Recalibrating

Would you believe that tomorrow marks the beginning of WEEK TWELVE of my New Lifestyle, New Me project? Wow! It feels as though I’ve lost part of my life somehow—like my wall calendar has this huge red “X” scratched across the month of April or something. And half of May too!

Not to worry. As of today, there are still 532 days for me to hit my first “weight loss” goal. So… I’m in the process of recalibrating. All of this “stay at home” time has given me an opportunity to think, and to get to know myself a little better. I’ve noticed that I still have this default mode that makes me want to emulate other people. I’m not talking about the desire to be fit, there is nothing wrong with that—what I’m talking about are the numerous methods one can use in order to “get” fit.

When you think of fitness, what comes to your mind? Running? Aerobics? Joining a gym? Actually, I do have a gym membership that’s on hold due to COVID, but that’s another story. What I’m trying to say is that most of these ideas are default answers. They’re the things that automatically come to mind when thinking about fitness (or just being “active”), but they’re not necessarily things that I enjoy doing. When I set this change in motion, I wanted my new lifestyle to be different, to be fun, and—last but not least—to be adventurous.

I’ve been reading a book about prayer (thank you Collette) and something the author said really stuck with me. A lot of people put off praying because they think that they need to have everything in order before they pray. But the truth of the matter is… it is “through” our prayers that we begin transformation, and start getting things in order. It’s like putting the cart before the horse. It’s not a huge surprise either. I know people who to do house “clean-ups” before the housekeeper comes to clean! That’s actually the perfect analogy.

I mentioned a while back that once I weighed a little less, and was more limber, I wanted to sign up for some dance lessons. After reading that little tidbit on prayer, I realized what I had actually said in my statement… I wanted to get in shape, before getting in shape! What a bunch of phooey.

We’re in the beginning phase of “re-entry” here, so things won’t be happening right away, but I’m feeling good. Mid-June looks like a good time to start my own new phase—a new adventure—giving me 30 days to do my research. The goal is to start with a simple stretch class. I LOVE to stretch!

Anyway, the point I’m trying to make here is that it’s time to “DO” the things I love—NOT to plan and prepare, and “get myself in order” so that one day I can do what I love. Life is too short for that.

It’s time to dance!


Thank you for reading… I hope you’re all doing what you love!!
—Janet

The featured image is something that I chose because it makes me feel calm. A beautiful rose, whose petals are slowly unfolding to form a wonderful pattern… like a beautiful dance.

Word of the Day Challenge: Dancing

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My name is Janet, and I'm located in southern California. My blog is rather eclectic, featuring art, photography, and a little poetry, as well as short pieces of fiction (now and then). I also share about my walk of faith, and my journey through recovery from alcoholism.

5 thoughts on “Recalibrating

  1. Yay for you! I’m so happy you are going to follow your bliss and meet your health goals through something you enjoy doing! And it sounds like you’re enjoying the Foster’s book on prayer. So right on in not waiting until our lives are in order, because they never will be! Love and light to you! Xx

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  2. Janet, I absolutely LOVE to plan and prepare and you’re SO right, it’s easy to get caught in the preparation mode but then fail to launch!

    It’s not that I’m afraid to make a mistake, or fail, but I would get stuck trying to have it ALL figured out, before I began, which is ridiculous and now it feels like it’s against the law of nature. LOL

    So, now I practice moving and, like you said, recalibrating once in motion. That’s learning, right? 🙂

    Thanks for the reminder ❤

    And btw, I totally admire your commitment and dedication to self-reflection!

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    1. Thank you Teri! I definitely plan more than I do lol. Sometimes it’s good and is necessary preparation, but sometimes I think it’s a form of procrastination. Or I don’t feel “qualified” for whatever it is yet. Its really hard to feel “qualified” now that I say that. Sounds like something for another post haha! Hope you’re doing good!

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    2. Yes, I agree planning is huge but it kept me in quicksand LOL – Well, I’m working on action too 🙂
      I’m trying to move a little, everyday. I think that’s doable and feels good.
      And yes, I saw the light when I over-planned (yes it’s procrastination LOL) – I continued not feeling “qualified” enough. Then I was like, “just leap”!

      Your blogs are excellent and I think you would write an amazing blog on feeling qualified (or not) – and people can relate 🙂

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