The lovely Marri and I at the beach last month. It’s not fair that she looks this good at 32 weeks pregnant!
Yesterday I was speaking to my good friend Marri about making changes for our health. She had asked how things are going with me. Then, we got to talking about how when we’re pregnant and need to make changes for the health of our babies it has come so much easier to us. An example, when I was pregnant with Sam I was told I was on the cusp of gestational diabetes. Because of that I seriously gave up everything that had sugar. When that didn’t help as much as we wanted to see I gave up all pastas and other high glycemic foods. It came so much easier to me then. Why? Was it the idea of this little being that was completely dependent upon me making good choices for his health sake? I think so. It was all about that baby boy. Why can’t I do that now though? I still have these amazing little loves depending upon me for their life and making good choices for OUR health. I just wish I could get that in my brain. If any of you have the secret to doing so could you help a sista out and spill the beans?
I do feel like I’m making a little progress in the sugar arena. I used to drink sodas often, coffee with creamer multiple times a day, desserts almost daily, and a lot of white breads and pastas. So far this week I have eaten mostly whole grains and WAY less sugar. I did have ice cream twice with the family, but I refuse to limit treats like that to never. After having celiac and being on such a strict diet for that, and then the LORD healing us I will not do a strict diet, unless medically necessary. Moderation is my friend. I also want to do something that I can keep long term and no sugar ever isn’t that.
My ADHD has been a bit worse. I’m thinking that is probably partly due to the fact that I have been doing horribly at getting to bed at a decent time and I’ve been waking up before 7 a.m. everyday. I know some of you are like, “Ha! I wish!” But for this homeschooling mama that is early. We are night owls in this family and don’t typically wake up until 8:30 or even 9 a.m. if we don’t have somewhere to be that day. It’s one of the many perks of homeschooling. (If you are interested in homeschooling or need a community/support system as a homeschooling parent send me a message and let’s talk!) I have noticed that when I get more sleep everything else seems to go better. I have to make this a priority.
And then there’s the fact that maybe I need to be giving myself grace here in this change. It took me years to dig this hole I’m in, and it may very well take years to build the ladder to climb out. I don’t like to think about that. I want to do something tonight and feel my best tomorrow morning. I don’t want to think about the mistakes I’ll make along this journey. But you know what? In the journey I will gain wisdom and grow closer to the LORD. That is worth it in the end. In the wise words of Dory, “Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.” Here’s to the journey!
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
James 1: 2-4