Know When to Let Go

There will be times when reconnecting isn’t everything you had hoped for. Time can change relationships. Interests change. People change. A bond once treasured can evolve into something you are better off without. It happens. It is neither a good thing or bad thing. Sometimes it’s just a thing.

What is most important, I think, is growth. When making a decision to rekindle a relationship that has fizzled, consider growth. Consider how much growth each of you have had. Also consider the directions in which you have gone and are going. In some instances the person you remember is no longer there. In others, you may be able to pick up right where you left off.

Just remember not to accept a connection that can stunt your growth in an attempt to bring back what was. It is okay to remember and appreciate how things were while accepting it is no longer. It is okay to protect your present state.

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Winter Essential

I’m just going to say it.  Fleece lined leggings may be one of the best known inventions of man.  Winter is my least favorite season; in fashion and in general.  I love Autumn fashion but that’s another blog post.  Back to Winter, it can be pretty yes but I can do without it.  I would be happy to hibernate until Spring.  I believe I have a touch of Seasonal Affective Disorder.  It is still Autumn but the weather is beginning to transition into the next season.  The temperature is warmest first thing in the morning.  It drops throughout the day.

I woke up early this morning and saw that exact forecast on the 5am news.  Temperatures will be dropping throughout the day.  On top of that there will be wind gusts increasing in speed.  I could already hear it.  The wind was whipping past my windows and creating funnels with fallen leaves.  The huge trees surrounding my home were swaying as were the power lines, a disaster waiting to happen.  Who wants to be out in that? Not me.

Something changed though.  I was looking at my recent online purchases which included fleece lined leggings.  I hadn’t worn them out yet.  I had tried them on and was so impressed with the comfort that I ordered more.  Looking at those leggings and listening to that wind prompted me to go outside into the wind gusts.  It seemed silly.  It was still dark but I did it.  Let me tell you…the freedom I felt was indescribable.  It was like a was standing with my arms fully extended with the biggest grin as a camera panned around me, you know that scene in the movies lol.  That was me.  suddenly I wanted to play catch me if you can with the wind.  But really what wind? I couldn’t feel it, at least my legs couldn’t.  All they felt was joy, overwhelming joy!

Now by the time I went back in, my face felt like it had taken a beaten by the wind.  My legs felt like perfection.  Maybe I should look into a fleece lined ski mask.

Baby Steps Back to Good Health

One of the things imperative to my health improving is getting back in the kitchen. I stopped cooking regularly like I once did. The result was almost immediate weight gain and elevated blood pressure. I realize food is not the only issue. It is, however, the first of a few things I will address.   I’m setting small attainable goals so as not to get discouraged.  I will measure results in 30 days.

The day after my doctors appointment I went grocery shopping.  I bought fresh and frozen produce.  I had a plan in mind.  Meal planning is so important.  I bought vegetables that I would use for omelets as well as stir fry dishes.  I also bought nutritional shakes and meal replacement shakes for days when I’m on the road.  My schedule can change in an instant.  I want to avoid the urge to stop for high sodium meals on the go.  Wouldn’t you know it, while I was shopping I got a call for a commercial.  Those shakes came in handy.  I had just enough time to take my groceries home and get on the road. It was a rush but I was prepared. I felt accomplished drinking my shake instead of searching for a drive thru on my way to set.

Two days later and I am sticking to my plan of homemade or shakes.  It is not hard if I plan ahead.  It is the last minute hunger that gets me in trouble.  So far so good.  Follow me on Instagram to see what I cook up. https://www.instagram.com/shirareneebethea/

Next Step – Exercise

My last post addressed my first step back to health; diet. It’s only been a few days but it has been a good few days. I haven’t skipped a meal or done any binge eating. I have also been preparing my meals at home.  Now I am going to add my next step, exercise.

Like some of you, I have a specific room for excercise.  The problem is I don’t actually use it.  Here’s my solution.  I rearranged a room I am always in, my bedroom, to make room for exercise.  I made a space big enough for strength training, flexibility training, and cardio.  No excuses now.  I will see this space every morning and every night.  I figure if nothing else guilt will eventually set in.

Guess what? This morning it worked.  No guilt needed.  I woke up and I wanted to do it.  I pulled out my yoga mat and yoga blocks and did a half hour of flexibility training.  I am so proud of my effort.  I even set a work out plan for tomorrow. Oh and I had oatmeal for breakfast, not instant, rolled oats.  I added vanilla almond milk, cinnamon, raisins, and peanut butter.