Fitness Commitments

My wonderful friend, Jenny Doh, inspires me to no end. She is immensely creative, productive, and a fun person to boot. Lately she’s been sharing many of her fitness adventures on her website, Facebook page and through Instagram. I find her path to fitness (through Tabata, archery, core strengthening) incredibly inspiring. She makes me want to be more fit.

I’ve been going to the gym every other day for the last 3 years – a huge commitment for me. I’m totally proud of myself for keeping this up. It’s been pretty easy, though, because I have an immediate incentive – my back. As soon as I stop working out, my back gets weaker, and things can go awry.

There have been many other things I’ve been thinking of doing to be healthier, but haven’t taken them on yet (or have just started). I’ve been heavily inspired by Jenny to start these things, and have been taking a “small commitment” approach.

I’ve never been one for New Year’s Resolutions, but I do like the idea of making small commitments. It’s easy enough to take on a commitment for a week, and see how it goes. Sometimes it will spill over into the next week, and then the next, and before you know it, it’s a habit. Wonderful!

These are my commitments for this week:

Drink 2 L of water a day. Water is essential to most of the processes our bodies accomplish, and I have been neglecting this one for too long. I’ve read that there are many symptoms which could be cured if only people drank enough water! I have actually been doing this for the last month. I fill a jug with water, add 1/4 tsp of salt, and drink up! It’s been really easy, now that I see how much I have to drink. In addition to getting the water I should be getting, I am over-eating less. When I feel like snacking (which is often), I drink water instead. If I’m still thinking of snacking a half hour later, I’ll drink again. Repeat. Eventually, I do feel hunger, and then I eat, but I love how this takes care of the (really-just-bored) snacking habit. I also tend to eat much less than I did before, because the water is so filling.

Learn to run 5K.  I’m not sure how I became interested in this one. My husband mentioned the “0 to 5K” app that he had heard of, and I was instantly intrigued. Let me make this clear just how bizarre this is: I’ve never run in my life, at least, no more than 5 m without getting a cramp. I never wanted to run, never had even an inkling of a desire. This is so far out that I still can’t believe I’m doing it. But the more I do it, the more I want to do it. I’m telling you, this app was made for me: it doles out badges every third day! Yay!

What will you commit to this week?

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3 thoughts on “Fitness Commitments

  1. Zak Greant

    Way to go, Bel! I’m so glad that you’re doing this.

    I’m curious about one thing – why the salt in the water? Most of us North Americans have a pretty high salt diet already.

    Reply
    1. belknits Post author

      It was suggested by my naturopathic doctor – it’s a pretty small amount of salt (1/4 tsp in 2L). Adding the salt (Celtic sea salt, not table salt, since the Celtic salt has more similar composition to blood electrolytes) is supposed to maintain the salt/water balance in the body when trying to increase overall water volume (I’m going from 1 or 2 cups a day to 2L a day). Drinking large quantities of water (without the electrolyte balance) will cause the body to flush the water out in order to maintain the balance. This explains why I had to visit the washroom every 10 minutes when I used to try drinking more water. This salt addition seems to help.
      Plus, I know that my salt intake is not huge – I don’t eat many processed foods, very little junk food (except good chocolate once in awhile!), and we rarely eat out.

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