I just finished my workout and can I just tell you how happy I am to be setting aside that time for myself? It’s not even about looking a certain way. It’s about feeling good. It’s about having strong arms and legs to get me through the day. It’s about having more energy. It’s about sleeping better at night. It’s about not punching people (joking, sort of) and yes, it’s about feeling good in my clothes.
Never let anyone try to convince you that you shouldn’t focus on your physical body. While it’s not advisable to obsess about it or to consider it the only important thing about you, it’s perfectly okay to consider it important in your life.
Most of last year, I made up excuses as to why I “didn’t have time” to workout, but it was a bunch of bologna. The way I see it is this: if I was able to workout when my sons were little and I had a full college load and a full-time job, I definitely have the time to do it now. It isn’t about time and has never been about time. We all get the same twenty-four hours in a day.
It’s all about priorities.
Once we own that, we can grow. Otherwise, we can keep making up excuses why we can’t do whatever it is we claim we wish we had time for: reading to our children, working out, meal prepping, walking the dog, spending more time with family, reading, hanging out with friends, etc.
If it’s a priority, we make time for it. If it isn’t, we make excuses. It’s that simple.
I made a lot of excuses last year regarding my physical fitness and I’ve paid for them with aches and pains, but it’s okay. I’ve made it a priority now.
Can I let you in on a terrible secret?
I’ve also neglected my health in other ways. I have a high level of anxiety regarding dentists and have not been to a dentist in about ten years. I know. I’m sure you’re balking at that and I don’t blame you, but it’s the truth. I’m sharing this because almost all of those ten years, I focused on my physical health. I ate as healthfully as possible and I worked out regularly. To look at me, you’d have thought I was a pillar of health, but it wasn’t true.
I was neglecting my oral health. While I brushed and flossed religiously and used my white strips and such, I neglected the professional care I deserve to have.
Here’s another secret.
I’ve not been to a doctor in at least that amount of time, except when I was pregnant with my daughter who is now six. I’ve not been sick, so I figured I was fine. However, I do believe in preventive care and being proactive with our health. Maybe I really am fine, but I probably should have a check up. I take my little girl for well checks. Why not myself?
I’ll tell you why: because I didn’t consider my health a priority. I didn’t consider ME a priority.
Do you consider yourself a priority?
Mamas, you are so important. Your health is so vital to your well being and it’s important to your family.
I’m not saying we need to run to the doctor for every little thing, but it’s a great idea to have a doctor. I don’t even have a doctor! I filled out my new patient forms for the dentist and it asked for my family physician and I realized I have no one to list. As a matter of fact, the last family physician I actually went to was probably in 2004! I did go to urgent treatment once since then, but that doesn’t count as a doctor, really. So, I’ve not had a doctor in fifteen years. Apparently I’m not alone. According to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, in my state of Kentucky, 13% of women report having no family doctor. In Nevada, 27% of women report having no family doctor. Ladies, we must make a change and start making our health a priority.
This year, I made the goal to focus on Health & Home and I’m working on it. As a matter of fact, my husband is too and we are focusing on it for our little daughter too. I hope that what we’re doing will be a good influence for our grown sons as well, so they will always try to keep their health and wellness at the top of the priority list. After all, their children need them to be healthy, inside and out.
Go. Make a call to a physician if you can’t remember your last check up. Get that Pap smear you’ve been putting off. Get your teeth cleaned. If you’re without insurance, like I am, ask to set up a payment plan. Most doctors and all dentists will do this. You are important. If you can buy that Starbucks every day, you can set aside money to visit your doctor.
Here’s the long and short of it: in dealing with our health, we have the choice to be proactive or reactive and usually being reactive is far more expensive.
I’m saying all of this with love. It is not written to upset anyone. I’m writing it to remind you of your power. You have the power to take control of your life and to feel your personal best and you deserve to feel your very best every single day.