Before we begin our journey, let’s get a snapshot of how you feel today. Write down a list of what is ailing you. Through this week, keep a pen and paper with you or your handy dandy electronic device and note any additional symptoms as you experience or remember them.

Having such a list is invaluable during healing. It allows you to look back to see where you have made improvements and helps determine what areas still need work. Changes are often subtle and you may not notice symptoms have disappeared until something jogs your memory, like a back slide that causes them to return. Ahem, not that I would know anything about that. When you feel discouraged or don’t feel like you have seen any improvement, look over your list and note the symptoms that no longer plague you.

Here is a list of possible symptoms to get your hamster running:

  • headaches
  • PMS
  • indigestion
  • acid reflux
  • allergies
  • high blood pressure
  • restless leg syndrome
  • tendinitis/carpal tunnel syndrome
  • joint pain
  • back pain
  • water retention (adema)
  • insomnia
  • fatigue
  • anxiety or depression
  • high cholesterol
  • intense food cravings

If you have already shrugged off this task and are chomping at the bit to get started, it may be time to sit down and have a talk with yourself. Explore the issue before you make a commitment.  Do you want this to be permanent or are you looking for a quick fix until you can go back to donuts and coffee for breakfast? Do you want to live better over the long term or do you feel like you have to do ‘something’ now for the sake of your health?

This will be a slowly evolving life change. It’s not the usual clean-out-your-cupboards-and-eat-only-salads-for-lunch-and-dinner-until-you-drop-some-weight. This is sustainable.

The next step will be our first Baby Step. Are you excited?!

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Having all the information in a format you can tuck away from quick reference will be an important tool in making these changes stick.