[Continuing to come clean with a few areas of my life. Today I'm chatting about my body and some healthy habits I'd like to adopt this year.]
Recently on Instagram I saw a post from Jessi at Naptime Diaries where she mentioned that self-care was a big goal of hers for 2014.
As soon as I read those two words (or is it one since it has a hyphen?) I knew I was adding self-care to my list.
For so long I've measured my health on the look and size of my body -- the number on the scale, the number on the tag of my jeans. But there is so much that is lost when only using this one measurement.
That being said, there are so many factors that make me want to work on self-care this year. I'm all kinds of unhealthy.
I drink very little water. I eat very few fruits and vegetables. I hate exercising (and have no idea where I would find the time). I eat too much sugar and processed food. I have zero will power. If there's anything "bad" in the house my strategy is to eat it all in one day so it doesn't continue to tempt me. I bite my nails. I get too much sleep (don't hate me). I go to bed with my makeup on every single night. I barely have the energy to brush my teeth some nights, much less floss.
I am saying all of this to you today as a way to accept it and move forward.
At the end of December I was diagnosed with a thyroid condition and put on medicine. While the dosage is still being figured out, I am holding out great hope that this will go a long way in helping me feel better. For as long as I can remember, I've been tired. Just perpetually sleepy. I can literally take a nap at any moment. Yet come bedtime, I'm wide awake, tossing and turning, mind racing. This major fatigue, along with a few other symptoms, led me to go in for blood work, and sure enough...a malfunctioning thyroid. Please pray with me that my doctor can get my little thyroid back into shape. I don't want to sleep my life away (or spend my waking hours angry because I can't go back to bed).
Now I know this is a lofty goal. I would love to get healthier, take better care of myself, loose some weight -- but I am definitely not going to be following any sort of diet fad. [If it has a name, or a hashtag, blog, website, book, whatever, I am not going to do it. Just my personal belief.] But I am going to try to be more intentional with what I put in and on my body. This body is the only one I have and a lot of people depend on her. I owe it to her to give her the best.
I'd love to know: what do you do to take care of yourself? Any tips you have for an unhealthy girl like me?