My temporary blogging hiatus stretched into two years. In 2015, I was overwhelmed and couldn’t keep all the balls in the air, irons in the fire, and any other metaphor you want to throw out there to describe severe over-commitment. My health was suffering, and so, I unceremoniously quit everything that wasn’t absolutely required for survival. Even whittling it down left a mountain of work and commitments.
I mean, I couldn’t sell the kids on Etsy (as appealing as that was a few times). Or close my business and declare bankruptcy. Or dump my elderly dad who depended on me for transportation and personal support. I was still committed to my marriage and homeschooling my children. Those are full-time jobs, fo-sho.
So, I cut the extra writing and most social engagements. I didn’t become a hermit, but I concentrated on the essential stuff in front of me.
Keep everybody alive and fed.
Work and pay the bills.
Enjoy time with my dad.
Love and support my husband.
Teach my kids the three R’s, plus any other fun things we liked to learn.
All of these are gifts, not dreaded chores, after all. Well, maybe the “fed” part feels a little like drudgery.
To complicate my over-commitment, my health was a real challenge:
- more than 20 years of hypothyroidism, eight pregnancies (two high risk, three miscarriages)
- a significant cardiac event
- chronic kidney stones
- seemingly unstoppable weight gain
If you’re as old as you feel, I was pushing 90.
What could I do? I was (and am) determined to fight back. To regain the health I knew I could have, even at middle age…. I dug my heels in and began fighting back. I looked for answers. I made lifestyle changes. And, now, 2 years later, I finally feel like I’m turning a corner.
Now I’m carefully adding a little writing back to my life. But it’s not going to be writing for the sake of writing. I want to encourage other moms like me.
We are constantly bombarded with health messages which are contradictory, counter-productive, and out-of-step with a busy mom’s life.
If you’re like me, you just want to throw a pie in the face of all those young moms with tight cores and skinny thighs.
What’s my excuse, they ask? It’s called:
Life with no maid.
Blindsided by an accident or illness.
The long-term effects of chronic illness(es).
Maybe, it’s just plain ole life.
I mean, life can come at you fast. Without warning. Without mercy.
I want to go back to the health challenge I started in 2015. My goal is to feel better. To improve my overall health.
I have five markers to establish my wellness:
- Feel rested after a full night’s sleep (7-8 hours). Feeling groggy and grumpy, stiff and sore, or tired and depressed are not the way normal mornings should be. Restorative sleep can make a huge difference in our health.
- Eliminate the need for anti-inflammatory, pain control, or other medications. Masking the symptoms of bigger health problems doesn’t fix anything. In fact, the side effects of many medications only complicate the underlying problem.
- Improve flexibility and core strength. These two really sneak up on you and can undermine an active life.
- Energize my diet. I still love good food. Who doesn’t? But I don’t enjoy the accompanying bloat, sugar crashes, and food reactions. We can enjoy good food that supports our health goals and fuels our energy.
- Enjoy life. People with chronic and weight-related illnesses often suffer from depression. Physical health can improve mental health, and vice versa.
We won’t body shame. We won’t compare.
There are no excuses, but there are reasons.
We are all unique, so what works for some won’t work for everyone. I seriously hate the tag line, “If I can do it, anyone can do it.” Big. Fat. Lie. But just about everyone can do something.
It bears mentioning that I am not a healthcare professional. I do not diagnose or prescribe anything. I am simply a mom who’s been through the wringer and wants to regain control of my health and help other moms like me do the same. Everyone does better when someone is cheering them on.
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2017 can be your year to improve your health! Join me now!!