I’m a day late on my weekly update, but that is ok. Yesterday was a very nice day with my family. Then, in the evening, I spent some time sitting outside talking and laughing with my neighbors. Blogging took a backseat, and that is ok. I’m here now on this fine Monday morning, and I’m ready to update again.
So, I realize that it is a bit weird to have a health update with a picture of an ice cream cone staring at you readers. But, I did eat ice cream this week. If you read my previous post about the restaurant I went to, then you know I not only ate ice cream… I had deep fried Oreos, too!
Yeah, it was that kind of week. And that’s ok.
The majority of my week was filled with walking and arm weight exercises and making healthier eating choices. The splurges did slip in, but I chose to embrace them rather than feel any sort of guilt.
Making the choice to embrace things is good for mental health. Rather than telling myself what a failure I am for indulging, I reminded myself of what a special time I was having with my husband and I allowed myself to enjoy that time to its fullest.
You see, mental health is just as important as physical health. I’m starting to realize that more and more each day. I’m also starting to realize that my mental health through this journey is directly related to the choices I make.
Those choices include how I speak to myself.
They include what thoughts I allow in my head when looking in a mirror and how I present myself. Yes, I’m thinking about presentation. I realize that I think differently about myself depending on how I present myself. Am I allowing myself to look frumpy? When I do, I feel frumpy. And if I feel frumpy, I tend to tell myself just how awful I am. This wreaks havoc on my mental state.
So, I’m making better choices. Not just in food and exercise, but also in self-talk, self-awareness, and (let’s face it) self-preservation. I matter. Taking care of me matters.
Are you also taking care of you?