Warning: lots to say today and a longer one
The last couple of weeks have been kind of “meh” on the health front. I have fallen off of my exercise routine and step goal, and clearly I have been much less active than usual. I think the only thing I did stick to was to be conscious of what I eat, continue my green juice intake, and still get a few hikes in, here and there. Not too bad overall you’d think, but for me it was like taking a step backwards, an interruption, a halt, a standstill in the pursuit of my goals.
It wasn’t that I got lazy all of a sudden, but what brought everything to a head was a reminder of what it’s like to deal with chronic pain and that it can strike at any time. Things can change in a heartbeat and no two days are the same. You’re ok one day and the next one you don’t know to perform the simplest of tasks. All of a sudden the left knee started clicking and became painful. Walking was annoying, stairs were a pain and hiking became non enjoyable or possible. Then there was a lot of tension in my neck that spread to the shoulders and arms. I tore my entire bed apart, changing pillows for maximum support, all to little avail. The wrists were on fire, the elbow felt like the tendons were overstretched into a abnormal position, and at times I was unable to bend my arm to blow my nose, or perform other simple things. Even dressing was a drag and each morning started with a lot of time requirements just to get going. I needed an intervention, to reinvent myself.
Looking at my hands it was clear that inflammation had returned. The entire backs of my hands and fingers were swollen like plump sausages. It’s always there to some degree, but at various levels of intensity. It was back and it was painful, by no means how it used to be, but dull and naggingly painful most of the day. It became a every day thing again, and that alone can scare you to pieces if you ever experienced how bad it can get.
I made the decision to stop pushing myself. To put topping a record productivity week to the wayside and to listen to my body and let it rest. Continuing was not optimal or optional under these conditions. I felt I would do more harm then good, and I slowed down. My body has been working so hard to support me in my quest of a healthier lifestyle, losing weight and getting stronger. I felt guilty to stop so abrupt, but I knew it was the right thing to do.
Hadn’t I achieved so much already? Didn’t I accomplish it all? I was stronger, with more stamina, building muscle and endurance. I waived goodbye to fat, and by now I was almost 16 lbs lighter. Yes I still have a long ways to go, but it was undeniable of how much better I felt. Not just on the weight and physical side of things, but also on the mental and confidence side. It’s amazing how just a little can have such a huge impact.
Looking back, it’s been a fairly good year for me when it comes to personal progress and my chronic disease. I have somehow managed to manage it, but it took and continues to take hard work and commitment. It can slip at any moment. It takes drive and motivation. It takes making up your mind and just doing it, regardless of what others think, because no one else will do it for you and it’s your life to live.
This is what I mean with reinvention. In review and hindsight, first came eliminating some of the stress that had me in constant chaos. Next was Reiki, becoming a Reiki Master and Energy healer. Then I dabbled into the foods I was consuming, including elimination, portion control and times, as well as water consumption, staying hydrated and flushing the bad stuff out. I stumbled across essential oils and herbalism, choose a more active lifestyle once I grew stronger and was physically able to, and layered on increasing healthy veggies with my green juice. Each effort got me so far, steering me into the right direction, but each eventually became somewhat stagnant. The results were there but it appeared that no further progress could be made. I wanted to go further.
Stiffness and pains reappeared, just enough for an annoyance and to make things difficult and hurtful, but mostly to remind me that this was not what I wanted to go back to. It was time for yet another reinvention of myself. What was going to be next? What was my next building block to get behind in this grant scheme of becoming the healthiest, best version of myself. What was my next lesson.
It came in the form of another holistic approach to fight pain and inflammation. To repair gut flora and digestion for the proper elimination of toxins. To boost and strengthen my immune system. My Ginger Syrup came to the rescue, not just for myself but also to gain popularity in the world as well. There is a need for natural approaches and healing out there and I am truly happy to contribute my little part to it. Also, I would like to say a huge thank you to you who have supported me in this quest. I thank you for your trust in my product and your care. I hope you soon share similar success stories of how my syrup has made a difference for you.
Further I have made a natural muscle rub including essential oils. I have used it over the last couple of days, and the results are amazing. Pain and inflammation (swelling) is minimal again and my flexibility and ease of motion has retuned. I can function again and I am back with a vengeance.
So what’s the morale of this story. I guess there will always be challenges in life, times of stagnation when we feel stuck or perhaps on halt. These times will require you to reinvent yourself and everything you have been doing. You will need to layer on to what you have learned so far, and you will need to change. There will be days when what you have been doing will not be enough anymore. It will require a new way of thinking, new education, new wisdom, and a new YOU to propel you forward, not having you stuck in a rut. So how do achieve a new you? Never stop learning and pursuing the best version of yourself. Be your own best friend and listen to your body, your heart and your mind. Your soul already knows the way. Trust, believe, and reinvent yourself, because every next level will require a new and different version of yourself.