In sickness and in health, those are pretty common words that many people recite in their wedding vows. As someone who has health issues, you soon learn that these words can affect your entire life. Yes, my husband is great and he loves me in sickness and in health, heck he doesn't even blink an eye if I go all 'Exorcist' or am confined to bed for days. But relationships are not the only thing that you have to consider about sickness and health.
When you have ongoing and chronic serious illness, you have to do many things when sick. I still have to work, even when I feel like death I slap on enough makeup to look okay and fake smile through the day or night. When people ask how I'm doing I say okay or good. Lies, but necessary ones if one needs a job while sick. I've had managers tell me that I should go on disability because people didn't want to be around sick people. First, it is illegal for a manager to say that to an employee. Period. Second, disability is not something that is just handed out when you ask. Third, sometimes having a job and acting normal can be a great help for some people, so why not keep your prejudices to yourself?
Sickness also affects my other job, writing. Sometimes I have a really hard time focusing and getting words on the page. I hate to admit it, but I am in a bad writing slump at the moment. Ever since the horrific attack that took my small dog's life I am having a hard time getting the creative juices flowing. Add to that health issues and yeah, my writing life is not going anywhere near how I would like it to go. I am having a hard time even motivating myself to be here on my blog, or to share my books to get sales. That is sad as that is the life blood of an author, getting your book in front of readers. I need to work on this. Yes my health sucks at the moment and things always seem to get worse in summer for me, but I am an author, a writer, and that means I have to find a way to get back to writing.
Sorry about this rambling post, it's a way for me to get some of my thoughts out and to let you my dear readers know why I have been so sporadic with my writing and posting of late. I'm working on getting back into some sort of groove with my life and my writing.
On Monday I talked about my writing goals for 2018, well today I thought that I would share my health goals for the new year.
I think health goals and resolutions are some of the most common ones that people make this time of year and I am no different. I have some health issues that will never disappear, but that doesn't mean that I can't do things to make my life better and healthier. Now for my own personal sanity, I am not setting specific weight goals and such, but rather just trying to improve my overall health.
I plan on walking more this year and attempting to meditate and do yoga most days of the week. I am not going to say every day as that only sets me up for failure. In fact I didn't do much yoga or walking last week as I was fighting one of the nastiest colds I've had in a long time, but I am not beating myself up about it. This is a new week and I am getting back into the swing of things. I had started eating healthier last year and I am continuing that trend into this year. That means eating out less and just cooking more at home and watching what I eat. Sugar is something that I am eating a lot less of because eating it was making me feel not so good. That means I have really cut back on wine and drinking but truthfully I am not missing it. Small changes like this add up and that is what I am aiming for. I want to live a health lifestyle, not a quick fix. And I am so happy to report that my husband wants to join a gym with me so that we can work out 3-4 times a week together! I am really excited for us to get healthy together.
Did you make some health goals for this year? What were they?
I had a small set back health wise this past week, one that sent me to urgent care and to the doctor. So that means my fitness regime was also set back somewhat. I missed my yoga, strength training, and step goal for the last three days. Still, the first part of the week started out well and I kept to my fairly healthy diet, so I ended up actually losing a pound! Woo hoo!
Tomorrow is a new week and I am feeling better, which means I am ready to hit my exercise goals hard once more! Sure I had a set back, but life is full of setbacks. I am still doing what I can and making progress in bettering my health and that is what counts. I still need to figure out a way to get to the gym and really start strength training, but until then I have found some wonderful full body workouts on Youtube. What would I do without Youtube? lol
Anyways, I am behind in my 31 days of yoga, but I am planing on catching up and finishing my commitment to myself. I am also going to try really hard to beat my brother in our weekly workweek step challenge on Fitbit. I also need to strength train at least three times. I can do this! I also have a couple accountability friends on FB, where we check in with each other and encourage each other to reach out goals, in health, writing and life in general!
So if you read this blog on a regular base, you know that I am attempting to slowly get back in shape. Well it is time to get serious and that is why I am committing myself to a 31 day health challenge. I signed up for a yoga program that has the 31 days all planned out for me. I hope this really jump starts a regular yoga practice for me. At the same time I am getting back into using my Fitbit to hit at least 10,000 steps a day. I figure 31 days of hitting my step goal, combined with daily yoga is a big step in the right direction. I am also slowly cleaning up my eating, though I love food too much to ever be perfect in that area. As I get in better shape I hope that I see improvements in my overall health. Stay tuned for weekly updates, I need to be held accountable so that is why I am putting my health journey out there.
If you are interested in doing the same yoga challenge that I am, here it is: http://yogawithadriene.com/revolution-31-days-of-yoga/
As I talked about at the beginning of the month, I am really working on taking better care of myself and getting back in shape. I have been drinking more water, trying to get more steps in each day, exercising at least three times per month, and slowly trying to add in some strength training. Now thanks to Kris Carr, a kick ass cancer survivor whose books I have read, I am taking a four part free webinar that is helping me to focus on myself even more. I am trying to meditate more and treat my body even better. Now I don't know if I can ever go vegan like Kris is, but I can eat better and feel better. I am even considering signing up for her 21 program to get a jump start on a healthier life. I have had some health setbacks and I sure could use some more energy and less stress in my life. At least I am on the right track and making small changes each and every day.
If you are interested in checking out more about Kris Carr and her free wellness series or anything else, you can find her at http://kriscarr.com/! I highly recommend her books and website not only for cancer patients and survivors, but for anyone who needs a kick in the pants to get healthier for all kinds of health conditions.
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