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Feeling Better in My Body


Tomi writes regularly over at Think, Write, Inspire. This post was originally featured there.

One of my new year’s resolutions is to feel fit and light. Thinking back, the best I’ve ever felt was during the summer before my junior year in high school. I had a good friend who lived by a large lake and we would run (her) and bike (me!) around it. It was seven miles around. So you see why I chose to ride and not run. We would swim and lay out on the beach. It was the summer before I was seventeen. I had a car, a job, and lots of freedom. I was 5′ 7″ and weighed 127-132 pounds. I wore a bikini without any thought of being self-conscious.

I don’t plan to get down to that weight. I don’t think I would even want to, or could, for that matter. I still like two piece swimsuits, but I am not sure they like me. But, I was thinking a helpful way to accomplish this goal of feeling fit and light might be to make a list of all the things I like to do other than eating.

  1. Exercise (ride my bike, walk/run, swim. dance, do yoga, etc.)
  2. Spend time with my dogs
  3. Read something good
  4. Talk to a good friend on the phone
  5. Take a bath
  6. Watch a movie or show
  7. Observe nature
  8. Write
  9. Hang out with my husband
  10. Hang out with my children
  11. Play scrabble on my iPad
  12. Take a hike
  13. Shop for something special
  14. Sing
  15. Sleep
  16. Take a drive
  17. Visit with a friend in person
  18. Go to sporting events
  19. Surf the net
  20. Declutter anything in my life
  21. Organize things in my life
  22. Garden
  23. Hang out at a beach
  24. Water my plants, bushes, and trees
  25. Create something
  26. Watch a sunrise or sunset
  27. Call my mom

I’m sure there are many more things I can come up with. I enjoying eating, so of course I will continue doing that; however, being active will help keep me feeling better in my body. What are some things you enjoy doing that keep you active?

Tomi Rues

I have been an adjunct faculty member for almost twenty years. I have a masters in Speech Communication. Currently, I blog, write grants, volunteer, and take care of my family. Some things I love: simplifying, organizing, reading, writing, nature, exercise, family, animals, and baking, especially cookies. You can find me at Go check it out!

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