So, I’ve been focusing on what I want, as per my last post, but just last week came up with a plan to finally put into action! My health is a major concern. Combine a 50 hour work week with diabetes and sprinkle on unhealthy snacking cuz there’s a Bartell’s five feet from my office and you get a very unhealthy M. My latest labs scared me to death, and when I got home from the appointment, I looked at myself in the mirror and said to myself, “Self…you’re looking an awful lot like your mother. Do you want your kidneys to fail, too? Do you want to have to inject insulin into your body for the rest of your life? Because last I checked, you did not have a daughter to give up her life to care for you when your immune system dissolves into a bag of dialysis fluid. Wake the fuck up!”
And I did. I spent a few weeks trying to get hard workouts in after work, and I did. I also meal planned and ate well. And yet, very few pounds dropped. And I started the self-critical path towards bowls of pasta and bags of chips, and thank god for that image of turning into my mother, because I sat down to try to figure out why the hell my plan wasn’t working. And it hit me.
Cuz I’m trying to fight against years of neglect of my health, while I was focused on my mother’s health, and I work in a demanding, exhausting job, and by the time I get home, the last thing I want to do is work out. It’s a chore, and I hate it, so I had to find another way.
A few years ago I did a high protein diet that worked for me. I didn’t stick to it, because I didn’t have the best support system at home. But it worked. It worked wonders! It balanced by blood sugar, gave me energy, and the food wasn’t bad. So in doing research, I decided to go back to it, because on this diet, exercise isn’t a key factor until you shed the pounds. And if I time it all out right, by the time the pounds are gone, I will have moved closer to work, and the energy suck that is my current commute will be gone, and I can use that time to tone myself up.
It’s going to work. I can feel it. I started a separate blog to track that journey, and feel free to check out Ideal Michele if you are so inclined. This is the first time in my adult life where, rather than just giving up on the problem of my health, or ignoring it, I took stock and realized what my current lifestyle is like, and found a solution that works with it. I’m pretty damn proud of me.
Crumb so unbelievably earned and found!
Ciao for now,