This was featured in one of the Daily Spark mailers recently, and it was a much needed reminder.
I have intermittent G.I. issues. I can go for months with just the occasional reflux, and then BAM! I have a low grade constant nausea and I take over the bathroom. Taking a probiotic supplement and a digestive enzyme supplement help me, but I have to remember to take them consistently. I had a flare up two weeks ago, and not only did I NOT exercise, but I pretty much had nothing to eat but Cup-O-Noodles. I am also having some possible “allergy” issues. I put that in quotes because I have not been officially diagnosed, but something in the air has been making me sneeze and is irritating my sinuses, and I hate trying to exercise while my nose is running like a faucet. I have medications, but again, taking them consistently is not always my strong suit.
So, basically, I haven’t been eating or exercising the way I should be, and I haven’t been tracking. My weight is up about 2-3 pounds, and my enthusiasm and drive were definitely waning. Seeing that motivational quote really helped me. Another thing that was timely and helpful was a blog post by ~INDYGIRL titled “New ~indyisms”. She had some great little quotes that reminded me why I am doing this. I have also started reading “The Spark” again. Now I am taking steps in the right direction to change not just my health, but my attitude.
I am going to borrow an idea from my SparkFriend, GINILEE4. She recently blogged that she writes out a daily plan with everything she wants to get done for the day. It helps her stay focused on what she needs to do. I want to make up a basic check list with what I need to do every day, and a few blank spaces for daily add-ons. I need to work on taking all my supplements and medications, so that goes on the list. Since I don’t know what is causing my allergy/sinus symptoms, I have started a top to bottom general clean of my house. (We live within 150 yards from a major 4 lane highway, and the road dust and grit is bad.) I have completely vacuumed and dusted the living room, washed the furniture covers, and wiped down the walls and beams. I have started on the Kitchen/dining area, and plan to finish it up tomorrow with the rest of the down stairs. My hope is that once everything is clean, I can plan out a maintenance schedule to put on the list that will help keep the dust under control.
READY4CHANGE81 posted a blog entry on Thursday (2/28/13) titled “This Journey Has No Room for Negativity!” I highly recommend you read it if you haven’t. (Link to her blog at the bottom) It was an awesome, inspiring, and motivating reminder that we need to concentrate on the positive things we are accomplishing, and when the negative happens, accept it and then let it go.
These are examples of why I love SparkPeople. If I am having problems, feeling discouraged, or just not feeling my “Mojo”, I can read through Blogs, stories, and articles until something inside me goes “A-ha!” So I am sending out a great big “Mahalo, plenty!” to the SparkPeople staff, contributors, and, most importantly, the members of this community. Some days, it’s the well written article by the experts that helps me, but more often than not, it’s something posted or shared by a member. I hope I can return the favor and pay it forward.