Saturday, March 09, 2013
Sometimes you need to feed your soul more than your body - or perhaps I should say - in addition to your body. I've been working very hard all winter - which used to be the quiet time at the library - the time when we did inventory, wrote up plans for the summer crush, maybe even goofed off a little. That hasn't been the case in a long time (because I've been here an even longer time). In addition to schmoozing with the state politicians, dealing with the budget, making it through the audit and holding the quarterly board meeting there are just plain lots more people using the library and this past week we had a book&author event. Whew.
Ordinarily I would have taken off the day after the B&A but that was Wednesday and Wednesday means story hour - AND I'd remembered, at last, to bring the crayon scented perfume for the kids.
why yes. Of course. Didn't you know there is a crayon perfume? And a freshly turned garden one and even a perfume for zombies!
Check out this website. www.demeterfragrance.com/704067/prod
But back to MEMEMEMEME
I new I needed a recuperative day and had scheduled one. I invited a girlfriend to bring her pens and paints and come visit for a day of art and talk. Rita is quiet and shy - nothing like big mouth me, but we really appreciate each other. And we both long to be better artists. She is the gf who drew every day in August with me and exchanged her sketches with me via email.
Of course - we also had to catch up on library gossip. She is a retired librarian so she's been a little out of the loop and there have been a lot of changes in the area libraries - with people coming and going. All of my colleagues are retiring and I will be the last of them. When I go ... which won't be till 2018 - I think I will be the longest serving library director in Virginia - not in all time, but at that time. Sheesh!
But we won't talk about that. It's off in the future. What we will talk about is yesterday - which was a blissfully sweet day for recharging my mojo. AND of course I made good eating healthy choices and we got in a walk through the forest ... where I suddenly realized why I'm so fixated on drawing and writing about pixies and fairies - I mean can't you just SEE a sylvan sprite ducking down this path?
So here is a Spring Fairy drawing to cheer you on this weekend.
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Whole lotta bloggin' going on here this month. That's because I am trying to maintain a streak - a personal streak - of living each day as healthily as I possibly can. I'm making a claim every day and I want it to be true. Of course - there's no Truth Police who will arrest me for saying I made healthy choices when I didn't. Spark People won't kick me off the website. I doubt anybody here would even point out to me that "hey girl - if you're so healthy why are you X pounds?"
But I need to be honest with this claim - for some reason, making it written, posted, stated here - is driving me to hold myself to a truthful claim. I'm actually finding this little morning claim - that is a wee bit of a boast - stays in my consciousness throughout the day. I'm more likely to ask myself if I'm making the right choice, now that I have to 'fess up to that choice the next morning. I feel accountable. For that I must thank You - and Spark People - and my sparkbuddy Pixi-licious. Don't know how this came about - but it did and I'm grateful for it.
But now that it's been almost 2 weeks I realize I have to come up with some definitions - because some days are really healthier than others and I want a set of guidelines for claiming any given day as a healthy one. Because I am not going to be perfect every day but that may not mean I am not making healthy choices. Healthy doesn't mean Perfect.
Take yesterday for instance. I was utterly wiped out after a day that started at 6 and contained a huge work project that kept me out till 10 o'clock. I live on the east coast and if you watched the weather channel at all yesterday you know we had terrifically bad weather. I work 7 miles south of the snow line - so it was torrential rain with snow mixed in the whole day long - but it never got bad enough to close up shop and go home - for a nap. It was raw, bitter, and wet. There was not going to be my normal early morning walk but I did 15 minutes of step aerobics in the living room. That's one for the Healthy Day team.
I went to lunch with a colleague to talk over the previous day's big event and ordered a sandwich - which when it came - had obviously been fried in butter. Ooops. Not a healthy choice.
I cut it in thirds and only ate 1/3, taking the rest home in a box. It was delicious, too. I wasn't able to just let the waitress take it back to the kitchen but I know now I won't eat the rest of it - I'll give it to my dogs. That's two for the Healthy Day team.
At 5 I made that left turn out of the parking lot - the one that takes me to the gym - and lo - it was CLOSED. And by the time I got home I knew my day was done. I didn't even cook dinner. I had an apple and a banana - another for the Healthy Day Team but I followed that by cheese and crackers. A measured amount of cheese and crackers - but really I didn't need the fat or the dairy and would have done much better with some broccoli or a green smoothie - because I knew I hadn't had enough green vegetables yesterday and I'd had dairy with my greasy lunch. So that's my bad for the Not Healthy Day.
so. Of the 5 obvious choices I had yesterday - I made 3 healthy ones and 2 unhealthy ones. Mind now - ALL of these actions were CHOICES. I didn't mindlessly eat or forget to exercise. I assessed where I was, how I felt, what was going on at each moment - and then made a choice. And on a day when I make more healthy choices than unhealthy choices - unless there is some additional issue involved - I am going to call it a Healthy Day and add it to the streak.
Because this is MY PERSONAL HEALTHY STREAK - not a theoretical definition of healthy streak. And in my book - healthy doesn't mean perfect.
Happy Healthy Day to each and every one of you.
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