Today’s blog is a response to a new prompt from my friend Devang over at Fat Guy Workout. This is his first prompt, so I’ll support my friend by posting a response.
Devang asks us what are 5 healthy things we do, so here goes.
1. Drink Water
I know how important it is to drink more water. I find it easier in the summer than the winter when my preference is for hot drinks. However, I don’t drink any fizzy drink any more, not even sugar free, except for natural sparkling water (I don’t like the flavoured stuff). In general I believe I can hit my 8 glasses of water a day without too much effort. In the summer it can top 10 or 11 glasses easily.
I’ve decided to go with the term “activity” rather than “exercise” as we’re being encouraged to move more throughout the day rather than only exercising for an hour or so and then being sedentary for the rest of the time. With that in mind, I am trying to be a bit more active – getting up and going for a short walk, stretching etc every hour/couple of hours. Standing up in class, rather than sitting down in class.
In addition, I am trying to do some more focused exercise. I’ve put together a plan to work out twice a week and walk for at least an hour the other 5 days of the week. I’m going to build up my strength and then I want to increase my workouts to 3 times a week and go swimming too – so some plans to work torwards.
3. Blogging and Work-Life Balance
Being a HR lecturer, I touch on work-life balance but for a long time I wasn’t practicing what I preached. One of the first reasons for my blog was to try to achieve that. I’m pleased to say that in the 7 months I’ve been blogging I’ve definitely improved my work-live balance through my passion for blogging and for writing more generally.
4. Having Fun
I can definitely say blogging is fun; at least I’m enjoying myself as I learn more about my own interests and passions as I develop as a writer. Writing is fun. However, when I first drafted out my list I was thinking of fun in terms of the workplace. We are at work for quite a big part of the day so its better to do something you enjoy. I can’t say I jump out of the bed raring to go in the morning (I’m so not a morning person). I have, however, had jobs where the thought of getting up to go to work just made me want to bury my head in my pillows. I do love my job – I think that’s why I had problems with work-life balance too. As much as I can, I’d like to bring fun into the classroom – teaching theory can be boring, so if there’s anything I can do to make it more engaging or make the learning experience more fun, I’m all for it. I think sometimes as adults we forget to have fun in our lives, but its such a great contributor to stress relief.
5. Eat Healthily
I would love to lose weight, but I’m more focused on trying to develop a healthy way of eating that’s sustainable long-term, something I can live with. This is more up and down, but I’m still 1st 4lbs lost and I have learned some important things – I love natural Greek yoghurt – its like eating fluffly clouds and can feel really decadent – however I can’t eat the low fat/zero fat stuff – so my compromise is natural yoghurt, but must be full fat.
I love fresh fruit and vegetables, so trying to keep stocked up with fruit in the house at all times and when I’m working at home I fill up a bowl with fruit – apples, pears, grapes etc – to snack on throughout the day. Unfortunately because of supply issues, we’re struggling to get fruit and veg into the UK at the moment but I’m sure I’ll survive 🙂
I’ve kind of gone off track a bit right now, but my other main focus is trying to eat a more mediterranean style diet – I already only use olive oil and even olive oil spread, but need to focus on some of the other healthy aspects of a med diet – more fish, less red meat, more pulses, nuts and seeds etc.
As I say, there are quite a few things I’m working on to improve my health, but its a work in progress. Taking time to write this helps me to realise where I already have some healthy habits – some I tend to overlook because they’re now so ingrained, like the water/sparkling water, so this has been a beneficial experience to help reinforce what I’m doing well and where I can continue to improve.
Thanks, Devang, for your first challenge #5 Healthy Things I Do.
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