And while there is a happy medium somewhere in between all of those states, I have come to realize that I’ll never be exactly where I want to be.
No matter how healthy I am there is always room for improvement in some way. For example, when I was “vibrant, plump, and thriving” I wanted to lose the extra ten pounds that pushed me over into plump-ville. When I was horribly sick with rheumatoid arthritis, I wanted nothing more than to go back to plump-ville and feel alive again.
Now, I’m at a place where my body is healthy and I am enjoying the process of becoming stronger. I am not plump. I am not rail-thin. I am sculpted and scarred. I like it. I hope to never go back to sickness, but there is no guarantee in this life. I’m also crossing my fingers and knocking on wood that there will be no more pregnancy in my future. But again, there is no guarantee.
So here I am, at age 30, figuring out what is necessary to feel good about myself and enjoy being healthy. I’ve come up with a short list of essentials that can travel with me in a future that is uncertain and full of various “states” of being.
My Essential Health List
1.) I need good sleep every night. This is probably a no-brainer for most people, but I have three small children and a history of insomnia. If I want quality shut-eye I have to start early in the evening by preparing my mind and body for bed. Tea, melatonin, and a devotional are my go-to’s for readying myself for sleep.
2.) I need more water and less everything else. I am a Diet Coke junkie, and a coffee addict. I’m not going to do the math, but I can easily drink WAY more of the caffeinated stuff than water. Again, if I want to accomplish my daily water goal, I have to start early in the day and be intentional about it all day long.
3.) I need to work out at least four days a week. I’m one of those people who has a lot of muscle mass. I inherited it from my dad. I probably would appreciate this genealogical trait a little more if I was a guy. I look and feel my best when I give these muscles what they need: exercise.
4.) I need to take care of my skin. I have come to terms with the fact that tanning is not for me. Even though I live in sunny SoCal, I have to deal with this alabaster white and protect it while I can. This means sunblock, large hats, and giant sunglasses.
5.) I need to be creative. Now this last one falls into a different category than the previous four, but it is just as important. I’m a creative person who thrives on projects and activity. If I am not actively working on something I get “the sads.” As in, I fight off depression. Therefore, Pinterest is part of my wellness plan.
That’s my short list of self-care. I could go on into other categories but I wanted to keep it short.
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