Four Weeks….

It has been four weeks since I looked in a mirror and decided that I had work to do to be ready for the arrival of spring.

“If there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do us no harm.” – African Proverb

I wasn’t a complete mess, but I was not good. I had allowed winter to wear on me. I was feeling funky – mentally, emotionally, and physically. I was tired of being cooped up indoors. I was feeling the strain of ongoing family issues – offspring issues. I was tired of being bombarded by bad news – locally and globally. I was tired of the years of Covid – especially the division of those pro caution and those pro ‘freedom’. Division over everything – health, government, economy, environment. It had all taken a toll.

With my favourite time of year on the horizon, I knew that I had work to do if I was going to get to fully appreciate the return of sunny days, fresh air, green grass and leafed out trees, planting seedlings in the warm rich soil, cleaning up the yard and preparing for the indoor/outdoor living of summer, and a return to regular walks with Kat (my little dog) sniffing along beside me.

With where I was, and all of the incentive to be in a better place by the time spring sprang, I decided to get to work. I started by dancersizing ALMOST every day. On a few days when I got a good workout moving snow, I may have let that slide a bit. I have worked on our diet – it’s not perfect, but it is better. And… I have been meditating, relaxing, and renewing mentally and emotionally.

Four weeks later… I am doing better. While I haven’t really lost any weight at this point, my energy level is UP, my oxygen level is consistently up three to four percent, my pulse is down six to eight BPM, and I am feeling pretty good. Mentally, I am getting sharper. My memory is better, I am doing better at word puzzles, and my reading comprehension is improving. Overall, I am more focussed. Emotionally, I am also feeling much better – happier, calmer, stronger.

I still have a ways to go, but I am impressed with how far I have come in four weeks. 🌞

And NONE to soon! Yay spring 🌸

Time to get my dancing shoes on. Take care and have a great day!πŸ’ž

22 thoughts on “Four Weeks….

  1. Emotions take a great toll on us don’t they Anne Marie? Staying positive when a lot of negativity is surrounding us helps my mood immeasurably. Spring’s around the corner my friend. Let’s both be ready for longer days of light and warmer weather. You got this…

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  2. Good for you! Keep it up! We have a ways to go here in New Hampshire before anything
    spring like appears. I am forever hopeful to make it through mud season! Of course, my favorite thing, maple syrup comes during mud season so I can’t wish that away!

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  3. I am ready for spring, but have enjoyed winter as well. Actually to be honest, winter walks with a dog are fun. The cold air, the fun in the snow and the hot cocoa *sugar free of course* afterwards.

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  4. Our sidewalks aren’t great at the best of times and worse in the winter. I would break my neck trying to walk around here in the winter. We do have a huge yard so I go outside with Kat when it isn’t too cold. I feed the birds and squirrels and shovel snow. Kat runs around searching for peanuts and falling through the snow banks. πŸ™‚

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  5. You are definitely one of my inspirations for getting in shape. With my hernia repair done, I am excited about getting out and about with Kat this spring. We do not have your beautiful parks, but we do have hiking trails in and close to our city.

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  6. I just use You Tube. I like https://youtu.be/mzLEQlJ2r6o
    I hope that works – it is zdancerliz Oldies. She does a country one and a Motown one too. There’s lots on You Tube . I just search “Seniors or Beginners Dance Exercise” and pick one that’s 30 to 40 minutes long. Hope that helps! πŸ’ž

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  7. I started using it years ago when Dan couldn’t get our SUV into gear. πŸ˜‰. The thing I like about You Tube is you can see that it works if you are looking for step by step instructions to do something. It’s been my goto place for music for ages, too. I like not spending money too. 😌

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