One of the things I started doing right around the time I launched this blog (early September) was running and focusing on my health. I've run 11 times since then and I generally aim for 3 times per week, although a few weeks have been tough. You can follow my progress on Runkeeper, as I'm working my way up to 3.1 miles to run a 5k.
I've done 1.5 miles lately to get comfortable with that length before pushing myself further. I initially started out by walking a block or two, then running a few blocks, then walking, then running, until I did my target distance. After about 5 or 6 times out, I was able to run the entire length. Since then I have focused on improving my pace and have cut 1 minute and 40 seconds off my first 1.5 mile time. I know an 11.5/mile minute pace isn't super great, but if you look at the details, I'm doing 9 to 10 minute pace for a good part of the run. Not too bad for only 11 times out!
In addition to running, we're attempting to transition to a vegetarian diet. We were vegetarian for 5+ years during college and for a few years after. We liked it, but it's hard to eat healthy when you don't know how to cook very well. That has changed, thanks to my new(ish) found interest in cooking and food. I can't say we're 100% vegetarian yet, but I'd say probably 75% of our meals have been over the last month or so, with probably 90% of the last few weeks. Overall, I think we're eating a lot healthier, although I think we need to work on getting more protein, especially if we're both running regularly.
Today, all of that work paid off a bit. I received the results of some recent blood work I had to get for my work's insurance program, and I'm happy to say all of my numbers improved dramatically! Cholesterol decreased 14% to 177 vs. last year's tests. My systolic blood pressure decreased 11%. My cholesterol/HDL ratio went down 22%.
I'm so psyched. It really helps to have a little success to keep you motivated and happy. I think that can apply to every interaction in life too, beyond those successes you make for yourself.
Think about how you interact with others, whether it's friendship, marriage, or your children. What can you do to encourage them? To motivate them? To increase their happiness? The more you give, the more you'll notice you're receiving motivation and happiness in return. And it's not necessarily them giving it back to you, either. Many times, watching the people you care about succeed and build on their happiness is as rewarding as your own success.
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant." -Robert Louis Stevenson
I'm planting seeds for my health and my family. The more work I do will not only set a good example for my kids, but help me live a healthier, happier and more involved life with them today** and** tomorrow.
I'm planting seeds for my marriage by being mindful and present for my wife. I'm working hard to give extra moments and effort to our relationship so we can build a stronger love in the now.
I'm planting seeds for my sister, by being there for her and encouraging her in an extreme time of need.
What seeds are you planting?