by Karin L. Nauber email@example.com
Wow! Talk about stress eating... If you are anything like me you have been measuring the days by the times of day you eat something. When I get up, I have breakfast. Then, if I’m still hungry, I might supplement breakfast with a handful of chips. After that, I count the time until lunch. Sometimes lunch is at 10:30 a.m. depending on how poorly I slept the night before and how early I got up and had breakfast. Like a lot of you, I, too, have been plagued by poor sleeping. I toss and turn and have weird dreams and wake up anywhere from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. Since most nights I don’t go to sleep until after Midnight, getting up at 3 a.m. can be a bit painful! After I have had lunch, I count the hours until supper, desert and snack! The last couple of nights I have skipped the Midnight snack because my blood sugar has been in the mid 300s in the morning. It worries my mom and I hate when I worry her. This morning my reading was 254 so it was down a little. I have also gained nine pounds!!! While nine pounds may not seem like a lot, trust me, try toting nine pounds of anything extra around on your body and it gets heavy. So that’s the bad news—weight wise anyway. Now let’s talk about exercise. Yes, I hear those groans. Believe me, I hear them. It has been well over two months since I have done any “real” exercise. I have walked around the block a few times, but that is it. Typically, I do at least a good 30 minute workout every day. Now, most days if I am not working, I am sitting around... I do rock my rocking chair, but I am pretty sure that doesn’t count. Since every day feels like a new year I decided now would be a good time to create a “new year’s resolution.” I have an idea for what I want to eat and what I need to eat to maintain optimal health. I will begin writing my new menu plans this week and have those finished by Friday. Secondly, I will force myself to get outside and ride my bike every day. (Unless it is raining...I’m not a fanatic, you know!) On a daily basis, rain or shine, I will do a walking workout exercise in my home for a minimum of 15 minutes working myself up to 30 minutes per day again. These are small things I can do for my health—both physical and mental. We have to do things that are good for us even when we don’t feel like it. The next time I write this article, I will include a sample menu and a sample workout (links) for you to look at and consider implementing for yourself. Until next time, be well!