9.15.2013

Sober September Week #2 - It's time to be Selfish

So today marks the end of week #2 of Sober September.  Slightly easier than week #1 but still pretty damn hard.  It was the first full week of school complete with tantrums, tirades and downright tiredness.  And Stella was a bit of a handful too!  There were a few select evenings where I would have loved nothing better than to flop on the couch with a big glass of red...but I resisted.

And on top of keeping the booze at bay I managed to finally start running again.  I have run periodically throughout the last 10 years.  About 2 years ago I was up to running 10km.  Not too shabby.  But then work, life and another baby happened and running seemed to get shoved to the back burner.  This week also marks the completion of the first week of Couch to 5k.  The program is fantastic and I've actually done it twice in the past.  You go from the couch to running 5km in 9 weeks; and it works.  Slow and steady; you build up your running each week while keeping injury free.

So I'm figuring September will be my Selfish September as well. No drinking, started running and on Tuesday I start Pilates.  A friend and I signed up for an evening class at a public school.  Just a little me time and girl time and maybe get some awesome abs in the process.  Needless to say it was a great deal and a perfect way to get me out of the house. 

I'm trying to be aware that I need to take care of both my mind and body in order to take care of my family and homestead.  If mama isn't happy and healthy then no one else will be.  The past year has been busy with the baby and the family and I will admit that I was the last one on the list.  And I'm OK with that.  But now I'm cognisant of the fact I need to be a little higher on the list of importants.  I think I'm feeling a little lost, overwhelmed or defeated and in order to get out of the funk I need to take care of me. I don't think its selfish really and my family is completely supportive.

I guess what I'm trying to say is it's OK to take some time for you.  Don't feel guilty for trying to feed your mind, body or soul.  You really can't take care of anyone unless you take care of you first.  Selfish doesn't have to be a bad word it's a survival skill.

So this week, be a little selfish....do something for you...something to bring you back to you...you will thank yourself.
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