Turn­ing over new leaf in spring

Shepparton News - - LIFESTYLE WEEKEND - LAU­REN FORMICA Goul­burn Val­ley Gram­mar School stu­dent week­endlife@shep­p­news.com.au

Trees and bushes that lost their green leaves over win­ter are re­born and are start­ing to AEower.

The air is be­com­ing warmer and the days are get­ting longer. Spring has ar­rived. It seems like our at­mos­phere is be­gin­ning to blos­som into a colour­ful, warm en­vi­ron­ment.

How­ever, one thing that isn’t blos­som­ing is my Åt­ness.

I’m not go­ing to pre­tend I’m the most ath­letic per­son, be­cause I’m not.

Nor will I deny that dur­ing win­ter I went a lit­tle crazy with the com­fort food; how can you not, though?

But I will agree that I wanted to get Åt — re­ally I did!

I would Åll my Pin­ter­est boards with new and ex­cit­ing work­outs and healthy eat­ing plans only to never look at them again.

I had lots of de­sire, but very lit­tle mo­ti­va­tion.

Un­til one day when I was play­ing with my lit­tle cousins, run­ning around chas­ing af­ter them, and I was struck with a painful stitch.

My breath­ing was short and sharp and my body couldn’t move.

All the while, chil­dren were run­ning past me laugh­ing and hav­ing a great time.

It was at this mo­ment that I re­alised I needed to change my ways.

The only prob­lem? I was off to Italy in a week’s time (an­other ex­cuse).

I dreamt about the beau­ti­ful pasta, pizza and gelato I would con­sume over the two weeks and the pas­tries that looked like a work of art.

Isn’t this what they mean by a Mediter­ranean diet? It can’t be all bad.

So off to Italy I went. The Åt­ness and health stuff would have to wait.

Then, my new healthy life­style was post­poned more than a month af­ter I re­turned. Not ideal.

My mum, a 6 am-gym-en­thu­si­ast, rec­om­mended go­ing to the gym with her.

I love my sleep-ins, and get­ting up to be ready to start a gym ses­sion by 6 am is too ex­haust­ing to con­tem­plate.

I be­lieve it is very im­por­tant that teenagers get enough sleep.

We agreed on a 5 pm gym time and stuck to it … for two weeks.

It quickly started to conAEict with the home­work which needed to be com­pleted each af­ter­noon — plus, ev­ery­one needs a lit­tle down time, you know, to do noth­ing but scroll on so­cial me­dia.

Mum had chores and bal­let pick-up and drop-offs in the af­ter­noons, so the process of go­ing to the gym in the af­ter­noons just wasn’t hap­pen­ing.

It was win­ter and there is lots of re­search out there about how nor­mal it is for peo­ple to lack mo­ti­va­tion and drive through the colder months, so I took com­fort in the knowl­edge that it was okay to be nor­mal.

I did not want to go for a run nor did I want to leave the warmth and com­fort of my house (or my phone) — but hey, re­mem­ber, that’s still okay, right?

So Mum went back to go­ing to the gym at 6 am and I went back to eat­ing chips and sit­ting on the couch.

This was a con­tin­u­ous pat­tern un­til about two weeks ago when I ob­served my cat run­ning around out­side. My cat, Au­drey, sat in­side all win­ter. Curled up on her chair or some­one’s bed, she was warm and re­laxed un­til the sun started to ap­pear.

For the past two weeks Au­drey has been run­ning amok.

She stays out all day, ei­ther warm­ing her gor­geous coat or go­ing on ad­ven­tures and chas­ing birds.

If Au­drey has been in­spired to get out­side and get mov­ing, then I can too. This is my new mis­sion. I must limit my screen time (this will be chal­leng­ing) and take ad­van­tage of the warmer weather.

We are for­tu­nate to have such beau­ti­ful weather in spring and it is so easy to get caught up in our lives and for­get to take the time to be ad­ven­tur­ous and get out­doors.

I plan to go for runs around the neigh­bour­hood (watch­ing out for mag­pies, of course), at­tend some group Åt­ness classes at the gym and con­sume the fresh pro­duce this re­gion is known for.

I hope this new­found mo­ti­va­tion quickly be­comes part of my life­style and not just an­other phase.

I guess only time will tell. Wish me luck!

Lau­ren Formica re­cently trav­elled to Italy, putting her wt­ness goals be­hind sched­ule.

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