The end of 2015 was rough for me. Blessed beyond measure, but busy beyond belief. I feel like I phoned in Christmas for my family, shopping Christmas eve and wrapping up amazon receipts for the gifts I didn’t have the time to order before hand. At the end of January, a friend invited me to join his Body Mind and Spirit challenge for 2016, which seemed to go with my word for the year “purpose”. The idea behind the challenge is to do one thing each day to improve in the 3 areas.
For my mind, I’ve decided to continue with my American Sign Language lessons. I picked up some signs while working at the Army’s Broadview Village in Toronto during my university placement, and have continued to use them when I can, but I’d like to improve my vocabulary. There is a strong chance that I’ve inherited a gene that will cause me to eventually lose my hearing, and each time I find myself turning up the TV to the point my teenager complains its too loud or asking the hubs to repeat himself, I feel the need to learn more sign language grow stronger and more urgent.
For my spirit, I’ve signed up to do the YouVersion Read your Bible in a year plan, with the hopes of implementing the SOAP study technique to each day’s reading. S – Scripture – You start by copying out the scripture passage for the day, which helps with retention. O – Observations – What do you observe/hear in this particular passage? A – Application – How does this apply to me at the moment, and P – Prayer – I’ve been struggling with my prayer life, if I were to be honest in this completely public forum, and the hope is that as I spend time in prayer each day as I go through the Bible, as the Sunday school song goes “and (I)’ll grow, grow, grow…”
Now for Body…
During the start of the season, I prepared slow cooker meals to make sure the family was getting some kind of nutrition as we ran around from one end of town to the other. The first week was great… after that… well… lets just say the lady at Wendy’s now knows us by name.
Eating all that junk (even healthy salads from junk fast food places), and my body is mad at me. I’m talking teenager who just had their phone taken away mad!
My emotions are all over the place. Having hung up with my boss today after hearing news I wasn’t exactly thrilled about, I burst into tears. Last week I caught myself cackling like a witch at… well… I don’t even know what. My poor family probably spends the first few moments in the morning wondering which version of me they will find.
Headaches, sore throats, loss of energy, stomach upset I will NOT scare you with the details of, and just general malaise, and I know I need a serious detox.
I’ve done a lot of research, and on January 8th, I will start the whole 30, a program that will help my body reset. Eating nothing but healthy whole foods for 30 days, the hope is that not only will I say goodbye to chemicals I’ve eaten that I can’t even pronounce, but it will give me a chance to identify food sensitivities, reign in my emotions and gain back some much needed energy.
It won’t be easy, I’ve been told I can expect some serious side effects. There will be days I will find it very hard to continue, so I’m looking to you, my family and friends to find an accountability partner or two, to help me stay on track. To be my cheerleader when I make it through a day, to be my drill sergeant when I want to throw in the towel.