I had made 2 commitments to myself post my Himalaya Trek and I was thinking about them today. The first was to stop complaining and the second one was to take more care of my health.
I don’t know about the first commitment. I guess the people around me must testify if there has been any improvement. Looking back myself, I don’t seem to have consciously worked on it. But, I do remember many instances in the past months when I have been thankful for the life and options I have.
The “stay in good health” is one that is pretty easily measurable. I generally have a simple question to test this – “Can I last a 90 minute football game?”. If it’s a yes, I am fit and if no, I need to get fitter.
I think I’ve made significant progress on this aspect over the past few months. I’ve made a few changes in my lifestyle –
1. Eating slightly less during dinner. While “slight” is the key word here (I have a huge appetite!), I have been careful and, in general, tried to eat until I am just less than full. I have read that that is good practice and hope to continue.
2. Stop taking the lift. I think I have managed to keep this up for the most part! And I find this very gratifying.
3. Stand more. The big step here was hacking together a standing desk. I am standing a LOT more than I used to now and this is incredibly gratifying as well.
I have had some interesting learnings here. First, I find myself more conscious about my posture when I’m standing. Second, I’ve learnt when to work standing and when to sit. My theory is that standing increases “tension” in our body as it’s most strenuous than sitting. As a result, standing is brilliant when I want to be “clinical”. I waste very little time standing and it’s ideal for tasks like clearing email, blogging in the morning when I have a fully formed idea in my head and in general, getting things done.
However, if I was to sit down and write a long letter, for example, or do something creative, standing is not idea. I can’t “ponder” or “muse” when standing. In short, I have found myself standing when I need to get things done and sitting when I need to be creative. Very interesting insight, I thought.
4. Walking more. Walking more has nicely morphed into biking more. This change in habit ranks very high among new habits I am very happy about. I used to do 20 odd minutes of exercise 2-3 times a week in the gym and that has now been replaced by biking. As a result, I am getting a cardio workout practically every day.
Besides, thanks to the ease of finding cycles via the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme, I am cutting a few journeys on the underground to just bike more. I’ve rediscovered biking for life. Love it!
On reflection, it’s really nice to see all these changes over the past few months. I need to think about how to embed the “no complaining” into my life. But, aside from that, the trek has inspired some really nice changes in my life. And given there are few better feelings than the feeling of being healthy, I am grateful for the experiment.
In short, not a perfect score, but definitely “better”. And as regulars here know, that’s how I like to roll..