“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart…”
I calculated my BMI today. Put in 5’3″ and 105 lbs, got out a BMI of 18.6. Given how very approximate those numbers are, this tells me what I already knew — namely, I need to gain some weight to be really healthy. Especially if I want to push myself athletically, build muscle, and perform well on my bike, I need to start building a healthier relationship with food. I like to bake, and I enjoy eating… sometimes. Other times it’s so much more complicated, in ways I don’t need to get into here.
The long and short of it is that I’m implementing a plan to eat something every two hours, no matter what. Some of those “meals” will be snacks and others larger meals, but either way, I’m going to be more deliberate about food. No more “eating when I’m hungry” — that pushes food into the background and gives me an excuse to skip meals. In combination with the very modest bike coaching I’m getting from Dan and my own strength training regimen, I look forward to a year that’s healthier and fitter than years past.
And I’m finally taking action to update my glasses prescription. I’ve had this prescription somewhere over 2 years, and bus numbers have started taking on that familiar blurry look that says “Time to get your eyes checked!” I’d really like to do laser eye surgery and dispense with glasses altogether (contact lenses still freak me out, the whole poking-into-the-eye thing), but my eyes have kept getting steadily worse. One of my great secret fears is going blind. I’d lose the huge joy of bicycling, and I don’t know that I could handle that. Fortunately, that’s extremely unlikely, on par with the fear of being in a parking garage when there’s an earthquake.
On to my last random thing: We’re having a house guest tonight! This plan just came together Tuesday evening, sending me into a frenzy of panicked preparations. The mattress on our spare bed is a $20 Craigslist special, not something I could remedy quickly, but I at least didn’t want to have Ian’s fuzzy Tigger sheets on the bed. We didn’t have anything alternative sheets, though. And the bathroom needed details like towels, shampoo, soap, a soap dish… Suffice it to say, I bonded yesterday with the home/bathroom section of Target. Now I’m as ready as I’m going to be. This visit is from a BAW board member in Spokane, and she and I are working together on the bike curriculum. I’m going to have a very busy 36 hours after she arrives.
For now, I have three hours to eat (again!), go grocery shopping, clean my bikes, and read The Count of Monte Cristo, my latest book. It’s 1400 pages; I’m on page 400-ish, and finding it at least as compelling as John Grisham or Tom Clancy, and far better written.