Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A fresh start

As I begin my 39th year on this earth and head to my 40th I cannot help but think about who I am and if I am living the life I hoped I might. 

I can honestly say that I am very happy in myself and am blessed to be living a good life with my family in a wonderful place, surrounded by good friends both local and abroad. The only one thing I would strive for over the coming year is to put a little more time into my health, both physical and mental. I would like to shake off those few extra kilos that seem to have appeared from nowhere and would like to work on reducing the number of migraines I get. 

I'll start by drinking more water and taking time out to learn some relaxation techniques for those unavoidable busy days being a mum of three kids. Life is so unbelievably busy and I often say I don't know where to find the actual time to exercise until it becomes a priority and I make time.

Today as Gareth did his rugby training I decided not to sit chatting with the other mums on the sideline but instead to go for a brisk walk for 40 minutes. The sun was dipping low in the sky and the colours over the lake were mesmerising. It felt good despite my legs screaming out for mercy and my tummy begging for dinner. If there had been a kiosk I would have gobbled a chocolate bar to take the wobbly feeling out of my limbs but thankfully there wasn't and I drank deep from the bottle of cold water I had with me. Surprisingly the hunger pangs abated. I think I have grown used to filling up on sugary snacks when water may be what my body is asking for. 

I do not know whether this enthusiasm to better myself will have enough momentum to carry me into 2013. Will I be able to spend my 40th comfortably wearing swimmers on a warm beach or will I be hiding under a sarong? It's my choice. Each and every day that I go to put my hand in the biscuit jar. Each time I consider sitting in front of the tv or going for a walk. I hope I keep choosing well...

4 comments - click here to leave your comment:

  1. To motivate me, I try to remember a good feeling from a past exercise session. So maybe you could remember the feeling of the sun warming you? Could you get the other mum's to join you maybe?
    Well done on doing something for you!

  2. dear Gina, young girl,
    I don't want to disappoint you, but you're starting your 40th year!!!

  3. I admire your resolution, it is a good thing to take care of ourselves, besides it sets a good example for the kids. But I know how difficult it is, with a growing family!

  4. Happy Belated Birthday Gina! I hope you had an amazing day...and bravo on your choice to take better care of yourself. I too decided I needed to do an about face if I wanted to continue doing the things I love doing. That, and a new dog that loves to run and walk, has gotten me off the couch and out the door again. :)