Changing the Plan

Some people thrive on organization, goal setting, planning and executing that plan. Everything is high pressure, all or nothing, no plan B. I’ve noticed this especially in the fitness world. I thought I could be that person- for a very short time. At the end of 2016, I created a plan for 2017- a dream board with a whole set of goals and strategies to achieve those goals. Then January 1, 2017 that plan instantly changed. A lot of circumstances aligned perfectly- or imperfectly if you are my dream board- to make me think that 2017 wasn’t going to be everything I thought. But it could definitely be better. I will fill you all in on the deep details as the journey progresses.

My dream board included a lot of very specific fitness and business goals that have already been abandoned for more loose goals that will make me much happier and a few financial and broad life goals that will stay in place. The biggest thing to take away is that it is ok to change the plan even if that means not having a plan at all. And by all means if you are the planner mentioned above, that’s ok too. If that’s how you succeed, go out there and crush it! But maybe later in life you will not want to have a plan anymore. Maybe later in life I will want a detailed plan.

Life is a journey (OMG! She just threw out that cliche!) But we aren’t given a blueprint or schedule at birth saying what we are supposed to be doing at 5, 12, 18, 25, 40 years old. Plans come and go. Sometimes they go horribly wrong and you laugh at yourself for thinking that plan was a good idea! Sometimes they work out and your life is that much better for that success.

So for right now my plan is not having a plan. It’s connecting to things that make me happy. Improving my health by connecting to my body back at the most basic levels. Finding my spiritual connection to the universe and nature and people around me. As I deepen these connections I will document them here which will be mostly a journal that hopefully inspires someone to deepen these connections in their own life.

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Author: Taylor

In 2001 I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. I was nine years old. At the time, that meant medication for the rest of my life- immunosuppressants for sure, Crohn's specific drugs and steroids on and off when needed. Never did anyone discuss my diet with me, other than if it upsets your stomach don't eat it. End of story. Now being a preteen into teenage years girl, I wasn't so good at doing what I was supposed to do. I did not take my medication regularly and seemed to be doing fine while following the Standard American Diet with the caveat- if it hurts don't eat it. In 2009 at 17 years old I had a colon resection. No symptoms leading up to it, bounced back quickly- just one of those things that Crohn's patients have to do sometimes. College was not particularly healthy for me. Lots of drinking, plenty of take-out and not very much gym time. I was never really "sick" to my knowledge at the time, however, armed with what I know now, I was playing a dangerous game with my health. When I graduated college in May of 2013 I was 182 pounds at 5'7". Literally the day after graduation I began a transformative journey. All my knowledge was traditional bodybuilding stuff when it came to nutrition. Oats for breakfast, salad with a protein for lunch and chicken, rice and broccoli for dinner. Every day. For months. And it worked. I dropped pounds quickly and had so much more energy. I started off with P90X for my workout plan and eventually worked my way into weightlifting as well as keeping up with the program. Almost 1 year to the day of my original lifestyle change I switched to a Paleo diet to further manage my Crohn's. An amazing woman I worked with at the time introduced me to the concept and helped me immensely with the transition. I don't know where I would be without her. Paleo was a fairly easy transition and I noticed some great benefits very early on. Then I became acquainted with on-the-go snacks and treats that were made with Paleo ingredients. Just because the ice cream is made from cashew milk does not magically make it not junk! And that is where I am in my journey now. I am trying to regain balance between real Paleo foods- ya know, vegetables- and being able to indulge in the occasional treat. So my current focus is balance.

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