Man I feel great!
Me and My Sweet Hubby Swimming at Fossil Creek in AZ.
My winter really sucked the life out of me..... literally. I was hanging on a thread every single day.
Diagnosed with Adrenal Exhaustion, I made the decision to do everything I could to change that. So I took that last thread of energy and I used it to ask for help- from God, from my doctor and most of all from myself.
And God, my doctor and I all answered that call.
Slowly but consistently my adrenal exhaustion has been improving & my energy levels have been feeling normal and my life feels full again. I cannot tell you how great it feels to be able to get up at 5:30am, totally awake and ready to go for the day! And to make it through the day without energy crashing and wanting to crawl under a rock to shut out the world- that's a great feeling to be able to cross of my list.
But, I had to give up a few things along the way in this commitment to my own wellness......
-my need to push myself all day long (now I take breaks and naps if needed- thank you to Dorie S. for that lovely and kind suggestion)
-my excuses for not exercising everyday
-my unhealthy need for caffeine to start up and keep going (yep, I'm totally caffeine free and shocked as hell that it feels so darn good!)
-crappy foods (no more fake stuff, preservatives, non organic foods)
-sugar and white foods that cause me to have bloodsugar crashes.
-forgetting to drink water
But I gained several lovely new habits that I am enjoying.
- I walk every single day and do yoga at least 5 days a week, giving my body my total attention and gentleness in my willingness to BEND SO I DON'T BREAK.
- I drink water all day long
- I meditate everyday, many times with the birds singing to me
- I listen to my inner voice as NUMERO UNO BOSS LADY and it's great advice.
-I check in with my body several times a day to see if there's anything it's asking for (like going to the bathroom...... TMI? Well I had a bad habit of waiting so long to pee my bladder's knees were knocking)
-I eat healthy whole grains, fruits, vegetables and proteins 5 times a day (no more skipping meals because I'm lost in wonderland and forgot)
-I take my supplements and vitamins everyday to repair all the years of stress damage I created on my cells.
And guess what, I've lost 20 lbs in the last 4 months.
And I don't even care about numbers or where I end up. I am just happy to be "lighter" in so many ways. It feels gentle and good. I feel loved and cherished.
I am reminded of the angel card I drew while sitting in the doctor's office in April feeling hope because I was brave enough to seek outside help.
TRUST..... yes. I trust the face in the mirror. I trust my creator and I am trusting my life again. And even more exciting, I finally feel like I've got the energy I need to move forward with my art business- because I've got some big plans that require some seriously big girl highly energized panties to accomplish (nice image huh- hoola hoop anyone?).