Mother’s Day weekend!! My tradition is to plant flowers on Mother’s day weekend. Honestly, I transport flowers from one pot to another, but I still consider that planting (insert winky face). I just planted my flowers and even if you don’t plant flowers, I want to wish all the moms a happy, fun filled day spent doing something YOU love whether or not it includes children, family or friends. Do something that feeds your SOUL!
So, today I’m frustrated. Not because its Friday (of course not!) or because I still need to get a card for my mother for Mother’s Day, but because I’ve been doing the Whole30 diet with a couple of friends and I’m ticked off with my body’s reaction. First, I cannot eat eggs, beans, sweet potatoes or nuts which are staples in the diet! But second, my severe case of SIBO and leaky gut takes these foods and many other foods off the list! Ugh! Finally, the ultimate bummer is how my body is responding!
Three weeks in, I’m feeling more energized and sleeping better; however, I’ve noticed over the last three days, my clothes have gotten tighter (Yes, I said tighter not looser), my stomach has become bloated and my mood shifted from happy to irritated. What is going on? Isn’t eating cleaner supposed to bring fitter, leaner, healthier results? And to top it off, I ate turkey and squash for lunch and my stomach reacted with major bloating! WTH! My body isn’t cooperating and I’m ticked! UGH!! Double UGH UGH!!
Yes, I’m frustrated! I also realize I cannot heal my stomach overnight. I cannot wave a magic wand and make SIBO, Leaky Gut or Lyme’s disappear overnight. BUT, I can be grateful for where I am today. Somedays it takes a little (or BIG) push to get there, but we all can get there! So, even with being frustrated (greatly frustrated), I’m grateful I can afford to eat healthy foods. I’m grateful for my doctor who has turned this frustrating adventure into a livable journey. I’m grateful for my friends, who talked me off the ledge this morning when I was having a pity party! I’m grateful for my daughters who motivate me to push ahead with my head high despite the setbacks! I’m grateful for the people who will read this, who may also be struggling, and see the glimmer of sunlight for them too!
Yes, life is frustrating, but keep going! I’m proof you can see the rainbow after the storm!
Happy Mother’s Day!
Spring has sprung here in Minnesota. Nearly 70 degrees on Monday and low-to-mid 60s the rest of the week! I suppose we could get one last blast of snow in April, but I’m staying positive and thinking flowers instead!
When I think of spring, my first thought is spring cleaning…Ugh! Some people love to clean closets and wash screen and windows, but to others that may seem time consuming and like a really big hassle. Yep, that’s me! Honestly, I sometimes tend to find other things to do like go for a walk, watch a movie or read a book instead. However, what I do remember is the feeling when the spring cleaning is done! It feels amazing, freeing and joyful!
With the end result in mind (I want to be joyful, free and feel amazing), this year I decided to focus on spring cleaning my SELF instead of spring cleaning my HOUSE. Everyone has something they have been wishing or hoping they would/could/should do or stop doing. It could be shopping for a new car or discontinuing an automatic monthly shipment of _______ (fill in the blank). What comes to mind for you?
Mine was to get back into a healthy routine! Anyone who knows me well knows I tend to be healthy (i.e. eat healthy, exercise regularly, go to bed early), but the past several months have brought a lot of extra activities like networking, weekly lunches and dinner meetings, happy hours and sometimes even lazy mornings! Needless to say, I haven’t been exercising regularly, I haven’t been eating healthy and I haven’t been getting to bed early either. When living with a chronic illness, it most definitely takes a toll on my mind and my body! Soooooo, its time to SPRING CLEAN. There’s no time like the present, so why not start a new hobby, break a bad habit or build a new healthy routine? I’m starting today! How about you? How will you spring clean?
Does anyone remember what it was like going to summer camp with your friends?
Well I do and it brings me back to my childhood when I would go to camp in my home town. It was called 3 day camp and it was so much fun. No parents, fun counselors, lots of food and activities, campfire stories and bonding with friends! We slept in bunk beds and stayed up for hours talking! I miss those days! Now that I think about…we should create a camp like that just for adults! How much fun would that be….outdoor activities, comfort food, friends, campfires stories and songs!
Today I sent my oldest daughter, Ella, off to summer camp for 5 nights/6 days! She’s been going to camp since she was 5 years old, but I have to admit, it doesn’t get less emotional the older she gets! Yes, I held back tears but tears of joy! She was so excited and I can 100% understand why! She’s going to love the time with friends up north!
Take time today to appreciate the small things like summer camps, counselors, campfires and friends! Today, let go of your daily stresses and reflect back to the good old days of summer!
Aww…what a wonderful memory!