Coffee, soda, vitamin supplements. Those used to be the things that I relied on to have the energy to get through the day. Today, believe it or not, I’ve cut down on coffee and I’ve cut out soda completely.
Yes, yes, I did.
The Daily Vanilla Coke girl gave up her habit. And my teeth have thanked me for it.
I’ve made an effort to get some healthier habits going over the last couple years. I now go to bed by 10 pm instead of 1 or 2 am. I have cut down on my sweets. I got a complete blood workup this month and am now on doctor-recommended vitamin supplements.
When I went for my physical, the doctor said, “Good for you. Mamas are so busy taking care of everyone else. I’m glad you’re taking care of you.” And I guess he’s right. I haven’t really made my own health a priority.
Yet, I feel the approach of “middle age.” I had my first mammogram last week. (It wasn’t as bad as some say.) And I realize that some of my bad habits are starting to catch up with me.
I’m going to be forty…. someday.
I’ve never been an athlete. But, over the last year, I’ve made an effort. A small one. A very small one.
We saved up and bought an exercise bike awhile back, so I spend 20 to 30 minutes at a time, riding. I can read the Kindle at the same time and that helps me feel like I’m “doing something” — besides going nowhere.
And the weird thing is that I feel tired on the days that I don’t ride. But, I have more energy on the days that I do. I’m sure one of you can give me the athletic science reason behind that. I’m thinking it’s probably a good thing, whether I understand it or not.