Moving and Other Life Changes

We recently sold our house. It was a bittersweet moment. I loved our house but could no longer navigate the stairs with my dislocating joints, due to my Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. We are building a ranch with everything on one level and I am very excited about that but because our house sold so fast (10 days), we needed to find a place to live in the interim, as our house was being built. I had the realization yet again… moving and other life changes have the potential to really disrupt your healthy lifestyle.

Moving can be a stressful event. This is our 5th move in 12 years, so I’m pretty good at it by now. The biggest positive is getting rid of things you really don’t need. I am a minimalist but my husband is not. Moving allows us to reassess what needs to come with us and what can be passed on. But all of this takes time… lots of time.

And as moving day approaches, it becomes so easy to suspend cooking healthy meals and just order out. I have to admit that even I was tempted to pack up my pots and pans and do the same. Instead, I packed everything in the entire house possible, except my very essential pots and pans, a few dishes, silverware and glasses.

I planned out dinners for the week of the move, knowing I was exhausted and in pain (from the Ehlers-Danlos), making them fairly simple but nourishing.

I made meditation a priority. Sleep was lacking, mostly from my pain, but I would strongly suggest that those of you not challenged with something like this get as much sleep as possible. Meditation was my alternative.

I also “snuck in” 15 minute walks first thing in the morning. If I did them before breakfast, I not only had enough energy, but Buddy, my Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix needed the exercise to release his anxiety about the upheaval in the house from the move.

There were days that I wanted to order out, skip the walk, forget meditation and just ignore all of the moving stuff. But experience has shown me that making myself a priority and keeping my healthy regimen would make this move less stressful.

I am happy to say, we are now in our temporary apartment until our new house is built. I’m unpacked, settled and even Buddy is adjusting.

All of life changes can challenge you. What has happened recently to you, making it difficult to follow your healthy plan?photo

If You Only Had One Month Left…

No one likes to think about it, but what would you do differently if you had only one month left here on this earthly plane? The only reason I’m asking this question is because I see so many people living a rushed, stressed life in preparation for the time they can slow down and relax or retire and enjoy their life. What if you don’t get to reach that moment?

So many people spend their lives in high gear, racing around, barely noticing the present moment so they can make as much money as possible now for the day they can enjoy it, only to be to sick, disabled or worse, gone.

I’ve had several brushes with death the past two years and it has reminded me the preciousness of today, now, this moment. I was in the habit of living in the present moment anyway but here of some of the things I have amped up:

  • Spend as much time as possible with my kids (34 and almost 28), depending on their busy schedules
  • Make date time with my husband of 11 years a priority
  • Continue to be a minimalist- less stuff with each move and this will be our 6th move in 12 years
  • As has been my habit for many years, keep eating, sleeping and exercise a priority. With 2 rare diseases often kicking my butt, supporting myself in all the other health areas is so very important.
  • Do things that bring me joy and peace, whether that’s meditating, watching funny animal videos or petting my constant companion, Buddy.
  • Truly understand that my time here is borrowed and find love and beauty in simple everyday things.

I often share with friends, family and clients that it’s easy to find joy when you’ve had so many near-death experiences, but why wait for something so dramatic? Think of the things you would do if you only had that one month left and start doing them now. 

I would love to have you share with me what you will do differently or what you already do.

Carrie                                                                                 Christopher

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Baby Steps

It’s so easy to get discouraged. I understand. I really do. You have tried time and time again to lose weight, only to either gain it right back as soon as you go off your diet or get discouraged a couple of weeks in because it’s too difficult to maintain. What if it is as easy as taking baby steps?

No matter what you’ve tried before, how many plans or programs you have failed, you can choose to take that one step forward, that baby step, that will move you in the direction you really want to go.

I taught my kids since they were little that life is about choices. We always get to choose which path we go down, including the baby steps. So what baby step can you take towards your goal, whether it’s to lose weight, have more energy or sleep better?

  1. Add one extra veggie a day
  2. Drink one glass of purified water with each meal
  3. End your meal with a piece of fruit
  4. Replace the sugar in your coffee or tea with stevia
  5. Choose one nutritious snack to have in the evening
  6. Turn off your electronics 30 minutes before bed
  7. Dim your lights 1 hour before bed
  8. Have a 15 minute routine every night
  9. Read a book or magazine before bed
  10. Do deep breathing before falling asleep

Each one of the first 5 baby steps can be done one at a time for weight loss and be mastered before you move one to the next. That’s the beauty of baby steps. Just as a baby masters walking by getting better with each step, we get better with each step. 

The next 5 steps are for better sleep and can be done the same way. Master one before you move on to the other. Success comes more easily. And of course, your energy will increase with either plan. Better nutrition and sleep increase energy.

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Snap Away to Weight Loss

I have frequently recommended food journaling as a way to find food triggers. It can be a tedious chore and only the very serious and motivated take on the task with excitement. As my daughter always says, “we move at the speed of pain.”

For those that intensely dislike writing, another way to keep track is to take a photo of your snacks and food. You can snap away to weight loss by having the visual reminders of exactly what you consumed. Huh! How about that! No vegetable or fruits all day!

If you’re really serious about this, snap every glass of water, tea, coffee and other fluids too. You’ll be able to see if you’re getting enough liquids. We always think we are, but are you really?

You will also see if you eat the same things day in and day out. Maybe you’re not getting enough variety. Add more color and flavors.

If you want to take it up a notch, share it with others. My clients share their journal with me and that accountability is very helpful. Share yours with friends, on your social media, a blog or anywhere you can be accountable and get support.

We are a very visual society and seeing is believing. Do you remember the commercial several years ago, “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing!”? You will believe it if you’ve taken a photo of it. So pull out your smart phone and click away.food

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