I feel as though I start off each year with the same goal in mind: GET HEALTHY! In fact, I push it on Colby all year. “You have to get healthy, stay healthy, and live forever.” This is what I tell him often because, well, I want him to live forever. Plain and simple. But, in pushing him to get healthy, I am admittedly terrible at self-care.
Health Is More Than A Number
This year though, I feel like things changed. Losing my mom changed my perspective on a lot of things, especially my health. I realize how much I need to be here for my children and how important it is to take care of myself. The week after my mom passed, we had to rush our oldest daughter to the ER due to unbearable pain. She was terrified it was going to be something horrific—having just lost her only grandmother to cancer—and it took all we had to stay calm. It turned out to be a ruptured ovarian cyst. Not ideal, but better than a terminal disease.
A month or so later, I was the one in the ER due to unexplained bleeding. The practitioner there led me to believe I was dying, Y’all. We literally left there and drove straight to our church to pray. Once I was able to get into see my regular Gynecologist, I was assured I did not have cancer and I was going to be fine. The only thing he “unofficially” diagnosed me with was cancerphobia. I had to admit he was right. After watching my mom fade away, it’s definitely become my biggest fear for myself and those close to me.
This is why health is so much more than a number. It’s more than just a number on a scale or the number of calories on a plate. It’s more than a pant size or number of hours spent at the gym. It goes much further beyond that. It IS about taking care of your body, knowing your body, and not comparing yourself to everyone else. Your body, your story, is different than anyone else’s. For me, that means understanding that my body is not my mom’s body.
Fortunately, I still have the time to make a concerted effort to take control of my health. To pay attention to my body in terms of food intake and exercise. The Nokia Body+ scale is helping by giving me numbers that matter when it comes to my health: weight, body fat & water percentage, plus muscle & bone mass. Paired with the Health Mate app, I am able to see what works and stay focused on my goal. It helps to keep your eye on the big picture so as to not get discouraged and to keep pushing forward. My big picture? To be here for my kids.
How are you focusing on your health this year?
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