Mar 31, 2009

i haven't been feeling so hot lately, so i'm going on a crusade to get healthy. every year i think about doing the self challenge, but i hate exercising for the sake of exercising, & i especially hate doing intervals. (why does every cardio workout in every health magazine have to involve intervals? i know they tone you up faster & melt lots of fat, but what if you don't really want to shed pounds? what if you just want to sleep better & be less wheezy when you hike? i know, i know... wanting to maintain my current weight is a problem kind of like having too much money.)

i feel like i need some sort of guidelines if i'm going to actually do anything about my health, so i think i'm going to loosely follow body + soul's 5 week challenge. the first week is a detox, & then the following weeks focus on eating right, exercising, reducing stress, & increasing your energy. maybe i've just drunk the life coach-meditation-journaling kool-aid, but i like that the focus of the challenge is more on feeling better than on looking hot in bikini. i'm just looking for a way out of the bad IBS spiral i'm currently in since my usual tactics aren't really working. i think the challenge is supposed to start on a monday, but i think i'm going to go ahead and start this thursday. i'm going to be housesitting, and that seems like a perfect time to do my super-specific food detox.

i'm also planning to do a detox of stuff, though i won't be starting on that while i'm housesitting. i read in the current issue of b + s (teehee) about the positive changes brought about by getting rid of the things that no longer fit into your life. i've gone through my clothes & given away a lot of things that no longer fit, but there's still a lot of baggage lurking in my closet & drawers. now is the perfect time to let go: i will be starting a new career in a new city pretty soon, so reassessing my stuff makes sense. i don't want to lug a bunch of stuff halfway across the country so it can clutter up my apartment. i have perhaps not a lot, but enough, things that i bought because i thought i should have them, like teacher clothes that don't really suit me & books that i think i should read as a scientist/intelligent/cool/worldly person. that stuff just weighs me down, literally (if it's in a box that i'm loading into my car) & figuratively. it is the physical manifestation of emotional baggage. there's something tiring about looking in your closet or on your bookshelf & seeing things that technically belong to you, but really belong to the made-up person that you think you should be. when i was first diagnosed with IBS, i slowly started cutting out the things (food, people, academia, etc.) that trigger flares. the stress that comes from emotional baggage (not to mention the stress that comes from tripping over stuff) is definitely something that i can let go.

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