Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Had my first physical yesterday since about 2.5-3 years. Yup, been a long time. I haven't wanted to have one as my lab results were so bad with the last one. It was obvious I was getting old and decrepit, and I had been exercising, watching my nutritional intake and losing weight for months prior to that. It was terrible! I continued with the program, anyway, for a few months. I continued to lose weight, but I was hungry - all the time - and going to bed hungry was not a good feeling.
Then one day I checked out Facebook. Isn't that connected with SparkPeople? Unfortunately, my OCD kicked in and I started living on Facebook playing games, adding friends for the games, and sitting in front of my computer. I lost my incentive to regain my health, exercise, and eat properly. After all, wasn't it proven that I was on a downhill slide as are so many as we age? Those lab results continued to haunt me. The doctor has suggested I have labs again in 6 months or so, but I never had the courage to do so. I didn't want the resulting insulin, blood pressure or cholesterol medications. I knew I would get them once I did another series of lab tests.
Fast forward to Valentine's Day this year - 2 weeks ago. I woke about 1 a.m. with a monster headache - not a migraine with the waves that come from it, but a terrible, terrible headache. By 4, I gave up trying to sleep it off, ate an orange and took a couple Advil. I was dizzy, extremely weak, and it wasn't getting better. The long and short was I visited ER, they could find nothing wrong, and we learned (over a week later) it was a virus. Again, I was sure it was a result of my unhealthy lifestyle.
I'm using that as a catalyst, though. I will NOT allow that again! My follow-up with the doctor (during which I had my physical) showed me how foolish I'd been. My lab tests had proven I was doing much better - something I probably would have learned if I'd had the courage to do them again 2 years ago. It's time to pay attention to what's important, and my health is one of those things. I wasn't paying attention to what I was eating or drinking. I've decided to target my refined sugars and pay attention to the quantity of fats I consume. I want balance in my life. I checked into hypnosis, but they seem stuck on weight loss, not balance.
I did come out of my research into hypnosis with good ideas. I CAN do this. I am worth this and WILL do it. I will make time to exercise, even if I don't get all my housework done. I want the grandsons who stay with me every day while their parents work to understand how important it is to be active, not to sit on the computer, play video games, or watch TV. It is also important to eat lots of vegetables and fruit, not candy, cookies, cake, or other sugar products. It may be too cold to be outside a lot, but we can go for short walks. We can also play Wii games with the Wii Fit programs (console and board) my younger daughter gave me when she bought an X-box.
I am now excited to see how everything works, and I'm scheduling another set of lab tests in 6 months to see my progress.
I am so thankful God has kept me safe while I've been wandering.
I am thankful I have a family who care.
I am thankful I have a skillful son-in-law who will be changing the CV joint in my car today.
Are you thankful for anything today?