Getting healthy, and getting rid of excuses

I’m in a ‘getting healthy’ phase at the moment. What seems to happen is that I start exercising and eating properly, and then it becomes a habit for a while… and then something slips.

However, I take solace in the fact that each time I slip back, it’s a little bit less than last time. Even though I’ve slipped backwards, I’m still having less sugar than I used to, more fruit than I used to, and am at least exercising occasionally.

In today’s world, it’s harder to stay healthy than it was even twenty years ago. Being a writer adds to that: I spend most of my morning in front of the laptop, or at the table with my journal, or sitting and exchanging ideas with a friend.

Exercise and healthy eating becomes an effort, and that’s when it begins to decline.

But why is it even important? As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I seem to have a million things going on at the same time – and I don’t even have children! I need the energy to tackle marketing, to keep the creative juices flowing, and to be the best person I can be for my students, my friends, my family and my readers. A lack of energy is what I notice first when I’m not making healthy choices.

I’m also just a happier person when I’m giving my body what it needs.

There are a few things I’m doing to re-build good habits. Basically, I’m looking at what my excuses are and finding ways around them.

I used to go walking in the Waitakere Ranges. Now, that’s too far away so I would walk in the park first thing in the morning. Then, winter set in and it got too cold. Now, I walk during the day, before I go to my day job (I work in the afternoons) and take a pair of sports shoes and a spare top with me.

I’ve also started the 30 Day Yoga Challenge with Do You Yoga. Every day for 30 days, I get an email with a different yoga routine. They’re between 10 and 20 minutes long, which is totally doable and can be done from the warmth of my own home. I don’t have to spend time finding a routine, and it doesn’t take a huge chunk out of my day. Easy.

Friday was my first day. It wasn’t too strenuous, but my muscles were incredibly tight, and my mind wandered a LOT. Everything takes practice, and I’m sure that by the end of the 30 days I’ll be feeling fantastic.

Watch this space.

What do you do to look after your health?

How do you deal with lapses in health?

Why is good health important to you?

6 Responses to “Getting healthy, and getting rid of excuses

  • whats your yoga like? im full of excuses, but i dont work around them. i just slumped down in my chair and think, well the thought was there.. thats good enough..

    well done in overcoming your excuses! and sticking to it!

    • Z.R. Southcombe
      2 years ago

      Lol! There are sometimes (like right now) where I’m just feeling lazy. Even though I know it’s only 15 minutes, it’s like 15 minutes is a lifetime. Determined to change that!

      The yoga is very do-able. For all the poses, there are easy options if you’re not very flexible / strong – the link is in the post if you’re interested 🙂

  • Great to hear you are getting back into it, and thanks for the link. I am going to sign up and work on it for July – I desperately need to get back into the habit, and I do have ‘do yoga every day’ on my 101 list!

    • Z.R. Southcombe
      2 years ago

      I have it on my 101 list, too! I’ve missed a couple of days, but I’m doing them in order. I may just take longer to do the 30 days, or I may do 2 per day on occasion.

      Glad you’ve signed up, too. Today’s was great. My back feels so good!

  • Hi Zee! I’m glad you are concentrating on your health. It is so important for us writers, and I think you’ve hit the nail on the head – it is harder to eat healthier now compared to the past – there is so much ready-made snacks and meals then when I was a kid, and the low-fat or zero-calorie options are not as healthy as people think due to substitutes in the recipes to make sure they still taste ok.

    I think you and I have talked about health before, but what I try to do is make sure I use a mini-exercise bike that I use whilst sitting on the sofa. I’ve also invested in a Fitbit Charge HR (which also tracks sleep). Using that, I’ve kept track of what I’m eating, as well as how active I am being (calories in & out, how many steps, how many active minutes of fat burn, cardio etc). Combing the two has been a great success for me, mostly in part because I am super competitive with myself lol!

    If I lapse, I try not to tell myself off too much. Instead, at the weekend, I am allowed to be a little more naughty, and have a lower step and activity goal (weekdays is 14,000 steps and at least 60 minutes of burn fat exercise, weekends is 7-9000 steps, with 30 minutes of burn fat exercise). I’ve found having “naughty” days in the week has prevented me from lapsing.

    Good health is important for me. I’m still in my twenties, and my body has to get me through everything to come. It’s a machine, and just like a motorbike, I would expect it to be fully able to serve my needs, and be in good working order. I worry that if I do not have good health, my body will let me down in such things as walking – all those abilities we take for granted that allow us our freedom and independence.

    • Z.R. Southcombe
      2 years ago

      Looking after my health has been – and will continue to be – an onngoing issue, so I’m sure we have talked about it before! I’m in my twenties as well, and I’m constantly motivated by trying to keep myself in good health so that I don’t deteriorate terribly when I’m older. As you said, it provides freedom and independence. Besides, I’ve noticed that physical health plays a huge part in mental / emotional / spiritual wellbeing.

      A Fitbit is on my Christmas list 🙂 I’m working very slowly towards my goal of daily exercise, and it’s motivating hearing other people’s stories – thank you for taking the time to share yours with me *hugs*

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