At the ripe old age of 31 my joints ache and crackle. This afternoon I caught myself taking a slight detour to avoid five wobbly stone steps in the park. I get headaches and I feel tired most days.
This is not what I want my health to be like in my thirties, let alone forties, fifties and onwards.
Over the past few months I have been re-reading many of my favourite books and reading new favourites for the first time. I have been enjoying the summer, watching new chapters of my life open wide, and watching new chapters beginning for those I love. I have felt ideas simmering away, ideas that are finally bursting to be let free.
Inspired by The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, I have returned to the initial purpose of this blog – to help me channel my energy into intentional ways of being.
When I began this blog my intention was to set themes that I would contemplate throughout the month. However now, instead of themes, I intend to cultivate ways of feeling and being (à la Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map) and develop habits that I hope will linger long after the month has ended.
First up: Vitality
Throughout September I will be concentrating my efforts on cultivating a sense of vitality – of feeling and being truly alive – especially looking after my precious body and giving it the energy it needs to keep on running as I would like it to.
My focus will be on:
Eating Clean – I am incredibly lucky to have married an amazing cook who enjoys making healthy meals that make the tastebuds sing. The foundation of our diet is already a large quantity of organic vegetables, but we will be making an effort to eat these with whole, unprocessed foods wherever possible. The energy my body produces can only be as good as the energy I put in.
No Processed Sugar – It pains me to say it because I do so love my sweet things, but processed sugar gives me headaches and generally makes me feel all wrong. This is a separate item to Eating Clean because it will take special effort, and quite probably a little withdrawal. Dark chocolate is still allowed within this rule because I’m in charge and I say so.
Hydration – I will drink a minimum of 2 litres of water a day, simple as.
Movement – Sitting at a desk for hours each day makes my body stiff and stagnant and makes me lethargic. For the brief time I practiced yoga regularly earlier this year it made a huge difference to the way I felt physically and mentally. Throughout September I’m committing myself to one Yoga With Adrienne session each morning. No excuses.
My aim is to report back each week, finally getting the words flowing once more.
I hope you’ll join me on my journey.