Monday, March 21, 2016

Hello from the other side!

I'm back, did you miss me? Sorry for the long hiatus, sometimes life's journey takes you around the long way. I do love blogging and feel like I really need it some days, the sharing of the journey with you is so cathartic. I've been much more active on Snapchat if you'd like to follow along with me there ( @mariahdupuy ) as it's such a quick and easy way to let you know what I've been up to. I found it a bit confusing when I first started using it but now I'm kind of addicted. 
I've been working hard at getting my head where it needs to be. How's that for getting right to the point? I've been trying to bring my self back to centre rather than feeling overwhelmed, depressed, anxious, and stressed. I know that the coming of Spring has made a big difference, as winter is really hard for me, especially this last one where the rain just never seemed to let up. Spring has lots of rain too but it's less depressing and means that Summer is right around the corner. The biggest thing helping me however, has been good old outdoor exercise. I have to push myself hard to get out the door everyday but I am guaranteed to come home with a smile on my face when I'm done. It gives me a complete attitude change. I am lucky to live where I do with a lot of options for outdoor activity, you just have to remember to dress appropriately because the weather will probably change 547 times while you're out there....ah the west coast.

I am a first born and definitely fit the mold. I am goal oriented and love to work for the gold star. With that in mind I have been slowly (remember I'm trying to keep things low stress) setting goals for myself to get my fitness back on track. I started with the goal of working out (outdoor or gym) four days a week with trying to make five days happen, but if it didn't I wouldn't beat myself up...four was the goal. I have been consistently making this happen for the last few weeks (gold star for me!) and I am now ready to set the next goal.

The next goal being a 5K race. I haven't run a race since Oct 2013 when I ran an easy 5K with my sister (so much fun!). Definitely time to go again. My plan is to run the Victoria Goddess 5K in June, in fact....I stopped writing this blog post after I typed that and registered for the race. Done. I WILL be running the Victoria Goddess 5K in June.

Living an active lifestyle has a snowball effect on the everything else happening in my life...I'm happier, I sleep better, I feel stronger, I'm more motivated and I'm being a good example to my kids. I want to continue on this way, for all our sakes. I WILL continue on this way. 

I would love to hear how you are managing to keep yourself happy and healthy, and if you're not how you are planning to. Do you work well with goals? Are you happier with a schedule or are you more of a free spirit? What do you draw on when you need a little motivation to get out the door?

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