“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make art – write or draw or build or sing or live only as you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” – Neil Gaiman
Many people don’t like the idea of resolutions but I happen to welcome them with open arms. I like to have start dates. It helps to motivate me to really think about the things that I want to better in my life for the upcoming year and beyond that. I have always found writing down my resolutions every year to be extremely beneficial.
I have a few goals for the next year and beyond.
Food for thought:
I don’t like to say that I want to “lose weight” as I think basing anything around weight is never healthy. Four years ago is when I finally started to be more comfortable with my body. I found confidence within myself regardless of the number on the scale or the size of my jeans. I have been down the road of extreme weight loss and gain so many times and could never quite seem get it right. I have always had a hard time with my metabolism due to many chronic health issues that make it hard for me to exercise as much as I would like and that make it hard for my body to detox and digest foods properly which in turn mess with my insulin and so on and so fourth. I also have ongoing thyroid issues which doesn’t help anything. My biggest issue is that I make too many excuses for things when it comes to eating and exercising because part of me doesn’t want to go back down the road of worrying about my weight or caring about what size I am, but deep down I know that I am so far beyond that mindset. I know that I can change myself for the better because I have finally accepted myself and my body as it is now. I firmly believe that when you truly accept and love yourself for who you are now, -that- is when change can become possible and more successful in the long run.
I already eat a very healthy, balanced diet but there are a few things that could definitely use some tweaking. I used to never eat after a certain time of night, preferably 6 or 7 pm and the reasoning behind that is that for me my digestion tends to get worse the later it is and also your metabolism is at it’s slowest at night. I always found that eating more throughout the day and lighter in the evening was very helpful for me. I also notice that although I have been gluten and dairy free for almost ten years now that I have introduced too many prefabricated foods into my diet (gluten free bagels, pretzels, etc). Another thing I used to do quite frequently was keep track of what I was eating. I always kept a food diary with me to jot down things that I eat. Sometimes you don’t even realize how many calories you are taking in until you actually take the time out to sit down and write every food down and it’s then that you start to recognize any possible bad habits. Writing down what I eat is also going to be beneficial for my digestion as certain foods really aggravate my Gastroparesis and Gerd symptoms more than others and it can often be hard to tell what the triggers are. I think keeping track of the food I eat will help immensely. I will make sure to keep a small journal with me and write down everything I eat and drink every night.
I always start off a new year with a new journal.
As far as exercise is concerned I know that although I cannot exercise as much or as hard as I would like to that I can still move my body. I know I should do it more but the truth is that I fight with chronic fatigue, nausea and dizziness (among other things) on a daily basis which make exercise the last thing on my mind. I used to do Pilates 3 times a week and walk for at least 20 minutes every day. I plan to get back to doing my Pilates and Yoga DVD’s along with walking daily. Exercise is not only important for physical purposes but for mental and emotional benefits as well. According to many studies, 30 minutes of walking a day can be as helpful as taking an anti-depressant. Yoga is also wonderful for stress reduction, improvement of digestion and over-all well being. I took a Yoga class with Bryan Kest a few years back and it was three hours long. For a few days after that I could barely move because of how much I strained my muscles. Although that kind of exercise is good for some, it is far too intense for my body. I think that over all the right amount and kind of exercise will help to benefit me more than not.
Meditation & Positivity:
I am naturally a very anxious person and when you combine that with chronic pain it can make for a horrible amount of anxiety and stress. Many people in my life do not even now that I deal with anxiety on a daily basis. I have learned how to be good at hiding my anxiety but I have the tendency to rely on certain medications to help me through the anxiety, panic attacks and chronic bouts of nausea. This year I am going to make a significant effort to use more relaxation skills like – Meditation, Detox Baths, Specific herbs and teas, Breathing techniques, etc.
Through positive reinforcement and thinking, I have learned to accept myself as I am .right.now. and that kind of out look has really brought along an incredible amount of clarity and peace. I hope to continue to carry that peace with me and to have it help me to work on the things that I would like to change in my life. I have an immense desire to better myself as much as I can. It’s amazing what can happen when you truly do everything in your power to change your lifestyle and to help yourself in every way possible. I have been through so much in my life and all of the pain has taught me lessons that I know will continue to serve me in the next year and years after that.
I can only accept and progress.
the more I realize this, the stronger I will continue to become.
I see amazing things coming in the next year. My heart, my body and my mind are ready for it.
Bring it on 2013 ♥
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