Yesterday I went to Buttermilk Spa in Milton, NY and spent three hours in the afternoon getting a deep tissue massage, foot rubs, facials, and just hung out at their wonderful property. It made me think how lousy I’ve been with taking care of my body over the past years (before I got back into working out again last summer), not listening to the signs when I needed some pampering, relaxation and treatment – not to mention just taking time out to lay down and just enjoy BEING. We’ve only got one body, we’ve got to treat it as best as we can! That means also being conscious of what we put into our bodies in forms of nourishment, getting sufficient vitamins and minerals and keeping hydrated. For years I believe I neglected all of the above, hence gained 30 lbs and got more and more miserable. Until one day I looked at a photo of myself and was caught thinking “Who the hell is this woman?”. Thank goodness I came to my senses, and I know that the path I’m on now, is where I belong and one I will continue to walk on for the rest of my life. I never want to go back to that life or person I was a few years ago, neglecting myself and putting myself last. Thinking everyone else was more important than me. This may sound selfish to some of you, but to me it’s a vital way of thinking for me to continue being the best that I can be. Once I started exercising regularly and gained the passion back to be healthy and fit, everything else in my life fell into place; my marriage became stronger, work got busier and my career more successful and I am now surrounding myself only with positive people who love life just as much as I do. It’s wonderful! So I suggest to each and every one of you: Don’t say you don’t have “time” to take a few moments out of the day just for you; to do whatever you feel like, even if it’s nothing. It’s important to maximize life’s opportunities, and be grateful for what we have, not always complain about what we don’t have.
I had several epiphanies at that spa yesterday… the most important one was not to feel guilty about being a bit vain or ‘self important’ when it comes to where I want to be both in health and mind – this way I will have a LOT more to give to my family and friends and I will become a more positive and enriched person to both myself and the people around me. Go out there now and feel life to the fullest!! 🙂 A few shots of the beautiful spa I went to below: