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Monday, March 10, 2014

My Steps Towards Better Health

1 Peter 5:10, "And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast."  


Since January of last year, I have gained twenty pounds. I added twelve of those pounds since Thanksgiving.


After my miscarriage in July, I noticed that my cycle was different, and I was not feeling like myself. The school year started, and I ignored the symptoms. Eventually, I knew that I couldn't put off making an appointment to see my doctor. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond my control, I had to cancel my original appointment and reschedule for late January. At my exam, my doctor suggested that I have an endometrial biopsy because I have had problems with endometrial hyperplasia and polyps in the past. The result of the biopsy was chronic endometritis, an infection of the endometrium. The cause of my infection was not determined but most likely a result of the surgery I had two years ago or one of my recent miscarriages. I was prescribed a course of antibiotics. Incidentally, the antibiotic made me feel worse than I was already feeling. Thankfully, I took my last dose several days ago. 


Once I received the diagnosis, my overall feeling of poor health made sense. Now I understood why my runs became walks and why my Zumba workouts felt less like exhilarating dance and more like drudgery. Of course, with my workouts looking less like work and more like lazy, my eating habits also slipped into crap mode. It was so easy to mindlessly munch on sugary confections during the holidays, after all I needed some sort of pick me up. 


Needless to say, I am ready for a change, to begin again. I feel it is an advantage to be in the season of Lent. There could not be a better time during the year to renew my healthy diet and exercise habits and draw close to Christ in prayer for strength and guidance. 


Here is the list of steps I will follow. 

1. Wake up an hour earlier. Spend the first 30 minutes in prayer and spiritual reading, and the next 30 minutes exercising, a walk/run combination until I get back up to a full run. 

2. Once school work is finished for the day, spend 10 minutes in prayer. Then do 10 to 20 minutes of yoga

3. Before bed, spend time in prayer and read my Bible.

4. Follow a gluten free, minimally processed diet every day. Fast one to two days a week. I will follow the guidelines outlined in The FastDiet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting.

5. Take all of my supplements


Honestly, I am looking forward to completing the daily steps. I am done feeling tired and weak, mentally and physically. I am ready to be restored to health. 




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4 comments:

  1. I don't really see a difference, but I know carrying around extra weight can be depressing. Good for you for taking charge, and I hope your health improves along with it!! Re: #1 - I used to walk and say the Rosary at the same time (why did I ever get out of that good habit?) so I could kill two birds with one stone, so to speak :)

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  2. Thanks, Colleen. It is all above my hips. The blouse is hiding it. I can not button the skirt in the first picture.
    Yesterday morning, my walk was only 20 minutes, so I walked while praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet in the afternoon to make up those 10 minutes. :)

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  3. Awesome steps to feel better. You still look as lovely as always, though. I hope you are having a blessed Lent. : )

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie! I am having a blessed Lent. I hope yours is blessed, too!

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