I’m getting ready to take a big step, something I’ve been thinking about for a while. I’ve decided it’s time to take a step back and take care of myself, show a little self-love. But, before I get to what I’m going to be doing, I wanted to share a video and some self-love tips with all of you. (This is a long post, bare with me. There’s an important announcement at the end.)
Christie Ressel, in the video below, gives some great tips on self-love. These are all simple, easy and inexpensive things to do to show yourself some love and bring your life some happiness. Have a look…
In case you chose not to watch the video,
here are some of her self-love tips…
- Start a gratitude journal – Take a few minutes each day to write about things/people for which you are thankful to have in your life.
- Indulge in music that you love – Blast it out loud, or put on some headphones/ear buds. Listen, love, dance and have fun! Have a DANCE PARTY! This seriously works! It’s impossible not to smile when you’re jamming, dancing and having fun!
- Buy some fresh flowers for your home – There’s just something special about having fresh plants and flowers around the house. Not only do they bring freshness and color, but a sense of peace and spiritual energy. Wonderful.
- Put your sparkling water or other drink in a special glass – I’ve been doing this with my detox tea. There’s something fun and special about drinking from a fancy glass.
- Brew some coffee or tea and take 5 minutes to just relax and breathe – Just sip, relax and enjoy, without the rush. You deserve it!
- Get outside everyday and breathe some fresh air. – Take a walk in nature if you can. I am a fervent lover of the forest and am lucky enough to live near lots of forests, streams and walking trails. There’s nothing better than walking in the woods. The sense of peace, serenity and beautiful energy is just amazing.
- Take time to meditate or pray everyday. – It seems indulgent to just sit in peace, letting go of stress. However, stress is SOOO hard on our body’s physically, that we are keeping yourself healthy. Your loved one’s will thank you.
- Indulge in your favorite movie or TV show– Grab a bowl of popcorn and just sit back and enjoy yourself.
- Light a candle – I LOVE candles. I’m not sure what it is, but they just bring so much peace. Making it a beautiful scent will add even more to the experience.
- Take a luxurious bubble bath – Bring that lite candle into the bathroom and relax. maybe you’ll put on your favorite relaxing music. For me, I like to listen to audiobooks.
What I’m Doing…
A bit of my story first… and a few confessions.
8 years ago, I went on a juice fast, then a vegan, gluten free diet. Along with exercise, I proceeded to lose 50 pounds. I remain gluten free to this day, but could not handle a vegan diet. (I’m also allergic to soy- that makes things difficult when you’re a vegan-no gluten or soy!) It was at this time that my love of nutrition blossomed. I read everything I could get my hands on. My husband and I began to make slow changes in our diet: juicing, smoothies, organic food, no sugar, whole foods, no processed foods. Everything I advocate in my blog. I still live this way…most of the time. But I have my demons, like everyone else. And my demons sometimes get the better of me, where my diet is concerned.
Around that same time, maybe about about 7 years ago, I had a personal crisis of sorts. This caused me to turn to my vices when times were bad. For me, my main vice is/was soda. I am completely and utterly addicted to soda. When things are bad, the first thing I turn to is soda. My demons still haunt me sometimes, so I still struggle with soda. That is really the main thing. I hardly ever eat fast food, processed food, cakes cookies, candy, etc. My diet is usually 80% or more whole foods. That’s not very sensible is it? Sitting eating dinner, with a wonderful plate of organic whole food, and a tall glass of soda! My problem is, and always has been SODA.
My other vice… I absolutely HATE to exercise. I know I can do it because that’s how I lost 50 pounds. Well, once I lost the weight, I quit exercising. I walk my dog everyday, and do yoga at least once a week, but that’s about it. (obviously not enough!)
Guess what drinking soda and not exercising has done for me? I have gained back every ounce of weight I lost 7 years ago. Can you believe that? I have gained 50 pounds in 7 years, mainly from drinking soda. (I drink A LOT of soda-I’ve been clean for 21 days) It wasn’t sudden, or all at ounce, a few pounds here and there. I tried losing it the same way I did before, and it didn’t work. It may have something to do with my age…darn hormones! 😡 No matter how hard I tried, the more I lost, the more I gained back. The yoyo effect. And now, here I am, back where I started 7 years ago.
It doesn’t comfort me knowing that 95% of people who lose weight gain it back. I’m a nutrition student now and I feel as if I should know better. I recently took a course on energy balance and weight management. My instructor, a microbiologist from UCLA, helped guide me and I now have a better idea as to how to lose weight properly. During the course, I developed my own weight loss program, specifically geared toward people in my age bracket (middle age). So, I do know better now, and will be implementing my weight loss plan after I’m done with my detox… Which brings us to the main purpose for this post.
I’m taking a 3 month leave of absence. (A sabbatical)
I have thought long and hard for many months about what to do and have come to a very difficult, but necessary, decision….It’s time I re-create myself. I’m taking that leap and creating my dream.
I have decided to take a 3 month leave of absence or sabbatical from school and blogging. I submitted my request to Hawthorn this past Friday. I received an email from the administration and expect it to be approved sometime today. Beginning today, and for the next three months, I will not be taking any classes or posting any articles or blogs. (I will, however, take this time to catch up on reading all of your wonderful blogs, something I don’t do nearly enough. I’ll even try to repost some articles on occasion.) I absolutely ADORE blogging and studying nutrition, so this was one of the hardest decisions I’ve made. But, I have to do this.
I need to do this to get myself back together, to get into the exercise habit, and kick my soda addiction once and for all. I have no business helping other people get healthy, if I can’t get healthy myself. So I am devoting the next three months to loving and taking care of myself. I consider it part of my job, as a future nutritionist, to get as healthy as I can, as an example to others of what is possible. I feel SO blessed that I have the ability to do this at this point in my life. I do realize just how lucky I am and I thank God every day. I know it can be done, because I’ve done it before. My hope is that in 3 months, when I return in July, I’ll be 30 pounds lighter, with an exercise addiction, instead of a soda addiction. ( my ultimate goal is 50 pounds, but that will take longer than 3 months.)
As I said, my sabbatical will last 3 months. So, you can expect the first blog to be posted on Monday, July 9, 2018. It’s going to be really hard not blogging for 3 months. It has become part of who I am. Quite frankly, it scares the hell out of me!
I’ve decided that I’M MOVIN’ ON from my demons…it’s time to put them behind me….
I leave you with a few other songs. I hope these songs make you realize that each of you are truly phenomenal people. I always try to think of everyone who reads my blog, and everyone I meet this way. We are all God’s children. God made each of us in his image. We are all beautiful, amazing, wonderful and brave….NEVER forget that.
Don’t let anyone tell you anything different…
say to yourself…
“I am BEAUTIFUL“
Each and everyone of you are amazing…
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE
All of you are wonderful, beautiful, and amazing.
Now it’s time to be BRAVE!
I love each and everyone of you.
I’ll miss you and blogging…
I need to do this…
I’ll be back in three months.
See you in July.
Until next time…
Namaste my friends.