Did you think I’d been eaten by a mountain lion?

Don’t laugh- that’s an actual possibility out here in the backwoods of Montana! Y’all- they traverse by our house on a regular basis. But no. No, I decided that the best way to end 2017 and begin 2018 was flat on my back in bed with the flu. So yeah- that was awesome.

But- Happy New Year, lovelies!

When Life Gets Off Track

I’ll tell you what- there’s nothing that will really make you take stock of your self-care (or lack thereof) like being deathly ill for a week! My face was so sallow and pale, it was a greenish white. Like the belly of a fish. Have you ever seen a fishes belly? That may not be a common analogy so let’s move on.

When I DID get back to my computer, I had a host of IT and website issues that had to be addressed.Web issues are pretty much the bane of my existence. There must be some dark, tragic life incident that makes a person decide to make their career in IT. If that’s you, I hope you are paid handsomely for your skills.

AND- we got a touch of snow out here. Actually, it snows almost every day. Check it out, there’s audio:

Also, my husband has taken on a new start-up company. Do you know what that means? That means I get to be the unpaid help. The “Assistant to the CEO”.  The “Administrative Assistant”. Basically, I’m a freakin’ multitasking ninja who has to set up all the travel, do all the admin, take over the social media accounts for the business and still try to love this man that I am married to.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been in business with your spouse. Solidarity, sistas…..solidarity.

But- you know, a girls gotta eat (and get her nails done, and go to the salon and get clothes, shoes and cosmetics) so I’m slaving away. I’d also really like to see this latest venture be wildly successful. Because of my new duties, my new blog camera is pretty much in the bag now, so……..silver lining.

Until I got sick, I really hadn’t realized what a slacker I’d become in taking care of myself. I can’t believe how fast my tiny decisions each day snowballed into actually neglecting my health! I mean seriously- that escalated quickly!

Life gets off track

*I Stopped drinking a gallon of water a day. Instead, I was having more cups of coffee and drinking more wine at night. It was NOT making me more awesome.

*I Stopped meal planning. I’d be working at the computer and look up and* boom*- it’s lunchtime. I’d just grab whatever was the fastest and get right back to my desk. My nutrition was all over the map in a bad way and my energy levels had tanked.

*I Stopped doing yoga every damn day. This is a big one. I cannot believe how quickly my joints started stiffening and I started getting little aches and pains, etc. Do the yoga. Every Damn Day.

*I Stopped weight training. Again- this is HUGE. Even though I weigh the exact same, I’ve lost so much muscle mass and obviously traded it for fat. Yay. Not a good look. My posture really suffered too.

*I Stopped taking my vitamins. I have searched the world over for the very best vitamins, minerals, and supplements that actually make a difference in my physical and mental well being. It would be nice if I’d actually take the damn things each day. (I mean, what the hell y’all? What was my problem?)

*I Stopped sleeping well. In no small part due to the above neglect, but also because of the difference in the number of sunlight hours here in Montana. My sleeping schedule was completely screwed.

So that’s it. That’s my sad, cautionary tale to begin the New Year.

The moral of which is: “Don’t treat your body like crap.” That’s not actually a moral, but seriously- don’t treat your body like crap.

Can you relate to any of this?

I’ve made some small changes to get myself back on my game.

Getting My Crap Back Together

*I got a water bottle. I know that’s very anticlimactic, but getting a dedicated water bottle that I have with me all the time, has helped me get back to drinking water all day. I’m almost back up to a gallon a day. I feel so much better- it’s almost like your body NEEDS water or something. <eyeroll>.

*Sundays are for meal planning. I’ll do a newer post on this,(here’s an older one) but I plan out my meals and prep our lunches and snacks for the week.

*Yoga Every Damn Day. I’ve started out really small- just a few minutes a day. And I’m eyeing a yoga place in town to try out.

*Our house has no space for a gym so we’ve gone straight up ghetto and we’re sweating it out in the garage. This is not easy, my friends. It’s frickin’ cold in Montana. But we’re out there and we’re pumpin’ iron- and it feels good. Notsomuch the next day, but it feels good to use my muscles again. It also helps my husband and I not to kill each other now that we are working so closely together all day. Which is great, because I like being married.

*I put an alarm on my phone to remind me to take the damn vitamins! I’ll talk more about what I’m actually taking in another post, but I talk some about them here. The difference is amazing.

*I try to go to bed at the same time each night and I make myself get up at the same time each morning…..even though there’s no sun. Y’all- there’s NO sun. But my body is finally adjusting and my sleep patterns are becoming more normal.

What do you think? Do you struggle with any of these things? These are not monumental changes I’ve made, but the difference they make in my energy levels and overall well being are major. Have you made any small changes that make a difference for you this year?

Tell me in the comments and thanks from the bottom of my heart for sticking with me here!

You may also like reading about embracing change here.