thanks to my Apple Watch. I do a combination of things lots of walking, hiking, cycling, and also rollerskiing. Now that I am spending quite a bit of time in Port Townsend Washington because I’m on sabbatical, I am able to do a lot of  hiking in hills and even some mountains and also cycling with hills as well.  I am certainly not a very fast walker nor a fast cyclist but I do believe every time I get out there I am getting slowly building my stamina and endurance.

My summer was plagued with some gut challenges and what I loosely call irritable bowel type syndrome. This has led to some weight loss just because I have had very little appetite to eat. My doctor recommended the FODMAP  diet.  It is fairly restrictive in terms of what I can eat with elimination of wheat and dairy products and many fruits and vegetables.  I also have given up my beloved yogurt.  Over my weight loss journey yogurt has been my go to  for mid morning or even an afternoon snack full of protein and lots of fruit. I am really good at making fruit smoothies that have a yogurt base. My favorite is Greek yogurt: nonfat.  I am on day two and so far doing OK,  but I am certainly craving my yogurt. Stay tuned for more as I figure out what’s aggravating my gut and digestive system.  

 For years I have waged battle with life and work balance.  Last week I read a really interesting blog post  that helped me to think about it’s not really life and work balance it’s carving out time to do the things that you really like to do,  and every day.  So that is my focus from now on for now so that is my focus for now.  Doing something I really enjoy every day. Every day.  For me right now that has been  placing a premium on reading books and going to the library.  I also am stepping up my exercise to at least two different kinds of exercise every day because I have the time and because I so adore being outside.  For is very mild here so far in the Pacific Northwest.  Temps have her in the 60s most days with lows in the 50s perfect temperatures to be outside most days with very little wind.

 Do something that you like every single day, Michele