Walks by myself are becoming my favorite thing. That surprises me. I do not like being alone. I have 3 sisters and 1 brother all close in age. I am used to hustle and bustle and lots of activity and have created my life to be very similar with 5 kids of my own (two now out on their own). So I am a little pleased w myself for recognizing how independent I've become, not that it's all good of course, there is a balance in it. But walking alone allows for much thinking time. I get to sing and pray some ...but quite a lot of thinking, organizing, planning, etc.
Today's reflection was on my tendency to be an ALL-OR-NOTHING sort of girl. I can go full force, and give 110% into a project or not want to do it at all. That's scary, and yet, I know I have approached fitness this way. (Notice I did not say dieting.) I have, in the past, cut out all sugar and all flour to see weight fall off in large numbers, I have, in the past, worked out for 2+ hours a day 5-6 days a week. I have looked pretty good too. But it didn't stay that way. (There is that ALL-OR-NOTHING girl again.)
I read an article on SP a few weeks back and I've been chewing on it ever since. It asked the question, When is enough exercise enough? Do you want to put in another workout in even if you've already had some fitness today? Do you cancel friend/hubby time because of exercise? This is like bingeing; cramming it all in, never feeling satisfied, more, more, more. I could see that echo within me when I read it.
My conclusion? Enjoy life. Stop and smell the roses (and take pictures!) For me, the only way to get fit and trim and healthy, body, soul AND mind, is to stay out of the extremes. Everything in moderation isn't just for food ya know! Now I'm not talking about having to intensify occasionally to get over a hump (plateau). I am talking about adding more and more and more. I promise here and now to never let fitness be more important than my relationships, family or God! Not in that order. And that goes for food too, or what I "can't" eat! (It may have to wait in the fridge or freezer though.)
Today, I got my walk in later that normal, leaving about 4 pm and WOW, it got dark fast. This winter is really putting a crimp in my style! But look at what I saw on my way home
Ahhhhh, life is good.