Thursday, September 05, 2013
Last week I was blessed to go to Europe for the FIRST TIME EVER with my mom. We went to Switzerland and it was AMAZING!!!
I love my mom a ton and we've always been very close, but I have to say spending a week with Mom 24/7 was very eye-opening. She works 60-70 hours at a grueling job, has dealt with some drama with my brother in the recent years, and had to have surgery for some extremely painful varicose veins in her leg. I know all of that has taken a toll... but what really struck me was the lack of healthy habits in her daily life and her dissatisfaction with her health.
Now, it wasn't always easy to make a healthy choice in a foreign country with all kinds of different and delicious foods. CONFESSION: I ate a croissant almost every morning as part of my breakfast. With Nutella. We ate traditional Swiss fondue and covered everything in cheese! But, I also made sure I had breakfast, had protein, ate slow, and stayed hydrated. I don't care for carbonated water and sometimes, that was what I got and had to gulp it down anyway. And we walked, and walked, and walked some more. And it was all great! I got to take a break from everyday life, without totally blowing my progress. In fact, I still lost half a pound!
The experience also has motivated me to keep going and hopefully inspire my mom and others to know that it's never too late to take care of yourself. I sometimes wish I had "seen the light" 10 years ago when I was 20, but that's no reason to throw in the towel! On the flight over the pond, I saw a show with Hugh Jackman and he described his philosophy on his career and life this way (paraphrasing): There is no staying the same. If you don't use your voice, your body, your mind or whatever your gifts and keep them strong, they will decay. You can either choose to let it go or choose to improve.