I’ll be the first to admit, I am not big on New years resolutions. I need easy, simple. Like the one word challenge. That I can keep up with. One word for a whole twelve months. That I can do. But right before the new year I discovered an email that had gotten lost. That email has encouraged me to change some things. I know it looks like a new years resolution but it’s not. It just happened to coincide with the new year.
When things went south at our former church I had to find a new health practitioner, my homeopath had been the Pastor’s son. After that fiasco there was no way that could continue. I found a chiropractor several months ago that does gentle adjustments and wellness work. Apparently, he sent me an email after my first visit that I all but ignored. Shane saw him the week after Christmas and came home talking about the recommendations Dr. Ben made. I searched my emails and sure enough I had one too! I dug in and absorbed. I have a vague recollection of the email but must not have thought much of it then.
I’m a firm believer in God’s timing. I guess I wasn’t ready to read it before now…that’s the only excuse I have. I’ve jumped in with gusto! No, it’s not a new years resolution, it just so happened to fall at the new year. Whatever the reason I’m motivated now. Here’s what I’ve done so far:
Eating habits. I’ve been making (and eating) green smoothies. Did you know Wal-Mart carries this ginormous bag of Kale? Me neither until I found it earlier this week. I do like Kale but I’d never ventured into green smoothies before. I managed to make one today with a grapefruit that was actually quite tasty. From one who has rarely stomached a grapefruit that wasn’t loaded with sugar that’s saying a lot. Who knew kale and grapefruit could work together in symphony!
Rebounding. We’ve had a “little trampoline” for years. In the winter the kids will walk by and hop on for a few minutes to burn some energy when it’s too cold to brave the elements. In the past I’d hop on for a few minutes here and there but without purpose. But I read recently where even bouncing 5 minutes at a time can be beneficial. My goal is 5 minutes 3 times a day. I’ve know I need to be more active for some time now. I always have the best intentions to do something but sometimes finding even 15 minutes for T-Tapp is impossible. Finding 5 minutes while I’m listening to some “Happy Music” or a podcast, or playing Friendo I can do! Finding this information on rebounding was truly an answer to prayer.
Meditation. Not “quiet time with God” really but quieting myself for 15-30 minutes at least one time a day to let my mind wander here and there and everywhere with restful, relaxing music lulling me through headphones means I can do it when the chaos swirls around me. I’ve thought about everything from my childhood to my favorite Scriptures. I’ve prayed, I’ve wept quietly. I’ve almost fallen asleep. It’s been amazing!
I’ve also started back to writing verses each day from swtblessings. A few verses that I can think about and focus on throughout the day. That is what I need.
Already I’m feeling better and seem to have more energy! The stresses of life don’t seem as daunting.
I am encouraged and inspired. Will we go totally Paleo? No! I’ve done enough research over the years to know what my thoughts are on healthy eating and strictly paleo isn’t it. But we were off course having had several super busy months last year. The fact is, sometimes store bought french fries are easier than making homemade sweet potato fries but I’m determined to go back to the outside of the aisles (for the most part) at the grocery store beginning now.
I tried a new egg casserole dish with sweet potatoes, kale, sausage and eggs that even my egg hater loved.
Even if my non new years resolution resolution fails, I’ve found some new low carb menu items to add to my rotation and that’s always a plus.
Linking up with the gang at Five Minute Friday this first Thursday evening of the New Year. The word prompt is motivate. I set my timer, or so I thought but I must not have pushed hard enough. It never went off. Oh well. The purpose is to write, right?