Wellness Wagon: finale

I’ve come to realize that with only having regular disappointment in my efforts I’ve come to resent my wellness wagon experience and trying to write about it. I’ve lost track of the real purpose of this blog and it’s time to reboot. But first, let’s recap.
I have gone 1 year without a cigarette.  I have been running, off and on, and I’m not in terrible shape.  Another great thing that came out of this past year is the return of the Alumni Run. When I ran cross country in high school, we began the season each year by inviting the alumni to race against the current team. That ent away after I graduated.  I reached out to the current coach and we are beinging it back!  The first race is in August!

So that gives me something to work toward.  I still feel unhealthy and I’ve had a lot of days where my ADHD gets the best of me. 

So the lesson learned here is treating ADHD with exercise and diet requires strict structure and discipline, which of course I lack.  What isn’t shown in my wellness wagon posts is that once you do successfully develop a schedule and stick to it for a few weeks, it starts to get easier and it does work.

So what comes next?  

Well first I wrote about growing up with ADHD, sprinkling ing random stories and rants (season1).  Then I turned my focus to treatment with diet and exercise (Season2).  I am going to go back and share my favorite posts so far, and then start writing new posts, sticking more to a diary format , only writing when I have something to say instead of trying to stick to a weekly post.  I shall call it…  season3?  Meh, sounds lame but we’ll see.  So hats off to the wellness wagon.  I am still unmedicated and still looking for brain hacks etc, for my ADHD, but no more will I be writing about exercise etc., just for the sake of writing something.

Hibernation

I am starting ro wonder if my winter funk is going to be a regular thing. For a few months every year now, I leave the ADHD community; and to a lesser extend, Social Media; to seek solace elsewhere.  I creep into a shell and the normal Andrew just sort of hibernates while a lesser version of myself comes out to take his place.

I think hibernation is a better term than “Winter Funk”.  Right now I feel like I’m still out of my norm. Writing these is difficult.  Usually words come easily when I’m describing what I’m going through.  Lately all I’ve been able to muster up is a lame Wellness Wagon post.  The Wellness Wagon itself is not lame.   Don’t get me wrong.  But the posts I’ve been putting up… lamesies.  But at least this week I can reshare a ridiculous old favorite: Romance and onions.

Maybe with a few likes, shares, and comments; I can work up the nerve to write again… *shameless plea for support*

Wellness Wagon: Week 20

Monday.  The most productive day of my week, except when it comes to running.  I’m still recovering from being sick, and this morning’s run didn’t happen.  I set all my clothes out last night, I went to bed thinking about how nice it will be to get a run in at the beginning of my day and be balanced and focused.  But this morning, my body had different plans

I went to bed at a decent time, got 7 hours of sleep, but when that alarm went off at 4, I felt like I had been hit by a truck.  I opted for the extra 90 minutes of sleep and now I feel a lot better.  I will have to see about running tonight.

But now that I am thinking about it, do I have to run?  Right now, I’m just trying to exercise and be healthier.  I know I’ve been talking about cardio and stuff but I mostly run (if I do anything at all).  Maybe it’s time to change that up.  Maybe tonight I’ll play Dance Dance Revolution with my kids, or Just Dance; and get some movement in that way… I think I need some variety.

Cigarettes.  A fellow quitter started back up last week and I was really put to the test as we spend quite a bit of time together and he smelled like cigarettes.  I am happy to report, however, that I still have not smoked, and it’s now been 20 weeks.  I’ve been drinking pretty heavily, and with some recent family drama regarding alcohol, this might be a good time to revisit my alcohol policy.

Food.  Boy have I upped my sugar game.  I have been eating so much candy.  So. Much. Candy.  That has to stop!   I really feel awful too, when I go too long without decent food.  So this week I’m back to home made Paleo chicken salad for lunch, and back to watching my carbs and getting more protein in my breakfast.

 

The ADHD Review: resurrection 

There are so many support groups out there for those of us with ADHD.  Join this group and try that seminar and read this book.  And they are all helpful.  I began an effort a few months ago to pursue more knowledge about ADHD and share the highlights of what I’ve learned.  I’ve shared blogs and podcasts and I’ve started several books, but with a change in responsibilities at work, all this research suddenly came to a halt.  The ADHD Review, as I’ve been calling it, has died.  At least, that’s what I was thinking this morning.  I began writing the eulogy in my mind and realized  I had still been able to share new things and be inspired by other people, and it wouldn” be fair to just bring that to an abrupt halt.  So I’m going to keep trying. I may not be able to share as much, or learn as much, but I will do what I can, when I can.

Wellness Wagon: week 14

98 days of trying to stay healthy.  Before I started this campaign, I wrote an entry about constantly having to get back on the wagon.  Now I realize that’s what healthy life is all about: constant effort sometimes entails constantly falling off the wagon, then constantly getting right back on. It’s less about maintaining the lifestyle at first,  and more about maintaining the effort.  Now I think it is time to work on commiting myself to the lifestyle.  I am at the point where healthy choices are at the forefront of my day-to-day actions and unhealthy havits are dead or dying.  

In the last 100 days, I have not smoked a single cigarette, but more importantly, I am more confident now that I will not of presented the opportunity.

In the last 100 days, I have lost 20 lbs., and I am more confident now that each day I will continue to make choices to support healthy weightloss and, more importantly, a healthy life.

In the last 100 days, I have endeavored to learn more about my ADHD, and how ADHD manifests itself in society; the similarites and differences in those manifestations.

In the next 100 days…

Wellness Wagon: Week 13

it’s a short one, this week.

13 weeks of exercise, nutrition, and smoking cessation.  I am 20 lbs lighter now, and still working at it.  I just completed a “Biggest Loser” challenge at work, and I think I’ve finally developed sufficient nutrition habits to maintain a healthier lifestyle.  The struggle is still real to get out and exercise regularly.  I’ve committed to my kids to take them out running once a week, to help reinforce my own efforts as well as to start developing good habits for them. I am still not at 100% from being sick, but I’m close.

 

See you next week!

ADHD Review: September

We’re changing it up for September and October.  I had the pleasure of being a guest on Eric Tivers’ podcast: Adhd Rewired.  Listen here. I learned a lot from Eric, and shared a lot of my own experience using (or trying to use) exercise to manage my ADHD.  This fits in well with my Wellness Wagon series, and also provides a good Segway into the next show I’ll be on with Miss ADD, Justine Ruotolo, in October!

Eric and I talked about the meditative/hyperfocus factors of getting out and exercising, along with the benefits and challenges of trying to love a healthy lifestyle.