One of my pinterest pins had the following self reflection set of questions that I though was very interesting. So I sat down and began to answer the questions that were being asked and I thought that my answers and the website were worthy of sharing.
The website offers up 100 questions that are titled “100 Personal End of Year Reflection & Review Questions” divided into 10 separate sections of 1o questions in each section.
The website & its questions can be seen here at Its All You Boo – By Author
I personally have sat down to undertake the challenge of answering Nadalie’s reflective questions as I feel that they will help to settle me in the year of 2019 after helping me to reflect on 2018.
In today’s daily blog post I will be looking at the second set of 10 questions of Nadalie Bardo’s “100 Personal End of Year Reflection & Review Questions” – a set of questions that Reviews Your Overall Health on the year that has just past.
11. What was your typical breakfast, lunch, and dinner like?
Breakfast in my house usually comes & goes before I even realise that I have missed it, but someday’s I will have 2 pieces of toast with smooth peanut butter, other days I may have 2 pieces of raisin toast with a smear of margarine… I like to have either orange juice or a lemon flavoured cordial with a side order of ice cubes (I live on ice-cubes throughout my days – 6-7 cups daily) but most often then not breakfast time is a hectic time and I m guilty of skipping what is said to be the most important meal of the day.
Lunch time has become a very important daily intake for me… I have found that since I have been given my diagnosis of Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis that I do need to eat a balanced lunch – I actually prefer lunch over dinner and breakfast… I find that I am able to eat a far greater variety of food then at any other point in the day.
My lunch time meals often consist of varying types of foods – from things like egg, lettuce & cheese sandwiches, to open club/steak sandwiches, to vegetarian pasta dishes, to salad and cold cut bread rolls.
I sometimes add fruits like peaches, apples, oranges to my salads and have that as aside accompaniment to bbq roasted chicken.
My dinner menu’s are family thought out.. we often take a morning vote to which we all offer up a choice and the majority ruling is what we have later that evening.
Dinner can often consist of well balanced meals that have 4-5 food groups in them most days.
Some of the menued meals that we enjoy are:-
● Homemade Chicken Schnitzel With Baked Sweet Potato Chips
● Rissoles with mash potato’s & vegetable (carrots, corn, cauliflower, broccoli, sweet potato, snow peas, long beans etc).
● Spaghetti Bolognese with 3 colour pasta
● Lasagne with mash potato’s and vegetable or even an Italian salad with peaches and apple added.
● Homemade pizza with choice of toppings
● Beef & vegetable soup with garlic bread & rice
●Minestrone soup with cheesy garlic bread
● Homemade Chinese food
● Roast pork or chicken on the weekends
● 1 pot luck red chicken with curly pasta or brown/white rice
● Bbq steak, sausage, potato’s in the jackets, mushroom, egg, grilled tomato, sweet potato and of course a garden, Italian, French salad.
● Taco’s / Fajita’s
● Old family fav… meat & 3 veg (usually steak)
● Chicken & steak kebab’s
● Marinated chicken wings with rice
Most meals are accompanied by vegetable or a salad (that themselves have varying fruits). There are many other dishes that my Family & I enjoy together.
12. How much sugar or junk did you consume daily?
I am guilty of having 3-4 glasses of Pepsi a day… I also drink 5-7 glasses of water a day as well as I always have ice cubes on hand that I snack on throughout the day (6-7 cups daily).
As for junk food… if I am need of a pic me up I will have a piece of fruit… the occasional biscuit or bag of chicken flavoured smiths crisp chips. I do prefer to snack on ice cubes chips throughout the day.
13. Did you have any allergic reactions to anything you ate or drank?
Before the age of 20 years I was never allergic to anything food related – these days I am allergic to foods high in citric acid i.e. lemon, limes, oranges & tomato’s. Sounds crazy but I can eat them but have to limit my touching them with my hands as they do occasionally come out in blisters.
I am also allergic to whole uncooked onion, these I choose to stay away from as they stink and make your body smell also… I can eat dill and spring onions as well as dried onion flakes.
14. Did you exercise or move your body every day?
Sadly exercise is limited at this moment… my primary progressive multiple sclerosis is playing havic on my balance and my funky walk. I do walk around my house and try to work up atleast 800 steps a day.
Big change from working everyday and being on the run with 3 children doing the Mumma chores of shopping and school pickups.
I should exercise more, but my exercise is at times ruled by my bodies pain level and my Ms daily symptoms listing.
15. How did you practice self-care?
I practice self care daily in and around my daily writing schedule… writing in my daily writes, my blog and my personal journal helps keep me grounded. If there is spare time to be had I tune out to relaxation music or favourite music bopping tunes of choice… seldom I also dabble in my 3 granny square crochet blankets and backpack projects that I currently have going.
I also research a lot of varied material for my blog and writing projects, so reading has a big part in my days journey.
16. Did you take any mental health days?
Mental health days that are scheduled are seldom but from time to time I take out 3-4 hours a week where I actually unplug from my technology and the environment around me and take time to rest.
17. How did you relax and rest?
I relax and rest by taking small “moment refreshing naps – 30 mins” these moments are rare but sometimes my Ms has other plans and on purpose shuts me down for a few hours at a time.
I also relax by watching documentaries or the evening news on the television.
There are also many varied activities that my Family & I like to do when we are feeling that we need time to reconnect… we look forward to these days as our varied schedules are often long and on totally different paths.
I at least 2-3 days a week catch up with my online friends from around the world – some for 15-30 minutes others for an hour.. whilst others are on and off moments of back and fourth communicating with throughout the day.
18. How much “me time” or alone time did you spend?
As beautiful as it sounds I work from home most days (sometimes I do a call out to a client needing their computer looked at)… I am a web designer, a computer technician, a writer & a part time blogger so I actually feel that I spend way to many hours alone ” in me time land.”
In the evening I may write for 1-3 hours in the late evening… this helps me to get my thoughts out … as well it helps to help me sleep through the night.
19. What stressed you out the most or gave you major anxiety?
What stresses me out … mmm at meal times “loud chewing”
During the day “repetitive behaviours / ground hog day and the ignorance of people thinking that because I am home working that I must be living it up and have nothing better to do and choose to sit on my ass all day”
Ignorance and self pity are pretty high on my top 10 pet hates of people… I offer to help when and where I can and often teach strategies to others so that they can learn the coping skills that helps to enable their self care.
To be fair.. I think that I am pretty easily agitated… but I have learned coping skills over the years that helps to prevent the turbulent behaviours of my frustration from coming out.
20. How did you relieve or release daily stress?
I relieve and or release my stresses by listening to relaxation music or other favourite music types of mine.
I have learned to reward my stresses with a few moments out rather than taking these moments into built up moments of explosion riddled behaviour..
When all else fails to relieve or release my stresses I amerce myself into my web designing, my blog or even my writings… putting my self in time out to work on my many projects is oaten all the time that I need to see things in a totally different perspective.
Asking and answering these end of year reflection questions about your health isn’t enough! Take it one step farther, by asking yourself “how can I make healthier choices for my mind and body in 2019?” What changes can you make?
“So how is it that I can make healthier choices for my mind and body in 2019?” What changes can you make?”
Well the answers to these questions are pretty simple to answer, but putting my answers into practice are the difficult part of my journey.
At the end of 2017; I vowed to write everyday in either a blogging format or an online writing platform (www.750words.com)… I started back at my writing journey on January 9th 2017.. (one year tomorrow)… for me writing and chronicling my life’s stories and journey has been indeed my souls saviour.
Throughout 2018 I added Blogging to my daily writing journey and have now been a full time blogger for 3 months slowly coming into 4 months.
This year in 2019 I have added a few other writing avenues such as morning pages (which I was sure that I would never take up), daily journal writing, poetry, writes on and about written & pictured quotes, & song appreciation just to mention a few of my 2019 writing avenues.
“My writing keeps my mind, body, soul & spirit on and even keel…. giving me self satisfaction and a great deal of pride in my writing accomplishments…. so for me my healthier choices for my “mindfulness” is well in check.
I would however like to get out into the outdoors a little more… staying out of direct sunlight of Australia’s summer heat… I am thinking of adding a weekly photography shoot to my weekly self driven schedule – a collection of local photos and of favourite place that I can use throughout my 365 Day Somethings Blog.
For my exercise needs I have a love for yoga and may very well benefit from taking up yoga again… maybe looking for a group of yoga enthusiast’s that are from the multiple sclerosis community.
As for healthier food challenges…. maybe eating a small breakfast out of habit – a piece of fruit and or yoghurt may very much help me in keeping my energy levels up.
The only other change that I would like to make to my weekly schedule is the joining of a multiple sclerosis support group… gaining outside education from others and meeting others with multiple sclerosis may very well be the very thing that I need to put a few of my nagging ailments to rest.
So there it is questions 11 to 20 of Nadalie Bardo’s “100 Personal End of Year Reflection & Review Questions – Part 2 – Review Your Overall Health.” Part 3 of Nadalie Bardo’s “100 Personal End of Year Reflection & Review Questions – it’s title “Simple Reflection Questions From Your Emotions.”
I look forward to exploring more of Nadalie Bardo’s “100 Personal End of Year Reflection & Review Questions, the end result and or outcomes of my honest reflections of me and my year of 2018 will certainly be an interesting 1.
So how about it…. Challenge yourself to Nadalie’s ” 100 Personal End of Year Reflection & Review Questions. ” here at her blog ” Its All You Boo ”
Author. Tanya Kelly
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