Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Happy Spring! It felt more like this morning, hopefully the mercury will match the calendar soon.
I'm hopeful that in a new season I can start to keep a more consistent approach to a more healthful lifestyle. Over the past few months, more often than not I found myself finding excuses not to do things that I know I should, that will help me in the long term. But I am definitely cracking through that funk. I'm looking forward to a few things coming this season that are already motivating me to stay in gear.
1) I'm an ardent listener of Jillian Michaels' podcast, and she's coming to my area on a speaking tour in a few months to promote her new book. I'm sure it will be things I know and have heard before, but I think it will still be uplifting to go and get it in person.
2) I'm going to Florida in June with my siblings and nieces/nephews. I'm really trying to get out of having a goal weight to be at by then (my head just naturally wants to do that, though), but instead just trying to work out consistently so I don't find a way to permanently stay out of frame during the trip. As hard as I try (okay I don't really try that hard) I tend to cringe at photo ops, focusing on my hangups instead of enjoying the moment and the memories.
3) I'm having arthoscopic knee surgery in a couple weeks. I've been having knee pain for years on and off, never getting it checked out. I finally went to the doctor to see what was going on....several months, a clean x ray, another injury, and an mri later I learned that I have a large, old meniscal tear that is just retearing over and over instead of healing, and potentially early signs of arthritis. Rather than freaking out about it I'm taking it as a sign that I just need to get my a** in gear and stay there. Because I've had several years of knee pain, despite strength training, therapy, biking, etc, with no relief I think surgery is the right option now. I'm young, which from everything I've read and the doctors have said bodes for a good recovery. I want to do this know so that I don't end up with lifetime deficiencies in my knee, and so that I remember what could happen if I don't take time to take care of me. All in all I think it will be a good thing, and a lesson learned. But wish me luck all the same!
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I stumbled across this while browsing the web today. Apparently this is a popular life coach evaluation/exercise to help people identify and evaluate how they feel about various areas of their life. I DEFINITELY want to do it when I have time, I think it could help anyone develop a plan to better themselves with or without a life coach. Hopefully you will find it useful as well!! Let me know what you think if you finish the exercise, I'll try to post some of mine once I find the time to do it.
Friday, January 04, 2013
2012 was quite the year for me. My mother's health took a number of scary turns, my very pregnant sister moved in with me, I moved apartments, took on A TON of responsibilities at work and at home...it was all around crazy. For awhile there I honestly just shut down. I was so focused on doing for others that I stopped doing for me. Not on purpose, not all at once, but I definitely stopped.
And it shows. I gained some weight and a crappy attitude. My summer was pretty dark, I don't even remember the last time I consistently sparked. I didn't have the time, but I also didn't have the right perspective or I would have found it. Because when do any of us ever have the time?
I don't have any resolutions this year (see no time, lol). The last thing I need is another to do list. This year I just have to get out of my own way, crawl out of my crap and commit to finidng time for ME every day. I know it won't be easy, but in the midst of all that crazy last year I learned how much I can take, so why not use that fortitude to achieve a personal goal I've wanted for as long as I can remember?
We'll see what happens, but I am digging my feet in for a heck of a fight in 2013!
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Tomorrow is my birthday! I'm turning 29, creeping closer and closer to thirty.....
Which honestly doesn't scare me anymore! When I was twenty, I thought thrity was lifetimes away, that I would have everything figured out and perfectly in place by then, the job, the house, the family...the life. I also thought it would take much longer to get here than it has....time REALLY flies!
I may not have my dream job, but I have a great job, and it has given me flexibility to deal with the multiude of family issues that I've had these past few years without affecting my performance or growth at all.
I may not own a home yet, but I am renting something that I can actually afforrd, so I am able to save up money for when that day actually comes. I can't say that for most of my friends that bought young and are essentially house poor now.
And I don't have a family of my own yet, but I couldn't be happier about that! My siblings and mother keep me busy enough, and I have two nieces and they tire me PLENTY, thank you! I spend enough time with them to KNOW that I am not ready for that committment yet. And anytime I think I might be, I spend a few days with them and remember that no, your 'mom' light isn't on yet, and that is perfectly okay!
Ten years ago, thirty terrified me. I remember telling myself then that if I hadn't lost all the weight I wanted to by then that I would just stop trying. Now I'd NEVER say or think something like that. I KNOW I will get to the finish line, and that I will continue to try as much as I can to push myself and grow, but I'm not putting a stopclock on it. I have to live this way forever for these changes to endure, so what's the rush?
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