• Lara Flanagan

Day 10 - 360 days

Day 10 – Wednesday 13th January 2021

Non-essential purchases: none

Weight: 66.3 kg– 4.5 kg lost in 10 days

Calories: under 1200 calories

Alcohol: none (day 10 of 10)

Exercise: 60-minute walk, 26-minute yoga 34-minute yoga.

Between work and taking the kids up to Stanthorpe today so Rissie could have a sleepover, we managed to get a little bit of painting done. I asked the kids if they could do a few hours while I was working and then I finished it off when we got home. It is only the hallway, but it already looks brighter and more spacious. In the morning I could see myself quite happily sitting in my empty hallway with a cup of tea while the sun streams in.

It is amazing how little it takes to change your perspective on a space you see every day. In our case, it is just a lick of white paint not so professionally applied. But I told the kids that the steaky look is what shabby chic is all about.

What is your why?

A 360-days musing......

Before you do anything that even resembles a lifestyle change, you need to work out your why. Why do you want to have a simpler life? Why do you want to lose weight? Why do you want to run a marathon? Why do you want to learn how to speak Greek? Why do you want to learn how to swim?

It took me a long time to work out my why. I am often reminded of the words of Miles Davis, “Man, sometimes it takes you a long time to sound like yourself.” This brings me to another point, if your why is tied up with someone else’s approval or the need to impress others, chances are your why is not going to cut it. At some stage, you will fall off the wagon and revert to old ways.

What is my why? My why is a desire for simplicity, to experience more with my kids while having less. To teach my kids a different way to live than the one that is constantly sold to us via advertisements, social media, and reality television programmes. I want to live peacefully and happily and to be forever grateful. I want my cup to permanently run over. It is too hard to articulate in a few words exactly what my why is, but I am crystal clear about my why.

It also has nothing to do with anyone else. I am 49 going on 50 and it has taken me a long time to realise that you can’t please everybody, but that realisation has freed me up more than I could have ever imagined.

All I know is that I desire peace, happiness, and gratitude more than anything else. After illness and grief, I have realised that things and stuff simply do not matter. My heart is full, I am just striving to make it a little fuller, by having less, by doing less.

So, what is your why?


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