The other day I was writing a story about a boy with diabetes.
He falls in love
(because he’s seventeen) with the girl who works at the local bakery and he goes there almost every day to buy cupcakes. Just to see her smile. Except Mondays because she doesn’t work on Mondays.
He never eats the cupcakes. Even though they get prettier every week.
It’s probably going to turn out into a weird story, but it got me thinking about health. How big a deal is him having diabetes for the story? Does this boy considers himself healthy?
I believe health is not just the absence of sickness. It is possible to feel healthy even when you’re in a wheelchair or have some other difficult issue. Being healthy is to be able to face life’s challenges. And by that I don’t just mean the physical ones, but also the financial/social/mental challenges everyone has to face sooner or later.
If you’re not healthy all the other challenges are far more challenging.
This probably doesn’t make sense..
Anyway I decided that the only problem my diabetic boy has, is that he doesn’t know how to talk to a girl.
Other than that he feels perfectly healthy.
Because it’s my blog and I can do whatever I want here. Even if that means filling a page with things that probably aren’t very interesting. So.. what’s going on in my life you ask?
(You didn’t but that’s irrelevant because I’m going to write it down anyway).
Well.. I’ve been at my new job for three months now. I’d describe it as being a school nurse/ weight consultant for kids / mediator for kids & teens when their parents divorce or other crappy events disrupt their lives. I find it pretty meaningful and I really like working with them, so I made the right choice when I switched jobs.
My family and kids are also doing fine. I planned some cool trips: skiing in Germany in February, chasing the sun to Corfu (Greece) in May and Paris for my birthday in March.
Ah Paris. Always a good idea.
Good things, very good things.
I know 2018 is just on the way but I’m already proud that I didn’t succumb in eating and drinking all the December left-overs and stuck to my fitness regime (crossfit twice a week). I’m totally going to expand that regime and add running or swimming. Or not 🙂 .
On the creative front I’m not doing as much as I would’ve liked. I’ve two books I want to read this January: Hollow City and A Conjuring of Light but haven’t started yet. Mainly because I can’t stop watching Mad Men. I’m watching season 7, so the end I near.
Zero writing done so far.
Zero editing done so far.
But I did wrote this blogpost and started a Bullet Journal, so I’ll be fine.
And that’s about it for now.
Imagine you’re trying to lose some weight and you’re about to forget what you were trying because your primal senses have picked up the scent of a Snickers bar, hiding from you behind a closed cupboard. The beast in you roars and your body is making happy hormones because it knows it’s getting sugary/fatty food.
What do you do?
A. Attack the cupboard. Rip paper from bar. Swallow whole (some chewing allowed). FEEL BAD AFTERWARDS
B. Ignore primal need for Snickers. Drink water instead. Eat a healthy cracker. FEEL GOOD AFTERWARDS.
Most of the time A. is what happens. Call it lack of discipline, call it sugar addiction. Call it weakness.
You’d be right.
Because if you go for B, you feel good afterwards. And if you go for B often enough it will become your default setting, and opting for A. isn’t so bad when it happens, because it’s an exception.
It’s a matter of self-discipline. And self-discipline is a muscle that can be trained. The only thing you need to focus on is the AFTERWARDS FEELING.
To do this we must learn to stretch our imagination into the near future and focus on the feeling yet to come.
Having trouble starting your story/drawing/whatever?
Imagine how you’d feel when it is finished. Got that feeling? Yes? Try to keep focusing on that.
Cut the goals in easy pieces. Want to lose weight? Then you only have to make sure you eat healthy today. Make choice B and forget about the Snickers (well, to be on the safe side, don’t buy Snickers, because Snickers ARE NOT EASY TO RESIST).
Want to write a story?
Write a page today, or scene today.
Want to exercise more?
Skip the elevator today. Walk around your block today.
Want to think about the environment more?
Recycle something today.
Everyday you self- discipline will grow, it will get easier to make decisions and you will become more confident. Step into the future of today and focus on the feeling you want to end up with.
Today is all you have.
Of course I managed to postpone this Monday entry until Tuesday.. I started typing yesterday and then had to do something else and then I forgot.
I should have waited for next week’s Monday for this post to make more sense. Or I could have changed the title.
But I didn’t. Because *insert valid reason I’m too lazy to make one up*
So that said, I have a confession to make.. I like Mondays.
No hard feelings if you stop reading now.
Still here? Good 😊
Let me explain myself. Most people dread Mondays, because it symbolizes a week full of MUST DO THINGS (like work) ahead of them. When Monday arrives it also means the weekend has already flew by and the new weekend is still very far away.
To me Mondays are like the blank screen. It symbolizes opportunity, a new start. It’s the perfect day to start something because it’s a beginning. Not a BIG beginning like January 1st but one that happens 52 times a year. So if you resolute on doing something that day or week, and you fail, the next Monday is already waiting around the corner for you to try again.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’m the most healthiest person I can be on Mondays. After the weekend it always seems a good idea to eat more healthy and walk more . (Stairs are also less daunting on Mondays, trust me). Monday is also the day I don’t really mind going to work. Probably because I usually don’t have to go on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Did you know there’s such a thing as a blue Monday? It’s believed to be the most depressing day of the year, the Monday in the last week of January. The holiday season has left most of us broke, the New Year’s resolutions were too big to take on and are tossed aside, the days short and dark. Enough reason to feel sorry for ourselves, right?
Blue Monday is one of my favorite days. BECAUSE OF THE NAME. How can a blue Monday make you feel depressed. (I however, would cringe at the thought of a purple Thursday).
Since today is Tuesday I’m trying to tackle this day with as much energy as I would do a Monday.
And so far I have been very productive, after getting the kids to school, I went to the gym, the grocery store, volunteered at my boy’s school, did the laundry and made sweet potato soup.
(Not to mention that I’m about to publish a Monday post on Tuesday) .
So what I’m saying is that a day is shaped by the energy you bring to it. There no real reason to look too far ahead or over your shoulder. Focus on being a happy you today and I promise that even Monday can be the prettiest day of the week.