It has now been just over 2 and a half weeks since we have moved. So far so good – better then I thought actually… Until by the end of week 2 I realized I had not been…as “regular” as I should be. Being the over-paranoid person that I can be I started thinking the worst and decided I better get me some bran, and perhaps some Activia yogurt. I figured it was best to cover both bases of good bacteria and fibre.
I ended up deciding to just mix the yogurt and bran buds together which to my pleasant surprise is pretty good and pretty filling. I literally pour out my ‘lil cup of yogurt into a bowl and add bran buds, mix it up and enjoy! Easy peasy lemon squeezey.
Within 24-48 hours I was feeling the affects of my yogurt-bran concoction and now, a few days later I feel fantastic. Thanks to my enjoyment of my new little healthy snack I am becoming more regular then I have ever been and I am feeling physically and mentally better. I might be to a point where if I am not careful I will consume too much bran. I do not wish to experience what that will do.
Writing about being regular and bran snacks may not seem like much to most but the thing I wish to highlight here is that my stomach has not been the monster I had expected it to be – minus some minor constipation. Since moving I have had less stomach aches, cramps, and bathroom issues in general. I find it interesting that moving myself to a more positive and engaging environment is most definitely affecting me physically [and mentally] and in a good way. This is showing me how negatively I was once effected by the life I had created for myself. Back in 2008 into 2014-ish my stomach was like a ticking time bomb. I felt like shit so much I got used to just feeling like shit. When I was working I would watch what I ate around my shifts so as to make sure I would not have any problems during my shift. I’d not eat instead of risking feeling sick- or I would have no appetite at all because I would be so stressed. There was a time that I would get so anxious before going into work I would have to throw up before every shift. Every. Shift.
I can now see so clearly how my life was effecting how I was feeling physically. I hated my job, my living situation, hec I think I must have hated myself to let myself continue to be miserable for so long. At 25/26/27 years old I felt so stuck, I felt like life was beating me down, that “this” is all that there was for me. I could not have been more wrong. At 33 I feel like I am getting a new life. It has been a long journey to get here and there is still more to hike but I am so grateful that I am on this journey and that somewhere I did love myself enough to decide to change my life. Watching my Dads health fade away so fast at such a young age made me realize how short (and sad) life can be. I decided right then and there that I wanted to change my life and pursue my ultimate best-self. Before he died I was only living half a life and I was lying to myself about what I wanted and who I was.
Now, almost 4 years later and thousands of dollars in therapy, I am finally starting to feel like my whole -self is coming together.