Changing

Me enjoying the beautiful California weather.

In December 2011, I decided to put my writings on hold (including blogging) to focus on eating healthy and changing my lifestyle habits that contribute to my current weight.

Fast food almost every day for every meal? Out the window. My re-emerging soda habit? Kicked. Couch potato? In the last 3 months, I’ve went hiking, I walk almost 2 miles 3-4 times a week, and I’m currently doing SparkPeople’s 28 Day Bootcamp DVD. In the three months I’ve been away, I have learned how to listen (I mean really, reeeeallly listen!) to my body when I’m hungry. I recognize how certain foods make me sleepy, tired, and feel like crap. I have started calorie-counting, and I am slowly but surely learning how to cook healthy and delicious meals.

All of that took my full energy. When I started this blog, I listed my goals, but I didn’t realize at the time that I would need to focus on my health 1000% before any of my other goals would be achievable. I tried to dive in feet first, and ended up being overworked, stressed, and tired. On top of all of that, I was eating crappy. I was slowly but surely losing my mind.

Not writing, not blogging, and not plotting for my freelance business was tough. Really tough. I’m a workaholic, and an overachiever, so to put my work on hold while I took care of myself was misery the first month.

But by the time January rolled around, I was feeling good. I was still accomplishing things, but for my health, not my wallet. My mind cleared. My outlook on life cleared. I started to read books for relaxation again, meditating, and working on my spiritual well being. It felt good.

So! Now I’m back. I have decided to take it slow with writing. Currently, I plan on writing with my post-NaNoWriMo writing group every Sunday. Once I’m done with my book, I’ll focus on the next step. From now on, it’s step by step, not leap by leap. :)

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