So many things have happened since I last posted on my blog. Chase graduated from high school and has started college. Life as an "empty nester" has proven to be a little more challenging than I first assumed. I always thought it sounded weird to think that I would "have to learn to get to know your husband again". I mean, we've been married 23 years....what else is there to know? Then, add all this menopause stuff into the mix and you can guess just how unpredictable and emotional my life has been.
About a month ago, I decided that it was time I took responsibility for my health. Okay, so I've decided it about 100 times in the last few years....but, last month I took the step. I was sick and tired of taking medication (and then having to take more medication to counteract the side effects of the original medication). It was getting ridiculous, not to mention expensive. There had to be a better way to live the rest of my life. I mean, with menopause wrecking havoc on my body and then trying to get to "know my hubby again"....between the mood swings, of course.......there's just not time to take medication.
I started the Maximized Living Program . It's been interesting. I have to keep reminding myself that I did not get unhealthy overnight, so I cannot expect to wake up tomorrow morning and be completely healthy (and maybe a size 6). It will take time. Already 3 weeks into the program, I am off all but one prescription medication.
But, there was that morning that I wanted so badly to take a Prozac to make it through the day, but I chose to eat 2 donut holes instead (50 calories each and that little thing served the same purpose....which was to give me a little "pick up"). You laugh....but, that's what I love so much about this program. This program encourages you to eat Foods by God (instead of man) - but, does not expect you to completely change your habits overnight. For example, if you have to have that doughnut in the morning - go ahead and have it...but, eat an apple, too! At least get some nutrition in there somewhere first thing in the morning. Surprisingly, I am finding that by following this plan I am grabbing the apple in the morning....and not even thinking about the doughnut.