You have to know when I have my Going Out Shirt™ on, things are looking up.
My health and well-being check-in looks like this: my knee is no longer swollen thanks to the miracle of cortisone and a ginormous needle pointed directly into said knee. I’m starting some physical therapy to help support my knee and it turns out my butt is the problem. What? I always thought it was one of my best assets!
Yes. That was two ass jokes in a row. God, I’m good.
Anyhoo… in spite of the fact that cardio-based exercise has been mostly off the menu for the past 60 days, I continue to plow ahead with my self-care and guess what? It’s working.
What do I mean by working? I mean that I am working.
I’m working every day to connect to the following question: what will heal and fuel my body? And even though I have gone through many ups and downs over the years with this whole thing, it feels different right now. Maybe it’s because I’m older and connected to the fact that my body will only serve me if I serve it. That’s a whole different perspective, you know?
I’m embracing a lower-carb diet and mostly abstaining from things that trigger my junk food cravings, i.e. red wine. Honestly? I was tapping into that cheap red wine at the end of a work day more and more and realized I was having it for two reasons: 1) to check out briefly from my life, and 2) to justify potato chips.
Those aren’t reasons that support my health and well-being goals.
A reduction in carbs has lead to me leaning into a more ketogenic approach, as well as incorporating some 16/8 intermittent fasting, which I find to be a great fit for me. It’s not going to be a good fit for everyone. Part of this process is figuring out what will work for you and if that ain’t working, try something else.
Sure, it feels great to fit into clothes that were just gathering dust in my closet. It was nice to run into a neighbor at the grocery store and have him say, “You look good. Have you lost weight?”
But the actual health and well being of my cells and tissues is more important that what my ass looks like in these stretchy Hue jeggings.
Yes. I’m 53 and I own jeggings. Why the hell not?
I feel like having high blood pressure last fall was a very positive thing for me. It woke me up. It showed me that I need to do my part in this whole thing. True, genetics and family history will have a say in all of it, but if I’m not showing up and doing my part, it sure won’t get any easier.
I don’t know why it has taken me so long to really see this.
Last month, I went to visit my folks in Nevada after my Dad took a helluva fall and broke his femur and his hip. What impressed me was two things: 1) how incredibly capable my 84-year-old mother is to handle a crisis, and 2) what a fantastically positive attitude my 85-year-old father has in all of this.
He’s now walking with a cane and they told him he’d be in rehab for up to 3 months. He was out in three weeks. I’m sorry, but that’s a totally badass move in my book.
I am inspired by the fact that life is going to hand what it’s going to hand to you and most often, the only thing you have any influence over is your response.
Don’t give up on your self-care goals.
Stay gold, Pony Boys… and Girls.
Until next month…
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