So, it’s been a while, huh? Well, I promise I have a good reason for not being around. I have been living. Yes, living. I know we are all living (breathing), but the kind of living I am doing now has taken me completely by surprise. Let me explain.
I had no idea in February, when I decided to start eating Paleo, that it would alter so many areas of my life. For the better. I did not give any of it much thought past wanting to lose a lot of weight. In fact, that was all I wanted to do. I did not know that I would also lose the desire to sit on the couch every night, the want to sleep in EVERY morning or take a “power nap” every afternoon, the (what I thought was a) need to buy the cheapest food to stretch my dollar…I lost it all. The changes in my energy level, my desire to get up and going in the morning, the need to spend money on good, quality food so that my body and mind can burn the best fuel with the best possible results have been side effects that I did not expect. I felt so passionate about it right away that I thought…blog! I had always wanted to blog, but never really had a focus. Well, I found the focus and thought this is the best possible outlet for my information and (hopefully) inspiration! Plus, I LOVE to cook and knew that I could bring something to the table in that regard.
What I quickly realized is that sitting in front of the computer tapping out a blog post was kind of contradictory to my new goals in life. To be exact, it was the Saturday of the ice cream post that I realized this. I spent most of the day typing that day. Yes, we made ice cream and yes, I took a moment or two to enjoy it outside with my kids, but I spent the majority of the day indoors…AND it was a gorgeous day outside! Not cool. I berated myself for being inside and not enjoying the day. Another one of the great things about the Paleo lifestyle is that I have a new-found confidence in myself, so berating myself for not getting out and living wasn’t something that I wanted to continue to do.
Since then, I have been making a concerted effort to be “present in the moment”, to unplug and get outside. It has been the best thing I could have ever done for myself. I recently got a new post notification from one of the many Paleo blogs that I follow and this woman was echoing my thoughts exactly! You should check it out because she is way more eloquent than I am. In my opinion, one of the best points she makes is “If we all profess to love this lifestyle, then we should be DOING it, not talking about it.” I am right there with ya, girlfriend. I will continue to post, periodically, but in the meantime I will be living.
I am lucky enough to have the added benefit of having my summer off! Ten weeks of pure, uninterrupted, free time. I plan to make the most of it, being outside as much as possible and living actively. I have a long list of things I want to do with the kids (and a few without), and I plan to cross off as many as I can! What are your summer plans?