Healthy Life Update: July 2021

It's been a while since I last posted one of these, so I figured it was overdue. Bearing that in mind, where do I even begin? Well, I guess we can start with the fact that I recently have had to start over from scratch...once again. While I've been in this exact same position before - a few times in fact - it doesn't change the fact that it's a frustrating thing to deal with. A couple of things have happened that have put me back to square one.

First, like many people, I gained weight over the pandemic. There were definitely a few things related to the pandemic, combined with my personal life, that contributed to this. And, I was so busy that I didn't have the time to really stop and see what was happening. When I finally stepped on a scale, I was mortified to see just how far I had fallen off the wagon. 

Second, I was so busy working two jobs and dealing with a car that was only good for getting around town that my activity level tapered off to a trickle. Combine that with a brutal winter, and I found myself barely walking and never hiking.

Third, I tore the meniscus in my right knee, finding myself unable to do any kind of activity. Since I wanted to avoid any further damage that might require surgery, I really had to take the time to let it heal. It still has a ways to go to be in hiking shape again and I'm smart enough to know this. 

Now, I'm not coming into this conversation with a vow to start over again. Truth is, I already made that vow a handful of weeks ago. Much like I did when I first moved towards a healthy life when I weighed my heaviest, I told myself that I could either cry about it or do something about it. I chose the latter.

I've had to lecture myself, I've had to do a lot of soul-searching, and I've had to face some tough realities. During all these years of trying to achieve a healthy life, I've fallen off the wagon a few times, but one thing is certain: I've always climbed back on it. This time is no different, but I resolve to make the permanent changes that will help me live happy and healthy for the rest of my life.

So...have I made progress? The answer is yes. While I'm not going to divulge the details right now, I've definitely made progress over these past few weeks. Rest assured, however, that I will tell you all about it soon.

Until then, have a great day and a great week coming up!


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