By: Janine Serio
I am a total creature of habit. While I am certainly not opposed to change, I definitely like to keep the “comfort zone” close by at all times. I can’t say I have always been like this but, for as far back as I can remember, I “like what I like” and I have stuck with it. Even moving to another city, although it sounded exciting, always had me a little nervous and scared at the same time.
Change is inevitable and, sometimes, change happens when you least expect it (or even want it to happen). Case in point…when my husband came to me last year and decided “he didn’t want to be in a marriage anymore,” change hit me like a ton of bricks.
This cannot be happening; I cannot let this happen. This was my partner, my best friend, my soul mate. I have lived in denial for a LONG time and did everything I could to TRY and make it work. I wanted to TRY and change his mind. Silly, I know, but I am sure you can relate to a situation where, in hindsight, it seems ridiculous but you do everything in your power to hold on. I have shared my life with this man for the last 10 years. How could I be “okay” with all of this?
The truth is, I am not okay with “all of this” BUT I have become more accepting of the situation. They say time heals a broken heart but what if it gives answers for your unanswered questions and thoughts? It is amazing the clarity and perspective you get when you pull yourself out of a toxic environment and allow yourself a change of pace. This is what I was hoping for when I set sail on my #westcoastWINEdown adventure.
I wanted to TRY and step out of my comfort zone. I wanted to give my body the breather it need from the lack of sleep, too much exercise, nutrition hiccups, and just overall stress. Sure, all of these things would not magically do a 360 over my time spent on the West Coast but at least I could have a little more clarity as to what my mind and body needed.
Since running the Eugene Half Marathon (almost) two weeks ago, I have not laced up my running shoes. In fact, I have not lifted any weights in well over two weeks. Instead, I have implemented a “hard core” walking program to my daily regime. Seriously, I think I have walked two full marathons since being in California. It has been AWESOME, and has totally taken me out of my comfort zone. I am used to the “go, go, go” of running, lifting, sprinting, etc. This has been the absolute recharge my body has needed.
I spoke a little bit about this on our Facebook page this week…people underestimate the power of walking. I will admit, as much as the 2 Health Nuts preach on all of the fabulous benefits of walking, I always seemed to brush it aside. Maybe a handful of times a month I will head out to the local park, or walk the neighborhood, but never on a consistent, daily basis. It’s not that I did not WANT to but more that I could not “find the time.”
See, I am human and make excuses too 🙂
So, what have I noticed from adding the couple hours of walking to my daily regime? My hunger has regulated, my energy is up, stress levels down, sleep and digestion have improved, and I have seen the city of Santa Monica & Beverly Hills in all of its fabulous glory.
Yes, I am not as “tight” as I was before but I should not expect to be (#nolifting). Before, this would have thrown me into a tailspin. Now, I am OKAY with it. All of the other benefits totally outweigh the leanness. When I get home, I will get back to “IT” but, for now, I am enjoying this new comfort zone. I have been craving THIS. Yes, it has taken me a while to figure it out – don’t misunderstand, I am no where close to finding out MY perfect formula – but allowing myself to step out of my comfort zone is allowing me to see things a whole lot different.
I am accepting of where I am right now in my life. Yes, some days are harder than others but, after a while, I won’t have to remind myself to get out of bed and breathe in and out.
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