Two years ago I lost nearly 60 lbs. I went from a size 18 down to a size 12. I did this by completely eliminating processed foods and biking to work daily. Everyday I faced a new challenge, but the results of facing those challenges and conquering them was so fantastic. I looked the best I had since before I graduated high school. I felt better than I had felt in many years. I was also working my way through Grad School.
Shortly after graduating I was ran down by a truck on my bicycle. Although this was a significant event in my life, it is not the focus of this entry. My focus was how my health and life have reversed since this event. I have put back on about 25 pounds and am less motivated than I was before. My weight was gradually put back on. Right after this event, cooking was not something I could do for myself. Processed foods slowly re-entered my diet. I kept my weight gain at bay by biking as soon as I could get back on a bike. I pushed myself to go up the hills as much as I could physically handle.
In October, the worst thing happened. As I was going through my therapy and acupuncture, I was informed that my joints were suffering from the cold weather. To properly heal I needed to get off my bike and my scooter. I needed to keep my joints warm and not overly exposed to the cold damp weather. Biking is my main form of exercise, taking away my commute nearly killed all of my activity. Walking tends to cause stress on my knees and hips. This is due to the usage of other muscles that have to fight the overly developed muscles used to bike. I realized that only biking was actually not a positive way to get my physical activity.
Sadly, I know more about health and nutrition than most. The problem is not gaining the knowledge, but the application of that knowledge. So again in January I think about those goals I have in my life and think about renewal of my promises to myself. This year I have a juicer, love it! I am going to figure this out. It also helps that Richard just bought a new bike. He is very excited to get back to riding. This is a huge motivator for me. Oh and the fact that my therapy is going great helps tremendously.