Last night when I was half asleep, JJ got home and the first thing he told me was the Health Reform Bill passed. I'm not going to get into any political issues here, and I haven't even done much deep research into to. However, I will say that I am so happy that I have taken my health into my own hands. I can't say what the future will be, I've heard horror stories, but then I've heard how so many people, even those with pre-existing conditions, will be covered.
There are so many illnesses associated with obesity, illnesses that can be cured or prevented with daily exercise and a healthy diet. If you're currently obese, or even over-weight, maybe you eat junk food, smoke, drink too much, or life an unhealthy lifestyle, let the healthcare reform light a spark under your butt to take matters into your own hands before you have to depend on insurance companies! I am so happy I did!
Ok, I'll step off my soapbox!
After my last post, and quite often, I have people comment on the amount of produce I consume. There are a few reasons for this. One is that I love fruit and vegetables! I haven't always, but there are so many things I've really come around to liking (fennel, blueberries, beets, parsnips, yellow squash, pears, to name a few). I have always been a big vegetable eater, and was never picky. Secondly, studies have shown that a plant based diet is the healthiest option. If you eat at least 5 different colors of produce daily, you should be coming close to consuming all of the vitals vitamins and nutrients your body needs. A plant based diet is also better for the earth in producing less greenhouse gases, using less water, and leaving a small overall carbon footprint. Lastly, I physically feel better when I eat a great variety of fruit and vegetables every day. My skin is clearer, my body feels better, I don't get sick as often as I used to, and my GI tract is...um, healthy!
I've seen many people hop on the Meatless Mondays bandwagon, but I basically do the opposite, and have meat only once a week, if that. And when I do, it's organic or grassfed meats from Whole Foods (unless I get meat when I'm eating out). I know it's not for everyone, but I honestly feel great, and I know I'm getting everything my body needs from the earth. Also, it's so fun to try new produce, and new recipes!
Today after work, I went straight to the Y. It was so convienient, and I can tell this is going to be a great decision. I went to spinning class, and loved it! My instructor played great music, and I felt really good. I know it's totally different from running, but I can tell cardio-wise I was really holding my own. I am not arrogant at all, but the instructor was like, oh take it easy, don't push as hard as everyone else, you'll be so sore. I wanted to say "woman, I ran a half marathon, I've got some stamina!" But we'll see how my glutes feel tomorrow :)
I'm thinking I'll either try the Body Pump class tomorrow, or go back to spinning again. I feel like a kid in a candy store, I'm excited to try all of the classes! And I can't wait to use the pool (April 17!) and the cardio and weight room.
Well, that's it for today. I was thinking at work this morning it's going to be the longest week ever... and it just might be...