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A couple weeks ago, I told my husband about the idea of picking a focus word for the new year. This is the kind of thing that makes my girlie heart swoon, but it’s the sort of thing that usually makes my “just do it” husband zone out and start thinking of all the projects he can get done before noon.
So, I was a little surprised when he immediately came up with not one, but two words he would choose for the year.
The first word was “WORK.” All I could think of was how proud I am to be married to such a hard-working guy who wants to be successful and take care of his family.
His second word was “HEALTH.” And all I could think of was…no way, not me, thank you very much!
As ridiculous as it might sound, the word “health” wasn’t even on my radar. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t anywhere near my hopes and dreams for the new year. I know what my word for the year is going to be (I’ll tell you about it soon), and it certainly is NOT “health”!
I Don’t Need Anything Else to Worry About
I worry about the health of a lot of people: my husband, my three kids, my mom. But thinking about my own health just seems burdensome.
I have a home I want to take care of, a blog I want to build up, things I want to learn, and stuff I need to do. I don’t have the time or desire to invest in my health. Seriously?
A couple days later, the health issue smacked me right between the eyes again. I opened an email that was talking about a program called 15 Days to a Healthier You. Again, I thought…no way, not me, thank you very much!
The program looked like it might be beneficial for some people, but I have a zillion plates spinning, and propping up one more thing in my life seems rather pointless and counterproductive. My health is the one thing I can let slide.
Then I read the list of topics covered each day in the 15 Days to a Healthier You course, and I knew I had no desire go through a class that would tell me things I really didn’t want to hear. When I saw that Day 10 is all about “building good sleep habits,” I decided there was absolutely no way I wanted to sign up!
You see, in this season of life, getting enough sleep seems like a luxury I really can’t afford. I have a husband who works long hours and two teenagers living under my roof. In times like these, the phrase “enough sleep” is relative. So long as I have enough fumes to keep me running all day long, I figure I must have reached my sleep quota.
And the last thing I need right now is for someone to tell me I’m wrong. (Umm…prideful much?)
For days, I kept that email in my inbox. I’m not even sure why. I knew I didn’t need anyone telling me to eat better and sleep more, so why even keep the email there, staring at me every day?
A Wake-Up Call
Well, this past week of my life has been less than stellar. I’m not going to lie. For two days, I was an emotional wreck.
I know that some of it has to do with my naturally self-centered heart (always a struggle), but I was off-the-charts emotional. I think I spent more time crying than not.
I happen to believe that my mental health and physical health are at least partially linked (even though you’d never know it by how little concern I show for my physical health!), so when I spent two whole days crying my eyes out, I began to wonder what on earth was going on with me?!?
And then, for a couple days after that, I couldn’t seem to get enough sleep, no matter how many hours I spent in bed. I would set my alarm to wake me up in the morning (for a full hour after my normal wake up time since the kids are on winter break), then I’d go out to the sofa and sleep for another hour or two. It was crazy!
Facing My Reality Head-On
So, here I am, trying to fess up to the truth that I’m not Super Woman.
I’m just a wife and mom who has a lot of people depending on me and who needs the strength to keep up with it all. I’m a woman who wants to lose those few extra pounds, find the energy to work on projects that matter to me, and have the emotional stability to face the everyday trials of life.
And maybe – just maybe – I need a little bit of help and encouragement to take the steps that will give me the physical and mental strength to live this life God has for me. Maybe I need to have enough humility to join my husband in his quest for a healthier life.
So, I’m going to do it. I’ve signed up for the 15 Days to a Healthier You course. I’m going to swallow my pride and admit that I just might be about out of fumes, and I’m going to do something about it.
Want to Join Me?
I don’t know where you are in your quest for a healthier lifestyle. Maybe you’re ready to finally get healthy in the new year. Or, maybe you’re like me and you’re doing it kicking and screaming.
It doesn’t really matter.
If you think you want (or need) to go through a program like 15 Days to a Healthier You, I’d love to have you join me!
15 Days to a Healthier You begins on January 9th and mostly takes place in a special private Facebook group. Within that Facebook group, there will be 15-minute LIVE videos every day, along with project check-in threads to help us stay on track through the program.
The daily videos, lessons, projects, and group accountability might be the recipe for success that I need to finally prioritize my health and have the energy to do all the things I hope to accomplish this year! Does this sound like what you need, too?
If you want to sign up to go through the class with me, you can go HERE to learn more and get signed up. But hurry! Because enrollment ends January 3, 2017 and it likely won’t be open again for at least another 6 months — or even longer!
After you sign up, I’d love to hear from you! Please send me a message HERE so I know to look for you in the group. There’s always lots of interaction in a group like this, and it’s really nice to “know someone” going in.
I’m starting to feel excited about taking control of my health (I can’t believe I just said that!), and I hope you’ll join me in this journey!