03 January 2012

another new year, another set of resolutions...

actually i am afraid i will just stick with last year's, which i am afraid to look at, because i'm afraid i haven't stuck to them very well... i remember promising to do tai chi every day (didn't) and wake up at the same time every day (didn't). so i think i will reinstate those. and try to add some additional exercise into the routine. i've had the chance to walk to/from work since starting a new job, and i'm hoping to ride my bike regularly (but not today - minus 25 with windchill? my lungs would hate me!) once i really get into the swing of things.

so instead of coming up with a bunch of resolutions, here's a look at what i've learned in the past year...

1. stress is bad. since changing jobs, i'm much happier and have more time as well. it's helped with my health immensely.

2. supplements are good. i have a dumb tendency to not take my supplements (carlson's norwegian fish oil, magnesium, iron, b, c, d, e) on the weekends. fair enough, i don't have the same routine on the weekends. but starting the holidays being ill (nausea + fish oil? nope) led me into not taking supplements over the holidays at all. so by the end of the week off, i was getting back pain again. never again will i miss my fish oil!

3. protein in the morning, or else! boy do i get cranky if i don't have protein in the morning. big greasy brekkie of eggs with sausage or bacon or blood pudding, or even just french toast, and i am good to go. cereal or pancakes: forget it. today i had bran cereal, but made sure to have a boiled egg as well.

4. things are getting better! i spent a few days over the holidays doing some odd jobs around the house - mainly carpentry - as well as hoisting a 10 kilo turkey into the oven (i made my husband take it out, though). and I got through it with comparatively minimal pain! hoooo. i would not have been able to do that a year ago. i'm no longer relying on daily doses of painkillers. i no longer use an inhaler. so that is very good news!

ok, i broke down and looked at my previous resolutions, and i have to say that while i fail on the waking up and the tai chi, i get a pass for getting off the ttc and getting more nutrients from food sources. although i am sad to say our health food store no longer carries rose hip juice so i haven't had it in ages! will have to track some down.

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