Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Healthy and Happy and Link Party Announcement

It seems like I've been thinking a lot about my health lately.  This summer I've been feeling super-fatigued (that might explain the lack of projects lately).  I've been so tired that several times I've been afraid that I might fall asleep at the wheel in the middle of the day as I drive the girls around.  I've also gained a big amount of weight in a little amount of time.  I made an appointment with my doctor to get checked out.  I was kind of hoping something minor was wrong.  Nothing life-threatening, just something simple that could be fixed with popping a pill. 

Thankfully, all of the tests came back normal.  This led to my doctor (who I trust and highly respect) and I having a serious conversation about diet and lifestyle.  I'm at the point where I know I need to make changes to feel better.  She recommends eating at least 5 vegan meals per week and dramatically cutting back on sugars and gluten.  She recommended the books "The Blood Sugar Solution" by Mark Hyman and "Fast Track Detox" by Ann Louise Gittleman.   I've started both of the books and they are full of great information that I'm going to try to put into practice. 

 In order to keep myself accountable, share some healthy recipes, and so I can get great advice from all of YOU, I thought I would start a monthly link party called "Healthy and Happy."  The first party will be this Thursday.  I hope you will stop by and share some healthy tips with me!

In other health-related news....On Saturday, I had a BUSY day.  I started off the morning with a trail run with the dogs.  In the blazing 100 degree sun, we took a family hike.  I got to carry Mary for most of it.  Fun!!!

At least we got to see this cool lizard.  But then I started thinking about snakes and got freaked out.  I'm happy to report that no snakes were spotted.

To cap off the day, I played 2+ hours of tennis.  That night, I didn't feel so well.  I spent most of the night on the tile floor of the bathroom.  In the morning, I started mumbling nonsense about living in Cape Cod, fighting in World War II, and being killed by hitchhikers.  I couldn't keep down the tiniest ice chip or sip of water.  My husband decided it was time to take me to the hospital.

I got a few bags of IV fluid and antinausea medication and was sent home to recover.  Three days later and I'm FINALLY feeling better.  I was hoping some good might come from all of this misery.  Maybe I would at least lose a few pounds?  No such luck.  However, I did gain a true appreciation for my health. 

As women, we can be pretty critical of ourselves and especially our appearance.  I'm no stranger to complaining about being "too fat," "too lazy," "too short," etc.  Instead of focusing on these things, wouldn't it be wiser to focus on being grateful for what I have?  I am so thankful for my healthy body that has served me well for 37 years and hopefully for many more!

Thanks for making it through all of my rambling and I hope to see you back here on Thursday!


Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Oh Suzy! So sorry you've had such a tough week! Hope you're feeling so much better! I think your new link party sounds like a great idea…..it'll push all of us towards being a little more health conscious. Sending healthy vibes your way :)

Carol-Anne said...

So sorry you're having a difficult time right now! Being 'sick' with little kids who depend on you, is horrible and I know you must be a bit scared by this whole thing. Wishing you better health soon!

I'll definitely be checking out your party!

Maury @ Life on Mars said...

Isn't it amazing how a few pounds and unhealthy eating can affect how we feel? I put on some pounds in the months before I got preggers and I was miserable! Of course, now I'm putting on weight for other reasons...

I will say since then I've implemented a general policy of not eating things if I dont understand the ingredients on the box... except for my craving for Smores Pop Tarts. I try to resist, but fail.

Jessamie {Bird and Branch Redesign} said...

Girl, I'm so glad you're feeling better! It's crazy how much more I tend to think about what goes in my body now days. I know 29 isn't an age to freak out about, but if i can change my eating now, maybe it won't be such a struggle for me later. I'm actually really interested in all this Paleo stuff lately...I'll let ya know what I find out.

All this is kind of hard right now considering I have consumed half a birthday cake in 3 days...by myself

Tiffany said...

Glad you are feeling better. I remember in my twenties I could eat anything I wanted and not gain weight. That really does change as you get older. It doesn't help that there is so much processed crap in the food we eat.

Lisa @ Lisa Moves said...

holy cannoli, that sounds terrible! I hope you are feeling better. Did they test your thyroid? Rapid weight gain and fatigue are common symptoms of hypothyroidism.