Reflections on 2015 and Intentions for 2016

I'm not one for New Year's Resolutions, but this process of reflecting on the past year and making intentions for the year to come really called to me. My teacher Katy Bowman recently went over these questions on her podcast, "Katy Says".  I'm inspired to do the same and chronicle it here in writing so I can look back on this at the end of 2016 or any time between now and then for a refresher. Won't you join me?

What was your biggest health triumph in 2015?

I decided early in 2015 that I was going to make this the year of saying yes to things. Yes to everything I'd previously denied myself or thought too unattainable for me. One of those things was going to Holland for a week long certification course on Restorative Exercise. I'd come up with a lot of excuses in my head as to why I wasn't ready for the training that I'd been studying for 2 years. When I made the decision to go, I had recently miscarried. I had lost a lot of blood and was extremely weak, no where near as healthy or robust as I had been a mere few months before. So it was a bit of work to dedicate myself to the corrective exercises daily to rebuild slowly my strength so that I could go knowing I'd done my best. More so it gave me a goal to reach for while I was nurturing and caring for myself after such a loss. I am SO proud of myself for doing that. It was a huge deal to me to fly across the world and attend an "exercise class" type training in front of lots of strangers and mirrors. Not only did I do it, I rocked it. I learned so much and met so many wonderful people. 

What was the smartest health decision you made in 2015?

To focus on moving my body more often. I think physically moving more helped my brain start to move forward in other areas of my life too and in letting go of what doesn't serve me.

What one word best sums up and describes your 2015 health expereince?


What was the greatest lesson about your health you learned in 2015?

Health is not just one thing, it is multifaceted. I learned that one of the most important things I can do for my health is to remind myself daily that I'm enough and I matter. You take care of someone better when you feel that way about them! I realized I don't always feel that, so I go out of my way to remind myself. 

What was the most loving service that you performed last year?

Ho'oponopono. I started saying this prayer towards myself on a consistent basis recently. It is a Hawaiin prayer: I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you. 

What is your biggest piece of unfinished health business from 2015?

I'd really like to increase the mileage that I walk each day. I've started to increase it recently by finding a walking buddy or several. We go for walks either early in the morning before my kid wakes up or after he's gone to bed in the evenings. 

What about your health are you most happy about completing?

The week I went to Holland to certify as a Restorative Exercise Specialist. It really inspired me to new heights and sparked my curiosity for more movement in my life. I also decided to take a walk in the woods while I was there and ended up getting lost. I walked 11 miles that day, a big feat for me at the time. I thought I'd be a wreck for class the next day, but I was perfectly fine. Thanks to some corrective exercises and the yoga tune up balls I packed. ;)

Who were the 3 people with the greatest impact on your health life in 2015?

My son, my husband, and my brother.

What is the biggest health risk you took in 2015?

When I miscarried in early January I had the choice to either wait for things to happen on their own or to get assistance. My body had "missed the abortion" is what they call it. I was nearly 12 weeks when we discovered the baby had passed, but it had passed around 8 weeks. I was in emotional agony and wanted to move on so I took medication to start the process. I did not realize at the time how much blood I would lose or how challenging that process would be to my body. It was risky. I don't regret my decision at all though, but I had massive respect for my body after that experience. 

What was your biggest health surprise in 2015?

This summer I had a recurrence of plantar fasciitis (hadn't experienced this in over 10 years) and it was a doozie. I had to find creative ways to work around it and heal, which meant taking a major step backwards.

What important health relationship improved in 2015?

I would say because of the hardships my body went through this year I've developed a much deeper respect for it. I treat my body with more care and love than ever before. 

What compliment would you have liked to receive but didn't?

This is a hard one. I think everyone wants to be recognized for their hard work. I feel like I stumbled and fell on my face a LOT this year. But despite the falling I got back up each time, maybe slowly, but I got UP. I'd have liked someone to say I'm inspired by your perseverance. 

What else do you need to do or say to become complete with 2015?

Letting go has been the hardest thing I've had to do this year and I think I'm starting to get the hang of it. I'd say my mantra in 2015 was "let it go" and I feel like I can say, "Ok" now. 

What would you like to be your biggest health triumph in 2016?

I would like to be walking and getting outside each and every day. 

What health advice would you like to give yourself in 2016?

Don't worry if you mess up, that is how you learn. Carry on.

What major effort are you planning to improve your health?

I'm creating community and finding creative solutions to find support for what I need. Walking buddies to keep me moving towards my goal of more movement; my husband chopping veggies with me so all the veggies get prepped for the week; early waking so I can meditate.

What would you be most happy about completing in 2016?

I would like to walk 33.5 km for my half birthday in August.

What major health indulgence are you willing to experience in 2016?

I've discovered the miracle of moisturizing and intend to oil my skin nightly. My skin loves avocado oil right now.

What would you most like to change about your health in 2016?

I'd like to improve my overall flexibility and strength. Starting small, with my feet and hands, and small movements for my core. 

What are you looking forward to learning about health in 2016?

I'm looking forward to all the learning I will be getting in my cranio sacral course and completing it in the fall of 2016. It's been eye opening thus far and I'm not even half way through.

What do you think your biggest health risk will be in 2016?

Amping up my walking also means consciously opening my feet and working on my plantar fasciitis. I can't go to fast or I move backwards. 

What about your health are you most committed to changing and improving in 2016?

My outlook. I've spent much of my life trying to fix something that was broken instead of loving and nurturing what is. I want every step I take, every bite or drink I consume, every thought spoken/thought/written to be in acknowledgement of my own inner goodness and that of others. 

What brings you joy and health and how are you going to have more of that in 2016?

Nature. Wind, rain, warm sun, sand between the toes, the smell of spring flowers I intend to spend as much time as I can basking in it all. Taking it all in. 

Who or what other than yourself are you most committed to loving and serving in 2016?

My husband. He's been my rock for well over 10 years now and it was a TOUGH year for us in 2015. So much sadness and stress. 2016 I'd like to focus on showing him each day how loved he is and how much I appreciate his steadiness through my darkest moments. 

What one word would you like to have as your health theme for 2016?