Great post title hey. Well not – but it will do for now. Sadly, for me, I’ve had to postpone my plans to review SureSlim for now due to some dodgy blood test results. Yes I have dodgy blood – now that’s something to get excited about. In reality my thyroid levels are just a little out of whack and my lovely GP has suggested we spend some time investigating why exactly this is. I’ve had some more blood tests done and we will know more by the end of next week. It seems likely I have an under active thyroid which comes with a host of minor complication – one of which is weight gain. (Not the most level playing field for a review of a weight loss company.) Others include tiredness, anxiety, insomnia, snoring, mild depression, brittle nails and dry skin. All of which have been in my life to some degree over the past year. (Yes the Dear One tells me I do snore – yay me!)
It’s all got me wondering just a little. It’s hard work raising a young family. Surviving on little to no sleep, putting your own needs last time and time again, constantly being on call 24 hours a day to meet the needs of little people. It’s tiring hey? If you don’t make a conscious effort to look after yourself you’re eventually going to feel it – one way or another. Just because you’re called mum doesn’t give you super powers – we all have limits and they need to be respected. It’s taken me 8 year to work that out. (Yes I’m a slow learner). To understand that kids will take every single bit of energy and life you offer them and still come back asking for more. It’s natural. It’s the way things work. And it’s up to us (the mums) to say no and set boundaries on what we give. Just like the mother cat who hisses at her growing adolescent kittens when they come looking for milk.
Point being? For the past 12 months of my life I’ve been tired, grumpy, overly emotional and just plan worn out. I’ve struggled against these feelings and hated my pathetic-ness. I’ve tried to rally myself with endless peep talks. I’ve looked at other mums, who seem so much more energetic than me, and I’ve felt bad. I’d come to the conclusion that my maternal nurturing side was simply running on empty after years of being foot to the floor flat out. I’d decided I just don’t have what it takes to ‘do it all’ and shrunk my world back to my home life. But now I’ve been presented with the possibility that maybe there is also a medical explanation. To be honest it almost seems like a get out of jail free card. Is it possible that my body has been letting me down? That with the correct medication I might suddenly feel better? That I might be able to stretch out and engage more with the community around me? Oh how delicious and delightful that would be. Maybe I’m not just the worn out husk of a mamma that I feel like some days! I guess I’ll find out at the end of next week.
In the meantime I’ve got to tell you that I’m loving the moves I’ve made towards more healthy and clean eating over the past few weeks since I was asked to review SureSlim. My mind is in such a good space with it. I’m enjoying eating good quality fresh food and ditching the pre-packed processed stuff. It feels good and right for me. So I’ve decided I’m going to keep fessing up on Friday about healthy living - for a while at least. Share what I’m learning and cooking – just because it makes me happy and feels so empowering. Healthy, vitality and energy – come to mamma – one way or anotherNow that’s a Fruit Cake.