My son’s dog, Drake, weighs about twenty-five pounds. He’s a powerhouse of muscle but holding him, feeling the strain on my arms and shoulders, feeling how I plant my feet to carry that extra weight, makes twenty-five extra pounds feel like a hundred.
I’ll admit it, I have twenty-five pounds to lose. I have twenty-five extra pounds putting stress on all my joints and on my heart. I have twenty-five pounds of padding that doesn’t need to be there.
So what am I going to do about it? There is a connection to all that I have tried to accomplish this year with the organization (remember Tower of Boxes), the memory writing (remember Fleshfruit exercises), finishing the old (remember Unfinished Projects), and the latest (remember my novel-writing challenge). This year has been a year of reflection, of re-evaluation, of letting go, and of setting myself up for new challenges.
Exercise more: This week I’ve walked my hilly neighborhood several times at 6 a.m. With Thanksgiving coming, I’ve put more energy into housecleaning. I do stairs daily. At work, I walk around my building once a day. Of all that I have mentioned, if I’m completely honest with myself, it is the 6 a.m. walks that will achieve results.
My goal this week:
1. Three 6 a.m. walks of the neighborhood. (Time: 30 minute walk, Joy: Sunrise Sky)
2. Two, get-up-from-desk, walks around building per day. (less than 10 minutes each)
Consistency is what I am looking for this week, setting a schedule and sticking to it. I’ve also signed up for Weight Watchers, again, to keep myself accountable and focus on sensible eating habits.
A Fleshfruit writing exercise that I found helpful: Write about your attitudes towards food, meals, cooking….dig deep into family attitudes, emotional eating, habits, resentments etc.