60 days ago, I began my health journey. I had just come back from vacation with my in-laws. My life was mellowing out after transitioning to a more demanding role at work back in November, and after having moved 3 times in 8 months. I was mentally ready to focus on my health, so I did.
With all the stress of the past year, I retreated inwardly into a depressive state. Though my life was in turmoil, I chose to focus on gratitude. Everyday I expressed how grateful I was for the things I did have: my general health, my loving husband, my supportive family and friends, flexible work hours, sunshine, a fun bike ride, a much-needed nap, running water – whatever! Re-framing my thoughts helped me to hold onto the positive in my life.
With my life in flux, I pretty much ate out for 6 months straight, which quickly took its toll on my body. As we settled into our new home (apartment # 3), I made it a priority to shop weekly at the local farmers market. I committed 4 weeks to detoxifying my body with lots of fresh produce, whole grains, beans, fish, nuts and seeds. I eliminated caffeine and alcohol, and minimized dairy and sugar additives. After reintroducing foods back into my diet, and seeing how my body reacted, I settled on a more Primal eating style. My body is happy when I eat this way.
I was never very active before, but eating as I did left me with no desire to get off of the couch. As I started nourishing my body, I felt the desire to get moving. I focused on walking around my neighborhood, hoop dancing (a killer workout and an awesome creative outlet), and hiking. I had forgotten how fun it was to be active.
With all these changes, I began noticing how much better I felt. I was less bloated, had more physical energy and mental clarity, I had a more positive outlook, my acne was getting better, and the pounds were coming off. However, until today, I did not notice the physical difference in my body until I created the side-by-side above. I’m happy to add that to my progress list as well.
I know I still have a long journey ahead of me, but I’m looking forward to incorporating better choices into my daily life, and seeing how my life improves all around.