Last week my husband and I took a road trip. We drove to/through 8 different states (not including our state of residence) in 8 days. Our goal was to give me the privilege of saying that I have been to every continental US state west of the Mississippi. Check! It was a wonderful trip but exhausting and I ended up with a severe case of sciatica. This in combination with excess poundage, lack of conditioning, eating crap, and generally not taking good care of myself made the trip even more exhausting. My husband who is 13 years older than I, did all of the driving and came out in much better shape than me.
Two chiropractic adjustments, two days off work, a visit to my primary MD, and a prescription for Tramadol and Prednisone later I seem to be on the mend now, hopefully.
I’ve been giving alot of thought to the aging process of my body. Somehow I’ve landed in this quagmire of not exercising, eating crap, and feeling sorry for myself. The saddest part of all of it is that I was to the point where I was just accepting that this is my sad existence and that this was just the way it is going to be now.
But, not so fast…this isn’t the way it has to be, correct? There are many aspects of my health that are under my control, right? I weaned myself off of the Effexor for hot flashes…and the hot flashes have been manageable, right? So why not start working on healing myself from within. Obviously many things in my body are off balance right now. There are things that I can do to remedy this. Chiropractic adjustments (started!), regular massages (doing!), meditation (I need to do this!), exercise (I need to get back to this!) and lastly diet. The word diet just makes me cringe. The word contains “die” of all things! I would rather say that I will clean up the food that I eat. I just finished reading “It Starts With Food” by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig. Next I will read “The Whole 30” by the same authors with the plan to begin this food program in September. I want some time to plan ahead a bit, rather than jumping into something without forethought. The idea of the whole 30 program is to eliminate sugar from your diet and to learn about what foods your body tolerates and doesn’t tolerate. My ultimate goal is to feel better physically, with the secondary goals of looking better physically and losing weight.
The photo above is from the card that comes with my tea-of- the- month club. I think that these words of wisdom are very appropriate for me right now. Kindness all around, but especially for myself. Being stricter with my lifestyle and diet choices may seem like punishment but they are exactly the opposite.
Oh and by the way, if you are a fan of loose leaf tea, I highly recommend the Plum Deluxe tea of the month club!