First off, let me start with apologies…
I’ve been slacking on the steps! I want to get them going again, but I have a few reasons why I’ve been silent:
- I’m living my own advice and working hard on step #5 myself. As I mentioned in step #5, I signed up for the Seattle to Portland Bike Classic and I’ve been busy researching, finding a bike, and beginning my training in full force. I can’t tell you how much I love getting out there on my bike. Especially with friends. It’s amazingly fun, and I’m so glad I’ve decided to challenge myself in this way. (P.S. If you’d like to see the pics I post about this adventure, don’t forget to follow me on Tumblr!)
- I’m trying to find a new “job” and it’s been tricky. Ideally, I’d like a full-time “real job” in Social Media, but I’m having a hard time giving up my freelancer lifestyle. My dream job is to work as a community manager for a fitness/health/outdoors related company so I can combine my passions of social media and health. Wish me luck (and if you know a company who is looking for someone – ping me)!
- My biggest confession is that because of lots of work and home related stress I’ve been pretty depressed and have fallen off the wagon in terms of my diet. I hinted at this a bit in my January update and things are honestly still pretty bad. I’ve been great at getting out there and exercising (with the help of friends and hubs), but I’ve been eating whatever I like lately. I hate to admit it, but I’ve been gaining weight since the beginning of the year. I’m pretty embarrassed. Not because of the weight gain, but because I have a blog called “Epic Weight Loss Journey” and I’m gaining weight. How can I in good conscious give people “steps to health” if I’m taking steps backwards? I’ve been a bundle of stress and nerves lately, and for me that translates into emotional eating and letting the “hard stuff” slip. I feel really guilty, guys, and it’s time to confess that I need help, motivation, and the emotional energy needed to take care of myself. I’ve been wondering what my next “step to health” should be, and if I have the courage/will power to take it on even with all the scary stuff going on in my life right now.
So, there you have it. My excuses. All those aside, I need to figure out a way to be stressed and STILL take the time and energy to feed myself the right stuff.
Any suggestions? How do you take care of yourself when it feels like your world is crumbling? How do you count calories or measure out food (or just pick the right foods) when you have too many things you have to worry about and work on? How do you squeeze joy out of an otherwise crappy day?