In recent months I have embarked on a journey to create a more calm, healthy and happy life. My life has been on a really fast treadmill for so long. My husband has always told me – would you just stop for five minutes. I started taking steps to improve my life several months ago.
My first step was to change my nutrition! I earned a PhD in natural health and have always known nutrition is a huge priority but never had the time. I had since made the time by switching to a vegan lifestyle. I have never ever been a huge fan of meat. My father always said – “you’re so deprived, you have steak every night”… Back then we ate whatever was put on our plate so I did. As an adult everyone places so much stress on adequate protein but the reality is it is very easy to get adequate protein on a vegan diet. It is a myth that you need to eat meat to get enough protein. I now look forward to every meal – they are packed full of color and flavor. The only issue is that it takes prep time. Once in a great while I will allow myself an egg or something particularly if I am on the road for a long period of time and didn’t plan appropriately. As of today I am down 40 pounds and definitely on the road to feeling really good.
The next step was to remove stress as much as possible. That is easier said than done. I started by taking melatonin at bedtime. My goodness it had been years since I was able to sleep through the night. Now I sleep pretty well until about 5:30 in the morning. I forgot what it was like to feel rested and ready for a new day. For the longest time my favorite thing to do on weekends was treat myself to a nap. Not anymore.
Treating my soul has been more of a challenge. We have our horses but I never have time to spend with them – pretty sad. Hopefully I will get to that point someday. In the meantime, I started doing yoga and tai-chi videos on youtube. These slow, thoughtful, calming routines help alot. Simply focusing on the movements and how flowing and purposeful they are feels so freeing.
Exercise has been a bit of a challenge because I have major shoulder issues. I had my right shoulder operated on in November and am still doing rehab but it has come a long way. My left shoulder needs a replacement – not the best news but we have managed to piece together quite a gym in our basement so we have all been able to get some workouts in during this COVID time.
Lastly, as soon as COVID is over I plan to get a personal trainer and really commit to a schedule and routine for my exercise. I will search for someone with the best personal trainer certification who understands my medical limitations but still is able to push me to succeed in my goals.
All in all it looks like 2021 is looking bright!