I talk a lot about baby steps and how they are important in the process of getting better at whatever you set out to accomplish. Baby steps are all we can muster up at times, but do they really get us anywhere?
The beginning of last year, I visited a physician in order to try to figure out why I had a bad reaction to almost every piece of food I consumed. She ran a few tests and tried out a few philosophies on me just for me to end up in worse shape than when I started. From April through July I was in a tremendous amount of back pain and discomfort. I stopped working out at the gym because it hurt so bad. Luckily, I was able to continue to ride my bike with no pain. I spent most of my time resting on my hot pad with no energy and more questions than answers. In July, after more tests and additional doctor visits, we were able to make one step forward to resolve my back pain, but it continued to point back to food and my original symptoms still persisted. I was thrilled to be able to keep biking and training for a ride I had been dreaming about for years. In September, I was able to ride 75 miles on the first day of the Bike MS bike ride, but once bike season was over, I rested more and more and day by day I lost muscle tone and more energy. As the new year approached, I knew I needed to gather up the courage to step back into the doctor’s offices to try to figure out what was going on with my body. This past February (one year later) I stepped into the offices of multiple specialists. Test after test revealed I was healthy as can be. I rode on the roller coaster of being thankful for being healthy, then sad and upset that I still did not have any answer. As we approached the end of the recommended tests, my Allergist said “if all else fails, we can run one more test to see if anything shows up.” It was in that test where the answer and diagnosis was revealed. I am allergic to a substance called linalool. It was exciting to have an answer and a possible direction to provide some relief. My excitement dwindled quickly when I learned that linalool is found in almost EVERYTHING! It is in almost all spices used in everyday cooking, except for salt and garlic. Think about that for a second. Even black pepper contains linalool. It is in almost every fruit and many vegetables, and was in almost every household product I used for cleaning, deodorizing or moisturizing. It felt like a ton of bricks had hit me. Fast forward...as of today, I consume the same 15ish foods over and over again each day. Eating any prepared foods at restaurants, friends & family or prepackaged foods is not an option if I don’t want to have a reaction. Since March, when the reality of my diagnosis sunk in and when my husband had his heart attack, John and I have been focusing on the motto “get a little bit stronger every day”.
I share my story because I would not have been able to get through any of it if it weren't for waking up each day and focusing on one baby step at a time.
Baby steps can get you started when you don’t feel like it.
Baby steps can help you achieve long term dreams and goals.
Baby steps can keep you going when life is messy.
Baby steps can help you improve your health.
Baby steps can help you get a little bit stronger every day.
I understand, baby steps don’t feel like enough at times, but if you keep taking them, one by one, you will eventually make the progress you desire. The journey is not always pretty, and the results are not always what you expect, but through perseverance, you will keep moving forward towards where you want to be.
I am going to keep going - to be a little bit stronger each day. I hope you will join me in the journey. Let’s see where our baby steps will take us!
My Daily Walk With Jesus: God is the author of baby steps. It has been His daily guidance that has helped me to know which baby steps to take. I have been reading His Word, reading from Christian authors I have grown to trust, and tried to stay quiet enough to hear His voice. God has a great plan for each of us. Let Him be the author of your baby steps.Photo by Juan Pablo Serrano Arenas from Pexels