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It’s me again…

I know it’s been a LONG while but I ebb and flow with this whole blog thing. Some days I have plenty of time to write and other days, it falls by the wayside and it becomes way too long of a break.

I’m diving back in today because I’m feeling like a fresh start is needed. I’ve been on a bit of a downward spiral these past few weeks — everything is feeling like it’s closing in on me and something needs to change NOW.

My biggest issues are my weight, my work, and money. Typical stressors in daily life (for me at least) and I can usually handle them when they come one at a time…but for the past month or so, they’ve all been hitting me hard and I’m feeling like I’m overwhelmed constantly. Not able to breath in enough air to feel like my lungs are full. Not enough money to keep afloat in the Bay Area anymore. What are my options now?!

Anyway…I’m trying to embark on a few different paths that I hope will make this stress melt away (a little bit more than it is now). I’m really interested in getting my weight under control. I’ve always been a bit overweight but after having my son ~21 months ago, it’s been a struggle to get it back to the pre-pregnancy weight. You see, I did really well right after his birth. I had only gained ~25 pounds and after a month, I was back down to my pre-pregnancy weight. It was nice to know that it wasn’t too bad and relatively easy to do but in the months after, I’ve crept back up the scale. Now I’m ~35 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight and it’s starting to really affect my daily life. I don’t want to be the overweight mom that can’t keep up with her very active 21 month old son. I want to be that active mom that smiles and runs with their child. So in order to do that, I’m going to make a concerted effort to carve out time to go to the gym Monday through Friday while at work. I rarely take lunch so hopefully carving out 30-45 minutes will be something I can do. I just need to do SOMETHING.

I’ll talk about some of the other issues as the week goes on…just want to set a benchmark of where I’m at.

For me.

As part of choosing focus as my one word for 2012, I thought long and hard about what needed focus. I came up with ME. I sacrifice a lot in my daily life for others but what about me? I do my co-worker duties, I do my wifely duties but what about me?

This month I’ve been thinking about what is important to me that I want to pursue and focus on in 2012.

I have taken the first step in the first week of January signing up for Zumba class twice a week. The classes give me an hour of sweaty, fun, enjoyable dancing (even with my two left feet and very little grace). The feeling when you step into the room and just start doing the steps. As the classes go on, you get to know the playlist, what song is coming next, and what steps are coming up. It’s a fantastic feeling. This hour is for focusing on my health. For me.

When that hour is complete, I feel energized and ready to take on the world.

Today is just one of those days…

You know when you are just enough in a funk that nothing seems fun…not even your most wildest dreams?

My back has been bothering me since Sunday morning. Possibly from compensating for the calf muscle that I pulled Saturday night. I was in bed all day Sunday (multitasking and catching up on my DVR’d programs from the past week or so)…and a total mess. I could go to the doctor but she will say what she said two years ago when I first had this back pain – Go to physical therapy and it should help. Of course, I didn’t heed her advice because the way things went, my copay at the time was exorbitant and I couldn’t afford the prescribed 2-3x a week. No way, no how.

The pain I’m feeling today makes me realize that I’m not taking care of my body the way I should be. I’m not getting any younger and I DO need to get healthier. Diet and exercise is the name of the game. Diet begins now. I will eat healthier and *think* about what I put in my body…and once I feel well enough to do it, I will begin the exercise portion.

You’ve heard it first here. It’s a new day.


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