Hands Up If you’re brutal at self-care? (*slowly raises hand)

We have all been hearing about self-care and the importance of it for a long time. Heck, I even wrote a blog about it a few months back.

But, the truth? I am horrible at self-care. 

 That is, caring for myself.

 And, if I am being honest, there was a time where I would roll my eyes at the self-care drum beaters who continuously raved about it.

Well my unwillingness to care for myself has come to bite me in the A**! 

 Two weeks ago, life got real and self-care is no longer a “nice to have” concept for me. It’s a MUST-HAVE.

 I went to a Doctor’s appointment to have my foot looked at (plantar fasciitis – OMG Painful!!) My family doc suggested some blood work when I told him I haven’t been feeling my best. The results…I am pre-diabetic! Shocker? Not really, given I have struggled with weight around my middle my entire life and I was diagnosed with PCOS (Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome) 15 years ago when we started to plan our family. However, it was a wake-up call for sure!

 Shocker? No.

Wake-up Call? Absolutely

Although pre-diabetes is not the full-blown disease, it certainly comes with side effects and the smack-in-the-face reality that now is the time to take care of myself.

Ugh! What does this mean?

It means different things for different people. For me, the main change is diet. Coffee is no longer my main course for breakfast, no more skipping lunch to check off one more thing on my To-Do list and no more drive-thru dinners on baseball nights. Meal planning, carb counting, and daily exercise are what my future holds. 

 Oh, I think that may be what they call “self-care” LOL

 So, I will eat my words (not the first time), start listening to the self-care drum beaters and drink their Kool-Aid so I can be the healthiest Mom, Wife and Women I was created to be!

 This will not be a quick or easy journey, but I am up for the challenge.

 Until next time,

Amanda

 Tell me: what wake-up call did you get knowing you had to install some self-care tactics into your daily life?