Six-Month Better-Health Challenge: Week 1 Check-in

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Hello, friends, thanks for checking in. (If you’re new to this blog, this post and this will give you some context about this post).

Although I think of this as a six-month slow-sprint to better health (Feb-July), in reality, it’ll be about 6.5 months, since I started essentially a week early (Jaunary 26) and will do ‘final’ measurements/weight/bloodwork, as well as my goal 10-mile trail run, in early August.

All that said, here’s a summary for the first (nearly) week, from Jan. 26 through Jan 31. (In the unlikely case that anyone needs/wants more details, you can let me know in the comments.)

Day 3: I’ve managed to get all three daily 20-minute Turbo Jam workouts in, so I’m feeling good about that. But, alas, I also managed to gain .4 pounds over the last couple of days, too. Ugh! Totally frustrating way to start.

Day 4: Just weighed in and hallelujah, I’m down 1.2 pounds. Stellar! I read something this morning about the potential benefits of a particular probiotic, lactobacillus reuteri. They include a possible reduction in autoimmune issues, increases in Vitamin D, B12 and A assimilation and absorption and reduction of cholesterol.

Since all that’s right up my alley of ongoing ailments and I’m happy to keep experimenting on myself for the greater good, I went out and bought some RAW/Garden of Life supplements (a single supplement, Women’s 50+ or something like that, that has a whole range of pre- and probiotics, vitamins, minerals, etc.). I also got some kefir, as that (and not the yogurt I typically eat) has that particular probiotic in it. And, for good measure, I also ordered a chewable form of it from Lucky Vitamin. Go big or go home, is that true for probiotics and other supplements? I hope so. Anyhow, I sprinkled the RAW capsules on each of my meals today (three a day to start and it’s a rather large capsule) and I’ll continue with it for, who knows how long. Don’t know what to expect, we’ll see how it goes.

Day 5: I’ve gotten all of my Turbo Jams in so far (five workouts in five days), which is good because usually by the third day or so, I start finding excuses to miss workouts. Since I’m only doing 20 minutes a day, I don’t really feel like I need to take a day off, especially since it’s going to take a while before I can do these at anything more than, say, 50% effort (it’s been crazy cold and snowy the last few days and due to driving bans, I haven’t been able to get a heart-rate monitor, since that’s one of those things that I feel like I need to see/hold before I buy it, even if I ultimately end up buying one online). And the big news? I’m down a little bit more in the poundage department.

Day 6: Down a tiny bit more weight (if I could lose this most tiny amount most days of any week, I’d make it to my goal on time). I’m headed in the right direction, down 4.4 pounds since the holidays, including 2.4 pounds this first week of the challenge! So, even though I’m still up a few pounds from where I was when I started with Doc (and even that was up about seven pounds from where I’m at my mid-comfortable weight) I’m feeling SO much better already. Maybe the probiotics are helping with that, too, and the Turbo Jam and maybe even My Fitness Pal. Whatever it is, it’s nice! Will get my workout in, along with shoveling some snow. Hopefully, a little more time outside, too, even just for short walks between work projects.

Just for your reference and to keep them in my mind, too, here are the six-month goals that I set in the last post: Weight loss: 15-21 pounds. Cholesterol: Down 40 points. Waist: Down 3-4 inches. Vitamin D: Get it up to 40+ (it’s never been close and I’m not sure how much I can impact this, but I’m going to try). Clothing sizes: Down two, back to my usual, comfortable size, aka, back into my pink cords. Fitness: Run a 10-mile trail run on/around my birthday (no set time goal, just doing it will be stellar).

Cheers, be well.

{Photo by on, thank you.}

{Note: These are my own experiences with applied kinesiology and holistic healing, which clearly aren’t meant as medical advice for anyone else. But, I know a lot of friends and family members are grappling with a huge variety of autoimmune issues and other ailments, so I’m happy to share my experiences. And if this is your first visit and you’d like to follow chronologically, click here. Otherwise, enjoy!}

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