I did some running when I was in my 20’s. I wasn’t very fast, but I enjoyed it and it was good exercise.
I took a break from running when my children were young and then started again when they began running cross country. I found out some things had changed over that break, most notably, my knees. X-rays confirmed arthritis in both knees, and I was advised to give up running. I learned from a chiropractor that strengthening the muscles in my legs would help to support my knees, but I filed that information in the back of my mind and settled for occasional walks.
Fast forward to three years ago. Osteopenia finally woke me up to the need to exercise and I began a regimen of weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises. Even though I had given up running, I walked in some 5K races in the area. My goal was twofold but simple: to finish in under an hour and not to be the last person to cross the finish line! My time was usually between 55 and 59 minutes, and I usually spent the rest of the day with legs elevated, icing my inflamed knees.
But every now and then, I dreamed that I was running. In my dreams, I had found a way to run without touching the ground! I described those dreams to a Trak Shak salesperson who recommended a Hoka running shoe for me. Walking in Hokas has been the next best thing to running without touching the ground.
With three years of exercise behind me and Hoka shoes to support me, I started running again. In June, I walked/ran 3.1 miles (5K) in my neighborhood and finished in 47 minutes- not great, but almost nine minutes faster than my fastest walking 5K.
Is it possible that my recently improved diet could already be strengthening my muscles and joints? I’m able to run almost a mile without pain now, and my current 5K PR in the neighborhood is 44:33. I’m still slow compared to almost everyone else I encounter on the trail, but I have a new twofold goal now: to run as much as I can without causing injury and to run without concern about others being faster.
What about you? Do you run for exercise? What are your goals? Tell me what motivates you to keep moving. And tell me about your shoes!
Seven years of baby steps… A lot of progress can be made in seven years, but my steps have been small, and I find myself very near where I started. I’ll have my first session with health coach Rebecca Mills-Anderson tomorrow, and I’m ready to learn take some bigger steps with diet and nutrition. I’m eager to move closer to the goal of better health.
So, about those baby steps… In preparation for the health coaching to come, I’m reflecting on the progress- however small- that I’ve made thus far.
I eliminated caffeine. I took this step as a young adult when I realized that my daily Diet Coke and ever-present glass of sweet tea were creating problems for me. That first step could have been a bigger step if I had known to replace the offenders with water, but I simply replaced them with decaffeinated sweet tea. Still, it was a baby step in the right direction!
I began taking a daily multivitamin. SuperMom was the first vitamin I’d ever taken that actually made a noticeable difference in the way I felt.
I eliminated fried foods. Gall bladder pain prompted this step, and it was not hard at all. Pain is a powerful motivator!
I increased my water intake. If you follow this blog, you’re probably tired of hearing about drinking water! But, this has been huge for me. I went from drinking almost no water at all to half of my body weight in ounces. This big step is probably the main reason I’ve remained reasonably healthy in spite of the deficiencies of my diet.
I began exercising regularly. I started for my bones but am gradually realizing the benefits of exercise for the whole body.
I eliminated high fructose corn syrup from my diet, and I cut way back on processed foods.
I realized that I was relying on supplementation and elimination to get me to better health. I’ve added some things- vitamins, water, exercise- and I’ve taken out some things- caffeine, fried food, high fructose corn syrup. But I’m just now facing the fact that my diet doesn’t include all the nutrients and vitamins I need to be truly healthy.
Okay, #7 may not be a true step. But that realization is already making a difference. In the last few weeks, I’ve made a conscious effort to eat three healthy meals every day, no matter how busy I am, and I’ve eaten a fruit or vegetable at almost every meal.
And that’s where I am today. On to bigger steps tomorrow!
I’ve been asked several times lately where to start with vitamins and supplements and just generally being more healthy. As I’ve said many times before, I’m not a doctor or a natural health expert. I’m just passing on the things I’ve learned and recommending some products that have helped my family.
Sometimes I get excited about something I’ve learned and my gush comes across sounding like, “You really ought to try this!” But what I really mean is, you really ought to read about this and see if you think this will be good for you or your family.
So, where to start? The first thing to do is to check your daily water intake. If you’re not already drinking half your body weight in ounces of water every single day–more if you’re exercising or working outside–start now. If you weigh 120 pounds, drink at least 60 ounces of water every day. Just rehydrating your body can do wonders for your overall health. How cool is that? You don’t have to order anything to get started! Click here to read more about the benefits of drinking water.
If your diet is providing all the essential vitamins and minerals needed for good health, great! But, if it’s not, consider taking a multivitamin. Beeyoutiful provides a multivitamin for every member of the family: SuperMom, SuperLady, SuperDad and SuperKids. You can click on the links to read about each one, or you can click here to see all our vitamins on one page.
If you have specific health interests, search this blog and others you trust. Read, read, read. Talk with your health care provider and make informed decisions before you add supplements to your health regimen.
There are ten products, some of which have already been mentioned, featured in the picture at the top of this post. You can click on the links below to read more about each one and to decide if one or more of these might be a part of your own getting started.