If you are anything like me, you often notice how quickly time seems to pass. It’s one thing to wake at 4:30 am, fall back to sleep, then wake again at 6:45 am (too late to make it to the yoga studio for the led practice). But, that’s not what I am talking about. I am talking about how quickly the calendar flips pages, even when the days sometimes seem to drag on.
How does this happen?
One wonders if we are sleeping through the days, unconscious to time passing. And what would be the solution – if there was one?
Personally, I think that a solution may lie in pausing to appreciate the moments along the way. Take the time to leave the office at lunch. Go outside and let the sun shine on your face and in your eyes. Listen to the sound of of the gravel moving under your feet as you walk. Kick a fallen pine cone or stone, and admire the flowers.
For me, this helps.
Although I have not been as good as I had hoped in my 20/20 Daily Photo Project, I do notice that the project does encourage me to open my eyes more and notice my surroundings. To be frank, I have actually been taking more photos than I have posted. I just haven’t been happy with the content and quality of my efforts. My old laptop which had my photo editing software on it died and I cannot find the serial number to reinstall on my newer Mac. The Apple iPhoto edits do not impress me in the least and leave me a little unenthusiastic about the photos.
But, I will continue my efforts, even if nobody but me sees the result. It’s more for me than anyone else.
I’ve been in denial about my back-slide in my fitness for a few months now. I’d noticed the change in how my body feels. I have also noticed a change in how my clothing fits. And while I kept trying to convince myself that the change *could* be due to muscle gain, I knew full well that I hadn’t been putting in that level of strength training.
After months of avoidance, I finally took measurements and plugged them into my Progress app. The inner voice that lies to my psyche, in the face of the numbers, still tried to convince me that it might still be muscle. I finally told her to shut up and decided that it was time for me to face the truth. I scheduled another DXA scan…
While my weight was only 0.6 lbs off, the scan showed that my body fat had increased by 2.6% (3.4 lbs). I might have been okay with this, except that the scan also showed a 3.1% (2.8 lbs) loss in lean muscle. I am NOT OK with the coupling of muscle loss.
There isn’t any shame in getting off track. There is only regret when you stay off track.” -author unknown
It’s time to get my arse in gear and undo the damage of lazy keto, pitty-party-piss-poor-eating-and-couch-potatoeing. No more lies, excuses, or head games from myself or others. It’s time to live my best life. I deserve it!
This is a call for help — though NOT an emergency. You see, the reason for my distress is of my own doing. Therefore, I am the one to redirect the path I am on.
It should be done quickly as the next Spartan Race is now only a month away.
I MUST get back on the ropes, monkey bars, lifting, carrying, hiking and running track. I must do it SOON or else the next race is not going to be any where near as fun as the last one was.
I ran across this photo of young YaYa and me from many years ago. Those were tough times — yet somehow we found reasons to smile. At least that’s how I remember it.
It seems that there are scientific reasons that support “putting on a happy face” even when you aren’t feeling it. Smiling can calm the nervous system, lower your blood pressure, and boosts your immune system. Furthermore, it’s contagious.
So smile and watch as the whole world smiles with you.