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Dr’s appt: Good results. New suggestions.

2015 Health Update

Great news! My recent dr’s appointment in November went well. Now that I’m healthier, my doctor suggested moving forward with my fitness and health. What you see is a page from my fitness notebook. I try to scribble updates in bright colors so I can track my progress.

Doc recommended walking as a form of exercise: 30 minutes a day, at least 3-5 days a week. Ideal is to walk 3mph, 5 days a week. I mentioned that I wanted to try restorative yoga, since this martial arts place by my house was offering it. He encouraged it, and overall, he expressed that yoga is great exercise.

The note about minerals and muscle twitching meant that I expressed that I noticed my right calf muscles had a tendency to twitch. He mentioned that it could indicate a low magnesium level. I’ve started on supplements with calcium and magnesium. Nothing fancy. Just the tablets from Trader Joe’s. The twitching still occurs (which I’m convinced is actually neurological from an unrelated incident), but my hot flashes have significantly subsided. Again, I can’t scientifically say if this is related. Just a noticeable change.

BONUS: The anxiety I typically experience going to the clinic has subsided. I felt like a whole person, walking healthily to my appointment. I was reminded that I’m going to the follow-up because I’m WELL, not because I’m ill or diseased. That was a victory to praise God for.

The weight that I lost weight was gained back. I have nothing else to blame other than my inactivity. I work, do chores, eat and sleep. I wasn’t even walking around the block. Shame shame. Whatever!

If you’ve ever found yourself in a rut, then you’ll know what I mean. What got me moving again was…someone else’s blog! True story. I read a post on Maxed Out Muscles by Christian Boyles, a young man who is committed to fitness while managing Crohn’s disease. Through his posts, I witness commitment, positive persistence and a winning attitude.

I found myself in a seasonal slump and by admitting that, I found a way to start fresh and start over. This journey is indeed emotional, spiritual, mental and physical.

Now that I have a good report from my doctor, familiar suggestions and encouraging bloggers to follow, what will I do about my commitment to discovering the best version of myself?

Thank you for sticking with me through this journey! I hope you continue with me in the coming year!

Blessings,

Mahal

 

 

Talk about the WORKOUT, not the WEIGHT.

I’ve been making this mistake. I noticed my language was closely connected to my motivation.

I will be more mindful to talk about my workout, the fun things I do to stay active. I want to move away from the discouraging language I was using with myself. I would talk about my weight, how dissatisfied I was with the number, the dissatisfaction I had with the look and feel of my body.

DISSATISFACTION leads to DISTRACTION!

How could I improve my body and introduce new activities into my life if I’m unhappy with what I have?

I learned to embrace exactly where I am and what I have, chubb and all. It is only then that I can begin working on my transformation from a place of love instead of disgust. We get involved with things we like. Not with things that repulse us.

Changing my language to talk about the next workout or fitness class is more encouraging and motivating than queasiness I feel when I know my midsection has triumphed over the belt and I feel like a loaf of bread with a string tied around it.

I have a fitness class this week. I will invest my thoughts on how I can become better and how I can challenge myself. I will start from a place of love. This will be my challenge. This will be my focus!