As another year comes to an end, I’m once again setting aside time for a bit of introspection. As I get older, I find that reflecting on both the positive and negative aspects of myself helps me identify ways in which I’ll try to approach my life a bit differently in the future. Whereas I once avoided this hard work, I now find that it helps to ensure I’m always moving in a positive direction. So, tonight, I’m going to share part of this reflection process (I’m taking this one area at a time) as I feel strongly that writing things out makes one more accountable, and more importantly, sharing my goals publicly surrounds me with individuals who can ensure I’m not slacking in working towards my personal goals.
I’ll start with what’s perhaps easiest area for me…fitness & nutrition!
The first things I shall acknowledge are:
1. Innately I strongly dislike exercising,
2. I would prefer junk food over healthy food most days of the week, and,
3. I’ve been an epic failure in the fitness and nutrition areas of my life over the past year!
The blessing is, despite my natural tendencies and failures, I recognize the importance of both exercising and healthy eating, and would sincerely like to live a healthier life in the coming weeks and year ahead. For several months now, I’ve moaned and complained about gaining weight and additional soft layers, but feeling sorry for myself has gotten me nowhere. As the picture so eloquently states, “The question isn’t can you, it’s WILL you?” That said, I will do better in 2013 than I did in 2012. I fully recognize that I MUST slow down and release the clutter that fills my mind, my life, and my space so I can focus on leading a healthier life. I heard the question asked in a podcast this week, “What works better for you…finding an hour a day to exercise now or being dead 24 hours day a later?” Ummm…I’ll take an hour of exercise for $100.
In 2013 (well, really I think I’ll get started now), I WILL be more intentional in planning my meals and snacks weekly, I WILL make preparing a variety fresh veggies every week a priority, and I WILL write protected gym time into my personal calendar. I know I can become a bit obsessed with things of this nature, but I need to be obsessed…tomorrow is not promised, so I need to take care of the vessel that God gifted me with!
Until nest time…