People with chronic illnesses or pain often feel like they have transformed into someone else, perhaps even someone they no longer recognize. It takes strength and courage to deal with long-term pain and illness, while staying true to your authentic self.
Here’s to being able to bloom where you are planted, face challenges that come your way, transform into a stronger being, and find your authenticity and strength.💛
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”
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”
This is the third in a series. Read the initial post and Week 1 Progress.
Here is my Week 2 check-in of my 30 day personal challenge for the month of April.
“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.” ~Zig Ziglar
Continue reading “30 Day Challenge – Week 2”
This challenge is about being DELIBERATE. It’s about finding some peace with myself, my body, my physical capabilities, and my limitations.
I made it through week 1!
This is the second in a series. Read the initial post here.
My body is wearing out. Since 2000 when I was diagnosed with a herniated disc in my lower back and a few months later fibromyalgia, my body seems to have been on a steady decline. I used to be a treadmill warrior, committed to reaching those 10,000 steps a stay so my Fitbit would say “Nice job, Cindy!”. Well injuries and physical therapy and doctors recommendations to try something else have convinced me that perhaps I needed to fold up the treadmill for good. Or at least for the next 30 days…
So I embarked on my 30 Day Challenge with these guidelines: Continue reading “30 Day Challenge – Week 1 Results”
I am embarking on a personal challenge for the month of April, to try to tweak some of my habits, to be more consistent with my practices. As JJ Virgin always says, “Little hinges swing big doors.” Sometimes those little tweaks make a big difference!
Continue reading “30 Day Challenge to a Better, Stronger Me”