Over Thanksgiving I found a book by Chris Kresser called Your Personal Paleo Code. Some time ago I was trying a Paleo diet and things got in the way and than I wound up trying something else. However, when I was following Paleo I realized it worked for me. When I looked at Kresser’s book I became encouraged to really try it and follow through again. I decided after Thanksgiving weekend, on December 1st I started the first step that the book goes over, the Paleo Reset 30 days. I have been staying with it and have been working out and walking daily. I feel more energized and even better, I already lost 12.5 pounds!
I am so excited! The great thing about the diet is it really is more of a lifestyle because it really isn’t depriving and I can eat real food no protein powders or shakes.
I’m going to hold on with all of my might and will get through Christmas and Christmas Eve-when with my family it can be very difficult. But If I can resist that then I will be fine!!
*Happy and Healthy Holidays All!
As I have mentioned last post I have continued volunteering in the child life program at the hospital. I have been working in the Pediatric Intensive Care unit for almost a year and the General Pediatric unit for 7months. I have been able to help so many children and several of them have found a special place in my heart.
Last month I met an awesome 10 year old girl. She was expressive and creative and incredibly strong. She blew me away. While in the hospital she wrote and illustrated a book about Cancer. It was so beautiful, powerful, and inspiring.
A few days ago I saw a patient who was in the hospital a couple of months ago. This is a precious little girl and her mother who I formed a bond with last visit so they were and I was happy to see them. They were saying how happy they were that I’m there. It felt so great. I remembered from last time how creative she was and how much she loved to paint and design. When I took her to the playroom I set her up with a painting station. She said she had a surprise not to look. When she was finished she handed me a painting that said I love you! I was so touched!
Another adorable little girl who was a sibling of a little boy who was the patient joined. A moment later a little boy wanted to paint as well. Before I knew it I was running a little art class. It was a fun eventful hour and change of working with multiple children at once. It didn’t phase me, they were adorable 🙂
When it was time to close the playroom two of the kids’ parents came to retrieve them and I took the other peanut back to her room. About a half hour after cleaning up the playroom, I went to see all the kids in their rooms. When I went to see how my little friend who made the painting for me was doing she gave me another picture that says I love you and made me one of those rainbow loom bracelets. So sweet, I couldn’t believe it.
It is such a joy to help make a difference for these families!
I am healthy
I am happy
I am loving
I am loved
I am learning
I am successful
I am progressing
I am walking pain free
I am pain free
I am walking
I have an A in Psychology Issues in Adolescent Development Class
I have an A in Psychology research methods class
I am a graduate in Psychology with a focus on child and adolescent development
I have a 3.8 GPA
I am a Certified Child Life Specialist
I am a Certified Infant Massage Instructor
I am CPR Certified
I am making a difference
I am 115 Pounds
I am strong
I have a man who I love and he loves me
I am a wife
I am a mother
I am a good person
I am a good sister
I am A good daughter
I am a good friend
I am painting
I am singing
I am meditating
I am exercising
All is well in my world
Today in the hospital I worked with a couple of kids. I spent time with a great five year old boy for a while. Two of the kids I spent a lot of time with are developmentally delayed and so sweet! I love working with all of the precious kids but I have to say when it comes to communicating with these developmentally kids it takes me to another level. It is truly something special. They are frequently non-verbal and we find alternative ways to communicate. The infant was gripping my hand and copying the movements I made with my lips, she was adorable :0)! I also spent time with a precious two-year old boy. He was holding my hand and gripping each finger as I spoke to him. As he held my fingers I went through each of them and pointed them out by name. When I had to go, it felt like he didn’t want me to leave. Every child is special in their own wonderful way. It is so important to me that I show these children that they matter. Every child needs to know they matter, that they are strong, and they are loved.
Another great day in the hospital 🙂
Here are my affirmations of the month:
I have an A in Personality Psychology class!
I have an A in Physiology and Anatomy class!
I am wearing new shoes with socks on both feet!
I am walking effortlessly!
I am healthy!
I am 117 pounds!
I eat healthy nutritious foods!
I am exercising regularly!
I am a certified child life specialist!
I am in harmony with every one I meet!
I love myself!
I am beautiful!
I deserve great things!
I accept grateness!
I help and inspire others!
I live life to the fullest!
All is well in the world!