“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
I have done NO blogging since I finished the Master Cleanse almost two months ago. The bad news is, I am still struggling with getting "enough" raw foods into my diet. The good news is, I have maintained my 10 lb. weight loss, and am now working out at the YMCA 4-5 times a week. I am feeling stronger and more energetic than I have in a while. I'm feeling some muscles developing under this flab. :-)
I am really enjoying my yoga classes, and am doing that twice a week or so. I get some weight training and occasional Pilates in there too. My favorite thing right now, however, is Zumba. Zumba is a latin-dance inspired aerobic workout, which is more like a dance party than any aerobic class I've ever been to. The same women come every week, and the class is the most popular one at the Y. I have ordered some instructional DVD's because once a week is just not enough. Despite still being 50 pounds overweight, I am inspired and seriously thinking about taking a Zumba workshop in May and becoming a certified Zumba instructor. I don't really have room for that in my career path, but I would love to teach the occasional beginner class back in my hometown where there is no Zumba class within a 50 mile radius. Plus, it's just something that I would love to achieve for my own sense of accomplishment.
I have also made some decisions regarding my career. I have been a registered nurse for 15 years, having done labor and delivery for the past 7. A long time ago, I wanted to be a midwife. But the laws in this state regarding the practice of midwifery, along with being very jaded by working in a healthcare system that I believe disempowers people and keeps them sick, has made me question that path. For the past several years, my job has just been a way to pay the bills, and nothing more. I have felt like a cog in the big, bad machine, and it has been sucking me dry. I have come to realize that my own path to health and wellness relies not only nutrition and exercise, but having a sense of purpose, and living my values. I can't just talk the talk anymore, it's time to walk the walk. So, I've decided to start working on my Holistic Nurse board certification, and see what happens from there. There's a non-profit natural health center in my hometown that I'm interested in getting involved with, and I have already thrown a
line into the water there. I have also started this Ning network as a sort of "project" to work on in the meantime. I also have a Facebook page, so if you're on Facebook, look me up there too. I hope y'all will join me, I really need to get some discussion going over there!
I want to empower people to take responsibility for their own wellness in a holistic sense, and stop relying on pills, and become empowered and educated about what they are doing to their bodies every day. This is something that I feel strongly about, and may just be the life's purpose I have been looking for.
So, even though I haven't written, since I did the Master Cleanse and started concentrating more on raw foods, my body and mind have started to transform, and I'm excited about what the future has in store for me.