A solid point to remember…
When in fear. . . or consumed with stress . . .a few deep breaths can help to slow the body and the mind, and in turn reduce the subject of discomfort to the appropriate size.
Fear of failure is common amongst us all… It is a painfully debilitating attitude which not only keeps us from learning, but potentially also from something we may truly love.
To impose such binding limitations without offering our minds, bodies, and souls the opportunity to experience and grow with life is an injustice beyond reason. There is never a rational explanation, nor any excuse – we must, in the face of fear, step forward, lest our lives slip from our fingers while we watch.
I eat. A LOT. And I eat really healthy foods, which may or may not be a little bit pricey, if in season at all.
I feel blessed in so many ways, and for so many reasons…but I am immensely thankful that I am able to have foods such as scallops, shrimp, and fish every so often. It matters what we put into our bodies and I’m grateful not only that I can have these things to begin with, but also for my better half, who both supports my clean regime, and who always manages to cook them so well.
Once upon a time I harbored and intense fear that no one would be “okay with” my nutritional habits or preferences – to the point it was debilitating. I was judged – often – for my choices, and was convinced I was somehow “too different” or “too difficult” as a result. Fortunately, I’ve learned the error of my ways!
My body is ultra-attuned to certain nutritional guidelines. That said, it isn’t because I imposed them ON myself (back when I had eating disorders, that is exactly what I did. But, thankfully, not now.)
In recovery by body decided what works for it…and what doesn’t. I’ve gained a handful of allergies and intolerances, as well as symptoms when I don’t eat frequently enough – curious, but I’ve learned to honor and respect what my physiology is asking for. It’s changed a lot over the years, and in recovery, and that’s okay.
When I travel, my body is therefore never 100% – being at home allows me to stick to what works best, but that doesn’t mean I can’t (or don’t want to) go anywhere! There are always healthy options to be found, so even if I’m not having my absolute “usual” I still can make solid choices, and set myself up for the best success possible. (Frankly, I’d say scallops multiple times in one weekend is pretty world-class!)
My goals are maintenance – I’m not looking to gain, neither to really lose weight. I want to support my muscles and any physical activities I’d like to do, as well as to function as optimally – and comfortably – as possible. That includes everything from sleeping, to energy levels, to a calm tummy!
Just because I am wired to work on a very specific blueprint doesn’t mean that I can’t live freely, and happily. It takes a little bit of foresight and work, but I love being healthy, at a good weight, and feeling like I can perform well.
As I’ve gotten older, I need more recovery, and sometimes even more food – allowing ourselves to evolve and grow is a beautiful thing. Appreciating the blessings and fortune we have just makes life all the more wonderful. ❤
The Awkward Yeti nails it again.
Funny as presented here, but also a terrifying, confusing, and incredibly frustrating response to have! In the midst of stress and conflict, this is sometimes reality for empaths, INFJs, introverts and many people with a traumatic past.
My heart is brimming over with emotion seeing this story…
Jessica Cox has accomplished feats too challenging for those withOUT physical disabilities, never mind those that she has had since her birth. She is – for lack of a stronger word – and absolute inspiration, facing her own fears (of which there are few) with a can-demolish kind of attitude.
It never ceases to amaze me that those in my Life (or those I have read about) with the greatest “disabilities” – a word they generally do NOT use, by the way – manage the brightest smiles, the bravest attitudes, and the most positive outlooks. I feel honored just to hear about what she has done in the face of an adversity that seems insurmountable.
Amazing, Jessica. ❤