This Christmas (NOT New Year's) I made a very quiet, private resolution. I decided to take control of my health. If you know me, right about now, you're snorting. Because my health? Has always been wonky. When Hubby promised "in sickness and in health" he had no idea what he was actually saying. If there is a germ out there, I'll find it. A rare, oddball sort of sickness? I'll get it. Unusual symptoms that make the doctor scratch his head? Not all that unusual here in the Average household. So for me to "take control" is a bit of a misnomer. What I actually meant was "I'm going to be aware of my body, and change my life to improve my overall health." This is not a diet. Not an "exercise regime". Just.....some small steps.
I've been eating fresh, raw veggies whenever possible. Instead of a granola bar, I eat an apple for breakfast. I still snack. I just be aware that supper should be smaller to help compensate. I don't automatically buy a cookie with lunch. Just small things, you know?
In the mornings, I've been doing a teeny bit of exercise. Not enough to depress me, or make me want to quit, but each day I add a few minutes. I do sit-ups, leg lifts, push-ups, and I just added light weights for my arms. Nothing to brag about, just enough to feel less like a slug. And like I said, baby steps. Each day I feel motivated to do a bit more for myself. Weight loss was not the goal, but a happy side effect. I've lost 3 pounds since January 1st. Nothing to write home about, but enough to make me stand taller.
Yesterday afternoon, I had a mini-stroke. At least, that's what the doctor's are assuming, and later today I'll go have a CT scan and find out some details. I am young-ish (38 is still young-ish, right?!), have low blood pressure, no heart troubles, nothing to flag me as "at risk". So this was a bit of a surprise. I spent last evening in emergency, having x-rays, blood work, and questions filled out. And still, in my head, I'm going "Seriously? A mini-stroke? Me?"
To sum up: I decided to get healthy. And two weeks later, I had a stroke. I'd like to know what I did in my past life to deserve this sort of karma.