I decided, enough is enough and it is time to get myself healthy again. You would think the decision would be a no brainer. But it took me deciding that I was important in order for me to turn back to a healthier lifestyle.
I worked at a job that stressed me out. I felt bullied by coworkers and unsupported by my superiors. I worked too many hours. I couldn’t leave work at the job so I wasn’t sleeping well. I am an emotional eater. So, I eat when I’m happy or bored but mostly when I am upset or stressed. If that wasn’t enough, I didn’t exercise. That combination of behaviors; stress, not sleeping right, rarely breaking a sweat and meals consisting of junk food literally was killing me.
First thing I did was quit my job. And in the first week of not working, I slept ten to twelve hours a day. In the hours I was awake, I broke out the Wii. I was trying not to do anything strenuous, because my body is weak and unbalanced. So, with the help of my Wii, I dabbled in some Yoga (stretching) and strength training. I got surprisingly sore for “passively” exercising.
Last but not least I started cooking the majority of my own food instead of going out. Even though I am preparing most of my meals, It is harder getting back into cooking, and I am not sure why. I still enjoy looking at recipes – trying to decide if I think they will taste good. I am trying to cook so there are leftovers because I don’t want to be in the kitchen creating food all the time. (I have a few ideas of why cooking might be the harder but, I need to think on these before I commit to some reasons) But I know deep down that what I am eating right now is healthier and more nutritious because I am preparing it myself. And it doesn’t hurt that I know exactly what is in each and every morsel I put in my mouth.
In this amazingly short time, friends that I have run into say I look more relaxed. I am feeling better …healthier. I know for a fact that my dogs are happier and to me the puppy acts more confident. I have the time to walk them (and myself), and am looking forward to hikes in the hills and canyons soon. With the extra time I have on my hands, I am acquiring the desire to write again and even pick up my knitting. Gosh… all in a little over two weeks. Amazing what a little decision will do.