Ok. Here's the deal.
I am not happy with my current physical condition. I have not weighed this much for this long, since I was pregnant. I love the holidays and allow myself to enjoy them. This means I let myself gain weight. I generally gain between 5 and 7 pounds and then generally take that weight back off in the first two months or so of the year. Well … 2009 has has been different for me. Maybe it's the long winter, maybe its something else? I have been pretty consistent with my exercise, but I also need to be honest with myself. I lead a sedentary life.
My job is sedentary. I sit in front of my computer for hours on end.
My hobby is sedentary. I can stand at my scrapbook island for hours on end.
Yes, I'm busy, but I'm generally NOT busy moving. Yes, I run errands (in my car) and yes, I chase my kids — but not very far!
In addition, I am no longer a spring chick. DARN. I am about to turn 44 and by most people's definition, this is middle-aged. I can feel my female-ness shifting and my energy slipping.
But … (here comes the good part) I'm not going to take all this lying down!
I'm back from spring break, the sun is shining and I have a plan!
I use clipboards all over my house to hold lists and track progress on various projects — clipboards work for me (and my family) so, I made this exercise intentions clipboard a couple of weeks ago and it's been on my "to blog" list ever since. By the way, I've already tweaked it a bit. If you'd like a copy of the newer version, click here Download Exercise
You are welcome to tweak this word document for you and give it a try!
I am being influenced here by a couple of things …
ONE. I have been reading The Power of Full Engagement, which I highly recommend. It is all about balancing and managing your energy the dimensions of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. One of the main premises being the importance of oscillating between full engagement and intentional disengagement, or recovery. I know that I often don't give myself time to recover and I certainly haven't understood how to intentionally disengage mentally and emotionally or at least how to choose to disengage in a quality way.
TWO. I have enjoyed getting to know Sunny Schlenger, author of Organizing For the Spirit. Sunny is now an instructor at Big Picture Scrapbooking. Her first projects now class (really more of a process now class) is called My New Year. As I worked with Sunny on her content I came to better understand intentions and the powerful and effective way in which they can guide us to our goals and dreams. We launched this class last month in the hopes it would rescue many of us from our failed resolutions. It is a powerful reminder that a "new year" can start whenever you are ready. How about tomorrow?
We often set resolutions, goals, expectations for ourselves that are too narrow or demanding. In other words, there is little room for the natural ebb and flow of life and energy — consequently we "give up" after a few failed attempts at reaching or accomplishing or meeting a demand.
So back to my clipboard. Rather than set very specific exercise goals, I am setting exercise ranges. Rather than say I will jog five days a week I am using little circles to set a minimum and maximum number of miles that I want to jog in a week's time. I am also setting this kind of range for yoga and strength training. I already know that I like living in a body that exercises regularly. What I want to do now is learn how to listen more to that body and respond in a positive and flexible way. On the new version of my clipboard the minimum number of circles is turquoise. These are the ones I really WANT to color in. If I can and want to do more, GREAT. If I'm not able to do more, I will still be in my range and meeting my intentions — get it?
NOW … I am also signed up for Lisa Cohen's Wellness Journey, that starts this Thursday and I want to challenge anyone and everyone (who reads my blog) to join me. I have a very FUN summer ahead that includes a birthday party in Hawaii and a family reunion. I want to feel light and happy and energetic for both of these anticipated events. I want to use the fresh start that spring inspires to better understand my wellness at this point in my life. I did a fasting blood draw this morning and am getting my annual check up tomorrow!
BPS sent out some money-saving coupon codes via email last week. One of them is for $5 off Lisa's workshop. All you have to do is enter "bailout99" at checkout and you can join me in this 8-week journey for just $35 dollars. I can''t think of a better time of year to commit to this kind of a class. Lisa is a fabulous teacher and someone who lives and loves wellness. She is currently working on her certification to become an exercise specialist. She is also a rock star when it comes to digital scrapbooking, so we'll be assembling a beautiful journal/scrapbook that she has designed, to track our Wellness Journey – and wellness is definitely a journey worth tracking.
One more thing … I'm still having a HECK of time with my internet connection. Comcast is coming again tomorrow. I have so many things to blog about and share with you — including highlights of our trip to Denver. But … between no consistent Internet there or here, I'm about to scream.
Think I'll jog off the frustration instead.