Monday, May 19th, 2014 — It all started in Florida last month. I tried to put on my denim shorts and it would not fit. So I figured I probably brought Sabrina’s much smaller shorts by mistake. But no, these were my shorts. Size 8 Old Navy shorts that fit me perfectly six months ago. So I wiggled and jiggled, jumped up and down, twisted and turned, until I could finally zip up the shorts. I was not sure if this was an isolated case, so when I got home from vacation, I tried on first one suit, then another, only to find that they were a bit too snug. So then I climbed on a weight scale just out of curiosity and didn’t like the numbers that flashed back at me. I’ve gain more than 15 pounds in the past 4 months — and didn’t even notice.
The truth is that I have slipped. As I have started to feel better, I have gone back to old bad habits. Not working out. Not eating right. Not taking care of myself. Not leading a balanced life. I remember when I was ill, I made so many promises to myself. I promised that I would re-evaluate my life. That I would focus on what was important. That I would live in health and vitality. And I’ve done a pretty good job with this for two years. But I find I am slipping. And now it’s time to get back to basics.
What is it about the human condition that makes us forget what we’ve been through, when things are going well? I see that with people around me who’ve had heart attacks, cancers and other debilitating illnesses. For a while, we remember how fragile life is and how important it is to live life responsibly. And then, we slip and get back to the craziness of life. It is truly a strange paradox.
Now it’s time to get back to basics. For me this means making friends with Goodlife Fitness again. It means paying attention to what I eat. It means rebalancing my life so that I am fulfilled mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. It is a journey to health and vitality. So I am getting back on track. I am taking the first step today to reclaiming my life. I’m excited to re-balance my life and I can’t wait to meet the new and improved me!