Monday, August 04, 2014

New Habits

So the dirty 30 birthday is a few years off but for some reason it's been looming over me with this big *WARNING!* sign flashing in my head. I have no idea what to expect for my 30's. But I do know that I want to start them with good life habits and healthy habits in tow. Essentially a healthy life routine. New habits, especially a new routine can be hard to establish. Especially for someone like myself who naturally shuns all things routines in favor for randomness of life. But now I've found as friends and family get more involved in their own respective lives that randomness includes too often me cuddling with my couch with Netflix to keep me company. Don't get me wrong now. I do not disdain that habit in the least bit. But what I cannot stand for is doing the same thing day in and day out. But even more importantly, when I saw that the hamburger I ate one night didn't just disappear due to the magic my once extraordinary metabolism pulled, but instead started showing up in my a$$.... Yep, it's time for a change.

So for the last 2 months I've been on a mission. Essentially at the end of the day I want to enhance the complete trifecta, Mind, Body and Spirit

Mind - Forcing myself to get out the house to do something that isn't work or errands whether that's pampering myself, visiting a friend, strolling through the park. As along as it's an activity that reduces the stresses of every day life.

Body - Establish better eat habits such as replacing simple carbs with complex carbs. Eating more protein and fibrous meals. Establish a exercise routine, even if that only means getting up and walking around the neighborhood. But really, I want to be able to run 1 mile comfortably and keep basic muscle tone to keep a lean and slim body.

Spirit - This is probably the hardest routine to establish thus far. Its so easy to allow our spiritual lives and health to lapse. For me I want to start attend church again on Sunday. Sounds simple. I have the time for it. But it wasn't until yesterday that I was able to go to church for the first time by myself. Why did it take so long. Well it was the going "by myself' part that was so hard for me. It wasn't until I set out on this mission that I truly appreciated how family and faith are so closely connected. Church is a family activity and when you're away from family then friends are a nice substitute, but it harder. But when you have no friends who share your faith... there's only you. You to keep yourself accountable. You sitting in the pews alone while everyone files in with family members and loved ones. For a introvert like myself, this thought was so terrifying that it took more more than 8 weeks before I could put on a face brave enough and walk into, what is relatively a new church for me, alone. I am so glad that I did though. The relief I felt as I sat there was indescribable. I felt a decent burden lift off of my shoulders as soon as I did.

I'm excited for the opportunity to live a new healthier and more spiritual life style. I know it's not going to come without its challenges. I know its not going to be an easy routine to establish. But the important part is that I've started, which can be the hardest part. I'm excited to see where it takes me :)