What a lovely experience this cleanse has turned out to be! I truly feel more relaxed, less stressed, happier, lighter and more peaceful.
A few things I should come clean and clear about (couldn’t help the pun!) :
A few years ago my 13-year dance career ended while during a dance studio performance with my student I was accidentally dropped during a lift. The result was 3 herniated discs in my neck and the accident nearly killed my spirit. I had danced since I was 3 years old; a 28-year run.
Fortunately, I had a business background in Music and was able to change industries full-time which allowed me to support myself while still being “around” the arts.
Unfortunately, with a major decrease of physical activity due to my injury and constant pain, combined long hours at the office accompanied by a lot of stress (a lot of it self-induced), my overall well-being and health began to decline. Even with my morning meditation practice and weekly acupuncture appointments, things were getting worse. By last Fall, I decided to finally seek out three well-respected medical professionals to diagnose/confirm the medical issues I was dealing with: joint and muscle pain, severe digestive problems, hair loss, weight gain, depression, exhaustion and the list goes on and on. Talk about having a hard time.
By December of last year I was diagnosed with both Endometriosis and Celiac’s Disease (an issue I had been dealing with since I was a little girl but had worsened and I finally took the required tests). By January, I had surgery to remove the endometrial tissues. And by February, (and the Jury is still out on this one), I was embarking on a diagnosis of an autoimmune disorder; most likely Hashimoto’s Disease, a type of Hypothyroidism or under-active thyroid.
The diagnoses were welcomed news for me in order to understand where I stood. I knew that if I didn’t make some serious changes in my life, things would most likely stay the same or worsen. I knew I couldn’t afford to have that happen.
Hence my Middle Path Makeover idea was sparked and the 129-day project was born. For a 124 days straight I have worked diligently to find my balance. Tomorrow is my first day back on solid food and I see it as a chance to begin again. I have given myself permission to transition into the person that I am, authentically; not the person everybody else wants me to be. The 129-project will culminate on my 35th birthday this Sunday. And then I can say with a lot of gusto, Happy Birthday to me!
Keep on keepin’ on,
-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger
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