OK, so it is the two combined, certainly.
I have been down right bright eyed and bushy-tailed.
I worked in accounting for well over a decade and my schedule was your typical 5 days a week, 8-5. (well, close... it was 7-4) Each day I would get up, get myself office-appropriate ready, get the kids ready and take them to my mother to be watched. Later, Aj stayed home with the kids, so all I had to do was get myself ready. Aj worked nights, I worked days. So putting myself "together" was the norm.
When we had our last son Aj and I decided that it would be best for one of us not to work at all. Obviously this had a major impact on our way of life. My job was the one that brought in the most money, yet the stress of it was killing me (literally) and we were starting our own carpet cleaning business and the idea was that it would make more money than my job ever did.
So going from a career mom to a stay at home mom was quite an adjustment, one that I cherished very much. I had always wanted to be able to stay at home with my babies, but never had the means. We downsized and we were happy to do it.
Through a variety of other trials to follow we ended up losing our duplex and the economy made sure that the cleaning business hasn't picked up to our liking, so we down-sized more. Amazingly it appeared that we couldn't down-size any more, but we did. We now live in a 900-something square foot home with four kids and two adults. One bathroom! Yikes. That gets tricky in the mornings!
Anyways, my life has changed so much just in the past 7 years that if anyone who knew me then were to take a peek into my life now, they would not even recognize me. Something else that changed along the way, in-part due to the major mental breakdown, but I had quit "putting myself together". Not entirely, I mean if I was leaving the house or I was having company over I would generally wear make-up and do my hair. But on a daily basis I did not.
Now please understand that I am no where near full of myself, but I do accept that I am not frightening without the benefits of make-up or hair do's. I have always wore little make-up and prefer a style for my hair that is free flowing and not helmet-like. But lately, with this exercising both active and low-key, I have found that I want to put myself together. I may not need to put on a pair of slacks for the days activities, but coordinating pants and shirt, that sort of thing has been wonderful. I also realized that I had missed it. It is entirely too easy to slip into this lazy self-care. Hygiene has never been a problem, but staying in my p.j.'s a little too long has certainly been a weakness. Or pulling my hair into a knot instead of "doing" it has become my best friend.
Thanks to this new found energy, I am smiling at myself more in the mirror, I like that. So, my encouragement is to everyone, get moving. Get moving outside, rain or shine and get moving in ways that you do not normally do throughout the day. It will go along ways and...
May the force (of self-accomplishment and energy) be with you!