3 Things to Do More Often

I have a lot of bad habits, but I’m trying to establish good ones. Here are some things that I can do more often:

  1. EXERCISE: Well, I exercise nearly every single day by walking on the treadmill and doing one exercise, like jumping jacks, push-ups, crunches, lunges, or squats. The former, I do for 10 minutes. The latter, according to that particular fitness challenge, I’m supposed to do 3 of the above exercises a day. I only do one because I can’t do all 3 one after the other yet.
    I can’t walk for more than 10 minutes because it is so frickin’ boring, even though I always read a book — which helps. Plus, it’s challenging for me right now. I went from doing zero exercises to what I do today. I can increase the length of time or the speed in which I walk, slowly. I feel that I can increase the exercises, but in very small increments. My therapist says that any movement is good.
  2. DIET: I feel that I can eat better than I do, like eat more salads because they aren’t as calorie dense as say, a cheese quesadilla. The problem is I don’t like salads. It’s not that I don’t like vegetables — I hate trying to spear the pieces of lettuce with my fork. It’s unsatisfying not to get a nice mouthful of food. I do occasionally eat — and enjoy eating — a salad, and I can choose salad more often when we eat out.
  3. READ: I haven’t been reading anywhere near as much as I used to. Part of the reason is I don’t have enough time. Another is because the last few books I read have bored me.
    I’m currently reading Educated by Tara Westover. It’s a memoir about how the author grew up in a survivalist family. That is, the dad was convinced that the End of Days were near and made sure his family would be protected. He also didn’t believe in the government, so some of the kids didn’t have birth certificates or drivers licenses.
    It’s interesting and I like it so far. But it’s not the kind of book I can’t put down and finish in a day.

So these are 3 areas of my life that I want to improve: slowly increase the number of exercises that I do; eat more salads/make healthier food choices; and make time to read every day, not just while I’m on the treadmill.


Is there anything you would like to improve?

Author:

I hold an MFA in poetry from The Ohio State University. I'm a fiction writer, blogger, wife, pet mom, and Ohio State Buckeye!

7 thoughts on “3 Things to Do More Often

  1. I’ll probably start eating more salads now that summer is almost here. My favourite is a variation of Greek salad made with chickpeas, so it’s a lot more substantial than a lettuce salad.

  2. I could definitely use some exercise. It is just so boring. Even if I do it outside. I usually listen to music or watch something on netflix. I can’t read and walk, I sweat and my glasses slide off. LOL

  3. With regards to your salads, I use to hate eating them. Now I make them where they are actually fun and satisfying to eat. I start off with one of the chopped salads, add Romain’s hearts of the lettuce, add dried cranberries, sunflower kernels, chopped pecans, a little olive oil, and raspberry dressing. Very refreshing.
    This week, I’m planning on making grilled chicken, dicing it up, and instead of adding raspberry dressing… I’ll lean towards the olive oil mixed with honey mustard dressing and fried onions from the salad toppers.
    I wish so badly I could be more like you and do more exercising. When I walk, my legs and back hurt so badly afterward, it takes days to recover walking a mile. I give you an awful lot of credit to keeping up with that!

    1. Well, I’ve fallen off the exercise wagon lol! My hip has been bothering me and sometimes it hurts to walk.

      Your salad sounds really good! Thank you for sharing the recipe!!

Leave a Reply