sometimes you have to take a break from the every day. a break from counting.
counting calories, fat grams, carb intake, sodium levels etc.
you know…the obsession that can become your life.
sometimes you just have to “be”.
I’ve realized this summer, that the times i am just “being” are my most productive…health, sanity and weight loss wise.
when you are not thinking and just being…you have the whole world in front of you. waiting for you to discover it.
think about it.
get away. get away from your every day. remove yourself from the stress that has become your life. be it one day…a weekend, or a week.
how amazing is it to do the things that bring you joy…and benefit from it too?
waking up…and putting on your bathing suit before your eyes are even open…throwing your hair back and bouncing down the stairs…excited to greet the faces waiting for you.
finding a silly poem, by your morning coffee…that throws you into uncontrollable laughter…and you read it over and over throughout the day…tuck it away somewhere safe because this is something that could never be thrown away…pull it out one more time and laugh some more.
i would take 10 minutes of belly laughter than 20 min of my turbo jam ab workout any day.
walking down to the dock and jumping into the water (ok ok, walking ever so slowly into the water, screaming like a girl cause it’s so cold)…swimming and laughing and channeling your inner child..playing. when’s the last time you played?
out of breath and exhausted. exhilarated and content. hours later….still swimming…still loving and laughing.
there is nothing better than exercising and not realizing that you are exercising!
finally able to remove yourself from the water…gather together for the most amazing…delicious bbq ever
i think it’s the company you keep…the environment…the remnants of the day…that makes it amazing.
without thinking, i ate a meal of champions…and all on plan.
even the still moments. sitting on the deck. talking and laughing.
reconnecting and rediscovering. imagine what that does for you…for your state of mind…for your soul.
quiet silences…crazy laughter.
there is no way that life could get better than this very second.
removing the stress…do you know what that does for your body?
early nights…even earlier mornings. fresh air, catching up on books…group puzzles…peace.
no desire for the computer or phone. just the company i keep and the silence and silliness behind it.
i even made a deal with the mosquitoes. do not bite me and i do not kill you.
not one bite.
falling in love…friendships…newness…familiarity…2nd chances.
just freakin pinch me already.
and you wake up in the morning and do it all over again.
and only slightly notice the soreness in your muscles…because for certain
you blessed your body more in one day than you have in months
by playing, by being. by doing.
by not being bound by the feeling of “having to” but by just “wanting to”
i am back home now…back to the same old routine. for sure the stress will creep into me before morning breaks.
but i will try to remember to play more often…to just be….
of course…being in the presence of a 14 year old one eyed dog…(who i swear is my canine equivalent) is a once in a lifetime experience…but i’ve always got the memories 🙂
oh and don’t forget….there’s nothing like a little vitamin D to make you feel like you can conquer the world.
here i am setting an example.
i’ve got alot to say about my weekend…and my discoveries…and my realizations.
i’ll be posting all that on my personal blog…come on over if you are interested 🙂
you only have one life. live it.