One part of the grand mix of living a healthy life is finding a way to take care of ourself in the midst of the wonderful chaos that is family life. It sounds like you are looking for ways to do this. I admire you for trying to get away for a 30 minute daily walk. It is an opportunity to clear the mind as well as improve the body. I am trying to get out most days and attack the jungle that our garden has become. I am not a Nature Girl, and I complain about exposing myself to all those fresh air molecules
but when I come in after an hour outside, I feel so much better inside and out.
One of the nice things about going for a walk in your neighborhood, or even taking a regular break at work, is being able to see what's going on in the neighborhood, and seeing how things change from season to season.
When I used to work, I would take a home-packed lunch with me, eat it at my desk, and then use my lunch break for a brisk walk. When I worked in a place with shower facilities, I would even incorporate arm and shoulder exercises with small dumbells during my walk. But it isn't always possible to incorporate a shower into the working day,
so often it was only a brisk walk that didn't leave me sweating.
Taking time for ourselves, even if there are only small chunks of time here and there available, allows us to refresh and regenerate our energy stores so that we can continue to care for others. We can't keep giving if we have depleted all the good things in our "stores".
Weighing yourself only once a month sounds like a sensible plan. It's so easy to obsess about the number and forget the other things that are a part of being healthy. I've seen people who have more energy from exercise and a better diet, and who fit into smaller clothes, but who give up in disgust because the numbers on the scale haven't budged. There are lots of other ways besides the scale to "measure" how we're doing. In fact I threw out my scale a long time ago. I know how I'm doing health-wise by looking at myself in the mirror, and by how my clothes fit, and by how hard (or easy) it is to climb stairs.
When we become aware that something outside of us needs to be attended to (kids, hubby, bills, appointments, job responsibilities, etc) we figure out a way to do something about it. But we can easily forget to look for the signals that come from the inside of us -- our bodies tell us that they need regular exercise and more veggies, and out minds tell us that they need stimulating hobbies or "down time", and we can too easily ignore these internal signals until our health suffers and we have
to pay attention. You are trying to pay attention now, to maintain your health (and sanity
). That sounds like a very healthy thing to do!
OK, I'll report here on how many days I've worked in the garden per week. This week I've gone out 3 times.