I've had my first discovery and it has to do with the exercise halo.
The exercise halo is the way you feel when you are exercising regularly. It takes a while to get it, but once you have it you feel GOOD.
The halo gives you that extra pep in your step. It makes you feel fantastic even if you don't eat properly, don't get enough sleep or drink enough water. Bad choices are generally rare while you have the halo because you WANT to make smart choices. You go on a 20 minute walk instead of a 5 minute drive. You eat a salad because you want it and not because you should. You WANT to go on a run and you feel like your running shoes are your best accessory. The halo is what keeps healthy habits going.
For me, the halo lasts for nine days after I've quit exercising. Just long enough to make it hard to start again. Once you realize the halo is gone you've realized that you've been lazy for too many days. You haven't prioritized things properly. You haven't made the right choices when eating. And you realize that your clothes are fitting just a tiny bit tighter than they were two weeks before.
Yes, I lost my halo. But I'm working to get it back.
I'm thinking a lot about the quantified self, how genetics combined with lifestyle impact your health and integrative medicine philosophies which combine alternative medicine, Western medicine and the idea that the patient and physician should be active partners in health. I'm blogging about it regularly. I'd love to hear your suggestions.