You deserve to feel as physically well as you can, given your strengths, limits, and season of life. Life is difficult, needing every physical advantage one can muster.
When our body is unwell, it will get our attention eventually. Hitting rock bottom via physical, emotional, or relationship collapse is one way to get our attention. None of us want this yet many of us are the proverbial frog swimming in a pot of warm water, lulled into not noticing that the temperature is rising slowly sinister.
A year ago, I was a boiling frog. I wasn’t hopping around, I was definitely green, and sick as a dog which is an awful blurring of animal metaphors.
My weight has fluctuated under the radar for years. For example, at my highest weight during pregnancies, I was more than 60 pounds heavier than my ideal. And while the college freshman 10 is a myth, I actually did gain it. Twice.
Whatever. The number on the scale never bothered me as long as I felt energetic, strong, and happy. After Christmas 2014, my 20 extra pounds that wouldn’t budge coincided with feeling lethargic, weak, and blue. Blue and green are pretty on a hydrangea, but not on me.
After medical testing, receiving a vague “possible” diagnosis of “pre-pre-diabetic” from my soon-to-be-dropped primary care provider, I was told to “eat more fiber”. Fiber is going to fix all of this?! Fine, but how much is too much? What kind? How often? I didn’t want to randomly “eat more fiber” so I researched the best calorie counter app and chose MyFitnessPal to help me keep track.
I logged everything I ate for a week. It consumed an inordinate amount of time but as the weeks rolled by, I learned that I had been eating plenty of fiber all along but that lactose was a problem, among other things. I became more aware of calories and slowly dropped weight right down to my ideal weight, which I had assumed I would never see again. I started feeling better and realized that there was a realistic hope that I could continue to feel better with the right help and tools.
Once I was in the habit of logging and had reached more of my health goals, I decided to tap into the social part of MyFitnessPal. I’m so glad I did! There I found some of the most generous people on the planet. They are working hard to feel well, dropping or gaining weight (as needed), eating healthier foods, exercising like warriors, admitting to fears, and cheering each other onto health victory.
Social Sharing Makes Losing Weight Contagious, Finds MyFitnessPal, shows again that finding a group of people who will inspire, encourage, and learn together works wonders.
How do you stay healthy? What are your favorite fitness tips? What gets in your way? Are you a boiling frog? Are you ready to leap out of the pot and claim your wellness? Consider joining me at MyFitnessPal. I’m AngieMc6.
If you are one of MyFitnessPals, thank you for visiting and I hope you will feel at home here. Thank you for all you do to help yourself and others!
I’m rooting for you as you strive for your fitness goals ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc