May 29, 2021
The Lord has told me it is time for me to adjust my focus. I know I talk a lot about my journey with grief and depression, but I want to adjust my focus. While those issues are still at the forefront of my mind, for me to continue telling you how I survived, how I have overcome, and how I am not just alive but living, there is more.
In previous blog posts, I have talked about purging my life.
My home, my mental health, and now it is time for my physical health.
Yes, I have accomplished some hard things, but there is so much more! In our journey of mental health wellness, we cannot forget about our physical health. I knew that I could not do anything about my physical health until I handle the things that were going on in my head. Now that I am doing well in that area, it is time to move forward.
I received some numbers from my doctor that I did not like. It has taken me two years and a global pandemic to face that diagnosis. I was told that my blood sugar levels were elevated. I knew that I need to take action to bring those numbers back down so that I don’t develop diabetes. Whenever I went to the doctor, my numbers have always been perfect, so I was in shock. In all honesty, I shouldn’t be shocked. I did not have the best diet, and I did not stick to an exercise program long enough to make a difference, not to mention that I was grieving a significant loss and COVID-19 25. (I equate this to the Freshman 15).
I can do hard things!
I do not want to end up with diabetes, so I decided to take charge of my physical health, make significant changes, and fight against it. I knew that I needed to change my diet, but I also needed some physical exercise. I decided to invest in myself and made a mini gym in my home, including the little bike that goes nowhere, a Peloton Bike. It is nothing fancy, but I can get up every morning and work out for at least 30-45 minutes and again in the evening.
No, when I first received my bike, it sat for a while unused. I kept thinking about what I have gotten myself into! I completed my first ride, and my behind was sore. I was breathing breaths I have never breathed before. I had to call on the name of JESUS to finish that ride! Then I stopped for a few more weeks thinking, what in the world are you doing!!! LOL. I eventually got back in the sandal and found some wonderful support groups through Facebook, and I have completed 65 bike rides and a few boot camps!
I can do hard things!
Now I have started to attack my diet. I needed to make some significant changes because any fitness and nutrition expert will tell you that you cannot out-exercise a bad diet. So, it did not matter how many miles I rode, how high my cadence, or the level of my resistances; I was never going to be successful without changing what goes into my mouth. So, this where I am now in this next phase of my journey. I will keep you posted about my progress.
Just know that GOD is GOOD, and he has equipped us to do the hard things!
Have faith in God and then have Faith in yourself.
I love you all with the love of Jesus Christ!