Hi, remember me?
Sorry for the brief absence from blog world. Last week ended up being one of those that got away from me. Life’s just like that sometimes.
When last we met, I was on my way to the doctor’s office for my annual physical. I’m pleased to report that I seem to have passed all my tests! In the voice mail I received Friday afternoon, the nurse said that my total cholesterol was 160 and my HDL was 63 mg/dL–a new personal record for me and one I was most pleased to see. While I’ve never had a problem with total cholesterol, my HDL has been low in the past (I started at 35 mg/dL), and I’ve kept one eye on improving it as I move along. These results are the pay-off. (If your HDL numbers need improving, you might want to check out 10 Ways to Help Boost Your “Good” Cholesterol.)
Unfortunately, the nurse didn’t leave any other specifics so that I might compare to last year’s results. She just said everything was “well within normal ranges” and that I should “keep doing whatever it is you’re doing.”
Yeah…about that. Whatever it is I’m doing…
If we exclude the birthday celebrations and weekend road trip (and I am excluding those), whatever it is I’m doing is kind of…well, boring. Lots of fruits and veggies, lean proteins, healthy fats, whole grains, plenty of exercise (usually), periodic-but-regular visits to the fro-yo shop, yada, yada, yada. I’m grateful for the availability of all of those things, but they’re routine now. I do them because…they’re what I do to feel good. In and of itself, that’s a nice payoff, but it occurred to me last week as I emerged from the sugar/carb high of birthday/travel fun, that the day-to-day of it all was just not that exciting. Necessary? Yes! Set my heart fluttering? Not so much. Solution?
Cake Day Returns!!
In case you missed its creation, Cake Day is a challenge I set up for myself years ago as a motivator for adding exercise into the dreary months of winter. And because I wanted some cake.
In short, I accumulate “points” for going beyond my regular exercise requirements. When I’ve collected enough points and if I’m sticking to my nutritional goals, I award myself the grand prize: a slice of cake (or a brownie or a cupcake or whatever bit of decadence presents itself.) And then I start over.
I’ve had a lot of fun with it over the past few years, and fun is what I’m looking for right now. I’ll tweak the original version for the New!Improved! Cammy, and start collecting points today! In fact, I should start getting ready for the gym now.
What are you doing to keep things interesting?