It’s the little things

I have been on a quest to feel better.  This year this has been one of my goals.  I have floundered often, but I keep getting back on the proverbial horse.

I may be 36 years old, but that does not mean I have to feel like crap.  HOwever, I have been so stinking busy doing everything for everyone, I have ceased really taking care of myself.  I know that you make time for what you want, but honestly, when it came down to precious sleep or exercise…  well… You know what won out.

Lets not even talk about healthy eating.  I tried… sometimes.

This summer has been about recovery for me.  I have needed to regroup, and I can honestly say that in the last month or so, I have started to feel like ME again.  Now, that I am recovering I have been trying to implement some changes.

I realize that I can’t change everything at once.  I know that you are shocked that I am finally realizing this truth, but I am now 36, I should grow up sometime.

Sooo, instead of going on a diet, launching a new exercise plan, give up Diet Coke, eating right for my blood type, becoming a vegan, and eating organically, and taking up Tai Chi all at once, I am trying to make LITTLE steps.

What a concept!  Gradual change for lasting change… right?

So two weeks ago, I got myself up and moving again.  I laced up my running shoes and dusted off my bike.  To date I have put over FORTY miles on this body.

I told my husband (and he thought I was nuts) that my heart just felt happier with me.  It doesn’t act like it wants to revolt every time I bend over or run up the stairs.

While we were on vacation, I started to reduce my caffeine intake.  When we got home, I quit it all together.  I am currently 13 days off of my beloved Diet Coke.  The funny thing is that don’t even miss it now!  I have had a few Caffeine free Diet Coke, and that has been fine. However, I don’t have any soda in the house, and I just don’t need it.

I am not AS jittery as normal either!

AND, I saved us like $100 a month… or MORE.

The weight… well… it is down, but another thing I am going to try to do is STAY OFF THE SCALE!  I hate that thing. I hate that it runs my life. I hate that it has the power to change my mood with its little digital numbers!  I am going to ask my husband to take it away and not return it to me until October 1st.  (I  guess I will know when he reads my blog, and it will disappear!)

So, what does this all mean besides just flat out feeling better?


MY blood pressure has dropped 20 points (top number) and 10 (bottom number) in just TWO WEEKS!!!




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Tancy Griffin

Tancy Griffin is a wife and mother of four wonderful children. Her husband Jeremiah Griffin is a church planter and pastor in Rockford, Illinois.

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