Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Feeling good feels good.

It's impossible to not feel slightly more good after listening
to this.  Walk down the street playing this in your earbuds
and tell me you don't smile.  Impossible!

It's funny how life has its ebbs and flows.  This is nothing new, but somehow it seems like an epiphany over and over again.  When you're in the thick of it, some part of you is very logical and aware that it will most certainly pass, but another part of you just can't see past it.  It's hard to remember how to get back to feeling good again.

Once I got the hang of tracking my food, eating healthier and exercising regularly, it got to be second nature. It seemed so easy.  It was the norm.  It wasn't a challenge.  It was my way of life.  It was all so simple and so good.  

I forgot how easy it can be for that to not be the norm.

After a summer and an autumn of struggle, things are finally getting back to normal.  Being the person of extremes that I am, I expected to just start back up and rule the world as I remembered doing before.  But, therein lies the problem!  I had to break my mindset of trying to get back to where was.

THERE anymore!  That was then.  This is now.  Move along.

A lot has changed since then.  But, things have settled down and I'm in a better place in every way now.  I love it when you finally feel something break, something give way, and you know that you're on the right path again.  Well, it's not even that you're on the correct path again - you're at a great pace and making some serious headway towards whatever intersection, bend, bridge or whatever might be on the way.

I met up with a friend last Sunday who is a dietitian.  The initial plan was to talk about food, get some good ideas for new ways of eating, and new things to eat.  It ended up being a great conversation about where I'm at in life in general and what I've got to do to progress.  

It was a healthy dose of divine intervention.  Even though the things we talked about are things I already knew, it sometimes takes the right person at the right time saying something they didn't even know they needed to that hits you, breaks you down, builds you up, and propels you all at once.

I keep forgetting that life is a process.  Things don't magically find a perfect groove forever.  You may have a good stretch, but you'll have rough ones, too.  And they will come and go, and then come and go again.  

I'm finally starting to get it.  

I don't have to do it all at once!  There are so many things I need to do, both at work, and for myself.  But I've been working on a few things at a time.  This week, my goal was to go grocery shopping and return to my regular eating and exercise habits, remembering that even if I only get a half hour of something in, it is better than nothing.  I've also tried starting my days with 10-15 minutes of some kind of exercise.  One morning, I did a 10 minute Pilates video.  Another morning, I did a bunch of core exercises.  I've overcome my urge to buy peanut butter, because if that's in my house, well - it's over.  

I've also done necessary but boring things like scheduling appointments with doctors and insurance agents, rethinking my spending habits and reworking my budget, getting organized, and figuring out a regular schedule of exercise.  I just might start going to bed earlier, too.  

You've heard me say this before, and I will say it over and over again.

It is amazing what happens when you make calculated, boring, conscious choices to simply do things.  

I'm learning that feeling good and being content is not as simple as "feeling" good.  Right now, I've got a lot to work on.  But feeling good is a choice, and it's choosing to make good decisions that will lead to a life of good, not a season of good.  

It's a new kind of goodness, but nonetheless, it feels good to feel good once again.


  1. Yep. Never-ending experiments in how to live, is what I'm seeing, until I forget to see it for a while. I am right there with you, baby.

    1. Cheers, Miss Liz. We never grow up all the way and figure it all out, do we? Funny how it all works.

  2. This particular post really hits home for me. Your experiences make me really feel like I'm not alone in feeling the same way. I have also been trying to convey this same thing to my girlfriend. It's so astoundingly difficult to get started because we have gotten used to our comfortable choice of remaining sedentary and settling for what we think we are rather than seeing that we are more than the some of our current parts. We can change. We can grow and blossom mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. But, we have to want it. We have to want it bad enough to want to do it.

    I'm personally trying to get back on the exercise wagon and get back into weight loss mode. for the last two weeks or so, I have been hungry, I have been tired, I have been sore. But, I have done my best to remain consistent and not give in to my body's urge to lie down and let life run me over. This post has re-enforced what I sometimes say but internally second guess because it sounds like nothing more than hollow words. You have reminded me that they aren't just words. They are reality. Thank you!

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  4. It's impossible to tackle everything at once, you just get frustrated and give up. Glad you're taking it a little at a time.

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  12. It's funny how a conversation about eating healthy and weight loss can develop into something much deeper. As much as we all know that doing something is better than doing nothing at all, most of us are just content with things the way they are. Not that they are happy that way, it is just easier to do nothing.