New Years is just around the corner. I am not a “let’s make a resolution” kind of gal. History is proof that it never works out so the effort is pointless. This voice inside my head is causing me to pause and reconsider. I need 2017 to be different.
It has been such a long time since I have looked in the mirror and liked what I saw. These last 2 years have been spent either pregnant or grieving and depressed. Neither of those things are kind. When I see my reflection, it makes me sad. It is just one more thing I don’t recognize about my life.
There is a saying that you can’t pour from an empty cup. Meaning you must care for yourself before you can care for others. I’m not sure I remember the feeling of being a good mother. Of being able to go above and beyond. This last year I lost more than my son. I lost a big piece of myself. Nothing is as it should be. Most days I am in survival mode. I want more.
My hope is that gaining control of my health will cause a domino effect. That once I begin to like the person I see in the mirror again. To feel better. That I will take one step closer to happy. At least feeling more accepting of this life that I am left with.
This journey is one I won’t take alone. We plan to do this as a family. So we are calling it our Get Healthy Challenge.
Get Healthy Challenge Guidelines: (at least initially)
- Increase our water intake. We will each target 8-8 ounce cups of water per day (64 ounces).
- Activity targets of 30 minutes per day at least 5 days per week.
- Goal of eating at home allowing only 3x per week to eat out.
I anticipate these guidelines will change and possibly grow as we develop new habits. We also plan to be kind to ourselves as we build up knowing it won’t be easy at the beginning. I will be going back to wearing my Fitbit to hold myself accountable to steps. Then we will see what works and modify as needed.
If you need some accountability, feel free to join us. I’m hoping that by doing this as a family we will have success. What are your goals for 2017?