Monday, September 08, 2008

A New Beginning

I've talked from time to time about trying to find balance in my life. It's something that I think most of us struggle with in this busy world we live in. There are so many demands on our time from work to family to children and spouses to community involvement...it's neverending.

It's easy to let things like exercise, eating right and general happiness slip to the wayside in the business of living. We all do it. I know I have.

Since I started working from home as a full-time writer three years ago I've definitely let a lot of my good habits slide. When you work from home it's easy to always be working. Or when I'm not working, I feel guilty about it.

Sitting in a desk chair for so many hours a day has had a predictable result--an extra 10 pounds and a lot less flexability.

So, I've begun to change that.

The plan is to incorporate my yoga DVDs into my life once again, along with some light weights and your ususal ab exercises and push ups. Besides that, I'm hoping to get out walking more. I used to walk a lot, but haven't done much of that lately.

Then there's food. I love to eat. LOL And that won't change. I won't cut things out of my diet because that's just not sustainable. What I can do is downsize portions and cut back on how many times a week I have dessert. I'm lucky that fried foods are not my weakness. It's sweets and chocolate...especially chocolate.

I'm not so concerned about what the scale says as I am about feeling healthy again. I don't want to wait until I have a health crisis to make myself change.

So here's to new beginnings.

Wish me luck!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good luck NJ!
I started walking the dogs in the mornin' again today.Between that and getting back out to my woodshed
I'm hoping to get in a little better shape

Kelly

Kathy said...

Best of luck NJ. I can't exorcise for awhile. Saw my doctor today and discovered I've broken a small bone in my ankle. I really can't catch a break this year. I'd like a do over for 2008. LOL

N.J.Walters said...

Thanks, Kelly. Walking the dog is great exercise, and it's fun.

N.J.Walters said...

Ouch! I'm sorry to hear about the broken bone in your ankle, Kathy. You've certainly had a hard year health-wise.

Lori said...

I took a walk yesterday for the first time in... I don't know how long. It felt sooo good. You're right - it is so easy to get out of the habit of being healthy. I just felt so much better while I was walking. I'm going to try to get a walk in each day - after dinner if nothing else.

N.J.Walters said...

That's great, Lori.

It's amazing...we all feel great when we walk or exercise, yet it's so hard to make ourselves find the time to do it.

I'm hoping to get walking a few times a week at least.

Daisy Dexter Dobbs said...

I can really relate, NJ. Since becoming a fulltime writer I never have to worry about motivating myself to work hard for long hours because it just comes natural. It’s the taking care of ME part that poses the problem.

I just get caught up sitting too many hours in my chair at the keyboard, not rising and walking around nearly as much as I should. My eating during the day tends to be haphazard because I don’t want to take the time away from work to eat a proper meal. Little to no exercise leads to weight gain, feeling pretty crappy and makes for an unhealthy lifestyle.

I wish you much success with your new beginning, NJ. Your post has definitely inspired me to make some positive changes! :-)

N.J.Walters said...

It IS hard to remember to take care of you. You're right on that score, Daisy.

I find that sometimes I've sat for so long my legs are partially numb when I stand up. That's not good.

Good luck with making some changes to take better care of yourself.

charleneteglia said...

Good luck. One of the upsides to doing the virtual school: the kid has to log 30 minutes of activity per day, which means I do too. *g* Getting up and moving is one of the best ways to reduce stress, too, which we all need. Here's to a happier, healthier you!

N.J.Walters said...

It's great that you have a reason to get active everyday, Charli.

Here's to a healthier all of us!