I have a new vision of what my daily life can look like. It's not all about weight, but it is about quality of life. It is about closeness to my children, being surrounded by calm and peace, feeling energized, and being satisfied with what I have. I am doing lots of small things to work towards those goals, like decluttering and re-organizing to create a peaceful space. I'm doing some bigger things too, and here and two changes I made this week.
1. I am eating with my kids at the table more often. When they were small, we always ate dinner together. I have always felt that eating dinner as a family contributes to that cohesive feeling... being connected. But with the whole dieting thing along with older kids who come and go and a young one who is more limited in what she can eat, I have gotten into a bad habit of just letting the kids grab sandwiches or burritos or a pizza for dinner and making myself a salad or something later, several times a week. Soon the days this was happening became more and more frequent until half the dinner table was covered in art supplies that never got put away because we weren't using the table for dinner anymore. That's stopped, and I am making an effort to cook or at least "throw together" something for dinner *together* five days a week. I've also never eaten breakfast with my kids (except maybe on weekends and holidays) because of the get-ready-for-school rush in the morning with kids leaving at all different hours, some gone before others were out of bed. I always ate after I got everyone to school. But this week I have started eating breakfast with my youngest child every morning before school. She is VERY happy about this. And it makes me think a little about what I am eating, too, and makes me slow down a bit so I am not done way before she is.
2. I went to the gym today for almost 2 hours. I walked the inside track to warm up, then did the circuit of 12 weight training machines, then walked a little more. After that I went swimming. I am not a great swimmer but I went back and forth doing slow laps for a long time, and then I got out and soaked in the hot tub for 10 minutes and sat in the sauna for 5. I showered and came home and my body feels GOOD about the exercise... except for my feet. It's not because of the gym (because this pain returned a few days ago) but the plantar fasciitis is back and very painful. I actually hobble when I walk at times. Each step feels like someone is hitting the bottom of my foot with a baseball bat. But back to the gym... I really liked it. I admit when I dropped off my daughter at school, came home, packed a gym bag and got in the car I mumbled, "I really don't wanna do this..." but once I got there I was so glad I went! The one thing I didn't like was how the gym time ate up my whole morning, so I am going to try packing a gym bag the night before and going there directly from the school.
Gotta run, school's out!
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