Sunday, July 10, 2011
I went to Atlantic City to see Sheryl Crow with my husband and 2 other couples. It was a spur of the moment trip...the kind where someone brings up a concert they heard about and in 15 minutes everyone has -- thanks to the internet -- bought concert tickets and booked a night at a local hotel.
We piled in a car, got a flat on the way, but laughed as our husbands tried to change a tire in the pouring rain (ended up calling for help). It seemed that we had one funny challenge after another; no one got frustrated. It was what it was which in reality was not the end of the world, just a bump in the road.
I feel so fortunate to be part of a group that sees the humor in things; they are not in a rush "to get there", and just enjoy life and go with the flow. All of our kids are grown (in their early 20's) and I think we appreciate not having a "full" schedules, babysitters (except for our dogs, of course), and also not having to report to anyone (ok, our kids do ask us where we are occasionally through texting).
I think that is why this new journey into eating healthier and making sure I exercise at least 30 minutes a day fits so well into my life right now. As I raised my kids, I yo-yo dieted and exercised. If I was stressed with their problems, I didn't eat at all, when they were okay or I was bored I would not eat okay. I also never could balance both. When I stayed home with the kids, I worked out at the gym for 1 1/2 hours a day (the gym had babysitting) I was in the best shape of my life. But, when I started my business I worked well over 12 hours per day then took YEARS figuring out how to balance it out.
I am still working on the balancing part of it, but, I feel at ease knowing that that is what I need to focus on. Just getting that 30 minutes of exercise in - even if I am on vacation and enjoying food with friend, makes me feel like I didn't lose track of my goal.