December Goals & Visions
The last two weeks have placed a much greater emphasis on my personal physical fitness goals and challenges. It has taken almost a full week to get back in the groove and routine in the morning since I returned from my cruise. We worked out every morning and I have done it since I returned, albeit on a smaller scale, but doing it daily. Before I left, I and my husband had noticed that our clothes don't fit like they used to. I made a commitment to determine to change that when we returned, and to find a healthier lifestyle overall. We are not getting any younger, and I prefer to be part of the solution, instead of contribute to the problem. I had to awaken to the truth.
A funny thing happened on our cruise. We found a solution.
We were introduced to the Acid-Alkaline Balance food intake considerations, based on some alarming indications that we are both experiencing chronic low-grade metabolic acidosis (my husband more than I, but both of us in need of change).
And the change is relatively simple. We eat the right foods in the right combination at the right times. The only thing I am doing differently is planning better, and more precise. We cut our supplements to only what is advised during the 6 months it will take for me (12 months for my husband) to get my body back to a state of ph balance. We are fortunate that neither of us are on medications, but the consultation revealed that my husband was close. I had my blood work done before I left as a routine measure and the results were less than acceptable, indicating my liver enzymes needed attention. I have to go back in 3 months to see if that has changed. My long term goal is to get back to normal and no medication. My short term goal is to lose 20 pound by then.
I am not waiting until January 1st to start. We weighed in on the way in from the cruise. Me at 156.4 pounds. (I left the house at 156 lbs.) My husband at 237 pounds (he left the house at 235 lbs.) It's not due to menopause, job change, illness or genetics. It is what we were putting in our mouths. This is not a diet. It is an exchange of excess weight and poor body function for a healthy future with bodies that will get regular maintenance! I am so thankful for this solution.
We are both eating much more than we used to eat. We are drinking more water, of course. We have good food choices that we can have every day, fair choices that we can have once a week and poor choices that we can have (If we want) once a month. We eat 3 meals a day plus 3 snacks. I am already down 4.2 pounds as of today. Our vision is to finish stronger in 2014 meeting our physical fitness goals and challenges.
Janet L Arnold