Making myself the priority

Monday, January 21, 2013

I have run across no less than five articles/blogs/Facebook posts today that strengthened to need to put yourself first. I know that is a hard one for women to swallow, especially myself. I'm a single mom to a college student who can require life-threatening care so of course I have put my daughter first and my health a distance, well I can't even say a distance second. Let's just say my health has been a distance priority.

But I believe it was no accident today that I kept running across people saying they had to give themselves permission to make themselves a priority. I've never thought of myself as someone who didn't make my needs a priority but looking at my long list of health problems I think that is a bit of denial. So now at 40.5 years old and some of my health challenges out of the way(hopefully) I am pledging to improve my health. I tried not to get into the whole "New Year's Resolutions" trap because I thought I would fall of, which I did even though I wasn't officially on the resolution bandwagon. Nonetheless, I am back at it today with a two great workouts and some good food choices today. I did make a goal to lose 10 pounds this month and as of this morning I am down 7.2.

So yes, I give myself permission to put myself first. I will share this with my daughter and ask her to make sure I stay on track. I will also share it with my BF and ask the same. I will keep you posted, Sparkpeople, on my journey and say to you that you too have permission to put yourself first. If you're healthy, then you are being able to support those who need you.

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    Good for you for deciding that you to can be a priority. One thing I've learned over the years after taking care of 2 parents through their health crisis... you can't take care of anyone else if you don't make sure you're taken care of. I too am a single mom to a daughter in college. So I know that we try to provide and be sure that they are well on the way to success. In order to be around we've got to take care of ourselves. The day my daughter left for college I started working out at the gym and haven't stopped (well a short break for surgery). Now that she's back to her college for this semester she too has decided to work on her health. So congrats on the 7.2#s and I know you'll make your goal this month. Stay encouraged and take care of you so that you're well enough to take care of your daughter should it become necessary. God bless
    2832 days ago
    Good for you! You can do it! emoticon
    2834 days ago
  • SPARKLE1908
    You can only help others if you have helped yourself first...great job in putting yourself first... emoticon
    2834 days ago
    It is so important to take care of yourself, especially when others rely on you.
    2834 days ago
    Yeah yes it is hard, but it is a must. Especially if someone relies on you. if you dont take care of yourself you willl not be able to take care of them.. emoticon emoticon
    2834 days ago
  • SAKS20111
    7.2! great job!! keep it up!
    2834 days ago
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