At my last doctor’s appointment three months ago, my blood work came back showing elevated numbers and I was told that I needed to watch that to prevent diabetes. I was also told it was my time to schedule a colonoscopy. This news bothered me so I set it aside for a while and chose not to think about it. Truth be told, on my recent vacation, I was day drinking Mai Tai’s poolside with zero thoughts about caring for my body.
I’ve recently rallied and now I’m caring for my body. I did get the colonoscopy scheduled for later this spring. I promise not to post pictures but I think I will write with a Sharpie marker a message on my bum to the doctor. (Any ideas on what I should write? Share below in the comment section.)
Last Monday, I started a strict 30-day cleanse that begins with a detox of fruit and veggie smoothies and then on day two, began eating solid food again. When I say strict, I mean no sugar, caffeine, processed foods, or wine. I drink at least two cups of Joe every morning and a glass of red wine almost every night. While I miss those beverages, it’s been fairly easy to give them up and I’m getting positive results with more energy, restful sleep, and a little weight loss. I’m even looking forward to having my blood work done to see if my numbers improved. I believe my success is because I wrote and meditated on self-care every day and these are the prompts I used the first week of my cleanse.
Why do I want to do this strict detox? Why now? What do I hope to change?
I will do something every day that is good for my body and right now, I will make a list of those things.
“Our bodies are the vehicles through which we experience life. Christ taught that the body was the temple of God. A healthy body that functions efficiently is a valuable resource for you; it allows you to do what you want to do.” -Kathleen Adams, Journal to the Self (pg. 110)
What do I want to do in my healthy body?
I started a dialogue with my lower back that had been causing me grief. On the flip side, I had a dialogue with my eyes that allow me to see this beautiful world.
Write out three positive self-loving affirmations. Read them out loud.
“Love yourself first and everything else falls in line. You have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” -Lucille Ball
Write about the last time you loved yourself and what you got done.
“Our grand business in life is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but do what lies clearly at hand.” -Thomas Carlyle
This quote reminded me to keep my water bottle close by and drink it empty three times a day. What lies “clearly at hand” that you can do now for your body?