So far 2016 has been absolutely crazy for me, and my life has seemed to spin out of balance. The first few weeks of January were good, but work issues (i.e. corporate life) have really come full force with the new year and to be honest, I have not taken my own advice and kept trying to keep up with everything else going on in my life at the same high energy pace.
Those that know me well know I can never sit still, I am always going and even when watching TV with the family at night. I am always multi-tasking and doing something else. To just sit, chill and relax is very foreign to me. That is not a good thing especially when life gets crazier than normal.
Last week I had to travel for work and it just seemed to be the tipping point. Typically when I travel, I am pretty good with sticking to my whole foods approach, but this time, with all the constant GO it really fell apart. I did manage to keep my running on track, but my eating just went out the window.
Now, not that I ate big macs all week, but I stopped paying attention to exactly what I was eating. I didn’t take the time to question if there was any dairy or gluten in my meals. I neglected fruits and veggies and forgot my Shakeology at home. In fact, my packing was horrible for this trip, but that is another story. Let’s just say a thin leather jacket should not be the only jacket one brings for rain and sleet.
It was supposed to be a 3 day visit to our plant in Virginia, but on Thursday my flight out of VA kept getting postponed so I did not arrive home until Friday evening. On Friday, it took me 12 hours to make a normal 3-4 hour trip. My first flight sat on the runway for 2 hours before take off as the de-icer broke and we had to wait for the second de-icer at the airport to come. This meant I missed my connection to Flint, where my car was. I re-routed myself through Detroit, but that meant I had to drive to Flint then home. Another 2 hours on an already long day.
To say I was mentally and physically exhausted on Friday was an understatement. You know how when you get so exhausted you can’t function and just shut down? Yep, that was me.
After a good nights sleep I felt better over the weekend and got through my scheduled runs with no problem but come Monday am I was awoken with a major headache and exhaustion. That quickly turned into a stuffy head and body aches.
Tuesday had me on the couch at 5pm with severe head congestion and exhaustion, and well yesterday, I went back to bed and slept till 11am after I decided I just needed to take the entire day off and let my body rest. I am assuming I have some sort of virus based on what I am reading on Facebook, and from what friends are telling me, but I should have known better not to let myself get so worn down in the first place.
It is not always easy to realize when our life gets out of balance and stop it, that is for sure. For me, I have come to realize I need to first feed my body the nutritious, whole foods that it is used to. This needs to be a priority no matter how hard it is to take an extra few minutes to do so. I knew I was giving myself excuses last week and saying “Oh, I am too busy to eat good.” Seriously, that is not OK and now I am paying for it. Shakeology is a must for me each day and I will commit to not only packing it first, but making sure I do not go a day without it as my body needs the nutrition to function at such a high level like I normally do.
Our diet, what we eat and what we put into our bodies can either make us well or make us sick. I know gluten inflames me and diary congests me. I know healthy, organic fruits, veggies and meats give me energy and help me function at optimal levels. No one else can make these decisions for us and we must stop, and give our body the whole food it requires to function properly.
Second, I need to listen and rest. I seem to think it is wrong to just sit and do nothing, but sometimes this is what our bodies and mind need to just relax and chill. Tasks will always be there, kids lessons can be missed, runs can be rescheduled. If I need to rest, then I need to rest. Even if it is just going in my massage chair for 15-20 minutes and unplugging from the world.
Lessons learned I guess and I am human so I am sure this will happen to me again, but if we do not take care of ourselves we can’t take care of others and we can not be our best to assist others, solve problems and enjoy life. I have not enjoyed being sick at all this past week, it has been awful, but I guess it was a reminder to slow down. A very forceful reminder at that.
I promise to myself I will put 110% effort into eating right and take some time to unplug, rest and chill each day.