I had a rare opportunity the other night–after my kids had fallen asleep and while my husband was working diligently toward his Leisure Specialist certification–when I had actually cleared my inbox and had a few minutes to indulge in time for myself. So, I sprawled out on my bed, enveloped in my down comforter, glass-o-wine in hand, and read Oprah magazine. I cannot tell you the last time I had this kind of time on my hands. It was like a little slice of heaven opening up its arms and welcoming me in.
Anyhow … as I read the words of wisdom written on the pages, there were two things that struck me as relevant for this journey that we’re on here.
1. Since I’ve minimized my daily mochas from the local coffee stand, I realized I’ve also minimized my daily calcium intake. So, I’ve decided that an ice cream bar a day will help keep the doctors away. Balanced diets are a key element in our overall well-being. And also my topic of conversation here in January.
2. Exercise is necessary for our overall health and well-being. I’m not a dieter. And I’m not really interested in getting into the yo-yo cycle of weight loss and gain and loss and gain and … you see what I’m saying. I have lost weight fairly effectively on a couple of crash diets in the past … once before my wedding, and once after having children. But I have no interest in starving myself. As evidenced by point number one above. So, I guess I need to start exercising to stay healthy.
In the past, I’ve often thought of exercise as a luxury. Even to the point of jealousy when I see people headed off to Yoga. “Must be nice to have enough time for Yoga,” I’ll think to myself. “Sure would be nice to have all the time in the world … I might hit the gym every day too.”
But, suddenly, I’ve realized that maximizing the time to workout is a fundamental necessity in minimizing stress, disease, and physical discomforts. It’s not just a “nice to have,” it’s a “must have” for a healthy, well-balanced life. And, if it’s a luxury, it is a luxury that I absolutely HAVE to afford myself.
So, I mapped out my plan. Yoga, Zumba, Weight Training, Water Aerobics. It all starts after an early morning visit to the Sauna. If I don’t fall back to sleep in there.