Happy New Year!! I’ve got just about an hour to get this post up before the first day of 2015 is officially over. No resolutions for me just a new outlook on life that’s a long time coming. I spent the better part of 2014 trying to “figure it all out.” I’m really not any closer to figuring anything out except that if I’m ever going to get out of this rut I’ve been in since the fall of 2013 then I need to do everything differently. What I’ve been doing hasn’t been working so it’s time for an overhaul.
January 1st always feels like a clean slate. Though my transformation started some days ago. I’m running again, almost every day, but I’m not training for anything specific at the moment. I’m not worried about pace or even distance. I’m just running when I want to and for as long as I want to. I’m eating a healthy diet free of processed foods and sugar and caffeine. I journal daily, but just what I’m eating, not how much or how many calories. I’m eating fruit and vegetables with a little bit of whole grains and beans thrown in. I’m trying to listen to my body and eat when I’m hungry, but I’m also not obsessing about my next bite. I do yoga daily now though some days, well actually most days it might only be a few sun salutations or a warrior or two. I love yoga, but I can’t commit to classes right now. That’s not an excuse not to do it. I try to start my day with a little bit of yoga and a brief meditation.
2014 brought a great deal of change to my life, most notably my job. In November I accepted a full time position as a nurse case manager with a large insurance company. I work during the day now and when I’m not out in the community visiting my patients I actually work from home. Right now as I’m learning the ropes it feels like I’m being punished by all the work I have to do, but I’m told by my colleagues that once I get the hang of it and devise my own system I will absolutely love the freedom and flexibility the job allows. I can’t wait!
Although I’m not a resolution maker I do like to set intentions at the beginning of the year. One of my intentions is to once again crawl out of my comfort zone and seek out more experiences in the world of health and wellness. I like the work I do, but my passion lies in motivating others to improve their lives through healthy lifestyles. At the end of March I will be traveling to Marshall, Texas to attend the town’s Healthfest 2015. The Get Healthy Marshall movement was started by mayor Ed Smith and his wife Amanda in 2010 to encourage the citizens of Marshall to transform their lives by eating a plant based diet and exercising. I’ve followed a number of the speakers through blogs or podcasts and I’m really excited to take part in an event that promotes many of the same values I’m interested in improving in myself.
I hope 2015 slows down a bit, but I’m also looking forward to getting moving in more ways than one. My word of the year is transform. Transformation of my mind, body and soul. I hope to emerge from 2015 feeling amazing inside and out.