So we have a couple more, now.
- Do one thing at a time, with full concentration.
- Enjoy the work.
- Make health my number one priority.
- Visit my niece much more--ideally aim for once a month. (When I say niece I mean my best friend’s daughter; I am only kind of my step-niece and step-nephew’s aunt.)
Health is such a hard thing. The fact is, I don’t like waking up early. Even more, I don’t feel like waking up early to do yoga. I don’t feel like taking a walk after work (my foot doesn’t feel like it either, but that’s another issue).
The irony is that if I woke up early and did yoga every morning, I’d feel great and I wouldn’t be aching all the time. So why, for goodness sake, is it not just a simple matter of using reasoning on myself to get up and do yoga? Why, when I know it will make me feel great (but make my foot swell up), don’t I just take a walk after work?
I read somewhere that when doctors tell patients to make lifestyle changes that will save their lives, nearly 70% do not make those lifestyle changes. How ridiculous is that? Um, yeah, I’d rather eat sugar and trans-fats and smoke and not exercise than live!
But here I am, being ridiculous, not exercising, eating meat and sugar and dairy and wheat and in pain twenty-four hours a day for no sane reason. That must be the definition of insanity.
My latest version of insanity is to eat all the chocolate, cookies, sweets, and butter in the house so that there’s none left so that I can start eating right on January 1. And my further insanity is buying and eating more dairy, like spinach and artichoke dip (love the stuff!) with white bread (tastes like candy), while I "still can," as in, before January 1.
The fact is, I have lived useless years where I was mostly in bed, of no use to myself or anyone else. I never want to go there again.
My body is my vehicle for this life, and if I want to go be of service to others, if I want to be of service to my family and friends, then I need a vehicle in good working condition. Skimping on my health "for their sake" or for my careers’ sake will not serve anything.
(Thank you for serving witness to that self-lecture.)
I’ve come to realize that we have to find our own healing. It’s ridiculous, but it seems the only way I get better is to self-diagnose and get out there and research and heal myself.
So tell me: do you have anything on your list that you just don’t particularly want to do even though you would love the benefits? How do you motivate yourself to do that which you don’t want to do but want to have done?
(You can ignore the rest of the post. I’m seeing if blogiverse magic is still working, where, when you put a problem out there, you magically stumble over the solution on the internet.)
The top item on my to-do list this year is to fix my foot. I thought it was better, but since the day of making cookies and running around shopping malls, my foot has been swollen. A foot should not be shooting pain and collapsing nearly a year and a half after a "medium sprain."
I’ve tried nearly everything: chiropractor, soft-tissue healing, MRI, X-ray, damned Cleveland Clinic quack-doctor.
So, blogiverse, got any magic for me? How can I heal my foot?