Good morning! Today, I'd like to talk about excuses. Specifically, I'd like to talk about how tired I am of making excuses for my poor health decisions. As a City Girl with a melancholic temperament, I loathe change that is not of my own making. Whenever there is a significant change in my life, my response is to ignore it, deny it or insulate myself against it. One of my favorite ways to insulate includes "treating myself" to comfort foods, including sweets.
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Frankly, despite many positive health decisions I make for myself, it is the poor ones, the ones I actively choose to make me feel better, that have the biggest impact on my mental and physical health. For example, earlier this year I had to alter my regular yoga practice, due to horrible foot pain. Surgery and healing took several months. I am still engaging in my abbreviated practice, although it has been time to try, again. My excuse: fear of re-injury.
Too many mornings, I sleep as late as I wish, foregoing my yoga practice, prayer and meditation time for restorative sleep. My excuse: poor sleep hygiene is just as bad as a poor diet. Therefore, staying up late to watch "Talking Dead" on Sundays means I need extra sleep on Mondays. Usually, this means I will sleep in on Tuesday, too.
Just last month, my mother lost her battle with lung cancer. We were expecting this, and I was quite concerned about her after my previous visit in September. Despite how ready I was for this change, it is still something I am getting used to. Most of the time, I feel really zen about this loss. Deeply religious, I have always had peace about death. Still, I am using this as an excuse to treat myself with too much leniency, at first eating what I could while out of town during her passing, then eating what was available at the airport, then making poor choices at home because I could not be bothered to do any cooking.
Do I feel like I am doing myself harm by making excuses? I do not. Do I feel like I am doing myself harm by engaging in poor health decisions that I excuse? Yes, I do. Here is what science has to say about the excuses we make:
Truth be told, my excuses are getting me nowhere. Do I feel comforted by my poor health decisions? I do not! The real truth is, the more time I spend in my yoga practice, in prayer and meditation, the more focused and capable I feel. The real truth is, when I make poor dietary choices, I feel as bad as if I were not eating healthfully, at all. My body responds with additional pain, fatigue, skin issues, headaches and digestive issues. This can happen after only ONE bite.
Feeling a new resolve, I did get up on time today, I did resume re-introduction of potential inflammatory foods on my elimination diet and I am making better choices. I hope you will, too. Until next week.