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The Holistic Emergency Tune Up for Inflamation

  “Self -care means giving yourself permission to pause.” – Cecilia Tran

I glance down at the Almighty Scale speechless.  Yesterday was quite a day.  After stepping on to it and having a net gain over the last few days, I knew something wasn’t right with my body.  I felt like something was stuck in me and incredibly bloated.  My legs felt like they were wrapped in rubber bands that had a throbbing headache.  Does this ever happen to you?  Normally, I would have pushed past it and gone on with my day, but there is something about this self- care, self -awareness, journaling journey I’m on that wouldn’t let me.  And oh, by the way, if you are trying to solve a problem and I mean any problem with your body, please journal.  You will be amazed at the discoveries you make!

I decided to cancel the plans I had to attend a baby shower of a dear friend that day and take care of myself.  This was incredibly out of character.  I was raised by a man who didn’t take a single sick day in  29.5 years of employment with one company.  The family mantra was something like, you do what you say you are going to do unless you have a fever in the mid 102 plus range or you are puking, period. Additionally, the party girl – social lite in me just hates to miss a good party.  Because of my journaling and awareness, I knew I had to take care of myself.

When my Husband came into the room, I announced I scheduled a massage.  This was crazy for two reasons.  One, I had just splurged on a high-ticket item for myself yesterday and saying I was going to spend more money pampering myself had to seem overly self-indulgent to him.  The other was, we had a sitter scheduled and it was supposed to be our date afternoon – the couples shower and a boat ride.  He touched my very swollen leg and gave my plans his approval.

I jumped in the tub for a quick Epson salt bath before the massage.  While in the tub, I text my new friend and owner of Ginztonix, an amazing holistic spa.  She suggested I come in for an infrared sauna because they are incredible at detoxing.  So, the day was getting more surreal and I honestly couldn’t remember the last time I did this much self-care in one day.  Once I got there, she suggested I spend some additional time on a MassageEnergy table that was like nothing I’ve ever done.  Her kindness was boundless, and she wrapped up my session with a gift of Pink Himalayan mineral soak and directions to take a bath.

When Tony and I finally got to our date night, I ate shrimp and scallops and drank six glasses of water in two hours.  Then I persuaded him to go for a walk instead of having another beer, and that was most likely my biggest accomplishment of the day!

So, almighty scale, I canceled party plans, shortened my date day, took an Epson salt bath, got a massage, spent time in the infrared sauna, laid on the massage table, and took a Himalayan salt bath.  I would greatly appreciate it if you showed me some mercy when I step on you.

And she did – down 2 pounds!  More importantly, the swelling is about 80% better.

What are you doing to pamper yourself today?

Weight Loss Tune-Up