I have a confession to make and something very personal to share that I am a bit scared and a lot excited about.
About 3 months ago I had a major temper tantrum. I was creaking and groaning with stiffness and some pain when I got up in the morning. I had lost all my athleticism and I mean ALL my athleticism. OMGoodness I was feeling like one of my old great aunts (bless them! 🙂 )
I had some arthritis developing in my hands and my feet – I was limping a lot trying to avoid the pain and I actually had to resort to buying one of those special old people gadgets to open jars.
Those of you who know me, will know that when I have a temper tantrum, I swear a lot.
I turn 60 years old this year and I am drastically overweight. I come from a line of mostly long lived women – so with life expectancy actually expanding, I can reasonable expect 40 more years. I had some circumstances happen that made me realize that I had been “settling” for getting older in a crappy kind of way.
“Well …. that!” I said. (That’s where the swearing came in.) I have no intention of spending the next 40 years getting more and more in pain, getting more and more restricted in what I can do. That is absolutely unacceptable.
From all my work with other people and animals with alternative therapy, I know that this is all changeable, so I decided to change it.
My new mantra is “Health, healthy, healthy… dead.”
That’s how I want my life to go – and to do life like that, I had to change something.
I started by developing the Arthritis Trial so that I could share everything that I knew from 20 odd years of helping other people and animals to get rid of arthritis. Kind of a “physician heal thyself” thing.
I started walking in the mornings, getting that beautiful, effortlessly powerful posture that I teach in my riding programs happening again – taking my dog Lily Bär for extra enjoyment. I started paying attention to what foods inflamed my arthritis and what foods calmed it down and applying all the other facets of the arthritis program to myself.
I used a technique that I use with the horses to get a brilliant transition from walk to trot and found this beautiful, easy floating movement between a walk and a run and I feel really good doing it, even at this weight. (For those of you on the trial – I will share how to do this when we get to the exercise section.)
I’m up to 4 kilometres on some days (I vary the length and speed) and there is a very steep 200 metre hill at the end of my walk that I can power up without stopping most days and I can do the whole 4 kms in a kind of yoga breathing that Noora Ehnqvist taught us, that I call Reverse Breathing.
Also, Narel’s husband Ian (Narel is one of the teachers on staff here) has helped me with strengthening my feet (our feet are SUCH an important foundation and yes I’m sharing that on the Arthritis Trial too) and my morning walk/float/run is being done barefoot. We call it barefoot, but I wear these little flat slippers to protect my feet just like we do with barefoot horses.
And I am loving it.
Well… here’s my very personal news – slightly scarey, but only in a good, excitement kind of way.
Well, with Ian’s encouragement I have decided to do a 22 kilometre 1/2 marathon in September – and I am going to walk/float/run it barefoot too.
Well, that means some fairly big things are gonna’ have to change around here to achieve THAT objective! Laughter here…
And here’s the bit that’s even bigger I think.
I am making a commitment to myself, to enjoy every step of the journey and to enjoy the marathon itself.
That’s what I am about here – that’s what I stand for – doing things easily without struggle, understanding how to enjoy the journey. Knowing that it is impossible to enjoy arriving at the destination without enjoying the journey on the way. Applying all these principles to a 1/2 marathon distance, is going to unfold some verryyy interesting changes over the next six months.
A blueprint for good health generally.
Arthritis has so many different root causes, that it’s not surprising that a program to help people with it, should be a blueprint for good health generally – mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. I have had numerous people point that out and quite a few people with other health issues and even no particular health issues at all, have joined the program for that reason.
Maybe you would enjoy a Goddess style journey to Inner Peace and Good Health again with the Arthritis Program too. (My apologies to the male readers, but using the male version of that just doesn’t seem right!) AND we’re gong to have to change the name I think! 🙂
And if finding your healthy goddess isn’t your thing, send me some encouragement and cheer me on this journey to 22 kilometres in September. 🙂