I'm at an age where if I don't use it, I will start to lose it. I mean this in regards to my physical health. Almost a year ago, my husband and I started on the Keto diet. If you're not familiar with it, you cut out sugar and any carb that is not a vegetable or berry, and you eat a large proportion of healthy fat. For example, avocados are a staple in this diet. You're supposed to calculate your calorie percentages and macros and blah, blah, blah, you get the idea. This is the Keto diet in a nutshell. Sounds delightful, doesn't it?
The truth is, eating this way does make me feel amazing. When I stick to it, I have lots of energy and mental clarity, which is perfect since my writing time is scheduled for after lunch. (the key phrase here is 'when I stick to it')
My husband has stuck to the Keto diet and has the amazing results and good health to show for it. After several months, I downgraded to, what I like to call, a Keto-esque diet. I can only eat eggs for breakfast a few days in a row before I spiral into a depression. So, I worked in a few of the foods I like and committed to cutting down the unhealthy carbs and sugar.
|Drinking unlimited ice tea at |
Panera, my favorite writing spot!
Cutting out sugar was like saying good-bye to a dear, old friend. I'm serious. I would longingly recall the good times I had sitting at Panera, writing my book and devouring a chocolate chipper cookie (51 carbs, btw. You start to learn stuff like this when you're on a Keto-esque diet).
Then, in early November (actually, a day after I submitted the final revisions for my first book!) I came down with a terrible virus. It was the sickest I've been in my life. It lasted for 10 solid days, and I couldn't get out of bed OR eat. I was hurting.
As I moved from my bed to the couch and back again, I had a few thoughts:
1. Elizabeth, you really do take your health for granted. Stop it.
2. Please, oh, please, oh, please don't let my kids get this virus.
3. Is anyone going to load the dishwasher?
4. I hope I'm well by Thanksgiving because...stuffing and gravy.
5. You need to take better care of yourself.
6. If you never get better, you're going to regret not eating your favorite foods.
7. Seriously, guys...the dishwasher?
When I returned to the land of the living, I decided my new health mantra was "Everything in moderation".
cut down on my sugar,
but enjoy the cookie sometimes too (okay, and the baguette with extra butter).
Didn't Oscar Wilde say, "Everything in moderation, including moderation?" Oscar gets me.
This moderation diet is working for me, and I feel great. So great in fact, I decided this spring to finally begin exercising. (Insert heavy sigh) It was time.
I decided to start out small like...buying new sneakers as motivation! I went through a Marie Kondo phase over the winter and mariekondoed all my sneakers out the door and to Goodwill.
|Certainly, I will stick to my exercise goals in these fabulous sneakers. Amiright?|
Next, I decided to find a few times in my week to go for a brisk walk. (the motivation being that I had to break in my new sneakers, obviously😄)
I frequently tell myself that I'm a work in progress and that covers a multitude of areas in my life, lol. I try to start small but make it stick. 💪
|Here's where I walk. It'll look better once the sun decides to return to NE Ohio.|
Does anyone exercise before writing or tackling a project? I'm experimenting with how I feel afterwards. My new routine is walk, then write.
So what are you doing this spring to stay healthy? What have you thought about doing but haven't begun yet?
Here's my first book, A Promise Remembered, out this past March.
He’s finally back…
but time doesn’t heal all wounds
William Kauffman is back in his Michigan hometown, but not for long. When he runs into his high school sweetheart, Annie Curtis, she’s a reminder of everything and everyone he left behind, without an explanation, years ago. Are a sick mother, a failing diner, two adorable children and the woman he’s never stopped loving enough to make him right past wrongs and stay?
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