I’m aware it’s not Friday! I haven’t gone crazy (yet) I’m just setting my intentions for the upcoming week. If you didn’t already know, I am the flakiest person with absolutely everything. Mostly because I find it absolutely impossible to make a decision and stick to it.
But I have to stop being so flaky with my health and commit to healthy eating, exercising regularly and reducing my stress levels. Sleeping better would be good too, but I’m realistic. The gym is not a miracle worker. Plus, I think the last one will be the hardest as a single parent, but I have to do it. I’d like to be a good role model.
People who have changed their lives, in whatever direction, often say that they receive a warning that shocks them. And I’ve had my warning.
A recent routine visit to my doctors has shown that there is an issue with my health. It’s not a life threatening issue. Yet. If untreated, it could lead to potentially life threatening conditions. And it’s that yet that frightens me. Even I, with my limited understanding of the human body, knew that there was a reason that the doctor called me back in after my recent series of blood tests. That’s frightening to see.
I’ve mentioned before when I wrote about grieving for my mum, that I’m not frightened about dying. In fact, I look forward to seeing her again one day. I am most anxious about leaving my daughters behind, and the legacy that I leave for them. This has prompted me to act.
So, I’m still going to have my makeup posts and all the other posts that I have here sharing my random crazy thoughts with the world, but I’m making every Friday ‘Fitness Friday’. This means that every Friday, I’m going to post a short recap of all the steps that I’ve taken to improve my health and fitness. I will talk about my workouts, share meals I’ve had and if I can rope her in, share a fitness fact from my health-nut personal trainer sister! I need to be accountable to someone else to make my work on this.
This is my first week and I have to say, I’m so grateful for the support of everyone in my personal life with this challenge. (Is it a challenge? Or a change in lifestyle? Calling it a challenge make sure it seem like a game and this is serious.)
My sister has been an invaluable source of information about exercise and nutrition, for which I’m extremely grateful. My dad is my babysitter for my gym sessions and my friends have been great and just listening to me talk about it – no judgement. I can’t deny that The Boy has also been great at helping to distract me, True Blood marathons in the evening are very helping to avoid snacking.
I never anticipated having to think so carefully about my health in my thirties. My SVT diagnosis started it off and it’s an ever present concern now. But it’s never too late to make a change. Wish me luck and look out for future Fitness Friday updates and as my sister pointed out – accountability and blogging about my fitness plan is a good idea as long as it doesn’t become a creative writing exercise!
Do you have any fitness tips to help me? How do you look after your health?