Last year I set myself up to fail…
In June I embarked on what was to be a life changing three month Journey to Wellness of my own. I had made so much progress with my recovery to that point that I felt sure that I was ready to conquer the world, become super healthy and fully regain control of all areas of my life.
Boy was I wrong!
Even though I enlisted the support of a nutrition coach, fitness expert and spiritual guide I was not physically or emotionally ready for this challenge.
So much happened during that three month period; I lost my job, I travelled abroad and there were massive upheavals in my personal life (I moved house three times!).
To say that it was difficult to focus on my diet and exercise is an understatement. The result – I withdrew from the world and found myself unable to write or advise anyone else as I felt as though I had failed completely.
So now it is a new year, a new beginning; there are new challenges and its time to shake myself off and get back on the horse.
I now realise that I was only 18 months into my recovery when I started on this new venture and it was a bit premature, I was, and still am, still learning about all the new things that go on with my body.
So in the words of Thomas Edison, “I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
As I sit here writing this I feel an enormous surge of gratitude that I am able to share the lows I experience, as well as the highs. Mine is not a perfect life by any means, and I want people to know that it is okay if you don’t get everything right first time round.
Keep going, tweak things, listen to your inner voice and follow its lead because it is guiding you to do what is best for YOU. No matter how many books, Facebook posts, articles, blogs and videos read and watch the only way for you to heal and regain control of your life is to find the foods and lifestyle that works for you.
I know people, wonderful people, like Sara from Ms Health-Esteem who have been working tirelessly on their own health and wellbeing after a Graves diagnosis for over five years, and they still have their own ups and downs. As Sara will tell you
“wellness is a beautiful journey, not a destination.”
To that I would add that if you don’t see the ugly you can’t appreciate the beauty.
I wish you all, whether your journey is new and you are just starting to find your way, or whether you are a seasoned traveller on the road to wellness, the most beautiful of years. May you be blessed with good health, happiness, joy and abundance.
I will continuing on my own journey, living my life with gratitude, and I will share with you the ups and downs in the continuing hope that my experiences may, in some part, help others.