So I got something in my inbox this morning from Pinterest: the "30 Day Blog Challenge."As I've been "blog challenged" these past several months, I thought I'd take advantage of some of the suggestions on the list of blog topics. The first one is "Discuss your current relationship." I've been happily married to my high school sweetheart/best friend for 25 years. We've been together now for 33 years. Maybe someday I'll write a post about how we've stuck together for so long and overcome different obstacles, but for now, and because my blog (sort of) focuses on my writing AND my relationship with food and body image, I'm going to discuss my relationship with the latter.
I turned 50 in February, and maybe that sparked something in me. I'm happy to report that my relationship with food and my self-image is currently in a good place. I've struggled with these issues for YEARS, but that's not a word I'd use to describe how I feel at the moment.
I began seeing a holistic nurse practitioner in February. I love her. She actually listened to my concerns about my health and weight, and ran a slew of blood work my previous doctor refused to order. This was also the same doctor who, when I complained about not being able to lose weight no matter what I did or how hard I exercised, said, "When women hit middle age, the fat becomes like cement." Thanks!
When the blood work results came back, my suspicions of being insulin resistant were confirmed. The nurse practitioner prescribed a medication to help the cells of my body respond more appropriately to insulin. I've since cut back on a lot of sugar and carbs. I've been exercising regularly and I've lost 12 pounds. I'm feeling healthy and more energetic, just better overall. And these changes I've made are not drastic. They're ones I can stick to, and they haven't triggered my eating disorder. I've even started back to Jazzercise, something I did in college and throughout my 20's. I never thought I'd find my way back to working out with a bunch of women in a workout studio.
I've fallen off of my meditation schedule, but I'm trying to get back to meditating every day. Meditation has helped in so many ways. It has improved relationships in my life, and it has helped me maintain focus on what's truly important.
If anyone is reading this...is there an important relationship in your life you'd like to comment on or discuss?? I hope this post finds you happy and healthy!
Til next time...whenever that may be....