I begin my journey this September to connect to my True North. I’ve been thinking, looking, waiting & wondering if I would ever find it & realized it’s been with me, I just wasn’t ready to receive it until now.
It’s been two years since the birth of our son & I’ve been challenged in different areas of my life. Mentally, Physically & Spiritually to be exact. I know it has everything to do with becoming a first-time mom, wanting to be sure he gets everything he needs from me, establishing our connection & providing him unconditional love. It’s an amazing time in my life & I didn’t want to miss a beat.
I became used to the idea of being a mom meant that I was homeward bound, (in the beginning) & I admit, I became really lazy with my self-care. I fell quickly out of shape, started eating what comforted me. My husband & I would forgo cooking & he would pick up something on the way home from work. That was a luxury we may have taken too much advantage of. It has hit me like a ton of bricks that if we continue this way, things could get out of control with our health.
I’ve been dabbling with my at home fitness programs, not able to commit to the full 21 or 30 days. I’d start with a great meal plan, prepped for the week ahead only to find myself eating out, drinking Starbucks & allowing these choices to be an excuse to start again next week, only to find myself in the same situation. This has been going on far too long. I’ve come to the realization that living simply healthy may not be that simple after all. 😳
So with all that being said, my focus in the first week of September is to dial it back in. I’ve been doing a lot of research on different “diets” that have been recently discovered to be a big benefit to our health, especially those with autoimmunities like myself. What I’ve found are a few things, one is to fast. Today is my first day, in fact, my goal is to reach 72 hours. There are many reasons but here is an article that may explain a few, Scientifically-designed fasting diet lowers risks for major diseases.
Week One: Detox. Physical Transformation.
I’ve tried so many different diets for my body. Living with an autoimmunity has taught me so much about how the human body operates. For me, I’ve chosen to fast into ketosis so that my body can restore the gut. As much as I don’t like it, I must change my eating choices. Gluten, dairy & sugar cause my body inflammation. This is a big risk as inflammation may cause many more severe health issues, something I don’t want to fool around with. I’ve been given a second chance & a gift, my son which I must show gratitude for by taking care of this body as it’s the only place I have to live.
Week Two: Move. Physical Transformation.
While my internal body heals, I’ll continue the beginning stages of my yoga practice. I’m starting a 3-week yoga program for beginners. Since starting, I’ve begun to feel a significant difference in the way that I feel in my body. When I step away, my body tells me it’s time to start again.
Week Three: Spiritual Strength.
I’ve begun to practice meditation. I never really thought I’d have the patience or ability to do it until I read a few books that got me motivated to try. If you are curious, check out these books:
The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life & Wanderlust: A Modern Yogi’s Guide to Discovering Your Best Self
Week Four: Putting it all together with a solid state of mind.
I’ve been on anti-depressants & SSRI’s since the end of my third trimester. I am grateful for what they’ve helped me with, I really am but I’d like to use this month to gain mental strength & clarity to see if I could begin weening myself off of them. This week my anti-depressant was decreased by 30 mg.. Next dose change will happen in three months. I’m confident I will get there.
“I’ve got to live what’s in me.” – Les Brown (<– his laugh is infectious!)
WOW! You’re still reading! Thank-you so much for landing on my page & reading my planned road ahead for September 2017! I will document my journey daily in my Community Group if you’d like to know the complete details of what exactly it is I’ll be doing. Please feel free to join! (I’ll document my daily accountability there). As well as provide tips & benefits for my reasoning behind the choices I’ve made to take this journey on my LIKE page.
“It works if you work it.” – Johnny Coleman