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90 Days of Discipline: How I’m Serving You By Serving Me

I’m taking a leaf out of Courtney Carver’s book (if you don’t know who she is then you gotta check her out!) and setting myself a 90 days of discipline ‘challenge’.

I put challenge in inverted commas because it’s not really a challenge…it’s a lifestyle choice and a very timely one at that.

I recently (today!) got the news that my lung lesions are growing…the wee bastards!…I mean how dare they, right? So I face a decision…do I A. Stick with an immunotherapy trial that has worked AMAZINGLY on the rest of my tumours but seems to have no affect on my lung mets? ; B. Have radiotherapy on my lungs ; C. Have surgery…another major operation ; or D. Hide in a magic cave and hope the cancer goes away…I can dream right?

So, just now, I’m right in the middle of ‘decision making mode’ and I will be until I have all the facts when I meet my amazing oncologist next week. But, one thing I know for sure is that something has gotta change in my life while I process this and while I support my body to heal…in whatever capacity that means.

I read Courtney’s blog post about this ‘challenge’ and I was instantly like “give me some of that!” and so I wrote myself a new plan…and this is it…

Remember this is for 90 days…starting on Monday 1st July 2019 and finishing Saturday 28th September 2019….eek!

1. Stick to a simple, clean diet (no sugar or processed foods):

I’ve advocated this type of diet since I was diagnosed but over the past few months this has lapsed…I have no idea why but it’s time for this sista to start practicing what she preaches again!

2. Consistent 2-3 hour morning routine including:

• writing

• walking

• yoga

• meditating

I already do this ‘most’ days but this will be an ‘every’ day approach…when I’m at festivals, when I’m on book tours, when I’m on holiday…

3. More exercise:

In addition to my morning walk and yoga, I’m adding 2-3 hours of high intensity (heart pumping) exercise each week.

This is a big change for me. While I do a lot of yoga and walking now I used to be super into long distance running and weight lifting prior to my diagnosis.

My body misses the cardio and high intensity training and I am so excited to see what I can achieve…but, I also know I have to be mindful of not pushing myself too far as I am super competitive(!!) and so I’m restricting it to 3 hours max per week.

4. Dedicated, work hours:

Being self employed often means I work around the clock. This needs to stop. My body, my mind and my spirit all need a rest. So, using Courtney’s structure I plan to approach my days in the following way (this will hopefully see me finish off my next book too!)

  • 2 hour a day of book writing
  • 1 hour a day of email/social media
  • 3 hours per day of one of the following:
  • more in-depth book writing
  • – creating (mostly blog writing or my new podcast – ‘Live Like You Are Dying’)
  • – learning (research, reading)
  • – my shaman training coursework.
  • social media (planning/creating/replying)
  • – extra self-care (getting a massage)
  • AND this I will only be doing 4 days a week. The other 3 will be blissful days off. Completely free. With no social media.

    I’m curious to see if this works for me. I have a definite ‘love-hate’ relationship with social media and I want to see if being really structure with my time helps me to show up in a way that best serves me while also best serving you!

    What I hope to achieve over the 90 days:

    • A completed manuscript of my new book all about my random acts of kindness!

    • Better cardio fitness.

    • Less distraction.

    • More creativity.

    • More clarity about my health and healing approach.

    • A better structure for serving you while still serving me.

    Over the 90 days I’ll keep you up to date with what’s happening and how the process is working out for me. If you are going to do your own 90 days then I’d love to hear from you too!

    I wish you all a fabulous weekend. The adventure starts on Monday!

    Lots of love, Fi xxx

    1 thought on “90 Days of Discipline: How I’m Serving You By Serving Me”

    1. Live girl Live…my momma bear mode is kicking in big time. I have grown a special place in my heart for you. I wish I had as good an attitude while I walk this journey too. Embrace your joy do what you can when you can. Radiation first maybe then surgery? Just hope you can stay comfortable. Can’t bear to have you hurt. I’m approaching older than dirt and if I only could take this from you.

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