weekly wrapup

Weekly Wrapup (and a Discussion About Attitude)

Hey all! Hope you’re having a great weekend! Did you miss a post this week? If so, you can find it right here…

This Week’s Posts:

Let’s Talk About Attitude!

One of the most asked questions I’ve gotten since last week’s personal update post is ‘What are you eating on your diet?’

I’ll give you the details on that next Saturday, but for now, I wanted to talk about the importance of attitude in healing because it’s something that I learned first hand this past week. I’ve always known that attitude and stress have direct effects on one’s health. Those things have an effect on all of us, but when you’re dealing with a chronic disease, the effects of attitude and stress becomes even more evident. And it’s not only the attitude of the person dealing with the disease that has the effect, but the attitudes of those around him.

As you know from last week’s update, Matt has been doing remarkably well since we started our new diet. He’s been steadily improving week after week. Well, this past week, he had a couple of really hard days. Not only did not see any progress during those days, but some of his past symptoms seemed to return (although not fully, but to a lesser degree). He experienced some dizziness, problems with his eyes, weakness in his legs, etc. It was very reminiscent of his condition before we started the diet (but again, to a lesser degree).

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We hadn’t changed our diet, so I knew it was nothing we were eating. In fact, nothing had changed…except for me. For some reason that I can’t even remember now, I had two bad days this past week. My attitude was horrible, I was frustrated and upset, and of course, I expressed my frustrations to Matt.

After two days of my bad attitude…and two days of Matt really suffering a setback in his health…I finally put the pieces together and realized this his setback was because of ME and my bad attitude. I made up my mind that when I woke up the next morning, I was going to make a point of being in a good mood, no matter what.

Well, I did just that. I woke up with a great attitude, I made sure that the mood in the house was positive and upbeat, I made a point of laughing and joking around with Matt (which is what we usually do anyway), and can you guess what happened? Matt had a GREAT day! The setback that he experienced in prior days seemed to be gone. His strength returned, the dizziness went away, the problems with his eyes went away, and he’s had great days since.

So, I wanted to share this with you as an example of how important mood and attitude are, and how destructive stress can be. These things are most certainly important for all of us to consider, but if you live with someone who deals with some sort of chronic disease, it’s all the more important to keep in mind!

Next Saturday, I’ll give you the scoop on our diet and tell you exactly what we’re eating!



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12 Comments

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    Catherine Banks
    February 11, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Kristi, you are so completely right! Attitude is everything!

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    Lisa @ Cozy Condo Living
    February 11, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I don’t even know you, but I’m so proud of you!!!

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    Ashley
    February 11, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I’ve noticed something similar in my house as well. I’m eating better and have had a way better outlook lately, and we have been fighting significantly less even though we’re in the middle of a bathroom reno. hooray for good eats and happy homes.

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    Lama
    February 12, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I totally agree with you. How you accept and deal with everyday issues becomes your experience. I have been dealing with my own personal challenges lately and teaching myself the power of positive thinking is truly amazing. I have to rewire my brain to think positive and imagine positive outcomes, which is not easy for someone who is used to creating negative outcomes all the time. I am still learning, but at least I can now see a light at the end of the tunnel. I wish you all the best.

    BTW, I am a new follower of your blog which I adore. Keep up the great work 🙂

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    Linda
    February 12, 2012 at 9:02 am

    The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they make the best of everything! 🙂

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    June
    February 12, 2012 at 10:14 am

    A very good post!! My chiropractor proved it to me one day. I was laying on the table and we were discussing my pain (yada yada) and he had me focus on a very happy day; he had me push with my legs against him and boy, was I able to shove him with almost no pain! THEN, I had to focus on my pain and a sad event or even a frustrating one and then try to push. I was completely unable to!!!! Our minds are stronger than our bodies.

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    sherry
    February 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Kristi. Your post has a lot of personal growth in it. I sometimes don’t even realize how my attitude is showing. I think I’m just feeling yucky on the inside but my loved ones pick up on it quickly. I don’t even have to complain or be crabby…it’s the look in my eyes or the lack of positive energy. So, I know it does make a differenc. And I’ve learned that I have much more control over my mood and attitude than I used to think. Thanks for sharing these posts that are so personal. It’s can’t be easy to put your struggles out there for “the world” to see. I’m impressed. That’s something I’m learning to have a balance with.

    I just have to mention that I linked to your well dressed window post in my downstairs projects post: http://ponderedprimedperfected.blogspot.com/2012/02/downstairs-status-quo.html
    Please don’t feel you need to read that long drawn out post if you don’t want to! I just wanted to let you know about the link!
    Have a great day!
    Sherry

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    Kim Hites
    February 12, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Loved your inspiring post. I’m also an interior decorator newly turned blogger! I’m now following you on LF!
    Hugs, Kim

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    Karen
    February 12, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Wow, that is a powerful post. I agree that attitude can make all the difference in our health and the general feeling in our homes. Thank you for the awesome reminder.

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    [email protected]
    February 12, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    What a great reminder! Love that the light bulb went on for you. Yay!!!!

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    Lori
    February 13, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Isn’t it amazing that our attitudes have such an impact on the people around us. Working nights I can be a real “grump” sometimes, and I really appreciate the reminder. It is a fact that “laughter is the best medicine. Can’t wait to hear your “diet”. Lori

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    Adrienne
    February 13, 2012 at 8:33 am

    So true! You really put this well. And also can be very difficult. I’ve come to realize that all of the family members moods affect us all (especially mine). I’ve really tried working on my own attitude and I am doing a lot better but I want to do more! I want to be positive every day all the time (what a goal!). I also started daily affirmations when I feel myself slipping (“I am a good mother”, “I am a good friend”, “I have a great job”, etc.). Its a little strange but does seem to help.

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