Y’all. Before I discuss my quest for a healthier me, can we just talk about the flu??? WHAT IN THE WORLD?!
Last week, in Brothers class, out of 16, there were FIVE kids there. Eleven were out sick! They had a variety of illnesses, but still so scary and crazy! We have had one of our kiddos affected (UPDATE:: now a second down, but no official diagnosis :(), but thankfully, the rest of us are holding strong, and praying it stays that way -please, Lord!!
I know they say the season is expected to run longer this year, and we are pushing fluids like crazy, taking our vitamins religiously, trying to get as much sleep as possible and focusing on hand washing and keeping hands out of our mouths (and our noses…because #kids).
I am thinking next year, I may just invest in large bubble outfits or large quantities of Saran Wrap to wrap me and my people in?? Or buy a private island in the Caribbean and move away. Either option is fine, really.
Anyway, thinking of health and kids and lifestyle, I realized I hadn’t shared much of what I’ve been up to the past year or my “quest to be healthier,” but today I want to share more about where I was – and where I am now – and still, where I am looking to go.
Seemingly, a never-ending battle, right?? …I type that literally as I eat a warm chocolate chip cookie.
I want to share some personal stuff, but also a great new site on wellness that I think will be beneficial to myself as well as others looking for tips on attaining a healthy lifestyle. This post has been sponsored by Gwinnett Medical Center, however, as always, all opinions and thoughts are my own. 🙂
Long story short, when my hubs and I got married, I was still training a lot, coaching soccer and eating decently. I was at my lowest weight and perhaps in the best shape since my early soccer days. Marriage happened, I cooked a tad more (and we ate out a tad more) and we indulged in nightly popcorn or ice cream snacks, not helping the cause.
I got pregnant, gained weight, lost some weight, got pregnant again, gained a lot, had a kid, lost a little and repeat two more times. My eating wasn’t great through pregnancy and I blamed it on my hyperemisis garvadim diagnosis and attributed my fries and macaroni and cheese intake to the need for survival. In my brain, I would finish having kids and between breastfeeding and then chasing kids, the excess would just magically disappear….
News flash. It didnt work that way.
Last April, I decided I would get more serious. Since then, I wear my step tracker religiously, compete with friends on step goals, have friends who keep me accountable walking and at the gym and recently, have added weights and barre into my workout mix. Here is a picture of me and my Dad, taken last weekend and my steps on a day last week that I killed it. 🙂
I am proud to say that I am almost 25 lbs down – with hopefully another 25 to go….I am down at least three pants sizes, however, I know that the rest of it is not going to come off without diet and other lifestyle wellness changes, along with my continued exercise. UGH.
Just recently, I had the chance to review a new website for Gwinnett Medical Center, and am excited to partner with them and share with friends a great new online and community resource that I think will be really beneficial for all – and personally, in my own journey.
If you know much about me, I grew up on the north side of the city, near Gwinnett County. My Grandmother lived in that area, as well as other family members and in the (unfortunate) instance that we were in need of hospital services, we have had utilized Gwinnett Medical Center.
All of our experiences with the hospital and caregivers there have been positive, however, I say that only to share that I think this new extension of their services will be a great resource!!
Their recently launched “Everyday Wellness” site has the basic mission of “empowering families to live well” – something I think we all aspire for our families.
In reviewing the website, my interests lie in the areas of women’s health, children’s health, and diet and exercise. They also have areas on the site for mens health, seniors (Hi, Mom! ;)) and community resources – forums, events, guest speaker opportunities and more.
Their women’s health covers a variety of topics and includes articles on everything from preventative, to pregnancy to diet and exercise and includes links to recipes, ideas and even Pinterest boards. For lots of the medical based information, it refers back to Gwinnett Medical Center’s main page and then links to other medical sources (CDC, AAP, etc.).
Amen to new recipes…I make lots of soups and stuff I can throw into one pan or dish, and am always looking for new – and simple. Here are two that I have made recently – not from the site, but just family faves and easy…”Corn Chowder” and “Turkey Spinach Soup.”
The children’s health section includes common illnesses, however it also includes social topics and age specific concerns. As my kids get older and I talk to friends with older children, I am realizing daily that as my kids get a bit older, we are on the brink of managing and coaching them through social challenges and personal struggles.
For my husband and I, this is unchartered waters and so reading and having resources that address these concerns and to be prepared are helpful! I prefer a proactive approach to parenting (awareness, understanding, resources and trusted friends) who can help guide us, verses a reactive, where we wait for something to hit the fan and then try to pick up the pieces. I see a lot of value in these articles and will be doing additional reading of my own!
Lastly, as my family and I live relatively close, I hope to check the community events section to see if anything for families and kids jumps out for us to participate in – especially, as we head into the spring and summer. I know they offer all sorts of classes, support groups and more and some are at the facility and some at local churches and in surrounding areas. They seem to really have a desire to champion wellness within the community and so if you are close, you should absolutely check that out!!
For me personally and my health goals, I will definitely be trying to do a bit more meal planning and checking out their recipe ideas, as well as reading up on some of the fitness articles they share! Click HERE to view the site, favorite it as a resource for later, click around for topics that may be of interest to you and share with friends!