Thursday, January 12, 2012

That's right.....I Quit with a capitol Q.

There aren't many things that I can say I've thrown in the towel over. It just isn't in my nature nor in my genes. I'm pretty stubborn for so many things.  Just look at my youngest daughter & you will probably see  many of my qualities.  Things that drive me crazy that I have to deal with her on each & every day.  She's strong willed & persistent.  Qualities that at her old age of 5 can be quite annoying to a parent but can be quite admirable in someone of an older age who knows how to use them correctly.  Well, I decided to take a lesson from my wonderful & spitfire of a child whom has been arguing with me for the last several weeks.  She seems to give me a break now & then with a few days where she'll do what is asked of her & then she's right back at making me earn my badges of motherhood.  She gave me an idea. Maybe I should just quit.  I can't quit being a mother but there is something that has been bothering me endlessly lately & maybe, just maybe if I used my persistence in a different way, perhaps I could accomplish something fabulous.  So I quit.....

I wanted to make this pregnancy different. I was at a different frame of mind when I found out I was pregnant. I was taking better care of myself & eating healthy & exercising.  Though I must say, I thought something was desperately wrong with me when I was having trouble completing my Turbo Fire workouts.  And then I discovered I was pregnant.  It started to make sense why I was so tired.  And then I had to quit the allergy medicine I was on because it was not safe to take for the baby.  I tried other kinds but one made me feel as though I had contracted Mono & the other did pretty much nothing except cost me money so I quit all allergy meds & tried to get along without them.  I was miserable because my allergies in the fall are horrendous.  I had little to no energy to complete my workouts let alone get my kids ready for school & be able to wash dishes or pick up things that were left laying around. I felt as though I was falling apart.  Unfortunately with 5 people in our family & months of this lack of energy, the cleanliness of our home fell FAR behind.  In fact, I'm still trying to catch it up & that was what, 6 months ago. haha  Sorry, I digress...I really thought since I was thinking about healthy habits that this pregnancy would be much different than the others.  I thought, just maybe I wouldn't gain an extraordinary amount of weight so it wouldn't take so long to get it off after the baby was born.  And then I did it, I let myself go. I let my old thinking take hold & I let my sugar desires & what's the use slip into my brain. I thought, what difference does it make if I have to take off so many pounds, I'm growing a baby.  Well, my body is crying at me right now for thinking that way.  I wish I would never have quit my healthy thinking & let old habits take over but I did & now its time to Quit that stinkin' thinkin' and get on with being healthier.  With my age (yep, I'm getting soooooooo old ROFL) being a factor in this pregnancy, I was concerned that maybe instead of eating so much sugary junk before the glucose test I took on Tuesday, that I might want to Quit the sugar so I wouldn't fail the test.  It's hard to bust a sugar habit but let me tell you, it feels OH SO GOOD to do it.  On Sunday I tried not to eat a ton of sugary stuff. I continued on Monday to make the same choices.  By Tuesday I thought I was home free & might have a little treat after the test but decided that since my mom had brought me some healthy wraps for lunch, I might as well keep it going.  So on Wed I passed up the sugary things, except a hot chocolate to warm me up, & skipped the candy bars & things lying around my kitchen.  Today was a little harder at night when I was feeling quite alone & thought I wanted something a little sweet but instead I just made myself a 2nd Shakeology drink to take care of the craving.  Much healthier, good for my digestive system & it will help fill the gaps of nutrients I'm lacking that are probably causing me to be tired.  By the time I was done with my shake I was happy that I had QUIT something.  Like I said, I'm not usually a quitter but this time, it was a great thing to quit the sugar.  Tomorrow I am planning to continue with healthy choices.  Perhaps down the road I might be able to have a small sweet treat.  By then, a small one will be all I need & I will actually enjoy it.  What drove me crazy the most about all this sweet eating I have done for the last few months was that no matter how much I seemed to crave it, no matter what sweets I chose to eat, it never really hit the spot.  I hated that.  I know why it didn't fill my need & even though I realized it at the time I was stuffing my face with those sweets, I never did a thing about it to change until I sat down in the word the other day & filled that need with God's love for me & his truths from the Bible.  I think that was the only reason I was able to get through these last several days of busting the sugar.  God's desire for me is good & making wise choices about my health are what is going to please him.  So instead of waiting until after I have this baby to make the next set of healthy changes, I've decided to quit the stinkin' thinkin' and do what I can with God's help to be healthy.  When I deliver this baby, I may not be in better shape than I was before I got pregnant but I sure won't be the same as I was even a month ago or in worse shape after leaving myself to go for 9 whole months.

I highly recommend that you quit doing things on your own & get some help.  Get some accountability in your life so that you can make it farther than you've ever made it before  If you'd like me to help with that accountability, I'd be happy to.  Now that its late, I must be heading to get some sweet sleep in order to make a healthy choice.  I've posted this before....the amount of sleep that a person gets can affect their weight loss & other issues with their health.  Be sure to make it a priority to get at least 7 good hours of sleep each night.  Some people require more.

I leave you with a few quotes.....

 "Change your thoughts and you change your world." -- Norman Vincent Peale

"If you don't do what's best for your body, you're the one who comes up on the short end." -Julius Erving

and finally....I talked about setting some new goals for the new year.  One of my goals is to make the last 3 months of my pregnancy with our sweet Sadie growing inside of me as healthy as I possibly can. Fitting some form of exercise in for 20 minutes, 4 times a week should be doable. (goals need to be measurable)  And I want to drink at least 1 L of water a day & work my way to at least 2L per day over the next few weeks.  And I will continue choosing less sugary foods to eat so that my body doesn't have to process so much that is not good for me.  What are your goals?  Are they measurable?

You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream. C.S. Lewis

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