It’s the second day of January, two thousand fifteen.
Your half birthday was a couple of weeks ago, putting you at the
ripe young age of twenty five and a half.
I wanted to write a note to you today – at the beginning of a new year – to remind you of a few things…
You’re not at your lowest/ideal weight. You feel curvier, thicker, and not as lean as you’d like to be. Despite breaking up with scale last year, you couldn’t resist weighing yourself on the first of the year. You’re up 3 to 5 pounds from 365 days ago. This irks you. It outright irritates you. But, remember, the scale doesn’t rule you anymore.
Remember, too, that you are the only one that burdens yourself with the added weight. Your friends, your family, your supportive boyfriend, your coworkers, and (gasp!) even your blog readers do not hold the higher number on the scale against you.
You’ve done a pretty bad a** job of keeping up your fitness – sans gym – for over a year and half. You should give yourself two solid high fives for that.
Even through the rough patches of recovering from an injured knee, you persevered through “rehab”, all the while supporting your passion for exercise in creative ways. Twenty five months later and your knee feels 95 percent healed. You ran two races last year, and while you haven’t logged a record number of miles since December 2012, you never gave up on running.
Oh no, I haven’t forgotten about your stomach. I hear you, it is not a happy camper. Believe me, there is not an hour in the day that I don’t think about this with utmost concern. As a college graduate with a degree in Nutrition and a certified Holistic Health Coach, it frustrates me beyond belief that I feel helpless when it comes to healing your gut.
The bloating, the gas, the sharp pains, I feel and listen to it all. Your GI tract is a complicated piece of machinery (give me that!), but I promise I will do anything and everything so that your digestive tract does not dictate your days.
Remember, too, that just like your knee, your body will heal itself when given the chance. “This, too, shall pass.”
Self, remember — aging is inevitable. STOP worry about the future and start focusing on now… all that you have today:
- A secure job
- Zero debt
- Loving parents
- Generous grandparents
- A strong, healthy, able body
- Friends, near + far
- A boyfriend that would do anything for you
- A cheerful apartment
- A constant supply of fresh food
- This five-year-old blog
Self, give yourself a break. You do an excellent job at tuning in, listening to yourself, and taking care of yourself; but, do not let that be an obstacle in observing your surroundings with the present moment at hand.
It’s alright to reminisce on precious childhood memories and set aspirations for the future, but promise that in 2015, you will make a point to focus on each given day. Twenty four hours passes by quickly. Today is the youngest you’ll ever be again.
You have it pretty darn good. Be kind to yourself.
photo credit // Caroline Winn Photography