Monday, December 09, 2013
I read an article today that Pixie had posted on our Healthy Holidays Challenge team about having a Life Plan instead of a weight plan, & that got me thinking about how I have viewed life in the past & how my Life Plan has changed.
When I was in my 20's & 30's, I tried losing weight all the time in different (some very unhealthy ways). But I always looked at it as going "on" or "off" a diet - it was a temporary situation that was supposed to lead to my goal & make me happy. Didn't work - big surprise!!
By the time I reached my 40's, it finally began to sink in that this was my life - my one & only life & I started to eat more for health. I stopped dieting - still wanted to lose weight but wanted to do it as a lifestyle, not something short term. I began to grow in other ways & finally started to like myself & see that I was a worthwhile person.
One thing that I always did do was exercise - it's something built in, I think! Movement has always made me feel better. I was active as a kid growing up - we were always outside & moving. When I was in high school, I liked to go for long walks, started jogging, & rode my bike a lot. In my 20's it was aerobics - ha! Then I kind of fell into a situation where I started teaching fitness classes & I've done it on & off ever since. But starting yoga about 12 years ago made the biggest difference.
So what I am most grateful for on my health journey today is that I do have a Life Plan. I want to be healthy & active all my days on this earth & I want to share that wonderful feeling with others!