Focus on the Wins

My quest for health has been kicked up into a slightly higher gear as of late. I have been having issues with my GI tract for most of my adult life, on and off. Issues that are not uncommon in my family and as I didn’t have symptoms indicative of Colitis or Crohn’s disease (which a few of my relatives have) I kept brushing it off.

I hate going to the doctors. Hate it. However, the past several months the issues are becoming more severe and more frequent. I have been doing a lot of reading online and for some of it, exercise seems to be a key component to feeling better. Exercise also helps with anxiety and depression. So for the past two weeks I have been working harder to get 10,000 steps a day, to sneak in physical activity here and there. I have to say, it feels pretty darn good.

While solving the mystery of what, exactly, is causing me discomfort and other issues (trying to not go into TMI on here) is a work in progress, I’m doing what I can to try and feel better. It will be a journey to figure it out. Is it IBS? Gallbladder? A food allergy? Right now I am on a slightly restricted diet and tracking my foods in My Fitness Pal. I am keeping a running note in my phone about flare ups and such. Hopefully this will all lead to answers.

In the meantime, I’m making an effort to move more, I busted out my bike the other day which felt amazing. I did a three mile bike ride. The pups are certainly enjoying the increased frequency of our walks.This also means they are getting more exercise and training. Maybe one day they will actually be polite little mutts. That is a work in progress as well.

As I am focusing more on my health I’m working on maintaining positive thoughts. No matter what the situation I am trying to keep a good outlook, not allow negative thoughts about myself OR anyone else. For example: If I see a stranger walking down the street, as instinct kicks in to judge them on their appearance I refocus my thought and have a little celebration for them in my head instead. So that person who may be walking in an outfit that society would say doesn’t suit their body? I change it to, “Good for them for being comfortable with themselves and for being outside, walking and getting some exercise and fresh air.” Or the woman who is super fit and out for a run in a sports bra and little shorts… Rather than deem her a slut or begging for attention with her outfit? I think its great that she is fit and committed to her health.

I am actively looking for the best in all situations because spreading love and positivity is so important. It is not my place, or anyone’s, to judge another human being. We all have our battles we are fighting. Kindness, love, and compassion are sorely needed in this world. We also need to extend that to ourselves. There are plenty of people that are more than happy to try and tear us down, so why not build our own selves up? If I don’t make 10,000 steps in a day I acknowledge that I’m still being more active than I was a few weeks ago. If I eat a little too much at one meal, I will do better at the next, etc. If I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and I’m not happy with my stomach, hey, I’m working on being healthier and I didn’t put weight on over night so it won’t disappear over night either. Focus on the wins, not the losses. Be happy people.

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