Life + Faith

Refresh, Regroup, Restart

Sometimes, you just need a break (and not the Kit-Kat kind).

I didn’t plan it, but July turned out to be exactly the break I needed. I didn’t blog. I didn’t Tweet/Facebook/Instagram/YouTube (much). I didn’t worry about a diet, or a workout, or a goal, or comparing myself to anyone else.

I spent a week in Texas with good friends and didn’t worry about what foods I was eating, or what I weighed, or what anyone thought of me in a bathing suit (okay, I cared a little about that one, but it didn’t stop me from getting in the pool!).

I lost 5 pounds that week.

I took care of my parents’ house and pets while they were on vacation for 3 weeks. I watered their tomato plants and flowers, and nothing died! That’s a pretty big deal for me and my black thumb.

I decided to start the process of deciding if I should buy a house or not and went to a First Time homebuyers’ seminar all by myself. I found out I can afford to buy a shack in this town, or save more money. I decided to save more money by not going to Fitbloggin this year, which was actually a really good excuse, because I didn’t want to tell anyone that I was considering not going anyway because I’m disappointed I haven’t really lost any weight in the last 7 months. I turned down a friggin’awesome roommate possibility, and tweeted that I wasn’t going anymore and my ticket was for sale. Done.

Now it’s August, and Fall is fast approaching (my favorite time of year!). It’s always the season where I feel compelled to change something, or everything. This usually involves me deciding to move to Seattle. Then I remember it’s more expensive than Portland and I can just drive up there to visit whenever I want. C’est la vie.

I only mention Fall, because I feel like I got a head start this year by taking July ‘off’. Probably the best non-decision ever.

I feel rested. I feel good. I feel like I got my head on straight and figured some things out. I feel like I know where I’m going and how I’m going to get there. I feel like I have some opinions about some things, and they’re the only ones that matter to me now. That doesn’t mean I won’t listen to others; it just means I’ve learned to put more weight on my own beliefs.

I feel refreshed.

I have regrouped.

I am ready to start again.

Oh… and Fitbloggin? Yesterday I was writing out a list of all the fantastic reasons why someone should buy my ticket from me and attend in my place, and I suddenly realized that I still wanted to go, no matter what, and I would be really REALLY sad that I gave it all up!

So I crossed my fingers and contacted AwesomeRoommateKate, and there was still room for me! Then I booked a flight, using my airline miles, and paid $10 for a cross-country round-trip flight! Then I tweeted that I was coming to Fitbloggin’12 after all, and my heart was happy.

The End.


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  • Reply Patty August 10, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Congrats on taking the month of July off. Sometimes it’s just what is needed. And congrats on the weight loss. I’m so glad you are going o FitBloggin, girl you scared me when I read you put up your ticket for sale. I’m just recovering from surgery but I should be given the clear from the doc to travel via train. I wont be able to participate in the hard core workouts but I will love being at the rest of the conference. See you in a little over a month!

    • Reply Tiffany August 13, 2012 at 9:35 am

      Ha, sorry I scared you! :) When I first decided not to go, I honestly though “aw man, now I won’t get to meet Patty!!” I’m glad I changed my mind, because I think I REALLY would have regretted not going. Yay! I really need to catch up on my blog reading… I didn’t know you were having surgery. I hope everything is going well, and I can’t wait to give you a big hug at Fitbloggin! :)

      • Reply Patty August 20, 2012 at 11:49 am

        Hey doll! Just wanted to let you know that I’m doing well. Still recovering at home but getting stronger every day. I hope you are well. FitBloggin is getting closer and I’m SO EXCITED!

        Also wanted to leave the blog url. Yep, I’m writing again and it feels good. Starting out slow and getting some content out there.

        Hope you had a great weekend! xo

        • Reply Tiffany August 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm

          So glad you’re doing well! and I can not wait til FitBloggin!! I added your new blog to my sidebar list of awesome blogs :) So glad you’re writing again!

  • Reply Kris August 10, 2012 at 9:15 am

    This is so great! I love that you stepped back and just took some time for yourself. I blogged a few days ago how I needed to step back, regroup, I was so overwhelmed it was depressing me. Good for you for doing what you needed to do. It’s necessary sometimes for us to just chill. As much as I love technology sometimes I wish we still didn’t have it, life seemed so much more peaceful then! :) and score in a $10 flight! Wow!

    • Reply Tiffany August 13, 2012 at 9:30 am

      I hear you on the technology! I often wonder how we ever got along without all this great tech stuff … and then I remember I used to go outside a lot more and actually TALK to people. :) I hope you are feeling better after stepping back to regroup!

  • Reply Paulette August 10, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Welcome back! It’s definitely good to take a break sometimes, I’m sure it was much needed.

    • Reply Tiffany August 13, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Thank you Paulette! It was much needed and I’m glad I did it. :)

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