I feel like I have busier than ever this past week. Unfortunately a busy me, equals no new blog posts. I'm definitely trying to manage my time better so I can write more frequently. I feel like I have a ton to say, just not enough time to say it all! I have been making some healthy changes in my life. I'm working out a lot more than I used to, and I'm starting to see physical results, but I'm also noticing other side effects of exercising regularly. I think the increased circulation is improving my skin, and I'm sleeping a lot better at night. I have random bouts of insomnia, so actually sleeping through the night is wonderful!
I've also kept up with daily meditation. Sometimes I sit and meditate, and other times I'll just lay on the floor, flat on my back. The key is not moving. The stillness helps me clear my head. I cannot remember the name of the type of meditation I do (of course I draw a blank while writing this) but the process involves picturing something like a tree, at a distance, and gradually picturing yourself getting closer to the tree. You keep visualizing this journey getting cloer to the tree, you get so close to the tree that you even begin to visualize the atoms in the tree. The idea is that this technique helps us realize that all things all made up of atoms. So I like this idea, because I'm a firm believer that we're all equals. I'm not saying a tree is equivalent to a person, but you get the general idea. I change this meditation type up just a little bit when I'm doing it. I like to notice my surroundings while getting closer to the tree I'm visualizing. So I'll picture wind blowing through my hair, and think of the sound a bee would make while buzzing by. It's super relaxing to me.
I'm also trying to eat healthier. Now I have a crazy sweet tooth, so I couldn't give up all sweets to save my life. I also don't believe in depriving ourselves. But I want to be healthy, so I'm trying to cut out some sweets, and make sure I'm eating everything that's bad for me in moderation. I'm trying to eat fewer carbs, and less meat. I absolutely love Boca meat substitutes. I would actually choose the soy chicken and beef over the real thing. I'm definitely trying to incorporate more fruits and veggies into my daily diet as well. Fresh fruits and veggies totally beat canned or frozen every time. Sorry canned corn, I choose the cob.
I believe we should all strive to take better care of ourselves. I don't see taking a little extra time out of our days to do something healthy and beneficial as selfish. If anything, you're being completely unselfish. If we make an effort to live healthier lives, we're ensuring ourselves a longer, and more fulfilling stint on this earth. I think we all want to stick around as long as we can to be with our loved ones.
So I challenge you to: Make more of an effort when it comes to healthy lifestyle choices. What do you have to lose? Besides a few pounds and maybe a little stress.
Lindsey. Twenty-Five. Currently pursuing a degree in Professional Writing & Film Studies.