Investing in my Health, Part 2

The New Norm

The days after that, like much of this chapter of my life, are blurry. I have flashes of memories of her visitation in the funeral home and the actual funeral. But, the flashes I do have, I remember, not even like they’re yesterday, but like I’m living them in present time. The sights, the smells, the sounds…I relish the sensory capture I have of these moments because although they’re horribly sad, they’re also very important to me.

As sad as this sounds, because my Mom had been in the hospital for months before she passed, I didn’t really feel like it was a huge adjustment to live without her at home. But, I was also only 5, going on 6. We visited her site at the cemetery often and for years, I associated being in that place as being with her.

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Transformation Tuesday: What happened to me

This post shows the physical transformation I’ve made over the past 8 weeks.

I’ve been doing an 8-week program that asks for a commitment only 4 days a week for 30-40 minutes. That left me with 3 days to rest, stretch, relax, recoup… But, as I got deeper into the program, because I was loving how I was feeling, I actually used a bunch of those days to be active in other ways. I loved how it made me feel, and I now feel like I need some activity every day.

So, after completing this program, here are my visual results:

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Transformation Tuesday

When I found myself at the midpoint of the program last week, I thought I’d take some progress photos out of curiosity. I know I’ve been feeling amazing, I can feel myself getting stronger, my kids are no longer just asking my husband to carry them (I’m 4 feet and 8ish inches –they’re almost as big as me, so it’s a bit awkward…limbs dangling everywhere and spilling out of my arms)…things are changing.

So I took a few, same poses (didn’t plan on taking them, so wasn’t wearing the same clothes), used one of those apps to split screen the comparison, and…

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Then and Now

I took this photo over 9 years ago. I was fairly newly married, it was my birthday, and my husband and I had just gone for a run that morning. I feel like looking back, I didn’t have a care in the world. It kinda looks like it too. This was also after I had run my first marathon, so I was in pretty good health.

If I could go back and say something to this young woman, among the many things I’d say, I’d include 2 things:

1. Your life is about to get really chaotic, but the good news is, it’s because you’re gonna be a mom! (I got pregnant around a month after this!)

2. When you get advice later on about taking care of yourself, treat that advice like GOLD.

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