Tuesday, April 13, 2010

You Helping You

Day two, back on the blog and back to the healthy lifestyle. I've noticed that when you're in your 20's you figure you can deal with things like your health tomorrow... You're an untouchable, nothing can harm you. However, when we get to our 30's we notice, that we don't bounce back like we used to in our 20's...and as the decades progress...it just gets harder and harder. So when do we wake up? When do we realize that the time is now? Well, I guess that's based on the individual. Only you can decide what's right for you, and when you're going to take responsibility. Well, my time is now. I don't want to lose my health and my youth because I was irresponsible. If I can prevent certain diseases and degenerative effects, then count me in. I mean, if you think about it, if all I have to do is eat my green veggies and get my butt movin' to avoid time in the hospital or under a knife, um, then, hello!!! I know, I know, there are genetics and the taxi cabs on 5th Ave. that could shorten my life span, but hell if I don't fight it and look both ways before I cross the street ;) Seriously, just because heart disease and diabetes runs on both sides of my family, doesn't mean I'm gonna get it. In fact, just because it runs in any one's family that doesn't mean every person in that family is going to have that problem. My aunt and both my grandmothers are pretty healthy and don't have any heart or diabetic problems and generally the people in my family who do suffer from those disease are those who don't live the healthiest of lifestyles. Smoking, obesity, high stress jobs...those are the killers, and I feel if I avoid substance abuse, watch what I eat, and manage my stress in a healthy way, then I foresee a long healthy life ahead of me. But it's up to me, and there's no waiting, it has to happen now, today, yesterday and tomorrow. So I'll eat my healthy greens, I'll get in that cardio and resistance training, I'll brush my teeth, get my sleep, breathe and manage my stress...I will do everything in my power to live a long, healthy, happy life, and genetics can be damned!

I've taken gluten once again out of my diet. It's so hard, because I really love bread and pasta (mmm...comfort food)...but let's face it, Gluten makes me feel like CRAP. Thus I will avoid it and find healthy alternatives. I also started the regular gym visits again...I've got to make sure to get in at least 30 minutes a day of elevated, heart pounding activity 5 times a week. Sure I walk alot, heck it's NYC, but I only see positive changes when I challenge myself. Besides, I want to be able to wear a bikini and look good, before I get to the age where bikinis are no longer appropriate (Donatella Versace...eh hem).

So today, the plan is to continue to eat healthy, get my greens in and hit the elliptical for 30 minutes during my "lunch hour". What are you doing for you today?

Have a great one!


Vicki said...

I've been dying in bikram class. Love and hate it. The YOGA instructor calls us lazy road kill. Also I've given up bacon and beef for 28 weeks. I guess when WE finally hit our 30s WE will be well prepped for 30 livin ;)

Kendra said...

As a 22 year old who knows what kind of future I want, I totally understand exactly what you are talking about. Several months ago I got to the point where I realized that if I didn't deal with my weight and health issues it would only get worse and cause so much more later on. Plus, I want to be on stage and you've got to look good for that. I really love your blog because I am studying to be an opera singer and I do not want to be a fat opera singer either!

BeckStein said...

V, yes you're right...WE will be ready for 30 livin'...lol

Kendra, I'm so glad that you realize this at such an early age. If you can build good habits while you're young, its going to be sooo much easier for you down the road, that monitoring your health will be second nature. Also, my recommendation on getting a leg up on the opera career, languages, languages, languages...try to become fluent in Italian & German, and then French...it really will behoove ya, especially since most gigs are over in Germany and most popular opera is in Italian...lol.

Andy Garland said...

Hello, Beck. I love the concept of your site. Just wanted to let you know that when I googled "opera singer blogs" yours came up first. Congrats.

BeckStein said...

Wow...who knew...Thanks for the heads up Andy :D