The Healthy Writers Club: True Confessions

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True confession time.

When I joined Shallee McArthur's Healthy Writers Club three weeks ago (see my first post here), I mentioned my life has been filled with stress, and my fitness has fallen by the wayside lately. I told you I was making some life changes that would hopefully conclude by October 12th, and I promised I would begin a resurgence of my healthy living at that time.

Well... There is no reason to be coy anymore. Thanks to my Two Roads Diverged post, you all now know that my stress and life changes center around this question: Are my husband's and my lives are still heading in the same direction?

While we attempt to figure out the answer to that question, I have relocated from Colorado back to my home state of Florida. I am now living in the Tampa Bay area--just arrived on October 10th--and I hope to spend the next few months getting back in touch with myself and reconnecting with my spirit.

(I would like to give a special shout-out to Lora Rivera for supporting me so much during this transition. She is one of the most thoughtful and encouraging people I have ever encountered, and I feel honored to call her a friend.)

It's funny how your essence burns down in times of stress and sadness. I used to feel full of life and rich, and now I feel a bit like a shadow of myself, like the fire that was my spirit has begun to weaken into an ember. More importantly, I feel I've become disconnected from my body--like I've retreated so far inside myself that I can no longer see or hear or feel things like I used to.

So, my entrance into the Healthy Writers Club is particularly significant to me. Not only do I pledge to begin treating my body with the respect it deserves, but I pledge to likewise treat my mind and heart and soul and spirit with respect.

Here are the goals I have accomplished so far this week:

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1. Return to the ocean. I have always lived near a coast, and I feel a deep connection to salt water and all its creatures. I have felt my gills drying up the past two years I've lived in Colorado, so I took a trip to the ocean earlier this week and sunk face-first into the waves. The feeling of the current and the tides against my hair and skin is one of the best soul therapies I have ever discovered.

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2. Figure out my food allergies. My sensitive stomach has plagued me for years, so I finally broke down and spent the money for a proper Food Sensitivity Test. Tampa Rejuvenation took my blood samples earlier this week, and I should be receiving my food allergies results within three weeks. (They apparently test for 100 different types of foods, so I'm crossing my fingers they figure out SOMETHING for me to remove from my diet.)

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3. Start putting healthy foods into my body. When my life is out of balance, I subconsciously (and sometimes consciously) sabotage my healthy eating to get my body out of balance as well. (It seems strange to have one in line and not the other, so I inhale everything I possibly can to make my outsides better reflect my insides.) I decided this week that the time for food mourning is officially over. It's now time to start pulling myself back together.

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4. Start an exercise routine. My sister is in way better shape than I am, so she and I have been working our abs, buns, legs and arms this week. I also found a stand-up paddleboard shop and signed up for my very first paddleboarding lesson this weekend. (I was never very good at surfing, but I love being on the water, so perhaps this will be a better fit.) This paddleboarding shop also apparently offers paddleboard yoga and core workout lessons, so maybe I'll dive right in if it feels like a good fit.

Here are my weekly Healthy Writers Club milestones:

1. Weekly Stats: Two ab work-outs, two bun work-outs, two leg work-outs and one arm workout... A couple of nice walks, and one (very) short bike ride

2. In-Flight Entertainment Favorite: I have been listening to the 180 Degrees South soundtrack pretty much non-stop lately. Beautiful, meandering ocean-inspired melodies... Perfect for my return to the coast. (Check out the full playlist here.)

3. Coolest moment: Taking the plunge and finally reconnecting with the ocean

4. Hardest moment: Pretty much every single thing about this week has been hard--especially those few days when my immune system finally shut down on me. I have been trying to get sick for weeks, and my body finally collected on that debt earlier this week. Still trying to recover from that.

How did your week go? Any healthy milestones or set-backs? I'm really excited to officially be part of the Healthy Writers Club now, and I'm looking forward to all the motivation we can give each other.

P.S.- I'm going to start using the #healthywriters hashtag when I post about fitness on Twitter. Would love it if you guys would use it too, so we can all find each other!