It hits you when you least expect it. That little inner voice starts speaking to you – and eventually, if you ignore it – it screams out. A week before Christmas, it happened to me. In the midst of a silent winter night, I knew I could no longer ignore it. I was tired all them time. Not feeling well. Almost sad – which is unheard of, if you know me. I knew that the time had come to make a change – a major one. And so, the next morning I got up, and totally changed my Life. I’ve changed my patterns. I’ve altered my routines. I eat better. No more breads, bagels, rice – gluten/free or not. I no longer eat products with lactose. I eat tons and tons and tons of vegetables. I’ve discovered zucchini, eggplant and yes – even parsnip. I switched to smaller plates and enjoy my water. I get up at 5h15 am and go to bed at 9h00 pm. I even get on the treadmill most days and walk a mile. Not far – just enough to make a difference in my metabolism. A month and a week later: it’s working. I’m happy to report that I am once again feeling energetic, happy and the bonus is, I am now at the lowest weight that I have been in more than twenty years. I had been lugging excess baggage from years before, and not ready nor able to make a change. But this time, I’m in it for the long run. I signed up for the Walk for Memories, something that I never would have dreamed of doing a few weeks ago. [ you can even sponsor me if you wish to do so .... my mom will thank you ! ] I take the stairs [ except for the first morning run ] when at school. This summer, to celebrate my successes, I have two major excursions planned: I want to do the Edge Walk at the CN tower, and I strive to climb to the very top of the mountain when I visit Jasper. I wanted to do so for the past two years, but my physical and mental states prevented me from doing so…. New year, during March Break, I am off to Europe with my youngest son and students from our school – and it is going to be EPIC… I’ve set myself goals. I am refusing to buy new clothes until my current ones are really too big …. And , I have chosen to embrace Life with new energy and vigor. I am so blessed: I have a wonderful family, a career that fulfills me —- and now, I am actually excited about it all. Again. As I used to be. As I should be . I am thankful.
Have a great day !