Tuesday, December 6, 2011

December 6 - Salud (Health)

Fresh Swiss chard
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What did you do for your body's benefit this year?

Over the past five years or so my body has become one of my priorities, so I can honestly say I did lots for my body's benefit this year. I can also honestly say that there is more I could be doing, but I have other priorities that need time and attention as well.

Balance is the key.

This year I was very focused on taking care of my knee so it wouldn't hurt. I got some massages, tried to be more mindful of it while I was running and incorporated more stretching into my daily routine. (Yes, I know I'm a yoga teacher and I stretched all the time, but these were very specific, targeted stretches.) My knee isn't perfect, but it's much better than it was this time last year.

I started taking vitamins regularly, including vitamin D, which my body desperately needed.

Earlier this year I gave up meat (again). After a summer of eating way too much take-out and potato chips, I refocused on feeding my family healthy meals. I just completed a week-long cleanse which reminded me that I need more leafy greens in my diet.

I tried very hard to be fit, while accepting that my fit body might not look the same as another's fit body.

I drank lots of water.

And I ran a half-marathon.

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