Have you ever had a health setback? Everything is going okay and you’re working towards your health goals, only to find yourself blindsided by a new problem. That’s what happened to me and I want to tell you how I’ll be attacking these new issues. Last week, I went for my yearly physical exam and blood work. I’ve never had any abnormal blood panels in my life, so I was a bit surprised when my doctor contacted me with the concerns that showed up in my lab work.
Here’s the backstory: I had lost and kept off over 50 lbs. before I got pregnant with my 3 year old son. I was the healthiest I’ve ever been, eating a primarily whole foods diet and exercising for about an hour a day, 5 days per week. We also hiked regularly and went for walks on the weekends. I was using herbal supplements to help with what few problems I did have. After I gave birth to Nolan, I did not receive adequate post-partum care and suffered a lot of health problems as a result. I had a very long and difficult birth with a midwife at a birth center that ended in an emergency c-section at a local hospital. While I received average prenatal care, things were handled very wrongly during the birth. By the time I got to the hospital, I was very sick, dehydrated and a bit delusion from hours of labor and pushing. I didn’t get to recuperate in the manner I needed to after surgery. I was barely eating and not sleeping but 2-4 hours a night, if at all. I was terrified of not losing the 10 pounds of baby weight I had remaining and even when I’d only slept 2 hours the night before, I would get up and do an hour long workout the next day and was unable to nap. My health kept declining and I knew something was wrong, so after about a year of this, I finally went to the doctor for help.
So this story isn’t uber long, I’ll paraphrase to say that my declining health was worse than I thought. I ended up on medications which main side effect was rapid weight gain. And boy, they weren’t kidding! No matter what I did, I was putting on weight fast and furious. Then I started thinking, “What’s the point? It doesn’t matter if I exercise and watch my food intake. I can’t stop the weight gain!” I quit trying. I was exhausted and eventually was barely exercising, doing only 15 minutes of exercise maybe 3 days as week. I was so chronically exhausted my body was craving sugar to keep it going. To sum it up, I quit eating as healthfully as I needed to, I quit taking care of myself, I was barely exercising and not getting enough sleep each day. The results of all this time of suffering with new health problems led to some problems that came out in my blood work. Now, it’s nothing severely concerning and my doctor feels like that with my age and other factors, I can reverse this decline as long as I act NOW.
Here’s my action plan that I put together partly with my doctor’s input and my own needs:
- Exercise an hour a day, 5-6 days per week. I used to do this before I was a mom, and thought it seems a bit impossible, I WILL do it! Even if I have to break if up over segments each day, I’m scheduling my time to include the amount of exercise I need. The good thing is that my doctor switched me to a new medicine that is not supposed to have such a negative effect on my weight. It may be a bitter harder to lose weight fighting against the side effects of the medications, BUT my doctor feels very confident that it can be done.
- I’m going to see a specialist soon to get further testing and more help. This is the BIG part of my resetting my health. I should have done this 3 years ago, but I didn’t know then what I do now. Hindsight, right? I expect seeing this specialist is going to be life changing for me and my health. I’m actually pretty excited for my appointment!
- Using essential oils that specifically target my health issues. One of the products I’ll be using for the first time is Young Living’s Slique Essence™, which is a blend of pure essential oils that may help with weight loss. I’ll be adding 2-4 drops of Slique to a glass of water each day to help control sugar cravings and curb appetite. The weight gain is just a consequence of the underlying health issues I have, but I want to do all I can to get my weight back down while I get help for the medical problems that, in part, caused it.
- Eat more green foods. This is something my husband felt I was to do when we were praying about what to do next. And some of the abnormal results I had will be helped by eating more green foods. I have been so busy this year that I wasn’t even remembering to drink my daily green super foods supplement each day! I’m going to fix that by setting a daily reminder on my phone and my husband has my permission to make sure I’m drinking it everyday.
- Stop being so concerned about what others think about how I look. This is an old and big battle for me. Before I lost and kept off a lot of weight, I spent most of my life being ridiculed and humiliated over my weight. Very few cared that I spent years on steroid medicines for asthma, which caused me to swell and put on tons of weight. That type of negative garbage will keep me from achieving my goals, and I’ve learned over the years that it doesn’t matter if people think I sit around eating boxes of candy every day. I know I don’t, I know what’s caused my weight gain, I know what my health issues are, and others don’t. I’m going to stay focused on the truth and tune out the negative voices. It won’t always be easy, but it can be done.
Okay, this is my action plan for now. I realize some of it may change once I see the specialist, so I’ll be adding to my reset protocol after I receive more testing.
Have you had a health setback recently? Maybe you haven’t but just aren’t happy with where you’re at right now. I’d love for your to join me in a reset and let’s regain our health together! I’ll be checking in with new post about how things are going, but I’d really like to hear what you will be doing for yourself so we can encourage each other. We’re in this together, and we can do it!