As I have shared in previous posts I am on a journey to optimum health, both in body and mind.
After I came out of the jewellery world, which included commuting to London every day and often running for trains and sprinting up hills home. I went into marketing, predominately for the money as I was fed up of being a poor artist.
I came out of London and started working in Kent. I would no longer run for the trains. In its place I would sit in my car and then sit at a desk for eight hours a day, maybe longer, with one short walk at lunch.
I followed the usual path of going to the gym. Previously I had been practicing boxing, then martial arts for sixteen years and I was very trim and fit. I would run on the treadmill, pump that iron and still my belly was getting bigger and bigger. Why was this?
I was sedentary and my only activity in the day was a short walk and one hour in the gym. This carried on for some time and my weight ballooned.
My diet was shocking at times as I was so tired when I got in from work, I would make something quick. I was also eating a lot of bread as it filled me up, (please see my previous post on wheat to see what gluten does to the body). I always tried to cook my food from scratch, but this didn’t really make a lot of difference. I was eating a lot of carbohydrates and fats, good and bad.
My head as I have shared was the worst it had ever been and I was feeling depressed.
I met my lovely man David when I was 40 years old and everything became a lot clearer. I was running myself into the ground. I had paid a big chunk of my mortgage off but let my health suffer as a result. Was I any different to my father? I had become a workaholic with not a lot of joy or energy left for anything else.
In the last two years I have not only changed my diet but I have changed my life and so has my partner. I no longer work in the office and I am no longer sedentary. We are both seeing positive results.
It sounds simple, but human beings are not designed to sit in a chair for eight hours a day. We are designed to move.
These days I run my work around movement and physical activity. I try to start the day with pilates or yoga to keep me supple. I walk most days and I do a lot of gardening, cleaning and any activity that keeps me up on my feet and moving. If you are not keen on physical exercise, try something fun and put some music on to get your toes tapping.
If I do have to carry out work on the computer, I now break this up with physical movement for the later or beginning part of the day, for at least three to five hours and it is working.
Physical movement can come in any form and I would argue continual movement as much as you can, is better than one hour a day in the gym. It is less aggressive on the body and particularly as we age it works in harmony with our bodies.
I have lost the weight and so has my partner and my stomach is beginning to go back to the shape it had been in my late twenties. I am feeling revitalised, refreshed and ready to take on the world.
Don’t get me wrong, it does take a lot of work and dedication, but if you make this your lifestyle, I promise you will see the results. If you work in an office, maybe see if you can swap your desk for one which goes up and down, so part of the day you can stand at your computer, rather than sit.
We can all get stuck in a rut, but the great thing with life is it is never too late to change. I wish you all every health and success on your path to health.