‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky!

Or eat some Ruffles.

Or don’t go for a walk.

Or maybe skip breakfast.

Or just sit here all day.

Winter has gone on far too long this year, but guess what! In a few weeks it will be warmer and sunnier and I will want to feel better than I do right now and ALL the aforementioned things that may or may not have happened (Who’s to say, really?) over the winter will come running back to me and haunt me with all the woulda, coulda, shoulda uselessness of hindsight. Oh, hindsight! Why must you be 20/20? You are such a jerk!

But! (No no…  it’s okay… this time. Really. I’m going somewhere here.)

It’s not too late! We have time to make a positive change*. You. Me. All of us! We have to start today, though. Right this minute, even.

I will use the body I have to get the body I want. I don’t need a gym. No one needs a gym. Right? I do have Peady Powers after all.

I know what to eat to fuel me. I know that being happy is a choice. I know that going outside as often as possible is good for my brain. I know that the ONE thing I can do today and everyday that I have been avoiding is moving. Oh sure, I can run and play with my kids and I can walk really, really far, but I want to be able to just move more and better as I get older. I don’t want to feel hindered by my age or attitude. I know age is inevitable. I know my attitude is a positive one. The trouble is, I lack confidence in my body and its ability to grow old gracefully.

For instance, right now I know I have committed to do something and I know it will be good for me and won’t take much time, but I am sore. Good sore, mind you, but sore nonetheless. So I have to talk myself into doing it**. Telling you is helping. (Thanks!) I am going to do it though. Right now. I’ll be back. (pfft As if you’d know! You just have to trust me… )

My friend Sheila is a licenced Zumba instructor and has a sincere interest in all things fitness. She is a great influence and a staunch supporter in my quest for better health. She wasn’t always the fitness enthusiast she is today. She has her own journey and reasons for taking charge of her health. We have been friends for a decade or so and we have been witness to lots of life’s ups and downs – including those of the scale variety. I asked her if I could use a quote of hers for this post and being the awesome person she is, of course, she said yes.

“My wake up moment was when I decided I was too young to feel that way. I was not willing to give in to all the little things. I wanted more out of life and I refused to accept all those little discomforts as just part of aging. Yes it’s part of aging if you don’t take care of your body.

I am hitting reboot on my eating habits and exercising. Don’t worry. I haven’t gone too bonkers. I just need to be healthier and there’s no time like the present, right? I am at a place in my life where I need to feel empowered and strong. I have some pretty amazing support. A best friend who will help me to get out and walk as often as possible, a group or two of like-minded people sharing ideas, successes and advice, and a faraway friend who is on her own mission to keep healthy, even as time keeps reminding us of its constant passing.

I am a firm believer of everything in moderation – including moderation!

Honestly, I am. Sort of. Wait. Do the Ruffles count? Oh, never mind. The point is there’s change in the air and I am ready to not only embrace it, but I am also willing and able to cheer you on, too!

So, maybe, just maybe we can get our buts in gear, get our butts in gear AND get our butts in gear! I say we give it a go! Who’s with me?

Have you been taking care of yourself this winter?

*There’s always time for positive change, by the way. Always.

**I did it. I promise.

31 Comments on Let’s get our “buts” in check, so we can get our “butts” in gear!

  1. This is a great post. You’ve said it all. All the thoughts in my head. They are safe in my head. Support is everything. I hope the buttinskees are gone.

  2. Peady Powers rock! Love that quote! When it comes to life changes like diet exercise etc I believe in slow because then it lasts and isn’t a fad ’cause we all know fads don’t last so neither will a diet or extreme measures as they are temporary.
    You go Peady! I think you are well on your way because it’s in your head and that’s power!

    • Yes! “Slow and steady wins the race.” I believe that!

      Mind over matter really matters.

      Here comes spring! Thank you for visiting. I really appreciate *this* support, too.

    • Good! That’s really good!

      I am far from the finish line, Laura, but I know I will get there. I KNOW it!

      Thank you for being so supportive, here, there and everywhere. I appreciate it very much.

  3. It is hard for me, I go to boot camp, then I am hungry. Or I hurt myself or Crohn’s rears its ugly head (not just a gut issue). I keep wishing there was an easier way.

    • Auto-immune issues are really, really rotten. There’s no denying that.

      I wonder if GF would help? Even in the short term, it sure would be nice to have some consistency. Hard to make yourself feel good when you honest to goodness feel bad because of reasons.

      Check in now and then. I’ll cheer you on!

    • I loved those ParticipACTION ads so much. They’re great! I was so excited when they sort of breathed new life into that “brand”. So good for us! Yes! Harvey Lazybones is my idol. I am hoping for his svelte stair climbing happiness!

      And yes! Doing it!

      Thank you so much for reading! (and commenting!)

  4. Oh what a great post !! I have been doing real good this winter and I so “dislike” winter. I have been eating well, eating healthy, trying to stay active, all because I am pregnant lol Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Pregnancy is a great time to be at your best – habit wise. It’s so true! If ever there was reason to be “good” it’s the 9 month teeny passenger!!

      I think you are amazing for setting such a great example! Go, you!

      Thank you so much for reading!

    • It is not our collective imagination – this winter has been really challenging. There was less great winter weather. The kind where it’s a pleasure to be outside and moving. Much more messy, unpleasant, soggy, icky weather. The kind where hot chocolate and potato chips are the only fort I wanted to play in.

      I didn’t. Well, not always. 🙂

      Thank you for reading and commenting. It brightens my day! (Now if only it could warm it – brrr!)

  5. I have been a very lazy blogger this winter, and I suspect we’re going to jump from winter to summer and forgo our usual spring preparation period. I’m definitely not ready. Sigh:)

    • I swear it is the weather’s fault!

      I also know my choices are my choices and that darn chiptonite will get me every time, so they are no longer welcome in my home.

      But! It’s the moving vs. not moving when the weather is just gross, that’s the big challenge. So I am seriously committing to move everyday, I did it before, I can do it again. This time I can’t stop. And I won’t stop. Much like before except replace chips with exercise!

      Thank you so much for visiting! It means a lot.

    • Oh! The winter sloth! Ugh. It would be so much easier to break out of -for good- if there were not *another* winter “weather bomb” headed our way. *harumphs* Onward! Spring (weather) will be here soon.

      Thank you so much for visiting, reading and commenting!

      It means a lot!

  6. I’m with you on calling out the weather at least as a contributing factor). Love this post! I was at a talk on food security at the beginning of March, and the speaker said “eat real food, not too much, mostly vegetables” and I really liked that. Also, I’ve committed to never sitting longer than an hour, and being in nature at least an hour every day.

    • Ooh! I like your approach! Getting outside really makes me happier and it’s easier to keep moving once I am out there anyway.

      Agree. Sitting is the enemy. It’s just no good for anyone to sit for prolonged periods of time.

      With a “weather bomb” looming I am feeling motivated to avoid chiptonite and maybe break out the Wii fit with Thing 1 & Thing 2 tomorrow – school will almost certainly be cancelled.

      Thank you so much for visiting, reading and commenting. It means a lot!

  7. Everything in moderation is my theory too… especially exercise. And, Life is Short… Enjoy it.

    Good for you for making changes that you want to see in your life. I need to take Zumba. I know that I’d love it! Wanna Skype over it. Kind of. Maybe. Not 🙂

    See you in Canada in 5 short days.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

    • Yes, when I can stick to the adage, it’s a good one. It has been storming all day and I have been un-moderate. 😛

      Thanks! Tomorrow is another day! Onward! Zumba is *so* fun!! You would love it!

      We can Skype it out when you are settled back in Canada. Sure!

      Bon voyage! Safe travels!

  8. When I was in Jamaica, I got loads of exercise from swimming and walking but when I returned home, I fell right back into old habits. I eat properly but exercise is rare, though it doesn’t help that I am always in pain. Today though, I felt somewhat good and I also wanted to escape my phone, so I went out for a walk. The walk was invigorating, so tomorrow, I will do it again because I really do need to lose weight.

    • You are supporting my theory that the winter weather is really messing with my motivation. It is not easy to jump up and go for a jaunt when you can’t see your feet in the snow or feel your face in the cold.

      That being said, the time has come for some good, positive changes!

      Onward to spring!

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