Monday, February 25, 2008

A Healthy Lifestyle


When I arrived here at the Forward Edge in December I immediately embarked on a health regimen the likes of which my body had never seen.

I ate well. I worked out every day. I got my 2 mile time down to 13:15 and my 10K time under 45--both pretty good times for me, especially at elevation.

And after doing all that for a month, my body rewarded me by becoming gravely ill, and vacillating between various levels of sickness for nearly the last 5 weeks. After coming back too quickly--I ran twice during week 2, and it set me back at least 10 days with the cold--I have ceased working out entirely. My newfound responsibility at the office further enables the sedentary lifestyle, as 12-15 hour days at the office are the norm.

I loved all the running, too. Loved it. Which leaves me at something of a loss--without violating General Order #1, what can I do each day to bring the pleasure that I got from running 4-6 mile? Lacking other options, I've more or less settled on eating.

I don't go crazy or anything...but I usually drink a soda w/ lunch and dinner. I don't always hit the salad bar. If the fish looks fishy and there aren't other tasty looking options, I won't hesitate to hit up the chicken tenders or a grilled cheese sandwich. Vegetables still figure prominently into the diet, and I still drink about 5-6 liters of water each day, but I've definitely taken a step back on the healthy eating front.

To summarize: I'm making up for not working out by eating worse than I was before I stopped working out. Makes perfect sense, doesn't it? Yeah, that's what I think too. Sigh...

I look forward to being healthy soon (fingers crossed) and resuming a regular running schedule. We'll see how it all goes. For now I will find sollace that no matter how little I run, it's still probably more than the Air Force...

7 comments:

mdoyle said...

It'subtle, but by hearing what you are saying about eating, matching that with the puppies comments and linking all of this to the "random" picture of the puppy sleeping in his food dish I think we begin to get a clearer picture of the inner workings of an Army mind.
Or maybe just a man with a puppy obsession.
Or the inner working of my logic that saw connections at all.

Remember 'feed a cold... starve a fever' enjoy the mac&chesse with fries while you can.

Mrs. Exnicios said...

I am glad that you have finally embraced the idea of emotional eating. May I suggest the chocolate cake?

Exnicios said...

The cake, unfortunately, is not up to snuff. The pie on the other hand...very tasty.

Mrs. Exnicios said...

With all my cake-tacular skills, I promise you yummy cake with pretty decorations as soon as you are home

Exnicios said...

It's a deal!

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