Health Accountability Update: Any Progress Is Good Progress


Greetings, and welcome to the current edition of Sincerely, Diana’s Health Accountability Update.   I can’t believe it’s already been 3 weeks since the last episode, located here,  in which I shared great news about improvements in my lab work from my recent annual physical.e

The last few weeks can best be described as slow progress – very slow.  Unlike in the December to February timeframe, when I was very focused eating very clean and working out very consistently, right now my focus is different.  I’ve had so many stressors in my life – ranging from injury, to major uncertainty about my work situation, to some serious issues someone important in my life is facing, that it’s been next to impossible to make headway in certain areas.  But all in all, when I look at things now versus at the beginning of April, there have been small bits of progress. And while tiny bits of progress can be just as demoralizing as no progress on the surface, when you really think about it, big progress is just a bunch of small progressions added together over time – so I’m trying like mad to celebrate the small stuff.

a) I have been playing 8 Week Physique, Take #2 since about 4/8, and according to my scale I am down 3 pounds.  That’s about a pound per week, which isn’t too shabby when you consider how crazy things have been.  I have not done a good job of keeping my 80-90% clean eating objective recently, but I am keeping a reasonably good handle on my caloric intake at least so I’m still making some progress on the scale.

b) After having some weeks where I literally did not work out even once, my exercise is slowly ramping back up some.  Now, I’m sure my coaches and CrossFit buddies would be to differ because I haven’t done the WOD in at least 2 weeks, but I have done at least 3 spurts of exercise per week for the last couple of weeks.  I’ve been getting more Pilates classes on my schedule than I had for a while, and have been taking advantage of the nice weather to get at least a couple of walks in each week.

c) My neck and shoulder injury  is unfortunately not making much progress.  It goes up and down.  Recently, my chiropractor told me that my muscles are so tensed up that any success she has in adjusting me is erased almost immediately, so she suggested that I get a referral for Physical Therapy.  I admit I was a little leery at the notion of spending yet MORE money on something, and I’m a bit skeptical of PT because I’ve never done it, but when she and my MD both said that a good PT should not only be able to help me resolve the injury but also teach me how to ease back into my favorite fitness hobby of Lifting Heavy Things, I decided it’s worth a try.  My first appointment is at the end of this week and I’m beyond ready to start this process.

d) I’ve spent a lot of time focused on my spiritual and emotional state the last month.  Any truly meaningful discussion of health can’t just focus on diet, exercise, and how your weight on the scale compares to what your doctor wants to see. Turns out, it’s very hard to make progress on fitness and nutrition regimens when you are a messy on the inside, so I’ve had to turn some of my energies towards this area.  I started attending church for the first time in years, which is helpful for a number of reasons, and I have been working on treatment for depression as well.  It’s very up and down, but I do feel like paying attention to this now is going to serve me well in the long run, even if it’s not something most of my friends or family can see or understand.

All in all, not a very exciting health accountability update, but an important one.  I thank each and every one of my friends and family members who have been willing to lend a helping hand, a listening ear, or a bit of time recently and I hope that you will continue to support me in the future.


2 responses to “Health Accountability Update: Any Progress Is Good Progress

  1. Life happens. Sometimes, what life throws at you is so compelling that it demands your focus, causing you to lose focus on finances or weight loss or fitness or whatever else you *wanted* to focus on. On top of that, motivation for improving health naturally waxes and wanes over time.

    The way I’ve found to deal with this is to build good healthy habits. When things go well and I can focus on fitness, I can make great progress. When things aren’t going so well, the motivation isn’t there, or life demands my attention for other things, the habits I built when things were going well help pull me through without damage. Or at least they mitigate the damage.

    Much of being healthy is comprised of a host of small decisions, any one of which has an insignificant impact. But cumulatively, they add up. Yesterday Taco Bell got my order wrong. They gave me a fresco beef soft taco instead of the fresco chicken soft taco I ordered. When i pointed this out, they cheerfully made me a fresco chicken soft taco. And they let me keep the mistake taco. The small healthy decision was, I threw the mistake away instead of eating it.

    Two years ago this would have been unthinkable. A year ago, I would have thought about it and eaten the mistake anyway. Yesterday, I looked up the fresco beef soft taco on the SparkPeople app (180 calories) and decided I’d rather not spend those calories on the taco. I was happier with an apple and a banana later that evening.

    Slow progress? Good for you, with all you have going on! Celebrate the progress, and more importantly celebrate the habits that allow progress at all when your attention is demanded for other things.


  2. I second everything Kevin said. I’ve gone through the same thing, and I think it took me longer to realize the importance of the baby progress steps than it has taken you. Keep you the good work, even when it seems tiny. I love you.


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