A Healthier 40-something Me

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Wow! It’s been a while since I posted to My40somethinglife.com. In fact, it’s been a while for a lot of things.

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Pitiful, right?

A recent bout of bronchitis made blogging (and a lot of other things) seem laborious. I tell you, for a few weeks, all I cared about was clear, congestion-free breathing and not much else.

This was my second bronchitis episode in six months.

Besides being completely inconvenienced, my relapse facilitated some serious changes in my lifestyle.

I was living a lazy, unhealthy existence.

As a result, my immune system was overtaxed and diminishing. Change was imminent.

I made some healthy adaptations and have adhered to them for a few weeks now.

I’ll share in hopes of inspiring you to take better care of yourself too.

  • I NEVER finished the antibiotics. I’m not sure how much this really influenced my relapse, but I’m sure it must have been a factor. So, this time…for the first time…I finished every single one of the antibiotic prescribed. The medicine made my mouth bitter and wreaked havoc on my intestinal track. Still, I stuck with it – while eating lots of yogurt.

 

  • I was just tired. I overdid it – plain and simple. I endured a hectic daily schedule without the proper sleep and adequate fuel to keep my body operating optimally. I know it sounds silly, but I wasn’t taking care of myself. I didn’t take multi-vitamins, nor was I getting enough water. I heard people in our country are hospitalized for malnutrition. This isn’t always related to financial states of being. Sometimes, it’s just an issue of self-neglect. Now, to be clear, I wasn’t hospitalized and it was doubtful that I was malnourished. I’ll bet I was close with all the nutrient-dense junk I was ingesting. You know, it’s just plain dumb to exhaust your body without the proper resources (food, rest and nutrients). Dumb.

 

  • Total Neglect. Adding to number 2, I’m ashamed to say I was treating my body like a 1970 Dodge, but expecting it to perform like a 2016 Mercedes Benz. I treated it like junk with too much fast food, too little water and hardly ever a fruit or vegetable to fuel it. I’m serious. On average, I would forego an actual meal for breakfast in lieu of a cup of coffee on the go. Worse, for lunch, I’d have some carb-laden, factory-made edible matter like a burger, pizza or frozen diet meal. If I was half-heartedly aiming for a healthy lunch, I’d opt for a sub sandwich. I was a bad case -a bad case indeed.  Then there was my candy habit. My handbag was rarely without gummy bears, sugar patch kids or some sugary sweet treat to satisfy my always looming sweet tooth.

Something had (and still has) to change.

So, during the two weeks I was out of commission with bronchitis, I resolved to take better care of myself. Right about the same time, I happened upon Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Red Table Talk. Now, I don’t think she’s Yoda or anything, but I saw this video at a time when I needed to hear it. Somehow, the way she delivered it really reached me.

Since then, I have been almost unrelenting about starting the day with a healthy meal. Nowadays, I usually opt for oatmeal, a smoothie or Greek yogurt.  Frankly, I am no hungrier now in the morning than I was in the past, but my body needs fuel, so I fuel it.

Water is challenging for me. I hate water. It tastes disgusting. I know that sounds weird because it shouldn’t have a taste, but, again, I can taste something. I do a little better with bottled water, so that’s my new solution.

I especially like the cute little 8 ounce bottles. I find them easier to get down and finish.  Also, being in my 40s means I’m para-menopausal. Thus, I sweat more than I used to– especially at night.  So, my body needs all the fluids it can get.

Watching my diet will be another important part of my transformation.

Since Weight Watchers changed it’s plan, I’m now using My Fitness Pal. It syncs with my Jawbone and gives me helpful nutrition data about my carbs, sodium and sugar.

Weight Watchers never gave me that sort of information on my daily intake, but it was a good plan. Again, I say it “was” good.

Now, it’s a bit more complicated. The worst part is the app. The newly updated app crashes incessantly and kicks me out.  I don’t have time for that. I’m trying not to blame Oprah, but I think she broke my Weight Watchers. It worked fine before all her commercials.

All in all, I’m beginning with eating cleaner.
I shoot for fewer processed foods now. I’m doing better, not perfect, just better.
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My next goal is to incorporate exercise into my routine.   This will be a gradual process.  When it comes to lifestyle changes, gradual works better for me than sudden. Is it the same for you?

Well, for now, I’m wearing my Jawbone and increasing my steps daily.   Baby steps.

Once I get stronger, I’m going to join a gym owned by a family friend in my city.

So, all in all, I’m back on track.

No eggs, no oil, just cake mix and pureed pumpkin.
Better, not perfect.

 

I certainly hope I see some positive outcomes such as increased energy, stronger immune system and a sustained, healthy weight. Time will tell and I’m incredibly optimistic.


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