Sometime ago, I shared a little of the issue I was having with my heart. Since that time, I have undergone a series of tests, with mixed results. While the cardiologist was unable to find anything serious wrong with me, there is an issue with one of the chambers in my heart that requires further investigation in December. There is however, no answer to my breathlessness. I have been living a quieter life, with restrictions on my ability to exercise.
Quieter has only been in the exercise front as work with our construction company has reached an all time high. We have currently 4 large jobs on the go and we are just about to begin our 5th. I have taken on an advice column that I am writing for on a weekly basis, I have been contracted to write several pieces for our local council and have just booked in my second speaking gig in November. That is only what I am up to.
There is also the Builder to think about who is not only running our business along side me, he also has undertaken a role with a local training provider to write their Builder’s course, which takes many hours each week. Don’t forget the 5 kids who all have their own set of demands including school responsibilities, sports and part time work. Our lives are truly a whirlwind.
The Builder and I have been coping by losing focus on ourselves, and what is important to us. I have put on a significant amount of weight since being unable to exercise, as we find we are also eating foods we would never normally dream of. This coupled with a few glasses of wine every night, has created 2 very unhealthy, stressed people.
Time For Change
Several years ago, just before we moved into our Pen Y Llechwedd, we were faced with a similar point in our lives. Prior to then we had spent the previous two years before eating a carb-less diet, well except for a wine on the weekend. The move into the rental house before moving into our now home, created so much stress, we were eating well outside the plan, and while the weight gain was not as significant, our bodies were really feeling the consequences.
It was at this time, we committed to the Whole 30 program. Essentially this program is designed to reboot the body, and most importantly the mind. To stop the cravings, and remind us how to eat good healthy, whole foods again, while avoid the things we know make our bodies feel terrible. For us it is carbs, white foods, processed foods, coffee and alcohol. It is a tough few weeks, but well worth the rewards we found after completing the program.
On our recent holiday, we found our love for exercising again, and really slowed down enough to hear what our bodies had been trying to tell us. Bad food = uncomfortable, poorly performing bodies. We had reached the cross road. Together we made the commitment, to try the Whole 3 program again.
Last Tuesday was our first day, and here we are 8 days later, and already feeling so much better. We have each lost a few kilos, our eyes are brighter and we are finding our energy levels are gently increasing. While I still cannot do heavy exercise like I was used to, I am walking most days, which I love.
I am sharing this with you, as much to keep us accountable as to show you the truth of who we are. We don’t always put ourselves first, often we are at the very bottom of the list, but we are taking control to ensure that we are at the bottom no more.
I will share a few health updates as we travel this journey, but they won’t be very often. This is an insight into the real life of this Builder’s Wife.
Have you faced your own health challenges? Have you heard of the Whole 30 program? Ever tried it? What make you feel good?
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