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This is my new life

Sunday, January 13, 2013

My new year's intention was BALANCE, and this past week I stayed especially mindful of whether (and how) I was balancing my parenting, nutrition, exercise, and work. As I reflect this morning on my past week, I'm realizing more of what balance means to me in my new life. Because this is my NEW life.

Balance means using Saturday morning to plan the week's meals, always with a trip to the farmer's market and to my farm if it is a CSA week.

Balance means my fridge always has fresh salad greens, cooking greens, eggs, and yogurt. This is automatic; I don't even have to think about it. And my freezer always has a stock of fish and other lean proteins, ready to be thawed with less than a day's notice. On the kitchen table, always a platter of fresh fruit. It's the last thing my daughter sees before she leaves for school, and now she grabs one to take for her lunch. It's automatic for her, too.

Balance means breakfast every morning, even if I'm not hungry yet. That's why the yogurt and fruits are there. Easy. And I actually eat breakfast with my daughter before she goes to school now.

Balance means that my day doesn't feel right if I don't exercise. Last Friday, I was out of state for an all-day meeting I attend every month. Usually, I head home, pour a glass of wine, and relax for the rest of the night. This time, I headed to the gym instead, and had an intense workout before going home to relax. And I skipped the wine -- didn't seem to need it to relax anymore.

Balance means I don't have to go to the gym to exercise. On the days I'm not lifting weights, I just do cardio at home: walking, hiking, bike riding. I've rediscovered my old Wii Walk It Out, and had forgotten how much fun it is. That's an enjoyable hour of cardio right there!

Balance means I can still enjoy my knitting circle, but I make sure I exercise before or after our gatherings. And balance means I enjoy one cookie while I'm there, and lots of herbal tea. These days, one cookie seems to be enough.

Balance means I head to work right after my daughter gets on the school bus. I work for at least 2 1/2 hours before taking a healthy food or exercise break. Both are required: the focus on work, and the break.

Balance means I stop working when my daughter comes home from school, and I cook while she does homework. Or it means I stop my work in time to pick her up from rehearsal, or from a study group at a friend's house. And it means we enjoy a healthy dinner together, every night she is with me.

Balance means less time on the computer doing non-work-related things, so that means less time on SP. That's less time blogging. Instead of 5 blogs a week, I'm down to 1 or 2. I miss it, but the payoff is worth it.

So THIS is my new life. It's not just my resolution, or my intention. Yes, I'm actually doing it. Many of these things I've been doing since I joined in November -- so technically, I've been at them long enough to be able to call them new habits. The building blocks were always there, but I wasn't actually doing it. Now I am.

This IS my new new life. It feels really good.
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