If you’re anything like me, you tend to make goals for yourself and never seem to reach them. It’s not that I’m lazy. Life just seems to get in the way sometimes. In the beginning of the year I vowed to exercise regularly and eat healthily. Well, because of a lovely disease by the name of Lupus, I have to eat healthier foods. However, I have not been working out… or being active… at all. If I were to make an excuse, it would be that I’m far too busy in school and I’m currently working two jobs! (Which is a pretty valid excuse, I might add). The only fault with this excuse is that somewhere in between school and work, I find time to sit on my couch for hours flipping between Criminal Minds and Dr. Phil and mindlessly scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, blogs, Twitter and Pinterest.
So I figured, let’s say I spend two hours a day on that couch, seven days a week. That’s fourteen hours sitting in front of a TV per week, which is roughly 730 hours of staring at a TV each year. That’s repulsive, isn’t it?
Now I know I’m not going to completely cut TV out of my life, but what if I took one of those hours and spent it exercising instead? That would cut my TV-watching in half and half of that time would be spent doing something productive and good for my health.
You’re probably thinking, ‘Jasmine, this is so random’ (Or maybe you’re not, I just like to assume sometimes). Anyway, what prompted me to write this was a recent visit to my doctor. We went through the usual routine of checking vitals and getting a blood test and all that fun stuff. My doctor comes back into the room and he basically tells me that I’m unhealthy for a Lupus/Celiac/Autoimmunity patient. Then we spent the rest of the appointment talking about ways I can amp up my health before my next and final visit with him in August. He told me to start drinking protein shakes, fruit, vegetables, brown rice and drinking lots of ice-cold water. He also told me to cut sugar completely out of my diet since my liver is unable to process sugar, which means no more soda, candy, ice cream, etc. He also told me to start lightly exercising 4-5 days per week.
Ultimately what we (my physicians and I) are aiming to do is get me back in top shape for my final appointments before summer because I will be finishing up treatments and tests and while I am home in Hawaii, I won’t have access to my physicians here in Oregon who have been treating me since my last hospital stint.
I just thought that I would share, and if you are in a similar situation, if you are dieting, or if you are striving to live a healthy, clean lifestyle, please comment below! I would love to hear how you stay motivated, what kinds of meals you prepare and what exercises you find to be the most helpful!
**Remember, that I am not a doctor or physician, the foods and exercises I have listed above and the exercises and meals others comment with below are not considered an “official” diet. These are things my physicians have recommended for me. Everyone’s body and metabolism are different. Always contact a doctor before beginning any sort of diet or exercise regimen.