A little over a year ago, I was unhappy. I was tired and feeling helpless to improve anything. I couldn’t see any way to make things better. The weather was dark and cold and so was my outlook on life. I was spending unhealthy amounts of time doodling around the Internet and typing in desperate questions; like shouting into the ether, praying into the web.
I came across the idea of a mind map and by making my own, I discovered that there were actions I could take to get me to a better place. There were things on that map that I couldn’t immediately change, but there was one thing I could begin to work on right away: physical fitness.
I realized that:
- I don’t want to be prematurely old. I don’t want to accept certain aches and pains as the inevitable result of aging when a bit of exercise could prevent them.
- I don’t want to have to sit on the sidelines when there’s something fun to do. I don’t want to be disabled by my own fatness.
- I don’t want to be in pain.
- I want to climb hills and fill my lungs with fresh air and feel good.
- I want to be able to wipe my own butt for as long as possible.
- I don’t want to be invisible.
- I want to exercise control over my life rather than letting life just happen. I want to make choices instead of having choices made for me.
Since then, I’ve been concentrating on my health and fitness – weight loss, specifically, but also building/preserving muscle. Fitness has become a hobby, and a bit of a passion. And somehow, in spite of my many other obligations and interests, my life has made room for this important area of focus.
I didn’t talk or write much about this for a while because there was a distinct possibility I’d be all talk and no action, so to maximize my likelihood of success, I kept mostly mum.
But I’m getting pretty comfortable with these new habits now and I feel like I have some things to say about it. I want to tell you about how I eat and how I exercise and how I feel about how I eat and how I exercise. I want to tell you about my future plans and obstacles I’ve had to overcome. And I want to tell you in a way so that you can see it all in the context of my everyday life. AND I want to know how you feel about these things! So, if I can stay interested in blogging, and if I can figure out the right words, I’ll be around a little more often I think.