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100 Days

I’ve been absent. Now, I’m not going to apologize or pretend like it was a near-death experience for you, hovering at the edge of your seat with bated breath; when I started this blog, it was for me, selfish little me, and I fully realize that I’m allowed to take a break when so desired. These past few weeks, I desired just that.

However, I’ll level with you: it wasn’t just the trip to Cuba (photos to come!) that did it, or the busy-ness of life (although that certainly played a role); I’ve just been drained on an emotional level. You see, my one-year teaching contract came to an end as of Friday and, although I’ve got exciting plans of what to do with my newfound available time, it’s been a bit of a rough transition for a person who so easily develops social and emotional attachments. Luckily for me, I’m still staying involved with my school through the After School Homework Program, and I’ve taken to tutoring in the evenings because it’s fun, I enjoy meeting new students, and it’s a great way to supplement my income. That leaves approximately 3/4 of my day wide open: a terrifying thought for one who has to constantly be doing something.

My current solution? Blogging, baking, and cooking, of course, but also a deeper re-connection with myself; I’ve been eating terribly, consuming all of my emotions, most likely, and need to re-energize and recognize how important food is to my overall health. I have neglected myself. That needs to stop.

I’ve created daily to-do lists, that are more of a general guideline, but do feature the theme of self-care and self-love. One of my big ones is 100 days of exercise, a concept one of my coworkers mentioned last week. Although I’ve seen the #100happydays floating around the blogosphere (for a great example, check out my friend’s post over at Blue Eyed Sight), I wanted something more substantial to measure my journey back to health. I wanted an attainable, and measurable challenge that goes hand in hand with my healthy eating habits. The concept behind 100 days of exercise is just that – you exercise in some way, shape, or form for at least 30 minutes every day for 100 days. Yes, this can be difficult; surely there will be days when I’d rather shoot myself in the head than drag myself out of bed. Posting it on here gives me some more ownership for my project. Maybe you’d even like to join me for some extra motivation!

Dem SHOES (will be getting a lot of wear in the next little while - what's your running shoe preference?).

Dem SHOES (will be getting a lot of wear in the next little while – what’s your running shoe preference?).

So, along the theme of give it 100 – now begins #100daysofexercise. Bear in mind, I hope this to NOT be a fad – I want to set a routine in place that will continue healthy behaviour after 100 days is over. Obviously, I understand that exercising rigorously every. single. day is not possible, but that’s why things like yoga or lovely walks through the park are awesome, gentle ways of incorporating physical activity. I realize this post has meandered on long enough, so let’s leave it at that. Today’s exercise? A run-walk (let’s see how out of shape my running self is!).

 

xo Jess

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4 Comments

  1. Kudos to you! What a great challenge. I think mixing it up with yoga and other types of exercise will help you keep it going (and give you that relaxation that comes with yoga!$. xo -Elaine

    • Jess A

      Thanks, Elaine! I really do love yoga and would probably do it as my sole activity every day if not for the fact that it’s not really that strenuous. It’s an awesome mix-in activity.

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