We shouldn’t put off until tomorrow that which we can start today.
This is the final post in a series. Read the initial post, Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3.
It is said to take anywhere from 21 – 66 days to build a new habit, with the time really varying from person to person. I started this 30 day journey as a way to get back on track with some of my daily habits that had slipped lately and refocus my priorities. I wanted to concentrate on the following:
- Gratitude: I had lapsed from writing daily gratitudes
- Mindful eating: I wasn’t logging my food
- Fitness: I had added some extra pounds I wanted to lose
- Mindset: I wanted to see if yoga would be more beneficial for all of my ailments than my typical mindless treadmill walking
- Rest: I wanted to get my sleep habits back on track
So here is my final check-in of my 30 day personal challenge for the month of April.
Continue reading “30 Day Challenge – Week 4 – Final Results”
Just remember that setbacks are temporary. We all stumble, falter, or fail at some point in our lives, but it’s how we pick ourselves up and carry on that matters. Persistence and determination will overshadow those setbacks and help you overcome.
This is the fourth in a series. Read the initial post, Week 1 Progress, and Week 2 Progress.
A set-back is defined as a reversal in your progress. This past week I experienced a bit of a set back, that I wrote about in my post on The Challenge of Slowing Down. I hurt my back, came down with strep and inflamed vocal chords, and was ordered to go home and rest my voice. Then came the fibromyalgia flare. And then word that one of my cousins, who is just a few years older than me, died unexpectedly. Talk about some stress on the body.
This is what happens when you ignore the little voices in your head telling you to take it easy. Take a day off. Get some rest. If I had rested sooner, maybe I wouldn’t have developed strep and lost my voice, maybe I wouldn’t have gone into full fibro flare mode.
“Temporary set backs are overshadowed by persistence.” ~Quentin L. Cook
Continue reading “30 Day Challenge – Week 3”
I have had difficulty accepting that I cannot do what I once could. I am not the same person I once was.
Life in general requires overcoming challenges and obstacles of many types. Life with fibromyalgia introduces its own share of challenges: lack of energy, lack of sleep, chronic pain being the most prevalent. These things can change who you are and how you approach life. What once was a simple task, such as getting out of bed in the morning, can now be a daily struggle.
In the years since my diagnosis, my biggest challenge has been SLOWING DOWN. I have had difficulty accepting that I cannot do what I once could. I am not the same person I once was. Type A personalities like myself prefer to be in the game rather than sitting on the sidelines.
Adopting health strategies such as a clean diet, regular workouts, and supplements, has helped lessen the daily pain and limited my “flares” of my fibromyalgia. It has allowed me to maintain a moderately active lifestyle. And then I begin to think: Maybe I am OK. Maybe I am in some sort of remission. Maybe I can push myself just a little harder. And that thinking usually ends in a crash and burn, i.e. fibro flare and bed rest. Slowing down, resting allows the body to recover from the stresses put upon it. Without a recovery period, we can do our bodies more harm than good.
Continue reading “The Challenge of Slowing Down”