|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!
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.