It’s Time for a Change… to Take Care of My Health!
Y’all might be wondering if I’ve dropped off the face of the earth, it’s been so long since I’ve written anything! I am sorry for being absent so long, but here’s what’s been going on.
A couple weeks ago, we took a little trip to visit some family who live about 5 hours away. We left Sunday August 13th and got home on Friday. (Fun fact – my sister married my husband’s brother! They have two kids and recently moved back to my husband’s hometown where his mom still lives, so we visited all of them.)
If you’re familiar with my blog, you might know that I’m currently working on a challenge, 13 Weeks to a Better Me, and I usually start a new challenge to build upon previous challenges, and I’ve been posting an update every Sunday. You also may have noticed that I haven’t posted updates the last three Sundays.
Since my next challenge is to start working out 3x/week, I knew I wouldn’t be starting that up while visiting family! It’s hard enough forcing myself to work out when I’m home, and it’s nearly impossible to find the motivation when I’m staying in someone else’s home. So I had already planned on basically taking a week off of the challenge. That’s the beauty of blogging, it’s very flexible!
I fully intended to pick up my challenge this week and send out my update on Monday as usual, but life has its way of taking us by surprise, doesn’t it?
We got home Friday evening, and although I’d felt completely fine all week at my in-laws’ house, I woke up at 3 am with an intensely painful sore throat. Saturday I was fully sick and miserable, running a fever and suffering with the accompanying chills and aches. Sunday my fever was gone, but my sore throat was still just as bad.
On Monday, I went to the doctor to check for strep, since I still had a sore throat. I was also becoming congested and starting to cough at that point. However, the rapid strep test came back negative and the doctor didn’t think it looked like strep to send for a culture.
It’s just a bad virus, in the middle of summer.
This sickness was no joke – after the sore throat began to ease up, it moved into my sinuses and my ear, causing the worst sinus pain I’ve ever experienced and an earache to top it off. I’m not usually a whiny person, but I’ll admit it straight up, I was whining about this sickness! (I also cried a few times. No lie. I was super miserable.)
On one of my worst days, I was bemoaning to my husband how I never get sick, I have such a strong immune system, it should be illegal for moms to get sick…and so on. But then I remembered this is the second time this summer that I’ve gotten sick! Back in June, my family took a little vacation to the Oregon coast. By the last couple days, I started getting sick, and by the time we were heading home, I was feeling awful.
After this trip ended with me getting sick AGAIN, I began wondering if there’s a common theme here… Every time I travel for longer than a few days, I end up sick. In trying to figure out why this occurs, I thought of some things that I struggle with every time we travel.
1) I don’t get enough sleep.
In most trips, my kids (especially my baby) don’t sleep great, and therefore I don’t sleep great. But instead of trying to sleep in or take a nap to make up for the lost sleep, I usually still get up as early – or earlier! – than my normal routine, resulting in quite a bit of lost sleep.
I actually enjoy getting up early (my night-owl family thinks I’m crazy for this!) because I find the early-morning quiet to be so peaceful, and sleeping in makes me feel like I’ve wasted so much of the day. Additionally, I just don’t sleep well in a strange bed, so it usually seems easier to me to just give up and get up, rather than try getting a few more minutes of sleep.
2) I make poor food choices.
I’m sure I’m not alone on this! It’s easy to go a little crazy when shopping for snacks for a road trip, and usually NONE of the snacks are healthy. Chips, crackers, cookies, candy. None of it is good and I end up feeling so blah the whole trip because of it.
Then when we get to our destination, we usually eat out a lot, or when we stay at my mother-in-law’s house, I just nibble on junk food all day.
3) I drink way too much coffee.
I know, I know, is there really such a thing as too much coffee? Normally, I would say no, but when I’m away from home, I tend to increase my coffee just to make up for my lost sleep, which isn’t exactly healthy. So even if I have a chance to take a nap while the kids nap, there’s no way I’d be able to sleep because I’m so hyped up on caffeine!
We also go through drive-thru coffee stands a LOT while traveling, and I almost always order some sort of sugary drink – caramel macchiato, yum… Just a little more sugar on top of the cookies and junk food I’ve been eating!
4) I’m not as active as normal.
When I’m away from home, I have to admit, I enjoy the lack of chores! The whole point of getting away is to relax, right? But usually, sitting around doing nothing makes me feel worse. I lose energy and motivation, and all I want to do is continue sitting around doing nothing (and probably the lack of sleep and poor eating habits contributes to this as well).
And at my in-laws’ house it’s even worse. At least on our coast vacation we were doing some activities, like making treks down to the beach. At my husband’s mom’s house, the majority of my activity occurs when my toddler climbs through the dog door and I have to chase him down before he wanders too far!
All of these things made me realize something…
I have not been making my health a priority.
Especially while traveling, but even at home, I let the day-to-day stuff get in the way of taking proper care of myself. I choose to wake up early just for the sake of waking up early, whether I’ve gotten 7-8 hours of sleep or not. I choose to grab an unhealthy snack because fruits and vegetables just don’t taste as good. I choose to stay up too late scrolling through Facebook, instead of going to sleep early enough to ensure a good night’s rest.
These are choices I make, and they have been affecting my health without me even realizing it!
At home I scrape by simply because we have our routines and schedules in place. I can get by without as much sleep. Sure, I’ve noticed I feel tired a lot, but don’t all moms of young children?? Yeah, my energy is lacking, but I’ve always been a low-energy person. Another cup of coffee should take care of it!
But here’s the deal. I don’t want to “scrape by” any longer. I want to have energy, and feel rested when I wake up (because I actually got enough sleep!), and feel good about my food and drink choices. Because ultimately, I know this will help me better fulfill my calling to be a wife and mom.
I am committing to myself to take better care of my health.
I definitely don’t want to get this sick again if I can prevent it!
Now, making healthy choices is… well, it’s hard. We all know that. But what’s hardest for me is figuring out what step to take. It’s all well and good to say “I want to be healthy!” but when it comes to actually doing that, it is downright overwhelming! (Please tell me I’m not the only one who struggles with this?!)
I just heard about a new set of resources called the “Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle”, which is a collection of ebooks, ecourses, workbooks, printables, and more. It covers topics such as hormone balance, gut health, getting fit and losing weight, grain- and gluten-free diets, DIY beauty products, natural cleaning, keto diet, paleo diet, raising healthy kids, and so much more. I am so, so excited about all of the goodies in it! (The image below shows a little sneak peek at the bundle and some of the bonuses included!)
I actually almost got chills when I got the email about it, because I had just sent a text to my husband saying “Once I start feeling better, I am getting healthy and taking better care of myself. I don’t want to get this sick again.” But I really didn’t know what I needed to do. This bundle looks like an answer to my prayers!
The bundle isn’t available yet, but it will get released September 20th (and will only be available until the 25th!) and you better believe I will be buying it for myself as soon as I can!! I am beyond ready to start taking care of my health!
I just wanted to give you a heads up in case this bundle sounds interesting to you, so you can plan or budget for it. These bundles usually run around $30, but they are worth thousands. I’ve bought the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle the last 2 years and will buy them every year they offer them, because they put so much quality content in them! Definitely well worth the money. I’m excited to try a new bundle out!
I am still recovering from this crazy sickness, but thankfully I’m about 90% better…. which is good, because now my husband and baby are sick and I have to take care of them! (And thank goodness I made a bunch of freezer crockpot meals earlier this month, they were a lifesaver these last couple weeks!)
I should be getting back to my normal blogging schedule soon. Thank you for being patient with me!
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