Sunday, January 05, 2014
I haven't been active on SP for probably close to 6 months now. I gave in to excuses and stress and changed my priorities. I found myself thinking about "starting over" with the new year. I think it's a great time to dive back in because you're usually surrounded by lots of people in the same boat, with lots of enthusiasm. It seems a lot easier to stay motivated.
I caught myself thinking negatives about "starting over"--but I'm not really. I still have most of the progress I made last year. I still have several of the good habits I worked hard to create. More importantly, I don't dread the idea of exercise. What it really comes down to is tackling the time/stress issue.
The main excuse/reason I shuffled my priorities and put exercise and good healthy choices lower was because of testing to prepare to go back to school. I have successfully completed all of the exams I needed to do to pursue a Master's and get my teaching credential. All that's left is a couple final hoops to complete the applications and then I'll find out if I get in later this spring. It was a major, stressful goal for me.
In the past 6 months, I've not been good about handling my physical body, but I feel like I've made a ton of progress in the mental game. Here are some of my wins:
--I feel confident going to a meetup with the faculty at a university in a few days. Previously, I had panic attacks about these kinds of situations. Now, the most stressful part is realizing that my dress pants are 4 sizes too big!! Woe is me, I must go shopping.
--I got new shoes for Christmas. Last Christmas I got new shoes for working out and walking that did well, but I noticed they were hurting my feet more and more over the past many months. Guess why? Because my feet aren't fatties anymore!!! My feet used to be E width, now they're B (Normal!!). I used to have little to no arch, now I have "normal" arches!! My feet still aren't perfect--I put too much weight on my heels and favor my left side. But holy cow is it inspiring to not wear shoes that look like they belong on a clown.
--I don't drink soda. I have replaced all of my sugary soda intake with either water or seltzer water (I found I missed the bubbles more than the sugar!). Every once in a while I will have a soda as a treat, but that's totally reasonable.
--I am regularly waking up at hours that end with 'am.' Okay, this makes me seem like a TOTAL bum, but working from home makes being a total night owl very easy. I continue to work on this and my goal for the next 6 months is to get my wakeup time down to 7 am with workouts in the morning.
--I met new people and was not concerned about whether they thought I was fat. Another HUGE win for me.
I'm really optimistic for the new year. I'm eager to get to work. Happy 2014!!