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Is it too many days beyond New Years to post about resolutions or intentions or whatever you call them? I’m late to the party with it this year, probably because I was celebrating the end to what wound up a difficult year. When it came time for 2013 to pack her bags, I was front and center to see her out the front door, shot of whiskey in hand.
But for all my complaining 2013 had wins that have already made transitioning into a new year, and writing this very post, all the easier: HEALTH. Managing my health was a big, huge, hulking priority for me last year. I dedicated time and space on this little blog to talking about it, thinking about it, and sharing lifestyle changes. And for the first time in my adult life, exercising regularly, eating well, taking care of myself for myself, and quitting the fat talk aren’t a list of things I don’t do but know and wish I could. They are present and breathing and living. There’s still progress to be made and I’m surely still figuring it out. But heavens if I’m not leaps and bounds beyond where I stood 365 days ago. I cannot remember a year before this one when I didn’t guilt myself into listing exercise at the top of my goals, knowing that I would never make it a real daily priority.
So there’s that. In 2013 I learned how to take care of myself. Or, at the least, how to start.
All the bad days and tough nights that piled on at the end of the year can’t take that away. And health is what helps me deal with those occurrences now, too. Horrible day at work? Long run along the lake at sunset. Upset over something I can’t control? A healthy home-cooked meal. What I have learned, and what I could have only ever taught myself, is that healthy behaviors feed healthy behaviors. They are cyclical and exponential in my life. When I run more I sleep better, eat healthier, and have more energy. Above all else, I am happier. I am my best self. And too, when I eat better I find myself looking forward to my evening runs, taking the stairs more often at work, and embracing a generally lighter air to my body and mind.
I’m going to make my 2014 resolution easy this year: KEEP IT UP.
Because happiness for me is born from happiness with myself. From being good to myself. And that is what health is – committing to taking care of myself for today and all the years to come.
Here’s to health, happiness, and a year of keeping it up.
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