Everyone assumes that when you say spiral that it’s a bad thing. To spiral out of control. The spiral into a pit of despair. But throughout my years of learning how to live a healthier lifestyles, I’ve learned there can be a very positive spiral, too.
I remember my most unhealthy years (hello college).
One giant spiral…. starting midmorning when I’d drag myself out of bed. Hungry, I’d down a bagel and cream cheese… or 2. I’d be tired, but dragged myself to classes, grabbing a mini (veggie… that’s healthy, right?) pizza on campus for lunch and maybe a diet coke for some energy. I’d arrive home early evening, just in time to hit them gym… but I was tired and a nap usually won out over hitting up the Ramsey Center. I’d feel a bit refreshed after a nap and head to Snelling dining hall to consume a ‘healthy’ dinner. Salad with grilled chicken (is that the classic ‘healthy’ meal or what??) with a light dressing. Finally feeling back to normal, I’d decide to stay in for the night and settle in with some homework around 7:00pm. By 8:30pm, after many calls from friends telling me about the plans for the night, they’d convince me I couldn’t dare miss a Wednesday night out at the Athens bars, so I’d be ready by 10:00pm, ready to hit up power hour at Bourbon Street and repeat the cycle…
That, my friends, is an unhealthy spiral… but college. Please tell me I wasn’t the only one…
However, I’m a firm believer in the spiral UPWARDS. The snowball effect of how making one healthy decision can lead to another and another. I’ve really noticed myself in one of these cycles lately and I’m loving it. A big part of this has to do with exercise. It feels incredibly refreshing to be back in the gym- pushing myself.
Yesterday afternoon I wanted to sit on the couch, watch the Bachelor on DVR and BUM. It was raining, after all. But with a little nudge from my twitter friends and a big kick in the butt from myself, I ventured to the gym, did day 1 of week 8 of Couch to 10k and knocked out 5 sweaty, tough miles.
If you’re new around here, you may not know what a challenge running is for me. I’ve never ran over 5 miles, so after pushing myself yesterday I left on a true runner’s high.
That high carried over into this morning where I chose a green monster for breakfast and downed an extra glass of water. I feel well-rested, energized and want to pick up a book to read, attack the laundry pile, find a way to do hot yoga and figure out our new program for tracking finances.
Sounds almost annoying, right? Cheery, upbeat, excited for the day? I agree, as I reread this post, it does sound a little Suzy Sunshine and I’m sure there is more than one person that wants to reach through the computer and give me a solid smack, but it’s really how I feel.
The point of this post? I’m not really sure, but for those that are just beginning their journey to a healthier lifestyle, or those that have stalled along the way, or to those that are skipping around this morning with me, I wanted to share this great spiral I’m experiencing and explain that it doesn’t take extreme measures. It’s making one healthy decision. Then making another. Soon enough, the high of the benefits you reap will begin to propel you into the next healthy decision.
When I feel healthy and strong physically, it translates into every other area of my life and it’s addicting. A positive, inspiring addiction.
Do you notice the spiral effect?
Are you currently on an upwards or downwards spiral?