Let me be very clear, I absolutely intend the title to be literal not figurative. My mental health is quite well, it's my physical health that I am more concerned with. A good friend of mine that isn't much older than me just suffered a heart attack and that combined with my past cancer scare has impressed on me the importance of being healthy.
The truth is, I don't really eat that bad, take the picture above for example. @mrsbozz had something going on this night so I was left to fend for myself when it came to dinner. I basically had "carte blanche" to visit any fast food or take out joint I wanted to for my meal.
Instead, I opted to make myself a salad with some loose leaf spinach we had, and I have to admit it was fantastic. I needed to add some chicken to it because my upbringing has locked me into that "protein is a necessity" mindset.
Since I have been with @mrsbozz I eat far more green veggies(broccoli, brussels sprouts, asparagus), and far less red meat and pork products than I used to.
My biggest issue is the physical activity...
My doctor(s) have been telling me for years that they would like me to lose some weight. @mrsbozz has brought it up as well, not because she thinks I am fat but because she wants me to be healthy so we can enjoy a long life together.
The truth is, since I have been with her I have weighed right around 250 lbs. give or take 5 to 10 pounds depending on the time of year. In the Summer I do some walking with her and I have the law to mow so I am more active. In Michigan the Winters usually keep you indoors and there isn't much to do but watch TV and eat.
@mrsbozz has been getting up at 4 AM for just about a year now and exercising every morning down in our basement. I am so proud of her and how she has become so dedicated to getting healthier, even the mornings when she really doesn't feel like it.
Now to get myself into that habit...
I recently started looking into a Seven Minute Workout at the suggestion of @steevc. The workout itself is pretty straight forward with twelve different exercises and you try to do as many as you can of each in thirty seconds. Then you rest for five seconds and move on to the next exercise for thirty seconds until you eventually complete all twelve.
These are the exercises:
- Jumping Jacks
- Wall Sit
- Triceps Dip
- High knees
- Push up and rotation
- Side Plank
I started out yesterday and I barely made it through the wall sit before I eventually gave up. Today I tried it again and I powered through the jumping jacks with no problem. My legs were shaking by the time I finished the wall sit, but I continued on to the push ups. I had to use the modified position for push ups with my knees on the floor because I knew I would only be able to do about five the traditional way.
The crunches were difficult because I didn't have a way to secure my feet, so my body was kind of all over the place during those. From there I skipped right to the planking and held it for about two seconds before I realized this workout is definitely not for me.
Truthfully, I think I dove in a little took quick and I need to back off a little and slowly work my way up to this. My ultimate goal will be to complete this full workout in seven minutes one day. I need to take baby steps for now though.
My wife has some strength building videos that are supposed to be pretty low impact that I might try. She also has some aerobic walking videos that I might give a shot. I think eventually I am going to need to break down and get a some sort of fitness tracker. My phone is just to big and bulky to try and carry to record the workout. If I put it in my pocket, my pants tend to fall down!
I can say that even doing the thirty seconds of jumping jacks got my blood moving and I felt more awake at 4:45 in the morning than I have in a quite a while. I kind of liked the feeling, so that is a good sign!
I know there are going to be set back and lazy days ahead, but wish me luck on my continued journey towards a healthy me!