Let me take you back almost six years.   I was in amazing physical shape.  I was in the pool for a minimum of 45 minutes a day, five days a week.  I ran three days a week.  I did weights three days a week.  I didn’t sleep as much as I should have, but I slept well.

Then I went through divorce, drove a semi-truck, lived out of a car… well, my physical shape went pretty much to the wayside.

Now, I do bike or walk to work most days (five miles each way), but I feel it.  I haven’t run much since September due to messing up both Achilles tendons.  I do weights or yoga or Pilates, but it’s haphazard.  Sleep?  Let’s not even get into my sleeping habits.  At least that I can partially blame on noisy neighbors.

So, after being in amazing physical health, I went to take the assessment at the UCR Wellness Center site.

  • Do I know important health numbers like weight, cholesterol, blood pressure… no, not a clue.  I don’t even own a scale.  I do know my measurements and I know my blood pressure was at “normal” levels the last time I passed one of those machines at the drug store that does the test for you.  Beyond that… I have no idea.  Except the Achilles tendon issue and a couple of infections, I haven’t seen a doctor for a checkup since I got my Class A license… and that was several years ago.
  • Do I get annual physical exams?  No, but I never have.  If something is working fine, why mess with it?  (I realize that isn’t considered the healthiest outlook, but it worked fine for my ancestors.)
  • Do I avoid using tobacco products?  Yes. Never have, never will use them.
  • Do I get a sufficient amount of sleep?  No, but I’m trying.  I tend to do well at about 6-7 1/2 hours of sleep.  I set myself up for eight, but run well if I can keep it at 6.  Factor in noisy neighbors… lately, not so much.
  • Do I have an established exercise routine?  Not exactly.  I’m working on that, especially since I can now start trying to run again.  So far, I’ve kept it up three days?

So, in general terms, I currently flunk the physical.  Why do I feel a little like Steve Rodgers at his Army entrance physical?

Here are my goals:

Short-Term (3 Months)

* 30 minutes of physical activity, 5 days a week.  Must include at least three sessions of constant aerobic exercise and two sessions of weight-training.

* See a doctor for a full check-up.  *grump*

* Sleep at /least/ six hours a day, six days a week.  If that means I have to throw in a nap, do it.

Mid-Term (1 Year)

* Aerobic exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, six days a week.  Weight training three days a week.

* Run a half-marathon in September.  Run a better half-marathon the next year.

* Sleep seven hours a day, six days a week.

Long-Term (Five Years +)

* Aerobic exercise is a way of life.  I should be able to go hiking all day or go for a two hour run with the same level of enthusiasm.   Weight training is also a must.  Three times a week minimum.

* Keep competing.  Maybe I’ll never win a race, but I can at least improve against myself.

* Value my sleep and sleep 7-8 hours every single night.

I think physical health comes more outside of doctors than inside.  There are other physical issues I probably should have included here, but sometimes being transparent to the world is a little overrated for this introvert.  I might add them later.  This is enough for now.

How did you do?