About this time last year I set out to get healthy! I know a lot of you are thinking it right now. “Time to make changes.” I set out on the usual path with goals in mind, but boy did the plan change! I’ll tell you one thing right off the bat, I haven’t been sick in a year! Yep, Jan 15th 2016, I was suffering with my second round of bronchitis, weight gain, limited physical abilities, and STILL in menopause! Brutal. I had numbness and tingling in my hands, prone to breaking out in hives, insomnia, and somewhat depressed. Who wouldn’t be! I was on a puffer for my lungs, sleeping pills to get some rest and the ususal handful of Advil for all the aches and pains.
It turns out the one constant place, person and treatment where I felt strong and motivated was here! Synergy Chiropractic. Their ever abundnant positivity and gentle pushing (and sometimes I needed a healthy shove!) slowly helped me get my act together. Nothing is as easy as getting on a treadmill, eating a salad and putting a smile on your face. Everyone’s reality is different. And the one step forward, two steps back reality can be VERY discouraging.
Slowly but surely I’ve been chipping away at many of my issues and how I got there:
- frequent colds, turning into bronchitis
- hives, from what?
- sleep? what sleep?
- weight, fitness
- over use of medications
Where to start? I think the big picture scared me. That’s a big list of changes. But I was sick and tired of being sick and tired! My immune system was tired. Worn out. I had nothing left, so I started there. Replacing the medical pill popping with vitamin pill popping. Staying away from people and situations that could compromise my recovery. Pretty sure the hives were stress related. But I couldn’t tackle it all at once so I gave myself permission to be succesful at just one thing at a time. And it’s been slow! I really thought by the end of 2016 I would have achieved all my healthy goals.
What have I achieved? It started with learning more about vitamins and which ones are important to me. And sticking with it. I actually have a gigantic pill box on the kitchen counter to help me stay on track. There’s a great website http://www.drweil.com/ that I follow. He also has a health survey you can take and it will provide you with a vitamin protocol. I don’t do all of it but I certainly do the obvious ones! Multi’s, C, Cal-Mag, Probiotics and more! (You do have to give your email but I actually like the daily emails – they’re short and relevant and I’ve learned tons!)
Sleep is still an elusive creature. But I have made changes and it has certainly improved. And I always sleep better on a day that I’ve had my chiropractic adjustment! Menopause *sigh* Well it happens to the best of us lol! But there are also steps I’ve learned that have helped and most importantly not to be angry and frustrated with something that is a healthy part of life. And also not to use it as an excuse! “oh the weight gain… well it’s menopause, can’t do anything about that!” Yes I can!
As most of you know I have a horse and I ride several times a week. I am not however in great physical shape and that really was one of my goals for 2016. So now that I have many of the other things under control I have set myself fitness goals that are related ONLY to my riding. I’m hoping by narrowing the focus a little that I will have better luck sticking with new changes. For the record… I hate the gym! I could spend a day at the barn no problem!
I also went back to work this year! And boy did I get lucky! What a great place. I’m learning tons, meeting great people and being supported and pushed along my journey. Synergy Chiropractic is so much more than a place to get a physical adjustment. They’ve adjusted my outlook on life and I am excited for 2017! Round Two! Another Healthy Year!