Note: This is the third in a series of posts from sunny Florida. Yup, I’m in Florida on a self-imposed respite and retreat to focus on getting healthy — mentally and physically. Hopefully it works!
This Florida escape of mine might have been spurred on by a change of meds that caused my body and mind to respond in a variety of unappealing ways, but if I’m to be honest, my body has needed a healthy makeover for quite some time. That was made even clearer after a recent visit to the gynecologists, were concerns of my rapid weight gain were discussed and a blood test revealed my cholesterol was borderline.
What have I been doing to my body the past few years?
Well, let me give you an idea.
I won’t tell you my weight (now that’s taking this blogging honesty a little too far), but I will tell you:
- A recent log in to my Fitbit (the first since September), revealed that in the past six months I had gained 10 POUNDS!
- I had to lose approximately 7-10 to be at my feel-good weight in September.
- I am 43 pounds heavier than I was my senior year of college, and the exact same weight I was when PREGNANT WITH MY TWINS.
- I am 48 pounds heavier than I was when I got pregnant with my 13 year old, but that was too thin, so not a great gauge by which to weigh myself, but some valuable information.
- A year and a half ago (during the summer) I went off my medication for three months, ate a whole foods diet, and exercised like a madwoman.
- I dropped 12 pounds.
- Only to gain it back within three weeks when the school year began and our normal schedule resumed.
- In the past year, I have gone up almost two pant sizes and wear nothing but yoga pants and two pairs of jeans that fit me nicely, because I have refused to purchase anything in this new size and everything else results in a major muffin top and a wedgie that would need forceps to remove.
- Despite 15 hours of sleep a day (depression will do that to you) I have ever-present black circles under my eyes and no energy to exercise, at all!
- In the past year I have been battling with facial rashes of unknown origin and seem to have developed allergies to all sorts of skin products, resulting in a search for organic and all-natural facial products to combat this problem. (I have yet to find a favorite, so if you have any suggestions, comment away below).
- I have not been eating a lot, but what I have been putting into my body when I feel like eating has included coffee with my favorite vanilla creamer; crackers; cheese; fruit and a vegetable or two; some sort of protein with dinner (but rarely lean); and wine.
Needless to say, there was some room for change. So here’s what’s happening.
Before coming to Florida I already had drastically cut down on my alcohol consumption due to the change in medicine (I had been drinking a little more wine than usual during the fall to try and combat some of the obsessions and depression. Yeah, I didn’t think that one through did I?), but since I’ve been here I’ve had a glass and a half of wine and one Super Bowl Twisted Tea (just a regular Twisted Tea consumed while watching the Super Bowl. Yay Pats!).
I have walked approximately 10 miles, soaked up some much-needed Vitamin D; engaged in some meditation, gentle yoga, and psychotherapy via Facetime; gotten plenty of sleep; relaxed with a couple of movies; I’m doing a lot of healthy living type reading (via a number of blogs) and I have begun to switch back over to eating more whole foods via the Digest Diet, the same plan I used a year and a half ago, and which I plan to find a way to better maintain at home.
Oh, and I’ve accepted my current weight, pant size and bulging belly, and I’ve purchased a couple of pairs of super-comfy Columbia shorts in my new “2 sizes up” size. And I love them.
And it all seems to be working and is having a positive impact on my physical well-being, which in turn benefits my mental health.
I’ve dropped four pounds, I’m more creative than ever, and my digestive system (which was slightly compromised with the new meds) is working like a charm.
My sleep has been slightly interrupted and I have been having some head, neck and shoulder pain, but I think I am going to try and remedy that with a massage at some point and by purchasing some essential oils at Fresh Market today (definitely lavendar for sleep and peppermint for the headaches, and maybe some vanilla to mix with the lavendar; and something in the citrus category to boost my energy and alertness.
In a few minutes I’m going to shut down the computer, enjoy a smoothie and take a bike ride, before heading to Fresh Market. If the sun decides to show it’s self, I will do some napping and reading with it shining down on me.
And I will begin to make a plan for how I will manage all these aspects of my life when I get home and am thrown back into the tornado that is three active teenagers, a house, a growing website/business, a husband, and … REAL LIFE.
For I know these few days of respite and relaxation are a gift. I am going to savor and make use of every minute of it.