The last few weeks have been particularly difficult. I have regained 6 pounds.
I have been dealing with a very emotional personal situation, long hours and stress at work and my old friend, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), decided to rear her ugly head.
Over the past months, I have made great strides incorporating healthy choices into my life. I have been working to create a healthy lifestyle, not just a diet that will allow me to fit in jeans one size smaller.
When things began to crumble around me, I began to pick up old coping skills. The chips were invited back into the house followed by the ice cream, pushing aside my stockpile of vegetables. I curled up on the couch with a quilt and the TV remote instead of heading to the gym. I became tired and listless and increased my coffee intake. Now, exhausted and bloated I certainly couldn’t even begin to think of going to the gym or walking the dog more than a block.
But, that is the old me with the old set of maladaptive coping skills. Those old coping skills only put a band-aid on the problem. It doesn’t cure it.
A number of times in the past several months, I have come across the saying “A year from now you will wish you started today.”
So, I am starting today again. I am going back to my core plan. It works and I know that I can do it. So as of this moment, I am back to the basics:
• Eating my modified South Beach plan
• Eating 5 or more servings of vegetables each day
• Walking or taking a class at the gym for at least 30 minutes 5 days per week
• Drinking 8 or more glasses of water daily
And I’m going to focus on nourishing my soul, caring for the emotional side until I can get through this time in my life. Some things in life you can’t go around, you must go through them. This is one of those times for me. So each day, regardless of how difficult it is, I will take at least 20 minutes to do something that truly nourishes my spirit.
• Read a spiritual book
• Take a bubble bath
• Get a pedicure
• Have coffee with a friend
• Try a new recipe
• Take a walk in a new park
• Listen to music
The more joy and health that I add to my life, the less room pain and suffering have. I choose happiness. I choose health.