Even though February is the shortest month of the year, it always feels like the longest. We’re past the bulk of winter, moving towards early spring and warmer temperatures.
This February has been the hardest in a long time. I’m not sure why I feel restless and in need of change. Why does life feeling like it’s slipping away while I’m stuck on a treadmill?
The funk started at the beginning of February. I was frustrated with blogging; I worked so hard with so few results. I was writing, not doing. I was tired of sitting, not participating in life. I didn’t feel creative.
Let’s be honest – gaining 10 lbs since I stopped running in the fall didn’t help my outlook either. I felt so let down from the high of running my first half marathon in the spring. I was tired of feeling tired and sluggish. I was feeling old. I thought I would never run again.
I was stuck inside with sick kids and little adult company. I felt guilty.
It was time for a change.
40 Days of Renewal
The first change I made was making fitness a priority in my life again. I have hopes of running again, though I know I need to strengthen the weak parts of my body that get injured easily. I’m on week 6 of building up into 30 minutes of running every other day and doing PopSugar Fitness videos. Thanks to the videos, I feel strong again. Roar! Bonus: the pounds are slowly coming off.
Another bonus of regular daily workouts – being mindful of my eating. I’ve been recording what I eat daily in the Wellness Journal from Erin Condren along with recording my workouts. I don’t track calories. Just write down what I eat.
Since sugar was part of the funk, I’ve decided to give up sugar for Lent as I get myself back into a fit and healthy shape. I know if I stop eating sugar, I don’t crave it, and I start craving fresh fruits and vegetables.
Fueled by Creativity
As I said before, I feel like all I’ve been doing is sitting and writing about life. Not living life. Not crafting. Not cooking. Not having fun with my kids. This week I bought the supplies for Project Life, and started working on the first month. I updated my favorite burlap wreath (see below), and started going through my photos to find new ones to print and display. (I haven’t printed photos in years!) I finished a scarf this past weekend, and started a new one.
My kids are picking up on my creative urge. My daughter has been drawing and writing poetry. She’s very excited to start an art class next week. My middle son and younger son have pulled out their drawing pads, too.
Directions to Make the Simple Burlap Wreath
I’m adding into Lent some creative trips for myself. I miss painting, taking pictures, making my home look loved and lived in. Top on my trip list is my favorite public garden, Longwood Gardens.
I’m also adding in spending time with friends and family. I feel like I spend too much time at home by myself. I signed up for 2 lunch duties at school this month, and made plans to take my inlaws out for dinner.
Are you giving up something for Lent? Or, adding something healthy and positive in?