About a month ago, I received a gift from a friend. It was a lovely rectangular notebook with a beautiful painting of flowers on the bottom half of the front cover. As you can see from the featured picture, the upper half carried the letter “J”. “J” means a lot to me and to my family. My first and last name begins with “J”, my daughters’ name begins with “J” and my son’s name begins with “J”.
Some people call me “Jay” others “JJ”; some prefer to call me by my official first name “Janel”.
The point is, this note-book is special to me because, I count the giver a genuine friend and as stated before, because of the cover. I wanted to use it for something really meaningful to me and while I received it about a month ago, more like two months ago, only one week ago, I finally knew how I wanted to put it to use.
My pretty, most valued notebook is now my health journal. I have fought to start a healthier lifestyle, internally motivating myself to take small steps towards this goal, but it has not been easy. I do not intend to give up however.
Two days ago, I started my health journal as a further push to myself to go big. I must say that it has helped me thus far. As I embark on this journey, I am seeking to apply things that work for me and not others. I cannot achieve the success I want by wishing I can do what others are doing. I must find ways to meet “me” where I am at, understanding that I can only be “me”.
For me lifestyle changes has and would continue to include, better planning of my meals, healthier choices, healthier methods of preparation.
Progress thus far (note that my journey started a while back but I have just been struggling with consistency:
- I limit “milk” in my diet – not good for my sinuses and allergies – I do have milk now and then, maybe once every three weeks.
- The sugar content in my juices and teas are limited and sometimes none.
- I enjoy (not often enough) blended smoothies, one of my favourites is beet root with bananas and spices with Almond milk; I add anything I wish to add to that, eg: carrots.
- I seek to have a portion of vegetables everyday.
- I use whole grain rice and not white rice.
- I try to limit the use of other oils, sticking to “Olive Oil”
This is progress and listing them makes me feel really good.
I am currently doing a water therapy, meaning I am rehydrating myself with lots of water, more than usual, and I already feel the effects of its cool refreshing properties.
For me, constantly telling myself to keep pressing and imagining a body that is more awake and alert is my motivation. Now that I have started the journal, I have taken it a step further.
I would share more next time.
Let this little experience inspire you to keep working towards “the start” or the “re-start”.
Remember, to live out God’s purpose, we need to feel well!