A year ago I was ready to lose the last few pounds that were hanging on and I thought for sure by now they would be gone. The good news is that I didn’t gain any weight this past year. The fact that I maintained my weight for a year is huge for me. The last time I maintained my weight for that length of time was the year I got married. The bad news is that a health issue has caused me to have to put my workouts on hold for a while. I really should learn to listen to my body instead of ignoring what seems like really nothing. Sometime last year I started having a strange symptom. I honestly didn’t think much of it except that it was strange and I had never experienced anything like it before. My trainer had me doing walking lunges with dumbbells when all of a sudden I get this jolt of pain I had never felt before. I’ll spare you all the details but basically it felt like I had pulled a muscle in a place no woman should ever feel she has pulled a muscle. Yeah there. So I continued to have this symptom for a few months but it was so random and infrequent I still just kept brushing it off. That is until this past August. Right about the time the kids started back to school it started to hurt really bad. I would be doing the mildest thing like walking in the mall or grocery shopping and BAM! jolt of pain again! I mean seriously what the heck?! I had done nothing that I could think of that was causing the strange pain. So in October I finally went to the doctor. To make a long story short I found out the cause of the pain was uterine prolapse. Finally we have an answer to the madness! So after discussing options with my doctor and going over some other issues I was having we decided it was best for me to have a total laparoscopic hysterectomy. To avoid any confusion this is the removal of the uterus and cervix only, the ovaries will stay. Before I go any further let me say I am 10000% fine with this! The reaction I get from people, while I can understand to a point, ranges from “I’m so sorry,” or “I hate that for you.” There is no reason to feel sorry for me! I have been blessed to have three kids and we decided after the last one that we were done. My husband got”fixed” to make sure there were no surprises in the future. As far as I’m concerned this is just another form of birth control. The best part…well ladies you can figure that one out! 😉
So here I am two days after my surgery. The surgery itself went great with no complications. The anesthesia caused me to be a bit nauseated and eventually sick later on that day but everything else went great. My appetite is slowly coming back and my head has hurt for two days, but I am getting around pretty well. I’m not in any pain what so ever from the surgery, just a little sore. I am however VERY tired, it’s hard to stay away for long. Other than that all is good! I hate being down for 6 weeks but it is what it is.
My health commitment for this year starts with listening to what my body is trying to tell me. I also commit to going back to working out the moment I am cleared after my surgery. By the way, you have NO IDEA how hard not working out is for me! I miss it so much! I hate the way I feel when I don’t workout. I also miss my crossfit buddies!
I commit this year to eat more natural and organic foods. I started this past week cleaned out the fridge and the pantry. During the holidays I tend to relax a bit more when it comes to eating healthy. I restocked with fruits, veggies, organic milk, which we already drink, and water. I did not buy any cookies, chips, sodas, juice, or bread. I really thought the kids were going to be mad when they woke up the next morning, but to my surprise they haven’t seem to miss the junk. Maybe they were getting tired of it too?! The teenager wasn’t mad, but did make the comment “there’s nothing to eat in this house.” No, there is plenty to eat in this house, just not the junk you’re used to! I’ve tried to go strictly paleo and I’m honestly not sure that is for me. It’s super hard when you are married and have kids to expect everyone to eat a certain way, especially when you have such picky eaters…my husband being the worst! LOL If I can get them to just eat better then my goal has been accomplished!
Finally I commit to relax more. I believe this is something every mom should make time for. Whether it’s a massage, a pedicure, shopping, hanging with friends, or just being alone, it doesn’t matter, just make time for yourself! You will be much happier and your family will to! 🙂
What is your health commitment this year?
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