I am participating in the It Takes Guts! 21 Day Challenge – click here for more info about it: http://www.hcctakesguts.org/#!intro-to-it-takes-guts-21-day-challenge/c1u1o; it has yet to begin but I have already begun to make changes to my life. I was on a strict raw vegan diet for three weeks; it was not as difficult as I thought it would be but I did miss having carbohydrates like grainy breads, and the occasional cookie. It definitely makes one more mindful about what they’re consuming; and now I am making a concerted effort to eat for nutrition about 95% of the time. My exercise includes running, walking, and hooping but decided I needed to kick it up a notch so I’ve decided to start kickboxing (again)…I did it for a few months a couple of years ago, not too long after the hysterectomy, but found it to be too physically taxing at the time. So I’ve decided to give it another shot and my first class this past Monday morning (at 6:15) kicked my arse!
I know for many working out and eating well is deemed a luxury. Truth is it can be but it also has much to do with making good choices. Simple changes make big differences; instead of meeting friends for lunch, go for a walk with them instead. Try substituting 3 meals a week with a big salad, but go easy on the dressing. Walk your dog an extra 5 minutes each time you take them out. You get the picture. Stop making excuses and just do it!
One more thing I wanted to tell you before I go this morning…I’ve been off my antidepressant for over a month and things are going quite well. I was on Prozac for over two years due to the depression following the Lynch diagnosis and the plethora of issues which followed suit after the prophylactic hysterectomy. I told my psychiatrist that I wanted to give life a shot sans the ‘zac. I have been exercising more, taking fish oil, and trying to do more of the things which I love. I am doing very well and want to tell you this because I know that many of you are still suffering the effects of the diagnosis and/or the prophylactic surgery. I know you’re scared and terribly frightened – but I promise you, things will get better and you will get stronger. It just takes time.
…and she’s off.