Well another year has started and with it comes the expectation and pressure of resolutions. I have never really bought into the whole New Year resolution thing. I don’t need it to be January 1st to set a goal or pledge a resolution. But of course there is something tempting and enticing about a virgin year, not yet tarnished with past imperfections. So every year I definelty ponder what was tried, what I learned, what I want and what I discovered. I will never be someone happy with the mundane or the ‘good enough’. I live in a life of exceeding projections and creating new successes and I can thrive in that world. Sooooooo here I sit in a realm of thoughts, revelations, and hope pondering where to begin…..
I begin a year ago, similar feelings of hope as I began an exploration into a plant based lifestyle. I was committed and I soon became educated. I followed it for over 8 months, lost weight and felt good….But…..I never felt 100% me. I am a die hard foodie and many times I felt as if I was stifling a very important part of me. In the end, I learned soooo much and I will carry that knowledge forever into my life with food and as a person who loves to cook. It was a great experience and one that I shared with my best friend, who continues to live this lifestyle and inspire many others. Looking back I wonder if maybe I was meant to be on that path in order to support my friend on her journey. I really do believe that everything happens for a reason and if that is the reason, I would do it over again and again. No time is ever lost or wasted in support of a friend or in personal lessons learned. And of course it is true that you really should try many things and experience much to find what ignites your spirit and feels good in your soul. That experience forced me into deep discovery and profound realization and I come out of it sure and clear of what I need to do.
Now a New Year begins and I am ready, I am excited and I am renewed. My course will take me to a place of some comfort but also some ache. It will be a solo quest sometimes and a wandering with company other times. It begins with a new love and obsession with walking/hiking outdoors! If you had said two years ago that I would own snowshoes and hiking boots I would have laughed! And now I spend money on ice cleats, warm jackets and thermal wear! I never even owned a toque before and now I own many!! I even joined the 52Hike challenge and I feel nothing but excitement and confidence that this is challenge I will take head on! I also have committed to rebooting my Yoga and meditation practice and I can not wait to feel the benefits of it’s routine.
Food, nourishment, healthy choices will be easy. I joined Weight Watchers again and know that with it’s accountability and community I will have success. I have realized that I respond well to some structure and responsibility but still require some free style thinking and cooking, WW allows that and has always worked for me. I look forward to using what I learned on the plant based lifestyle to research many vegetarian options on the plan. And most importantly I can steer and support my husband to follow this as well, after all living a healthy, vibrant full life includes him, (as well as my family and friends.)
So here I go…feeling renewed, full of promise and determination with only one regret…..I wish I had started sooner! But as many a wise person has said, “You are never to old and it’s never to late”