Friday, January 6, 2017

Meditation & Other Healthy Things

2017 resolutions are going well. I have been trying to make healthy decisions and it has been enlightening and motivating. I went for a 5.5 mile run yesterday (which was Sunday, and I started writing this post on Monday while I was waiting in line at the grocery store) and listened to Another Mother Runner, which motivated me to run, and not walk, for the whole thing.  The episode was a recap of the year 2016 (worst year for most people I know...on a personal level, I got shingles, and a whole lot of other craziness went down that I won't write about here, but I survived it, *brushes sweat off forehead*).  The woman (I can't remember her name) who hosts when they talk about books (I love these episodes...a conversation about books and running...could life be any better?). She mentioned the things she's been doing to get healthier and said she's been meditating for about 6 months. Sarah asked what her routine is and she said she's doing guided meditations with the help of an app called Insight Timer  That night, I downloaded the app and tried a guided meditation. It was 20 minutes long and I have never felt such immediate relief for something that ails me (in this case, it truly smoothed the edges of my anxiety to the point where I felt like a completely different person the next day).  I've been doing it every day and while not every session provides those awesome results, it's still incredibly beneficial to my overall mood.  

This is from my freezing run Tuesday morning!

I've also been making last second healthier decisions from little things as small as picking up a scrap paper that needs to be thrown away that I'd normally walk past to big things like exercising 5 days this week and eating healthier throughout the day. 

I already haven't written every day...which sucks...I really do want to get to that point, but I need to be patient with myself.  I haven't been tweeting much either because it's so disheartening to tweet and wonder if no one is reading.  I know that's very likely the case with this blog, but I don't mind that as much because I'm not confronted with millions of other people happily conversing around me and feeling left out.  This is a much more intimate way to get my thoughts out. 

So I started this post on Monday and it's now Friday. I ordered a pair of AirPods just before Christmas and even though their delivery date was estimated for mid-February, they shipped Tuesday and arrived today. I LOVE them.  That might be my next post.  

For now, I'm exhausted...and still have a session of meditation on my list of things to do tonight.

Good Night, All!

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