When I was working my Terrible Job, I was so stressed out and exhausted that I didn’t feel I had the energy to run when I got home from work. Then, when I started substitute teaching, it became difficult to know when to run because my schedule became erratic. But I have decided that I’m done making excuses! The number on the scale is getting higher than I’d like, and more importantly, I don’t feel as healthy as I want to. So I’m making a commitment to run and walk more often.
My shoes are pretty bad right now, and I need to buy new ones. I’m saving up for them, but I’m not going to let it keep me from getting started. I just have to be careful not to get shin splints or other problems from these old shoes. Right now, I’m running about 10 miles per week. If I feel too tired when I get home from school, I just wait an hour or two and then make myself get up and go. The days are long enough now that I can run as late as 7pm or so and still be okay. I’m planning to increase to at least 20 miles per week by the end of the summer.
Also, I’m walking a lot more than I used to. Whenever I do work, I walk there. It’s a mile to the high school and about half a mile to the middle school. Then, I decided that after I run, walking the dogs for a mile is a nice cool down. (Not that running two miles requires a significant cool down, but it’s a good habit to get into for when I am running farther… and the dogs really like it!)
The increased activity is making me RAVENOUS, though! Eating more healthfully is also on my list. I’m a huge fan of cheese and crackers, but I decided to try to avoid as many processed foods as I can, and crackers are processed. I bought a jar of unsalted, dry roasted peanuts instead. Stephan thought it was weird (he doesn’t seem to like dry, crunchy snacks) but I kind of like them. I’m taking it slowly on the whole processed foods thing, but I’ve stopped buying canned soups — I used to get cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soups for use in casseroles, but now I just try to make my own cream soups when I need them. I’ve started making my own bread more often, as well, and we use that instead of store-bought bread.
Give me more suggestions. What do you do to stay healthy?