See this picture? That was me just a few months ago, trying to do it all. (As usual!) 2015 was a crazy year for me and I am going to be glad to put it behind me. I had wanted to take charge of my health, but life got in the way. I had a job that kept getting more and more stressful by the day, aching joints, insomnia, anxiety, and if there was a cold or flu, I almost always caught it. In regards to the anxiety, I had a particularly bad attack that put me in the Emergency Room one night. That was my rock bottom.
Two days later, I found myself meditating alone in my living room to weird New Age music and crying. I tried praying and asked a question. “What do you want me to do?” Moments later, a little voice inside of me whispered, “Get rid of whatever doesn’t make you happy.” So, I started to really think about how I could truly BE happy & change my life for the better. How could I, for once, be IN control of my life? That day, I went into work and turned in my two-week notice. Then, I bought a new journal & made a list of things I needed to change/incorporate into my life.
- Just say NO!!! And,boy, did I. It may have ruffled a few feathers, but that’s okay. I can’t be everywhere at once or do everything. The extra “Me Time” has been great for reducing stress.
- Quit what isn’t working for you. In this case, it was my job. Trying to be Supermom and Superlibrarian wasn’t cutting it. So, I chose to be just Mom. And I’m happy with my choice.
- I chose to homeschool my 10-year old son. The tears, the stress over homework, Common Core, etc. was too much for my child. He’s a sweet, sensitive boy and was getting left behind. I know I did the right thing. He is thriving at our little homeschool. I get to see how happy he gets when he finally grasps a new math concept, or learns about science. We take nature walks, read books together, and go on field trips. Learning + Love = Bliss & Success.
- I decided enough was enough with my weight issues. I’m 40 now, and I know I won’t be the next Miranda Kerr, but I can lose weight and be a healthier version of myself. It’s now or never.
- I hired a holistic nutritionist. I tried vegetarian, then went to low-carb, now I’m finding myself walking a vegan path. Do whatever works for you. I was never a huge meat eater to begin with, so giving it up wasn’t hard for me. Dairy, wheat, & sugar were my biggest crutches. It was time to give them up. I can already see my skin clearing up, I’m down a few pounds, and I have more energy. More about this in Part 2.
- I’ve started moving…gently. I have never been a gym rat and I most likely never will. I love walking though! I use a FitBit (on occasion) and I like tracking my steps. I like to walk outside when I can, but when it’s cold or rainy, I use my treadmill. Just two miles/day makes me feel great. Some days I’ll do three miles,but I don’t want to push it. Slow & steady wins the race.
- Strength training. I’ve decided to do this twice a week. Plus, I need to work on my posture. Leaning over a computer for years at work did not do my body good. It’s something I’m working on.
I’ll write more tomorrow in Part 2 later this week. How are you making positive changes, or how do you plan to do so? Please comment/share below! 🙂