Category: health

Exercise is hard!

So, I am writing this blog to squeeze out a little encouragement from all of you.  As I have mentioned before my sister and I are doing some fitness/health challenges to help us be healthy.  It has been a lot of fun and a good way to keep me motivated. The thing that helps me the most is being able to think about someone else.  This is nice because I often feel that dieting is such an inward experience and I hate that. I hate thinking so much about me and the way I look. It’s good in a way but I am doing better focusing on helping Megan reach her goals and I think the same is true for her.

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I am also doing a fitness challenge with my friend Camille. We are trying to see who can exercise more before we get together over Thanksgiving.  This week I have been doing pretty good- 80 minutes of total exercise so far but I need to do even better.  It’s just hard at first because your muscles hurt and your body revolts from such activity. I am going to try and work in yoga and other types of activities to help make sure my muscles are well stretched and ready to go.  Still, it is hard work.  There is no getting around that.  I was wondering if any of you have found ways to exercise or motivate yourself to exercise that I might use?  I have always loved to swim but it is not the most practical of exercises for year-round activities.  I sometimes do the workouts on fittv and those are pretty good.  Plus, my apartment complex has a gym with weights and equipment.  I really wish I had a buddy I could exercise with and perhaps I will meet someone in my ward who might be interested. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions/encouragement you could all give me.  Thanks in advance.

Speaking of my ward…I just got called as Enrichment leader (for those who don’t know enrichment is an activity organization in our church for women that sponsors book clubs, craft nights, cooking groups etc).  I may try to start a walking group since I have the leadership power to do so. We’ll see. If any of you have good ideas for that also I would appreciate it. Thanks and let’s get some more comments on my blog!

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October isn’t nice

My friends I am writing to you as a sickie from sickville.   I’ve got a cough, sore throat, mild fever and am congested. Yuck! It’s actually kind of depressing because I was just sick before I went to Indiana and now to be sick again… It makes me feel like some kind of hypochondriac but I really am sick.

Now the reason I have been sick twice in one month- that I am not sure but I think part of it has to do with the change in seasons and another part is a sort of a recovery after my trip.  When I was little I used to always get sick at the beginning of Fall or Winter- it’s like my body’s way of rebelling against the cold.  Also, I tend to get sick after being on airplanes and after a particularly stressful time.  Don’t get me wrong my trip to Indiana and Michigan was amazing but it did leave me emotionally drained and exhausted.

It may also be that I never quite got over my last illness and the germs have regrouped and attacked once again.  I have always had a weak immune system (my whole family has).  If there is something going around it seems I always get it.  It’s only a matter of time.

The ironic thing is that I am actually trying to be healthy.  Since August I have eaten only a handful of sweets and am trying to exercise more.  My sister and I are doing monthly challenges for fitness and health. I believe from reading her blog that she is sick as well.  Something is not right! You are supposed to be healthier when you are trying to be healthy! Maybe this is another way my body is rebelling.  Stupid body!

In the meantime, I am resting up and trying to heal.  Anyone who wants to come nurse me back to health is welcome! I could certainly use the company.  I am kidding but I do need to fight this silly illness because I have 2 warm team events coming up- one on Saturday and on Monday.  I will be at the Cornbelly’s maze at Thanksgiving Point both days and the last thing I want is to be coughing and congested. In addition, next week is a very busy week with lots going on including my chocolate 101 cooking class (how fun does that sound), my book club at my house and of course there is Halloween on Friday (rapidly becoming one of my favorite adult holidays not just child holidays). I am dressing up this year as a Japanese princess (I would say geisha but that has negative connotations- so Japanese princess it is.)

At least being sick gives me a chance to catch up on my reading.  I always love that. Take care friends and please excuse this somewhat whiny post. My apologies.  Hope you are all well and happy.