March so far has been a great month health-wise. I've been keeping active, staying lean, and eating clean.
Here's my current health activities and progress:
- Exercise: I'm still running at least 2 miles 3-4 times a week and dancing about 5 days a week (house, lindy hop). I wish I had time for more biking! I've actually managed to do a couple of after-work runs, which is something I was never able to do before. It feels really different to end your work day with a run before eating dinner and doing any evening activities. I think I like it!
- Diet: I'm still reducing meat / abstaining from eating beef. Generally I try and eat just one meal with meat as the main course a day. I've been keeping up the high-protein, low-carb breakfasts. Surprisingly still not boring! I'm getting pretty expert at making omelettes. And I continue to eat very little processed sugar and much fewer carbs. Generally I try and only have carbs for one meal a day, typically lunch. I've been incorporating a bit more sugar during the week, for special occasions, and only in small amounts. E.g. if there home made muffins, I'll have half of one.
- Cheating: I am religiously committed to my cheat day! Saturdays are typically the day that I just go ham. Eat all the sweets and treats that I want. Don't exercise if I don't want to. I love cheat days!
- Other Stuff: I've been doing cold showers about every other day (only on days when I work out in the morning.) Really refreshing and pleasant. Don't know if the health claims are true, but I don't think it hurts. I try and get at least seven hours of sleep a night.
Weight: I'm averaging 138 pounds, which is two pounds below my health goal. My lowest weight was 136 and my highest 139 this month.
Energy: I'm feeling strong and alert, overall. I've actually stopped taking my expensive iron supplements for the month to see if I still need them to counteract the effects of anemia. I'm guessing that my body won't notice the difference.
I'm still working on my handstand. After crushing the 10-second handstand goal, I now want to lock in a solid 30-second handstand, without moving my hand position. I'm using this video below as inspiration and workout guide to get me there. I don't really know how long it will take, but I anticipate it will be awhile.
Good luck with your own quest to live a healthy and happy life!