Friday, October 19, 2012

The Healthy Writers Club: True Confessions

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True confession time.

When I joined Shallee McArthur's Healthy Writers Club three weeks ago (see my first post here), I mentioned my life has been filled with stress, and my fitness has fallen by the wayside lately. I told you I was making some life changes that would hopefully conclude by October 12th, and I promised I would begin a resurgence of my healthy living at that time.

Well... There is no reason to be coy anymore. Thanks to my Two Roads Diverged post, you all now know that my stress and life changes center around this question: Are my husband's and my lives are still heading in the same direction?

While we attempt to figure out the answer to that question, I have relocated from Colorado back to my home state of Florida. I am now living in the Tampa Bay area--just arrived on October 10th--and I hope to spend the next few months getting back in touch with myself and reconnecting with my spirit.

(I would like to give a special shout-out to Lora Rivera for supporting me so much during this transition. She is one of the most thoughtful and encouraging people I have ever encountered, and I feel honored to call her a friend.)

It's funny how your essence burns down in times of stress and sadness. I used to feel full of life and rich, and now I feel a bit like a shadow of myself, like the fire that was my spirit has begun to weaken into an ember. More importantly, I feel I've become disconnected from my body--like I've retreated so far inside myself that I can no longer see or hear or feel things like I used to.

So, my entrance into the Healthy Writers Club is particularly significant to me. Not only do I pledge to begin treating my body with the respect it deserves, but I pledge to likewise treat my mind and heart and soul and spirit with respect.

Here are the goals I have accomplished so far this week:

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1. Return to the ocean. I have always lived near a coast, and I feel a deep connection to salt water and all its creatures. I have felt my gills drying up the past two years I've lived in Colorado, so I took a trip to the ocean earlier this week and sunk face-first into the waves. The feeling of the current and the tides against my hair and skin is one of the best soul therapies I have ever discovered.

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2. Figure out my food allergies. My sensitive stomach has plagued me for years, so I finally broke down and spent the money for a proper Food Sensitivity Test. Tampa Rejuvenation took my blood samples earlier this week, and I should be receiving my food allergies results within three weeks. (They apparently test for 100 different types of foods, so I'm crossing my fingers they figure out SOMETHING for me to remove from my diet.)

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3. Start putting healthy foods into my body. When my life is out of balance, I subconsciously (and sometimes consciously) sabotage my healthy eating to get my body out of balance as well. (It seems strange to have one in line and not the other, so I inhale everything I possibly can to make my outsides better reflect my insides.) I decided this week that the time for food mourning is officially over. It's now time to start pulling myself back together.

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4. Start an exercise routine. My sister is in way better shape than I am, so she and I have been working our abs, buns, legs and arms this week. I also found a stand-up paddleboard shop and signed up for my very first paddleboarding lesson this weekend. (I was never very good at surfing, but I love being on the water, so perhaps this will be a better fit.) This paddleboarding shop also apparently offers paddleboard yoga and core workout lessons, so maybe I'll dive right in if it feels like a good fit.

Here are my weekly Healthy Writers Club milestones:

1. Weekly Stats: Two ab work-outs, two bun work-outs, two leg work-outs and one arm workout... A couple of nice walks, and one (very) short bike ride

2. In-Flight Entertainment Favorite: I have been listening to the 180 Degrees South soundtrack pretty much non-stop lately. Beautiful, meandering ocean-inspired melodies... Perfect for my return to the coast. (Check out the full playlist here.)

3. Coolest moment: Taking the plunge and finally reconnecting with the ocean

4. Hardest moment: Pretty much every single thing about this week has been hard--especially those few days when my immune system finally shut down on me. I have been trying to get sick for weeks, and my body finally collected on that debt earlier this week. Still trying to recover from that.

How did your week go? Any healthy milestones or set-backs? I'm really excited to officially be part of the Healthy Writers Club now, and I'm looking forward to all the motivation we can give each other.

P.S.- I'm going to start using the #healthywriters hashtag when I post about fitness on Twitter. Would love it if you guys would use it too, so we can all find each other!


Angelina C. Hansen said...

Under the circumstances, you seem to be doing remarkably well. Keep healing!

Jess said...

What great goals and fantastic progress you're making! I would really like to do something like paddle-board lessons. I think as we get older, sometimes it's easy to dismiss the power of gaining new knowledge. Taking new fitness-related classes can be scary (note my irrational fear of indoor bike classes, aka spinning, based on a few silly movie scenes). Good for you.

I'm struggling with baking too much lately, and really want to make the last couple months of my pregnancy super healthy for the baby. Lots of veggies is my goal :)

David P. King said...

Welcome to the club (you had to put donuts on here ... there goes my diet). Kidding, but it's good to meet you. I grew up along the west coast. Now that I'm inland, it would be nice to visit it again. :)

Eliza Tilton said...

I could use some healthy tips. I've been dying to bodyrock since I got pregnant and now I still have another few weeks before I get the okay to exercise.

I live 20 minutes from the ocean and I never go...I hate sand. I'm sure if I moved away, though, I'd miss it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good for you! You can do it.
Sorry everything is so stressed in your life right now. I think with those healthy plans, you will start to feel your balance return.

Jaye Robin Brown said...

Fabulous Lisa. I've been on a similar kick, trying to shed a # of pounds that have crept up over the years - I was clipping along well, then had a tough week, now trying to get serious again. (But I have lost 4 pounds)

For me sometimes I sabotage myself when things are going great - like I know it's going to turn so might as well do it myself. Trying not to fall into that!

Here's to healthy writers!

Bethany Myers said...

Your mind can't work if your body is compromised. Get healthy and everything else will follow.

Good luck and I'll keep an eye out for your hashtags on twitter.

Julie Luek said...

I'm right there with you trying to readjust my eating habits and feed my body healthy, life-giving foods. I've also revved up the workout routine. Sounds like you have a lot on your plate-- hope some self-pampering is part of your health plan (Yay ocean!)

Charlie Holmberg said...

Glad you're working toward these goals! And I didn't know there were food tests like that... I should take one of those...

Hope things get a little easier for you, and do enjoy the ocean. Ocean and I only met once and I had the worst sunburn of my life to show for it, so we're not on the fondest terms. Do send my regards, though. said...

Sorry to hear you've been sick, Lisa, but I'm so glad you're on the mend and doing such healthy things for your body and soul. Go you!

I've been struggling with time -- wanting to write during those hours the kids are in school, but I've GOT to take care of my body, too. So I started Zumba twice a week, which is such a kick. Great music...basically like a big dance party. And I just hiked Sanitas today in Boulder. Amazing how nature gives such great perspective.

Love that you get to paddleboard! I've always wanted to try that.

Lora Rivera said...

Ohhhhh, hugs, lady! I love how you're taking care of your body - Our bodies and minds are more connected than we ever realize until something goes to crap ;)

Thanks for your shout-out. You're a huge encouragement to me. Luck in the sub world, peace in the personal world, and wild courage in the writing world.
<3 Lora

J.L. Campbell said...

Man, you got a lot done! Didn't even know there were tests to determine food allergies. Seems like a sensible move to make. It also makes so much sense to do what keeps you happy. Good idea on the hashtag.

Tammy Theriault said...

Following you from the healthy writing club...good luck on your endeavors! i love seeing your interactions with animals. so serene and adventurous! great blog

Gwen Gardner said...

Just about everybody is putting me to shame this week. A lot of you have hefty but inspiring goals. I admire how you've taken control of your life and are implementing your goals. I can see you're going to succeed. Well done LisaAnn!

Tara Tyler said...

colorado is a healthy state but so is florida...opposite terrains & temps, but still outdoorsy! i need to eat healthier too, fall is my pumpkin flavored everything season...

take your time w/the transition! plus it helps to have a partner to w/o with!

David P. King said...

Btw, I left you a Shout-Out on my blog, just so you know. :)

Chantel said...

It's a strange life at times, so many beginnings held inside one journey.

Oh, and the title of your blog is brilliant. :) Looking forward to the story unfolding...

Molly Lee said...

Sounds like you're doing wonderfully! Good job! I look forward to reading more posts as I'm a new follower here :)

Dinda Amanda said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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