Reaping the benefits

Anyone who’s ever moved someplace new knows that you need to push through a period of chaos, both externally and internally, before you start to feel like yourself and find a rhythm in everyday life. I know how this goes; it’s not new to me. What is new to me is how quickly I found my stride here in little Sippy Downs in the Sunshine Coast in terms of my wellbeing.

Me moving to a new place (which this far in life has almost always meant a completely new country) usually goes a little bit something like this: 
+ Running around like a headless chicken the first few of days, high as a kite on adrenalin
+ Eating my weight in ready-made or frozen meals because figuring out the way to the grocery store and actually cooking is too much to deal with
+ Lots of coffee and coca-cola to stay awake (because getting used to new surroundings and new people is exhausting)
Jabbering away like it’s my job to anyone I make eye contact with. I talk a lot in any normal situation, so imagine when I’m nervous and/or confused
+ Staying up all night watching The Office. Being mentally transported to something very familiar is the most soothing thing in the world when you’re in a new and strange place
+ Terrible digestion, in case you were wondering.
+ And then, of course, I always catch a cold. Always.

This time around the transition has been about twenty times easier than in the past, and I’m pretty sure I know what I have to thank for that. I’ve done a major overhaul this past year in terms of health and wellness, and I honestly had no idea how much it was paying off until just now. Giving up meat and eating the ‘cleanest’ diet I can realistically pull off is easily the one of the best decisions I ever made for myself. I’ve never felt this good in my life; even in this overwhelmingly new and different environment I spring out of bed at 6 am, like I would back home, and show up for the day.

food be thy medicine

another food collage

In comparison, here’s how I’ve handled this particular move:
+ Running around like a headless chicken the first few of days, high as a kite on adrenalin – some things never change, right? 😉
+ Immediately locating the grocery store and stocking up on veggies, grains and my beloved chickpeas
+ Lacing up my running shoes and getting back to my regular morning exercise routine soon as possible. Moving my body every single day is still nonnegotiable even though I normally would have given myself some slack in the first couple of weeks. It makes a huge difference, folks. I’m such a loyal convert to this philosophy. 30 minutes every day does the trick.
+ I feel so much more calm and “unstressable” (oops! I just made up a word…. I just mean that I don’t get stressed out about things the way I used to. Yeah, school is probably going to be stressful at times. And things take time here which is a huge trigger for impatient people like me. But I refuse to get worked up about it – it is what it is. Let’s sit in the sun and have a laugh about the fun we had last night. Much better use of our time, I reckon.)
+ I haven’t had a sip of soda in months and months, and I’m down to 1 or 2 cups of coffee per day. It’s a big deal! I used to be one of those people who would gladly drink 6 cups of coffee before lunch, so this is what I call progress. And it’s true what they say – you really do feel more energised even though you’d expect the opposite.
+ And finally; I haven’t gotten sick! Trust me – I’ve never even gone on vacation without catching some sort of virus, so this is to me the very proof I needed. It shows that making my health and wellness my number one priority this past year is paying off big-time.

run collage

This morning I woke up at 5.30 am, waited for the sun to rise, and then went for a 6K run around a nearby lake. I had the world all to myself and felt completely content with where I was. I got home and made breakfast (dark rye toast with raw spinach and hard-boiled eggs) and sat down on my computer to read some of my favourite food blogs. And this feeling of gratitude washed over me; similar to when I first went to the beach here. I am so grateful for where I am right now. For everything I’ve learnt about nutrition, self-love and the power of mindfulness, and about pursuing what makes me feel good in all areas of life. I had to move all the way across the world to really see how all my hard work is paying off. I’m now reaping the benefits shamelessly, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Xx Christine


2 responses

  1. Jenta mi – jeg blir gal! av at alt jeg kommenteter eller like’r p bloggen din bar ender med error, error, error Dette m vi sjekke ut nr vi treffes il uken, helt klart noe jeg ikke sknner her

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