Medicine Man for April 4

me and the grand canyon

March 26: I am writing these words. Working on the blog and lining up projects cause that is how this day works. Planning is needed to enjoy busy.

April 7, this is the first day since 2014 began that I can see 5 weeks in front of me with no travel or no out of town visitors coming by. I have 5 full weeks until I jump back on a plane to head to Arizona. This time not for an outdoor adventure but for a love affair adventure.

I have decided that with these 5 weeks I am going to get around to the one thing I seem to keep putting off, getting super healthy. I keep getting close but then life gets away from me which is completely fine. Balance is a good thing.

Right now women are posting photos of themselves with no makeup in support of Breast Cancer awareness. In awareness of cancer for the next 5 weeks I am going to give my body a break and am going to do the following;

1/ no food from restaurants or pre-made (goodbye canned drinks)

2/ gym 5 days a week, take three 5 minute breaks to stretch at work (10am,1pm,4pm) and finish with a 20 minute stretch session at home

3/ no booze

4/ no social media after work – eyes are getting a break

5/ I am still going to wear my limited makeup but I will continue on with homemade deodorant, toothpaste and coconut oil for my skin.

When I was 21 I went suddenly deaf in my right ear and have had chronic ringing for the past 17 years. I have made my peace with this condition and we have lived a somewhat quiet coexistence for about 13 years. In the last 6 months my ear went AWOL from this agreement. The best way I have to explain chronic ringing is “imagine being allergic to sound.” Now think about how much sound we have decided to make mandatory in our days. The way to control chronic ringing; 8 hours sleep, low sodium diet, low alcohol intake, drink your water, exercise and avoid stress. If we are going with the glass is half full attitude, which is how I roll, then at the age of 21 I was given a personal warning signal on unhealthy behaviour.  So now in order to bring one part of my body back in I have to work at it which seems a bit much but the only thing to be on the other side of these 5 weeks is good.

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