Ok, so I’m not quite perfect. Perfection is far from me, in fact. As we grew closer and closer to Solstice and then onslaught of holidays and even in the post-holiday slump, I found myself putting off responsibilities, not drinking my water, and not taking my vitamins. Of the greatest failures was keeping up with my daily photos.
My current tally between December 20th and today is having missed my water quota one day (the day I spent out in Redmond waiting for car repairs for three times longer than the promised time I’d be down there). My daily vitamins were forgotten four times, three of them consecutive days after Christmas. I missed at least 6 days’ worth of self portraits, and some of the ones I took are still sitting in my Nikon (which needs charging) and need to be downloaded so I can get them on here.
However . . . I’ve been the most consistent with the water and vitamins this past month than in the last ten years. Not since my pregnancy with Ana have I been so dedicated to keeping up with certain daily habits (and then I was downright religious about my health, or as much as I could be living below the poverty level). I also discovered that my skin looks better when I don’t just drink 64oz. of water, but rather that I replace one glass of water with a cup of tea each morning. It didn’t seem to matter whether I drank green or black or vanilla mint, it only mattered that I was hydrating with hot, leaf-infused water at least once a day.
A lot of this work came from my own need to be healthier, and my own refusal to live another day in pain and sickness without trying to make it better. At least by doing this, I can say I really am doing my best to make healthy, long-lasting changes in my body. If after following through with this 13 lunar month cycle proves to leave me little better than where I started, well, at least there will be some improvement, and I’ll know what does and doesn’t work for me far better than anyone else on the planet.
The other part of this is the support I’ve received. By placing this out in the world, I’ve heard from several people close to me that they’ve been following (and enjoying!) my blog entries. That gave me such a boost, and to those of you who said it and are reading this entry, thank you.
That being said, I started the year off right, continuing my knee exercises like my doc wanted and taking my supplements. My water quota is going strong yet again, and I know that tomorrow I’ll be making a cuppa to get me going. I wrote up a meal plan from last Thursday through Tuesday, and we shopped accordingly. I’ve been doing this last part for over a year now, but sometimes I let weekly meal planning slip, and then it’s always more stressful figuring out what to make and when.
So the big obstacle facing me right now is getting these pictures done. I really want to take interesting self-portraits each day, but to do that usually requires planning, and I’d prefer the higher quality of my Nikon. However, going downstairs everyday to pull a single image off my camera seems excessive, and with my knees hurting more than ever, I try to avoid extra stair climbing whenever I can.
Two days until the new moon, and then my second “month” begins. The calendar for this program started on December 1st, but I’d mistakenly thought it was the new moon, when in fact, December 4th or 5th was. So in January, the new month starts on the 4th, then:
- February 2nd
- March 4th
- April 3rd
- May 3rd
- June 2nd
- July 1st
- July 30th
- August 29th
- September 27th
- October 26th
- November 25th
Bet you’re wondering what I’ll be adding to my routine on Tuesday, don’t you? 😉
Completely off topic, having just read the entire Sookie Stackhouse series in under a month (I’d have read them faster, 4-6 hours each, but the library was slow in getting me the books), I’d like to impress upon others that I’m squirming in anticipation of book 11 in May, and the return of True Blood in the summer. They can’t come too fast, as far as I’m concerned.