Present Tense

A new day….everyday

I was informed by my sister that my last post was a little too maudlin and that I needed to perk up and be a tad less morose.  We lovingly refer to her as ‘the general’ and so when she speaks, I listen.  She’s a middle child, as is my husband and they are known for looking out for everyone else in the family.  As a youngest child, I am somewhat self-absorbed, although I do have that youngest child charisma and “march to a different drummer’ thing going for me.

So, how do you drag yourself out of the doldrums or bad habits or a case of the blues? Do you have strategies?  One of the first things that I do is get myself right, physically.  A routine is key for me, particularly since I’ve spent most of the last 3 decades getting up in the middle of the night to do a morning radio show.  It requires a fair amount of discipline just to get out of bed and then a regimented plan for the rest of the day in order to ensure that I’m functional.

My approach is quite basic and the foundation is diet.  If you haven’t read Michael Pollan’s bestseller, “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto”, get a copy and read it….today. It’ll change the way you look at food and your diet and what you think is ‘conventional wisdom’.  Our diets and eating habits are crap in this country and I’m convinced it’s the biggest health issue of our time.  The government and the food and farming industries have colluded to addict us to lousy, unhealthy food. Obesity and obesity-related disease is an epidemic, as are emotional afflictions.  The foundation of good physical and emotional health is what you eat.  Period.

I’ve also been following Mark Sisson’s “The Primal Blueprint” and his website www.marksdailyapple.com, which is basically a less-restrictive Paleo diet.  I started eating this way to see if it would help alleviate the horrible, miserable allergy symptoms that have ruined the past 3 summers for me.  So far, allergy symptoms are minor, I’ve lost all cravings for junk food, I am slimmer and have developed much more muscle tone.

I do 25 minutes of yoga every morning and 20 minutes of meditation in the evening. I do a bit of weight training most days and I walk a few miles everyday. Sharing a house with two rowdy Jack Russell Terriers ensures that we never miss a walk.

My point is this:  we all go through phases where things just aren’t clicking in our lives.  Many times, it’s based on our unproductive or unhealthy reactions to things that are out of our control.  It can be health issues or family issues or work issues or money issues or political issues or blah, blah, blah. We can always find something to hang our depression and disappointment on.  Particularly, if you are like me and have a tendency to focus on those gnarly things in your life, rather than the good stuff.

Look, for some of us, being happy or content or grateful is hard.  It takes work and discipline and commitment.  We allow daily stresses to run our lives, which is unhealthy and it compounds the problem.  I know it’s so much easier to come home, pour a few glasses of wine and veg on the couch to a lousy TV show.  I get it.  But, tell me how you feel after that?  Invigorated?  Inspired? Content?  Strong?  Doubtful.  You drag yourself off to bed and do it again the next day.

I’m far from perfect.  Any of you who’ve read just a few of my posts know that.  But, if I didn’t make these commitments to my physical well-being I’m convinced that my emotional health would be in shambles.  We get a new shot at our lives every single day; it’s a string of new starts and new opportunities to alter our behavior and our mindset.  Yeah, it’s hard to change old habits.  It’s hard to change your diet.  It’s hard to turn off the TV or the computer and move after a long day.  I get it.  But, you have to.  Simple as that.

One more thing:  you have to feed your soul.  What stirs you emotionally?  Art, music, dance, nature, great books, playing, learning, cooking healthy meals, volunteering, writing.  Find some time everyday for these things.  Again, it’s simple:  diet, exercise, feed your soul.  Start now.

May 19, 2012 - Posted by | Musings | , , , , , , ,

7 Comments »

  1. Brilliant post. Crisp, valuable, to the point. But I didn’t mind the maudlin post last time. 🙂

    Comment by Jim | May 19, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks Jim. Maudlin is a valid part of life, no?:)

      Comment by janelondon | May 19, 2012 | Reply

  2. Jane, loved the blog as always and Ioved the last one too – warts and all. I just read the Michael Pollan book last month and you’re right, it scared me silly! It should be mandatory reading for all. Thank you for having the backbone to say out loud what everyone else just thinks..

    Comment by Yvette | May 19, 2012 | Reply

  3. Great advice!!

    Comment by Marge beem | May 19, 2012 | Reply

  4. Wonderful blog, Jane…I am envious of your persistance in keeping positive…<3

    Comment by Marcia Bischof | May 20, 2012 | Reply

    • Marcia:
      Thanks for reading it. We get a new shot everyday….sometimes we plod, sometimes we skip, but time forces us to move forward.
      J

      Comment by janelondon | May 20, 2012 | Reply

  5. Hi Jane,
    I just spent a little time catching up on some of your blogs . I wanted to thank you for the content and passion of each. I recently moved from Denver to Durango, Co and the transition has been intense! Moving here has been a dream of mine and my husbands for a few years now . Dreaming about and actually doing it are distant cousins at best. We did make the right decision. I laughed out loud when I read the story of your property purchase in Michigan. Funny how completion of dreams resolve one set of stresses yet magically spin out some new ones . What I took from your blog was to enjoy this new experience , even when uncomfortable at times. And I shall. Thank you for the inspiration. Be well.

    Comment by Kristyn winn | May 29, 2012 | Reply


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