Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Half way

In the middle of a bridge in Morocco

Last week was the middle of the year. It was the middle of my running program. My birthday. I wanted to do an update, a wrap up of the first half of the year. A look towards new goals. A new blog design. Life intervened. It does that sometimes.

I've been thinking a lot about health the last week. Spending time in a hospital does that. I realise there are no guarantees in life.

We talk a lot about health here, creating lasting change. Are we talking about a better life? Does health in the way we speak of it do this for us? Looking back at the last 6 months, I answer with a resounding yes.

These months have changed me not just my body. I live the way I do because it feels great. I've improved my quality of life. My fears of what I would need to become to be healthy were unfounded. But I don't do this for health, I do it because I love it.

Fear does not bind me to health. I don't try to control the way I live because I fear that my actions will make me sick or fat. Sometimes a date with a cake makes me happy. I forgive and that is health. This is a peaceful place, this is bliss.

The last week has made me realise that I wouldn't change anything. How about you?


  1. I adore that next to last paragraph.
    have you read the book EAT CAKE? (fiction)

    I think youd love it.

    happy belated.

  2. Excellent point Spring Girl. Fear is not my driving force either. I try to eat healthy so that I can continue to experience this life in good health as long as possible.

  3. YES. Health is a mindset.

    - Sagan

  4. My focus is mostly health for the sake of good health, but I have to admit that fear does play a small role. Or maybe it's practicality? I want to be one of those wise old women who lives on her own and takes care of herself well into her 90s (or beyond.) I do NOT want to become a burden to anyone.

    But for the here and now, I just enjoy feeling good. :)

  5. Feeling healthy and strong is a great motivator to stay with this lifestyle. Choosing to eat healthy is something I enjoy now and if I occasionally stray it doesn't matter in the big scheme of things. Fresh food that fuels my body makes me happier than sugary donuts. I also like the fact that now I can look for new challenges in my fitness regime. Life is good.

  6. MizFit - Thank you! I will check out the book, sounds interesting especially given my constant desire to bake at the moment.

    Patty - It feels great to be healthy.

    Sagan - Yes, it is. That's probably one of the most important aspects.

    Cammy - I like that about being a wise old woman and I agree.

    Sue - I love the new challenges part of all this health and fitness stuff.



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