I am working on my goals for 2015. What goal list wouldn't be complete if we didn't mention health. Right? I have neglected myself pretty much for the past 6 years. First, came Darian and Harley. Arriving late on December 15, 2008 on our doorstep; needing a new home. We struggled to provide them with bedrooms, clothes, health care, school and all the issues that went along with that. And then Richard got sick. And I put everything that I had into taking care of him. And I DID NOT take care of myself.
I gained weight. I became more sedentary. I neglected going to the doctor or the dentist or the optometrist. Pretty much just put it all on the back burner to give him my best. People were always telling me that in order to be the best caregiver I needed to take care of myself. I didn't listen. I just took care of him. And them!
In order to change my Health I am going to have to work on these things:
1. Eating Better
3. Medical check up
4. Dental check up
5. Sleep Improvements
6. Stress Relief
The medical check ups will be the easiest part of this list. It is just a matter of picking up the phone and making the appointments. But I am a huge procrastinator. I will do my best. And now that I am learning that I might have to make changes in my health care I don't know that I really want to go to the doctor to see if there are issues there. Sometimes it is just better to let sleeping dogs lie.
I will definitely be working on eating better and taking short walks in January. They are on my list of goals for the month!( a friend suggested I add drinking more water to this list)* Thanks Wendy!
What do you do to take better care of yourself? Do you put yourself last and everyone else first?
That is good to start with healthy eating and taking short walks that you can build on in time. I think sometimes we try to do it all in the beginning of a diet or weight loss plan and then burn out with Iit, but slow and steady wins the race I think. I tend to overlook my health which is not a good thing to do. I might need to change that this year.ReplyDelete
We will be doing a lot together this year Betty! Slow and steady is my plansDelete
Props to you, Paula! I'm way too familiar with your buddy, Procrastination. (Well, that and his friend, Denial.)ReplyDelete
Just the act of (you) writing out these goals is a great first step.
I look forward to you setting a great example for me to copy-cat! :)
LOL Myra. You always give me a reason to smile. That is my first big step....just to write my goals. One left to go and that is budget!Delete
Oh and my spiritual life...I have to do something about that!Delete
When I decide that I am going to take better care of myself the first thing I do is increase my water intake. You will be surprised how much better you will feel keeping yourself hydrated. We often feel hungry or lethargic when in reality we are just dehydrated. Drinking water curbs my appetite and gives me more energy.ReplyDelete
Great idea Wendy. I will have to add drinking water to my list! And staying close to the bathroom until my body adjusts hehehehehe!Delete
Hi Paula - yes Wendy has said exactly what I was going to mention. The extra exercise helps too - but it is one great nuisance! Too bad - water is the thing of life and health ... good luck ... and you've achieved so much ... taking in the children, helping them through into early adulthood - and then being with Richard ... an incredible achievement all round ... now it's you ... the other thing is it's good to be prepared ... cheers HilaryReplyDelete
Thanks Hilary! I lift my glass of water to you and say cheers!Delete
This post touches my heart. I can relate, though you were taking care of your husband for a longer time than I was with my daughter and husband combined. You honesty with yourself is such a beautiful example for others who read your thoughts. I like your plan. It took time for me, but I lost the weight I gained while my daughter and husband were sick . . . not simultaneously, but consecutively. Best wishes!ReplyDelete
It's hard. But I hope to accomplish something this yearDelete