Anysia at Booklorn is running the Health and Fitness Read It, Live It, Blog It Challenge and I had decided awhile back that I was going to join her. Anysia does her updates on Friday, but I have decided to do my updates on Sunday because I think of my week in Monday to Sunday- for work, for books and everything.
One of the reasons that it took me so long to write about this challenge and get to work reading, living and blogging it, was finding the right kind of book. I finally had to change my approach in the way that I thought about the books. I was going for health and fitness but most books about health and fitness seem to have weight loss or looking younger as a part of the titles, and as the main goal of the program. I don’t really need to lose much weight and I am still not at the point where people think I look my age (don’t correct me if you think otherwise), so those are not my main goals. I felt like people were looking at me like I was crazy for browsing through and purchasing these types of books. In my head I pretended that I was needed the books for research. I finally just decided that looking younger and losing weight are natural by products of trying to be be fit and healthy. I stopped paying attention to titles and started looking at the programs.
The Source looked like a good place to start. I was especially drawn to it because the author, Woodson Merell, addresses mind-body issues and incorporates alternate viewpoints to traditional Western Medicine. I am a big fan of yoga, acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, so it was exciting to see a health book that talks about these things and about how the less obvious contributions to chronic health issues, and how they can be resolved.
The Source includes a 21-day program to “Unleash your Natural Energy, Power Up Health, and Feel Ten Years Younger” (to borrow from the title). I haven’t read that far into the book, but so far I love the organization of the chapters, and the bolded important parts. There are also plenty of little boxes giving further information on the concepts being discussed. They are a little distracting to me when I am trying to read the main sections, but so far they are also informative, so I would rather have them than not. I love the way the 21-days to optimal energy program is detailed and laid out.
So for tomorrow and the rest of the week I have to go to bed at 10, keep a stress log, drink 5-6 glasses of water every day and take some baby steps towards exercising among other thing. We’ll see if I’m ready. Wish me luck.