I started this year out with the goal of GETTING HEALTHIER … I was going to take it slow – I was going to approach it without a lot of pressure … I was going to make simple changes.
Well, life got in the way … and 15 pounds found their way back onto my mid section in a very short period of time … and by the time I went in to see my doctor for my annual check-up in mid-June (which is more like a when-I-get-around-to-it check-up), I was feeling pretty gross. Nothing I could put my finger on – just fat, bloated, my fingers go numb occasionally, light-headed sometimes, no energy, blah. I told the doctor, and he said, “ah, you’re a busy mom … and you know, you’re just right back at the weight you were at when you got pregnant back in 2009.” (which, btw, is NOT a healthy weight at all according to the BMI)
Ok, so no big deal … except that I know better!!! I have been at this blah stage before – back in the midst of working full-time a few years ago, I felt so bad that by the time I got to the doctor, my triglyceride level was 620 mg/dL (umm, normal range is less than 150 mg/dL). The doctor called me at 6 p.m. after reading my test results and told me to IMMEDIATELY begin a medication regime to get my levels down before I had a stroke! I took a statin drug for a month, ate oatmeal every day for many months, and eventually everything got better again. I reduced my work load to part-time and eventually miraculously got pregnat, had a WONDERFUL, healthy, happy pregnancy and felt great for a whole year after I had the baby.
And so history repeats itself:
Yesterday my doctor’s nurse called to say, “Dr. H—- wants you to come in to discuss your blood work.” She wouldn’t say what … but I have a feeling my triglycerides and/or cholesterol are up again. AND you know what – it is MY OWN FAULT. I’ve really let myself go the last few months – I’ve let busy-ness take over again – and I’ve taken on burdens that were not mine to carry.
I haven’t tried to be healthy; I have let my emotions drive my eating;
I have taken on some negative habits.
I have put off dieting – I have thought about doing better TOMORROW –
I have not acted on what I know are the right choices for taking care of myself.
And so, even now, before I go in to see my doctor next week & get my final verdict, I am determined to be the logical, grown-up woman that I am – and with God’s help, GET HEALTHIER because
1. I need the energy to keep up with my kids
2. My husband needs my support and deserves a healthy wife
3. I want to feel better
4. I can’t afford a new wardrobe if I keep gaining weight …
and I sure can’t afford to become seriously ill or have a stroke!
I Corinthians 6:19
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
If you are a friend of my blog, would you please pray with me that I will get a grip on my health – and make good LIFE STYLE CHOICES so that my 40s will be the healthiest years of my life yet!
And if you haven’t had a mammogram (if you are over 39) or annual check up recently, do yourself a favor, and see your doctor soon!