Back to Center: Health & Fitness Updates

Hey friends!  Oh boy, how time does fly…

I’ve really missed blogging – the problem is, the more I put it off, the less I feel I have to blog about.  That being said, I gotta start somewhere with a new post, because I miss y’all, and I miss my little blog.  So here goes – my health and fitness update (with a little bit of spirit thrown in there for good measure).

I’ll start by saying that 2013 is turning into a year of self-realization for me – and we’re only 3 months into it 🙂

I’m not sure exactly when the turning point happened, but earlier this year, I realized that I haven’t really been living up to being my authentic self.  I’ve been reeeally good at acting like the girl that I imagine people think I should be.  I want to go further into this thought in another post, but for now, I’ll just say this:  I’m coming to realize that I don’t need to be anyone other than ME.  And I don’t need to do things just because I feel like others expect me to do them.  In fact, those perceived expectations are all just in my own head.

So, I’m making conscious choices to spend my time doing things that I truly enjoy and that nurture the real me; not because they are a chore, or a challenge, or because there’s some kind of prize waiting for me at the finish line.  This applies to my health and fitness choices too, as you can imagine.

That’s why I quit the gym.

What, what!?!  Well, technically I froze my membership.  And here’s why:

  1. I love, love, love getting fresh air, walking my dog, and being outside (and dammit, it may be freezing outside here in PA, but spring will be here soon, I have faith!).  I want to start running and walking outside more as the weather gets nicer.
  2. I’m trying to get myself back on track with my budget (that’s a whole ‘nother post) and I want to save a few bucks.
  3. I really haven’t been inspired to hit the iron like I used to.  It just doesn’t seem like where my heart is right now.

Instead of the gym, I’ve been getting up really early in the morning and doing a short session of yoga before the sun comes up.  It feels glorious.

And, get this:  I’ve been meditating.  This is probably the most centering, enlightening thing to have happened in my life in years.  It’s amazing, seriously:  15 to 20 minutes a day of sitting in silence and quieting my mind has helped me to feel calm, centered, and confident for the rest of the day. The daily routine of meditation is allowing me to gain the clarity and focus that I’ve been craving.  It makes my spirit happy 🙂

*Note:  If you are interested in starting a meditation practice of your own, I highly suggest that you jump on the tail end of the free 21-Day Meditation Challenge for Perfect Health, hosted by Deepak Chopra and Oprah.  Amazing.  Trust me 🙂

Also on the fitness front, I’m excited to start TurboFire soon – I ordered the set a while back and am anxiously awaiting to get it in the mail!  I think it’s going to be a great way to get my booty moving and to lean out in time for summer.  The reviewers of TurboFire all say it is so fun  and I can believe it – Chalene Johnson is such a ball of energy!

*Another note:  Chalene wrote an amazing book called Push: 30 Days to Turbocharged Habits, a Bangin’ Body, and the Life You Deserve.  I love this book!  In fact, it was the inspiration for this blog!  It’s written with a health focus, but Chalene so clearly outlines how to set and achieve goals that I recommend it for anyone looking to achieve a sharper focus in that area.

And the final thing, that’s not so related to fitness but is related to health, is that I’m planning to go off the pill.  NO, WE ARE NOT TRYING TO GET PREGNANT!  However, I am ready to stop taking synthetic hormones, which have been in my system for the better part of half of my life.  Crazy, huh?  Again, this experience will probably deserve its own post or two, so if you’re interested in my journey as I get back to living as the authentic “me,” sans fake hormones, let me know 🙂

*Final note:  I’ve been reading a book called Taking Charge of Your Fertility, which is full of information and support for women wanting to take a natural approach to birth control (or getting pregnant).  

So…that’s where I am.  I guess I had a lot more to chat about than I thought I did 😉

To anyone who may still be reading this little blog, please let me know:  Have you ever entered a period of your life where you had a shift in perspective?  Where you realized you were neglecting your authentic self?  How did you get back to center?

xoxo (missed you)

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14 thoughts on “Back to Center: Health & Fitness Updates

  1. I’m interested to hear more about getting off the pill. I’ve been thinking about doing that for quite some time now. Actually, I told myself I would be hormone free starting when I turned 30, and here I am turning 33 in a few weeks and still taking birth control. It’s purely for selfish reasons…being able to control that monthly visit is at the top of the list!

  2. So funny, before I finished reading, I thought, “She really needs to read, ‘taking charge of your fertility’ ! Great book. Changed my life and my outlook on women’s health!

  3. Changing perspective on life? I’ve been living for my kids since their birth. I’m trying to become more girly since I only have boys. It’s why I’m working harder in the gym, to feel more like a woman. Not over doing it like before, but working hard. I want nice clothes to fit right! I want to be a woman instead of just mother and wife!

  4. I loved your blog — I just happened upon it. Very recently had had a very major shift in perspective take place over about a two-year period. It encouraged me, because I was able to sift out from my values the stuff that was only there to meet the perceived expectations of others. But I had to extricate myself from many people in order to do so. Also,I had to become more assertive with myself and others, especially in establishing a kind of spiritual independence that does not rely so much on meeting the desires of others, but only on a greater awareness of my own true desires for myself. Maybe that helps.

    • Thank you for your comment and for visiting! Your comment really speaks to me – these are a lot of the same things that I am working on right now…hopefully I’ll get there 🙂 And I love the phrase “spiritual independence” – that is beautiful!

      • I was given a bit of pause when I heard that phrase come out of my mouth, myself. “Spiritual independence” — sounds like a good title for a blog, too. Thanks for noticing. 🙂

    • Thanks, Kathy!! If it’s fitness motivation that you’re seeking, maybe find a friend that will work out with you? Maybe take a walk at lunch time with somebody so you can get outta the office 🙂 🙂 😉

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  6. Hi Dear Sweet Menden, I really enjoyed your blog in the past. You crossed my mind today and I wanted to see if you were still blogging. Also how you are. In answer to your last qiuestion. There have been times when I have found myself not being authentic…or completley true to myself. Often when someone or thing new had been introduced into my life. I find when I take back my life I feel much better,and at peace. On the other hand, as I have aged, grown, continued on this journey called life. I have evolved,learned,changed alot myself. 🙂 I sure miss and love you…xoxo. Amy

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