It turns out I was right – not living at home is the best possible thing for me. Since I’ve been living with my friends I’ve been doing really well. I’ve even gone home for a short bit almost every day to spend time with my mom. Apparently as long as I know I don’t have to stay there I am okay. I’ve noticed that if I stay there too long though, I tend to start thinking back in the “old ways” … it’s a fascinating study in how my mind works. But luckily I’ve been fortunate enough to have amazing friends who have taken me in and saved me from myself and my old self-destructive behaviors.
Since I’ve been living with them I’ve picked up, or at least tried to pick up, a few healthy habits. First is I’m not eating at night. I’m not sure what it is, but it’s a lot easier for me to not eat at night now. I think it’s partly because I don’t need the calories – I’m not working out much at all – and also because the people I’m living with don’t do it. I don’t mind eating when they aren’t, but because they don’t I generally don’t even think about it. I get hungry later but I can handle a little bit of hunger right before I go to bed. That won’t kill me.
Also I’ve started walking to the library every day. I have to go because I can’t get internet at the apartment, and I have to walk because I don’t have a car. It’s only a one mile roundtrip so it’s nothing too difficult. On days I don’t want to go there I’ve walked my mom’s house because I can get internet there too. That’s a 2.5 miles trip, which is a lot harder with a backpack full of stuff! If I take that option I usually beg for a ride home so I don’t have to walk it again.
Another thing I’ve been doing is a morning stretching routine around the time when I wake up. I’ve done it every day except today since I woke up really late this morning. I’m hoping to make this a routine that I do every day. I started doing this after something Stephanie mentioned about her daily morning stretching routine. It seemed like a smart idea so I decided to try it and I really enjoyed it. Several days I also did a bit of yoga and the last few days I also added in a quick ab workout. It’s nice to get that done and out of the way so I don’t have to worry about it later. All of this is done in anywhere from 15-30 minutes depending on how much I do. If I just do the stretching I am only spending about 10 minutes on it. Not a lot of time and totally starts my day of right.
Do any of you have morning routines that you have to do to start of your day in the right way? I’m not sure if it’s the morning routine or all the walking I’m doing, but I feel really good and happy about life in general. Things aren’t perfect, but they are definitely good.