Today is the day of the new moon, and it is also the beginning of a thirteen month plan for working toward healthy habits and making small changes across a year in order to improve my health and the way I feel.
Each month, I have selected things important to me as resolutions. At the start of each month, I will begin taking on a daily or weekly schedule to incorporate these goals into my life and giving them a small amount of my time to show to myself that they are a priority, and ultimately, that I am as important as all of the other people I care for.
Today I also went into the doctor, drugged on naproxyn sodium for the inflammation and diazepam for my needle phobia. The blood tests will determine whether I have coeliac disease, a gluten intolerance, or other major food allergies. Considering all of the health issues I have stacking against me, one thing I think I can do to improve things at home is to make certain I’m eating only those foods that are safe for me to eat. The level of daily inflammation I deal with suggest more than fibromyalgia to me, it says I may be ingesting things to which I am allergic. One step toward health and control of my illnesses is to eat only those foods known to be safe.
Thanks to my friend and my supportive doctor, I got through the test!
That being said, it’s day 1! My resolutions for the first month seem simple, but unless there’s accountability, I have difficulty keeping up with it. So, the rules are simple. Each month, I add a new resolution for good habits, and I have to stick to those, plus those from the preceding months.
FIRST MONTH RESOLUTIONS:
- Daily self photo. Not a new idea; there are a host of communities online dedicated to daily self-portraits, but I want to see the changes I’m going through, and see if I notice a difference. Also, I’m almost exclusively the only one who takes photos of me anymore. If I don’t do it, there simply won’t be pictures of me.
- Daily vitamins. I eat well, but ever since my gall bladder was removed, I haven’t been digesting my food well. Also, if I have coeliac disease, I wouldn’t be absorbing most nutrients either, and I live in the PNW, either way, so I need my vitamin D3 boost because we don’t get the right kind of sunlight here. Current regimen: Vitamin D3, Calcium, B-12, and Omega-3. I may add in glucosamine for my knees once I get them x-rayed.
- A minimum of 64oz. of water or a combination of water and other fluids daily. It’s easy for me to drink my fill of water in summer, but in the colder months, I just forget, and it shows in dry lips and a thirsty tongue.
I took my vitamins this morning along with the meds and have already had four glasses of water and a cup of almond milk. I also took my daily photo:
For those that know me well, that’s the shortest my hair’s been since I was a toddler. It’s exactly to my shoulders, and yesterday, daughter and I henna’d our hair. As she said to me today. “I just can’t get over your hair being so short and so red!”
“Kids, it’ll grow back.”
Weight*: 259.8 lbs.