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Last week I shared why I’m focusing on my health and getting in shape. This week I’m going to share how I’m going about this.
I get overwhelmed easily. Truly, if I could magically curl up into myself when I get overwhelmed I’d be in a ball 20/6. Every time I’ve previously gotten into a health kick I’ve quickly been dissuaded by just how. much. I need to change and improve. My eating habits? Horrible. My workout routine? Merely a fantasy in my “healthiest Chelsea possible!” dreams. My fruit and veggie consumption? I… don’t want to talk about it.
Basically everything related to my health needs an overhaul.
Now, if it wasn’t clear from above in the past I’d look at all the improvements I need to make and try to do them all at once. Which multiple websites, bloggers, experts and humans in general will tell you is a bad idea. Because it is. Four days in: cue the overwhelm, curling into a ball in five..four..three..two..one…
This time around I’m focusing on one aspect of my health per month and building on what I’ve already established. And to further break it down I’m going to focus in on season-by-season goals to make sure I’m not piling on too much at once. So this winter I’m focusing on creating a solid groundwork for the rest of the year, including establishing a workout routine, cutting out sugar and making my own meals.
One of my longest goals has been to feel happy and healthy in my body and life. For far too long I’ve been at war with myself over how I look, how I feel in my body and what space my body takes up in the world. Basically, I was focusing on all the ways my body was wrong rather than all the ways my body helps me.
Rather than love my body for what it can do, I decided to hate my body for what it looked like.
This led to me intentionally and unintentionally hurting myself. Whether it was through purposefully bad food choices (a dozen cupcakes in three days. Yep.) to refusing to exercise, even when my body craved it. I resented my body and punished it accordingly. But now I’m finally getting to a place of love and appreciation for myself and want to reflect that change by taking a turn for the healthy.
Whew buddy, who else is not a fan of this cold? My dog, diva that she is, is luckily doing pretty well with the snow and actually loves getting to run around in it. Me? Not so much. But the things we do for love, right? Right.
Aside from the gross weather there’s been a lot going on! From the new year starting, to figuring my shit out (more on that later!) to making more concrete strides to be healthy and happy this year I’ve been busy reading various articles that are all in that vein. I’m going to be rounding up my favorites weekly, and I’d love to know what you’ve been reading, watching and listening to every week as well!
Madewell Sale!! All sale items are 40% off until Monday (!!!) and I am here for it. I tend to keep my wishlist chock full of items and periodically go through to weed out things that are no longer available.. so I have about 15 items that are finally on sale and I’m having trouble not pulling the trigger on it.. whoops. See some of my picks below! Note: some of the prices are the regular price, but if you click through they should show the sale price.
Who else is glad to say buh-bye to the garbage fire year that was 2017? Everyone? Cool. Not that 2017 didn’t have its highlights, such as seeing two friends get married and seeing Kesha again (!!!), but still. Sometimes it’s best to close the chapter and call it done.
If you go just three posts back you’ll see my mantra for last year, Treat Myself With Kindness. Sometimes I was great at it, sometimes it turned into too much “treat myself” (Donna and Tom would be proud) and sometimes I forgot it altogether. Whoops. So this year I’m going to try to be more mindful of that while also working on my new mantra for this year which is (drumroll please)…
I’ve always admired people who are tender and vulnerable with others. It’s been something I’ve been intrigued with and wanted to learn myself. I’ve always been a little standoffish, preferring my imagination and books to opening up to friends. This never struck me as a particularly bad thing until a recent conversation with a friend where I casually mentioned my dad passing and they hadn’t realized it had happened… three years ago. This was someone I’ve been in consistent contact with! Who even knew my dad! Yet I kept this important part of my life so tightly locked away that they didn’t find out until I made a joke about it.
That’s when I realized maybe I should try harder to be tender and vulnerable with others, not just myself.
SO. If you’ve been following this space then WHEW I am sincerely sorry for the lack of posts. In fact, you might notice that all but one is now gone… Mostly because coming back here with all my half-started ideas, series that I gave up on and so many drafted posts I couldn’t even count them was overwhelming and made me want to quit this all together.
Treat myself with respect and kindness.
Well hello there! It’s been quite awhile, hasn’t it? I sincerely apologize for my absence. I had a whole host of things going on for the past 4 months that took up my time and attention, including having my thyroid removed (whew!) but I promise I am going to make more and better attempts at maintaining this space. Life happens, and sometimes that means stepping away from things you love or want to invest your time in and that’s okay. This year though? I’m actually going to put in a solid effort, I promise!
Now, confession time: I LOVE making new years resolutions. I also break said resolutions within a month of making them. WHOOPS. Has that stopped me from making new ones this year? No, definitely not. But in addition to the list of things I want to change or try, I’m also incorporating a motto for my year. This year’s motto is one that I’ve fallen in love with because it’s simple but super effective: “Treat myself with respect and kindness.” Everything I do I want it to be done with the intent of respecting myself and treating myself with kindness, from how I move my body to how I think about my situation in life. I want to break my habit of automatically beating myself up and ignoring what my body wants and replace it with kindness, love and respect for myself.