It’s been said that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” If that is true then I must be headed straight there—because I have lots of good intentions. Some of them I follow through with; others I don’t, but it’s not for a lack of good intention. Other things come into play. Or sometimes I realize that what may have seemed like a good idea, really wasn’t.
In a previous post I said it was time to ramp it up, and I had every good intention to get out and exercise more, follow the Living Primal diet, and start writing more, especially on this blog.
I could use another well-worn phrase, “Three strikes and you’re out” because I haven’t really followed through on these. I am exercising more than I was, but not as much as I thought I would—or probably should. I haven’t really followed the diet, and I haven’t done as much writing as I thought I would. So I guess I’ve failed on these challenges. But there is another sentiment that keeps me going: learn from your failures—because they aren’t really failures; they are learning opportunities.
I’m not saying that the Living Primal Challenge was a total failure, because it wasn’t. It’s just that after trying to follow this program, first in May, and again in November, I’ve come to realize that it’s not for me. I’m still trying to eat a mostly gluten-free diet but I like grains too much to give them up altogether. I also like legumes. I’m sorry, but chili without beans just isn’t chili. I don’t eat a lot of these foods, and learning from this program about their effects on my digestive system, blood sugar, and overall health has been good.
As Global Renaissance Woman Maya Angelou says, “We do the best we can with what we know at the time, and when we know better, we do better.” I’d like to think that I’m doing better than I was, and I know that I feel better for eating more protein-based foods and fewer grain-based foods, and adding more vegetables and fruit to my diet—and of course, I still enjoy some chocolate! (One of our favourite jaunts is to Cambellford, Ontario to visit the World’s Finest Chocolate Factory Outlet. We were there recently and I picked up a variety of yummy treats! )
So I will continue to eat a variety of whole foods, including chocolate, in moderation, which helps keep to the plan of eating a healthier diet–and gives me the energy to exercise more.
As for that exercise, I try to at least do some type every day–whether it’s walking, yoga, strength training, or something a little more challenging. I’m getting back to the fitness classes too—which is all good. I think I was trying to follow plans laid out in magazines I’d been reading, and follow friends and family that I admire who work out more than I do. I just couldn’t keep up. Now, instead of trying to ramp it up, I’ll just try and stay on a more even keel, and just make it part of my daily or weekly routine—as many of those friends and family members do.
Now, about this blog, and getting more writing done. Friends and colleagues from the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) certainly inspire me to keep going. I’m always learning from them–especially about blogging, and I have a plan to improve the blog, and my freelancing too. I’m not going to say too much about the plan right now because you know…
The best laid plans….