I have a spreadsheet with all the things I am supposed to do each day in order to be healthy. My brain wasn’t big enough to remember everything. The more time I spent on Pinterest and Facebook, the longer my list grew. It soon grew longer than the post-it note on my desk. Then it grew longer than the inside cover of my journal. So, as an accountant by profession, I resorted to a spreadsheet.
It’s exhausting really. How do you fit it all in? Coconut pulling on an empty stomach. Warm lemon juice on an empty stomach. Apple cider vinegar and honey…. you guessed it… on an empty stomach. Add to that my Lyme herbals that must be taken on an empty stomach, and I might as well quit eating. I really like to eat. My stomach is only empty for the first five minutes after I wake up!
I want to be healthy. I want to fit it all in. The detox baths (only after fifteen minutes of dry brushing), the essential oils, the supplements, the strict diet, half my body weight in water (filtered of course, but not from a plastic bottle) and don’t forget the exercise, if I could only make my legs cooperate. Oh wait, I didn’t take my three kinds of magnesium. That must be why my legs aren’t working today! Intermittent fasting? Sure, I’ll try that. I want my cells to rejuvenate, but I also really like to eat! (Yes, that is a picture my husband took of me eating the entire paleo chicken pot pie on New Year’s Eve.)
All kidding aside, just where do you start when you are on a quest for better health? Every time I open social media, I feel like there are fifteen new things that I must do or I will never find optimal health. I mean, is it possible to poop correctly without adding bentonite clay, coffee enemas, milk thistle, and a mega probiotic? Probably not, but Rome wasn’t built in a day, right? So I decided to ditch the spreadsheet this year and take a new approach. To be honest, I rarely remember to open the spreadsheet, and when I do look at it, I am reminded of how many things I didn’t do and I feel like a gigantic failure. I have teenagers, so I don’t need additional reminders, thank you very much.
My quest for health started a few years ago, so there are some great habits that have already been incorporated into my daily routine. I wake up and take my herbs before I even get out of bed. I apply my Clary Sage and Melrose essential oils. I replaced my coffee habit with green tea in 2015, so that comes next with lemon oil and honey. Sometimes, I even remember to add the ACV. My bedtime habits are pretty good. I never forget my 80 billion probiotic; that is non-negotiable. I never forget my essential oils before bed either. The Oregano keeps my husband away. Just kidding! Sort of.
There are still many things I want to incorporate into my daily routine, but I’m overwhelmed! So, they say it takes 21 days to make a habit, and that is how I am going to approach 2016. I wrote down twelve things I would really like to add to (or take away from) my daily routine. These include things such as drinking half my body weight in water, coconut pulling for 20 minutes every day, exercising for 15 minutes each day, meditating or deep breathing for 10 minutes each day, etc. I folded up the papers containing these habits and put them in a jar. On the first day of each month, I will pull one piece of paper out of the jar and I will focus on that one thing for the month. In January, I will be drinking a lot of water. Hopefully by the end of the month, I will not need to remind myself to drink water because it will be a new habit.
I’m not disillusioned enough to think that I will have twelve healthy, new habits by the end of the year. I will be happy if one or two stick because that will put me one or two healthy habits closer to being the person I want to be! Resolutions don’t work and never will. If they did, I would be 120 pounds with a six pack, my kids wouldn’t talk back to me, and no one in my house would look at their electronics during meals. Habits work because they become part of who you are. What habits are you working on for 2016?
Happy New Years!