Well, this is certainly a first for me! I am not a vegan nowhere near it, yet I have a very conscious and determined intention to take better care of my body and my soul. I call this “ My new real commitment to myself” and it started a few months ago, before I retired.
Throughout my life, I have always tried to take good care of myself, the best I knew how, practiced some sports, always remained active, turned to good food and alternatives medicines, essentials oils, natural remedies and sometimes also lacked discipline and just missed the target completely. I found all the excuses in the world, not enough time, too much work, too tired at night… I have a handbag full of very good legitimate excuses.
I met Kate very recently and I immediately was charmed by her great personality, her lifestyle, her kindness and her generosity. She turned me on to her beautiful blog “ Kate & Zest” which is fabulous and was so generous in sharing her experience and knowledge with me, on so many levels which go beyond the scope here. She gave me sound advice, made smoothies, shared recipes, all sorts of good stuff for a good health and topped it all with her wonderful British sense of humor. It was awesome. Perfect timing! I needed all of that in my life, another great boost.
A few months before I retired, my intention was very clear: first take my summer off, take better care of myself, and do things on a daily basis that would make me feel better in my body and in my soul. I have small creative projects I am working on just to keep my brain from getting mushy and I started bike riding once again, which is something I love doing, but left it aside so many times before.
Every day since I retired, I have been riding my bike for at least 1 hour, and for longer periods each day. Now after a few weeks, I am riding at least 1.5 hour to 2.5 hours on some days. Already, in just a few weeks, I’m feeling the wonderful effects of it and of all the Vitamin D I am stocking. I have always been an outdoor person although I have worked in offices all of my life… Hey, I did say I was nowhere near perfect 😌 One of the first benefits of this activity beside the obvious getting up, feeling in better shape is I noticed right away that I don’t crave sugar or junk food nearly as much as I used to and I sleep much better. Awesome! And that to me is a big positive.
I’m taking baby steps into my new retirement, now that I have so much more time on my hands, yeah I do… 🤓 So I have no more excuses and all the time in the world to take better care of me, to move and eat better, to give my body more rest and good sleep, to allow my body to recoup and to reset. It is happening, slowly.
When Kate proposed that I share some of my own experience as a guest on her blog, I was delighted. I am not a health buff , yet I love the idea that I can bring a little insight to new retirees while sharing my intentions and actions, getting healthier and eating better for starters so that I can fully enjoy this new page of my life. I do not pretend being a health guru or expert, far from it, I am a very ordinary 64 year old woman who feels more like 54, yet I have a sincere dedication to improve my health and to be a good example to people around me. So from time to time if you allow me I may just share my progress with you and write you some updates on how I’m getting comfortable into retirement.
Retire and reset 🙏🚴♂️😁