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New Year, New You!

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Have you seen this off and on for the last six weeks?

New Year, New You!

I believe that was my battle cry one year ago. I was going to eat healthier, reduce stress, improve my sleep quality, and go to the gym. I had great motivation one year ago. I had actually been able to lose a few pounds, bought a used treadmill from an estate sale in my hood, was sleeping better, and making strides in acknowledging the stress-producing triggers in my life. And then the big ole shoe dropped: Covid19. And it dropped right on my motivation. How rude! We found ourselves in a pandemic requiring isolation and quarantining for safety.

Suddenly all those areas of improvement began to languish.
emoticon My healthier food became more difficult as I began to have my groceries delivered. My seeming inability to get organized with meals and grocery lists resulted in limp lettuce, moldy cucumbers, and unrecognizable liquid veggies appearing in my over-crowded fridge. Planned meals invariably had one key item missing and my husband, who overnight turned into a self-made Covid Policeman (CP), would not allow me to take a quick trip to pick up the missing item.
emoticon My big plans to use the treadmill and go to the gym evaporated like the cream on top of a Starbucks mocha frappuccino. The gym was beyond the list of acceptable ventures out of the house by Bob (the CP). The treadmill is still sitting like a quiet sentinel whose buttons and keys appeared to be giving off a look of scorn, which resulted in us using it like a gentleman's valet stand for tee shirts and other items of discarded clothing. However, there is never anything so difficult to remove it might prevent one from walking on it.
emoticon Sleep has always been my super power. In the previous normal I could drop to sleep like an anesthetized grizzly bear. In the new normal I find myself feeling fretful in bed. Visions of my sorely missed grandchildren often prevented me from drifting off to sleep. (Where is a veterinary dart when you need one?) In addition to trouble falling asleep, I found myself sleeping lightly and with dreaded anticipation of CP sneaking up to my side of the bed and trying to quietly put his digital thermometer to my forehead in an attempt to monitor my temperature. Beep. This behavior is just the dark-thirty of his daily vigilance when I sneeze or clear my throat, prompting a full court press on my forehead. Beep. Beep. Beep.
emoticon Providing you with a full discourse on stressors in daily life would be like a parrot teaching YOU to talk. My daughter contracted the virus and was out of commission for a month. Even though she is 40 years old, I had that same panic that I had when she had health trials as a child. That mommy gene. I'm sure that gene is what propelled those witches in Macbeth: "For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and caldron bubble." Right? They sound like mothers on a mission.

Today, February 11, I am going to take that "New Year, New You" to heart. I realize that it has been 42 days since New Year's Day, but the sun is shining bright, there is a slight breeze, and the afternoon high will be 80-degrees (with apologies to those of you in the polar vortex, which actually sounds like something I may have failed in Algebra 2). I going to put on my shades and walking shoes and get some movement (which sounds infinitely more fun than exercise).

I salute you all . . . new year, new you!
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  • AQUAGIRL08
    There is no better time to launch A New Year, A New You, than today! I got my first COVID-19 shot this past Friday. It made me really tired and my arm aches from the shot but it sure beats the alternative! Hubby and I have continued to very carefully venture out into civilization. Sure my hands are crisp and I change my mask daily but the fresh air and sunshine are worth it! We tried ordering groceries online and doing the pickup thing but the produce was awful and I’m kind of picky about produce. We try to go to the grocery store at odd hours but so does everyone else so that isn’t all that successful. My big thing besides brain training and testing, is getting more sleep. So that is the focus of my program right now. Eventually it will all come together!
    73 days ago
  • SLENDERELLA61
    Another great blog almost everyone can relate to!! Made me smile more than once.

    Hope you have gotten your vaccines. Gary and I got second on Feb 9, so expect to be fully immunized about Feb 23. I'm ready for some socializing! Yes, I know we can still transmit it and should wear masks, but the fear of really bad outcome is almost gone. Hoping you are getting this relief, too. Hope to see you soon.

    Best luck with your new year, new you! If there is anything I can do to support you (like daily calls or emails or whatever) let me know! I now have a car of my own and am driving with a little more confidence, too, so a visit isn't out of the question!! -Marsha
    82 days ago
  • ANNIESADVENTURE
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    2020 killed motivation for a lot of people! Here's to a better year and progress.

    83 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    An excellent time to launch new year, new you . . . absolutely no better time!! Always love your quirky sense of humour which is new each time you blog!!!
    83 days ago
  • HARROWJET
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    83 days ago
  • SPEDED2
    Wow! You are a long way from Boonville. Enjoy all that warm weather. emoticon
    83 days ago
  • MEADSBAY
    Omg...you are a funny girl!
    I wish I had a treadmill..I have finally taken my life in my hands and gone back to the gym to walk (felt very safe) as it is tooooo cold to walk outside.
    Good luck getting organized and finding your Mojo.
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    83 days ago
  • GLORYB83
    New year, new you - I like that! And it's not too far into 2021 that we can't keep our goals Jane.

    Let's do it!
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    83 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    (((HUGS))) Yes, this has been a year to bring out the best and/or the worst in people!

    Wishing you a healthy new beginning, stay safe, stay well.
    84 days ago
  • BONNIELEMMERT
    I like the idea of New Year, New You. Thank you for sharing.
    84 days ago
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