Thursday, January 2, 2020

Ah, 2020.

In the coming weeks, social media will be filled with posts about self-care, fitness, and weight maintenance. This happens at the beginning of each new year, in a cyclical desire to clean out the old and begin afresh. 

I've mentioned in a past blog post that I perform a deep clean of my house with each change of season. The winter deep clean is put off until after the holidays; after the decorations are stashed away, the frenzy of shopping, cooking, and baking are all behind me, and the parties are a fond memory. 

My husband spent some time on New Year's Eve clearing our cupboards, which was a tremendous help. In the next week or so, I will dust the ceilings, wash the windows, move the refrigerator and dislodge the litters of dust bunnies burrowing underneath it.  I will get into the corners of the baseboards with a vacuum and a toothbrush to remove all remnants of Sophie's fur. Sophie is my 18 month old Great Dane, and unbeknownst to me, Danes shed. They have very short fur, but they shed it. A lot. 

So, the house will undergo a pretty drastic cleanse. 

And, as happens at the New Year, I will be examining how I can return to a healthier self. 

I will not be making any grand pronouncements about my fitness goals, or the magical number I would like to see on the scale, or how I am going to mediate more, and get eight hours of sleep per night, and reduce my screen time. Nope. No grand pronouncements. Not for me.

What I aim to do is rediscover the joy I once had living in a healthy and fit body. I will not denigrate the body I currently reside in. I will cherish it, and not make myself crazy with how many steps I walk each day, how many calories I've ingested, what color food I have on my plate, whether I've gotten enough sleep. I will find the fuel for my body that is nutritious and diverse, but I will not allow myself to be pressured into a particular type of eating lifestyle (once called "a diet"). 

I will let you know how that goes. And I hope you all find health and fitness choices that work for you. 

Welcome, 2020!

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