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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Spring Break 2013

So, you might be asking yourself, how could 10 days off of work at the end of March (when it's usually still cold in Ohio) change my life in such a dramatic way?  Well, for me it was dramatic but it was a series of things that happened.

I started with the goals I wanted to accomplish over the week.  Nothing too crazy.  They mostly revolved around cleaning out closets, the kitchen,etc - just getting rid of clutter.  I also went through my clothes and was so excited to give a ton of stuff away - it was too big :)  I decided that I wanted to try to walk/jog a 5K this fall and found a few I could choose from.  Didn't want to step too far out of my comfort zone...  I was able to accomplish everything I had listed and it felt good to get rid of so much junk!

The next thing was adding more strange food - fish.  Now, to most of you, fish is not strange.  To me, it's like eating a snail or something.  In 33 years I had never touched it and hated the smell more than anything.  But, Renee' kept telling me how good it was for me.  So, she told me to start with tilapia.  Reluctantly, I bought it.  I didn't even know if I should keep it in the fridge or the freezer... Yes I am a moron!  She helped me find a couple of recipes and I decided I could handle making it on Sunday since I would have time to make something else if it was awful (which I fully expected it to be...).  I told her...good thing you have enough excitement about this whole fish thing for both of us....

So, I followed the directions, got some honey mustard out and ate it - I actually finished it.  Wasn't the greatest thing I'd ever eaten but it was fine and I actually felt like I would eat it again.  Huge accomplishment for me!  And a huge victory for Renee' :)

I was able to spend a lot of time with my favorite kiddos (aka, my nieces and nephew) over the next 2 days.  Got to have some conversations with my mom and my sister.  They commented often on being able to see a change in me.  I still didn't believe them completely but it was (and still is) fun to hear!  I was starting to realize I was happy and enjoying my life more than ever before.

Wednesday was my birthday (kinda fun when your birthday falls on your spring break).  I went to the gym - I don't even get to take my birthday off of working out... but it's all good!  My mom picked me up, we went to lunch (where I only indulged a little bit) and then we went to a movie.  I really do have the best mom.  There had been times when, since I often felt like I didn't matter, I didn't make an effort to spend time with her.  So, to have time where it was just me and her meant the world to me.  Later that afternoon, I went shopping at Macy's with a little birthday money.  I wanted a couple of new shirts.  I found one that I loved and took two sizes in the fitting room.  Imagine my surprise when the smaller size fit!  I even sent a text to my sister to ask her if it looked okay.  When she said yes, I felt even better!  I was able to have a great conversation with my awesome cousin who is more like one of my best friends (even though we don't see each other very often) and I enjoyed a great dinner with another friend I had reconnected with over the last few months.  And, I even made good choices at dinner which surprised even me!  I just knew my 33rd year was off to a great start and was going to be one of the best years I've had in a long time!

Thursday was going to be a fun day.  My sister and I were going to do a little shopping, get a pedicure and then I was going to meet up with Renee' for a little bit.  I hadn't seen her in over a month so I was looking forward to it.  We went for a walk.  Turns out we walked for over an hour - didn't seem like that long - guess that's what happens when you're friends with someone.  We talked about a lot of things and she helped me realize a lot of things about myself.  It was so fun and really set into motion many of the things I would look into over the next few months.  She also introduced me to some of the athletes she trains and the people who work with her - of course I was super shy at first but they were so nice that I think I may have said 7 words instead of my normal 5...

The rest of the break was just as memorable and fun - I remember getting ready to head back to school on Tuesday, I actually felt relaxed and refreshed.  It was the first time I had felt like that coming back from a break in a very long time.

So many amazing things had happened in such a short time, I could only imagine how many more I had to look forward to...