Saturday, August 8, 2009

Lively Up Yourself

"Lively up yourself, and don't be no drag. . ." - Bob Marley

Okey dokey, the pity party is over.

When I find myself going down to funky town, it helps me to go for a walk. So I decided to alter my Saturday afternoon laundry gig and get out on the road.

I've been stepping up my usual walking routine by throwing in a little jogging. I don't go too fast. I know it's a little silly, but I find that keeping a reggae beat in my head helps me maintain a good pace. Six months ago, if someone had told me I'd be jogging any more than the distance from the couch to the fridge, I'd have given them a hearty chuckle. But yep, that was me, be-bopping down the road today. I made three miles in thirty-five minutes!

My walks (now almost-jogs) give me time alone where I can just think. I thought about how unhappy I'd been with myself when I was trying to squeeze my size 14 body into a size 12 bridesmaid dress, and how great it felt six months later to have to trade the 12 in for a 10 the week before my sister's wedding. And how, three months beyond that, my size 10's are all a little loose in the waist.

I thought about how good it felt for my legs to be moving me down the sidewalk, how great the breeze felt on my sweaty face, and how I felt like I was in control of what I did with my own body.

And it hit me. My friend laVender would call it a "life lesson," a realization about one facet of my life that spills over into other areas.

If I can get my act together enough to change my habits and lose and keep off over thirty pounds, why should I let a little writer's block freak me out? Second to taking care of my family, writing is my life's passion. It's not something that controls me, it's something I control. An hour, a day, a week of feeling discouraged shouldn't prevent me from picking myself up and moving forward.

I literally filled today's unforgiving minute with thirty-five worth of distance run. And that's what my blog is all about. We mothers tend to beat ourselves up with self-doubt about everything. If we're not careful, it can consume us and leave us feeling helpless or hopeless, and that's no fun!

Instead of looking at our struggles as being a drag, we just need to take control and lively up.


  1. hi Lara, came over here via the Pensacola MomsLikeMe board :) I'm a brand-new first-time mom, so I know I'm going to enjoy your blog!

  2. Love it, love it, love it. I was feeling a little anxiety from a dirty kitchen and laundry last night, so I danced my anxiety away and went to bed. Exercise is great for peace of mind! Thanks for this post...I needed it TODAY!