Well, I'm thankful to say that my knee is feeling so much better. I guess I can chalk up last week's pain to having strained it. I was so worried that I had torn something. But, now I'm really appreciating how important healthy knees are!
In fact, I'm appreciating how important healthy bodies are. I mentioned in my previous post that I had a complete blood workup done after my last physical. I also recently had my mammogram. And, the good news is that all those results came back great. I am healthy overall. But, what I've also realized is that if I want to STAY healthy...and if I truly want to THRIVE...then I need to take better care of myself.
What a gift our health is. And frankly I have been treating that gift very poorly & taking it for granted. I know that this is a result of many, many deeply ingrained bad habits. And, changing these habits & patterns is going to mean changing my mindset.
Of course, I've made that realization before and have tried before and have found myself back in this same spot again of NEEDING to make changes. But, so help me. I will keep trying and keep working at this. I will not give up.
I was recently reading Eating for Life by Joel Fuhrman. In it he talked about how our neural pathways are essentially formed by repeating the same behavior over & over. They become the 'easy route' in our brain. Feeling depressed or bored? Well, if the repeated behavior has been to eat something unhealthy for a quick boost, then that becomes our brain's go-to each time we feel that way.
We CAN create new paths. But, they take time. As I was reading that section, the visual image I got is of when my boys go sledding in deep snow. The first pass or two, they don't get very far as they are plowing through that snow & trying to create that path. But, as they keep going again & again their path goes farther & easier until they are flying down that path.
And that's where the different mindset comes in. I have always wanted the path to be clear & easy from the start. I wanted to fly down the hill & didn't want the hard work of pushing away the snow in the way. When I hit those barriers it's been so much easier to pick up my sled & go back to those easier bad habit pathways. So, basically I need to keep pushing through even when it feels like to much work.
Anyway, I'm hoping to start that new path and not give up. I already feel better because I've been getting a lot more sleep this last week. It started out that I was going to bed earlier because my knee hurt & I was exhausted from hobbling around on it & I knew I needed to rest it. But, now, 8:30 or 9 rolls around & I feel like going to bed. And, I'm waking up earlier. But, I'm also waking up rested. I haven't felt rested in a very long time.
The other good part about going to bed earlier is that it eliminates the chance for night-time snacking. Night time snacking has been one of my biggest downfalls. I think not eating before bed probably also contributes to a better sleep.
I'm still weighing what changes I want to take in regard to my diet. I've done a vegan fast before & it's really good for feeling better & losing weight. I also don't find it sustainable over a long period of time. I definitely want to cut back on empty carbs, sugars, and animal products & beef up on fruits & veggies. I also need to start incorporating exercise.
For now, step by step, inch by inch I'm going to create my new pathway.