It has been a little over a year since I added physical activity to my life. The seasons have been greatly improved. Winter is now a open landscape to either snowshoe or ski upon. I have just begun the exploration of all the different trails in our area. I am falling deeper in love with nature and its beauty, in all seasons.
While skiing on Sunday, I encountered a few hills. Hills, that were intimidating and had my heart racing. I made it up the hills. I fell twice. I still traversed them! Success.
Perfect skiing is completing the trail.
As this year is just beginning, I am now looking at exploring my eating habits.
Adding more vegetables and fruits.
Eating for fuel instead of 'comfort'.
My eating habits are not for my body; but mind.
I have been looking at the way I eat mindlessly repeating what I have done for years.
It occurred to me, eating is a lot like beliefs or thoughts. Rarely challenged, just mindless followed. Eating as we were raised.
And, it is easier to just make what you have always made, instead of learning something new.
Challenging our eating habits, or our thinking habits, takes a space before we respond.
Really looking at what we are putting into our bodies, as much as what our minds are saying is self-exploration.
Going off of cruise control and taking over the controls.
I am not sure if my body loves sugar or my mind is using it to control me.
But, there is trepidation of giving it up.
So, I am going to instead try feeding it more healthy stuff and reducing the empty foods that zap my energy.
It is mind twisting to have a feeling of fear when getting rid of something that is bad for you.
This has echoes of letting go of relationships that no longer serve you. It was scary to do and it took awhile to live at peace without them.
It is just so interesting to me, how our thoughts and habits are often just accepted and rarely challenged to see what their contents are, how do they serve us or jail us and then our willingness to change.
The contents of my life has been so richly enhanced with trails, hikes, bikes, ski and snowshoes - and so bland to recall it without it.
I am hoping that the wonderful new eating habits will be the same. That my food will look so different one year from now. That I will be adding great new food sources to my life.
Instead of looking at what I have to lose - sugar and processed foods - I look forward to learning new ways of eating.
I going to take is slow; as I did with my activities.
Adding new items and find new recipes that I love.
Food for my body and my new healthy active lifestyle!