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Return to You – The Great Return to Me

I am in the middle of writing my most current, and possibly most moving “Return to You” story. A story of returning to the best me possible.

I am not at all dramatic.

In my lifetime I have “written” several of these stories. Life is like that. We are always changing, always growing.

Some of my own featured story themes have been: going off to college, becoming a wife, new motherhood, birthing the entrepreneur.

And now, today, I am shoulder-deep in a brand new story.

I’m not quite sure what to title this one? Maybe “A Coming of Age: The Coming of Middle(ish) Age”

As we age, our bodies change. Hormones shift. Stresses are different. Stress FEELS different. Heck, getting out of bed feels different! And oh, have mercy, am I right there right now!

I am thankful to have a positive history to reflect on. One powerful and very clear lesson I have learned through each phase is how important it is for me to tend to my health.

Friends, I’m talking about the “E” word.

Exercise.

I’m sorry. It had to be said.

Yes, it involves sweating.

Stay with me…

It’s not only in the sweating and cranking-up my heart rate that I see the powerful benefits. It benefits my emotional health as well:

  • I feel better about my mood.
  • I feel more capable.
  • I make better decisions.
  • I feel a bit sore when I get out of bed whether I exercise or not; I find the “I’ve been working out” sore so much more empowering.
  • Exercising provides time for me to be with me, where I can think and dream and pray.
  • It give me a chance to spend time with friends. Relational connectedness and exercise! DOUBLE good for the heart! Run or walk with a There’s something empowering about knowing I am keeping my heart strong.

In recent months I have been struggling. I look at my life and ask, “Why? Life is never simple and clean, but why has it become so much harder? Where’d that joy go? Where’d that energy go?”

I know what it is.

Exercise. I’m not making it a priority. Have mercy, my schedule is SO FULL! I have reasons for letting exercise go!

But forget the extra couple pounds this dip in exercise has left me carrying around. My heart and my mind are carrying around quite a bit, too. Even my husband has noticed the direct connection between my regular exercise and my emotional heart health.

I am in the middle of this “Return to You” story. I am nervous about how I will prioritize my time so I can get back to the positivity I know is waiting. I am also excited for that positivity; I know it is just around the corner.

Or a few corners.

Yes. Probably quite a few corners, but I can do this.

I have to do this.

What about you? Do you have a “Return to You” story? Are you in the middle of your own story? I’d love to hear from you in the comments… What is your strategy to getting healthy (physical, emotional, you name it) or what do you do to maintain it?

And don’t forget to check out Pfizer’s Page on Blogher.com to read other inspirational blogger “Return to You” stories.

*Disclosure: This post is shared in sponsored partnership with Pfizer’s upcoming ìReturn to Youî program.

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7 Responses to “Return to You – The Great Return to Me”

  1. I know exactly what you mean! I struggle with the same thing. Only for a different reason. My health won’t allow me to exercise right now. I have pleurisy (inflammation of the lining of the lungs) and it’s VERY painful! That along with the migraines and passing out pain-in-the-butt thing. Between the two I think I’m going to go insane any second. The next comment might be coming from a padded cell, so be forewarned! Even before that, I wasn’t any too excited about exercising though, but I did do it…a walk here or a jog there, maybe a Wii Sports game here or there. Nothing big and major, but now I fear I am a Couch Tater! *Sigh*

  2. Amanda says:

    Love this!

    I am grappling with a similar scenario, which is why I am grateful to be sitting in a salon chair and feeling the ache of recent workouts. I am learning that it’s cumulative, I can’t expect bursts of erratic self care to sustain me.

    Here’s to us, all of us.

  3. jubilee says:

    Erg. That’s my E word. I know, I know, I need to exercise more and “erg” less.

  4. Taryn Skees says:

    Unfortunately, I have found that after having kids it is so so very hard to return to the “me” I used to be. I *used* to make myself a priority. I *used* to not ever have to think about exercise or what I ate or grocery shopping or…well, you get the point.

    But now? Now my kids and husband and family come first and I find myself too exhausted to do the things that I now need more than ever (making healthy meals every night, exercising, heck, even taking a shower every day!)

    I try. It’s just the trying harder part that gets me. I need to try harder to make myself – and my health – a priority. I keep waiting for the day where it *just clicks*. When my mind AND my body actually desire to put in the extra effort. Hoping that day comes soon! Until then…

  5. Carrie says:

    I’m right there with you, sister. Exercise is the devil.

    It hit me about 2 years ago, that at 42 I could NOT continue living, eating and acting like I was 23.

    Oh, I could…but really?

    I took up the sweats.

    Hate it. To this day.

    But life is better.

    And if I can’t give myself at least 30 minutes a day, 3-4 times a week…life is totally off-balance. I owe it to me.

    But I still hate it.

  6. Taraneh says:

    Yes that’s me too. I can’t workout “hard” or else I get migraines because I’ve had 3 car accidents. Also my excuse is having 2 kids that want to go in different directions, and I work fulltime and commute about 10 hrs a week. My recent car getting totalled on 11/27 has caused me to have to walk more. So I’m walking an extra mile a day to/from the bus. It’s not much but just enough to give me a boost. Hang in there, we’re all fighting this aging battle. You look great! 🙂

  7. Right. There. With. You.

    Now if only we could exercise together. Skype elliptical chat? Face time? 🙂

    Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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