Monday, May 20, 2013

A better me

I am a slacker.

Well, no, not really, I’m constantly busy doing a million different things, but typically those things are for other people.

I am a slacker when it comes to taking care of me.

I think, as moms, wives, shucks, just as WOMEN, we do this a lot to ourselves. We put so many other things in front of doing what we could to be good to ourselves.

My area of weakness? Personal health. Eating well, physical activity, generally taking care of myself physically.

I’m somewhat spoiled, because I’ve always been slender, and always been able to essentially eat what I want without gaining weight. That holds true for the most part now, as well, but what I’m noticing? Softness where I’d rather be firm. Weakness where I once was strong. Getting tired faster, where I was previously able to just keep going.

Part of this ties back to a back injury I had a few years ago. I had been in a really good place physically before that, but when I ruptured a disk, my whole world changed. Now, my core is weak (although better than it was), my upper body strength has faded, and I’m generally feeling pretty wimpy.

I don’t like it. I also have to recognize that it will not correct itself. 3 Musketeers bars and Cherry Cokes to survive a bad day won’t help. *DO NOT BE ALARMED. THIS IS NOT ABOUT TO BECOME A CRAZY FITNESS BLOG.* Why not? Because I’m realistic. Because I’m not a crazy fitness person. Because I’m a person who has days where a 3 Musketeers and a Cherry Coke may be my only lifeline to sanity. I don’t like to work out. I see people running, and I’m one of the ones who think “Only if I am being chased, and am certain that being caught will end up really bad.”  I don’t mind eating healthy, and that’s easier for me in the summer as fresh foods abound, but I love me some potato chips.

I also love being able to keep up with my kids, and going non-stop at the amusement park. I love feeling ok in a pair of shorts. I don’t love looking in the mirror and realizing that I have a muffin top. So, time to fix it. It’s time to work on being a better, healthier me. Not fixated on health, but refocused. Making choices based on what’s right, not what’s easy, and taking some time for me.

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