Some of you may be wondering how I’m doing this — what, specifically am I doing that’s different. For the first few weeks I am having to make some room to allow myself to focus on my year. That means I’m scaling back from some activities that take time away from taking care of myself. If I am using the excuse that I don’t have time to exercise, then I need to get rid of something I’m doing that’s less important than exercising, for example.
I cook most of our meals at home and bake most of the treats we have in the house so they’re not filled with unpronouncable ingredients and too much sugar. One of my challenges is eating right when I travel and this year promises lots of travel. If anyone has tips on how to make better choices while eating out, that would be welcome. My Twitter friend Kellie reminded me today of the healthy benefits of shopping for groceries online to avoid impulse purchases and overbuying — I will return to that practice and enjoy the time I get back from not having to spend it in the store.
I have been doing a daily yoga session. I plan to continue.
I’m still figuring parts of this year out, but I figure I have enough vacation time to make sure I take a whole day or half day off every month that doesn’t have one long weekend in it. With that time I can make and keep appointments — I started today by making an appointment for an eye exam that I probably should have had about three months ago. Sorry eyedoctormike — I have been letting that one slide, too.
Not all my appointments will be the painful or not-so-fun variety. I also plan to have a pampering session once a month, as much for mental health as physical. Massages, mani-pedis, facials . . . what else can I do?
And every day I will remind myself that I’m saving my life, that I’m taking care of myself today, as I really think about exercise, eating right, taking those vitamins and resting when I need to rest.
Today’s only the fourth day of this year and I’ll admit, I’m feeling a little anxious . . . the seeds of self doubt have tiny little sprouts . . . but I’m very encouraged by how many of you said you’d like to take a year, too and those of you who are DOING it. If you can do it, I can do it. Right?