Turning over new leaf in spring
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.