At the beginning of November, I declared my intentions to start taking better care of myself, and follow my own advice. Overall, I am happy to report that I have made a lot of progress in the consistent self care department. Instead of trying to make a ton of changes all at once, I picked a few things to focus on and add into my daily routine. I didn’t just want to add things in, I wanted to stay consistent with these changes. First and foremost, I went back to being more vegan than vegetarian. My body functions and feels much better when vegan and I find I have less issues with my IBS. I was able to maintain being vegan even through the holiday by preparing and bringing some of my own dishes.
The second change I made was committing to starting my day with breakfast every day. Thanks to years of chemo and IBS, I was not feeling hungry in the mornings and found myself going at least half the day without eating anything. Since incorporating breakfast daily (usually a vegan protein shake or smoothie bowl), I have noticed an improvement in my energy. Third, I wanted to get back into using the Soqi bed every morning. The far infrared rays do wonders for my energy and overall health. I often felt I was pressed for time in the mornings and unfortunately, the Soqi bed was generally the item to get removed from the to do list. During November, in order to achieve this goal, I started doing my morning meditation in the Soqi bed. This allowed me to kill two birds with one stone without feeling like I was short on time.
Not every day was perfect, I found myself dealing with distractions that would derail my efforts temporarily. One of the largest distractions was looking at emails and messages in the morning before even getting out of bed. In order to minimize this distraction, I started putting my phone across the room so it was not as accessible. This allowed me to focus instead on my meditation and the Soqi bed before diving into work. In reality, distractions are just another way of saying excuses. As I become aware of my own bull, it is all about progress. So, I am going to accept and pat myself on the back for the work and progress I have made. Moving forward, I am willing to be better and do more than my next excuse.
A large part of my success this month was having accountability partners. While I may roll my eyes, fold my arms like an arrant child, and make a huge huffing noise when my loved ones are reminding me about my goals and self care, I am blessed to have people in my life that love me enough to not only care about my well being, but also put up with my shenanigans.
Here we are in December (how did that happen?). I am looking to maintain the changes I have made, and gradually incorporate additional self care items. I will be incorporating physical activity this month, 2 to 3 times a week, including some yoga. As I have written about in my book, taking my head and putting it up my ass as a form of yoga does not excite me, however the principals and the benefits of yoga do. So, Jodi and I have signed up for a 6 week long beginning yoga class. I am going in with an open mind and the willingness and awareness that by no means will I be perfect at this. By no means will yoga come easy in the flexibility department, but I am excited to start from scratch, learn something new, and gain the benefits of the experience. Also in December I am going to get back to journaling daily. This was hugely beneficial for my mental wellness and overall emotional health and it is time that it once again be incorporated into my daily routine.
A challenge I have faced prior to this month was focusing on the idea of all or nothing. I kept telling myself that I had to change everything, all at once, in order to be successful. This concept was overwhelming and often led me to not making any changes. As you are looking to make improvements in your life, gradual changes are far more sustainable and less painful than trying to change everything all at once. Be patient with yourself as you make these changes, remember that you will not be perfect. We should focus on progress and not perfection.
All my best to you my Fabulous Fighters,