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Healthier Me

January 19, 2011 - Mike Donahey
Like many, I made a number of New Year’s resolutions. I’m pleased to say I’ve stuck with them. The results are not exceptional, but I’m making an effort.

My resolutions, like those of countless others, involved eating and exercise. The motivation came from articles I’ve written here and my part-time employment at the Community Y. Specifically, I’ve written about health related issues and figured I needed to set a better example. After all, I’ve informed—and attempted to motivate our readers to eat smart and move more.

My resolution was to do a better job eating healthier meals and snacks. For example, I decided to cut back on regularly throwing a frozen pizza into the oven and 20 minutes later, calling it a meal. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against frozen pizza. I’ve been buying—and eating—them for years. The brands I like are tasty and have nutritional ingredients, like bread, cheese, meat and vegetables.

I must reduce the number of breakfast items purchased at fast food restaurants. And I must decrease the multiple cups of coffee daily habit I’ve worked myself into.

On the positive side, I’ve done well on eating healthier snacks. I’ve added apples and tangerines to my daily diet of bananas. I keep several of each in my desk and grab one when I’m hungry. Not that my desk drawer resembles a produce aisle, but you get the idea. So far, I’ve not had a fast-food breakfast yet this year. I’ve cut back a little on coffee, but I have a long ways to go before I can call it a reduction. And more work, much more, needs to be done on the pizza front.

Let’s talk about moving more. At the Y, I advise people to cross-train, that is, exercise by combining a variety of routines, such as lifting weights, then do cardiovascular, such as bicycling, running or swimming. I also suggest one change their workouts if and when their regular routine becomes boring. On my part, I resolved to start (again) a running and swimming program to re-energize my workout routine. Last fall I resumed a running program after a hiatus of many years. But I stopped when the weather turned colder. Frankly, it’s not much of an excuse. However, I resumed running and have had decent results.

My biggest challenge—get in the pool. I’d better. Why? I’ve told people I’m going to participate in the Y’s triathlon next month. A triathlon is a athletic event were competitors swim, bicycle and run. I’m not officially committed until I pay the entry fee—and that will be soon. Swimming is the first event. When I did the event two years ago, I was whipped after swimming two lengths of the Y’s competition pool. Each length is 25 yards. I was tired after the short distance because I hadn’t been swimming in a long time. If I don’t want a repeat of that experience, I’d better get at it, as in NOW.

I'll see you in the pool.


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