As my husband and I go about prepping for the Good Life we want, we can’t help but look at our health. In my vision of a Good Life I am a healthy weight, full of energy, clear skin, toned, and emotionally and mentally stable. In my current life I am overweight, my skin is dry, I’m not sure where my muscles are hiding out, and I’m stressed to the max. Is this your life? Do you look at yourself and realize that your current physical and mental state aren’t things you want to take into your Good Life? Start prepping for good health now to take into your Good Life later.
Lately I’ve been making small changes to benefit my health. I know myself and if I throw a bunch of changes at my body, it or my mind will balk. To keep the balking at a minimum I’m making slow changes.
The first change I’ve made is to take care of my back. I have been having sciatic problems all summer and my chiropractor has been clear that walking and stretching will take care of it. I hadn’t done those things and my sciatic wasn’t getting better. Imagine that. When the kids went back to school I started walking each morning. I did thirty minutes at first and just this week started doing forty minutes. My back has been much better. Don’t tell my chiropractor he was right.
Food has been an issue for me for years. I had severe autoimmune issues for years and a diagnosis of Celiac disease. To heal I had to pull a great deal of foods out of my diet. It worked and eventually, I was able to add a lot more foods back in, including dairy, that I hadn’t had for years. The problem? I’m not very good at moderation and I’ve spent the last year and 15 pounds eating everything I couldn’t eat for years. My second change is what I put in my body. I am not making drastic changes at this time but I am reducing my dairy intake, drastically reducing my tomato sauce intake, upping my fruit and veggie intake, and eating more meatless meals.
I have battled depression and anxiety my entire life. I have worked on my mental health for several years now. I did therapy for over a year which was life changing and I have worked through my emotions in journaling workbooks, like The Artist’s Way. I take better care of myself than I did just a few months ago. I am more likely to rest when I need to now and more likely to ask my husband for help if things get overwhelming. A big push towards getting to our Good Life has been for the mental and emotional benefits of that life, benefits that we are not able to get in our current life.
Good health has always been important for me but for years I let other things be more important. I will go into our new life with a much healthier me.
What could you do to prep for a healthier you? How do you see yourself in your Good Life?
Write down one thing you could change to better your physical or mental health this month and stick to it. Don’t make it too difficult and don’t try to change too much. Successfully completing small goals will help you complete big ones down the road.