How’s that for a catchy title LOL!
I have a birthday coming up in April (yes, 39 again) and instead of dreading yet another candle on the cake this year (pause… for a big sigh…)I’ve decided to make the next 30 days a positive experience in terms of how I feel about myself, especially physically.
Sad to admit, I’ve “let myself go” for too long now, in terms of not exercising regularly. And yes, indulging in a bit more food than might have been healthy, on too many days. One of the few downsides of being a better than average cook, I guess LOL ! 😉
Anyhoo…here’s the plan.
For one month, I am going to consistently and mindfully focus on taking better care of myself. Not in a narrow, structured fashion ( I don’t believe diets work in the long term). But I will have a few ground rules to help keep me on track:
* Start each day with a protein smoothie. I find when I do this I feel better, eat less during the rest of the day and have more energy.
*Portion control. That’s one of my biggest downfalls. It will still taste great tomorrow, right? And isn’t that’s what fridges are for….LOL!
*Exercise at least 6 out of the 7 days of the week. I plan to vary the choices for activities but I will aim for at least 30 minutes a day.
*Have at least one “treat” planned just for me, for every day in April. Perhaps something as simple as taking a long, relaxing soak in the tub complete with a facial and manicure. Maybe just allowing myself a couple of uninterrupted hours of working on a craft. Spending an afternoon at the park, writing poetry and taking photos. The main focus will be the “mindful” aspect. Really being in the moment, savoring the time for me and not feeling guilty about it.
So there, in a nutshell is my gift to myself for the month of April. Nothing can be done about another birthday coming and going but I think it’s high time that I started celebrating this passage in a lot more positive light.
And I really do think that if I start by just focusing for one month of making some better choices, that I just might be able to achieve a few important but lost somewhere along the way personal goals, throughout the rest of the year.
And we all need “nuture” time, don’t we? Whether we take/plan for it or not.
I’ve recently been inspired by several bloggers who are working on their own fitness plans for spring. Perhaps I will in turn inspire some of my readers too. I hope so.
Wish me luck! 🙂
Photo courtesy of : Flickr. I wish this was our bathtub though. Ours is sooooo ho-hum and just plain ordinary. Not worth taking a photo of !!!