Getting Older, Shrinking Pants and Blogging

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Interesting title right?  Don't worry, it all begins to make sense...

This past Saturday, we went on an adventure.

A very cold adventure, hiking through the woods, hunting for maple trees (what, you don’t do that?).

And it was about 10 degrees out.

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And the first part of the trek, was a very steep, slippery incline.

And I was very aware that I was struggling up the hillside and that I was out of breath pretty quickly.

In fact, Peanut found me a walking stick to help me get up.

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And it really bothered me.

I used to work out all the time.  I had little problem staying motivated.  If I got off track, I got back on.

I would almost say that I loved working out.

It was my therapy, my “me-time”.  I liked feeling strong.  I liked the sense of accomplishment.

Our local YMCA had childcare for children 4 months and up.  I think I showed up almost to the day of when my youngest was 4 months old.  I was really just looking for a way to get out of the house.  And then I started to make friends there, I felt comfortable with the childcare.  It was easy to make it a priority.

And then I found yoga and I really fell in love.  I was never more in shape then when I was doing yoga – and I felt so strong.  The flexibility part came easily to me, but the strength building was so hard and I loved the challenge of it.

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I loved how there was measurable improvement, goals to be met – and then new ones to set.

And somewhere along the way, I lost it all.

I stopped going to the Y, I stopped doing yoga.  I still work out somewhat regularly, but based on my inability to easily make it up that hill – it is obviously not enough.

And the fact is, I am now 42.

And my pants seem to keep shrinking in the dryer – especially after the holidays.

If I don’t get my act together now, it is only going to get harder.

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I don’t want to miss out on adventures with these two because I “can’t” or I am too tired or I am too old.

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I don’t want to look back from a bad health diagnosis and wonder if would have made a difference if I had been in better shape.

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And then, I had an epiphany.

The reason I got off track with working out – is that I replaced it.

My new love – blogging – has taken its place.

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Blogging is now my therapy.

Blogging is where I set goals and try to meet them.

My love for this, and my desire to create a successful business has become all encompassing.

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I have been beating myself up because I have not been able to understand why I have been so off track – for about 2 years now.  Now that I have a better understanding of why – somehow, it helps.

It also has made me realize that my interests have become somewhat flat.  I am so focused on work and decorating, that it seems to be what I read or participate in even in my down time.

I need to give myself permission to be more.

I need to spread my wings a bit in other directions, round out my interests a bit more.

And that should make me even better at my job.

And by getting myself back in shape, I will be better at life.

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I am not saying I have come up with the magic formula or that I even have a specific plan.

This is not a new year resolution.

What I do know is that I hated the way it felt for it to be so hard up that hill.

I know that tying together the goals of working out with work goals somehow works better in my head.

I may fail miserably and I know it is not going to be easy.

But I know if I don’t try it is just going to keep getting harder.

I know that I want to be there for this crew - all there, in mind, body and spirit.

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How about you?  Are you taking care of yourself?

I am not talking about a diet of killing yourself at the gym.  I am talking about just living a healthy life.

Life is really short and I want you to live it to the full.

Wishing you a beautiful day and thanks for reading.

Oh, and Bailey Rose wishes you a great day too!

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