Getting back on track after two weeks of holiday activities can be a challenge, both emotionally and physically, for some of us.
I spent the holidays surrounded by family, friends, and lots of tempting food almost every day for the past two weeks. That’s about the same amount of time it takes to form a new habit. I want to make sure I don’t slip into the bad habit of eating fruitcake and drinking champagne every day! That means it’s time for a reboot.
Yesterday our weather was beautiful, and the temperatures were in the mid-sixties, so I took a long brisk walk in the neighborhood for about three miles. I had my early morning power porridge for breakfast and avocado toast for lunch. For the rest of the day, I drank lots of water but did not have more food. An occasional fast helps to reboot my digestive system.
We ran a few errands to free up today for what will surely be a hectic workday. I wore a black high-low cashmere sweater from Neiman Marcus Last Call. The scarf and jeans are both old from Chico’s. I tied the long rectangle shape scarf in an infinity knot. (Tie a tiny knot in the very ends and then wrap it around your neck twice.) The wine-colored flats worn without socks are by Franco Sarto. The bag is by Zac Posen via Saks Off 5th. The sunglasses are old by Balmain also from Saks Off 5th. The simple silver hoop earrings were a long-ago gift from Mr. Mickey. The watch is by Michael Kors. The link bracelet is by French Kande.
Today I have an appointment with my doctor for my yearly physical. These visits are imperative because I need to know my health numbers, including blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and body mass index (BMI), and assess their risk for heart disease and stroke.
It takes about three weeks to break our addictions to sugar, fat, and salt. It also takes about that long to form a bad habit. I am determined not to let myself slip into eating the wrong things and sitting around too much during the coming winter. That means I have purged all the unhealthy food gifts from my home, and my yoga mat is ready for some daily pilates or yoga. I do some form of exercise each day, and I am always active during the day. I never sit still for very long!
I am by nature, an introvert. Spending time alone can be both a blessing and a curse. Too much alone time can be very depressing, even for me. I know I must make an effort to enjoy the company of my friends often. It’s all about balance and honoring our natural tendencies.