Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Wake up call.

Hey there everyone,

Today I got a bit of a wake up call in terms of my health. Nothing bad....yet, however I received a text from my doctors informing me that I was due for my annual blood test. Thanks to the gestational diabetes I had when pregnant with Flynn, I am now required to have a blood test once a year to check whether or not I have developed type two diabetes. I had a 1 in 2 risk of developing it after pregnancy and are at higher risk of developing it later in life.

Now you're probably wondering why this appointment reminder was a wake up call to me and the answer is because I'd forgotten all about having gestational diabetes and being at a higher risk. I've been so consumed by my postnatal depression and making myself feel happier (with sugar) that I'd forgotten that my health was in a bit of a fragile state. I've been eating chocolate, ice-cream, cake etc like it's nobodies business. The text reminded me that I need to be making healthier choices and exercising more. I wasn't just trying to lose weight to feel better about myself, I was also supposed to be doing it to lower my risk of developing diabetes. I'm actually quite appalled by myself and how I let such an important matter slip outta my mind.

I spoke to Jordan about it and he has agreed that we, as a family, are going to have a total overhaul. Ensuring we all stick to the same diet/lifestyle changes will help keep me on track. It's a bit hard to change my own eating habits when those around me are eating all the things I'm trying to cut out. So we're going to have set meal times and lunch and dinner will be diabetic friendly meals (lots of protein, good carbs and vegetables). I'm not fussed about making breakfast diabetic friendly because I'm not tempted by sugary cereals so I don't see why Vala and Jordan should have to give up their cheerios or coco pops because of me. I'm setting to work on drafting up a routine for us, to help us be more active and healthier overall as well. For example, I'm going to dedicate fifteen minutes before Vala's bedtime to "family stretching". Vala's bedtime is 8pm, so at 7:30pm the TV will be turned off and as a family we will do a few yoga stances and stretches until 7.45pm. Then I'll ensure Vala has her teeth and hair brushed, pj's on and is in bed on time.

I know a lot of things have to change for us to be a healthier family but if we work together I'm sure we can achieve it. Not having set meal times has been a big set back for us. Especially dinner time. I usually want us to eat all together as a family so don't start dinner until Jordan is on his way home from work. Depending on when he left we were having dinner any time between 6pm and 7:30pm. His work hours are now more sporadic and I'm coming to accept that sometimes, he won't be home to have dinner with us as a family. So from now dinner will always be at 6pm whether or not Jordan is home. This does make me sad as eating together as a family has always been important to me (it's what I grew up with) but we need a routine and one day Jordan will have a new job that will allow him to be home in time for dinner. It'll also be a lot easier to get Vala to bed on time when we're not sitting down for dinner half an hour before her bedtime.

On top of everything else, I'm also looking in ways of improving my physical activity. Going to the gym on Jordan's days off isn't going to be enough. On the days Jordan does have work and the gym seems unlikely, I'm considering getting up super early in the morning and going for a brisk walk before Jordan has to leave for work. This will be an insanely hard task as I am not a morning person at all. I have always been a night owl and never been able to switch. Nonetheless I am going to at least try it and see how I get on.

So yeah, long post full of ranting but we've got some big changes coming our way and it's time I get my head in the game and change not only my life, but my family's life for the better.

Until next time,
Alli xo


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