“What I think, so shall I be.” – Wayne Dyer
Looking back over my life, I realize that I have spent a lot of that time in frustration, anger at my body, feeling stuck in various situations and just plain exhausted. I have battled weight all of my life and I have battled my thoughts and patterns for what seems forever. I think this is a human trait. ☺ I have done some things really well health wise, but honestly in many not so well.
I am learning that some of the struggles I have had are centered in many of the beliefs and thoughts I hold. When I realized that what I think determines who and what I will do and be, then I started to be more choosy about what I think about.
Soooo, beating myself up over my bad choices doesn’t serve me well….but seeing myself FREE of those things that don’t nourish me serves me in a way that helps. I have started envisioning how my healthy choices support me and seeing myself as healthy, emotionally and physically free and full of life!
The last few weeks in dealing with a flare, in what I call my invisible illness (Hashimoto’s), I have taken a hard look at some of my choices and things that need to change and I want to share a few of those with you. I do this partly for accountability, but also to see if this will help you begin a journey like I am doing….a journey to be my true self inside and out!
I have changed my eating habits greatly over the last few years. I don’t eat gluten, dairy or soy. Sugar is minimal most days. But I have let grains take a hold of me especially in the form of corn…especially tortilla chips. My gut has been telling me to stop this for months and I have dug my heels in on this. So, this is one of my first things to go. I am also going to concentrate more on getting the vegetables I need in a day. I was doing this but have slipped into the “it takes too long to cook” mode. Taking things out is not the only thing that needs to happen….must put good things in too!
I get some movement, but not nearly enough. I have spent more time at my desk than up moving lately. I find myself saying I can’t fit movement in during a day because of all I do. It is true, I am busy, but my body needs me to move. I have decided to start with walks on the beach 2-3 times a week, riding my bike with Keith more and doing yoga – even if it is only gentle yoga to start.
Gut healing has also become a priority as I can see where I have fallen down on that too. I remember my supplements that are prepared, but the ones to heal my gut are the ones I often forget because I don’t take them at the same time. This is of utmost importance from what my gut is telling me.
So those are the easy things. But what is really coming to light that I need to take it up a notch in is my journey to live in authenticity – to be the woman that I am meant to be and to use my gifts and follow where they lead. This is the true definition of healing. Acknowledging what I am called to do and doing it, no matter what others think or what my fears are.
This will entail being committed to my spiritual practice. Holding fast on my “morning ritual” of quiet time, meditation, journaling and reading. This has been one of things that has helped me the most over the last 18 months, but I have gotten more lax with it as things have gotten busier….or I have perceived them to be busier.
This will also mean speaking my truth and opening up to what I am being told to share. This is not always easy. Even though I am an outspoken person, I will often go with what seems to be difficult to most, but is actually easy for me. Basically, it is easy for me to talk about the physical changes that I and others need to make…even though they may be difficult to follow through with.
But, I am being called to talk about our deep insides…the truth that is me and you. How do we heal that? What do you need to hear that will touch the innermost you that can really help on your journey to true heath? This is what I must open up and be vulnerable doing. This is scary for me, but I must do it.
So, taking it up a notch. Being committed. Being true.
Scary, but exciting at the same time.
Fear comes in that I won’t follow through or that I can’t do this or a host of other thoughts. But I am choosing to face these negative thoughts one at a time, one day at a time and as I need to do it. Changing my thoughts so that what I think really does reflect who I am.
Your health is the one thing you have that you can work on.
It needs you!
There is always something you can do to improve your health, even if it is baby steps!
Don’t discount the baby steps!
Accept where you are!
Acknowledge where you are!
And then start to move forward In LOVE.
My vision is to lead by example and to help you along the path to emotional and physical healing. I cannot do this work for you, but I can be an example and a guide.
Will you take this journey with me?
To your health,