Health and Wellness

Staying on track when things go wrong.

2017 has been the year of health problems for me. Let’s recap for a moment what this year has been like for me so far…

  • Early January: Sinus infection.
  • Late January: got a parasite from water (or something) in Mexico.
  • Early February: Went to Japan. Thankfully not too many issues there, but definitely pushed my still recovering from parasite-self a bit too much because I wanted to spend every day running around Japan and not laying in bed.
  • Late February: Got the flu. This time, accompanied by chest, sinus, and ear infection.
  • Mid-April: After battling some general lethargy, ended up getting a virus that caused a bad sore throat, which became a secondary sinus infection. Joy.
  • Recovered from that, but just last weekend ended up in the urgent care with a sore, half closed up throat. Cause still pending (it’s not strep, we know that…possibly allergies).
  • Oh yeah, and I just had the first of two appointments to get a crown at the dentist the other day, because why not add a little mouth pain to the mix?

So, needless to say, it’s been a rough year as far as health problems are concerned. I don’t seem to be alone, either. Everybody seems to be dropping like flies this year and seemingly everything is going around.

Still, I want to be dedicated to weight loss and health and fitness. I want to feel good. I want to eat healthy food. I want to work out. Sometimes it becomes tough when you’re stuck just “resting” all the time. That’s when I get bummed out and end up doing things like eating an entire pizza, allowing your husband to bring you nachos, and going a little too hard on the box of cookies. Yes, these things have all happened recently. The whole pizza brought me extra shame.

One of the things that I need to work on is keeping my motivation and discipline when things aren’t going well. When things are going well, I tend to do well. When I’m healthy and happy, it’s no sweat to meal prep, pass up entire pizzas, and get my butt moving. When things aren’t going so well? That’s more of a challenge.

One of the things I’ve decided to do, and I think it’s such an important thing…is to forgive myself for these moments of weakness. Instead, I choose to acknowledge that these things happened and move on with my life. I choose to celebrate the small victories. Let’s take a moment to go over those small victories for a moment:

  • Last week I worked out three times.
  • I’ve been consistent with my shakeology breakfasts, which are working well for me to curb my hunger until lunchtime (it’s the after work nom noms I have an issue with).
  • I’ve been checking in daily with my challenge group, which has been amazingly supportive and motivating.
  • I didn’t go out to Cinco de Mayo the other night when I was invited because I knew it would be a night of all the cheese and margaritas.
  • I used my stand up desk yesterday and it felt good. Must make a habit out of it.
  • For those meals that weren’t total disasters, I’ve actually been eating well. Lots of veggies and lean meats, so good nutrition.

See? It’s not all bad. I can always improve. What’s important is to move forward even when there are setbacks. I’m hoping this time will be the end of the endless sicknesses. I don’t know that it will be, but whatever happens, I’ll continue to focus on my health.

What small victories do you have to celebrate? Have you had any challenges lately that have held you back on your own health journey?

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