In the next few days, I’m wrapping up my smoothie experiment.
(You can check out why I started this health experiment right here if you need a little refresher.)
I know people always say this, but where the heck did September go? I know where my September went…working on my upcoming CreativeLive courses.
I’m surprised and excited by how my health changed over the course of four weeks.
Every week, I noticed a boost of energy.
This might not seem like much, but I’ve gone from being able to work two to three hours most days to being able to work eight hours or more most days.
That’s HUGE. And, not only can I work more, but I’m having an easier time concentrating and my motivation level has skyrocketed.
I can’t say that this boost of energy is all due to drinking smoothies every day for the first two weeks and then every other day for last two weeks, but that’s the big change that I made so I’m assuming that it’s partly responsible.
Because this smoothie experiment has paid off, I’m going to continue to drink smoothies at least three times a week moving forward.
The superfoods that have seemed to have the most positive impact (I tracked how I felt after each smoothie) are: maca powder, camu powder, flax powder, and maqui powder. So, I’ll be using those the most in my smoothies.
I know this might sound a tad weird but I’m happier.
To begin with, I’m no Debbie Downer and I’m a pretty happy person, but I have to admit that my health issues have taken quite a toll on my overall mood this past year.
Over the past month, I’ve felt much more like myself: getting excited over little things (charity book sales and fall weather), feeling happy just because, and enjoying my work more than ever. (Seriously, I couldn’t be happier every morning when I wake up, knowing that I get to work on my upcoming CreativeLive classes.)
For the past couple years, I’ve thought, “Why me?”
What am I being punished for? Why do I wake up every morning and feel as if I have a horrible case of the flu? Why can’t I get healthy or at least find a doctor who is up to the challenge of helping me?
Until I got sick, I used to think I was lucky. I had a really great life, and then everything came crumbling down.
My life revolved around doctors’ visits. Every morning, I’d wake up and how I felt would determine what I could do that day. Would I actually have enough energy to go to the farmer’s market? Would I be able to get out of bed? Would I be able to walk my dogs? How long would it take me to put on a bit of makeup?
But as I sit here typing this, I feel lucky again.
Lucky that I have a loving, incredibly funny husband who continues to have hope that we’re gonna figure this all out. Lucky that I get to spend my days at home working with my three lab mixes at my feet. Lucky that I get to do work that motivates and inspires me. Lucky that I finally feel energized again. Lucky that I have the opportunity to take my health into my own hands and make some serious changes.
Okay, this post is turning into a mush fest and that’s totally not what I meant to do.
Before I start crying, I’m going to announce the big health change I’m pursuing in October.
For the past six months, I’ve been struggling to exercise and working out used to be a big part of my life.
I used to do 10-15 minutes of yoga when I woke up, walk my dogs for an hour midmorning, and walk them again with my husband in the evenings. And, I used to fit in about an hour of weights and abs each week on top of that daily regimen.
Exercise used to be my happy pill.
I know that some people dread working out, but I always looked forward to it. I would download a really good book to listen to while walking my dogs. I’d pump music while doing arm and leg weights. I’d feel ready to conquer my day after a little yoga.
My health has practically taken this away from me. In all honesty, I’ve let it.
It’s hard to talk myself into changing into workout clothes and getting motivated to exercise when I know that I’ve only got a few good hours each day. How could I waste part of that time on physical exertion when I could be working or writing or blogging?
Now that I’ve got more energy, I want to get back into the rhythm of moving my body every single day.
I’m a realist. I know that I won’t be able to exercise as much as I used to and I know that some days I might only be able to do ten minutes of yoga. That’s okay.
I’m going to make this as easy as possible, breaking up my exercise into bite-sized increments: five-minute dance breaks, ten-minute yoga videos, fifteen-minute walks, five minutes of arm weights, etc.
I’m going to try to do at least five minutes of something three times a day when I’m taking work breaks. That’s totally doable, right?
If you want to do this with me (it’s always better with buddies, right?), I’m starting on October 1st. Use the hashtag #31DaysofMoving when sharing your progress on social media. I’ll be checking Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for your updates.
Each week or every other week (depending on how much there is to share), I’ll blog about how it’s going, so make sure you check back in. And, I’ll be sharing photos of this journey on Instagram a few times a week—follow me there so you don’t miss a thing.
Let’s do this!
If you’re going to give this a go and want some doable, short workouts, here are some of my favorites:
Flexibility and Range of Motion with Tara Stiles (Yoga – 9 minutes)
Routine for Stress Relief with Tara Stiles (Yoga – 5 minutes)
Building Balance with Tara Stiles (Yoga – 9 minutes)
Ultimate Stretch with Tara Stiles (Yoga – 10 minutes)
Natalie Portman’s Workout (Ballet and Strength Training – 11 minutes)
Ballet Beautiful Long Lean Arms with Mary Helen Bowers (Ballet Strength Training – 11 minutes)
At Home Cardio Workout with PopSugar (Cardio – 10 minutes)
Become Beyoncé With This Sexy Dance Workout with PopSugar (Cardio Dance – 10 minutes)
Bombay Jam Bollywood Dance Workout with PopSugar (Cardio – 11 minutes)
Dance REFIT Revolution to Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off (Cardio – 4 minutes)
I also really like the 10-minute Barre3 workouts. I have a monthly membership with them and I highly recommend it for those of you who want doable strength training and yoga routines.