Me in my Batman shirt I love wearing to work! People looked at me in and would say "Oh you workout?!?" and I would say back yes then look at the shirt and realize it was a joke about the shirt. People don't normally walk around saying that to others lol. But yes this is me almost 8 years after I reached my healthier self and 9 years since I started.
And I have a Superman and other superhero shirts I get to wear to work as part of the summer reading program theme and well I just like them and keep wearing them.
I have slowed down a bit in the last 2 years or so. Not so many miles running anymore but still doing about a 2 hour workout lifting/running/swimming 5 times a week as I make the time to do so. Part of my day and week now and I look forward to it and feel blessed that I still can. Eating I just make sure I get my balance of needed foods in a day. But with both my eating and exercise I no longer worry so much or get mad/sad/worked up when I miss something or whatever. Just shrug it off and keep living. As a great person I know once said "If you getting a speeding ticket does that mean you go out and break all the rest of the laws the rest of the day!?!?". Just all part of life, the change and adapting and working with it to see how great life is and how special we all are for having it.
And I have issues physically that challenge me daily. Tennis elbow now off and on for 3 years, and no I do not play tennis. Seen doctors and therapist about it and it still is something I have to work with and around. Stomach issues more and more. Can no longer eat gluten, dairy, oats, grapes, melons, soda, juice and many other things. This is largely hereditary since my mother has many of the same issues but they are still no fun. So it causes me to adapt and cut out these and add and find new ones.
Glad I am no longer hiding behind my eating, working out and so many other things. Try to keep my mind and body at peace and happy. Loving myself is ongoing but it is another thing I do not worry about but build up and adapt more every day. Try to pass this along to my family as well, especially with a 13 year old daughter and an 11 year old daughter. Self esteem, self image and all of that is something they are starting to deal with and notice more and more every day and I want them to feel good about themselves and all that they do. I may be very stern at times but at the same time I let them know I love them and know they are smart and beautiful. Letting them grow, live and learn is hard but fun at the same time.
As for my 5 year old son, well he is growing up way to fast as well and might even be my height and size. He has his own challenges as well to deal with and understand. As a parent I have found it so very important to understand what is going on over addressing the surface issue. With my oldest and youngest they have needed special help and teaching to keep up with what is expected of them in school and in life. Understanding these now helps them now but much more later. Just like the journeys we all take in getting healthy. We learn that just doing one thing or another is not going to help for long term but only get us past for a short time. The long term effects and life is from understanding ourselves and maintaining a happy balance of our lives as a whole.
Child is not learning, Why? Can they understand what they are reading? Can they read? Can they write? Do they have the fine motor skills to even properly hold a pencil? Sometimes we have to keep digging and asking before we actually get to real issue or issues. Same cycle can happen anywhere in any part of our lives. I am unhealthy, Why? Because I am sad, Why? Because I am unloved, Why? Because I feel or am alone, Why? Because I am ugly and nobody would want me, Why? Started in school with mean kids. And it goes on and on.
Need to change the cycle so that people feel open to explore and also not see things as negative but see the good and what it takes to love one's self. Do not get down on ourselves, beat ourselves up mentally and physically. Se the good in life and all that we do. Accept our flaws and and weaknesses but do not let them rule us or hide behind them either. But just live. No regrets, look forward and learn from the past.
Ok everyone plan a vacation and make it happen!