365 Days Ago: Driving was impossible. Sitting, standing, walking and even lying down caused excruciating pain. I could barely get in and out of the shower or bed without sheer agony. I wasn’t on pain medication only OTC medication. My tailbone felt like it was going to explode at any given moment. I truly didn’t know that level of pain before in my life.
Day 14: Get Moving Paradise!
When I think about last year at this time, I am so grateful to be here still and for the friends and family who helped me. I think about how far I have come with love, support and prayers. Driving, sitting, standing, showering, walking is all easy now. I was so certain I had reached the end of my time on earth, but thankfully God had different plans. Now I can’t let Him down can I?
God doesn’t give us illnesses, ailments or other things. These things just happen for whatever reason. Do we really need a reason? It just is. Whatever “it” is in our lives, the power it has is the power we choose to give it. Nothing more. Nothing less. (If you are sputtering the words, “but, but, but” right now, you may be giving it more power than it deserves.)
Sometimes we use these things as excuses not to do or be what God intended. Just ask me…I’ve mastered that over the last 16 years. Other times, we choose to be victims. Thankfully, that I am not. Other times, we just lose ourselves in our disease and it becomes our identity. I struggled with this at times over the last 16 years.
At the best of times, we use it as a catapult right into a better place, a healthier place, a place where we choose to live consciously without excuses, no matter how hard the change may be. A place where we LIVE life fully and completely without abandon. That is where I am right now.
This is my fourth chance at life. Fifth, if you add in my original shot at birth. I can’t just sit around and not accomplish anything anymore. God has plans for me. I have no idea what they are right now. Maybe it is to be a great GREAT Aunt to Braeden and Jamie. Maybe it is to help one person through this blog. Maybe it is teach people about food as medicine and naturopathic medicine. Maybe it is just to truly live life from a conscious, connected, real place with my husband and two dogs. I don’t know. I don’t need to know. Does it matter as long as I am truly living?
It is time to get moving and stop being so damn lazy! Yes, I said damn and lazy. Today Jeff and I joined a gym. I am not sure if he will go, but I will. I commit to a minimum of three times a week to start plus my Thursday night yoga class. I have a gym buddy. Jenny. My new Delaware friend. We have agreed to keep each other accountable. I can’t wait to tell her tomorrow I really did join and will hold her to her word!
Do you find yourself talking about exercising, but not doing it? Do you talk about wanting to eat, look or feel differently, but don’t do anything about it? Are you struggling with a disease that has become your identity and you don’t know who you are without it? I challenge you to STOP what you are doing right now and figure out just ONE thing you can do differently to take back control and move in the right direction for your health. Is it your eating habits, exercise habits, thinking habits? Whatever it is, it can be changed. You just have to decide. Reach out. Ask a friend for help. Ask me. I am here. We are in this together.
Let’s get healthy together by this time next year. I’m not going to lie. It will be hard. This isn’t easy for me. Do what I did at first. Think about your family. If you can’t do it for yourself, do it for them. They don’t want to lose you before your time. As the metamorphosis takes place in your life, you will begin to do it for you. For now do it for them if that is what motivates you to get moving and make a change.
What change are you going to make today to a healthier you?