Well, I always hate to admit I need to change things up to get back on track. But getting back on track is a LOT better than being totally derailed! I think the key is recognizing WHEN I need to get back on track, and to take the baby steps I need to correct my course!
I had ambitious goals for hiking and fitness this summer. I am needing to reset those goals. Massive wildfires led to poor air quality ... but more importantly, I am recovering from pneumonia. And recovery is taking MUCH longer than I anticipated. My goal is: while I am still sick, give myself plenty of time for rest and recovery. Exercise at least 10-15 minutes at an easy pace. Gradually increase to doing longer easier hikes (2-3 miles to start). Then add hills, starting with shorter challenging hills like Pilot Butte, Bessie Butte, and Lava Butte. I would like to get back up to 5-6 miles (with hills) by the end of October, but I know that depends on being fully recovered from illness.
FOOD AND BEVERAGES
I am going back to basics on food and water. (I am generally pretty good at following my eating plan, but I know I have a tendency to crave sweets). While I was home in bed, kind friends brought me lots of food. Not all of it was the healthy food I normally eat. So my goals are:
1. Throw out any food that's not good for me to eat (Sorry, Linda, those 12 Danish pastries that you brought me are going from my freezer into the trash!)
2. Be ruthless about throwing out anything that might be past its freshness date (my nose and taste buds aren't working as well!) -- I'm going to have to put dates on everything I cook
3. Make medium size pots of healthy soups to eat. (I just threw out half a giant pot of chicken vegetable soup -- I can't eat the giant pots). Next up for cooking: vegetable curry soup; then either turkey bean chili, or Thai green curry fish stew.
3. EAT MORE VEGETABLES
4. I'm drinking fruit juice, which I usually only drink when sick ... I will switch to mixing juice with water
5. DRINK 8 glasses of water! (This is not usually a problem for me, but since I'm hiking less, and since my throat has been sore from all the coughing, I haven't been drinking enough plain old H2O.)
6. GET ENOUGH SLEEP. My doctor emphasized that is essential for getting over pneumonia. So my changes have to be: Go to bed by 10:30 p.m. -- since getting sick, I have been falling asleep in the chair watching television (which is unusual for me), then I get up and get into bed -- then it takes a long time to get to sleep.
7. Get back to taking vitamins! (capsules have been hard to swallow with sore throat)
I think this will get me back on track with my health and fitness! AND I hope this means I will be getting back on track before I regain weight or lose too much of my hard won healthy habits.