Sometimes, when life is showing you its dark side, it is easy to reach out for comfort through eating. Hello distraction aka pie! Obviously there is danger in that if what you reach out for isn’t good for you. I mean come on, ruining your figure and health isn’t giving the life the middle finger as much as it is giving YOURSELF one , right? In my humble opinion, the only way to show life who is boss is to really live it. Squeeze the juice out of it! Put the pie down and sign up for something new: a new class, a race, a hobby, a trip or whatever you’ve been procrastinating about. By the time you’re done, not only will you feel better but that smile on your face will surely distract from whatever ails you.
The arrival of Spring often prompts us to get squeaky clean and rid ourselves of of the dust bunnies in our lives. If you live in a cold climate like me then that involves a whole changeover of wardrobe too. We’ll get to that excuse to shop in a minute but first let’s chat about the mental dust bunnies, shall we? You know the ones that have been crowding up your brain for too long now. The Should I’s or Shouldn’t I’s and the Maybe Laters of your life. If you’ve been procrastinating for awhile you know how mentally exhausting that can be. Ugh! Here’s the thing about unmade decisions: they take up tons of head space. So whether it’s a decision to toss the outdated whatevers in your closet or one to reject/ accept that new/old thing in your life, take a step closer and just do it. What decisions are you holding back from these days?
So my phone is missing which is, embarrassingly, not unusual for my grown self. Poor phone probably felt me pulling away and gazing longingly at the iPhone. Now that Verizon has sold itself to Steve Jobs you’d expect a gadget junkie like me would’ve raced to get one, right? But I digress, the point here is that I covet an iPhone and upon hearing this, my current phone hightailed it to never-neverland. Self fulfilling prophesy? Maybe. How many times have you done that? Spoken, thought or said something only to have income to fruition? Those of you who clamored to read The Secret know where I’m going with this. Let me put it succinctly for those who didn’t: don’t wish bad luck on yourself in thought, action or deed. The things that you vocalize and think about the most gain power with each word and thought. I get it, self deprecation can be charming and being practical will keep you out of the poor house. However, speaking of and acting out your weaknesses will eventually lead to increased belief in them and blindness to your strengths. Einstein once said, ” If you spend all day reminding a fish that he can’t climb a tree, he’ll eventually feel stupid” . Heard that guy was smart! The takeaway is to be your sunniest cheerleader as much as possible. Sure you and I are flawed creatures but so? Does that stop us from being awesome most of the time? Quiet that dark voice that wants to remind you to stay cynical and hedge your bets, the one that labels people ( yourself included) and tells you that being your worst self is the status quo. You’re more than that under/ overeating, hyper critical, snarky, apathetic harpy. Shut him/her up! And don’t do it with a donut, she likes those and will get you back come shorts weather. Stand up for you and what you’re good at!
Well hello, Stranger, Long time no blog! What in the world have you been up to since last Summer? Here we are, almost the end of March and I’m holed up in my apartment waiting for the the sleet to end….wait, what? Isn’t it over yet? It has to be soon because I need an excuse to wear these cute H & M clothes! Yeah, I’ve been “Spring” shopping to make myself feel better about the 50 million snow storms rolling through NYC. Don’t judge me. Anyway, enough about the weather, let’s discuss our waistlines shall we? Mine is a bit thicker than it was last Summer so I’ve been diligently trying to shed my winter insulation layer with more time on the Spin bike. Did I mention that I’ve become a certified Spin instructor since we last chatted? Yessiree, I am now qualified to wear spandex bike shorts with random writing all over ‘Em. Team Me! I’ve gotta tell you that it isn’t as easy as it used to be and I’m only 21…. Mentally and emotionally. Can’t imagine how hard it is for the older set. What used to take 4 weeks to tone up is now on week 52 and only halfway there. I’m not complaining though because I’m accepting self acceptance in my old age. Or is that settling? Well, whatever. All I know is I try the best I can to keep most of the old body up to snuff and just make sure I’m not wearing my eye glasses when I look at the rest. Also helps to not look behind you in the mirror, my loves. What’re your thoughts on aging into this new year?