getting healthy

Like lots of Moms, I run around at 100 mph attempting to balance two kids, a husband, 2 dogs, a full time job, a monster of paperwork sent from the schools each & every d#mn day, dinner time, making lunches, sports practices, laundry, dirty toilets, rock climbing classes, getting something in their bellies before school, DVR’d shows that have to be watched….

You get it. But do you struggle like me? Do you slow down? Do you eat healthy? Do you find time for yourself? Do you feel like there are so many things you should be doing, changes you need to make, but don’t?

This afternoon I have to get on a treadmill (will I even recognize what that is??!!), get all hooked up, run some tests and make sure all’s good with my ticker. We have family history, but I’m young so I expect my ticker to be all good. Admittedly, I’m still kinda nervous and ready to hear the words “All’s good with your ticker.” (Doctor’s gonna call it my ticker right??)

But I don’t take care of myself. I don’t eat healthy. I don’t find much time for myself. Some friends and I joke that our conversations are now all about “oh crap, my back hurts!” “my knees are so sore!” “why am I short of breath going up the stairs?” We laugh that we are getting old.

The joking stops when I hear of an old friend diagnosed with cancer. The joking stops when I read about someone my age with young kids dropping dead. I don’t want to have to get slapped in the face with some horrible health issue before I make a change. I have the ability to make the change NOW. So why can’t I? Why is it so hard?

What’s it gonna take for me to slow down, change my diet and get healthier? I’m not a slow person, I’m afraid of the kitchen, I don’t run. I need to make some changes. What’s it gonna take?