I came back from my meeting with my doctor with a long list of things to do to improve my health. I was still shaky a year after finishing chemo and I needed to get better.
Concerns included: bone health, weight gain, fatigue, insomnia….
What a list!! What to do?
Among the things to do:
- Eat more fruits and vegetables, but not raw cruciferous veggies
- Eliminate all processed foods
- Get out and walk everyday
- Get to bed earlier, same time every time
- Eliminate refined sugar or keep to a minimum
- Eliminate all refined white flours
- Do some weight lifting
- Meditate everyday
- Incorporate a yoga or stretching program
- Rest in the afternoons
Whew! That’s a lot.
I’ve been successful at improving my organizing and time management skills. I’ll never be completely organized by instinct, but after years of working towards getting more organized and managing my time better, I felt reasonably on top of things. I learned to like creating order and beauty in my home, I loved working more moderately and being the one who could be counted on to be on time.
But, this was moving to a whole other level.
To incorporate all these behaviors requires a level of commitment, motivation and sheer planning prowess that I had not yet achieved. Yet, I had the threat of recurrence to help me along.
Where to start? I start – as Steven Covey says – with the end in mind. I start with an image of myself glowing with health, filled with energy (but moderately so), loving well and taking action with confidence. I am beautiful, my weight has returned to normal. The doctor tells me my numbers look great.
If you have struggled with any type of chronic illness or syndrome, I hope you will find this thread of blogs useful.