Hannah’s (Pre) Spring Clean: Blog One
Greetings and welcome to the first of my twice-weekly blogs for the month of September. I recently approached Charlotte about blogging for a month about my journey back to living healthily, in part because you might be interested (how self-absorbed am I?), but also so that I couldn’t back out on this plan. Charlotte was keen and prompted me into action, so here I am.
The idea came about because since last summer, when I dissolved deeply into a social scene I have been craving for years, I have been continuing on in a fashion which is not entirely beneficial for the body or the mind. To put it simply- I’ve been having too much fun and not paying enough attention to what my body has been telling me.
Understandably, I am run down and feeling the old familiar fatigue catching up with me. Now- I do not intend to stop having fun, stop going to parties and pot-lucks, seeing movies and spending late nights painting with my beloved as well as working and studying. But I DO intend to do it all alongside living more healthily, listening to my body, and taking steps to give back to myself what I’m continually expending.
So, here’s the plan:
1. No alcohol. This might sound easy to all you lovely healthy people out there, but unfortunately I love a tipple, especially when I’m
feeling tired but still want to go out with my friends…it gives this false energy when energy might not really be there to begin with.
2. Predictably, more exercise. I used to be wonderfully motivated and dedicated since seriously injuring my back in a Hannah Vs. Car
accident, but since summer I have let it all slide. Walking plus physio exercises plus yoga plus pilates used to be the go. I want to gradually get back into a routine, also adding in the odd Zumba and Yoga class.
3. Diet. Now I am usually pretty careful with what I put in my mouth, living as I do with Crohn’s Disease and IBS, so just a little tweaking in this department. Notably, cutting out the cheese I am so very fond of, reducing the amount of starches and sugars I consume, and generally adding more vegetables. I love vegetables, so this isn’t hard nor much of a change from usual.
4. Bodytalk. I have a session in the pipeline with a beautiful local woman named Tania Marsden who I intend to listen to very carefully. I
don’t know much about Bodytalk yet, so that will be interesting for me. Anything that allows me a better understanding of this body and what it needs is something I am very open to.
5. Learning. Our library is a wealth of information, as is the internet. I am borrowing books too, so hopefully I will have some useful things to write about as I learn them. Because of my health challenges over the last few years I have already ingested a fair amount of knowledge, but am always hungry for more.
I will be writing about how things are going, what on earth is happening to me, what I am discovering and what I am thinking about. I will read comments with delight, hopefully encouraging me along. I have a vague idea about a proper detox once this month is through, so I see this as a bit of a build-up to a proper spring clean!
See you all soon,
over and out.