5 Principles of Reiki
Just for today, I will not worry
Just for today, I will not be angry
Just for today, I will do my work honestly
Just for today, I will be kind to all living things
Just for today, I will be grateful for my many blessings
Choose Your Hard
There is so much wisdom in choosing your hard, because no matter what – life is hard, and it is up to me to choose the hard I must go through to be either be happy in the moment or authentically happy in the long run.
What I mean by this is that typically, choices that make me feel better in the moment like emotionally eating or drinking alcohol to numb pain- are just that – in the moment. But those moments catch up with me and therein lies the hard because of weight gain and feeling shame from over eating and drinking.
I know this, because in August, 2019 I weighed almost 170lbs. Typically, my weight was around 140lbs, and I was shocked at myself. December, 2019 I started running. February, 2020 I stopped drinking alcohol. August, 2020 I changed my diet to reduce processed foods and refined sugars.
Today, my weight is 141lbs.
My running started at 7 minutes on the elliptical, every morning before work. 7 minutes grew to 10 minutes, grew to 15, etc. Then my elliptical broke, so in the middle of winter, I started running outside. I then decided to start training for a half-marathon. I’m still working towards this goal!
You can read some of my blogs that chronicle my half-marathon training:
COVID and life’s unexpected twists and turns postponed my half-marathon goal. However, I’m back on track now, to start mentally and physically prepare for running a half marathon in the fall of this year.
Alcohol Free Life
I stopped drinking, February17th, 2020 and never looked back. It hasn’t always been easy, but going through the hard to remain alcohol free is so worth it!
My struggles with alcohol can be read in these blogs:
Changing my diet
I made the decision to, as much as possible, eliminate refined sugars from my diet and stop eating processed foods like chips, crackers, and pastries on a regular basis. I made this choice when running wasn’t enough to lower my weight.
This wasn’t easy, as it required a lot of planning, but the rewards are great! My weight started to drop and I feel so much better both physically and emotionally!
Currently, my husband and I are eliminating meat from our diet. We eat plant based proteins, eggs and fish. This is a challenge, for sure!
I do treat myself occasionally to pizza or a cheeseburger, but these treats are made with awareness and planning. These treats are the exception, not the rule.
Just For Today
Just for today, I will be honest with myself and do the hard work, make the hard choices that steer me towards becoming the best version of myself I can be!
About me: Stephanie Wells
I’m a Reiki Master Teacher of Usui Shiki Ryoho – the Usui System of Natural Healing. I was attuned in Levels I, II & IIIA in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. During a 6 week stay in Mararikulam North, Kerala, India I was reattuned in Levels I, II, & IIIA as well as acquiring my Level IIIB Master Teacher attunement.