The journey out of the NoLonjaZone has completed its first phase. I finished the health challenge from May15-June15 where I drank no soda, drank 1 gallon of water per day, did 20 minutes of exercise, ate when I was hungry and tried to cut down on emotional eating. What did I learn?
I learned that I am able to finish what I start. Not perfectly, but I did complete my goal. Eventually, I hope to be able to finish e v e r y t h i n g I start. For all of my “me” time speeches, it was not that easy to carve out time for myself and for my health. Now that I’ve completed this challenge, I feel much better physically that I did on May 15th. I have got to keep making time for my health, especially when I do not feel like working out that day/night. Every time I walk, jump rope, run, exercise, I always feel better once I’m done…it’s the getting started that I struggle with.
My challenges have been with making time to exercise on the weekends. If I have an event, my energy is focused on making sure I’m 100 percent into arriving on time, doing the job, and getting home at a decent hour and working out hasn’t been factored in that much. At least not yet anyway. The emotional eating was difficult to combat at first but now I’ve tried drinking water when I say that I’m hungry because, many times, I may be just thirsty or bored. And you better MOVE out of my way when I am hungry LOL. Drinking the water is getting easier and I swear that I have drunk a lot of the big bottled water in the house just by myself. It’s easier to drink a lot of water especially in this heat and you will need to become accustomed to using the bathroom a LOT.
Talking about my progress has been what has kept me accountable to the friends who have wanted to take the health challenge as well. It actually motivates me to keep going knowing that others are with me on the journey of living healthier. Since my exercise of choice has been walking, I’m really glad that, years ago, I would look for places to walk anywhere along my commute routes so it’s been fun revisiting all of my walking spots.
Focusing on my health has moved off of the back burner in my life. Taking charge of my health is empowering and I feel like it’s the first step in getting all areas of my life together. My self-confidence had taken a beating and I have, only now, started to step out of that misery into my life now. However, my life and my confidence are still out of sync. So unsettling. Especially as I was always blessed with confidence and with the huevos to make things happen in my life always. I look forward to stop living my life tentatively and hanging out with my good friend and ally: confidence. Making time for myself to work out, to eat better, to live healthier is the only way that I can think of to get my confidence back.
Next steps? I’ve started Round 2 of the Health Challenge with a group of fun and brave individuals who, like me, are ready to take healthy steps our own way, combining health with busy lives, as we move toward the NoLonjaZone. It’s been a great feeling of accomplishment to finish what I start. For once.
Let’s do this! See details below…we’re on this challenge now June 19 thru July 19.
To be continued…