Show of hands, who has never woken up on the wrong side of the bed?
Didn’t think so. Bad days happen to all of us from time to time. When I was younger I used to fight them tooth and nail, but that would only make matters worse. Now that I’m older and no longer have the energy to wrestle these days from H-E-double-hockey-sticks, I go limp like a willful toddler and let the day carry me where it will until the miserable 24 hours are up.
But what do you do when you wake up on the wrong side of a brand new year? It seems like everything is going bonkers and it’s not letting up. I was whining to a co-worker who seems to be experiencing the same kind of anti-Midas touch, and he explained that Mercury is in retrograde. I don’t know what that means, but I like that I can blame someone (or something) other than myself for things falling apart around me.
I don’t believe in fortune cookies or follow horoscopes (except when they say I’m going to come into a large sum of money) but according to the all-mighty Google, Mercury, which rules our intelligence, mind, memory, and all types of communication, is retrograding which is just a fancy word for moving backward. I wish this retrograde would work on my scale and reset me to my pre-Christmas weight!
Anywhoooo, this retrograde is supposed to last from January 5th to January 25th. During this time, expect everything from technology to communication to breakdown. You’ll lose things, and arguments and typos will abound. I am not going to edit this post, and if it’s full of errors, I’m blaming Mercury.
What’s a girl to do when it seems like the universe is out to get her? It’s one thing when it’s just a bad day, but 3 weeks?! Normally, I swan dive into a vat of calories to get through the tough times, but a 21-day binge will be my December all over again, and I can’t afford to keep retrograding with my weight loss progress.
Apparently, retrogrades are meant to be a contemplative period, and that’s what I find myself doing now. The key to not regaining the weight back (which has been my pattern), lies in looking backwards to learn from my mistakes, so that I don’t end up moving backwards.
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