I started this blog at about the same time I decided to improve my life style – the two were not linked, purely coincidental …….. My reason for starting [the blog] was to make myself keep track of what was coming from my craft room, something I was – and am – notoriously shabby at!
The reason for changing my lifestyle was to get out of my own way and do something about the state of my overall health.
If you have read previous posts – about 6 of you I believe – you’ll have a bit of an idea of what I’ve been doing in the kitchen. I thought I might do a couple of days and then quit – missing bread and sugar too much – but I didn’t.
So I said to myself ‘Well, I’ll finish the week and see’. I did and carried on.
I said ‘Well, I’ll do it til I can’t any more’ [which statement can only come from a place of deprivation]. And still I happily continued.
Somewhere along the road I realised I wasn’t deprived – I was eating more than I did before – now partaking of delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners whereas previously I had often not eaten all day and found myself on the verge of keeling over about 4 pm. At that point I would head for the fridge and start grazing, often continuing until late in the evening…… Now I happily potter about in the kitchen creating great tasting food which heals my body and feeds my soul.
Now I’m not a person who likes to share her aches and pains with the rest of the world. If you ask how I am I will smile brightly and chirp ‘Just fine thank you – and you?’ Or if it’s a person I know will share all their woes with me and I’m in a ‘can’t be bothered’ kind of a mood I’ll chirp ‘Why, just a box of fluffy ducks thank you’ and continue on with a change of subject or bustle busily away.
But now that they are all gone I think it is time to list the reasons why I needed to do something. Her’s how it all began back in ’99:
- Me and a stressed out, exhausted, workaholic lifestyle
- Me, a steep flight of concrete steps and an ambulance
- Me, a left knee and a right hip – neither of which worked at all any more
- Me, a cigarette and a heart attack – or three
- Me, no cigarettes and a box of chocolates stuck in bed due to points 2, 3 and 4
- Me and a greatly increased girth due to all of the above points
- Me and the passing of 10 years with not a lot changing except point 1
General health liabilities included unstable angina, stiff and painful joints, hip problems, knee problems, difficulty walking due to hip and knee issues. Obesity – and an inability to lose weight. Low functioning thyroid, unstable cholesterol rates, high blood pressure or low blood pressure depending on the weather I think…… Add into this panic attacks and agoraphobia, sadness, depression, and loss of motivation and interest in life.
I worked my way out of that last part of the litany of horrors and learned again to look for the sunshine, I spent years peeling back layers to get to the bottom of the issues and learn again to take responsibility and to forgive others and most importantly, myself. Learning and relearning – no wonder I ended up as a life coach!!
My health would improve, then take a dive again for no apparent reason. Eventually I came to see that certain types of food might be the issue and I tried various diets and fasts and all that – none of which I stuck to for very long [due to the deprivation issue.]
Then we arrived at the timeline of 8 weeks ago and little did I appreciate how very much would change! Here is absolute proof that our wellbeing is defined by what we put into our mouths – who knew??!!
Look back at the paragraph below the points and at every comma or new sentence add in another word in parentheses [ GONE ]
But here’s the big thing – I wake up every morning with a vague sense of elation, a feeling of joy, of excitement, of expectation that the day will bring something good.
And it generally does!!!